Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Thomas MASTERS (1762-?)

and Sarah (c1765-1810)


Fairfield Church, KentThomas Masters and Sarah White married by banns on 14 April 1785 in Icklesham, Sussex.  The banns were published in Icklesham on 13, 20 and 27 March 1785.  Thomas was then said to be a husbandman of Fairfield in Kent, whilst Sarah was a widow of Ickelsham.  They both signed their names.  The witnesses to their marriage were Chris Hoad and Ann Beale who also both signed their names (ref.1).    (The photograph is of St. Thomas, Fairfield.  Please click on the photo to read more about Fairfield.) 

Thomas Masters may have been baptised on 16 January 1762 in Ebony, Kent, and have been the son of Moses Masters and Mary?  He may have been buried on 12 May 1807 in Winchelsea, Sussex, but when his wife was buried in 1810 she was said to be wife of Thomas, rather than widow.

Sarah's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She may also have gone by the name of Sarah Ann or just Ann.  She was buried on 5 January 1810 in Icklesham, and the burial register recorded that she was the wife of Thomas Masters of St. Marys.

On 23 May 1787, Thomas Masters, his wife Ann and sons Thomas and William were acknowledged by the overseers of Wadhurst parish as inhabitants belonging to Wadhurst.  Then on 21 December 1792 a settlement certificate was issued by, or to, the overseers of Wadhurst to Thomas Masters, labourer, his wife Sarah White, and 4 children, namely, Thomas  (7), William (6), Mary  (4) and Moses (1).  (Back in 1737, a John Masters married Ann Parker in Withyham, Sussex, at which time they were both said to be of Wadhurst - could there be a connection?)


Thomas Masters and Sarah had 4 known children: 

  1. Thomas Masters was privately baptised on 31 July 1785 in Wadhurst and received into the church on 21 August 1785, at which time his father was said to have been a farmer.  He was 7 years old in 1792. 

  2. William Masters was privately baptised on 5 July 1786 in Wadhurst and received into the church on 2 August 1786, at which time his father was a farmer.  He married Elizabeth Foster in 1808.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Mary Ann Masthouse was baptised on 27 April 1788 in Winchelsea.  She was 4 years old in 1892.  She probably had an illegitimate daughter:

    1. Sarah Ann Masters was baptised on 18 June 1809 in Winchelsea, at which time her mother was of Sheephouse.  Her uncle William was also of Sheephouse in 1811.

  4. Moses Masthouse was baptised on 1 January 1792 in Winchelsea.  He married twice, firstly to Ann Bolkham in 1815 and then to Elizabeth in 1838.  (They have their own page.)



Ref. 1 - ESRO XA 30/77, PAR 401/1/1/4