The Family of Thomas Wyborn (Shoemaker)

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Thomas was baptised 24 February 1771 at Northbourne (west of Deal), Kent, the son of Thomas Wyborn and Ann, formerly Wanstall.

He married Mary Castle by licence at Whitfield (north-west of Dover), Kent, 7 March 1794. He was a bachelor of the town of Ramsgate and she was a spinster of Whitfield. The witnesses were Edward Wyborn [brother] and Elizabeth Tipper. The previous entry in the register, 2 October 1793, was for William Wyborn of Northbourne and Ann Castle. One of the witnesses was Thomas Wyborn - this might suggest that the two brothers married two sisters. The licence stated that Thomas was a bachelor of St Lawrence Thanet and Mary was aged 20, of Whitfield, the daughter of Stephen Castle.

Mary (wife of Thomas) died from inflammation, aged 36 and was buried 29 April 1811 at St Lawrence in Thanet.

In Pigot's Directory of Kent 1824, Thomas was listed as a boot and shoemaker at 7 Harbour Street, Ramsgate. Ann and Mary Wyborn were listed as running a toyshop at the same address. These are very likely to be two of Thomas's daughters, both of whom married in 1828.

In 1841 he was living in Harbour Street, Ramsgate. He was aged 65-69, a shoemaker. With him were Thomas Goldsmith aged 12, William Goldsmith aged 10, Arthur Goldsmith aged 8 and a servant. All were born in the county.

Thomas died at Ramsgate on 8 December 1845. He was aged 74 and died of consumption (1 year) and influenza (4 weeks). His daughter, Ann Goldsmith, of 8 Camden Place, Ramsgate registered the death.

His will was dated 25 November 1845, and he was described as 'the elder, of Ramsgate, gentleman'. He appointed his son, William Wyborn, and his son-in-law, Daniel Hinds, to be his trustees and executors. He left his estate to be divided into 5 parts and bequeathed equally to his son William Wyborn, his daughter Mary the wife of Daniel Hinds, his daughter Anne Goldsmith the widow of Ebenezer Goldsmith, his daughter Elizabeth the wife of John Leake Jarman and his son Thomas Wyborn. Sums lent at interest to his sons and sons-in-law were to be taken into account in the reckoning. Probate of his will was granted 18 February 1846 in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury.

Thomas and Mary's children were:

  1. Thomas, born 19 December 1794 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel 11 January 1795. He died of fever and was buried 24 December 1797, aged 3 at St Lawrence in Thanet.
  2. William, born 28 September 1796 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel 16 October 1796.
  3. Mary Ann, born 11 January 1799 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel, 3 February 1799.
  4. Ann, born 2 May 1801 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel 24 May 1801.
  5. Elizabeth, born 2 April 1805 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel 28 April 1805.
  6. Eleanor, born 27 December 1806 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel 25 January 1807. She died aged 1, of smallpox and was buried 14 January 1808.
  7. Eleanor, born 27 November 1808 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel 29 January 1809. She died, aged 3 of whooping cough and was buried 13 December 1812.
  8. Thomas, born 19 April 1811 and baptised at Ramsgate Chapel 5 May 1811.

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Posted 18 January 2007