Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Thomas KING (1687-1750)

and Mary Austen FOSTER (c1700-1749)


Thomas King and Mary Austen Foster were my 7x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on 23 April 1719 in Heathfield, Sussex.  They were both then of Burwash, Sussex.

Thomas King may have been baptised on 12 June 1687 in Dallington, Sussex, the son of Thomas King (1648-1714) and Elizabeth Palmer (c1650-1726).  He was buried in Burwash on 1 December 1750 as Thomas King senior.  He left a will dated 1 May 1750 in which he named his 3 sons and appointed his son Thomas as executor.  (I have a copy of this document and will eventually transcribe it and include in this site.)  Thomas was a weaver.  There was also a Thomas King who was baptised on 2 September 1683 the son of James King and Ann Hail, and another on 30 November 1699 the son of John King and Ann Smith?  Both baptisms took place in Burwash.  Thomas son of James was buried in Burwash in 1705.

Mary Austen Foster's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was buried on 27 January 1749 in Burwash.  The burial register records that she was the wife of Thomas King.  A Mary Foster was baptised in Burwash on 15 May 1693, the daughter of John Foster and Marjery Prior.  But she may have married William Adams on 14 February 1716/7 in Burwash.  There was also a Maria Austen who was baptised on 26 June 1694 in Burwash, the daughter of Thomas Austen and Frances More.  But she probably married Samuel Bexley on 7 June 1716 in Heathfield.  Samuel and Mary were both then of Burwash.

The 1747 Window Tax assessment for Burwash recorded that a Thomas King had 9 windows and was required to pay 2 shillings.


Thomas King and Mary Austen Foster had 3 known children:

  1. Thomas King, my 6x Great Grandfather, was baptised on 6 March 1720/1 in Burwash.  He married Ann Tutt in 1748.  (They have their own page.)

  2. William King was baptised on 29 April 1723 in Burwash.  Did he marry Mary Elliott on 15 April 1750 in Burwash?  There was another William King born in 1719.  One of the William King's may have been buried on 19 August 1768 and the other 4 September 1780, both in Burwash.

  3. John King was baptised on 5 November 1726 in Burwash.  He died a bachelor aged 84 years in Burwash and was buried there on 27 April 1810.  Strangely, the burial register recorded he was the son of Thomas and Mary King.  Another John King was baptised on 5 May 1726 in nearby Salehurst.


FOSTER          KING

This page was reviewed on 11 April 2012