Fay Sampson’s Family History
This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)
JOHN SPINNER and ELIZABETH STACE (9)
JOHN SPINNER. The Northbourne baptismal registers have not survived before 1695. This is too late to determine whether John was born in Northbourne, where he raised his family. The village is 12 miles east of Canterbury and 3 miles inland from Deal.
In 1661 there is a marriage in Barham, 9 miles east of Northbourne, between Robert Spinner and Elizabeth Ford. Since the name Robert occurs in several Spinner baptisms, it is just possible that these are John’s parents.
ELIZABETH STACE. The IGI has several Elizabeth Staces whose birth in Kent would fit with a marriage in 1690. The most likely one geographically was in Ham, a mile and a half north of Northbourne, and 3 miles northwest of Deal. On 2 Jan 1668(9) Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Margaret Stace was christened there. There may, of course, be others not listed on the IGI.
If this is the right family, then the maiden name of Elizabeth’s mother was probably Denwood.
Elizabeth was the middle one of five children baptised in Ham. There were four girls and one boy.
Both John and Elizabeth grew up in the heady time of the Restoration of the monarchy under Charles II. Severe Puritan restrictions on behaviour were lightened, with the court setting a pattern of licentious living. How much this changed the life of common people is less certain.
The initial celebrations were quickly sobered by the Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of London the following year. Northbourne suffered severely in the Plague.
“It is recorded that Daniel WYBORNE, Yeoman of Northbourne (formerly of Stourmouth) ignored the herald’s summons to claim his right to arms at the Visitation of Kent in 1665 because he said, ‘the plague was hott at Norborne’.”
The “arms” referred to were a coat of arms. Daniel Wyborne must have been seriously concerned to forego this privilege.
Elizabeth may have gone to work in Canterbury, since she was married there.
Shortly before their marriage, Charles’s Catholic-leaning brother, James II, was deposed in a bloodless revolution. His Protestant daughter Mary II and her husband William of Orange took the throne jointly in 1689.
John Spinner married Elizabeth Stace at St Mary Magdalen, Canterbury, on 1 Feb 1689(90).
They had five children baptised in Northbourne.
1693(4) 30 Jan Elizabeth daughter of John and Elizabeth Spinner
1695 20 Oct Ann daughter of John and Elizabeth Spinner
1697(8) 13 Feb Mary daughter of John and Elizabeth Spinner
1699(1700) Richard son of John and Elizabeth Spinner
1706 23 Mar Robert son of John and Elizabeth Spinner
There is a document dated 31 May 1695 from the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury. The abstract says: PLAINTIFF: Eliz SPINNER als STACE gnddau, leg; DEFENDANT: Jn HYLD s, exor; DOCUMENT: Lib; CASE: Test (Thos HYLD, Northbourne)
Elizabeth was apparently contesting something left to her in the will of a grandparent, perhaps the delayed payment of the legacy. Defending was John Hyld, the executor. The witness was Thomas Hyld of Northbourne. This supports Elizabeth’s family connection with Northbourne and makes it likely that this marriage is the right one. Hyld may be Elizabeth’s grandmother’s maiden name.
The fact that there was property to be disputed suggests that hers was not one of the poorest families.
John was buried in Northbourne on 28 April 1751. He was probably in his 80s.
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