b. 12 January 1796, d. 30 May 1858
Father*John WITHAM b. c 1761, d. 11 Mar 1835
Mother*Ann PLAYER b. c 1766, d. Aug 1808
Birth*John WITHAM was born on 12 January 1796 at Rochester, Kent.1 
BaptismHe was baptized on 28 February 1796 at St Nicholas of Myra, Rochester, Kent.1 
Misc*He was listed in the Register of the Freemen of the City Of Rochester as a freeman by birth on 5th June 1826. on 5 June 1826 at Rochester, Kent, England. 
(Witness) CensusHe appeared on the census of 7 June 1841 in the household of Neville Lord SYER at High Street, Rayleigh, Essex;

1841 Census:
Place: High Street, Rayleigh, Essex
Ref: HO107/337/16/7/7
Name Age Sex Occupation Born in County
Neville Syer 45 M Publican Y
Neville Syer 25 M - Y
James Syer 21 M - Y
Charlotte Syer 40 F - N
Ann Syer 20 F - Y
Charlotte Syer 15 F - Y
Fanny Syer 15 F - Y
Maria Syer 14 F - Y
Susan Syer 11 F - Y
Mary Syer 10 F - Y
Sophia Syer 8 F - Y
John Witham 35 M Painter N
Ann Witham 60 F - Y
Sophia Moss 24 F F.S. Y
Mary Moore 20 F F.S. Y.2
Census*John WITHAM appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 at Broadway, Rayleigh, Essex, England;

1851 Census:
Place: Broadway, Rayleigh, Essex
Ref: HO107/1777/17
Name Age Sex Mar Occupation Birthplace Relationship
John Witham 50 M U Painter Kent, Rochester Head
Charlotte Syer 53 F W - Kent, Rochester Sister
Neville Syer 36 M U late Innkeeper Essex, Rayleigh Nephew
Ann Syer 31 F U Schoolmistress Essex, Rayleigh Niece
James Syer 30 M U Waiter Essex, Rayleigh Nephew
Fanny Syer 26 F U - Essex, Rayleigh Niece
Mary Syer 19 F U Milliner Essex, Rayleigh Niece
John Syer 15 M - Scholar Essex, Rayleigh Nephew
Florance Low 2 F - - Essex, Rochford Gt Niece.3

Death*He died on 30 May 1858 at age 62; Death entry: Jun Qtr 1858 Rochford 4a/98.4 

In 2008 Beryl Hall found the Letters of Administration
(1858) for John Witham jnr. His effects were under £300.
The most interesting thing is he was still a plumber and
a bachelor. All he had was left to his sister Charlotte Syer,
a widow.

after 30 May 1858.4 
Burial*He was buried in 1858 at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh, Essex, England; NB: The wear on the memorial inscription makes it impossible
to determine if John Snr or John Jnr is buried there.

Headstone, round top between two peaks,
decorated with two cherub heads each with
a ruff round the neck, central figure
leaning on large urn on pedestal, matching
shaped footstone and broken body tomb.

Sacred to the memory of
(????) the (15) August 180(?)
aged (42) years

who departed this life the 7 Oct 18(19)
aged (14) years

who departed this life (????)
aged (?)2 years

A W 180(?)
J W 1819
J W 18(2 or 5)4

(Benton: WITHAM of the Lion Inn.)
Last Edited30 Aug 2010


  1. Baptism Entry, 16th century onwards "unknown cd."
  2. Online image of the 1841 Census for England and Wales (,
  3. Online image of the 1851 Census for England and Wales (,
  4. Beryl Hall (WITHAM researcher.)