Laslett family history

Thomas and Sophia Laslett of Worcester

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 33).

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.
SOPHIA - died unmarried 4 December 1851 and buried at St Swithuns, Worcester. Her will dated 2 December 1851 (see page 224) and proven 15 June 1852 made her brother William her sole beneficiary.