Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Richard SWIFT (1703-1764)

and Sarah HOLMAN (?-1772)


Richard Swift and Sarah Holman married before 1737.  No possible marriage has been found in the Sussex or Kent IGI, or the Sussex Family History Group's marriage index.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Richard was the half brother of my 7x Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Swift.)

Richard Swift was baptised on 30 March 1703 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the son of John Swift (1669-1730) and Priscilla Foster (?-1706).  Like his father he was a victualler.  He left a will dated 11 February 1764, at which time he was of Lamberhurst.  In his will, he mentioned his wife Sarah and 2 children, Elizabeth and Thomas.

Sarah Holman's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.  She was the daughter of Abraham Holman.  She was buried on 21 February 1772 in Wadhurst.  Her brother Abraham Holman, a carpenter of Burwash, left a will dated 24 June 1757 in which he left bequests to the children of his sisters, Sarah wife of Richard Swift of Lamberhurst and Ann wife of Francis Turrell of Wadhurst.  Her father left a will dated 30 May 1751 and he left bequests to his daughters Sarah Swift and Ann Turel.


Richard Swift and Sarah Holman had 7 known children:

  1. Elizabeth Swift was baptised on 1 January 1737/8 in Lamberhurst.  She may have married Thomas Cramp of Wadhurst on 18 November 1764 in Lamberhurst, Kent.

  2. Samuel Swift was baptised on 11 May 1740 in Wadhurst.

  3. Richard Swift was baptised on 29 November 1741 in Wadhurst, and probably died young.

  4. Thomas Swift was mentioned in his father's will, but so far I haven't found his baptism.  At the age of 10 years he may have been apprenticed to John Luck the younger of Wadhurst, in husbandry.  On 15 July 1794 he was described as the eldest son of Thomas Swift yeoman of Lamberhurst and his wife Sarah, both deceased.

    Thomas married Jane Summers by banns on 27 April 1767 in Wadhurst.  At the time Thomas was of Lamberhurst and Jane of Wadhurst.  They were both able to sign their names.  The witnesses were William Tolhurst and George Chapman who both signed their names.  The banns were published in Wadhurst on 8, 15 and 22 March 1767.

  5. Henry Swift was baptised on 1 March 1746/7 in Wadhurst.

  6. Sarah Swift was baptised on 19 June 1749 in Lamberhurst.  She may have married William Latter on 26 October 1769 in Frant, Sussex, but she did have a cousin named Sarah Swift born in 1733.  Also, as she was not mentioned in her father's will, she may have died before 1764.

  7. Richard Swift was baptised on 1 January 1749/50 in Lamberhurst.