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Name: William Couchman

Burial Number: 0130

Gender: Male

Occupation: Cook; Servant; Hotel Keeper; Baker;

Born: 00/00/1826

Died: 31/03/1887

Buried: 04/04/1887


William was born in Chipstead, Kent, the son of William and Harriet. He was baptised at Chevening on 10th July 1831. His father was a gamekeeper at Chipstead Park and the family lived in the lodge gatehouse. William moved to London as a young man and worked as a cook. In later census records, he was described as “deaf”. On 25th January 1848, William married Hannah (Ann) Elizabeth Barnard at St Paul’s Church, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge. His new wife was much older than him. By 1861, the couple were running the Hart Hotel in Ash, Surrey. They then moved to Worthing, living and working in Montague Place. In 1874, William and Elizabeth (the name she preferred to use) were living at 2 Western Place. By 1881 however, the couple were back in Surrey. This was only a temporary move as by 1887, they were living at 23 Graham Road, Worthing. William died here on 31st March 1887. Probate was granted to Ann Elizabeth Couchman widow. Effects £43 3s. Elizabeth died in Worthing three years later.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for William Couchman

Location in Cemetery

Area: NWS Row: 9 Plot: 5

Exact Location (what3words):

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of William Couchman who died March 31st 1887 aged 62 years "The memory of the just is blessed" Prov. XC 7v. Also of Ann Elizabeth widow of the above who died Aug 16th 1890 aged 76 years "Blessed are the departed"

Further Information


Name: William Couchman

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1826

Town: Chipstead

County: Kent

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 25/1/1848

Spouse First Name: Hannah

Spouse Second Name: Elizabeth

Spouse Last Name: Barnard

Town of Marriage: Knightsbridge

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 31/03/1887

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 23

Address line 3: Graham Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £43 2 s 0 d

Current value of effects: £3540.00

Census Information


Unable to trace. William was not living with his family. The census does not give town of origin.


Delce Lane, Rochester, Kent
William aged 25, servant, staying in the house of his brother-in-law William Barnard, a cow keeper. Elizabeth is not listed


Hart Hotel, Ash, Surrey
William aged 33, hotel keeper. Elizabeth aged 49. Louisa Barnard aged 25, dressmaker. Plus 3 servants and 2 lodgers. William is described as “deaf”


10 Montage Place, Worthing.
William aged 40, cook. Elizabeth aged 55, housekeeper. Both working in the house of Frances Dalton, widow who let furnished houses.


Baker’s Shop, Park Road, Frimley, Surrey
William aged 55, cook and baker. Elizabeth aged 67. Plus an errand boy. William is again described as “deaf”.

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.