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William SWIFT (1721-1796)

and Ann KNIGHT (c1735-1795)

 

William Swift and Ann Knight married by Banns on 12 April 1758 in Ticehurst, Sussex.  This was 42 years to the day after William's parents married.  William and Ann were both of Ticehurst and both made their X marks.  The witnesses were John Knight and John French who both signed their names.  The banns were published in Ticehurst on 5, 12 and 19 March 1758.

William Swift was baptised on 5 November 1721 in Wadhurst.  He was the second son and third child of George Swift (1679-1749) and Mary Clarke (?-?).  In 1764 he was described as a farmer.  He was buried on 19 November 1796 in Ticehurst as just William Swift.  Another William Swift was buried on 6 January 1795 in Ticehurst, but he was from the Workhouse and I believe that William was the grandson of this William.

Ann Knight was baptised on 9 February 1736 in Salehurst, but her parents names were omitted from the baptism register.  She died aged 60 years and was buried on 4 June 1795 in Ticehurst.

 

William Swift and Ann Knight had 11 known children:

  1. George Swift was baptised on 5 April 1759 in Ticehurst.  He may have been buried on 18 March 1787 in Ticehurst, but this burial may refer to his Uncle George Swift.

  2. Sarah Swift was baptised on 4 May 1760 in Ticehurst.

  3. Ann Swift was baptised on 31 July 1761 in Ticehurst.  However, her baptism date was entered between 10 May and 7 June 1761, so might she have been baptised on 31 May, rather than July as recorded in the register?

  4. Grace Swift was privately baptised on 16 October 1763 in Ticehurst and received into the Church on 28 October.  She had an illegitimate son:

    1. Thomas Swift was baptised on 1 January 1783 in Ticehurst.

  5. William Swift may have been born about 1764.  He was buried on 16 November 1764 in Ticehurst.  In the burial register he was described as the son of William Swift a Farmer.

  6. Elizabeth Swift was baptised on 1 September 1766 in Ticehurst.  She had 5 illegitimate children:

    1. Sarah Swift was baptised on 2 May 1784 in Ticehurst.  She was buried on 21 January 1867 in Bodiam, Sussex.  She married William Selden by banns on 28 March 1811 in Bodiam, Sussex.  The witnesses were William Longley and Francis Selden.  William was baptised on 29 April 1787 in Bodiam and was the son of William Selden (1750-?) and Mary.  He was buried on 26 November 1878 in Bodiam.  The couple had 7 known children.

    2. Grace Swift was baptised on 29 April 1787 in Ticehurst.  Her father was named as John Cheston.  Grace married Joseph Perry by banns on 2 March 1804 in Ticehurst.  At the time he was a bachelor and she a spinster.  The were both minors, both of Ticehurst and both made their X marks.  The witnesses were Thomas Judge (signed) and George Piper (marked).  The banns were published on 12, 19 and 26 February 1804.  Joseph was baptised on 15 October 1786 in Ticehurst and was the son of Charles Perry and Hannah Mepham (1767-?).

    3. William Swift was baptised on 22 February 1789 in Ticehurst.  I believe as William Swift from the Workhouse he was buried on 6 January 1795 in Ticehurst.

    4. Anne Swift was baptised on 13 March 1791 in Ticehurst.  She also had an illegitimate daughter:

      1. Frances Swift was baptised on 3 November 1810 in Ticehurst.

      Ann married James Wenban by banns on 25 October 1810 in Ticehurst, at which time they were both of Ticehurst

    5. Sophy Swift was baptised on 18 April 1800 in Ticehurst.  Her father was named as Isaac Farley.  As Sophia Swift she married Leonard Pack by banns on 12 May 1817 in Ticehurst, at which time they were both of Ticehurst.

    Elizabeth married Isaac Farley by banns on 30 August 1801 in Ticehurst.  They were then both of Ticehurst and both made their X marks.  The witnesses to the marriage were Robert Noakes and Thomas Judge who both signed their names.

    Isaac was baptised on 3 May 1772 in Ticehurst and was the son of William Farley and Sarah Harmer.  He had previously married Ann Lamkin by banns on 5 February 1793 in Ticehurst.  The witnesses were then his father William Farley and J. Brockhurst.

  7. Mary Swift may have been born in 1767.  She was buried on 28 June 1767 in Ticehurst.

  8. Mary Swift was privately baptised on 10 May 1768 in Ticehurst and received into the Church on 5 June.  She had 1 and possibly 2 illegitimate children:

    1. Martha Swift was baptised on 11 October 1795 in Ticehurst.  Her father was said to be William Weston a labourer of Ticehurst.

    2. Mary Ann Swift was baptised on 5 March 1809 in Ticehurst.

  9. Mercy Swift was baptised on 1 December 1771 in Ticehurst.  She had an illegitimate daughter by Thomas Field:

    1. Mary Swift was baptised on 18 January 1795 in Ticehurst.

    Mercy married Edward Colvin by banns on 4 April 1808 in Ticehurst, at which time they were both of Ticehurst.  They both made their X marks in the marriage register.  The witnesses were John Holbeam and Elizabeth Holbeam who both made their X marks.  The banns were published on 6, 13 and 20 March 1808.  (John Holbeam married Elizabeth Page on 25 February 1806 in Ticehurst.)

  10. William Swift was baptised on 2 May 1773 in Ticehurst.

    William married Elizabeth Fishenden on 1 December 1795 in Goudhurst, Kent at which time William was of Ticehurst and Elizabeth of Goudhurst.  The banns were called at Ticehurst between William Swift and Elizabeth Frissenden.

    William and Elizabeth had 5 known children:

    1. George Swift was baptised on 3 December 1797 in Ticehurst and buried there on 18 June 1801 aged 3 years.

    2. Sarah Swift was privately baptised on 26 November 1799 in Ticehurst and received into the Church on 27 December.

    3. Lydia Swift was privately baptised on 3 May 1802 in Ticehurst.  She married William Child by banns on 6 October 1824 in Ticehurst.  At the time he was a bachelor and she a spinster and they were both of Ticehurst.

    4. William Swift was baptised on 18 October 1804 in Ticehurst.

    5. Obadiah John Swift was baptised on 30 November 1809 in Ticehurst.  He married Jemima Mepham by banns on 19 January 1836 in Burwash, Sussex.  At the time he was a bachelor and she a spinster and they were both Burwash.  Jemima died aged 20 years at Cottenden and was buried on 10 December 1839 in Ticehurst.

  11. Martha Swift was baptised on 23 February 1777 in Ticehurst.

    Martha married John Kemp by banns on 30 November 1796 in Ticehurst, at which time they were both of Ticehurst.  They both made their X marks in the marriage register.  The witnesses were John Huntly and James Brockhurst who both signed their names.

    John and Martha had 4 known children

    1. Lucy Kemp was baptised on 2 June 1798 in Ticehurst.

    2. Mary Kemp was baptised on 8 August 1802 in Ticehurst.

    3. William Kemp was baptised on 8 September 1805 in Ticehurst.

    4. George Kemp was baptised on 30 October 1808 in Ticehurst, however, his mother's name was recorded as Mercy - was this an error?

 

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