Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Thomas SWIFT (1700-?)

and Elizabeth BAITUPP (c1700-?)


Thomas Swift and Elizabeth Baitupp married in 1723.  A marriage licence was issued in the Archdeaconry of Lewes on 7 January 1722/3 in the names of Thomas Swift a husbandman of Wadhurst and Elizabeth Baitupp a spinster.  (They were not my direct ancestors.  Thomas was the half brother of my 7x Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Swift.)

Thomas Swift was baptised on 1 January 1700/1 in Wadhurst, Sussex.  He was the son of John Swift (1669-1730) and Priscilla Foster (?-1706).  He was a labourer.  Thomas may have been buried in Wadhurst on 15 May 1738, but only the name was recorded and nothing to help determine which Thomas Swift was buried, and he did have an Uncle Thomas Swift born in 1672.

Elizabeth Baitupp's date and place of birth/baptism are unknown, to me.


Thomas Swift and Elizabeth Baitupp had 7 known children:

  1. Mary Swift was baptised on 19 May 1723 in Wadhurst.  She had an illegitimate son:

    1. Edward Apps Swift was baptised on 24 February 1745/6 in Wadhurst.  His father may have been Edward Apps who as a bachelor of Wadhurst married Sarah Swinfin of Rotherfield on 1 August 1746 in the Fleet Prison, London.

      As Edward Apps Swift he married Sarah Keys by banns on 5 January 1764 in Frant, Sussex.  They were both of Frant and both made their marks.  The witnesses to the marriage were Edward Latter and Thomas Appelbe who both signed their names.

    Mary later married John Oldacre by banns on 13 February 1757 in Wadhurst.  They were both of Wadhurst.  He signed his name whilst Mary made her X mark.  The witnesses were Thomas Batetop and George Chapman who both signed their names.

  2. John Swift was baptised on 23 January 1724/5 in Wadhurst.

  3. Rebekah Swift was baptised on 3 February 1725/6 in Wadhurst.

  4. Richard Swift was baptised on 11 February 1727/8 in Wadhurst.

  5. Thomas Swift was baptised on 5 July 1730 in Wadhurst.  He may have been buried on 15 May 1738, but that burial have referred to his father or his great uncle.

  6. Robert Swift was baptised on 26 September 1731 in Wadhurst.

  7. Sarah Swift was baptised on 14 May 1733 in Wadhurst.  She may have married William Latter by banns on 26 October 1769 in Frant, Sussex, but she did have a cousin named Sarah Swift who was born in 1749.  William was of Frant and Sarah of Wadhurst and they both signed their names.  The witnesses to the marriage were John Sands and John Waghorn.