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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)



RICHARD LILLY married Hannah Beane in Wingham in 1693 and brought up his family there.
Wingham is a large village, six miles from Canterbury to the west, and Sandwich to the east.
   There were three Richard Lillys baptised in Wingham in the 1660s and 70s.
   The youngest was the son of Michael and Joanna Lilly, baptised in 1675. But this family moved to Chislet when Richard was seven. He may be the Richard Lilly who married there in 1712. He would, in any case, have been only 18 when he married Hannah and 14 years younger than her.
The middle one is the son of Isaac and Mary Lilly, baptised in 1667. He was buried in Aug 1693, only two months after the marriage of Richard and Hannah, and cannot be the father of all their children.
The oldest of the three Richards was baptised on 6 Sep 1665. This was a period when the baptismal register gives only the name of the child, and not the parents. This Richard is almost certainly the son of Abraham Lilly and his wife Amy, who started their family in Wingham before either of the other two Lillys married. He was just under 4 years younger than Hannah.
His father was a weaver, probably of linen.
   Richard was the second known child, and possibly the youngest.

Richard became a carpenter. John Beane, carpenter, was buried in Wingham in 1683. He is probably related to Hannah’s father, Robert Beane of Wingham. It is possible that Richard was apprenticed to him.


HANNAH BEANE.  There is a baptism in Sandwich for Hanna Beane, daughter of Robert and Hanna Beane, on 21 Oct 1661. Her mother was Hanna Cotton.

At the time of her parents’ marriage in Sandwich in 1659, her father was said to be of Wingham.
Her father was an innkeeper.
Although her father was of Wingham, both Hannah and her older brother John were baptised at St Mary, Sandwich. Since her father was still resident in Wingham at the time of his second marriage, it does not seem that the family lived in Sandwich. It therefore appears that Hannah’s home was one of the public houses in Wingham. We do not know which one.
There were no further siblings.

Sometime before Hannah was five, her mother died. Her burial may be that of Goodwife Beane in Wingham on 14 Nov 1664.

In 1666 her father married a second wife, Mary Winterton, again in Sandwich. On this occasion, too, he was said to be of Wingham. It is this marriage record which tell us that Robert Beane was an “Innholder”.


Richard Lilly and Hannah Beane were married in Wingham on 11 June 1693, in the reign of William and Mary. Richard was 27 and Hannah 32.

Eight months later, the first of their three known children was baptised.

Baptism. Wingham.
1693/4 Feb 18  Mary  daughter of Richard and Hannah Lilly
1695/6  March 20  Steven  son of Richard and Hannah Lilly
1698/9  14 Jan  Elizabeth  daughter of Richard and Hannah Lilly

There is a burial for Richard Lilly Carpenter in Wingham on 22 Dec 1699. Hannah’s husband would have been only 34. The date is consistent with there being no further children of this marriage.

In 1725, Elizabeth Lilly, unmarried, gave birth to a daughter Diana. The baby was baptised in Wickhambreaux, two miles northwest of Wingham.

Baptism. St Andrew, Wickhambreaux.
1725 July 26  Diana bastard daughter of Elisabeth Lilly.

The mother could have been another Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Mary Lilly, who was baptised in Wingham in 1694. But since Richard and Hannah’s son Stephen also had children baptised in Wickhambreaux, this is likely to be their 26-year-old daughter Elizabeth. It is possible that Hannah and the family had moved there from Wingham after Richard’s death.

We have not found Hannah’s burial.





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