History of the family.
1750 - 1786.
The first record of the Boreham name is the Hastings St Clements Church baptism records July 24th. 1781 Sarah was baptised daughter of John and Mary the second of their three children.
Little is known of the mother Mary but John was a fisherman and drowned in a fishing tragedy with his son John, and Edward Morris on Friday July 7th. 1786. The tragedy was reported in the "The Daily Universal Register" Tuesday, July 18, 1786. Now the "Times of London", the report is exactly as printed at the time,
Friday fe nnight as two fifhermen belonging
to Hathing, named Morris and Barham, wiith a
boy, fon of the latter, were traveling in a
little hog boat off that place, their boat
overfet, when they all three unfortunately
perifhed. Barham has left a widow pregnant,
and two children. Their hats were all found
floating, but none of their bodies have as yet
been taken up."
In the report the name is spelt as pronounced and in various records derivatives are BARHAM, BORHAM, BOORHAM, and BOREHAM the latter appearing with regularity on the 1841 census.
If you have an interest or family connections with the Boreham family of Hastings and Rye, I would be very pleased to hear from you and fill in any of the missing links and see how far the family extends in the 21st century.
Descendants of John Boreham Drowned July 1786.
Early Photographs of the Family.