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John TOMPSETT (1691-1723)

and Elizabeth WOOD (1693-?)


Brightling parish church, circa 1910-20, from: Tomsun and Elizabeth Wood were my 7x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married on 11 August 1713 at the parish church of St. Thomas Becket in Brightling, Sussex.  He was then of Burwash, Sussex.

John Tompsett was baptised on 8 September 1691 in Burwash.  He was the son of John Tompsett (1662-?) and Susan Cord (1661-?).  He was most probably buried on 10 June 1723 in Burwash, by the name of John Tomson.

Elizabeth Atwood was baptised on 12 March 1692/3 in Burwash.  She was the daughter of Thomas Wood (1660-?) and Elizabeth Bew.  Note, she was baptised as Atwood, as were some of her siblings, but her father was married as Wood.  An Elizabeth Tomson was buried on 10 May 1753 and an Elizabeth Thompson, widow on 4 October 1764, both in Burwash.  I'm not sure which is Elizabeth's burial, as on 16 May 1747, a John Thompson married Elizabeth Tench in the Fleet Prison.  He was a bachelor and weaver of Burwash and she a spinster.  This younger couple don't seem to have had any children baptised in Burwash.

The 1747 Window Tax assessment for Burwash recorded that widow Tomset and widow Boorman had 9 windows, but as they were poor they were exempt from paying the tax.  This would seem to indicate that mother and daughter was living together, as the daughter, Naomi was widowed in 1742 and didn't remarry until 1752.


John Tompsett and Elizabeth Wood had 5 known children:

  1. Naomi Tompsett, my 6x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 11 July 1714 in Burwash .  She married twice, firstly to James Boorman in 1735 and then to Richard Fleming in 1752.  (They have their own page.)

  2. Mary Tompsett was baptised on 7 October 1716 in Burwash.  Might she have been buried as Mary Tompsett on 18 November 1731 in Burwash?  Or as Mary Tomset did she marry George Duke by banns on 11 July 1743 in Battle?  They were both then of Battle.

  3. Elizabeth Tomsett was baptised on 2 February 1717/8 in Burwash.  Elizabeth daughter of widow Tomson was buried on 1 December 1728 in Burwash.

  4. Susannah Tomson was baptised on 11 October 1719 in Burwash.

  5. Ann Tomson was baptised on 21 April 1723 in Burwash.


Please note, I can not be 100% certain that the Elizabeth Atwood baptised in 1693 in Burwash was the one who married in 1713 in Brightling.  Burwash and Brightling are adjacent to one another.  There were several Wood baptisms in Burwash around about the time I would expect Elizabeth to have been born, but the Atwood baptism was the only Elizabeth.  I have yet to check the Burwash burials to see if 1693 Elizabeth died as an infant or child.  I have checked the Sussex Family History Group's marriage index and could not identify a marriage for Elizabeth, other than the 1713 one to John Tomsun.

The IGI records that an Elizabeth Wood was baptised on 28 March 1692 in Ewhurst, Sussex, the daughter of Elizabeth Wood, and Ewhurst to Burwash is only a short distance.



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