Richard & Mary/Lucy Douch of Westham
Richard Douch, son of William and Ann, was baptised in Wartling on 25th November 1770.
Mary Marchant, daughter of Joseph and Susannah and sometimes known as Lucy, was born on 28 November and baptised in Pevensey on 26th December 1772.
Richard married Mary in Westham on 20th April 1797 where they are believed to have had the following children:
29 Jun 1798
bapt. 26 Aug 1798
25 Jan 1803
bapt. 6 Feb 1803
29 Oct 1804
bapt. 13 Jan 1805
By 1841 Richard and Lucy were living on the Eastern outskirts of Eastbourne, in an area known as Seaside. Lucy was buried in Westham on 23rd December 1841 and Richard was buried there on 29th December 1845.
Of their children:
Samuel married Catherine Smith in Willingdon on 18th 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:
18 Mar 1827
25 May 1828
22 Nov 1829
9 Oct 1831
21 Apr 1834
21 Feb 1836
10 Jun 1838
Hellingly (died 1838)
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:
Greenwich (died 1841)
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 25th May 1833 (born Willingdon ca. 1811) and they are known to have had eight children:
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 5th January 1839 and they are known to have had the following children:
17 Mar 1839
6 Jan 1853
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.