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)
HENRY WEEKS and MARY BELSEY (9)
HENRY WEEKS. The most likely baptism for Henry, who brought up his family in Tilmanstone, is in 1682. Tilmanstone is 4 miles west of Deal.
The surname is variously spelt Wilks or Weeks.
Baptism. St Andrew, Tilmanstone.
1682/3 Mar 9 Henery son of Henery Wilks and Dorothy his wife.
This would make him 20 at the time of his marriage.
His mother was Dorothy Stoakes of Tilmanstone. She was from a family of gentry who were titled ‘Mr’ and ‘Mrs’.
Another possibility is in 1668 in nearby Sutton by Dover.
Baptism. Sutton by Dover
1668 Mar 14 Henry son of James Wicks and Catherine
This Henry would have been 35 at the time of his marriage, which is rather older than usual. The tendency in this family seems to be to marry young.
MARY BELSEY was from Nonington, 3 miles east of Tilmanstone. It is now part of Eythorne.
Marriage. St Mary the Virgin, Nonington.
1703 Oct 21 Henry Weeks and Mary Belsi
Henry was then of Waldershare, 2 miles from Tilmanstone. Mary was from Nonington.
The couple set up home in Tilmanstone.
Tilmanstone is remarkable for the ancient yew in its churchyard, thought to be 1200 years old.
Tilmanstone yew 
Nine children were born, but only five survived childhood.
Baptisms. St Andrew, Tilmanstone
1704 Oct 8 Mary d of Henry and Mary Weeks. Mary was buried the same day.
1706 Apr 7 Elizabeth
1707 Dec 7 Catherine
1709/10 Feb 22 James
1713 Nov 21 Sarah. Sarah was buried four days later.
1714 Dec 5 Susana
1717 Jul 21 Ann
1722 Jul 22 Sarah
1723/4 Jan 31 Dorothy
Their daughter Ann was buried on 19 Jun 1725 aged 8.
The second Sarah was buried on 6 Aug 1728 aged 6.
Mary was buried on 25 Jul 1730
Elizabeth Wicks from Deal was buried in Tilmanstone on 23 Jan 1751/2. It is possible that this is their unmarried daughter, who would have been 45.
Henry was buried on 21 Jan 1753. He would have been nearly 70
NEXT GENERATION: 8. WICKES-MARSH
PREVIOUS GENERATIONS: 10. WILKS-STOAKES