Richard & Mary/Lucy Douch of Westham

Richard Douch, son of William and Ann, was baptised in Wartling on 25 November 1770.

Mary Marchant, daughter of Joseph and Susannah and sometimes known as Lucy, was baptised in Pevensey on 26 December 1772.

Richard married Mary in Westham on 20 April 1797 where they are believed to have had the following children:

Samuel

29 Jun 1798

bapt. 26 Aug 1798

Naomi

25 Jan 1803

bapt. 6 Feb 1803

Mary

29 Oct 1804

bapt. 13 Jan 1805

Gad

ca. 1807

Ebenezer

ca. 1811

Jonathan

ca. 1813

Joseph

ca. 1814

By 1841 Richard and Lucy were living on the Eastern outskirts of Eastbourne, in an area known as Seaside. Lucy died in 1842 and Richard in 1846.

Of their children:

  • Samuel married Catherine Smith in Willingdon on 18 October 1823. Samuel and Kate or Kitty, as she was known. lived in Arlington until about 1832 when they moved to Hellingly. Their children were:

    Samuel

    ca. 1823

    Alfriston

    Naomi

    18 Mar 1827

    Alfriston

    Eliza

    25 May 1828

    Alfriston

    Caroline

    22 Nov 1829

    Alfriston

    Richard

    9 Oct 1831

    Alfriston

    Mary

    21 Apr 1834

    Hellingly

    Ruth

    21 Feb 1836

    Hellingly

    Jesse

    10 Jun 1838

    Hellingly (died 1838)

    Benjamin

    Q1 1841

    Hellingly

    Charles

    Q3 1845

    Hellingly

    Samuel was farming 40 acres in Hellingly in 1841 and 1851 and living at Buzbridge House. In 1861 he was farming 45 acres with the help of his 2 youngest sons and living at Lealands Cottage. Kitty died in 1870 and in 1871 Samuel was living at 5 Church Yard, probably one of the cottages facing Hellingly church across the churchyard. In 1881 he was living at Bellbanks in Hailsham and he died in 1887, aged 89.

  • Gad served in the Royal Artillery and married Mary Couley (born Berwick on Tweed ca.1808) in 1838 (registered in Lewisham). They only appear to have had two children:

    Esther

    Q1 1839

    Greenwich (died 1841)

    Richard

    Q1 1841

    Devonport

    In 1841 the family were living in East Stonehouse, near Devonport, where Esther died later that year. By 1851 Gad was a Chelsea Pensioner and had moved back to Westham with his wife and son. By 1861 they had moved to Plumstead in Kent, where they lived in Frederick Place. They were still there in 1871 when Gad was employed as a labourer in the Royal Arsenal. They must have returned to the Eastbourne area as Gad died there in 1876 and Mary in 1888.

  • Ebenezer married Jane Anne Terry in Willingdon on 25 May 1833 (born Willingdon ca. 1811) and they are known to have had eight children:

    Sarah

    ca. 1833

    Elizabeth

    ca. 1836

    Esther

    Q4 1840

    James

    ca. 1842

    Ebenezer

    Q4 1844

    Daniel

    Q4 1846

    Gad

    Q2 1848

    Anna

    Q4 1856

    Ebenezer was an agricultural labourer and lived on Willingdon Drove in Westham parish. By 1871 they had moved into Eastbourne and were living in a “cottage on beach” probably near what is now Princes Park. In 1881 they were living at Sluice Cottage, Crumbles, possibly the same cottage as in 1871, with their daughter Ann Welch (25) and her two sons. Ebenezer died in 1886 and Jane in 1893.

  • Jonathan married Mary Catt in 1834 and lived in Westham.

  • Joseph married Elizabeth Terry (born Willingdon ca. 1818) in Lewes on 5 January 1839 and they are known to have had the following children:

    Lucy

    17 Mar 1839

    Westham

    Mary Ann

    Q4 1840

    Westham

    Mercy

    Q1 1842

    Westham

    Frances

    Q1 1845

    Westham

    Ellen

    Q1 1847

    Westham

    Mark

    Q2 1849

    Westham

    Charles

    Q2 1851

    Westham

    Alfred

    6 Jan 1853

    Westham

    Joseph

    Q3 1855

    Westham

    Elizabeth

    Q1 1858

    Westham

    Ezekiel

    Q3 1860

    Westham

    Ruth

    Q4 1863

    Westham

    Cornelius

    Q2 1867

    Westham

    Joseph was an agricultural labourer and lived in Willingdon drove in 1841 and Westham Street in 1851. In 1861 they were in Hailsham and in 1871 in Polegate, where Joseph was working on the railway. In 1881 he was a railway labourer living at 1 Carlton Road, Eastbourne, where they also had a grandaughter, Mercy aged 15, living with them. Joseph died in 1884 and in 1891 Elizabeth was living in a single room at 1 Arundel Terrace. She died in 1900.