VOL. IV - CHAPTER 3

Joseph Venice and Sarah Burchett 

Joseph Venice was baptised on 13 March 1761 at Brightling Parish Church, the son of Thomas Venice.

The only other Joseph Venice baptised around that time was the son of James and Elizabeth on 16 November 1765 at Brightling. Assuming he was baptised as a baby this means he was to young to be our ancestor.

After the reading of the banns on 11 April 1779, 18 April 1779 and 25 April 1779, Joseph Vaness married Sarah Burchet on 6 May 1779 at Wartling Parish Church

Joseph signed the register whereas Sarah was only able to make her mark. The marriage was witnessed by William Kennard who made his mark and Richard Vaness (Veness) who signed his name. His connection to this family is not known. He does not appear to have been a brother. This was considered in establishing Joseph's parentage but there is no other Joseph with a brother Richard.

Sarah Burchett was christened on 29 April 1759 at Herstmonceux Parish Church. She is believed to be the daughter of Samuel Burchett and Martha Jeffery.

Samuel Burchett was born in Wartling in 1732 the son of William Burchett and Anne Martin. He married Martha Jeffery on 28 January 1758 at Wartling. Samuel died on 19 July 1814 at Herstmonceux. Martha had predeceased him, having died on 11 March 1814.

I am told that Samuel's father William was born in 1694 in East Dean, and that he married Anne Martin on 15 December 1720 in Wartling. William died in 1777, Anne having died in 1776. William's father was believed to be Nicholas Burchett born around 1656 in East Dean.

Martha Jeffery, born in 1743 was the daughter of Nicholas Jeffrey and Elizabeth Jeffery.


Joseph Venes and Sarah Burchet are believed to have had seven children, all of whom were baptised at Brightling;

  • Thomas Venes baptised 4 September 1779.
  • Mary Venes baptised 7 December 1781.
  • Sarah Venes baptised 9 August 1783.
  • Joseph Venes baptised 5 October 1784.
  • Richard Venes baptised 27 December 1786.
  • Anne Venes baptised 24 November 1788. This was a private baptism which indicated that the infant was unlikely to live and on 23 December 1788 the burial of Ann Venes, infant was recorded at Brightling Parish Church.
  • Philly Venes baptised 31 December 1790.

This is the only family of Veness's constructed from the baptism's index at East Sussex County Record Office which have Joseph and Sarah as parents, which suggests that I have the correct family despite an inability to check ages and dates.

The only entries in the parish registers so far located which could relate to the burials of Joseph and Sarah are the burial of Sarah Venes on 7 October 1792, followed by the burial of Joseph Venes of Wartling on 27 June 1793 at Brightling Parish Church. However both of these seem to early to be our Joseph and Sarah.

Of their remaining surviving children,

Our line continues through Joseph Venes and details of his life can be found at chapter 4

It is possible that Thomas Venes married Grace Waghorn on 12 April 1796 and they had 10 children, but the link has not been properly established. This Thomas died in 1829 in Kent.

It is possible that Sarah Venes married James Buss and that they had two children Mary Buss, born 1803 and Thomas Buss, born 1804 

Nothing further is known of Richard, Mary and Philly Venes

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