Laslett family history

Thomas and Jane Laslett of Worcester

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.