and Bridget PURVEY (1709-1778)
Thomas Lillyot and Bridget Purvey were my 6x Great
here to see their place in my pedigree chart.) They married
on 10 April 1733 in Woodmancote, Sussex. They were the 2nd of 8
couples to have married in Woodmancote in that year. There had been 3
marriages there in the previous year and 2 in the following year.
date and place of birth are unknown, but possibly about 1705 in Shermanbury.
I believe he was the son of
who had married in 1688. William left a will in 1734 in which he
mentioned 5 sons and 2 daughters. Baptisms for 4 of the sons and 1
daughter have been identified between 1688 and 1703. Thomas was buried on 13 September
1765 in Woodmancote, by the name of Thomas Lelliott.
was baptised on 24 January 1708/9 in Bolney, Sussex. She was the
Henry Purvey (1665-1711) and
(1668-1745). She was buried on 20 December 1778 in Woodmancote, by the
name of Bridget Lellyett.
Bridget's elder sister,
Purvey, was also my 6x Great Grandmother. Sarah married
Hoadley in 1732. Richard died in 1742 and Sarah in 1743,
leaving 3 or 4 children aged from 2 to 5 or 7. Two of those children
married in Twinham, the other in Henfield. Might Thomas and Bridget
taken in Richard and Sarah's children?
Thomas Lillyot and Bridget Purvey had 7 known children:
was baptised on 24 November
1734 in Woodmancote. The parish register records that he was
baptised privately as “the child as was pretended being sick”.
was baptised on 30 January
1736/7 in Woodmancote. He married
1763. (They have their own page.)
was baptised on 16 November
1740 in Woodmancote. He may have been buried on 14 April 1743
in Woodmancote, but the burial register just records that a child of
Thomas Lillyott was buried.
was baptised on 12 June
1743 in Woodmancote. Her parents names were not recorded in the baptism
register, so she many not have been the daughter of Thomas and Bridget, but they
would seem to be the only Lelliott couple in Woodmancote at the time.
was baptised on 2 April
1745 in Woodmancote. He married
in 1771. (They have their own page.)
Lillyott, my 5x Great Grandfather,
was baptised on 3 April 1848 in Woodmancote. He married
in 1770. (They have their own page.)
was baptised on 7 April
1751 in Woodmancote. He was baptised as the son of “Goodman
Several fathers were named as “Goodman” in the Woodmancote registers and
given that Thomas and Bridget would seem to be the only Lelliott’s in
Woodmancote, I believe Charles was their son.
Between 1725 and
1755 the Rector of Woodmancote was James Barker. He very
helpfully added a few notes to some entries in the parish registers,
especially if someone was from the hamlet of
Blackstone. As for the above Lelliott family, the only note was
about the baptism of their first child - no clues as to where they may have
lived or Thomas's occupation. This could mean that they were not
living in Blackstone and Thomas was probably a Farm Labourer.
I wonder how Thomas
and Bridget came to be married and settle in Woodmancote? He was most
likely to have been born in the neighbouring parish of Shermanbury and she
was from Bolney, which is to the north of Woodmancote with Twineham in
between. They were both younger children of large families (Bridget
the eighth and last child and Thomas either the eighth or nineth child of
nine). Bridget would have been 24 years old when she married and
presumably she had been living in Woodmancote beforehand - might she have
been a servant in one of the larger households? Thomas was about 26 to
28 years old when he married - might he have been a farm servant in the same
household as Bridget? And after their marriage, where did they live?
Number of entries
in the Woodmancote registers between 1725-55: