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Thomas Flint

1769 - 1844

Thomas Flint's mark & seal on his will of 1844
Thomas' "mark and seal", on his will of 1844 (26)

Father John Flint
Mother Hannah Brocklehurst
Wife Jane Lomas
Children Francis, John, Margaret, Matthew, Caroline, George, William, Thomas, Nathanael, Charlotte, Elizabeth


Thomas Flint was born in Tideswell in 1769 and baptised there on 3rd March (1), the 6th child of John and Hannah. Like most of his family before him he worked as a miner (2). On 22nd June 1788 he married Jane Lomas also of Tideswell (2).

This was obviously a rushed wedding as their first child, Francis, was born just a couple of months later (3). Unfortunately he only survived a little over a year, dying in November 1789 (4), just a week or so after Thomas's father (5). Their next son, John, was born in spring of 1790 (6). He was followed by a daughter Margaret at the end of 1791 (7), but she too died young in April 1794 (8). Another son, Matthew, was born a couple of months later (9), followed by a daughter Caroline in 1799 (10). Four more sons followed, all of them dying young. George was born in 1802 (11) but only lived a day or two (12), then William in 1803 (13), again only surviving a couple of months or so (14). Thomas only lived for about a month in 1804 (15) (16), then Nathanael was born in 1805 (17), but only survived for just under a year (18). Charlotte was born in 1807 (19), and finally a daughter Elizabeth in 1808(20), who also died at only about a month old (21).

Thomas's mother died in 1818 (22).

Nothing more is known of him for over 20 years. At the time of the 1841 census (23), he was living in Townhead in Tideswell and still describing himself as a lead miner, but but by his wife's death in December 1843 he was said to be a weaver (24). When he wrote his will less than two months later on 2nd February 1844 (26), he described himself as a farmer, but noted that one of his properties was being used as a weaving shop. As there was no farm land mentioned in his will (just a small parcel of land with a shippen on it) I assume he was really a mixture of weaver and farmer. Its unclear how he came by the three adjacent cottages he owned, but as he had a debt of 30 to the Litton Sick Society, this was more than likely a mortgage he had used to buy them. He lived in one along with daughter Caroline and her son, another was rented out to a Thomas Pickford, and third was used as the weaving shop and son Matthew also lived in it. He left the house he lived in, and its contents, to his unmarried daughter Caroline and her illegitimate son George, another one to Matthew, and the one that was rented out, to his eldest son John, who was also left the land with the shippen on it. All these bequests were dependent on Caroline, Matthew and John settling his outstanding debt. His married daughter Charlotte was left some weaving equipment and 5 was also to be paid to her by John. He also mentioned his friend Francis Blackwell of Cressbrook, who was to be an executor along with George, his grandson by Caroline. The will was witnessed by Alexander, his grandson by Matthew; and Philip, his grandson by John; along with a Thomas Walker who doesn't appear to have been related.

He died less than a week after making his will on 8th February (25)(27), and was buried on 11th (28). His death certificate simply gives the cause of death as "Decay of Nature" (25).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    March 1769
    Baptised Thomas a son of John and Hannah Flint of Tideswell 3
  2. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following marriage entry :
    Thomas Flint of the Parish of Tideswell
    Miner and Jane Lomas of the
    same Parish Spinster were
    Married in this Church by Banns
    this Twenth Second Day of June in the Year One Thousand seven Hundred
    and Eighty Eight by me Jos: Goddard
    This marriage was solemnized between Us:
    Thomas his+Mark Flint; Jane her+Mark Lomas
    In the Presence of William Bramwell, Wm Walker
  3. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    [Baptisms, August 1788] The 24 Francis the son of Thos and Jane Flint Tideswell
  4. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    [1789 Burials December] 16 Francis ye son of Thos Flint of Tideswell
  5. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following entry :
    [1789 Burials December] 8 John Flint of         Tideswell
  6. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    [Bapts 1790]
    May
    2 John, son of Thos & Jane Flint       Tideswell
  7. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell includes the entry:
    [Baptismss, January 1792] 1 Margaret Dr of Thos & Jane Flint Tideswell
  8. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following burial entry :
    Burials 1794
    April
    30 Margaret Dr of Thos Flint Tideswell
  9. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    Baptisms 1794
    June
    22 Matthew Son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  10. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    1799 Baptisms
    October
    29 Caroline Daugr of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  11. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    1802 Baptisms
    March
    12 George son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  12. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following burial entry :
    Burials 1802
    March 14 George, Son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  13. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    1803 Baptisms
    April
    10 William son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  14. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following burial entry :
    Burials 1803
    July 3 William Son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  15. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    1804 Baptisms
    April
    22 Thomas son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  16. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following burial entry :
    Burials May 1804
    17 Thomas Son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  17. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    1805 Baptisms
    June
    13 Nathanael, Son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  18. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following burial entry :
    Burials
    1806
    May
    13 Nathanael, Son of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  19. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    Baptisms
    January 1807
    25 Charlotte, Daugr of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  20. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following baptism entry :
    Baptisms
    1808
    March
    27 Elizabeth, Daugr of Thos & Grace Flint of Tideswell

    (This entry lists Thomas's wife as Grace rather than Jane, but there were no other Thomases in Tideswell at the time, so I am taking this to be a mistake on the part of the vicar, or whoever wrote it, and assuming that it really applies to Thomas and Jane).
  21. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following burial entry :
    1808 Burials
    April
    26 Elizabeth, Daugr of Thos & Jane Flint of Tideswell
  22. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following burial entry :
    NameAbodeWhen buriedAge
    Hannah Flint, WidowTideswellMarch 15th [1818]yrs
    83
  23. Census of 7th June 1841 reads:
    Place: Townhead, Tideswell
    Thomas Flint 72 Lead Miner
    Jane Do 74  
    Caroline Do 35 Cotton hand Loom weaver
    George Do 15  
  24. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Twelfth of december 1843
    at Tideswell
    Jane Flint Female 79 years Wife of Thomas Flint Weaver Decay of nature George Flint, present at the death, Tideswell Thirteenth of december 1843
  25. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Eighth of Febuary 1844
    at Tideswell
    Thomas Flint Male 74 years Weaver. Husband of the late Jane Flint Decay of nature The mark of Jane Smith, present at the death, Tideswell Eleventh of February 1844
  26. Thomas Flint's will (page 1, page 2, page 3) (ref: B/C/11/Thomas Flint, Tideswell, 1844 @ LRO) reads:
    This is the last Will and testament of me Thomas Flint of
    Tideswell in the County of Derby Farmer made and published as follows -
    First I order and direct that all my just debts funeral expenses and the charges
    of proving this my Will be paid and satisfied by my Trustees and Executors
    hereinafter named out of my personal Estate and Effects with all convenient speed
    after my decease and subject thereto I dispose of my property as follows (that is to
    say) I give and bequeath all and singular my Household Goods and Furniture
    Plate linen China Glass Books Implements and Utensils of Household Stock in
    Trade and Farming Implements ready money and securites for money, Book and
    other debts and all other my Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and
    wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever to my dear daughter Caroline Flint
    for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her
    decease then I Give and bequeath the same to her Son my Grandson George
    Flint his Executors Administrators and assigns for ever and to and for no other
    use intent or purpose whatsoever Subject nevertheless that my said daughter
    Caroline shall give All the Weaving Looms , situate in the Shop Chamber and one
    pair of Bedsteads unto my daughter Charlotte Robinson Wife of John Robinson of
    Tideswell aforesaid Weaver and I hereby order and direct that her receipt alone shall
    be a sufficient discharge for the same, but the same not to be removed until a
    twelvemonth and a day after my decease. And whereas I am well entitled to and
    interested in a certain plot piece or parcel of Land or Ground situate lying and being at the
    Townhead in Tideswell aforesaid with three several messuages dwelling houses or Cottages
    thereon erected And also a plot piece or parcel of Land or Ground lying near thereto and a
    Builing or Shippen thereon also erected which said plots pieces or parcels of Land or Ground
    Messuages Dwellinghouses or Cottages and Building or Shippen I dispose of in manner
    and form following and subject to such trusts and payments or charges as hereinafter
    are particularly expressed and declared of and concerning the same that is to say I
    give devise and bequeath All that Messuage dwellinghouse or Cottage with the land on
    which it stands situate at the Townhead aforesaid and adjoining to one Mr Stanfield's property
    and now used as a Weaving Shop and the Kitchen adjoining the same and the land on
    which it is erected and the use of a Road at the end of a House occupied by Thomas Pickford
    Together with as much land as is considered sufficient to erect a privy at the South end of
    my Garden to my son Matthew Flint of Tideswell aforesaid Weaver his heirs and Assigns
    for ever Subject nevertheless to the payment of the sum of Ten pounds of lawful
    money towards liquidating or paying the debt or sum of Thirty pounds which I have
    borrowed from the Steward and Trustees of the Litton Sick Society and I hereby charge the
    same premises with the payment of the said sum of Ten pounds but it is my will
    and mind that my said Son matthew Flint shall not enter into possession of
    the property contained in this last bequest until a twelvemonth and a day after
    my decease. And I give devise and bequeath all that other messuage
    dwellinghouse or Cottage adjoining to the said last mentioned House and which I live now
    live in together with the land on which it stands to my said daugter Caroline Flint
    for the term of her natural life and at her decease I give devise and bequeath the
    same unto my Grandson George Flint his heirs and assigns for ever Subject nevertheless
    to the payment of the like sum of ten pounds by my said daughter Caroline Flint for
    and towards liquidating or paying the said sum of Thirty pounds borrowed by me from the
    Steward and Trustees of the Litton Sick Society as aforesaid And it is my Will and mind
    that my Grandson George Flint shall be entitled to live in the said House during the life
    of my said daughter Caroline if he shall think proper so to do I also give and
    bequeath to my said daughter Caroline and to my said Grandson George Flint the use
    and privilege of a Road and privy situate at the East end of the House occupied by
    Thomas Pickford their heirs and assigns for ever and I hereby charge the property
    contained in this last bequest with the payment of the said Ten pounds. And
    I give devise and bequeath all that other or third Messuage Dwellinghouse or
    Cottage adjoining to the said last mentioned Messuage Dwellinghouse or Cottage and
    now in the occupation of one Thomas Pickford to my Son John Flint of Cressbrook
    in the said parish of Tideswell Weaver his heirs and Assigns for ever Subject
    nevertheless to the payment of the like sum of Ten pounds for and towards
    liquidating or paying the said sum of Thirty pounds borrowed by me from the
    Steward and Trustees of the Litton Sick Society as aforesaid and I hereby charge
    the said premises with the payment thereof And I give devise and bequeath
    All that other plot piece or parcel of Land or Ground and the Building or
    Shippen thereon erected with their appurtenances unto my said Son John Flint his
    heirs and assigns for ever Subject nevertheless to the payment of the sum of
    Five pounds to be paid by equal Installments, namely, the first Installment of
    Twenty shillings to be paid at my decease and the remainder to be paid by
    Installments of Twenty shillings yearly and every year to my said daughter
    Charlotte Robinson and I hereby charge the same premises with the payment
    therof and do hereby order and direct that her receipt alone shall be a sufficient
    discharge for the same, but it is my Will and mind that the property contained
    in the last bequest shall not come into the possession of my said son John
    Flint until a twelve month and a day after my decease And I hereby
    nominate constitute and appoint my Grandson George Flint and mt friend
    Francis Blackwell of Cressbrook Executors and Trustees of this my last will
    and Testament and I order and declare that they shall and may pay and
    reimburse themselves or himself all such costs charges and Expenses as
    they or either of them shall or may bear pay sustain or be put unto in or about
    the Execution of the trusts of this my Will or in any matter or thing relating
    thereto out of the monies or effects which shall come to their Hands and possession
    before any other payment or distribution thereof and I direct and declare that they
    shall not be answerable or accountable for any Loss Misapplication or
    Nonapplication thereof unless such loss shall happen or be occassioned by his or
    their wilful neglect or default And lastly I hereby revoke and make void all
    and every formaer or other Will or Wills by me at any time heretofore made and
    do declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I Thomas
    Flint the Testatot have to the first and second Sheets hereof set my hand and to
    the third and last Sheet my Hand and Seal this second day of February in the year
    of out Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty four.
                       the Mark and Seal of
                                   +
                         Thomas Flint
    Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Testator
    Thomas Flint as and for his last will and testament in the
    presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the
    presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our
    Names as Witnesses to the due Execution hereof the Testator
    not being able to write he set his mark the Same having
    been fully explained to him
                Thomas Walker
                Alexander Flint
                Philip Heaton Flint
  27. Thomas Flint's probate (part 1) (ref: B/C/11/Thomas Flint, Tideswell, 1844 @ LRO) reads:
    at Bakewell 19th April 1844
    Let a probate of this Will be made to
    George Flint and Francis Blackwell
    the Joint Executors named therein
    They being first duly sworn and
    also that the personal Estate will
    not amount to the sum of
    20 Before me
    Wilmot C.B. Cave
    Surrogate.
    Part 2 (ref: B/C/11/Thomas Flint, Tideswell, 1844 @ LRO) reads:
    WILL
    In the Dean & Chapter Court of Lichfield
    In the Goods of Thomas Flint
    Deceased
    Appeared Personally George Flint of
    Tideswell in the County of Derby
    Weaver and Francis Blackwell
    of Cressbrook in the parish of
    Tideswell aforesaid Dresser the
    Executors named in the last Will and Testament of the said Thomas
    Flint late of Tideswell
    in the County of Derby
    Farmer Deceased; who died on or about the
    Eigth day of February One Thousand
    Eight Hundred and Forty four and made Oath, that the Estate and Effects of the
    said Deceased for or in respect of which a Probat of the said Will
    is to be granted, exclusive of what the said Deceased may have
    been possessed of, or entitled to, as a Trustee for any other person or persons, and not
    beneficially, but including the Leasehold Estate or Estates for years of the Deceased,
    if any, whether absolute or determinable on Lives, and without deducting any thing on
    account of the Debts, due and owing from the said Deceased, are under the value of
    Twenty
    Pounds, to the best of these Deponents knowledge, information and belief
    Sworn the 19th
    day of April 1844
    before me,
    Wilmot C.B. Cave
    Surrogate
    George Flint
    The Mark of
                +
    Francis Blackwell
  28. Parish Register of St John the Baptist's, Tideswell contains the following entry:
    NameAbodeWhen buriedAge
    Thomas FlintTideswellFeby
    11th
    [1844]
    74
    years



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