DESCENDANTS OF RICHARD WEST AND SARAH DUKE
RICHARD WEST b. bef. 1759
m. SARAH DUKE b circa 1760 m. 21 Oct. 1781 Lurgashall, Sussex.
Children of RICHARD WEST and SARAH DUKE
RICHARD WEST b. circa Mar. 1785 ? Easebourne, Sussex. c. 17 Apr. 1785
Easebourne, Sussex. d. circa Dec. 1827 ? Graffham Sussex. bur. 10 Dec. 1827
Woolavington, Sussex. m. HARRIOTT HERSEY b. circa 1786 ? Easebourne, Sussex. c. 7 Apr. 1786 Easebourne,
Sussex. m. 19 Jul. 1810 Easebourne, Sussex.
MARY WEST b. circa Dec. 1787 ? Easebourne, Sussex. c. 5 Jan. 1788 Easebourne, Sussex.
WILLIAM WEST b. circa Mar. 1790 Easebourne, Sussex. c. 18 Apr. 1790 Easebourne, Sussex. m. SOPHIA HERSEY
b. circa 1794 Easebourne, Sussex. c. 8 Sep. 1793 Easebourne, Sussex. m. 21 Jul. 1814 Easebourne, Sussex. d. circa Jun. 1868
? Fernhurst, Sussex. bur. 17 Jan. 1868 Fernhurst, Sussex.
SAMUEL WEST b. circa Mar. 1793 ? Easebourne, Sussex. c. 21 Apr. 1793 Easebourne, Sussex.
JAMES WEST b. circa Nov. 1798, Easebourne, Sussex. c 2 Dec. 1798 Easebourne, Sussex. d. 1864 m. ELIZABETH
HILLS b. circa 1801 Lodsworth, Sussex. m. 13 Sep. 1824 Lodsworth, Sussex. d. 1881.
ANN WEST b. circa Oct. 1802 ? Farnhurst, Sussex. c. 7 Nov. 1802 Farnhurst, Sussex.
Children of JAMES WEST and ELIZABETH HILLS
HANNAH WEST b. 1826 Farnhurst, Sussex. c. 25 Dec. 1826 Farnhurst, Sussex. d. 1866 Brighton, Sussex m.
STEPHEN GREENWAY/GREENAWAY 25 Dec. 1848 Farnhurst, Sussex b. circa 1823 Farnhurst, Sussex. Stephen m. (2) ELIZABETH
SHELLEY Brighton, Sussex 1867 b. circa 1827 Scotland.
JOHN WEST b. 1828 Farnhurst, Sussex. c. 20 Jul. 1828 Farnhurst, Sussex. d. 1875 m. ELIZABETH SARAH MERCER
b. 23 Jun. 1833 Brighton, Sussex. m. 22 Aug. 1852 Brighton, Sussex. d. 1911
In the 1867 edition of Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Herts, Middlesex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex
John West, Coal Dealer was listed as running his Coal yard business at 4 Cheapside in Brighton.
JAMES WEST b. 1830 Farnhurst, Sussex. c. 2 Jan. 1831 Farnhurst, Sussex. m. SOPHIA WEST b. circa 1829 ?
Farnhurst, Sussex. c. 19 Jul. 1829 Farnhurst, Sussex. m. 2 Jun. 1855 Farnhurst, Sussex.
THOMAS WEST b. circa 1832 Easebourne, Sussex d. bef. 1881 m. EMILY PARSONS 10 Jun. 1858 Appledram, Sussex
b. circa 1826 Appledram, Sussex.
ELIZABETH WEST b. circa 1834 Easebourne, Sussex d. circa Mar. 1874? Fernhurst, Sussex bur. 22 Mar. 1874
Fernhurst, Sussex m. CHARLES VENES 26 Dec. 1868 Farnhurst, Sussex b. circa 1825? Old Henley, Sussex c. 4 Sep. 1825 Easebourne,
Sussex d. circa Feb. 1901? Fernhurst, Sussex bur. 1 Mar. 1901 Fernhurst, Sussex.
WILLIAM WEST b. 13 Mar. 1836 Easebourne, Sussex. d. 15 May 1908 Stedham, Sussex, a carpenter and
timber merchant m. ANGELINA MANSFIELD daughter of a dissenting minister 26 Dec. 1859 Farnhurst, Sussex b. 7 Aug. 1838
Hascombe, Surrey. d. 3 Mar. 1890 Stedham, Sussex.
RICHARD WEST b. circa 1839 Easebourne, Sussex m. RUTH CHASE b. circa 1847 m. 28 Feb. 1884 Fernhurst, Sussex.
LUKE WEST b. circa 1840 Farnhurst, Sussex. m. MARY ANN SIMS b. circa 1844 ? Berkshire m. 3 Sep. 1868 Farnhurst,
RUTH WEST b. circa 1842 Farnhurst, Sussex.
SARAH WEST b. circa 1845 Farnhurst, Sussex.
Children of JOHN WEST and ELIZABETH SARAH MERCER
JULIA WEST b. 1853 Brighton, Sussex.
MERCY ELIZABETH WEST b. 4 Dec. 1854 Brighton, Sussex.
EMILY LYDIA WEST b. 1856 Brighton, Sussex.
MARTHA EMMA WEST b. 1858 Brighton, Sussex.
ELLEN MARY WEST b. 1859 Brighton, Sussex.
JOHN JAMES HENRY WEST b. 1861 Brighton, Sussex. d. 1897.
LYDIA RUTH WEST b. 1862 Brighton, Sussex. d. 1917 m. GEORGE HARRIS b. 1861.
ALICE JANE WEST b. 1864 Brighton, Sussex. d. 1945
ROSE SARAH WEST b. 1866 Brighton, Sussex.
HARRIET AGNES WEST b. 1868 Brighton, Sussex. d. 1896
RUTH CAROLINE WEST b. 1869 Brighton, Sussex. d. 1952 Philadelphia district, USA? m. GEORGE GILBERT DAY migrating
to the USA mid 1890s returning to Brighton, Sussex before circa 1902 returning to the USA before the US 1910 census.
Children: NELLIE RUTH DAY b. 1891 ENGLAND d. 1975 m. GEORGE CHRISTOPHER RAPP
b. 1888 d. 1952. Had issue GEORGE GILBERT RAPP b. 1916 and STANLEY RAPP.
GEORGE WINFIELD DAY b. 1898 USA.
SAMUEL CHARLES DAY b. 1900
USA d. 1905 ENGLAND.
ELIZABETH RUTH DAY b. 1902 ENGLAND d. 1974.
CHARLES ALFRED WEST b. 6 Nov. 1870 Brighton, Sussex. d. 22 Aug. 1955 Brighton, Sussex. m. BEATRICE BALDEY
b. 24 Nov. 1877 Fulking, Sussex. m. 5 Dec. 1897 Brighton, Sussex. d. 19 Dec. 1957 Brighton, Sussex.
CLARA HANNAH WEST b. 1874 Brighton, Sussex. d. 1898.
Children of CHARLES ALFRED WEST and BEATRICE BALDEY
CLARA ELEANOR WEST b. 21 Jan. 1898 Brighton, Sussex. d. Jan. 1983 m. GUSTAV EMIL LARSSON (JOHN)
14 Aug. 1919 Brighton, Sussex b. 26 Dec. 1892 near Goteborg, Sweden d. Jul. 1963 Brighton, Sussex.
CHARLES PERCY WEST b. 6 Nov. 1899? Brighton, Sussex. d. 31 Oct. 1979 Kingsteignton, Devon m.
(1) KATEY/KATE ? Brighton, Sussex d. 7 Jul. 1955 Brighton, Sussex, m. (2) GWEN ? b. Birmingham district, Warwickshire.
Charles served in the Royal Sussex Regiment.
(Charles and Katey/Kate West ran a Newsagency in George Street, Hove for many years).
HARRY LIONEL WEST b. 11 Dec. 1900 Brighton, Sussex. d. 15 Mar. 1979 Bristol Avonmouth m. NELLIE CAROLINE
PAGE 11 Jun. 1938 Prestonville, Brighton, Sussex b. 29 Oct. 1904 Shoreham, Sussex d. 26 Jun. 1971 Bristol, Avonmouth.
ALFRED WEST d. childhood measles.
BEATRICE ROSE WEST b. 16 Mar. 1905 Brighton, Sussex. d. 24 Dec. 1986 Brighton, Sussex.
JACK STANLEY WEST b. Brighton, Sussex. m. RITA?
MILLICENT MAY WEST b. 23 Sep. 1910 Brighton, Sussex. d. 22 Dec. 1978 Patcham, Sussex. m. THOMAS JOHN JONES
4 Oct. 1939 Eastbourne, Sussex b. 29 Sep. 1912 Bootle, Liverpool, Lancashire, d. 20 Feb. 1988 Cuckfield, Sussex.
OLIVE DORIS WEST b. 6 Nov. 1915 Brighton, Sussex. d. 16 Dec. 2003 Grantham, Lincolnshire, m. RONALD STANLEY
MALTBY BROOKS 7 Jan. 1939 Brighton, Sussex b. 18 Jan. 1911 Hove, Sussex d. 8 Aug. 1996 Hove, Sussex.
KATHLEEN WEST b. 19 Dec. 1919 Brighton, Sussex. d. 19 Dec. 1996 Brighton, Sussex. m. JOSEPH ROBERT SAYERS
19 Jun. 1947 Brighton, Sussex b. 17 Sep. 1913 Brighton, Sussex, d. 1 Aug. 2010 Worthing, Sussex.
ROY ALFRED WEST b. 22 Jul 1922 Brighton, Sussex. d. 5 Jul. 1984 Brighton, Sussex. m. MADGE HOOK 23 Jul.
1955 Hove, Sussex b. 1 Mar. 1931 Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Children of MILLICENT MAY WEST and THOMAS JOHN JONES
PETER NORMAN JONES b. 16 Nov. 1940 Brighton, Sussex. m. MARGARET MARY JUNOR 13 Apr. 1968 Clayton, Victoria,
Australia b. 3 Mar. 1942 Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
MARGARET ANNE JONES b. 2 Jul. 1944 Brighton, Sussex. m. NORMAN MORLEY, Patcham, Sussex.
TREVOR JOHN JONES b. 18 Mar. 1950 Brighton, Sussex. m. DOREEN JOAN FORDHAM b. 30 Oct. 1946 m. 27 Oct.
1973 Patcham, Sussex.
Child of PETER NORMAN JONES and MARGARET MARY JUNOR
GLEN PETER JONES b 14 Jul. 1971 Werribee, Victoria, Australia m. TRUDI MARIE LAWFORD 25 Jan. 1997 Casterton,
Victoria, Australia b. 25 Oct. 1976 Casterton, Victoria, Australia.
Children of GLEN PETER JONES and TRUDI MARIE LAWFORD
BRANDON ALAN JONES b. 18 Jun. 2000 Millicent, South Australia, Australia.
MASON ALEXANDER JONES b. 29 Jul. 2008 Millicent, South Australia, Australia.
JAMES WEST - 'REEVE OF THE MANOR OF COWDRAY'.
James West, my maternal great-great-grandfather, was born in Easebourne in the far North-West of Sussex.
In 1837 which was the first year of the reign of Queen Victoria, the Parish of Fernhurst, which had a population of between
700-800 held a Beating the Bounds.
One of 32 Recorders and Walkers was James West of Henley Hill who was the 'Reeve of Cowdray Manor'
and possibly also 'Verdley Manor' .
On 16th March, 1840 North Ambersham also held a 'Beating the Bounds'. Amongst those present when
they started were James West of Henley Hill Reeve of the Lord of the Manor, James' son John aged 12 (my great-grandfather)
and Alexander Brown of Easebourne Priory, Land Agent for Pointz Esquire, Lord of the Manor.
In the 1881 census one of his sons, Luke West's occupation was given as a 'Woodreeve'. Luke was
living with his family at 'The Beeches' which may have at some time previously been called 'Verdley Edge'.
A 'WOODREEVE' OR 'WOODARD'
A 'Woodreeve' or 'Woodard' was a steward or overseer of a forest or wood. In the 17th century much
of England was covered in dense forest which had remained undisturbed over the centuries. However there was concern
that trees were being removed from public land and the majority of freemen decided to appoint a board of Woodreeves or Woodards
who then assigned what trees people could remove from the common land. This prevented wastage of timber by indiscriminate
destruction of the trees and showed a great amount of foresight and regard to the following generations as well as their own
interests. Over several centuries in such places as the New Forest in Hampshire some tenants were permitted to gather
a certain amount of firewood from the forest.
'BEATING THE BOUNDS'
Beating the Bounds is an ancient old custom which goes back many centuries, long before maps were readily
available and Ordnance Survey provided maps marking Parish boundaries. It was the custom during Rogationtide which is
the 5th week after Easter for villagers together with the Rector and other local dignitaries to circumnavigate the Parish
boundaries. The children would carry willow wands to beat the markers with and checks would be made to see that the
stone markers were correctly in place. The custom is still observed in many English Parishes today.
John West, my maternal great-grandfather, was born in Farnhurst in the far North-West of Sussex in 1828.
In the 1851 census John was living with his family in Henley Common, Farnhurst and he and his younger
brothers, James and Thomas were working as Labourers in the Wood.
However he soon moved to Brighton and was living at 45 Kemp Street and employed as a Watchman at the Railway,
the London to Brighton railway line having been opened in 1841.
On 22nd August, 1852 John married Elizabeth Sarah Mercer at St. Nicholas Church in Brighton. Elizabeth
was living with her family at 39 Kemp Street and worked as an Ironer and her father James Mercer was a Coach builder.
In the 1867 edition of Kelly's Post Office Directory of Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex
John West, Coal Dealer was listed as running his Coal Yard business at 4 Cheapside, Brighton.
CHARLES ALFRED WEST
Charles Alfred West, my maternal grandfather, was also a professional musician who played the Concertina
in Brighton. He and Tom Bridger a fellow busker used to play their Anglo Concertinas on the Brighton beach and the promenade
above it. They had a regular pitch for which an annual licence of One Pound was charged. Either Charles or Tom
played on the Collins' "Skylark", a pleasure boat, from time to time. During the evenings Charles and Tom would split
up and play in separate public houses.
In Michael Kilgariff's book, 'Sing Us One of The Old Songs' Charles West is listed as singing the following
two (2) songs: "The Skipper's Farewell" by F.V. Saint Clair arranged by Chas. E. Jeffery in 1898 and "The Scapegrace of the
Family" which is also known as "The Black Sheep of the Family" by Fred J. Barnes in 1909.
Charles is also mentioned in one of the two volume set of books "The Anglo-German Concertinas : A Social
History" by Dan M. Worrall published in 2009.
During the First World War many hundreds of Indian soldiers who were injured whilst fighting in France
were brought to Brighton for treatment where they were nursed in one of the three (3) Indian military hospitals that were
set up in the Royal Pavilion, the Workhouse which is now the Brighton General Hospital and the York Place Schools. Charles
used to play his Concertina for the wounded soldiers in the Royal Pavilion Hospital and possibly the other military hospitals.
The southern gateway to the Royal Pavilion was a gift from the citizens of India to the people of Brighton
and Hove in gratitude for caring for their injured soldiers. His Highness the Maharaja of Patiala dedicated and unveiled
the new southern gateway to the Pavilion on the 26th October, 1921.