Filmer, Thomas

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  • Name Filmer, Thomas 
    Born 1660 
    Christened 15 Nov 1660  Doddington, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Oct 1721  Doddington, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 20 Oct 1721  Doddington, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Thomas, the eldest surviving son, was also baptised at either Wichling or Doddington - in 1660. He married Sybil Symons on 8th September, 1687, a licence having been obtained three days before at Canterbury. This reads as follows:
      '5th Sept. 1687. Thomas Filmer of Lenham Bach 26 and Sybil Symons s.p. spr. 23 at Wychling or Stalisfield. Robert Clemens of Wychling Husb. Bonds' (s.p. = same parish)


      The wedding took place at Wichling. (Both Thomas and Sybil seem to have been living in Lenham prior to their marriage). This is definitely the correct Thomas, as the date of birth accords with that in the Wichling register. Sybil came from Wormshill where she was baptised in 1662. Her father was parish clerk there. It looks as if they may have gone to live with him or nearby after their marriage.

      This Thomas should not be confused with one at Wichling who married an Isabella and had several children baptised there at much the same time. This Isabella remarried a Henry Wood there in 1701, whereas Sybil died at Milsted in 1708.

      All Thomas and Sybil's children were baptised at Wormshill : Ethelreda in 1690, John in 1691 (he appears to have married first, Mary Gatland in 1718 at Halstow, but she died at Newenden in 1722; and secondly, Mary Harris in 1723/4 at Newnham); William in 1694; Mary in 1695/6 (she died at birth); Ann in 1699; and finally, Elizabeth in 1702. (There may also have been a Margaret, baptised in 1700).

      It is thought that the family moved to Milsted where Sybil (known as Goody) died in 1708. Her daughter, Ethelreda, also died there in 1718 unmarried.

      In 1711 and 1712, Thomas was appointed a churchwarden there.

      Thomas married again on the 1st January, 1712/13 at St Mary Bredin's in Canterbury. He had obtained a Licence the preceding day to marry his bride, Ann Hills of Newnham. The licence states that he was a widower of Milsted. He, obviously, hoped his wife would cope with bringing up the children by his previous marriage.

      Thomas and Ann also had one child, Reginald, who was baptised at Milsted in 1714.

      It looks as if the family moved again - this time to Newnham.

      Thomas made a will just before he died in October 1721. He was buried in Doddington churchyard. By this will, proved in November, he left John a wagon, a cart and three horses, mentions son, Reginald, and gives daughters, Ann and Elizabeth (who was under twenty-four at the date of his will), £30 each. Ann's £30 was to be given to Daniel Somerscale (the vicar of Doddington) who was to put it out to interest. If John die, then his share was to go to son Thomas. His wife was given all the goods and chattels and was executrix. The witnesses were Catherine Taylor and Mary William (Archdeacon's Court of Canterbury, A 85 38). Thomas was stated to be 'of Newnham' at the date of his death.


      It is possible that Thomas was farming with his father's cousin Thomas (Richard's second son - the one who married Mary Thatcher) at Ashdown Farm in the extreme north of Lenham.

      The family moved to Milsted between 1700 and 1708.

      He was churchwarden at Milsted in 1718 and 1719, but in 1720 he appears as churchwarden at Newnham.

      WILL of THOMAS FILMER, of Newnham

      Dated 9/10/1721 Proved 11/1721

      THOMAS FILMER (son of JOHN FILMER and JOANNA HILLS) made a will just before he died in October 1721. He was buried in Doddington churchyard. THOMAS was stated to be 'of Newnham' at the date of his death.

      THOMAS' will, proved in November, 1721 was in the following terms:

      'I, THOMAS FILMER, of the parish of Newnham, in the county of Kent, being of sound and disposing mind, make this my last will and testament in manner following: First I recommend my soul to God, hoping for mercy through Jesus Christ, and my body to be buried at the discretion of my executors. I give my wife all my goods and chattels excepting what shall hereafter in my will be excepted. I give and bequeath to my son JOHN FILMER the sum of œ30 and one of my carts, and three horses, and my wagon and harness only my wife shall have the use of the said wagon and harness until Michaelmas next ensuing my decease. If it please God also I give and bequeath to my son REGINALD FILMER the sum of £30 to be paid to him when my wife shall think best for him, and if my said son REGINALD shall die before my said wife, before he has received the said £30, I give the said £30 to her alone. I also give and bequeath to my said son REGINALD my little chest. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter ANN FILMER the sum of £30 and the larger of my gold rings. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter ELIZABETH FILMER the sum of £30 and the lesser of my gold rings, the said sum of £30 to be paid to her when she is 24 years of age. Also my will is that the said sum of £30 I have given and bequeathed to my daughter ANN, be paid into the hands of DANIEL SOMERSCALES at a year after my decease, who is to put it out at interest, and otherwise dispose of it as he thinks most for her advantage; also my will is that the £30 given and bequeathed to my said son JOHN FILMER be paid to him at a year after my decease and if he shall die before the said time, my will is that the said sum be paid to his son THOMAS FILMER. Also I give and bequeath the sum of £3 in my chest to be equally divided between my 2 sons and 2 daughters. Also I ordain, make and constitute my said wife, sole executrix of this my last will and testament, renouncing all other wills whatsoever. Signed, sealed and declared this 9th October 1721.'
      Witnesses: CATHERINE TAYLOR, MARY WILLIAM
      Ref. ACC A 85 38.

      Note. DANIEL SOMERSCALES was the Vicar of Doddington
    Person ID I16116  Hougham
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2004 

    Father Filmer, John
              b. (1625/1626), Wychling, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1679 
    Mother Hills, Joanna
              d. 1671 
    Married 3 Dec 1655  Doddington & Wychling, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5944  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Symons, Sybil
              b. 1662, Wormshill, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1708  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 8 Sep 1687  Wychling, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Licence
    Family ID F5946  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hills, Ann
              bur. (1 Mar 1721/1722), Doddington, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (1 Jan 1712/1713)  Canterbury, Kent. St Mary Bredin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5947  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsChristened - 15 Nov 1660 - Doddington, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Sep 1687 - Wychling, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Oct 1721 - Doddington, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 20 Oct 1721 - Doddington, Kent Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - (1 Jan 1712/1713) - Canterbury, Kent. St Mary Bredin Link to Google Earth
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