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Thomas Webster [we.10]

Thomas Webster was the sixth known child of John Webster & Elizabeth Compton Hearne born April 11th, 1811 at Burnham, Bucks.

Thomas went to Australia with his brother John Hearne Webster in 1839 & farmed in Victoria until the mid-1850s before returning to the UK to farm at Sheepcot Farm, Hitcham. 

Thomas married Eliza Gray & in 1861 they were living at Sheepcot Farm, Hitcham, where Thomas was farmer of 466 acres, employing 10 men & 5 boys. Eliza was born c1813 in Ayr, Scotland & she & Thomas had a son Thomas Gray (3).

In 1871 they were still living at Sheepcot Farm & employing 7 men & 4 boys. Their son Thomas was a pupil at Marlow Place, Great Marlow, Bucks.

Eliza died aged 58 in January-March 1872, her death being registered at Eton.

The children of Thomas Webster & Eliza were:

we.10.1 Thomas Gray Webster born August 11th, 1857 at Ayr, Scotland; died November 30th, 1886 at Picton House, Wellington Square, North Adelaide, Australia

Thomas remarried on June 5th, 1873 at St-Martin-in-the Fields, Westminster, London. His second wife was Mary Cripps, widow of William James Cripps (died 1870). Mary was born June 27th, 1820 at Taplow & christened July 23rd, 1820 at Cookham, Berks. She was the daughter of William & Mary Skindle.

In 1881 Thomas and Mary, were living at Clifford House, Blackwater Rd, Eastbourne & Thomas was now retired. Mary’s sister Louisa Skindle was visiting them at the time of the census, as was Thomas’s niece Sophia Style, daughter of his sister Sophia Webster & Robert Style.

In 1891 Thomas & Mary were still at Blackwater Rd, but living at ‘Benalla’. With them again was Louisa Skindle & there were 2 servants.

Thomas died, aged 84, on February 1st, 1896 at Benalla, Blackwater Rd, Eastbourne.  Probate of Thomas’ estate was granted on Mach 4th, 1896 to nephews Richard & John Webster, gentlemen (children of Thomas’ brother Richard [we.9]).  His effects were £14,427.19s.

Shortly after Thomas’ death Mary died, aged 75, on March 8th, 1896 at Benalla, Eastbourne.  Probate was granted on April 8th, 1896 to Thomas’ nephews, Richard & John Webster.  Her effects were £6,606.17s.


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