Samuel & Mary Elphick of Pevensey
Samuel Elphick was probably born around 1725 but no baptism has been found.
Mary Wenham, daughter of William and Mary, was baptised in Pevensey on 6th October 1737.
Mary had an illegitimate daughter baptised in Pevensey. No father was named but it could well have been Samuel Elphick as they married the following year:
16 Sep 1759
On 20th May 1760 Samuel Elphick married Mary Wenham in Pevensey where they had the following children baptised:
2 Aug 1761
born 19 July
1 Jul 1763
born 7 June
4 Nov 1765
born 8 October
8 Oct 1767
born 19 September
28 Dec 1769
born 28 December
5 Jul 1772
born 21 June
1 Jan 1775
born 5 Nov 1774
1 Jan 1779
Samuel was buried in Pevensey on 1st August 1784, aged 59.
Mary was buried in Pevensey on 24th December 1803, aged 65.
Of their children:
John married Benedicta Gearing, a minor, in Westham on 30th June 1781 and they had the following children:
2 Jun 1782
8 Feb 1784
2 Mar 1786
1 Jan 1788
25 Oct 1789
26 Feb 1792
4 Aug 1793
26 July 1795
11 Jun 1797
John was buried in Willingdon on 23rd January 1811 and Benedicta re-married, to Richard Mewett, in 1818. In 1841 she was in Westham and William Elphick and Hannah Wood were in the same house. William was the husband of Benedicta’s daughter Jemima, and Hannah was Benedicta’s grand-daughter, the daughter of Elizabeth. Benedicta was buried in Willingdon on 27th November 1845.
Richard married Sarah Wratten and lived in Wartling.
Samuel married Elizabeth Ticehurst in Wartling on 7 June 1796 and the ceremony was witnessed by a William Elphick, probably his brother. Samuel and Elizabeth had two children baptised in Wartling:
8 July 1798
15 Jun 1799
8 Jul 1803
It is possible that they moved to Herstmonceux, although no further children appear there, as a Samuel of Herstmonceux aged 68 was buried in Wartling on 28 November 1832. Elizabeth, aged 67, was buried in Wartling on 30 October 1833.
William married Elizabeth Walters in Wartling on 10 December 1792 and the marriage was witnessed by William's brother Richard. William and Elizabeth had a number of children baptised in Wartling, where he worked as a farmer:
17 Mar 1793
16 Aug 1795
21 Jan 1798
8 May 1803
1 Dec 1805
15 May 1814
The Sussex Poll Book for 1837 shows William at Marsh Foot and Tindal's Marsh. In 1841 William and Elizabeth were at Marsh Foot with their son Edward. Also there were George Elphick who was Elizabeth’s illegitimate son baptised in Wartling on 26th November 1820, and James Elphick. James was baptised in Wartling on 19th March 1826, the son of William and Mary Elphick but how they were related to William and Elizabeth is not known. Marsh Foot Farm still exists.
Elizabeth was buried in Wartling on 8th November 1846 and William on 11th December 1849.
Edward and his wife, Sarah, had 5 children baptised in East Grinstead:
2 May 1819
6 May 1821
8 Dec 1822
5 Dec 1824
8 Jul 1827
Three of their children; Jane Charlotte and Edward were recorded in East Grinstead in 1841 but their parents were not present and have not been found.
In 1851 Edward was a butcher living in High Street, East Grinstead, with Sarah, daughter Louisa Simes, son Edward and 2-year-old grandson Austin Channing.
Edward was buried in Ditchling, aged 81, on 27th January 1860.
In 1861 Sarah was a ‘fancy shop keeper’ in Ditchling. She was buried in Hurstpierpoint, where her daughter Jane Channing lived, on 30th August 1870 aged 76.