Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Robert SWIFT (1677-?)

and Lydia NOAKES (1678-?)


Robert Swift and Lydia Noakes married on 3 March 1701/2 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Robert was the brother of my 8x Great Grandfather John Swift.)

Robert Swift was baptised 24 May 1677 in Wadhurst.  He was the fifth son and eighth child of Samuel Swift (1636-1710) and Sarah Plasted (1641-?).  There was another Robert Swift born 1678 in Salehurst, but I believe Wadhurst Robert married Lydia.  Wadhurst Robert had a sister and daughter named Rebecca.  Wadhurst Robert was a shoemaker.

Lydia Noakes was baptised on 1 July 1678 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  She was the daughter of Thomas Noakes (1641-1688) and Elizabeth Fuller (?-1705).


Robert Swift and Lydia Noakes had 7 known children:

  1. Rebecca Swift was baptised on 5 July 1703 in Rotherfield.  She was buried on 4 March 1703/4 in Wadhurst.

  2. Sarah Swift was baptised on 5 January 1704/5 in Rotherfield.

  3. Lydia Swift was baptised on 12 April 1706 in Rotherfield.

  4. Samuel Swift was baptised on 4 August 1708 in Rotherfield and buried there on 31 October 1708.

  5. Elizbaeth Swift was baptised on 4 August 1708 in Rotherfield and probably died young.

  6. Elizabeth Swift was baptised on 23 January 1711/2 in Rotherfield.  She may have married Henry Jarratt on 27 April 1740 in Wadhurst.

  7. George Swift was baptised on 15 May 1715 in Lamberhurst, Kent.  I believe he married Ann Rabbett on 16 May 1745 in Wadhurst.    He may have previously married Mary Lamberd on 25 June 1742 in Wadhurst.  But, George did have 2 cousins:  George Swift born 1720 and George Swift born 1723.  George and Ann had 7 known children.  The reason why I believe 1715 George married Ann Rabbett rather than his 2 cousins, is because he named a daughter Lydia, which I would guess was after his mother.  (George and Ann have their own page.)



From A2A

Deeds of The Old Vine, purchased by Abraham Pitt in 1820 (ref. AMS6461/2

On 26 March 1728 John Smith of Great Pell in Wadhurst, gent, described as petty lord of the manor of Mayfield, granted a lease of the land for 99 years from 25 March 1728 to Robert Swift of Wadhurst, shoemaker, at a rent of two good fat pullets to be paid on Christmas day. The lease was made by virtue of a patent of 19 August 1589 [by which Henry Nevill, lord of the manor of Mayfield, had been authorised to make grants of the waste of the manor of Mayfield, and to effect wholesale enfranchisements of the manorial tenements] (2/1)

By 1735 Smith was dead and a cottage had been built on the former wasteland by Robert Swift. On 10 June 1735 Swift assigned the lease to John Rutley of Lamberhurst, yeoman, for 73 (2/2)

A piece of waste with a stable built upon it, adjoining a garden plot of former waste, occupied by Richard Swift, at Cousley Wood Street (W (12 feet): land formerly John Baldock; S, SE: the Gravel Pits; N (18 feet): waste), occupied by Richard Swift (2/3)