Thomas WINGETT - mystery man
Latest News (09/15)
Thanks to a kind contact who is researching BOYCE, we now have a little more circumstantial evidence to link this family to Cockington, Devon and the Mallock of Cockington files, currently held in the Devon Archives. However, Thomas WINGETT, still remains a bit of a mystery: Why did he owe his mother so much money? Why did his elder brother receive an annuity from the MALLOCK family of Cockington?
For the additional information, please see the now slightly extended family tree below.
Thomas WINGETT and his son
These splendid portraits were kindly provided by Ian Hearder, a descendant. Click on them to view the portrait full size and use your BACK button to return here. The names below the portraits link to further information.
|Is it my imagination but doesn't Thomas WINGETT above look very like Mark WINGETT - the actor from The Bill? Perhaps they are related?|
Elizabeth WINGETT m. G.P. HEARDER
Dr. Thomas Tozer
Dr. William Browne
Thomas WINGETT (?-?)
I've called Thomas WINGETT a mystery man because currently we don't know very much about him.
Usually in family history investigations I know all kinds of things about the person but haven't an clue what he or she looked like. With Thomas this situation is quite the opposite. I have his portrait but, although we now have a pretty good idea about when he was baptised (?Cockington, 1787), we still don't know too much about his life or his date of death or burial. All we know is that Thomas died sometime between 1822 (birth of his last child) and 1851 (when his spouse was described as a widow in the census). But he was obviously fairly comfortably off and must have left some traces. We just need to find them.
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We do not yet know how this family connects into other WINDGEAT family trees. The tree below has been put together from information supplied by Ian Hearder, a descendant, and from the information in these wills together with circumstantial evidence from the Mallock of Cockington files:
- Jane WINGETT's will, proved in 1827. We think she is Thomas WINGETT's mother.
- Elizabeth WINGETT's will proved in 1855. She is Thomas WINGETT's sister and leaves a share of her money and goods to her nephews, Dr. Thomas Tozer WINGETT and William Browne WINGETT
- William WINGETT's will also proved in 1855 - We now know that he is the brother of Mary COOMBE, who died in 1850.
All surnames are WINGETT unless otherwise specified and printed in capital letters. You may need to scroll right to view it all.
Henry WINGETT/WINDEATT of Paignton m. Margaret UPTON (1754, Marldon) | William WINGETT m. Jane TOZER (1781) Lt William BROWNE m. Elizabeth HENDERSON __________|____________________________________________ | | | | | | William Mary Elizabeth Thomas WINGETT | bpt.1782 (Totnes) 1784-1855) (bpt.1787,Cockington) | m.Margaret FISHLEY m.John COOMBE m. 1811 Elizabeth BROWNE(1786-1862) | | ______________|_______________________________________________________________________________ | | | | | | | | | ? George COOMBE Elizabeth William Mary McLeod Anne Browne Dr. Thomas Tozer Dr. William Browne Sarah Maria (1811-1870) (1814-1815) (1815-1818) (1817-1885) (1820-1860) (1822-1865) (1815-1833) m. 9/04/1836 m. 30/06/1854 George Parry HEARDER(1811-1844) Margery Forbes DOW ________________________________|_______________________________________ | | | | Elizabeth Anne HEARDER Dr. George Jonathan HEARDER Thomas Browne HEARDER Mary Wingett HEARDER (1837-1866) (1839-1894) (1840-1871) (1843-1929) dsp dsp
Thomas WINGETT's parents are not currently known with any certainty. But we can guess (from her will) that Jane WINGETT is his mother and that they had fallen out over a debt of hundred pounds:
We think Thomas may well be the son of a William WINGETT and a Jane TOZER who married in Totnes in 1781. This links up both with the birth of his brother William in 1782 and with the use of TOZER as a second name for Thomas WINGETT's second son. Also the WELSFORD family named in her will were in Totnes and Plymouth in the same timeframe.
We know almost nothing of two of his siblings either. The only information we have comes from their mother Jane WINGETT's will and his sister Elizabeth WINGETT's will.
- William WINGETT
We now know that this was the William WINGETT who also died in 1855 leaving a will.
- Mary WINGETT married John COOMBE
They had a least one child: George COOMBE.
- Elizabeth WINGETT
We know something of this sister's life from her very detailed will: Will of Elizabeth WINGETT now residing at Sydenham in the county of Kent - 1855
Elizabeth Browne (1786-1862) was born at Woolwich, the daughter of Lieutenant William BROWNE (1748-1833) of the Royal Artificers and Elizabeth HENDERSON. They later moved to Stoke Damerel, near Plymouth where she married Thomas WINGETT on 11th February 1811. In 1851 she was described as a widow in the census residing in Compton Gifford, near Plymouth and living on investment income (a fundholder).
Here is a link to the
Will of William Browne, Lieutenant of the Royal Artificers of Plymouth Dock,
Devon (1833) on the Genuki Devon website
William Browne was Elizabeth's father and in the will he makes provision for his daughter being careful to specify that any benefits should be paid to her :
"separate and apart from her present or any future husband And so as that same or any part thereof shall not be subject or liable to the control debts or Engagements of the said Thomas Wingett or of any future husband".This was very wise, given her husband's history of debt and bankruptcy!
Here is a photo of Elizabeth on the left. This was probably taken
in about 1855 when she would have been about 70.
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And here are portraits of her brother Lt. William Alexander
Francis Browne, Cameronians (1783-1805) on the left
and her father, Lt. William BROWNE (1748-1833) on the right.
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Thomas and Elizabeth had seven children but only Elizabeth, Anne and the two boys whose portraits are above survived into adulthood. All of them moved up to Scotland where they had relatives on their mother's side of the family. The two boys both died at quite a young age (40 and 38). I wonder why?
The portraits and most of the information on this page has been supplied by Ian HEARDER, a descendant.