A BRIEF HISTORY
From the original research conducted in the 19th Century by
Richard Laslett of Fulham, London
Contained in his manuscripts held by his brother George’s family in South Australia.
Updated and edited by Gordon Lasslett and others
The Family........................................................................................................................ 6
John and Margaret Laslett of Nantwich, Cheshire...................................................... 6
Roger and Joane Laslett of Harbledown, Kent........................................................... 7
John and Ann Laslett of Harbledown......................................................................... 9
Charles and Agnis Laslett of Harbledown................................................................ 10
George Laslett of Hackington and his wives Agnes, Jane, Anne, Annah and Ann.... 11
John Laslett of Woodnesborough and his wives, Katherine, Ruth, Elizabeth and Joan 12
John and Mildred Laslett of Woodnesborough........................................................ 15
Stephen and Ann Laslett of Deal.............................................................................. 18
John and Mary Laslett of Sandwich......................................................................... 20
Thomas and Mary Laslett of Hoden Farm................................................................ 21
William and Sarah Laslett of Dover.......................................................................... 23
John and Elizabeth Laslett of West Marsh................................................................ 25
Thomas and Mary Laslett of Stourmouth................................................................. 26
William and Susanna Laslett of Stratford-on-Avon................................................... 27
William and Mary Laslett of Sandwich..................................................................... 28
Richard and Elizabeth Laslett of Woodnesborough and of Hoden and Santon Farms 29
William and Mary Lasslett of Chislet........................................................................ 32
Thomas and Jane Laslett of Worcester.................................................................... 33
William and Mar Laslett of Shoreham...................................................................... 34
Thomas and Ann Laslett of Stourmouth.................................................................. 35
Thomas Laslett of Preston & his wives Elizabeth & Susannah................................. 36
Richard and Mary Laslett of Bossington and Ovington Farms................................. 38
John and Elizabeth Laslett of Hoden Farm, Ash...................................................... 40
Thomas and Elizabeth Lasslett of Brook Farm......................................................... 41
Thomas and Elizabeth Laslett of Woodnesborough................................................. 43
Isaac and Lydia Laslett of Deptford.......................................................................... 46
Thomas and Sophia Laslett of Worcester................................................................. 47
Richard & Elizabeth Laslett of Hole, Dene, Wingham Well and Appleton Farms....... 48
John and Elizabeth Laslett of Coombe.................................................................... 52
William Lasslett of Rayham and Brook Farms and his wives Mary and Mary Ann..... 54
John and Ann Laslett of Ash................................................................................... 57
Thomas and Elizabeth Laslett of Chatham............................................................... 58
George and Charlotte Laslett of Hole Farm.............................................................. 60
William and Maria Laslett of Abberton Hall, Worcester............................................. 63
Charles and Mary Laslett of Richborough................................................................ 75
George and Mary Laslett of Hoaden Farm................................................................ 76
Robert and Mary Ann Laslett of Ash........................................................................ 80
William and Sarah Lasslett of Malmsbury................................................................ 82
Thomas and Emma Lasslett of Detroit..................................................................... 90
George and Mary Laslett of Hope Farm.................................................................... 92
Thomas and Harriet Laslett of Chatham................................................................... 93
John Barrett and Susannah Laslett of Cheriton........................................................ 95
Samuel and Susannah Laslett of Dover................................................................... 96
Richard and Susannah Laslett of Fulham................................................................ 99
George and Eliza Laslett of Allendale East............................................................. 101
Thomas and Sarah Laslett of Broadstairs.............................................................. 110
William and Jane Laslett of Hope Farm.................................................................. 111
Richard and Mary Laslett of London...................................................................... 112
George and Mary Laslett of West Cliffe, Dover........................................................ 114
John and Emma Lasslett of Elsternwick................................................................ 115
Thomas and Rhoda Laslett of Eynsham................................................................. 116
Edward and Eliza Laslett of Sandridge................................................................... 118
Thomas and Julia Laslett of Woodnesborough...................................................... 120
Thomas Laslett of Chatham and his wives Louisa, Harriet, Mary and Clara............ 123
Stephen and Elizabeth Laslett of Southfields......................................................... 125
Frederick and Julia Lasslett of Hurlstone Park....................................................... 126
Jarvis and Emma Laslett of Hope and Street Farms............................................... 128
Henry and Ann Lasslett of Detroit.......................................................................... 131
William and Matilda Lasslett of Footscray.............................................................. 133
William and Laura Laslett of Riga.......................................................................... 137
Thomas and Kate Laslett of Broadstairs................................................................. 138
Albert and Isabella Laslett..................................................................................... 139
Thomas and Edith Laslett of Penge....................................................................... 140
George and Ellen Laslett of Moorak....................................................................... 141
Frederick and Amy Lasslett of Hurlstone Park....................................................... 143
Herbert Laslett and his wives Jeannie and Hannah................................................. 145
Alfred and Margaret Laslett of North Terrace, Adelaide.......................................... 148
Henry and Deborah Laslett of Shoal Lake, Manitoba.............................................. 150
Alfred and Minnie Lasslett of Caulfield.................................................................. 151
Ruffell and Eveline Laslett..................................................................................... 152
Ernest and Sarah Laslett of Southfields................................................................. 155
William and Lilian Laslett of Allendale East and O.B. Flat...................................... 156
William and Alice Lasslett of Footscray................................................................. 159
George and Elsie Laslett OF O.B. Flat.................................................................... 160
Arthur and Dorothea Laslett................................................................................... 165
Leonard and Alice Laslett of Mount Gambier......................................................... 167
Frederick and Bertha Lasslett of Hurlstone Park.................................................... 169
Harold and Lily Laslett of Broadstairs.................................................................... 170
Herbert (Glen) Laslett and his wives Eileen and Barbara........................................ 171
Arthur and Sybil Laslett of Coulsdon..................................................................... 172
Arthur and Edna Lasslett of Hurlstone Park........................................................... 173
Frank Lasslett of South Yarra................................................................................. 174
John Lacy (Jack) and Muriel Laslett....................................................................... 176
Reginald and Margaret Laslett of Ingle Farm.......................................................... 179
Peter and Janet Laslett of Cambridge.................................................................... 180
Alfred and Mary Laslett of Adelaide....................................................................... 190
Herbert and Joan Laslett of Glenelg East............................................................... 191
Keith and Beryl Lasslett of Upwey.......................................................................... 193
Jim and Marie Lasslett of Keilor............................................................................ 194
George and Pat Laslett of Hove.............................................................................. 195
Robert and Pamela Laslett of Birmingham............................................................. 196
Peter Laslett of Bundaberg and his wives Laura, Elizabeth and Greta.................... 198
Graham and Christine Laslett of Edington............................................................. 200
Gordon and Susan Lasslett of Lindfield................................................................. 201
Richard and Susan Lasslett of New Gisborne......................................................... 203
Roger Lacelet of Harbledowne - 2 May 1586........................................................... 204
The Politics of partying......................................................................................... 205
Wills and Inventories................................................................................................. 207
John Laslet of Great Mongeham - 21 November 1665............................................. 207
Stephen Laslett of Deal - 3 May 1690...................................................................... 210
Stephen Lacelett of Woodnesboro - 21 February 1703............................................ 214
Joseph Lacelett of Worth - 1 June 1710.................................................................. 216
Anne Laslett of Worth - 30 May 1721....................................................................... 217
William Lasslett of Dover - 3 March 1726................................................................ 218
Stephen Lacy of Deal - 30 August 1735.................................................................. 219
Thomas Laslett of Ash - 25 September 1736........................................................... 221
John Lacey of Deal - 8 May 1739............................................................................ 223
William Laslett of Dover - 19 April 1740.................................................................. 224
Sarah Laslett of Dover - 31 December 1740............................................................ 225
Stephen Laslett of Rotherhith - 31 March 1762....................................................... 226
William Lasslet of Chislet - 15 March 1763............................................................. 227
Richard Laslett of Ash - 26 September 1781........................................................... 228
Thomas Lasslett of Whitstable - 6 March 1809........................................................ 230
Thomas Lasslett the Elder of Ash - 5 October 1815................................................ 231
William Lasslett of Whitstable - 9 May 1835............................................................ 233
Richard Laslett of Wingham - 13 May 1847............................................................. 235
Sophia Laslett of Abberton Hall - 2 December 1851................................................ 237
William Laslett of Abberton Hall - 6 October 1883................................................... 238
This history of the Laslett family was prompted by a telephone call in 1986 from Jim Lasslett in Melbourne to my mother Edna Lasslett in Sydney. As usual Jim was involved in his constant gathering of information on the family and, my mother, knowing that I was interested in compiling a history but lacking in motivation, introduced me to Jim suspecting that his enthusiasm would be infectious. She has been proved correct.
Additionally I have been supported by George and Reg Laslett in South Australia, who have made available their research and the research and reminiscences of their immediate relatives, particularly the late George Samson Laslett and Richard Manger Laslett. They have allowed me to copy from their own publications and I would like to apologise if I have inadvertently failed to acknowledge this when including a piece of their work in the History.
Among the many who have aided me in this study, I wish to give special acknowledgement to Frank Lasslett for his friendship and to Peter Laslett of Cambridge. Peter many years ago, through his book The World We have Lost unknowingly implanted in me the idea of researching and writing a history of the family.
Robert Laslett of Birmingham has kindly written on his branch of the family and his words have been included virtually as written. Robert has also helped with his advice on the life of William Laslett M.P. of Worcester.
Captain Graham F. Laslett CBE RN of Edington, Wiltshire, has generously supplied his comments and additions that were compiled from his family records, particularly a journal kept by Albert Laslett between 1883 and 1906.
Thanks go to Canon George Browning, the chaplain of the Laslett Charities, who generously gave me his notes on William Laslett M.P. thus saving many hours of research.
Peter Laslett from Bundaberg, Queensland has also added the details on his branch of the family who immigrated to Victoria last century and later took the Laslett name to Western Australia where it is now well established.
The origins of the Laslett family are presently unknown. We know that they moved to Harbledown near Canterbury from Nantwich in Cheshire around 1546. The name is probably a Kentish rendition of a Cheshire name such as Lancelot for Roger Laslett the immigrant from Cheshire could not write. It was therefore most likely that a local parish clerk gave us our Kentish surname ‘Laslett’ or as it appears in the Harbledown parish registers ‘Lauslet’ or ‘Lawslet’. The name Lancelot is not so fanciful for Chester the ancient walled capital of Cheshire is one of the supposed sites of the legendary Camelot.
But basically the Laslett family is of Kentish stock, more particularly East Kent, that rich area east of the river Medway, which from ancient times has been fought over by successive waves of invaders. Briton, Roman, Saxon, Norman and, in the last great conflict, German have each sought to rule the fields of Kent.
One of the earliest references to Kent that I have read is by C. Julius Caesar who, in De Bello Gallico V,14, says:
Ex his omnibus longe sunt humanissimi qui Cantium incolunt, quae regio est maritima omnis, neque multum a Gallica differunt consuetudine. Interiores plerique frumenta non serunt, sed lacte et carne vivunt pellibusque sunt vestiti. Omnes vero se Britanni vitro inficiunt, quod caeruleum efficit colorem, atque hoc horridiores sunt in pugna aspectu; capilloque sunt promisso atque omni parte corporis rasa praeter caput et labrum superius.
(Of all the Britons the inhabitants of Kent, an entirely maritime district, are by far the most civilised, differing but a little from the Gallic manner of life. Of the inlanders most do not sow corn, but live on milk and flesh and clothe themselves in skins. All the Britons, indeed, dye themselves with woad, which produces a blue colour, and makes their appearance in battle more terrible. They wear long hair, and shave every part of the body save the head and the upper lip.)
After Caesar's attempt to conquer Britain failed the Romans did not visit that part of the world until the Emperor Claudius invaded Britain from Gaul in 43 AD and in a short time incorporated Britain into the Roman Empire.
About 1450 John Capgrave writing in his Abbreuiacion of Cronicles says:
And ye schal vndirstand that this diuision (of British blood) began in the first coming of Saxones, whech was in the year of oure Lord 455...
The first kyngdam was in Kent, where the first kyng was Hengist...
Bede writing in the early eighth century in his Historiae Ecclesiasticae Gentis Anglorum, the history of the Church of the English people, says:
De Iutarum origine sunt Cantuari (the people of Kent are of Jutish origin).
Also of Hengist and his brother Horsa:
Erant autem filii Uictgisli, cuius pater Uitta, cuis pater Uecta, cuius pater uoden... (they were the sons of Whitgisl, son of Witta, son of Wecta, son of Woden...)
With the exception of Essex all the genealogies of the English royal families which have been preserved go back to Woden, the god after whom Wednesday and the East Kent village of Woodnesborough is named.
Bede also says:
...equibus Horsa postea occisus in bello a Brettonibus hactenus in orientalibus Cantiae partibus monumentum habet suo nomine insigne (Horsa was afterwards killed in battle by the Britons, and in the eastern part of Kent there is still a monument bearing his name).
John was probably born in the 1480s in Cheshire. He was a yeoman farmer.
Migrated to Harbledown near Canterbury in Kent in the mid 1540s.
Margaret was buried at Harbledown on 15 December 1564.
(CAVIAT The information on John (?) & Margaret and their family is deduced from very sparse records and may need re-evaluating when more records come to light.)
Family of John and Margaret Laslett
WILLIAM (or John?) – born Cheshire c.1505.
ROGER - probably born at Nantwich in Cheshire in 1509. He was the second son of John Laslett a yeoman farmer and his wife Margaret.
See chapter Roger and Joane Laslett of Harbledown, Kent on page 7
Roger was probably born at Nantwich in Cheshire in 1509. He was the second son of John Laslett a yeoman farmer and his wife Margaret (page 6). Unfortunately this was before Parish registers were started so we are unable to find any written record of his baptism or the parents’ marriage. There is a 1586 affidavit (see page 204) in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives in which Roger Laslett was a witness in a land dispute. In it is he confirms that he is ‘Roger Lacelett of the parish of Harbledowne where he has lived for the space of forty years or thereabouts originated in the parish of Namptwhich (Nantwich) in the county of Chester (that is Cheshire) aged about Lxxvij years…’ He made his mark with the date being 2 May 1586.
In this document Roger also states ‘that his … brother was farmer of the parsonadge of Harboldowne abowte five and thirty yeeres agoe by the space of three yeares and before him his father with both which persons this deponent did dwell and yearlie in Chery tyme did fett (fetch) cheryes in the name of tith cherryes from the saide parcell of gownde called the Cherry Garden and hee saith that since that tyme hee hath knowen the farmers of the saide parcell of grownde yearlie pay their tenthes and tithes …’
From the above we can assume that Roger left Cheshire around 1546 with his father and brother probably as a farm labourer for his father who took over a farm called the Parsonadge. The OED identifies a Parsonadge as ‘the benefice or living of a parson; a rectory.’ In addition, Roger states that he collected tithes and that he knows that the owners of the ground have paid their annual tenths and tithes. The fact that Roger’s father farm was the living of an Ecclesiastic, in all probability the Rector of Harbledown, and that Roger personally collected tithes and ‘knew’ that tenths and tithes had been paid would seem to indicate that the move of the family from Cheshire to Kent was related to church matters. In Cheshire, perhaps they had been employees of the Eccesiastic who later had the benefice of the Parsonadge and had moved with him to Kent. (The ten years leading up to 1546 saw Henry VIII’s break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries so perhaps even the land passed at that stage to the laity. In 1547 Edward VI came to the throne and turned Henry VIII’s Anglicised Catholic Church into a Protestant one. Queen Mary attempted to reverse this from 1553 until Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558 and things religious settled down as much as they could.
Roger also states that his brother took over the Parsonadge farm from his father around 1551 and farmed it for three years. Did his father die in 1551? Did the family give up the farm in 1554 because the living of it passed to another Rector?
In the Canterbury City Plea Rolls there is an item dated 17 Aust 1562 there are papers covering a law case in which William Stephen sued Anthony Moswell, yeoman and his wife Katherine concerning the cherry garden. On 1 October 1562 there is an entry that John Lacye was bound on a recognizance of £10 to give evidence. One is tempted to think that John Lacye may be either Roger’s father of brother. In addition, there was a Margaret Laslett buried at Harbledown on 15 December 1564. This is probably Roger’s mother as he named his first child Margaret.
It is conjecture but going by the earliest spellings of Laslett in Kent, that is Lauslet/Lawslett, the name may probably be derived from the Cheshire surname Launslet/Lancelot. This, in turn, probably derives from the Lancelyn family who, by the end of the eleventh century, held the manor of Great Bebington (now known as Lower Bebington) in Cheshire. The Lancelyn family has lived in Bebington/ Bromborough continuously for over 900 years, with Scirard, the son of Roger Lancelyn Green, still living in the 17th century home - Poulton Hall.
Anyway, Roger settled in Harbledown, which is just outside Canterbury and is the site of St Nicholas Hospital. This hospital was founded in 1084 as a hospice of lepers by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Lanfrac. The 1847 edition of Bagshaw's Directory describes Harbledown as "a pleasant village on the London road 1m west of Canterbury. The situation is exceedingly picturesque on the brow of a hill and is remarkable for the salubrity of the air".
No record of marriage has been located but in Cowper's transcript of the Harbledown PRs (which he supplements with details from the BTs) there is a record of a Roger Lynsyle married Elizabeth Busmean on 3 September 1564.
Roger was buried at Harbledown on 7 April 1593. Joane was buried there on 28 January 1602 O.S.
Family of Roger and Joane Laslett
WILLIAM - baptised at Harbledown on 30 October 1563. Buried there on 7 March 1564 O.S.
JOHN - baptised at Harbledown on 27 January 1565 O.S. and buried there on 29 April 1566.
WILLIAM - baptised at Harbledown on 29 February 1567 O.S. and buried there on 21 March 1567 O.S.
JOHN - baptised at Harbledown on 17 July 1569. In 1597 married Ann Abraham at Faversham. Mentioned in his brother George's 1641 will. Ann was buried at Harbledown on 30 April 1646 as Goodwife Lacelett and John was buried there on 5 June 1646 as Goodman Lacelett.
See chapter John and Ann Laslett of Harbledown on page 9.
CHARLES - baptised at Harbledown on 1 May 1576. On 25 January 1595 O.S. married Agnis Blaslam at Harbledown. Charles was buried at Harbledown on 21 October 1606.
See chapter Charles and Agnis Laslett of Harbledown on page 10.
GEORGE - baptised at Harbledown on 26 January 1581. Married Agnes Blasrams at Sturry on 27 June 1620, then on 18 November 1622 Jane Forster at Cosmos Blean. Jane was buried at Hackington on 7 January 1622 O.S. On 19 May 1623 married Anne Court at Harbledown. Anne died at Hackington in 1631. George then married Annah Knock at Guston on 7 July 1625. Annah was buried at Hackington on 22 February 1630 O.S. On 21 September 1631 George married Ann Bailey at Hackington. George died at Hackington in 1641.
See chapter George Laslett of Hackington and his wives Agnes, Jane, Anne, Annah and Ann on page 11.
MARGARET - baptised at Harbledown on 15 January 1560 O.S. Married Nicholas King on 2 August 1599 at Harbledown.
MARY - baptised at Harbledown on 24 February 1572 O.S. Married Robert Claringbole, yeoman. Both were buried at Barham, Robert on 6 August 1639 and Mary on 28 February 1639 O.S. From Robert's 1638 Will (witnessed by George Laslett) we can identify the following children:
John Laslett was baptised at Harbledown on 17 July 1569 the son of Roger and Joane Laslett (Page 7.)
In 1597 John married Ann Abraham at Faversham.
He was mentioned in his brother George's 1641 will.
Ann was buried at Harbledown on 31 April 1646 as Goodwife Lacelett and John was buried there on 5 June 1646 as Goodman Lacelett.
Family of John and Ann Laslett
MARY - baptised at Harbledown on 27 March 1599. Married Thomas Garner on 24 October 1631 at St. Dunstans Canterbury. Thomas died and left her a widow after very few years of marriage.
John Garner - baptised 4 May 1634 at St. Dunstan's, Canterbury.
PARNELL - baptised at Harbledown on 7 November 1602. Married Daniel Friend on 25 June 1632 at All Saints Canterbury.
SUSAN - baptised at Harbledown on 18 August 1605.
Charles Laslett was baptised at Harbledown on 1 May 1576 the son of Roger and Joane Laslett (page 7).
On 25 January 1595 O.S. Charles married Agnis Blaslam at Harbledown. The Blaxlands are a family that was very prominent in the Harbledown-Sturry-Westbere area from the 13th to the 19th centuries. There is a picture of Blaxland farmhouse near Westbere, supposedly the place of origin of the surname in Kent, in David Hey's Oxford Companion to Family History. This farm is just to the north of Sturry and is adjacent to Hole (Vale) Farm from where George Laslett immigrated to Australia last century. Gregory Blaxland, the Australian explorer, was born near Canterbury and came to Australia round about 1810.
Charles died aged 30 on 21 October 1606 and was buried at Harbledown.
Family of Charles and Agnis Laslett
CHARLES - baptised at Harbledown on 9 November 1598 and buried there on 10 November 1609.
JOHN - baptised at Harbledown on 3 May 1601. His first wife's name was Katherine (surname not known) and she was buried at Woodnesborough on 6 October 1629. John then married Ruth Cater at Ash on 28 September 1630. Ruth was buried at Ash on 13 November 1640. John's third wife was Elizabeth Neale who he married at St Marys Canterbury on 5 April 1641. We have no record of Elizabeth's death but John married for a fourth and last time on 25 November 1651 to Joan May at Woodnesborough. John was buried at Woodnesborough on 5 December 1665 and Joan at Great Mongeham on 29 March 1671 O.S.
ANN - baptised 20 November 1603. On 7 May 1628 Ann married Salathield King at Harbledown.
HESTER - baptised 25 July 1606 at Harbledown and buried there on 26 February 1614 O.S.
There is a marriage recorded in the Sturry parish registers on 27 June 1620 of a George Lacye of Cosmos Blean and Agnes Basrams (Blaxland?). This may be a first marriage and if so Agnes is probably closely related to his brother Charles' wife Agnis Blaslam.
George's second wife was Jane Forster who he married at Cosmos Blean on 18 November 1622. No further details are known except a burial date at Hackington on 7 January 1622 O.S. although mention is made in George's will to a debtor named Nicholas Forster of Canterbury.
George signs as Churchwarden at Hackington in 1627 and 1628.
On 19 May 1623 George married Anne Court of St Alphage Canterbury at Harbledown. Anne died at Hackington and was buried on 27 April 1624. Her death was probably the result of childbirth.
On 7 July 1625 Georg Lasly married Annah Knock at Guston. Annah was buried at Hackington on 22 February 1630 O.S.
On 22 September 1631 he married Ann Bailey, a widow of Fordwich at Hackington.
George died at Hackington in 1641 and from his will we can ascertain that he was a relatively wealthy man. No mention is made of his children in his will so we can only assume that they predeceased him. Bequests were made to his brother John, sister Mary Gardner and nephews John Laslett and Robert, Thomas, Richard and George Claringbole.
Family of George and Anne Laslett
ROBERT - baptised at Hackington on 23 March 1623 O.S.
Family of George and Annah Laslett
THOMAS - baptised at Hackington on 21 December 1628.
ELIZABETH - baptised at Hackington on 24 January 1626 O.S.
John Laslett was baptised at Harbledown on 3 May 1601. He was the second son of Charles Laslett of Harbledown and his wife Agnis Laslett née Blaslam (page 10). He was a yeoman farming lands in Woodnesborough and was married four times. John's will indicates that he was illiterate and this fact probably helps to account for the various spellings of his surname that appear in different records. The following variations have been noted Lasy, Lacie, Lasley, Lastly (or Lascly), Lacely, Lasly, Lacelet, Laslet, Laslett.
John's father died in 1606 and from the way that John named his children it appears that he must have been very close to by his Uncle George at Hackington.
Woodnesborough (pronounced ‘Winzbru’ or more lately ‘Woonzbrer’) is a parish and village situated about 15 km East of Canterbury and 2 km South West of Sandwich. The parish is 2940 acres and its population, as an indication of size, was, in the early part of this century, around 900. The village’s name is from the Anglo Saxon Wodnesbeorge “Woden’s Hill” or “hill sacred to Woden”.
It is also mentioned above that John was a yeoman, that is, a man who farms land which he owns and whose main business and preoccupation is farming. Lord Macaulay narrowed down the definition of a yeoman to one who cultivates his own fields with his own hands, but in Kent the term embraced wealthier men, landowners who farmed several hundred acres and who frequently leased and let other land as well.
William Lambarde in his Perambulation of Kent, published in 1576, talked of the Kentish yeomen as "warm and wealthy yeomen...who, in this their estate, please themselves, and joy exceedingly; insomuch as a man may find sundry yeomen (although otherwise for wealth comparable with many of the gentle sort) that will not for all that change their condition, nor desire to be apparelled with the titles of gentry."
In researching this book I have found many Lasletts over more than a dozen generations and it is significant that of all those many hundreds of kinfolk only two have both desired and also been able to claim gentleman status. Kentish yeomen have always been well satisfied with their distinctive station in life and consider that they are the best farmers in England farming the best land in the country.
John's first wife's name was Katherine. She was buried at Woodnesborough on 6 October 1629 as 'the wife of John Lacie' with no name shown in the parish register but luckily the Bishop's Transcript at Canterbury disclosed the name 'Katherine'. They had had one child, Hanna. On 28 September 1630 the Bishop's transcripts record that John Lasley married Ruth Cater at Ash. Ruth was the mother of John's next six children, John, Elizabeth, Thomas, George, Robert and Sara. Ruth was buried at Woodnesborough on 13 November 1640 and on 5 April 1641 at St Marys Canterbury John married for a third time. The marriage is recorded as John Lacely alias Lasly a Yeoman and Widower of Woodnesborough and Elizabeth Neale of Northbourne widow of Ingram Neale late s p deceased. John has signed the licence book in an unsteady hand 'John Lasly'. The bondman on the marriage licence record was given as Thomas Cater of Faversham, clerk. He was probably the brother of John's second wife Ruth. We have found recorded the birth of one child, Stephen, from this marriage but there were probably two other children born, George and Joseph. The Woodnesborough records for the Civil War period 1644-7 are very low in numbers so it is probable that the baptisms were not recorded. We have found no record of Elizabeth's burial but John married for a fourth and probably last time on 25 November 1651. This marriage is recorded in the Woodnesborough Parish Register as John Lastly and Joan May.
John was buried at Woodnesborough on 5 December 1665. He is shown in the Parish Register as being of Gt. Mongham. A search of Great Mongham Parish Register found no record of John although the baptism of two grandchildren and the burial of his daughter Elizabeth were found. We can only surmise that his last wife, Joan, had a cottage at Walmer near Great Mongeham and that John divided up his property at Woodnesborough (and perhaps Ash) among his children and moved to Walmer. Ruth must have died about 1660 as it appears from the Great Mongeham Parish Registers that various family members took it in turns to live with their father at Walmer from 1661 until 1664. The Hearth Tax returns of 1664 for the Lathe of St. Augustine show a John Lacy of the Boro of Great Mongeham, 2 hearths, chargeable. So perhaps John had two cottages, one in Walmer and another in Great Mongeham. Anyway the death of his daughter Elizabeth, her burial is recorded at Great Mongeham in 1664, seems to have convinced John to return to Woodnesborough to spend his last days with his son John on the home farm.
In John's Will (see page 205.) made on 21 November 1665 reference is only made to sons Thomas and Joseph, and to daughter Sara. The only property mentioned is a house, in the occupation of Robert May, with backside barn, orchard and half an acre in the village of Walmer near Deal. The house is probably the one in which John lived when shown as being "of Gt. Mongham" as Great Mongham is a neighbouring parish to Walmer. Additionally the Robert May mentioned is probably a relative of John's last wife Joan May. Joan was buried at Great Mongeham on 29 March 1671 O.S. as Joanna Lacy, widow.
In Wills J.S.W. Gibson says "people often settled inheritance long before death - it is not unusual when a will has been made to find some children (known to be surviving) omitted, or left a token amount such as a shilling. This is more likely to indicate that they have already been 'set up' in their livelihood long beforehand, or, in the case of daughters, provided with dowries, than to be a sign of disapproval."
Family of John and Katherine Laslett
HANNA - baptised 24 August 1628 at Woodnesborough as Hanna daughter of John Lacie.
Family of John and Ruth Laslett
JOHN - baptised 20 November 1631 at Woodnesborough as John son of John Lacie. Married Mildred Elde of Ash at Ash on 29 December 1656. She was buried at Ash on 20 September 1657. John's second marriage was on 3 June 1658 to Mildred Fishendin of St Marys parish Sandwich at Woodnesborough. Mildred was buried at Woodnesborough on 20 December 1680. John was buried there on 15 April 1719.
See chapter John and Mildred Laslett of Woodnesborough on page 15.
THOMAS - baptised 24 April 1636 at Woodnesborough as Thomas son of John and Ruth Lacie. Married twice, first wife's name was Mary by whom he had children Robert and Catherine, second wife was Isabella Calton whom he married as Thomas Laslet at St. Pauls Canterbury on 18 October 1668.
Robert - baptised 11 March 1656 old system at Ash.
Catherine - baptised 28 September 1659 at Ash. A Catherine Lanslett was buried at St Mildred’
Elizabeth - baptised 23 January 1661 old system at Great Mongeham as "Elizabeth daughter of Thomas Lausly or Lacily'.
Edmund - baptised 16 March 1670 old system at St. Pauls Canterbury as Edmund Lacelet, buried there on 2 November 1671 as Edmund Lacy.
Edmund - baptised 29 January 1672 old system at St. Pauls Canterbury.
GEORGE - baptised 2 April 1639 at Woodnesborough with his twin brother Robert as George and Robert sons of John and Ruth Lastly (or Lascly). The twins were buried together at Woodnesborough as George and Robert Lastly (or Lascly) on 16 April 1639.
ROBERT - baptised 2 April 1639 at Woodnesborough with his twin brother George as George and Robert sons of John and Ruth Lastly (or Lascly). The twins were buried together at Woodnesborough as George and Robert Lastly (or Lascly) on 16 April 1639.
ELIZABETH - baptised 23 March 1633 old system at Woodnesborough as Elizabeth daughter of John Lacie. On 24 April 1664 buried as 'Elizabeth daughter of John Lausly or Lacily' at Great Mongeham.
SARA - baptised 25 October 1640 at Woodnesborough as 'Sara Lassy'. Mentioned in father's will in 1665.
Family of John and Elizabeth Laslett
STEPHEN - baptised 19 December 1641 at Woodnesborough as Stephen son of John and Elizabeth Lassly. Became a Blacksmith at Deal. Married Ann Lyham at Preston on 6 July 1665. When he died his body was taken back to Woodnesborough for burial. He was interred on 6 May 1690 as Stephen Lacelet of Deale. Ann was buried at Ash on 21 October 1719 as 'Ann Lacey of Deal'.
See chapter Stephen and Ann Laslett of Deal on page 18.
GEORGE - probably born during the Civil War period 1644/7 at Woodnesborough. No baptismal record found. Wife's name Susan.
Jonathon - baptised 31 January 1663 old system at Great Mongeham as 'Jonathon son of George and Susan Lausly or Lacily.
JOSEPH - probably born during the Civil War period 1644/7 at Woodnesborough. Joseph is mentioned in his father's will and was probably over 21 at the time, that is in 1665. No baptismal record found.
John Laslett or Lacelet was baptised on 20 November 1631 at Woodnesborough. The parish register records the baptism as John son of John Lacie. John's parents were John Lacie or Lasley a yeoman of Woodnesborough and his wife Ruth Lacie or Lasley née Cater of Ash next Sandwich (page 12).
From records consulted by Richard Laslett we know John was a Yeoman like his father and that he also farmed lands at Woodnesborough.
The Ash parish register records that on 29 December 1656 John Lasy of Woodnesborough, the son of Lasy of Mungham, married Mildred Elde the daughter of Thomas Elde of Ash. A daughter, Mildred, was baptised at Ash on 18 September 1657. Two days later, on 20 September 1657, the burial of Mildred wife of John Lasey of Woodnesborough is recorded at Ash.
John's second marriage took place nine months later, the Woodnesborough Parish Register recording on 3 June 1658 that John Lacelet of Woodnesburrow married Mildred ffishendine of St. Maries, Sandwich 'being before published three several sabbaoth days in Woodnesburrow church'. Mildred is probably associated with the Fissendens who were a family of Wealden origin. Mildred was also probably the daughter of Thomas Fishenden, a Fellmonger, and Alice Fishenden (née Norwood) of Margate (Thanet St. John). Mildred was baptised in 1638.
The Parish Register also records that Mildred was buried at Woodnesborough on 20 December 1680. The record is 'Mildred ye wife of John Lacelet buried, an affidavit now brought me of her being buried in woollen'. The latter part of this entry refers to various Acts of Parliament that required all persons should be buried in woollen cloth under penalty of a fine of £5. (Acts of Parliament 1666, 1678, 1680. "No corpse of any person [except those who die of the plague] shall be buried in any shirt, shift, sheet, or shroud or anything whatsoever made or mingled with flax, hemp, silk, hair, gold,silver, or in any stuff or thing, other than what is made of sheep's wool only.... or be put in any coffin lined or faced with....any other material but sheep's wool only.") These Acts were passed to encourage the wool trade and were in fact a tax on those who wished to bury their relatives in linen or other imported fine cloth. Each parish kept a register certifying burials in woollen and notified the appropriate authorities of any burials not complying. These registers were usually integral with the parish register.
John is mentioned in the 1704 will of his son Stephen so it must be assumed that he was alive at that date. Stephen left his father his bed, bolster, seven bushells of wheat, half the pork in the brine tub, the wood about home and £3 as he wanted it. Stephen appears to have been a most practical man!
We have two Woodnesborough burial records of which the second one is probably John's. The first is on 27 October 1715 for John Lacy, a poor man, who was buried 'cert in woolen by Widow Austin'. The second record is for John Lacelet alias Lacy buried on 15 April 1719. Either burial could be John's but the latter mentions Lacelet so is most probably his. The fact that the first burial is of a pauper and given the number of John's grandchildren living in the district we would surmise that they grave. It was common in those days, for families to make a cash payment to the parish and, in return, their relative was looked after by the parish and would be shown in parishSt Mary Woodnesborough‘s wooden Flemish-style cupola records as being poor. Whatever the case it seems that John lived to the very old age of 84 or 88.
Family of John and Mildred (née Elde) Laslett
MILDRED - baptised at Ash on 18 September 1657 as Mildred daughter of John and Mildred Lasey. On 5 October 1679 married Thomas Barber of Dover at St. James the Apostle, Dover. Her name was shown in the church records as Lacey while his was shown as Bargher. Mentioned in brother Stephen's 1704 will and brother William's 1726 will but not in William's wife Sarah's 1740 will, we surmised that Mildred died between 1726 and 1740.
George Barber - baptised 23 October 1688 at St. Mary the Virgin, Dover. Mentioned in his uncle Stephen's 1704 will.
Family of John and Mildred (née Fishenden) Laslett
JOHN - born 21 January 1660 old system and baptised on 22 January at Woodnesborough as John Laslet. Lived in Sandwich. On 7 November 1687 married Mary Badcock at Woodnesborough. John died 27 February 1716, the widow lived at Sandwich. She is mentioned in her sister-in-law Sarah Lasslett's 1740 will.
See chapter John and Mary Laslett of Sandwich on page 20.
THOMAS - born 2 September 1662 and baptised at Woodnesborough on 4 September as Thomas Laslet. Purchased Hoden Farm, Ash. On 23 April 1691 his marriage is recorded at Woodnesborough as 'Thomas Lacelet batch and Mary Curling virgin of Ash married by asking'. He died 15 April 1739, aged 78.
JOSEPH - baptised 15 October 1665 at Woodnesborough. On 1 September 1689 his marriage is recorded at Woodnesborough as 'Joseph Lacy batch and Anne Rigden virgin both of this parish married by asking'. Joseph was a husbandman and lived in Word Street, Worth. Died at Worth, near Sandwich. Joseph's will proven 21 April 1716 as the will of Joseph Lacelett (see page 214). It is signed with an 'X' indicating that Joseph was illiterate. The will is dated 1 June 1710 and in it Joseph mentions all the undernamed children, adding that they had not yet reached their majority. Anne's will was dated 30 May 1721 but not proven until 9 November 1727 (see page 215). There is a burial record at Worth on 28 July 1721 for "ye widow Lassey" which is probably Ann's.
Mary - baptised 20 July 1690 at Worth. Married John Wilkinson. Granted probate of mother's will.
Joseph - baptised on 1 November 1691 at Worth. Married Martha (or Marsha) Hancock at Eastry on 11 November 1724. Married Katherine Spicer on 2 November 1731 at Worth. Both shown as 'of this parish'. In 1740 Joseph is mentioned in his aunt Sarah Lasslett's will.
Joseph - baptised 27 November 1726 at Worth.
John - baptised 9 August 1730 at Worth.
Stephen - baptised 20 May 1733 at Worth.
Katherine - baptised 9 March 1734 at Worth
Elizabeth - baptised 6 March 1736 at Worth.
John - baptised 18 March 1693 O.S. Buried at Worth on 22 May 1694.
John - baptised 29 December 1695 at Worth. Married Mary.
Mary - baptised 1 July 1731. On 1 January 1750 married Jacob Hawks in Sandwich.
Elizabeth - baptised 9 December 1732. Married Isaac Hawks at Sandwich on 9 December 1732.
Ann - baptised 15 May 1698 at Worth. Mentioned in father's will but not in mother's. Buried at Worth on 29 July 1716 as Ann daughter of Ann Laslett.
Hannah - baptised 10 December 1699 at Worth.
Elizabeth - baptised 6 February 1708 O.S. at Worth.
Hannah (sometimes Anna)
Elizabeth - under 21 in 1721.
STEPHEN - baptised 27 May 1668. A bricklayer. Lived at Woodnesborough, possibly with his father John. Will dated 21 February 1703 O.S. proven 17 March 1703 O.S. (see page 212). Will drawn Stephen Lacelett, alias Stephen Lacy, a bachelor but is signed Stephen Laslett. Executor brother John, leaves money to sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, and Mary Hughes possibly an intended wife whom brother Richard afterwards married. Other items in will include a tub of salt pork and personal effects. It is most interesting. Buried on 26 February 1703 at Woodnesborough as Stephen Lacy.
CHARLES - baptised 16 December 1669 at Woodnesborough. Buried 14 October 1670 at Woodnesborough.
RICHARD - baptised 22 February 1671 at Woodnesborough.
On 29 January 1704 old system Richard Lacelet alias Lacy married Mary Hughs at Woodnesboro'. He was a Husbandman at Ash.
Son: Richard - baptised 22 September 1711. Died 1785. Wife's name Mary.
Mary - baptised at Ash on 25 February 1736 old system.
WILLIAM - baptised 15 August 1674 at Woodnesborough. Seaman of Dover. On 6 July 1709 married Sara Wilson, a widow, of St Mary's Parish Dover, at Woodnesborough. William buried 1 February 1729 old system at Dover, Sarah was buried at St Mary's Dover on 23 March 1740 O.S.
See chapter William and Sarah Laslett of Dover on page 23.
CHARLES - baptised 9 December 1679 at Woodnesborough. Mentioned in his brother's 1704 will.
MARY - baptised 11 October 1663 at Woodnesborough.
Wife of John Devisson.
Mary Devisson - mentioned in her uncle Stephen's 1704 will.
HANNAH or SUSANNA or sometimes even ANNA - baptised 3 April 1677 at Woodnesborough as Susanna but appears to have been known as Hannah. Perhaps the Parish Register is a mistake. Married James Stevens. She is mentioned in her brother's 1726 will but not in his wife's 1740 will, we surmise that she died during that period.
Richard Stevens - mentioned in his uncle Stephen's 1704 will.
Stephen Laslett or Lacelet was baptised on 19 December 1641 at Woodnesborough. The parish register records the baptism as Stephen son of John and Elizabeth Lassly. Stephen's parents were John Lacely or Laslet, a yeoman of Woodnesborough, and his wife Elizabeth Lacely or Laslet née Neale of Northbourne (page 9).
Stephen married Ann Lyham at Preston on 6 July 1665. The surname appears as ‘Lacy’ in the parish register.
He became a Blacksmith at Deal. When he died his body was taken back to Woodnesborough for burial. He was interred on 6 May 1690 as Stephen Lacelet of Deale. Interestingly he could write and signed his Will 'Stephen Laslett' (see page 208). It was drawn on 3 May 1690 and proven on 22 May of the same year. In it mention is made of daughters Mary, Ann, Hannah and Elizabeth, and sons Stephen, John, Joseph and William. Stephen's wife Ann is named as executrix and is beneficiary to messuages, tenement and Smithe's shoppe; messuages in occupation of Thomas Jones, of Deale, fisherman, and Jane Estis, widdow; Barne, stable and outhouses in occupation of William Woford, of Deale, bricklayer. For a copy of the will see page 217. Ann was buried at Ash on 21 October 1719 as 'Ann Lacy of Deal'.
Family of Stephen and Ann Laslett
ABRAHAM - baptised at Sutton near Dover on 26 February 1668 old system.
STEPHEN - baptised at Ash on 25 July 1669. On 7 October 1700 married Sarah Simpson of Dover at St Andrews Canterbury as Stephen Lacy of Deal. Cordwainer and Mechanick Preacher. Pastor to a "Congregation of Protestant dissenters baptised by immersion on a personal profession of their faith". They lived at Deal. Appear to have been called 'Lacy'. Must have been free thinkers for their time as their daughter married a Roman Catholic named William Kennett. Later Stephen made William one of his executors and also named him a beneficiary in his will. Stephen died in 1736. Will in name Stephen Lacy of Deal (see page 153, 232). No mention of his children is made in the will except grandson Samuel Lacy to whom he leaves £50 and his son-in-laws who received the residue of the estate after numerous bequests.
John Lacy - baptised 6 July 1701 at St Leonard's Deal.
John Lacy - baptised 15 June 1746 at St Leonard's Deal.
Sara Lacy - baptised 21 March 1702 at St Leonard's Deal. Appears to have married Thomas Quested. Thomas was an executor of and a beneficiary under his father-in-law's will.
Priscilla Lacy - baptised 5 April 1705 at St Leonard's Deal. Married William Kennett at a Roman Catholic ceremony in Canterbury on 26 June 1728. William was an executor of and a beneficiary under his father-in-law's will.
Stephen Lacy - baptised 23 August 1707 at St Leonard's Deal. Married (?) the daughter of Samuel Baker.
Samuel Lacy - mentioned in grandfather's will.
William Lacy - baptised 26 June 1709 at St Leonard's Deal.
JOHN - married as John Laslett to Mary Smith at St Leonard's Deal on 19 September 1694. Their children were baptised in the name 'Lacy'.
Ann Lacy - baptised 25 December 1695 at St Leonard's Deal. Buried Deal 24 July 1706.
Mary Lacy - baptised 3 October 1697 at St Leonard's Deal. Buried Deal 30 July 1712.
Susan Lacy - baptised 21 April 1701 at St Leonard's Deal.
Elizabeth Lacy - baptised 24 September 1704 at St Leonard's Deal.
Anna Lacy - baptised 7 July 1707 at St Leonard's Deal.
Hanna Lacy - baptised 13 July 1707 at St Leonard's Deal.
John Lacy - baptised 12 July 1709 at St Leonard's Deal. Mariner HMS Berwick. Died on HMS Elizabeth 1742. Will dated 8 May 1739 (see page 221). Probate 13 July 1742. Mother sole beneficiary. No mention of family.
William Lacy - baptised 3 November 1715 at St Leonard's Deal.
Joseph Lacy - baptised 28 November 1717 at St Leonard's Deal.
Margaret - baptised 14 June 1719 at St Leonard's Deal.
ANN - married name Haywood. Mentioned in brother Stephen's 1736 will.
HANNAH - married William Smith at Deal on 20 September 1692 as Ann Lasey. Mentioned in brother Stephen's 1736 will.
Jane Laslett – base born daughter of Hannah Laslett born 11 November 1687 and baptised at Shepherdswell on 3 December.
John Laslett or Lacelet was born on 21 January 1660 OS at Woodnesborough, the first son of John Laslett or Lacelet a yeoman of Woodnesborough and Mildred Laslett née Fishenden, his wife (page 15 ). John lived in Sandwich.
On 7 November 1687 John married Mary Badcock at Woodnesborough.
John died 27 February 1716, the widow lived at Sandwich. She is mentioned in her sister-in-law Sarah Lasslett's 1740 will.
Family of John and Mary Laslett
THOMAS - baptised 19 September 1690 at Woodnesborough as Thomas son of John and Mary Lacy.
JABEZ - baptised 18 September 1692 at Woodnesborough as Jabez son of John and Mary Lacelet.
JOSEPH - baptised 22 September 1694 at Woodnesborough as Joseph son of John and Mary Lacy. Married Mary. Joseph buried at Woodnesborough on 10 June 1772 as Joseph Lacy of Sandwich.
Son: John – born 2 February 1721 and baptised 5 February 1721 at Cornmarket Independent or Presbyterian Church, Sandwich.
STEPHEN - baptised 20 January 1696 at Woodnesborough as Stephen son of John Lacy alias Lacelet and Mary his wife. Mentioned in his uncle Stephen's 1704 will where he is the remainderman to his bed bolster and bedding.
RICHARD - baptised 23 December 1699 at Woodnesborough as Richard son of John and Mary Lacelet. Lived at Minster in Thanet. Married Mare Forman of Minster at Woodnesborough by licence on ?9 August 1722. Shown as Richard Lacy.
Richard - baptised as Richard son of Richard Lacy at Woodnesborough on 17 October 1725.
WILLIAM – born 22 February 1707 OS baptised 9 March 1707 OS at Cornmarket Independent or Presbyterian Church, Sandwich. Probably married Mary Wigmore otp at Preston next Wingham on 12 July 1727 by licence. She died 16 April 1736 and was buried as Mary Lacy. There is a possible second marriage as William Lacy to Elizabeth Tahal at Woodnesborough on 25 November 1741.
See chapter William and Mary Laslett of Sandwich on page 28.
CHARLES – born 24 November 1710 and baptised 25 December 1710 at Cornmarket Independent or Presbyterian Church, Sandwich.
MARY (lst) - baptised 15 April 1701 at Woodnesborough as Mary daughter of John and Mary Lacelet. Buried at Woodnesborough on 17 April 1701.
MARY (2nd) - baptised 23 June 1702 at Woodnesborough. Mentioned in her uncle Stephen's 1704 will. As 'Mary Lacy' was married to John Miller, a sailor, of Sandwich at Woodnesborough by licence on 26 January 1720 O.S.
ELIZABETH – born 13 January 1704 OS and baptised on 7 February 1704 OS at Corn Market Independent or Presbyterian Church, Sandwich. On 21 June 1716 was buried at Woodnesborough as Elizabeth Lacy.
Thomas Laslett or Lacelet was born on 2 September 1661 at Woodnesborough, the second son of John Laslett or Lacelet a yeoman of Woodnesborough and Mildred Laslett née Fishenden, his wife (page 15). Thomas farmed lands at Woodnesborough and Ash near Sandwich, Kent. He later purchased Hoden Farm, Ash.
Hoaden farmhouse in Ash is still standing. It is quite a substantial old brick building that appears to have been "improved" in the 18th century as the bricks forming the chimney are much earlier than the bricks in the walls of the building. It was probably a traditional timber framed Kent hall house that was bricked up, as was the fashion, in Georgian times.
His marriage is recorded at Woodnesborough as '23 April 1691 Thomas Lacelet batch and Mary Curling virgin of Ash married by asking'.
In 1707 he became churchwarden of Ash parish and his name is to be seen carved into a beam in the Church. In 1708 he became churchwarden of Staple parish. The eighteenth century office of churchwarden was far more onerous than it is today. To the churchwarden fell the duty of raising and collecting the annual parish revenue by the levying of a church rate that was assessed on the rateable value of the whole parish.
Ralph Arnold in Yeoman of Kent when talking of churchwardens' duties explains that "the first call on their purse was the maintenance of the fabric of the church . . . But over and above this responsibility they had to buy the bread and wine used in Holy Communion; provide . . . refreshment for the bell-ringers (and singers) . . . subscribe to all briefs or nationally sponsored appeals; give gratuities to itinerant beggars, distressed seamen and other poor people who wandered through the village; keep the church bells and the church clock in order; and maintain the village stocks."
Kentish Yeomen were a good deal richer than the general run of yeomen in England. During the eighteenth century yeomen as a class generally tended to diminish in numbers due to alienation of their land to the rising middle class. Whereas in Kent yeomen continued to flourish, able to resist this trend due to their proximity to the ready market for their produce in nearby London which was readily accessible by water.
The Lasletts in Australia have a particular interest in Thomas and Mary Laslett as they were the last ancestors that the two main Australian branches of the family have in common.
Thomas died on 15 April 1739, aged 78. He was buried in Ash churchyard on 18 April 1739. Some years ago Val Hopcraft of Worcester, a descendant of Thomas, visited his grave and recorded the inscription:
Here lieth the body of Thomas Laslett
of this Parish who
left Issue 3 Sons
2 Daughters. He
departed this life April
15th 1739. Aged 78 Years.
His will was dated 25 September 1736 and proven 19 April 1739 (see page 219). Richard his son was sole executor and in the will Thomas bequeathed lands and messuages covering Woodnesborough and Hoden Farm. Specifically he left his daughter Margaret £5 per annum, daughter Mildred £30, grandchildren William and Jane the children of his late son John £10 apiece, son Stephen £100, son Richard Laslett messuage and land in the parish of Woodnesborough and one fourth part of messuages and land Hoden Farm in the parish of Ash, near Sandwich, Kent, to son William Laslett one other fourth part also.
Family of Thomas and Mary Laslett
JOHN - baptised 20 December 1691 at Ash. On 6 October 1717 John married Elizabeth Keble at Ash. John was buried at Ash on 25 April 1722.
See chapter John and Elizabeth Laslett of West Marsh on page 25.
THOMAS - baptised 24 December 1693 at Ash. At Ash on 27 September 1712 married Elizabeth Carter of Ash. They lived at West Marsh. On 18 June 1721 Elizabeth the wife of Thomas Laselet of Wash Marsh was buried at Ash.
Ann - baptised 25 January 1713 O.S. at Ash.
Mary - buried 23 October 1716 at Ash.
Hannah - baptised 23 September 1716 at Ash.
Elizabeth - buried 19 October 1719 at Ash.
WILLIAM - baptised 10 March 1699 O.S. at Ash as William son of Thomas and Mary Lacy. Married Susanna Fright, a widow, on 18 October 1726 at Ash. Mentioned in father's will dated 25 September 1736. William buried at Stratford-on-Avon on 15 March 1777.
See chapter William and Susanna Laslett of Stratford-on-Avon on page 27.
STEPHEN - baptised 11 February 1704 O.S. at Ash, mentioned in father's will.
RICHARD - born 22 September 1707 at Ash. Farmed lands at Woodnesborough and Hoden and grew hops at Ash near Sandwich. On 6 October 1734 Richard Laslett of Ash married Elizabeth Wastall of Staple at Woodnesboro' by Licence. Died 16 April 1784.
See chapter Richard and Elizabeth Laslett of Woodnesborough and of Hoden and Santon Farms on page 29.
JOSEPH - baptised on 15 December 1709 at Ash. Buried at Ash on 22 November 1710. Both records show him as Joseph son of Thomas Lacy.
MARY - baptised 19 January 1696 O.S. at Ash, died 1724, no account of marriage.
MARGARET - baptised 26 February 1698 O.S. at Ash. Married George Keble of Ash on 22 October 1723.
MILDRED - baptised 17 May 1702 at Ash. Wife of John Holloway.
William Laslett or Lacelet was baptised on 15 August 1674 at Woodnesborough. He was the seventh son of John Laslett or Lacelet a yeoman of Woodnesborough and Mildred Laslett née Fishenden, his wife (page 13).
By 1704 William was established in his occupation of seaman as, in his brother's 1704 will, a bequest is made to William to be paid "when he comes a shoar" with a further bequest to be paid "when he comes a shoar againe". This would indicate that William was engaged in sea voyages of length rather than just coastal trade.
On 6 July 1709 William as William Lacelet, a Seaman of Dover, married Sara Wilson, a widow, of St Mary's Parish Dover, at Woodnesborough by licence.
At around this time William, probably to be closer to his wife and family, became a fisherman and leased a house in Limekiln Lane, Dover from the Warden of Dover.
William died in 1730 and was buried at Dover St Mary as Wm Lacy. His will was proven on 1 March 1729 old system. In it he left 1/- apiece to his brother Thomas and sisters Mildred and Anna. Which indicates that they, of his brothers and sisters, were the last remaining alive. He also mentions that the property in Limekiln Lane is Harbour Leasehold and that he has Bills, Bonds and Sums of Money at interest. He leaves a life interest in these to his wife Sarah with his son William eventually to inherit. See page 222 for a copy of the will.
Sarah must have been left fairly comfortably off, as she appears to have bought a fishing vessel, of which she kept a painting in her front room, and to have established herself as a moneylender in a small way.
One can see her as being astute but not really as a hard businesswoman as in her will, proven 2 April 1742, she states: ‘there is in my Custody severall things left with me as pawns for money lent to some poor people now it is my Will that all such pawns (if any be found after my death) shall be delivered to the severall and respective Owners thereof by my Executors without taking or receiving any money so lent by me’. Her fishing vessel she left to Sarah Funnell, the daughter of its master, which may have caused some friction between father and daughter. In her will Sarah also mentions her late husband's relatives: Richard Laslett of Ash, Mary Laslett of Sandwich, Widow of John Laslett and Joseph Laslett of Sandwich. See page 223 for a copy of the will. Sarah Laslett alias Lacy, widow of William, was buried at St Marys Dover on 23 March 1740 O.S.
Unfortunately William's and Sarah's line appears to have ended with the early death of their son William.
Family of William and Sarah Laslett
JOHN - baptised 18 March 1710 old system at St. Mary the Virgin, Dover. Not mentioned in parents' wills.
WILLIAM - baptised 16 December 1716 at St. Mary the Virgin, Dover. Mariner. Died 1740. In his will, dated 19 April 1740 (Probate 24 November 1740), he leaves all his estate to "my loving ffriend Hannah Atwells of Dover aforesaid Spinster". (Interestingly his name is spelt both Laslett and Lasley in the Will.) We can only surmise that William died unmarried. See copy of will on page .238.
On 6 October 1717 he married Elizabeth Keble of Ash by banns at Ash.
John was buried at Ash on 25 April 1722 as John Lacy of Westmarsh but no record has yet been found of Elizabeth's death.
We can only conjecture that the children remained at Ash. As they are mentioned in their grandfather's will but no special provision was made for them it would seem to indicate that they lived on at Hoden Farm cared for by their mother, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Family of John and Elizabeth Laslett
WILLIAM - baptised 20 April 1718 at Ash. On 24 January 1742 old system William Laslet married Mary Jezard at Hoath by banns.
See chapter William and Mary Laslett of Chislet on page 33.
MARY - born at Staple. Not mentioned in grandfather's will while both her brother and sister are. We can only assume that Mary died young, unmarried.
JANE - baptised on 30 December 1720 at Ash near Sandwich as Jane daughter of John and Elizabeth Lacelet of West Marsh. Married Stephen Solly at St. Nicholas Church, Ash near Sandwich on 6 October 1744, by banns. Stephen was born in Ash on 13 January 1712 the son of Stephen Solley and Ann Solley née Ansel. Jane died on 8 December 1790.
Ann Solly 1747
Elizabeth Solly 1750‑1778
Stephen Solly 1759‑1838
John Solly 1767‑1806
We are presently researching Thomas and indications are that he was baptised at Woodnesborough on 19 September 1690 the first son of John and Mary Lacy.
He appears to have married Mary Stacey at Ash on 3 October 1730 by banns. The parish register shows him as Thomas Lacy.
There is a record in the Ash PRs for 19 September 1732 for the burial of Mary Lacey. This is probably Mary as all references to Thomas and Mary around this time in the Ash PRs refer to them as Lacy rather than Laslett. This is understandable given that the Lacys are an old Ash family and are often confused by the scribes with the Lasletts.
Thomas was buried at Stourmouth on 23 September 1758.
Family of Thomas and Mary Laslett
THOMAS - baptised at Ash on 25 February 1731 O.S. On 2 June 1753 married Ann Smith of Monkton at Ash. Thomas was buried at Stourmouth on 19 March 1768.
See chapter Thomas and Ann Laslett of Stourmouth on page 36.
William was born at Ash in 1701, the third son of Thomas Laslett, a yeoman of Hoden Farm, Ash, and his wife Mary Laslett née Curling (page 21). The Parish Baptismal Records for four years up to 1702 have been destroyed and no record of baptism has been found. Richard Laslett investigating the matter in 1860 came to the conclusion that William was born at Ash in 1701 and detailed his findings in a letter in 1912 to his brother George in South Australia.
On 18 October 1726 William Laslett married "the Widow Fright" at Ash. Later records show her Christian name to be Susanna. At that time marriage to a widow was often the sign of an upwardly mobile young man as such a marriage could give access to capital not otherwise available to so young a man. Perhaps confirming this is William's application four years later, in 1730, for an appointment in the Excise. In the Application he gave his age as 28. William was ordered for examination at St Mary's Sandwich on 18 March 1730 and left Kent to follow his occupation on 14 May 1731.
On his father's death in 1739 he received a share in Hoden Farm but appears to have sold this to his brother Richard.
William's career in the Excise was successful. On 18 January 1754 he was promoted Collector East Wales, on 16 September 1761 he was Collector Middle Wales. He relinquished his position on 13 September 1769 and died at Stratford-on-Avon in 1777. He was buried there on 15 March.
His Will is dated 5 April 1775 and was proven on 4 April 1777. In it he names his sons William and Thomas as Executors while a third son, Stephen, is mentioned in the Will as a beneficiary.
Susanna survived William and in 1782 she left Stratford-on- Avon to live in Worcester with her son Thomas.
An interesting sidelight is a marriage recorded on 13 October 1779 at Stratford-on-Avon between a John Mills and a Susanna Laslett. It seems likely that this may have been a third marriage for Susanna.
Family of William and Susanna Laslett
THOMAS - born at St Albans around 1730. Registers destroyed by fire in 1743. Married Jane Emerson at Potton Bedfordshire on 25 July 1760.
STEPHEN - no details known. Mentioned in father's Will 1777. There is a baptism of Stephen Laslett son of William and Mary Laslett at St Mary’s Sandwich on 16 February 1729 and an apprenticeship in 1742 for Stephen Laslett son of William Laslett to John Randall of Rotherhithe a Shipwright for £30. Also a will dated 31 March 1762 proved 18 May 1764 for Stehen Laslett outward bound in the Good Ship Earl of Ashburnham. In this will Stephen’s sole beneficiary is his wife Mary. The Earl of Ashburnham was an East India Company ship, Captain Thomas Pearce Commander, 499 Tons, which made four EIC voyages between 1761 and 1771.
WILLIAM - no details known. Mentioned in father's Will 1777. There is a baptism of William Laslett son of William and Mary Laslett at St Mary’s Sandwich on 12 October 1730 and an apprenticeship in 1744 for William Laslett son of William Laslett to Sam Reader of Cranbrook a Barber &c. (barber/surgeon?) for £10/10/-.
William Laslett was baptised on 9 March 1707 at the Corn Market Independent or Presbyterian Church at Sandwich, the sixth son of John Laslett of Sandwich and his wife Mary Laslett née Badcock. (See Page 20.)
Married Mary Wigmore, of this Parish, at Preston next Wingham on 12 July 1727 by licence. She died 16 April 1736 and was buried as Mary Lacy. There is a possible second marriage as William Lacy to Elizabeth Tahal at Woodnesborough on 25 November 1741.
Family of William and Mary Laslett
STEPHEN - baptised 16 February 1728 OS at St. Mary’s, Sandwich. On 8 March 1752 married Mary Moulton.
John – born 1791. A Builder. Married Charlotte Wale.
George - born 17 August 1834 at Orpington
Thomas Wale - born 2 September 1832 at Orpington
Charlotte - born 18 October 1829 at Orpington.
Esther Matilda - born 24 February 1828 at Orpington
William - born 27 August 1826 at Orpington. Married on 6 June 1852 in Surrey to Helena Croke. Helena had been born at Mallew Ireland on 14 April 1831. She died at Orpington on 29 March 1878. On 12 October 1881 William married Elizabeth Gearing. William died at Orpington in 1916.
Family of William and Helena Laslett:
Alice Elanor Magga - born 20 September 1870 at Orpington. Married William Lockhead and later Andrew.
Frederick Terrence - born 22 September 1868 at Orpington. Married Alma McPherson.
Florence – born 19 December 1902 in New York. Married James Mason.
Dixie – born 22 September 1906 in New York. Married Joseph Thompson.
Henry Arthur - born 31 July 1866 at Orpington. Married Ada Maria Henderson.
Gordon – born 1906. Died 1950.
Walter Charles - born 22 June 1864 at Orpington. Married Mary Cousins in 1891. Died on 27 June 1936.
Arthur – born 25 April 1899. Married Rose Gertrude Ward.
Doris – married name Hallet.
Thomas Isaac - born 2 May 1860 at Orpington. A bricklayer.
Agnes Francis - born 1 November 1854 at Orpington.
George - born 23 August 1856 at Orpington. Married Mary J. Died in 1933 at Spokane, Washington State
William John - born 13 April 1853 at Orpington. In 1878 married Francis Mary Trew (registered at Shoreditch). Died on 24 January 1918 at St Pauls Cray.
John W. – Born 14 December 1883. Arrived Ellis Island, NY 7 March 1908, single, aged 24 years via the Lucania out of Liverpool. Married Mary McGonicle. USA Death record for John Laslett born 14 December 1883 died New Haven, Connecticut 1969.
James A. – born 1917 in the USA. Married Dorothy Murray.
William – born 1949 USA.
Diana – born 1942 USA.
Robert – born 1951 USA.
Keith – 20 August 1972 USA
Lillian Maud – born 13 December 1897. Married Harry Hodges.
Ernest Augustine - born 18 July 1874 at Broom Hill Orpington. A Builder. In 1899 Ernest married Lucy Venables. He died on 21 February 1958 at Crumpsall Hospital.
Jack Terrance – born 7 June 1910 in Manchester. Married Edith Chilton. Edith had been born on 1 February 1908 in Manchester and died in 1974 in Stockport. Jack died on 19 February 1993 at Stepping Hill Hospital Stockport.
Barry Stuart – born 24 July 1946 in Manchester. A Telecommunications Manager. Married Jacqueline Ann Bottoms, a Teacher. She had been born at Stockport on 3 January 1947.
David John – born 28 May 1975 at Stockport. A Business Systems Analyst.
Family of William and Elizabeth Laslett
Charles William Gearing - born 23 August 1877 at Union Workhouse Farnborough. Registered with the surname Gearing. Married in 1901 to Mary Agness Syford in the Shoreditch Register.
Emily Charlotte - born 22 December 1880 at Orpington. Died September 1890.
Francis Mary - born 6 March 1881 at Orpington. Died 25 February 1887 at Orpington.
Ethel - born 24 April 1882 at Orpington. Died 29 May 1884 at Orpington.
John Corporal - born 14 DEC 1883 at Orpington.
Archibald Samuel - born 18 FEB 1885 at Orpington.
Charlotte Elizabeth - born 10 JAN 1887 at Orpington.
Elsie - born 11 OCT 1888 at Orpington. In 1909 married (?) Sevenoaks registry.
Stanley - born 7 OCT 1890 at Orpington.
WILLIAM – baptised 12 October 1730 at St. Mary’s, Sandwich. Married (c.1754) Mary Withers born 1730 the daughter of Robert and Grace Withers. William died 29 December 1783 at Seal. Mary died there in 1789.
See chapter William and Mary Laslett of Shoreham on page 34.
Richard Laslett was baptised on 22 September 1707 at Ash near Sandwich, the fifth son of Thomas Laslett, a yeoman of Hoden Farm, Ash, and his wife Mary Laslett née Curling (page 21). Richard was also a yeoman and he farmed lands at Woodnesborough and at Ash near Sandwich both being farm lands but in addition hops were grown at Hoden Farm, the Ash property. Richard also took the lease of Santon Farm, Ash.
On the death of his father Richard was sole Executor of the will and he inherited messuages and land at Woodnesborough and a one fourth part of Hoden Farm then 24 acres. Richard must have been a successful farmer and a moneyed man as he held other lands in the parish and appears to have bought his brothers' fourth part shares of Hoden Farm as, in 1739, he had the title transferred from his father's name to his name solely.
Richard was Churchwarden of Ash parish a number of times over the years. Planché (1864) in his description of St. Nicholas Ash in his book A Corner of Kent notes:
Over the arch, at the entrance to the high chancel is a board, with the following inscription:- 'This belfry was raised and rebuilt by Thomas Beake and Richard Laslett, churchwardens, 1750.'
This was in consequence of the fall of the great clock weight, which broke through the flooring of the belfry and ceiling of the tower - providentially when the church was empty, as it crushed everything it came in contact with." Michael Laslett visiting St Nicholas, Ash in 2,000 describes this board as ‘a black plaque in the tower… Unfortunately it is too high to make out the inscription…’
On 6 October 1734 Richard Laslett of Ash married Elizabeth Wastall of Staple at Woodnesboro'.
On 30 October 1778 an indenture was executed between 'Elizabeth Heyman of Canterbury, Susanna Underwood of Yalding, Surrey and Chas Hill of Yalding, surgeon to lease for 14 years to Richard Laslett of Ash, gentleman and John Laslett of same place, yeoman son of Richard Laslett, farm and lands at Hoden for £50 pa'. This lease appears to have taken Hoden farm to 50 acres.
Richard died on 12 April 1784 and was buried on 16 April at Ash. His will was proven on 8 May 1784, by which he bequeathed the lease of Santon Farm to his son Thomas with his son John to hold Hoden Farm (see page 226). The real estate was left to his sons as tenants in common. His executors were his sons Thomas and Richard.
Elizabeth died on 7 July 1766 'aged 57' and was buried on 11 July following at Ash. It was recorded that Elizabeth left 'issue 6 sons and two daughters'.
‘The family vault outside the church was not, as I expected, a large sepulchure but an underground brick line vault surmounted by five headstones…
“They related to (from right to left); …Elizabeth (died 1766…), Richard(…died 1784…), Thomas (…died 1739…), Thomas, eldest son of (Richard) and his wife Susan (died 1817…)
‘In front of them is a later headstone recording burial in the vault of Robert… 5th son of… John, who died at Marshborough in 1868… The headstone also records the burial of his wife, Mary Ann, in 1868 and their descendants and spuces Maria, Elenor, Robert, George, Jane, Julia and Thomas Knight. This last burial in the vault was in 1914. The position of the family vault by the church porch in an unusually large graveyard shows the prominence of the family in the village.” (Michael Laslett, 2 August 2000)
Family of Richard and Elizabeth Laslett
THOMAS - born 27 May 1738 and baptised at Ash. Resided at Preston next Wingham, on 26 June 1764 married by licence Elizabeth Ewell (born 1744) the daughter of Robert Ewell. Elizabeth was buried on 15 January 1668. Thomas's second wife was Susannah Chandler who was called Susan. Thomas died 8 February 1817, aged 78, and Susan died on 29 March 1835, aged 89.
RICHARD - baptised 27 December 1739, Ash near Sandwich, farmed lands Bossington Farm and Ovington Farm in the parishes of Adisham, Goodnestone and Wingham, Kent. Married Mary Gibbs of Elmstone, near Ash, 14 April 1768. Died 1809, aged 69, will proven 1809. The Executors were his brother Thomas and brother-in-law Richard Emmerson Esq.
See chapter Richard and Mary Laslett of Bossington and Ovington Farms on page 38.
ROBERT - baptised 8 January 1740 O.S. Buried at Ash on 26 July 1747.
JOHN - baptised 14 December 1743 at Ash. Executor to his uncle William's Will. On 6 July 1772 married as John Lastlett bachelor of Ash to Elizabeth Hammond Spinster of Wingham at Wingham. John was buried at Ash on 26 August 1810.
WILLIAM - baptised 20 July 1748 at Ash. Had house, farm, buildings and land, Paramore St, Ash near Sandwich, Kent. On 4 July 1773 he married Mary Beake of Ash at Ash by licence Mary was the daughter of Thomas Beake and Elizabeth Fuller. William was buried at Ash on 6 October 1818, aged 70. Will proven 30 September 1819. Had three children, two of whom died in infancy.
William - baptised 2 October 1780 at Ash. Buried Ash 15 March 1781.
Mary - baptised 12 September 1782 at Ash. On 11 October 1798 married Edmund Gibbs of Stourmouth at Stourmouth by Licence. On 11 May 1801 married John Barrett of Ash at Ash by Licence.
Unnamed infant - buried at Ash 1 September 1786.
EDWARD - baptised 6 February 1750 O.S. at Ash. On 19 April 1780 married Phebe Gibbs of Stourmouth at Stourmouth by Licence. Apprenticed in 1767 to William Parlett a Fellmonger & Breeches Maker of Sandwich for which he paid a bond of £20. Became a Breeches and Glove Maker in Ash. He is mentioned in the will of his uncle William. May also have had property in Woodnesborough as the Land Tax returns for 1780 mention an Edward Laslett. Edward was buried at Ash on 14 October 1789.
Edward - baptised 31 July 1786 at Ash. On 13 October 1806 married Rebecca Marsh of Ash at Ash by Banns.
Rebecca - baptised 3 January 1808 at Ash.
STEPHEN - baptised 19 September 1753 at Ash. A Farmer. On 10 December 1778 married Elizabeth Nash Adisham by Banns. Lived at Woodnesborough. In 1787 the Woodnesborough parish register notes "This autumn there was a very bad fatal putrid fever in this country and parish". Two of Stephen and Elizabeth's children and Mary Fennymore, a maidservant of the family, succumbed to the fever within 15 days of each other. Stephen was mentioned in will of his uncle William. Stephen was buried at Woodnesborough 8 November 1796 aged 43. An Elizabeth Laslett aged 51 was buried at Woodnesborough on 7 October 1800.
Mary Mariah - baptised 1 September 1779 at Woodnesborough. On 7 June 1802 married William Famariss at Woodnesborough by licence. Shown as spinster and bachelor respectively and both of Woodnesborough parish.
Stephen - baptised 29 June 1781 at Woodnesborough. On 8 August 1810 married Elizabeth Southee of Woodnesborough at Woodnesborough by Licence. The 1851 census for Hammill shows Stephen Laslett born Woodnesborough, widower aged 71 a farmer occupying 80 acres and employing 1 labourer. A Mrs Elizabeth Laslett aged 26 was buried at Woodnesborough on 1 June 1812.
Richard - baptised 30 March 1783 at Woodnesborough. Died of the putrid fever and buried at Woodnesborough on 10 November 1787.
Elizabeth - baptised 17 March 1786 at Woodnesborough. Married Thomas More of Eastry by banns at Woodnesborough on 27 October 1808.
John - baptised 1 March 1787 at Woodnesborough. Died of the putrid fever and buried at Woodnes- borough on 19 November 1787.
Susannah - baptised 3 November 1788 at Woodnes- borough. On 22 May 1810 married Samuel Couzens of Staple at Staple.
Mary - baptised 14 November 1791 at Woodnes- borough. Buried at Woodnesborough on 18 December 1791.
MARY - baptised 25 February 1736 O.S. at Ash. Married Thomas Horne, yeoman of Ash at Ash on 6 September 1764 by Licence.
ELIZABETH - baptised 5 December 1745 O.S. at Ash. Married Richard Emmerson a Tallow Chandler of St. Mary's parish, Sandwich, Kent, at Sandwich on 15 April 1773 by licence. Richard was the son of Charles Emmerson and Mary Emmerson née Tetler of Sandwich. He had been baptised at St Marys on 27 July 1749 and he died in 1798. Elizabeth died on 16 September 1781 ‘leaving no issue’ and is buried in St Marys Sandwich church. In the same grave is the body of Mary, Richard’s second wife, who died on 19 January 1798.
Sons: Richard Emmerson
William's father died in 1722. William appears to have been raised on Hoden Farm, Ash near Sandwich by his mother, grandparents and aunts and uncles.
In the eighteenth century continuity was tied to the human life span. The death of the head of the family ordinarily meant a drastic reduction in the fortunes of the family and we can only suppose his grandparents' intervention assured William was set up in life.
On 24 January 1743 he married Mary Jezard of Hoath at Hoath by banns.
Hoath is a parish and village 12 km North West of Ash. This is quite a large distance to be travelled by a courting yeoman of the early 18th Century even for the rather mobile East Kent yeomen. As William remained in Hoath after marriage we can only surmise that he married well.
William was buried at Chislet on 27 March 1763 as Wiliam Lacey and Mary was buried there on 5 October 1780 as the Widow Lacey. In William's will of 17 March 1763 (see page 225) he mentions land in both Hoath and Chislet. Probate was not granted until April 1768. The delay probably happened because Mary was sole executrix and had a life tenancy in the all the property so there was not a pressing need to file for probate.
Sons Thomas and John were married at Chislet in 1769 and 1772 respectively and were shown as being "of this parish". Their brother William was witness to both marriages.
Family of William and Mary Lasslett
JOHN - baptised 30 October 1743 at Hoath. On 16 December 1772 married Anne Denne at Chislet. They lived at Sturry and both were buried there, John, aged 79, on 6 April 1823 and Anne, also aged 79, on 24 April 1827.
Mary - baptised 11 April 1773 at Herne. On 11 November 1794 married John Denne of Goodnestone.
Anne - baptised 13 February 1776 at Herne.
Married Thomas Beard at Sevenoaks on 1 June 1801
Sarah - baptised 2 November 1777 at St Martins, Herne. On 13 December 1794 married Henry Hudson of Swalecliffe at Swalecliffe. Sarah was shown as being from Chislet.
John - baptised 1 December 1782 at St Martins, Herne. A John Laslett’s death at age 89 was registered at Bridge in the June quarter 1872 (vol 2a page 390).
William - baptised 19 November 1787 at St Martins, Herne.
Thomas - baptised 1 February 1789 at St Martins, Herne. Note: On 2 Feb 03 Tim Salisbury e-mailed ‘I have had a letter from Jeanne Wall, who has a Laslett in her background, I can't see from my information who it is. He was a Thomas Laslett who married Elizabeth Willsmer on 13/3/1817, in Middlesex. They were living in North Shoeberry, Essex in 1843 when their daughter, Emma Berthia Laslett was born, on 18/7/1843. From the marriage certificate it looks like he was a Mariner. Thomas's father was a John Laslett, farmer’
WILLIAM - baptised 3 February 1745 at Hoath. Married Elizabeth Foreman at Herne on 19 November 1776.
Elizabeth - baptised 20 April 1777 at St Martins, Herne.
Mary - baptised 10 January 1779 at Herne.
THOMAS - baptised 10 January 1746 at Hoath. On 11 October 1769 married Elizabeth Gibbs at Chislet. Thomas was buried at Swalecliffe on 16 March 1809 and Elizabeth was buried there on 1 May 1807.
See chapter Thomas and Elizabeth Lasslett of Brook Farm on page 41.
Thomas was born at St. Albans around 1730. He was the son of William Laslett, a collector in the excise, and his wife Susanna (page 27). The exact date is not known as the St Alban's Parish Registers were destroyed by fire in 1743.
On 25 July 1760 Thomas married Jane Emerson the daughter of Lieut Ralph Emerson the heir of Captain John Emerson R.N. This apparently judicious marriage indicates a rise in fortune of this branch of the family and Thomas is perhaps the first Laslett leaving the honoured class of Yeoman to aim towards the title Gentleman. Really his occupation in the Excise precluded him from this and it was only to be realised by his son Thomas Emerson Laslett.
In 1777 Thomas was a co-executor with his brother William of his father's Will.
In 1782 Thomas took his mother with him to live in Worcester.
Family of Thomas and Jane Laslett
WILLIAM (1) – baptised 30 August 1761 at Potton Bedfordshire.
THOMAS EMERSON - baptised 29 April 1765 at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on Avon, Warwick. Married Sophia Jenkins at St Swithuns Worcester on 23 December 1798. Thomas died on 19 December 1816 and is buried at St Swithuns Worcester.
See chapter Thomas and Sophia Laslett of Worcester on page 47.
WILLIAM (2) - baptised 1766 Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on Avon, Warwick. No further details are known except that in 1862 his nephew William when asked about his relatives said that he had none living so we can only surmise that his uncle had no issue.
SUSANNAH - baptised 1768 Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on Avon, Warwick. There is a marriage of a Susanna Laslet to a John Mills or Miles on 13 October 1779 at Holy Trinity Church. This indicates that the above birth date may be incorrect.
William Laslett was baptised 12 October 1730 at St. Mary’s, Sandwich the second son of William Laslett of Sandwich and his wife Mary Laslett née Wigmore. (See page 28.)
In c.1754 he married Mary Withers who had been born in 1730 the daughter of Robert and Grace Withers.
William died on 29 December 1783 at Seal (Derbyshire?). Mary died there in 1789.
Family of William and Mary Laslett
JOHN – born 1762 at Shoreham, Kent. Probably married Hester.
Isaac Withers – baptised 8 July 1804 at Orpington, Kent
ISAAC WITHERS – born 1764 at Otford, Kent. On 16 December 1786 married Lydia Swaisland at Deptford. Lydia had beeen baptised on 23 January 1755 at Horton Kirby, Kent the daughter of Joel and Elizabeth Swaisland.
See chapter Isaac and Lydia Laslett of Deptford on page 46.
MARY WIGMORE – born 1764 at Otford, Kent.
Thomas was baptised at Ash on 25 February 1731 O.S. He was the son of Thomas Laslett of Stourmouth and Mary Laslett née Stacey his wife (page 26).
He married Ann Smith a spinster of Monkton who was aged 22 on 2 June 1753 at Ash. The marriage licence shows him as Thomas Lacy of Stourmouth, husbandman, bachelor, aged 21.
We do not know much of Thomas and Ann except that a 19th century family record when writing of their children states 'of their parents, who were natives of East Kent, very little is known to the writer except that they both died while the children were young'.
Thomas was buried at Stourmouth on 19 March 1768 as Thomas Lacey. On checking the Bishops Transcripts one records the name as Thomas Laslet.
Family of Thomas and Ann Laslett
THOMAS - baptised at Stourmouth on 28 September 1760. On 26 November 1786 married Elizabeth Spain of Worth by Banns at Woodnesborough. Elizabeth had been born in 1763. Thomas is thought to have died in 1798.
See chapter Thomas and Elizabeth Laslett of Woodnesborough on page 43.
Thomas lived at Preston, near Ash, and possessed a house and land in Cop St, Ash. On 26 July 1764 at Preston next Wingham he married Elizabeth Ewell (born 1744) the daughter of Robert Ewell. Elizabeth was buried at Preston on 15 January 1768. Thomas took a second wife, Susannah Chandler who was called Susan. He married her at Preston on 19 November 1769 by licence.
The lease of Santon Farm was left him by his father. He was Executor to will of his brother Richard.
Family of thirteen children - four sons (two died young) and nine daughters (two died young), six of the daughters married. Thomas is recorded as both a Gentleman and a Yeoman.
In Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol.104 folio 73 Probate 3 Jan 1807 for Thomas Bushell of Buckland, Woodnesborough, yeoman, will dated 12 Jul 1806 Wife Susan Sons Thomas, John, William and George Thomas Laslett the elder of Guston, yeoman mentioned. John Kilsey, yeoman, executor. Thomas Laslett the younger of ?, executor.
Thomas died 8 February 1817, aged 78, and Susan died on 29 March 1835, aged 89. His will (see page 229) was dated 5 October 1815 and proven on 15 March 1817. The Executors were his son Thomas and his son-in-law John Kelsey.
Family of Thomas and Elizabeth Laslett
ELIZABETH - by first wife, born 5 December 1765, wife of John Kelsey, executor of will of wife's father.
ANN (lst) - by first wife, born 13 January 1768, buried at Preston on 19 January 1768.
Family of Thomas and Susannah Laslett
THOMAS - baptised at Preston on 20 December 1770. Executor to father's will. Married Mary Hawkes of Adisham at Adisham on 19 October 1796. He was shown as 'of Ash'.
JOHN - baptised on 6 March 1772 at Preston and buried there on 17 March 1773.
RICHARD - born 1 March 1779. On 20 November 1802 married Mary Woodruff, a widow of Sturry, at Sturry. He was shown as 'of this parish'. Not mentioned in father's will. Lived at Petham and died there at age 49. Buried at Petham on 6 April 1828.
Mary - baptised at Sturry on 27 September 1804. Buried at Petham on 18 August 1826 aged 21.
Sarah - baptised at Sturry on 19 March 1807. Buried at Petham on 12 May 1826 aged 19.
JOHN - baptised 12 February 1784 at Preston. Married Ann Pott on 18 June 1808 at Worth.
See chapter John and Ann Laslett of Ash on page 57.
MARY - baptised at Preston on 14 April 1774. On 15 May 1793 married Jarvis Bing at Ash next Sandwich.
Sons: Thomas Hatcher Bing – baptised 19 December 1793 at Wickhambreaux, Kent. Lived at Teynham, Kent. Married Mary Roper. Thomas died on 29 September 1854.
Henry Bing – baptised 16 April 1795 at Wickhambreaux. Lived at Elham Kent. On 3 August 1819 at Littlebourne married Harriett Sutton. Henry died on 8 April 1855.
Jarvis Bing – baptised 15 November 1796 at Wickhambreaux. Died 18 December 1873.
SUSANNAH - baptised at Preston on 15 February 1776. Name in register Susan. Wife of Mr. Giles.
ANN (2nd) - baptised at Preston on 26 January 1778.
Son: Nimrod Laslett - born 30 January 1806 Ash. Mentioned in Grandfather's will. Nimrod lived at Sutton Valence. He died aged 21 and was buried at Sutton Valence on 22 February 1827.
SARAH - baptised at Preston on 7 October 1782.
FANNY - baptised at Preston on 7 October 1782. On 7 January 1809 married Charles Pott at Ash. Previous to this Fanny had had a child:
Thomas Hoom Laslett - baptised on 20 November 1802 at Ash as Thomas son of Francis Laslett. Mentioned in Grandfather's will. He died young, being buried at Ash on 11 March 1819.
SARAH (2nd) - baptised at Preston on 19 July 1784. On 30 January 1807 married Henry Paramore of Minster in Thanet at Ash.
MARIA - born 14 September 1789. Married Isaac Read at Woodnesborough on 1 October 1811.
Richard Laslett was baptised on 27 December 1739 at Ash near Sandwich. He was the second son of Richard Laslett, a yeoman farming lands at Woodnesborough and Ash, and his wife Elizabeth Laslett née Wastall (page 29).
On 14 April 1768 Richard married Mary Gibbs of Elmstone near Ash at Elmstone. Mary had been born in 1742.
Richard farmed lands Bossington Farm and Ovington Farm in the parishes of Adisham, Goodnestone and Wingham, Kent.
He died in 1809, aged 69, and his will was proven in 1809. Thomas his brother and Richard Emmerson Esq his brother-in-law were the executors of his will. Mary died aged 59 in 1801 and was buried at Wickambreaux, Kent, on 12 January 1801.
Family of Richard and Mary Laslett
RICHARD - born 15 October 1772 at Ovington Farm, Goodnestone. On 19 January 1796 married Miss Elizabeth Denne, of Adisham, born 1777. Died 11 December 1848. Will proven 9 June 1849. His wife Elizabeth died 2 October 1849, aged 72, both, buried at Wingham.
See chapter Richard and Elizabeth Laslett of Hole, Dene, Wingham Well and Appleton Farms on page 48.
THOMAS – baptised on 30 March 1775 at Goodnestone.
WILLIAM – baptised on 14 August 1777 at Goodnestone.
JOHN – baptised 3 March 1783 at Goodnestone. Farmer of Little Bossington Farm, Adisham. He was very fond of hunting. At Reculver on 4 March 1806 John “married a Miss Jane Sayer, who predeceased him many years” (Richard Laslett writing in 1914). Jane died 11 November 1845(?) aged 63 years. Died 1 June 1872, at 90 years of age. Both are buried in Goodnestone Church yard. When Keith & Carleen Laslett visited Goodnestone Church yard they noted the burials for John and his family from their tombstones. They also noted that there were two other stones in the same area of which one was broken. On the erecet stone only the name Laslett can be defined. Adjacent to these is a stone bearing the name Bayley.
Frederick - baptised 19 July 1806 at Goodnestone. “Died as a young man” (ibed.). Died 11 March 1845 and buried with his parents in Goodnestone Church yard.
Charles Sayer - born 1808 buried 20 June 1820 at Goodnestone aged 12.
Richard - baptised 24 April 1810 at Goodnestone. “A doctor, died as a young man”. (ibed.) Died 29 December 1850 and buried with his parents in Goodnestone Church yard.
Herbert - baptised 10 May 1812 at Goodnestone. Died 21 September 1897 and buried in Goodnestone Church yard. “Aged 85 years”.
Emma - baptised 12 March 1814 at Goodnestone. Died 29 December 1899 and buried in Goodnestone Church yard. “Aged 85 years”.
Robert - baptised 4 February 1816 at Goodnestone. Died 22 September 1849 and buried with his parents in Goodnestone Church yard. “Aged 53 years” (Sic.)
John - baptised 8 February 1818 at Goodnestone. Died 27 December 1869 and buried with his parents in Goodnestone Church yard.
Francis Stephen (Frank) - baptised 27 November 1819 at Goodnestone. “A farmer”. (ibed.) Died 13 July 1885 and buried with his parents in Goodnestone Church yard. “Aged 63 years”. The death was registered in the June quarter 1883 at Eastry (vol 2a page 481) aged 63 so it appears that the tombstone entry was misread.
Susannah Mary - Baptised 31 December 1821 at Goodnestone. Died 22 February 1906 and buried in Goodnestone Church yard. “Aged 84 years”.
Dorothy - lived to be 84, last of the children surviving.
All lived at Bossington. Not one of them married. Later Herbert and his two sisters lived there together, all over 80 years.
ELIZABETH – baptised at Elizabeth ‘Lacelet’ at Goodnestone on 23 February 1769. On 22 October 1789 married James Ashenden a yeoman of Nonnington near Wingham at Goodnestone near Wingham. Her daughter was the mother of Mr. Maxted, who took Dene Farm when Anthony, Richard's son, left it at Michaelmas, 1891. Mr. Maxted's son, Robert, had Wingham Well and Appleton Farms. This is similar to Richard and his son, Leonard.
MARY – baptised as Mary Lacelet on 18 October 1770 at Goodnestone. On 11 November 1794. Married John Denne, a widower, at Goodnestone next Wingham. Their daughters were double first cousins to Richard's children.
Elizabeth Denne - wife of Robert Marshall, of Studdle Farm, died 17 October 1855.
Mary Denne - In 1822 married Frederick Collard (Born 1795. Died 1846.) of Garrington. Frederick was the son of David Collard (born 1766 died 1836) of Wickham Court and his second wife Ann Kingsford (b. ? d 1826). (The first Elizabeth Kingsford died in 1790.)
Mary Collard married Edward Collard her father's cousin (born 1823) of Nackington near Canterbury, the son of Thomas Collard (born 1773 died 1867) and Sarah Mount.
Henry Collard, a noted singer and being very diminutive was called "Pocket Sims Reeves" after the noted tenor John Sims Reeves. Henry had a sister who was also very diminutive.
David Collard who had Garrington Farm after the death of his parents, he married twice and left a large family.
John Collard died 18 November 1849, aged 22 years.
Frederic Collard went abroad young.
Edward Collard went abroad young.
Richard's wife's sister was the wife of Daniel Bushell, Wickham Court Farm, near Wingham. Their son John was owner of Frognal Farm near Wingham. In 1828 he married a Miss Emma Collard (b 1799 d 1834) and had two daughters, his wife dying some years before him, he left Frognal Farm to his wife's sister. One daughter, Caroline Bushell (b 1803 d 1848), married John Elgar in 1836. Emma was the sister of Frederick Collard, see above, whom married Mary Denne in 1822. Daniel Bushell had another son, Daniel, who was father of Robert Bushell, Factor, Canterbury.
Richard's wife's brother was William Denne, of Herne Bay.
Mrs. Grant was his first daughter by his first wife. He married a second time, one much younger than himself. The Denne's at Beltinge were tenants of that farm from the 1830s until sometime in the 1880s.
Mary Denne - who died in London, unmarried.
Eliza Denne - married a Mr. Grant and went to Australia
Susan Denne - wife of W. Doubleday, had one son.
Emma Denne - wife of F. Foat, had a son.
Louisa Denne - died aged 18 years.
William Denne - married, but had no family.
John Collard Denne - had several in family, his wife was of the same calling as his mother, lived at Camberwell, London.
There was another son, unfortunate.
William Denne died on 18 June 1856 at Hearne Bay, aged 90 years, and is buried at Hearne. His gravestone records that he was of "The Elms, near Dover".
John Laslett was baptised on 14 December 1743 at Ash. He was the fourth son of Richard Laslett, a yeoman who farmed Hoden and Santon Farms in Ash and land at Woodnesborough, and Elizabeth Laslett née Wastall his wife (page 29).
John appears to have taken over Hoden Farm from his father and to have farmed it all his life.
Executor to his Uncle William's Will.
John married Elizabeth Hammond, a spinster, of Wingham at Wingham on 6 July 1772. Wingham parish records state:
“John LASTLETT married Elizabeth HAMMOND on 6 Jul 1772 in Wingham Parish Church, Canterbury Kent.
Of Ash next Sandwich
Witnesses: R Emmorson (signature), William Hawks (signature)
Official: John Loftie, Curate
Child Baptised 25 April 1773
Elizabeth HAMMOND was christened on 16 Oct 1751. She married John LASTLETT on 6 Jul 1772 in Wingham Parish Church, Canterbury Kent.
John was buried at Ash on 26 August 1810.
Family of John and Elizabeth Laslett
JOHN - baptised 25 April 1773 at Wingham. Yeoman probably farmed Hoden Farm, Ash. Married Elizabeth Horn at Ash on 30 April 1793. Elizabeth died on 14 November 1829 and is buried at Ash. On 12 June 1832 John married a second time, his new wife being Jane Elizabeth Hellier a spinster. John died on 6 September 1854 and is buried at Ash.
ELIZABETH - baptised 4 September 1775 at Ash. Buried 29 July 1782 at Ash.
SUSANNAH - baptised 14 September 1777 at Ash. Buried 12 February 1778.
MARY - baptised 18 January 1779 at Ash. Married a Mr. Smithers.
Thomas was baptised on 10 January 1746 at Hoath. He was the third child of William and Mary Lasslett of Chislet (page 32). Thomas married Elizabeth Gibbs at Chislet on 11 October 1769. Both bride and groom were recorded as being "of this parish" with Thomas's name being recorded as "Lacey".
He settled in Whitstable and lived there until 1778 when he moved to the neighbouring Parish of Swalecliffe a half mile or so to the East.
In May 1778 Thomas is mentioned in the Swalecliffe Churchwarden's Account Book as one of the ratepayers of the Parish and also for checking the Churchwarden's accounts. As the record for that year states "for Brook Farm substitute Thos Laslett" we assume this to indicate that Thomas purchased the farm in 1778. The rate of 13/6d made Brook Farm the third largest in the Parish. There were only seven ratepayers in the Parish for a total rate income of £17/13/6d. Thomas appears thereafter regularly as a ratepayer and for signing off accounts.
Brook farm was right in the village of Swalecliffe and it appears to have consisted of three fields totalling 15 acres. They were Brookfield, Bridgefield and Kitchenfield. In 1806 Thomas was rated an additional £3 for a cottage so we can only assume he acquired a cottage for his newly married son and daughter-in-law. This may be the single story cottage on the brook bank near Thomas's two story brick farm house.
The cottage was demolished in 1966 but Thomas's house is still standing. It is a two-story brick structure built like a traditional Kentish 'hall house' and stands on the main road through Swalecliffe. Although it is built in this 'style' we have not ascertained the antiquity of the structure.
Ralph Arnold in A Yeoman of Kent describes a typical Kentish yeoman's dwelling-house as "dating generally from the second half of the fifteenth or from the first half of the sixteenth century," it "had been an oblong, timber-framed building consisting of a high central hall or communal living-room extending right up to the raftered roof and flanked at either end by smaller apartments arranged one above the other in two storeys, the rooms at the 'dais end' of the hall being reserved for the farmer and his wife and those at the other end for the children and servants. The whole building was covered by a single, steep-pitched roof. Yeoman's House at Sole Street (Cobham), as restored and reconstructed, affords a good example of what this sort of 'hall house' must have looked like, with the two-storeyed ends overhanging so that the upper part of the hall itself appears recessed between them. Many of the earlier yeoman's houses must have been altered in Elizabethan times, when chimneys and fireplaces were introduced, when glass was fitted into the tall hall windows (which had originally been designed both to let in light and to let out the smoke from the central hearth), and when the halls themselves were often divided up by the introduction of an intermediate floor.
From 1801 to 1808 Thomas was Overseer of the Poor for the Parish of Swalecliffe, the last four years jointly with his son William.
The Overseers were unpaid parochial officers whose office dates back to the Elizabethan Poor Law legislation. It was the Overseers' job to find and expend funds for relief of such of the parish inhabitants as were helpless, infirm or past work. Under the general supervision of the County Magistrates, the Overseers raised the money they needed by levying and collecting a Poor Rate, based on the rateable value of the whole parish.
The payments made by the Overseers covered not only the old, the sick, the destitute and the young of the parish but also strangers passing through the parish who fell into one or more of the categories. Needless to say indigent strangers were not generally welcome in the villages of England.
Thomas was Churchwarden of Swalecliffe Parish from 21 June 1804 to 11 June 1807. A record of his disbursements as Churchwarden taken from the Churchwarden's Account Book appears on page ?.
Thomas was buried in St John the Baptist Swalecliffe Cemetery on 16 March 1809. His Will dated 6 March 1809 was granted Probate 15 April 1809. A copy appears on page 228. Elizabeth was buried in St John the Baptist Swalecliffe Cemetery on 1 May 1807.
Family of Thomas and Elizabeth Lasslett
WILLIAM - baptised at Herne on 17 November 1775. Married Mary Wacher at Swalecliffe on 21 May 1804 who appears to have died about 1805. On 16 October 1806 married Mary Ann Rayner. Took over father's farm. William died on 29 October 1835 and was buried in Swalecliffe. It is thought that Mary died in 1839.
ELIZABETH - baptised 10 May 1772 at Chislet. Mentioned in father's Will in 1809. Married Thomas Richardson at Swalecliffe on 29 October 1805 by Banns. Elizabeth died in 1836/7 as a codicil to her will was made in March 1836 and the will was proved in September 1837. Her nephew ‘William Laslett the Younger of Swalecliffe’ is named as one of the Executors of the will
Elizabeth Richardson – born c.1810. Married William Olive, a mariner and oyster dredger, at Whitstable in 1832.
Hannah Richardson – born c.1813. Married David Harris a farmer c.1836/7.
MARY - buried at Swalecliffe on 28 February 1799.
Thomas was baptised at Stourmouth on 28 September 1760. He was the son of Thomas Laslett a husbandman of Stourmouth and Ann Laslett née Smith his wife (page 35).
On 26 November 1786 Thomas Laslett of Woodnesborough married Elizabeth Spain of Worth by Banns at Woodnesborough. Elizabeth had been born in 1763.
Thomas is thought to have died in 1798.
On 23 October 1808 Elizabeth Laslett a widow of Woodnesborough married John Goodban a widower of Woodnesborough by Banns at Woodnesborough.
Elizabeth's second husband, John Goodbourne, died on 9 October 1844 and is buried at Woodnesborough. Elizabeth died on 4 June 1857 and is buried at Saint Lawrence, Ramsgate.
Family of Thomas and Elizabeth Laslett
THOMAS - born on 5 January 1787 and baptised at Stourmouth on 21 January 1787. Thomas was a Shipwright. On 26 December 1809 at Saint Marys Sandwich Thomas Laslett, bachelor, of Limehouse, Middlesex married Elizabeth Row, spinster, of Saint Marys Sandwich by Banns. Elizabeth had been born at Woodnesborough and baptised there on 11 February 1787. She died on 30 June 1833 and at Gillingham on 14 November 1835 Thomas married a widow, a Mrs E.H. (Elizabeth Henrietta?) Amner, who had been born in 1805. Her maiden name was Pollard. The second Mrs Laslett died 19 June 1871 (at Chatham?) aged 66 and Thomas died at Chatham on 29 August 1882 aged 95.
See chapter Thomas and Elizabeth Laslett of Chatham on page 58.
WILLIAM - baptised at Woodnesborough on 23 June 1793. In 1818 married Elizabeth Dilnoth at Woodnesborough. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry Dilnot a weaver and farmer at Hammill, near Woodnesborough and Elizabeth Dilnot née Fishenden, his wife. William and Elizabeth lived 'in Woodnesborough in a house that stands back from the road and has peacocks in the garden'. Family records say In about 1840 they moved to Polders Farm (Poulton Farm, Ash?) about a mile away but the 1851 census has them still in Woodnesborough, living in Woodnesborough Street. William is shown as "Willm Laslett Hd M a58 waever & farmer of 21 acres, employinh 2 men and 3 boys; born Wdnsb". William died on 18 September 1867.
Thomas - dead by 1890s
William - Born at Woodnesborough in 1830. Weaver and farmer continued to live at Peacock House when father moved to Polders Farm. Later moved to Worth. Married twice - first wife's name Julia.
Walter Thomas - continued to live in Peacock House after father moved to Worth. Married. Linen Weaver. Kellys Directory of Kent Surrey & Sussex 1915 identifies Walter as "Sack, Rick, Sail, Linen, Rope & Twine Manufacturer. Hop Grower & Farmer; and at Cattle Market, Sandwich. Captain in the volunteers. Thought not to have had children.
Morris - accidentally shot himself getting over a hedge.
Julia - married.
Annie - married.
Elizabeth - dead by 1890s.
Ann - nothing known
Harriet - Born at Woodnesborough in 1831. In 1851 was a teacher in the day school. Married a Mr. Pellman.
Fanny - still alive in the 1890s. Lived at Woodnesborough. Married a Mr. Pellman, the brother of her sister Harriet's husband.
Tom Pellman - dead in 1890s.
Julia Pellman - still alive in 1890s. Married a Builder or similar and lived in Surrey.
Ruth Pellman - married twice. First a Mr. Buller, second to a Mr. Fenton. They lived in Sandwich in the 1890s.
Albert Pellman - nothing known
Eliza - Born Woodnesborough in 1840. In 1851 was shown as a student. Married a Mr. Holden and had two sons.
CLEMENT - baptised at Woodnesborough on 8 May 1795. He married Margaret Mount on 7 January 1826 at St Peters, Sandwich. Margaret was baptised at St Peters Sandwich on 23 February 1803 the daughter of Robert Mount and Susanna Jarvis. WShen married Clement said he was a farmer. At all the baptisms of his children he was recorded as an agricultular labourer except Charles and Thomas when he was an Innkeeper at Plucks Gutter (maybe The Dog & Duck). Local directories record Clement Laslett, Beerhouse Keeper, Stourmouth, 1847. In the 1881 Clement was lodging as a widower with the Dodds family at Lower Street, Stourmouth. Margaret died at Stourmouth on 10 March 1870 while Clement died there on 13 June 1887 aged 92 years.
James – baptised 22 July 1827. Married Caroline Aiano the daughter of Charles Aiano.
Elizabeth - married Mr. Scarlett.
James - no details known.
Melville - no details known.
Caroline - In June 1890 marriage registered at Thanet (vol 2a page 1501).
Alice - married Charles Aiano her mother's cousin and the son on John Aiano. Marriage between Alice Laslett & Charles Oiam registered at Thanet in September quarter of 1888 (vol 2a page 1359).
Stephen Crisford - no details known.
Fanny - no details known.
Ernest - twin to Edward.
Edward - twin to Ernest.
Ann – baptised 5 July 1829. Married a Mr. Packer.
Susan(na) – baptised 13 March 1831.
Eliza – born 1833, Kent.
Elizabeth – baptised 14 December 1834, Thanet, Kent. Elizabeth married Charles Alfred Keates on 11 May 1863 at Islington Green, Mdx. He was born 4 January in Lt Red Lion Ct, Charterhouse L., London the son of John Keates and Eleanor Groutage. Lived in London Charles working in the book or publishing trade. Had daughter. Died 14 November 1867, 15 Elizabeth Terrace, Islington, Mdx.
Elizabeth Margaret Keates – born 9 April 1865, Islington Mdx. Died 23 January 1949, Harold Wood, Essex. Married Frederick John Brett in 1889.
Sarah – Baptised 15 May 1836, Kent. In 1841 aged 5.
Clement – born 24 January 1838 at Stourmouth.
Stephen – Baptised 8 September 1839, Kent.
Charles – born 6 June 1841, Kent.
Thomas – baptised 2 April 1843. Married.
ELIZABETH - born 23 January 1790. Married Mr. Bristow. Died 6 December 1867 at Sandwich.
ANN - baptised 14 July 1797 at Woodnesborough. Married a Stephen Chrisford. Died 27 January 1881 at Ramsgate.
Family of John and Elizabeth Goodbourne
SARAH GOODBOURNE - born 4 March 1809. Married Mr. Emerson (b.1808). Sarah died on 4 March 1890, her husband in August 1887.
Anne Emerson - married Mr. Steel.
Adelina Anne Steel - married Walter Dannott.
Anne Crisford Steel - nothing else known.
Elizabeth Anne Steel - nothing else known.
Georgianna Annie Steel - nothing else known.
Stephen Steel - nothing else known.
Sarah Ann Emerson - married Mr. Brewer.
Norris Emerson - nothing else known.
Isaac Withers Laslett was in born 1764 at Otford, Kent the second son of William Laslett of Shoreham and his wife Mary Laslett née Withers. (See page 34.)
On 16 December 1785 married Lydia Swaisland at St Paul’s, Deptford. Lydia had beeen baptised on 23 January 1755 at Horton Kirby, Kent the daughter of Joel and Elizabeth Swaisland.
I have taken the following details from the family bible supplied to me by Janet Chard in 2005:
Lydia Laslett Died the 27th July 1805 Aged 50 years old and was buryed at Sutton Church yeard.
Michell Laslett Died May 27, 1806 and was buryed at Sea.
George Houghton Died _ _ _ and was buried at (Sea.)
Isaac Laslett Died the 26 May 1825. Was buried at Sutton the 2nd june aged 62. I hope god as taken them all in his Heavenly protection.
Family of Thomas and Elizabeth Laslett
ISAAC WITHERS – was born the 16 day of November the year 1787 & was baptised the 9th of December following at St. Paul’s Church Deptford Kent.
George – was Borne November 16 – 1793 & Baptised @ Dartford Church. Kent. George Laslett Died the 6th of August 1804 was buryed at Sutton Church yard aged 11 years.
MARY - was born the 16th day of January 1786 & died the 22nd of the same month. Baptised at Sutton at ?
MARY ANN – Born the 11 day of April 1790 Baptised at Dartford Church Kent. On 9 August 1813 at St John (old) Church, Eltham, Kent married William Weeks. William had been born 4 October 1789 and baptised at Bedminster Church Bristol. Mary died 18 May 1857 and is buried at Lee New Church in Kent. William died 22 June 1864 aged 75 years and is buried at Lee, Kent
William Isaac Weeks - born 18 October 1814 at Poplar Middlesex, baptised at Stephney Church, died 21 January 1817.
Mary Ann Weeks – born 9 February 1818 at Poplar Middlesex, baptised at Stephney Church. Married surname Briere. Died 16 January 1878 aged 60 years and buried at Lee, Kent.
William Weeks – born 16 November 1819 at Poplar Middlesex, baptised at Stephney Church. Died 18 June 1834.
George W Weeks – born 7 March 1822 poplar at Poplar Middlesex, baptised at Stephney Church. Died 6 February 1896 aged 74 abd buried at Lee, Kent.
William Weeks – born 18 April 1824 at Limehouse, baptised at Stephney Church.
Ann Lydia Weeks – born 29 September 1826 at Poplar Middlesex, baptised at Stephney Church. Died 12 April 1833 aged 67 years and buried at Lee, Kent.
Hannah Weeks – born 28 December 1828 at Poplar Middlesex, baptised at Stephney Church. Died 4 December 1859 aged 31 and is buried at Lee, Kent.
James Weeks – born 18 December 1831 at Poplar Middlesex, baptised at Stephney Church. (Father of Hannah wife of Charles Collis)
Mary Ann Weeks - baby born 6 September 1843 at 20 minutes before 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
Thomas Emerson Laslett was baptised on 29 April 1765 at Stratford on Avon. He was the second son of Thomas Laslett of the Excise and his wife Jane Laslett née Emerson (page 31).
On 23 December 1798 Thomas married Sophia Jenkins at St Swithuns, Worcester.
On 14 October 1799 their first child William was baptised at All Saints, Worcester. They also had three further children, Jane, Thomas and Sophia. Jane died in 1810, Thomas died as the result of a fall from an apple tree on 22 October 1816 and Sophia died on 4 December 1851. All were unmarried and all are buried at St. Swithuns, Worcester.
Thomas was a highly successful banker and his name is associated with the old bank, Messrs Berwick, Wall and Isaac, at Worcester. Thomas is the first of the Lasletts to rise to Gentry status.
On 6 April 1862 when at Dover Richard Laslett met Mr. and Mrs Sheldon from Worcester and he asked them about the Worcester Lasletts as the Sheldons had known them for many years. In fact, it was the Sheldons who originally owned Abberton Hall and they sold it to Thomas's son William. The Sheldons spoke of the family's wealth, and munificence, and the connection with the firm of the 'Old Bank'. Also they thought Richard rather like Thomas jnr about the forehead and nose while Richard's sister Fanny was thought to resemble William most in the expression of the face.
Thomas died on 19 December 1816 while Sophia died on 30 July 1836. Both are buried at St Swithuns.
Family of Thomas and Sophia Laslett
WILLIAM EMERSON KENDRICK - baptised 14 October 1799 at All Saints, Worcester. He married Maria Carr on 3 February 1842 at Aldingbourne, Sussex. Maria died in 1848. William died on 26 January 1884.
See chapter William and Maria Laslett of Worcester on page 57.
THOMAS - Born 1800. Died 22 October 1816 and is buried at St Swithuns, Worcester. No record of marriage.
JANE - died unmarried 1810 and buried at St. Swithuns, Worcester.
Richard Laslett was born on 15 October 1772 at Ovington Farm, Goodnestone, near Wingham, Kent. He was the eldest son of Richard Laslett, a yeoman of Bossington and Ovington Farms, and his wife Mary Laslett née Gibbs (page 35).
On 19 January 1796 Richard married Miss Elizabeth Denne of Adisham at Goodnestone next Wingham. Elizabeth had been born in 1777.
Elizabeth Denne was little in person while Richard was a muscular strong man of 18 stone exceeding 6 feet in height. Richard Manger Laslett can remember that Richard was always called 'Lacy' by his wife.
As Richard married John Denne's sister, Elizabeth, and his sister, Mary, born 1770, married John Denne, so brother and sister married brother and sister.
In partnership with his father he farmed both Ovington and Bossington Farms in Adisham, Goodnestone and Wingham parishes. About 1800, he took the Hole Farm, Sturry, near Canterbury, which his son George took off him at Michaelmas, 1830.
Hole Farm, now called Vale Farm, lies in the valley west of the foot of Calcott Hill and its original farmhouse is still standing today although its continued existence is threatened. The farmhouse may be dated 1635 by a carved beam and is said to be of special historic interest. In the early 1970s the Mid Kent Water Authority bought the house intending to demolish it and build a reservoir, but the plan was rejected. The farmhouse was left empty and squatters, who claimed to be interested in the farmhouse's preservation, moved in. They carried out some work but were evicted in early 1988. Over the next few months the building was affected by bad weather and also considerably vandalised.
The local council, applying pressure on the water authority, served notice ordering repair of the building and threatening compulsory purchase if the repairs were not carried out. The Mid Kent Water Authority's General Manager, Brian Coleman, agreed that the authority had a responsibility to maintain the property if it was to remain and said that more than £100,000 would need to be spent to make the roof and windows water tight and secure. Coleman said the building would be inspected daily to ensure against vandals but he could give no assurance that it would not eventually be demolished if the proposed reservoir was ever given permission to proceed.
In 1813 Richard took Dene Farm, Wingham Well and Appleton Farms, Wingham. His son Leonard took the two latter in 1844. Richard continued Dene Farm and Hop Grounds until his death on 11 December 1848 and it was then carried on by his executors for the benefit of the family until 1853, when his son Anthony and daughters succeeded, eventually it became Anthony's alone.
Sir Henry Oxenden Bart. in his Recollections published in 1862 says "The old Dene ground of hops had been planted before the recollection of the oldest inhabitant of Wingham, one of the best grounds in the neighbourhood, the superintendence of it was left to the late Mr. Richard Laslett, a most worthy and good man to whom Sir Henry was much attached."
Richard was churchwarden of Wingham parish for three periods, 1818/9, 1829/30 and 1839/40.
Kentish historian Ralph Arnold explains that "there were many more hop gardens . . than there are today or than there have been for many years past. From 1700 to 1750 the price of corn had ruled low, while the prices obtained for hops had been rising. Beer was the ordinary everyday drink of the people and the consequent demand for hops must have been enormous, added to which, in the days before the introduction of chemical sprays, it was generally reckoned that a full crop could only be expected every other year. Hops were grown not only in regular gardens or grounds but also in many cottage plots. In appearance, an eighteenth century hop ground must have been similar to a present day hop garden, though there was no 'stringing' between the poles and the characteristic 'wind shelters' of Lombardy poplars were not introduced until the 1780's or '90's. Often, especially in newly planted grounds, fruit trees - apples, cherries or nuts - were planted between the hop hills.
Richard left surviving at his death, at the age of 76 years, a wife, six sons and six daughters. His Will was proven on 9 June 1849, a copy appears on page 222. The Executors to his will were his sons George, John and William. His wife Elizabeth died on 2 October 1849, aged 72, and was buried in the same grave as Richard in St Mary’s churchyard at Wingham.
On 2 August 2000 Michael Laslett wrote: ‘At St Mary’s Church, Wingham I discovered several tomb stones of the family, notably Richard… and his family. Lasletts married into the Elgar family at some point. The Elgards are well represented in the Wingham churchyard and there is still an old established Estate agents and surveyors called Elgar’s in the village.’
Family of Richard and Elizabeth Laslett
GEORGE - born 8 July 1796, at Bossington Farm, Adisham, near Wingham, Kent.
Married Charlotte Manger, spinster, of St Marys Dover by licence at St Marys Dover on 28 April 1831. George died on 31 March 1853. His will, proven 30 July 1853, was dated 14 March 1853. Charlotte died at Hammersmith, London, 19 February 1878, in her 70th year.
RICHARD - Farmer. Died at Dene, 23 January 1838, aged 38 years, unmarried, buried in St Marys Churchard at Wingham.
JOHN - Cornfactor, Bay House, Ickham, died at Dene, 29 May 1864, aged 63 years, unmarried, buried at Ickham.
WILLIAM - baptised at Sturry on 22 July 1802. Held Houden Farm, Ash, died in London, 31 December 1863, aged 61 years, buried at Nunhead Cemetery. Married Elizabeth Youden, spinster, of St James Dover by licence at St James Dover on 19 November 1829. Elizabeth died on 2 March 1854 and is buried at St. Giles, Camberwell. She was aged 54 years (56 by the census details below). William married a second time in 1857, a Miss Bell, London, who survived him. No family by his second wife. The 1851 Census for Ash (Westmarsh) gives William Laslett Hd M a49 Farmer 135 acres emp. 8 men b. Sturry and Elizabeth Laslett Wf M a53 farmer's wife b. Dover. Charles H. Laslett son U a20 b. Ash; Elizabeth Laslett dau U a 19 b. Ash; William Laslett son U a17 b. Ash; Catherine Laslett dau. U a15 b. Ash and M.M. Marinach visitor U a22 b. London.
Charles Horn - born 1830 in Ash, died 31 December 1852, aged 22 years, unmarried, buried at St. Giles, Camberwell.
William - born 1832 in Ash, went to Canada 1861. Died Montreal 1877 aged 45. Married in Canada.
Laurence a Bank Clerk in Montreal (from letter dated 1910) Is perhaps that William Laurence Laslett b 10 November 1871 in Canada who died in Los Angeles on 31 August 1955 (Cal. Death Records).
Elizabeth Denne - born 26 January 1832 in Ash. Went to Canada 1871 to brother, returned 1878. Died at 99 Ladbroke Road, Nottinghill, London, 29 December 1900, aged 68 years. Unmarried. Buried at Nunhead Cemetery in her father's grave.
Catherine - born 1836 in Ash. Always lived with her sister, went with her and returned with her from Canada. Died 18 March 1902, aged 66 years. Unmarried. Buried in grave with sister and father at Nunhead Cemetery.
Richard - baptised 5 December 1841 at Ash and buried there on 23 June 1843.
THOMAS CHATHAM - baptised 3 June 1805 at Sturry. Married Mary Margaret Catherwood widow, maiden name, Wigzell, who died 2 October 1848, aged 46 years, buried with Thomas in St Nichola Churchyard, Sturry near Canterbury. Thomas Chatham - late Canterbury, married a second time. He died 23 January 1881, aged 77 years.
Charles - died 27 February 1841, aged 7 years. Buried in his parent’s grave.
Louise - married Thomas Bell Watson, 14 August 1866, at Maidstone, Kent. Mr. Watson was a chemist who resided first at Horsham, afterwards at Abiesford in Hampshire, then in London. He died at 60, Plimsoll Road, Finsbury Park, 1 June 1890.
Charlotte, By second wife. Died aged 14 years. There is a Charlotte Laslett died aged 14 years who was buried at Abney Park Cemetery in London on 10 October 1887.
LEONARD - baptised at Wingham in 1816. Took Wingham Well and Appleton Farms off his father in 1844. Married Anne Collard (born 1824) at Wingham in 1847. Anne was the daughter of Robert Collard (born 1783 died 1872) of Brook Farm, Kent and his second wife Hestor Larkin. Leonard was churchwarden of Wingham parish from 1855 to 1857. Wife died 9 June 1871, aged 47 years, buried at Wingham. Took Cornfactor business that his brother John had carried on. He attended the funeral of his brother George's wife, Charlotte, who died 19 February 1878. He died 19 October the same year, in his 62nd year, and is buried at Wingham.
Richard - born at Wingham in 1849 (A memorial in Wingham Chrch Grave Yard records his birth as February 1851). Had Corn Stores at Canterbury, afterwards he went out to South Africa. Died at the Cape on 28 January 1883, unmarried. A fine man. Buried in the English Cemetry, Cape Town.
Robert Collard - baptised at Wingham in 1849. Took to his father's farms, died 16 March 1897 after an operation necessitated from an accident on the cricket field. Unmarried. Buried in his mother's grave, Wingham. The accident occurred some years previously.
Leonard - baptised at Wingham in 1852 and was buried there in 1853.
Harry - baptised at Wingham in 1860 and buried there the same year.
Frederic John born at Wingham in May 1861 and died there in August of the same year. Buried in Wingham Church Grave Yard.
Leonard William - born 1857 and baptised at Wingham. Took to his father's business at Ham Street, near Ashford, Kent. Married in 1903, Miss Charlotte Mayham. No children. Brought up fatherless son and daughter of brother Octavius.
Thomas White Collard - born 1858 and baptised at Wingham. Married Miss East, 29 April 1885, (Florence Mary Eastes reg Dover Jun Q 85 vol 2a page 1469) had four sons and two daughters. Farmed lands several years, afterwards took an old established business of Fly & Carriage proprietor in Dover where he was for some years, but motors coming in use lessened the trade and he went out to Canada. A photograph of Thomas's business in Dover, the 'Antwerp Livery and Bait Stables' appears on page 42 of 'Dover Illustrated' by J.S. Rochard & Co, 1898/9.
Octavius - born 1863 and baptised at Wingham in 1864, married young and died soon from pneumonia, leaving two infants. Their father buried at Littlebourne, Kent. He lived and died at Canterbury.
Annie Maria - baptised at Wingham in 1848 and buried there in 1849.
Elizabeth Esther - born 1854, died an infant.
Louisa Anne - baptised at Wingham in 1855. Never married. For many years Housekeeper to her father when a widower and to her brothers Robert and Leonard.
Emily Charlotte - born 1865. Married to a Doctor Sutton, June 1892, no family.
ANTHONY - born at Bossington Farm house, Wingham, Kent, 30 October 1818. Managed the Farm for his father to his father's death 11 December 1848 then for Executors to 16 November 1852 when he and sisters took the farm. Some years after he paid them out and had it on his own account (his sisters were living in Dover). He spent his whole 78 years on Dene Farm. Anthony was churchwarden of Wingham parish for 1856/7. In 1853, he married Elizabeth Emma at Wingham. Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of the late William Elgar of Dembridge Farm, Wingham, and the niece of George Elgar a Surgeon of Ash. William Elgar had died in 1849 aged 53 years and his widow, Mrs. Anne Elgar, survived him for many years dying at the advanced age of 93 on 29 March 1885. William Elgar had been a gargantuan man of 20 stone. He was the son of Stephen Elgar & Elizabeth Solly of Wingham Court. It is interesting that Elizabeth Solly was probably the daughter of Stephen Solly and Jane Laslett. This would make Anthony & Elizabeth rather distant cousins. Anthony's wife died in 1890, aged 58, and is buried at Wingham. Anthony died 13 September 1896 and is buried at Wingham.
Charles - born 1858, at Dene and baptised at Wingham. Managed the farm with his father. Married to Charlotte Spanton. Locals called him "Lacy" for Laslett. Had one child only. Charles was buried at Wingham in 1930.
Charles - baptised at Wingham in 1896 and was living at Canterbury in 1911.
Elizabeth Anne - born 1854 and baptised at Wingham. On 12 December 1883, at Wingham, married a Frank Court. Took to Bossington Farm.
Charles Frank Court lived at Canterbury.
ELIZABETH - baptised 11 January 1804 at Sturry, married John Chandler, Crixhall Farm, near Wingham, at Wingham in 1839. Elizabeth died in 1848. John died in October 1860. No family.
RACHEL - born 1805, wife of Mr. Gaskin, died a widow, 1862, buried at Finchley, London.
George Gaskin - went to sea. It is supposed he made a home abroad.
William Gaskin - died 22 March 1848, aged 16 years. Buried in St Marys Churchyard at Wingham in the same grave as his Uncle Richard.
Rachel Gaskin - wife of Mr. Bull, farmer and milk business, Chingford near London. Had four sons (three of them in Canada and one, Douglas, at home) and four daughters (two, Clara and Florence married, and two, Rachel and Alice, single).
Clara Bull married.
Florence Bull married.
Rachel Bull single.
Alice Bull single.
MARY DENNE - baptised 27 January 1807 at Sturry, unmarried, died at Littlebourne, 15 October 1888, aged 81 years, buried at Wingham.
RACHEL - baptised at Sturry on 9 April 1808. Appears to have died young.
JANE - baptised at Sturry on 20 May 1809, lame, died at Littlebourne, 11 February 1890, aged 79 years, unmarried, buried at Wingham, in her father's grave.
CHARLOTTE - baptised at Sturry on 5 June 1811, died at Littlebourne, 24 February 1890, aged 78 years, buried at Wingham in her father's grave. Unmarried.
ANNE - born 1813, died at Wingham, 8 January 1892, aged 78 years, unmarried, buried at Wingham in her father's grave.
LOUISA - born 1814 and baptised at Wingham in 1815. The parish register records her surname at Lacey. On 14 July 1859 married Henry Homewood Bath at Wingham. He died and was buried at Nunhead near London. She lived after at Bromley, Kent and died 13 April 1892, aged 77 years, buried at Wingham. No family
In 1910 Richard Laslett wrote of his aunts:
After leaving Dene Richard's unmarried daughters lived some years at Dover and latterly resided at Littlebourne Hill, near Wingham. Wherever their residence, it was the home of them all, they dwelt together in unity, the ages they attained testify to their healthy lives and theirs was a long course of usefulness and comfort to others, to which all should strive to be.
Aunt Mary was for very many years her brother John's housekeeper and she remained through life greatly attached to him.
Aunt Charlotte was housekeeper to her brother Leonard before he married a wife. With this event another brother (Thomas) loses a wife and Aunt at once becomes housekeeper to the widower and to his motherless child, in tender years, ministers a maternal care and devotion till the child becomes a woman and marries, nor does it end there, Aunt is still regarded as a second mother in the changed life with advice and counsel while life lasted.
Aunt Jane though lame attended to poultry.
Aunt Anne the cheerful housekeeper to her aged parents . . .
All excelled in household management and were exemplary ladies . . .
It is a matter for observation, you will notice that all seven daughters of Richard and Elizabeth, married or unmarried, left this world in the same order as they entered it.
John was a Yeoman and probably took over Hoden Farm from his father. He is thought to have lived in Coombe cottage that is situated about half way between Ash and Woodnesborough. The cottage is still standing. It is a two storey brick building, of modest size, but comfortable. The date 1728 is carved in a stone over the door.
Married Elizabeth Horn at Ash next Sandwich on 13 April 1793. Elizabeth had been born at Ash on 25 October 1768 and was one of ten children, 5 boys and 5 girls. As John's Aunt Mary had already married a Thomas Horne of Ash it is probable that John and Elizabeth were cousins.
Elizabeth died on 14 November 1829 aged 60 and was buried at Ash on 20 November 1829.
John was mentioned in his father's will.
John married a second time. His bride was Jane Elizabeth Hellier, a spinster, whom he married at Ash on 12 June 1832.
John died on 6 September 1854 and was buried at Ash on 11 September 1854 as John Laslett of Coombe, Woodnesborough.
Family of John and Elizabeth Laslett
JOHN - baptised at Ash 18 November 1793 and buried there on 26 August 1819 aged 25. No record of marriage.
THOMAS HORN - baptised at Ash on 2 June 1800 and buried there on 11 March 1819 aged 18.
CHARLES HORN - born at Woodnesborough and baptised at Ash on 30 April 1804. Farmer and fruiterer of Richborough. Married Mary Hellier, spinster, of St Peters Sandwich by banns at St Peters Sandwich on 20 June 1837. Charles died on 12 December 1865.
See chapter Charles and Mary Laslett of Richborough on page 69.
GEORGE - born at Woodnesborough and baptised at Ash on 4 August 1806. On 13 January 1829 at Ash George married Mary Ann Hunt, a spinster, of Seasalter by licence at Ash. Mary had been born at Whitstable around 1804/5. George died on 22 August 1868.
ROBERT - born at Woodnesborough and baptised at Ash on 23 May 1808. On 29 May 1826 married Mary Ann Knight, spinster of St Marys Dover by banns at St Marys Dover. Mary had been born in 1807. Robert died at Marshboro' on 6 November 1868, and is buried in a vault in Ash churchyard. Mary died on 25 May 1883 at Ash and is buried with her husband.
See chapter Robert and Mary Ann Laslett of Ash on page 76.
ALFRED - born at Woodnesborough and baptised at Ash on 31 January 1811. Died on 27 October 1829 and buried at Ash on 4 November 1829.
WILLIAM - baptised 31 January 1814 at Ash. Buried at Ash on 16 March 1815.
MARY ANN - baptised at Ash on 1 April 1796.
MARIA - baptised at Ash on 11 September 1797 and buried there on 30 November 1798.
MARY ANN - baptised at Ash on 21 December 1801.
William married first to Mary Wacher, a spinster, of Swalecliffe at Swalecliffe on 21 May 1804. Mary appears to have died shortly after the birth of their daughter Hannah on 12 April 1805. Mary was the daughter of John Wacher, farmer, of Chislet (1739-1821) and his wife Elizabeth Sharp (1751-1833).
On 16 October 1806 he married Mary Ann Rayner of Acol at Birchington by Banns. William was shown as being of Swalecliffe Parish. Mary was the daughter of Elias and Ann Rayner and had been baptised at Womenswold on 13 November 1768. The witnesses were Elizth Sidders and John Drew.
William was a Yeoman who both owned and tenanted land. He lived on Rayham Farm, in the Parish of Whitstable, which was rented from Thomas White, and as well inherited the freehold of Brook Farm (now Meadow Farm), in the Parish of Swalecliffe, on the death of his father in 1809. Brook farm was right in the village of Swalecliffe and it appears to have consisted of three fields totalling 15 acres. They were Brookfield, Bridgefield and Kitchenfield. In addition he rented a number fields in the district. From a parochial Whitstable charity he rented Priest and Sow, 9 acres; Banfield and Upperfield, 9 acres; Stockfish, 20 acres; and Wilkin Watts, 14 acres. The annual rent was £67/10/-. From Charlotte Anderson he rented two fields totalling 10 acres for £22/10/-. He also owned two houses in the village of Swalecliffe. One was a two story brick cottage on the main road near the brook which was rented out, while the other was a single story structure on the brook bank set back from the road. These cottages were really the farm houses of Brook Farm and the second one was occupied by his son William jnr who had a carpenter's and wheeler's shop and smithy beside the road near the cottage. The brick house is still standing while the second was demolished in 1966.
William died of 29 October 1835 and was buried in Swalecliffe Parish Churchyard on 5 November 1835. Mathew's Memorial Inscriptions. Kent. Vol. 30' records his tombstone: "William Laslett - 29.10.1835 - Left surviving Mary Ann his widow and 7 children. Hannah, William, Thomas, John, Mary, Elizabeth and George." A copy of his will appears on page 220.
Mary appears to have died about 1839 as she is mentioned in the 1838/39 Rate Assessment at £51 while her family is not mentioned. For the 1840 Rate Assessment Mary is not mentioned while her son William is rated £13/10/- and her daughter Elizabeth £45/10/-. No other children are mentioned in the 1840 Rate Assessment.
Family of William and Mary Lasslett
HANNAH - baptised 12 April 1805 at St John the Baptist Swalecliffe. Married John Bushell Goldfinch, bachelor, of Whitstable by banns at Whitstable on 14 February 1831. John was the son of John Bushell Goldfinch and his wife Elizabeth (née Holness). John was an Oyster Dedger having been apprenticed to his father at the Whitstable Oyster Fisher Co. In 1831 John was witness at his brother-in-law William's marriage. The Goldfinch family records show him as a Labourer 1838, Dredgerman 1851, Mariner 1861, Fisherman 1871. Late of Victoria Street, Whitstable, formerly of Seasalter, occupation Oyster Dredger, retired Gardener. John died on 13 August 1885. Hannah died in 1879.
John Goldfinch - born 18 July 1832 at Whitstable. A Master Maniner. Married Sarah Ann Foreman at Whitstable on 20 April 1856. John died at Southhampton on 3 June 1905.
William Goldfinch - born 26 January 1834 at Whitstable. A Master Shipbuilder. Married Mary Ann Court at Whitstable on 29 November 1859. William died at Blean Rd (Whitstable?) on 30 November 1910.
George Goldfinch - born 10 June 1836 at Whitstable. A Shipwright/ Boatbuilder. Married Martha Sarah Court at Seasalter(?) on 23 August 1860. George died at Whitstable on 13 January 1900.
Robert Daniel Goldfinch - born 16 June 1838 at Seasalter. He was a Mariner. Married Ann Prebble on 5 November 1859. Robert died at Herne Bay on 14 March 1918.
Mary Ann Goldfinch - born 16 September 1840 at Whitstable and was buried there on 6 April 1841.
Thomas Goldfinch - born 25 April 1842 at Whitstable. Married Sarah Harris and later, in 1893, Emma Edden. Thomas died in London in 1925.
Hannah Goldfinch - baptised 15 December 1844 at Whitstable. Married name was Moat. Hannah died on 19 July 1922 and is buried at Faversham.
James Goldfinch - baptised on 15 March 1848 at Seasalter and was buried at Whitstable on 20 March 1848.
Family of William and Mary Ann Lasslett
WILLIAM - born 15 August 1807 at Brook Farm and baptised on the next day at St John the Baptist Swalecliffe. Married Sarah Vevers of Liverpool by banns at Swalecliffe on 30 May 1831. Immigrated with their family to Victoria in 1853. Both died at Malmsbury Victoria, William on 13 July 1888 and Sarah on 1 October 1891.
See chapter William and Sarah Lasslett of Malmsbury on page 76.
THOMAS - baptised 20 February 1809 at St John the Baptist Swalecliffe and baptised at St John the Baptist Swalecliffe on 26 February. On 22 March 1830 the Canterbury Freeman books note that Thomas Lasslett, baker, was made a freeman by redemption. Married Emma Blake, spinster, of St Mildreds Canterbury by licence at St Mildreds Canterbury on 20 August 1830. Immigrated to Detroit Michigan in the USA. Thomas died in 1888 and is buried Erin Grove Cemetery in Roseville, Michigan. Emma is buried there also but I have no date of death.
See chapter Thomas and Emma Lasslett of Detroit on page 84.
JOHN - born on 22 May 1812 and baptised a month later on 22 June 1812 at St John the Baptist Whitstable. Buried a year later at Swalecliffe on 24 June 1813.
JOHN - born 25 January 1814 and baptised at St John the Baptist Whitstable on 24 February 1814 as 'John Lacy'. Overseer of the Poor for Swalecliffe Parish 1845-47. Immigrated to New Jersey in the USA. In the 1880 Census for Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey he is shown as aged 66, Widowed, born 1814 in England, a farmer and the head of the household.
Florence Louise – born Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey on 3 February 1876.
Grace Ethel – born Woodbridge, New Jersey in 1878
GEORGE - born 13 September 1822 and baptised at St John the Baptist Whitstable on 14 March. In mid 1840 George married Harriet Ann Chandler born 1830 Minster in Thanet The daughter of James Phillis (sic) Chandler and his wife Sarah (née Brooker). In the 1851 Census they are living at 21 Bodling Farm, Swalecliffe. When she married in 1868 George’s daughter Harriet gave her father’s occupation a Labourer. Nothing further is known about George until he appears in the 1880 US census as married to Sarah b.1831. The 1880 census shows George Laslett aged 57, a Newspaper Huckster, living with his wife Sarah aged 49 Keeping House, at Kings, Brooklyn, N.Y. No children listed. Both George & Sarah were shown as born in England of English parents. The Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Woodbridge, [Middlesex Co.] NJ (Extracted from inscriptions Cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, [Middlesex Co.], New Jersey. C226 Elizabeth, wife of George LASSLETT, d. 6 Nov 1874 ae -- , C227 George LASSLETT, (vestryman 1853-62) d. 1 Jan 1886 ae 64 yrs. (Note: The above information may be incorrect so if you find any errors please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Family of George and Harriet Lasslett
Harriet Anne – baptised 7 November 1847 at Minster Kent. On 13 October 1868 Harriet married Joseph Gardener, aged 21, Bachelor, Labourer of Herne, Father's name George Gardener, witnesses were Stephen Edwards and Ann Maria Lasslett.
Ann Maria – baptised 29 June 1849 (no parish) Kent
Jane - born 2 September 1850 Swalecliffe 1850 baptised 6 October 1850 (no parish) Kent
William - baptised 13 April 1852 Swalecliffe
James - baptised 21 October 1854 Swalecliffe
MARY - born 12 March 1811 and baptised on 7 April 1811 at St John the Baptist Whitstable. Mary died two years later and was buried 25 April 1813 at St John the Baptist Churchyard in Swalecliffe.
MARY - probably born around 1814 at Whitstable. On 24 January 1846 married Edward Watson "of full age, bach, labourer of Whitstable, father William Watson, butcher" at Whitstable. Mary was shown as "of full age, spinster of Whitstable, father William Lasslett, farmer. Both signed in full name. Witnesses were William and Sarah Rayner. Mary was a witness at her brother William's wedding in 1831.
ELIZABETH - born in 1818 at Whitstable. Elizabeth was the local School Mistress at Swalecliffe and the 1851 census records that she was lame. In 1840 Elizabeth was assessed £45/10/- rates. She appears to have inherited property on the death of her mother.
JANE - born at Whitstable in August 1819. Buried in St John the Baptist Swalecliffe Churchyard on 24 April 1820.
We do not know John’s occupation but he may be that John Laslett aged 55, born Kent, who was a Turnkey at Sandwich Gaol and House of Correction at the time of the 1841 Census.
Married Ann Pott on 18 June 1808 at Worth.
Family of John and Ann Laslett
GEORGE - baptised at Worth on 26 February 1809. Married Mary Hammond of Dover at St Margarets at Cliffe, Dover on 14 October 1833.
See chapter George and Mary Laslett of Hope Farm on page 86.
JOHN - baptised at Ash on 11 November 1810.
THOMAS - baptised at Ash on 5 August 1812. Married Harriet Melicent Newnham at St Werburgh Hoo, Kent on 20 August 1835..
Nimrod John – baptised at Minster on Thanet on 3 July 1836.
George Washington – baptised at Minster on Thanet on 24 December 1837. Married Maria Hogbin.
Henry James – baptised at St Mary Pembroke Wales on 8 September 1844.
JARVIS - baptised at Ash on 18 April 1814.
Thomas Laslett was born on 5 January 1787 and baptised at Stourmouth on 21 January 1787. He was the first child of Thomas Laslett of Woodnesborough and his wife Elizabeth Laslett née Spain (page 40).
Thomas was a Shipwright.
On 26 December 1809 at Saint Marys Sandwich Thomas Laslett, bachelor, of Limehouse, Middlesex married Elizabeth Row, spinster, of Saint Marys Sandwich by Banns. Elizabeth Rowe had been born at Woodnesborough and baptised there on 11 February 1787. She died on 30 June 1833.
At Gillingham on 14 November 1835 Thomas married a widow, a Mrs E.H. (Elizabeth Henrietta?) Amner, who had been born in 1805. Her maiden name was Pollard.
For many years previous to his retirement from active service Thomas was a leading man of the shipwrights in Chatham dockyard.
The second Mrs Laslett died on 19 June 1871 at Chatham aged 66 and Thomas died at Chatham on 29 August 1882 aged 95.
Family of Thomas and Elizabeth (née Rowe) Laslett
THOMAS - born at Poplar, Middlesex on 18 June 1811. Thomas became Timber Inspector for the Admiralty. On 20 August 1835 he married Harriet Milicent Newnham of Chatham at Hoo Church, Rochester. Harriet had been born on 5 June 1803 and she died at Devon House, Marton Road, Chatham at 3 p.m. on 4 December 1867. Thomas died at Woolwich on 6 April 1887.
See chapter Thomas and Harriet Laslett of Chatham on page 87.
HENRY - born at Chatham on 9 August 1814. Married. Died 22 October 1875 at Ramsgate.
WILLIAM JAMES - born at Chatham on 26 December 1823 and died there six months later, on 20 May 1824.
ANN - born 2 September 1825 at Chatham. On 19 April 1871 married a Confectioner & Baker named John Sutton at St George’s Ramsgate. They lived at Ramsgate. Ann died at Ramsgate on 27 August 1898.
Family of Thomas and Elizabeth (née Pollard) Laslett
WILLIAM HENRY - born 13 August 1836 at Chatham. Died 22 February 1901. Married.
Thomas - a surgeon. We know nothing much of Thomas except that he delivered Arthur Laslett the son of Albert and Elizabeth Laslett on 10 September 1903. Arthur's son Graham has helped in compiling this history and was always interested to find out who was the Thomas Laslett who delivered his father.
EDMUND - born 13 November 1839 at Chatham.
JAMES - born 20 February 1844 at Chatham.
ELIZABETH ANN - born 3 January 1838 at Chatham and married a Mr. Richard Gowar, a grocer, born 1840 at Chatham Kent.
Alice E, Gowar – born 1864 New Brompton, Kent. A Teacher.
HENRIETTA - born 31 January 1841 at Chatham and married a Mr. Daniel Bartlett a shipwright, born 1839 Chatham Kent. In the 1881 census they were living at 21 cage Lane Gillingham, Kent.
Daniel Bartlett – born 1864 Chatham Kent. A Shipwright.
Annie Bartlett – born 1870, Chatham Kent.
ALICE - born 4 April 1846 at Chatham. Married a Mr. Thomas Mitchell.
George Laslett was born on 8 July 1796, at Bossington Farm, Adisham, near Wingham, Kent. He was the eldest son of Richard Laslett, a yeoman of Hole, Dene, Wingham Well and Appleton Farms, and his wife Elizabeth Laslett née Denne (page 43).
On 21 April 1831 George was married by licence at St. Marys, Dover to Miss Charlotte Manger, spinster, of St Marys, Dover. Charlotte had been born at Dover on 18 December 1808 and was the youngest daughter of Thomas Manger of Dover and Elizabeth Manger (née Bessey).
George managed the Hole Farm, Sturry near Canterbury, for his father, from 1813 to Michaelmas 1830, when he took the farm and held it till his death in 1853. In all George and his father had it for just over 50 years.
The soil of some of the fields was 'straggling' It was a deep stiff clay which held water to a differing in each field. George was a great advocate for land draining, that is laying tiles made for the purpose a certain depth in the soil to drain away surplus water. These were laid in lime at a distance from one another as judged desirable by the farmer. It wasan art in which George excelled.
Richard, George's son, could remember a field at Pomfort, the farthest and more than a mile from the homestead where he used to take the donkey on Saturday afternoon and leave it there till Monday morning when wanted for taking his brother George and him to school. This field was very unproductive but after laying drains similar to other fields of the farm and chalking the soil the field was most returned to full production. In a year the field had a good crop of wheat and nearing harvest, and Richard remembered his uncle Thomas accompanied by his father going into the wheat. His father stood 5'10", without his shoes, and very little of him could be seen so high had the straw grown. In the lower part of the field, near the brook, hops were cultivated producing such good yields that they were much talked about.
Richard made a plan of the drains on the farm and the map was bought by Mr. Apsley who purchased the Estate.
The Hole Farm was the largest holding in the parish except Buckwell Farm, a few more acres. The total acreage of Sturry Parish was 3,064 ac. 1 rd 16 per. The Hole Farm contained 218 ac. 1 rd 9 per. for which an annual rent of £242.4.0 was paid to Earl Cowper. Richard had to get out the yield of the farm for three years, 1847, 1848 and 1849. The produce realised £3,684.16.5d. The working expenses, rent, and cost of living £3,171.9.7d. Resulting in a profit for three years £513.6.10d.
The average growth of wheat per acre 32 quarters. 563 quarters of wheat were sold in the three years from:
1847 to 1848 average price per quarter 53/9
1848 to 1849 ditto 47/-
1849 to 1850 ditto 41/10
In 1849 the Hops for the year were sold for £576.
When George's widow Charlotte left the farm at Michaelmas 1853 the Mr. Lea who took it was going to plough the land with a pair of horses and one man. George had ploughed with two men and four horses, and one added at times. The pair horse plough could not stir the land deep enough on the heavy soils. This four horse plough was a Kentish turn-wrest plough, a juggernaut more like a carriage than a plough. It was so heavy that it could only be pulled by a four horse team. In the eighteenth century a "gentleman farmer near Gravesend" was reputed, as a notable invention, to have used a light plough drawn by a single horse. This plough would have been successful in the lighter soils just East of the Medway though obviously not so in the heavy soils of East Kent.
Leonard used to say that no one could manage the Hole Farm like his late brother. Mr. Lea failed in 1856, that was in three years, Mr. Leward then took the farm, who was there but a few years, dying very suddenly. A good many have had it since.
As a young man George was pressed to join the Army in the war with France. He belonged to the Troop of the Royal East Kent Yeomanry. In later life he was heard to say that he and the Corps formed an escort for King George IV when the King was unpopular with the people.
George and Charlotte in the early years of their marriage were involved in a nearly fatal accident. When driving home from visiting their Blaxland cousins (Mrs Blaxland's maiden name was Denne) at Whatmer Hall the horse bolted in a severe thunderstorm and leapt the Turnpike gate, the top bar of which was broken by the force of the chaise wheel, and the traces breaking relieved the horse which kept going. A turnpike gate is higher than a six-bar gate. Charlotte and George were of course both thrown out and were much injured. Their son Richard remarked in a letter in 1911 that he often has looked at the repaired bar with thoughts of the accident.
The road where this happened is from Herne Bay to Sturry and was given gates just after the Napoleonic War. The toll house and gate at the southern end were at Sweech Farm on the hilltop above Sturry village, one gate on the main road, and a side-gate controlling Sweechgate, the minor road to Broad Oak Common, from which led Barnets Lane, the access to Hole Farm; it was at this gate that the accident occurred. The toll house or rather toll cottage still stands and bears the name Sweechgate.
Blaxland farm the ancestral farm of the Blaxland family and from which the surname of this ancient Kentish family derives is adjacent to Hole (Vale) Farm in Sturry.
George's will, proven 30 July 1853, was dated 14 March 1853. Executors were his brothers John, Leonard and Anthony, while his brother-in-law Richard Manger was added by a codicil dated 28 March 1853. George died about midnight on Thursday 31 March 1853. Charlotte died at about daybreak, 7am, at 48 King Street, Hammersmith, London, on 19 February 1878, in her 70th year. Both are buried in the same grave in St Nichola Parish churchyard, Sturry.
Family of George and Charlotte Laslett