Charles Deudney of Hastings
(Abt 1760-1829)
Jane Jensing Brook
(Abt 1757-1822)
Robert Deudney of Hastings, Gent.


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Caroline Blackman

Robert Deudney of Hastings, Gent.

  • Born: 1802, Hastings, Sussex, England
  • Christened: 10 Mar 1802, All Saints, Hastings, Sussex, England 1
  • Married: 7 Dec 1830, Hooe, Sussex, England 2
  • Died: 28 Feb 1883, Gensing House, Upper Maze Hill, Hastings, Sussex, England 3

  Research Notes:

In 1829 Robert Deudney was a trustee and co-executor of his father's Will, receiving £1,100.

In 1838 Robert Deudney of Gensing Farm near Hastings, gentleman, was co-executor of the Will of his father-in-law Benjamin Blackman of Hooe, gent.

At the time of the 1851 England Census Robert Deudney, aged 49, born in St. Mary Magdalen Sussex, married, farmer of 787 acres employing 26 men, was living in Gensing Farm, St. Mary Magdalen. With him was daughter Caroline (19) of St. Mary Magdalen. At this time Robert's wife Caroline was visiting her sister Maria Martin in East Peckham Kent.

In April 1856 Robert Deudney was present at the marriage of his daughter Caroline Deudney to Thomas Simmons in St. Leonards Sussex.

In 1859 Robert Deudney of Gensing in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen Hastings, gent., was co-executor of the Will of his late brother-in-law Walter Duke of Hastings.

In 1868 Robert Deudney of St. Leonard's-on-Sea, gentleman, was the sole executor of the Will of his brother-in-law Samuel Blackman of Hastings, gent.

In February 1870 Robt. Deudney was present at the marriage of his daughter Ellen Deudney to the Rev. Archibald James Bennoch in St. Leonards Sussex.

At the time of the 1881 England Census Robert Dudney, aged 49, born in St. Mary Magdalen Sussex, widower, J.P., retired farmer, was living in Gensing House, Hastings St. Leonards Sussex. With him were visitors Elizabeth Blackman (69) of Hooe, unmarried, annuitant, and Susan Madgwick (41) of Falmer Sussex, unmarried, annuitant.


Funeral of the Late Mr. Robert Deudney.

The funeral of our late lamented townsman, Mr. Robert Deudney, of Gensing House, Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards, took place in the Hollington Old Churchyard, on Monday afternoon last. The funeral <i>cortege<i>, consisting of a hearse drawn by two horses, it being the express wish of the deceased that it should be conducted simply throughout, and 20 carriages, including the private vehicles of many of the leading gentry, started from Gensing House at a few minutes past two, and proceeding across St. Leonards Green and through Hollington reached the church a few minutes before three o'clock. Here a large concourse of spectators, many of them being personal friends of the deceased, awaited its arrival, the number being largely increased no doubt by the fact that the weather was exceedingly fine, which tempted many to take the walk across the fields to the old church. The coffin, of polished oak, with solid brass fittings and plain name-plate, with the words "Robert Deudney, died 28th February 1883, aged 81 years," was received at the entrance to the churchyard by the Revs. T. W. Adam and H. Powell, by whom the funeral service was conducted. On the coffin were laid several wreaths of beautiful immortelles and other choice flowers, one of which had attached to it a note, "With the fond love of his grand-daughters, Ella and Agnes Burnock*." The mourners solemnly followed the clergymen and the coffin into the church, where the first part of the burial service was performed ; thence it was borne again through the midst of silent spectators to the brink of the grave, which had already received the mortal remains of the wife, daughter, and grand-daughter of the deceased. Here the Rev. T. W. Adam read the concluding part of the service, and then the coffin was slowly lowered to its final resting place, while many of those present felt a pang of grief at parting with an old and tried friend. Among those who followed and were present throughout the ceremony were:—Mr. J. Simmons, and the Rev. A. Bennock, sons-in-law, Mr. Henry Simmons and Mr. Frank Simmons, grandsons, Mr. C. J. Murray, M.P., Sir Anchitel Ashburnham, the Revs. J. W. Tottenham, E. F. Cave-Brown-Cave, E. C. Adams, H. Powell [and others]...

The Hastings and St. Leonards Observer, Saturday, 10 Mar 1883, p. 7

* i.e. Bennock


The Will of Robert Deudney late of Gensing House Upper Maze Hill Hastings in the County of Sussex, Gentleman, who died 28 February 1883 at at Gensing House, was proved 7 April 1883 at Lewes by Thomas Simmons of Stilstead House of East Peckham in the County of Kent and Thomas Arkcoll of Hurstmonceux in the County of Sussex, Esquires, the executors. Personal estate £34,060 12s. 3

  Marriage Information:

Robert married Caroline Blackman, daughter of Benjamin Blackman and Deborah Rickman, on 7 Dec 1830 in Hooe, Sussex, England. (Caroline Blackman was born on 26 Sep 1807 in Hooe, Sussex, England, christened there 19 Apr 1808, and was buried on 20 Nov 1874 in Hollington, Sussex, England, aged 67 years.)

  Marriage Notes:

Robert Deudney of the parish of St. Mary Magdalen near Hastings, bachelor, and Caroline Blackman of the parish of Hooe, spinster

Married by Licence

Witnesses: Benjn Blackman, Maria Blackman, Elizabeth Blackman, Matilda Blackman


1 Hastings All Saints Sussex Parish Registers, Baptisms.

2 Hooe Sussex Parish Registers, Marriages, p. 19, no. 56.

3 England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995, 1883, p. 155.

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