Thomas Woolgar

b. 25 May 1753, d. 1819
FatherGeorge Woolgar b. c 1710
MotherMary Allwork b. 15 Dec 1726
     Thomas Woolgar was born in 1753 at Seaford, Sussex, England.
Thomas Woolgar was baptized on 25 May 1753 at Seaford, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of George Woolgar and Mary Allwork.
Thomas Woolgar married Jean Wood on 9 April 1779 at Willingdon, Sussex, England, Thomas is of Bishopstone, Jean of this parish (Willingdon).2,3
The 1803 Militia List includes a Thomas WOLGAR, blacksmith, at Heighton. There is also a William SMART, servant, (aged 1730, unmarried). Another Thomas WOLGAR, blacksmith, (aged 1730, unmarried with no children) is recorded at Bishopstone.
Thomas Woolgar married Lucy Smart on 17 November 1807 at Preston, Sussex, England, Thomas is a widower of Brighton and Lucy a widow of this parish (Preston).3
Thomas Woolgar was a smith on 7 November 1813.4
Thomas Woolgar was a victualler and blacksmith on 30 January 1816.5
Thomas Woolgar was a labourer on 5 April 1817.6
Thomas Woolgar died in 1819 at South Heighton, Sussex, England.
Thomas Woolgar was buried on 9 October 1819 at St Martins, South Heighton, Sussex, England, age 67 years.2,7
Thomas Woolgar left a will made on 30 January 1816 at Archdeaconry of Lewes, Sussex, England.5,8
This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Woolgar of Heighton in the County of Sussex Victualler and Blacksmith First I order and direct that all my just Debts Funeral Expences and the Charges of proving this my Will shall be paid and discharged by my Executors hereinafter named I give and devise unto my Friend Thomas Allwork of Seaford in the said County Supervisor of Customs All that my Messuage or Tenement with the Blacksmiths Shop Garden and Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate Lying and being at Bishopstone in the said County and holden of the Manor of Bishopstone To hold the same unto him the said Thomas Allwork his Heirs and Assigns for ever Upon Trust when and so soon as my youngest Child shall have attained the Age of fourteen years to sell and dispose of the said premises either by public Auction or private Contract as my said Trustee or his Heirs or Assigns shall think most adviseable And upon further Trust to pay the Money arising from Sale thereof and the Rents and profits thereof in the mean time unto the Trustees of the Residue of my real and personal Estate hereinafter named in aid of and upon the like Trusts Intents and purposes as I have hereinafter directed of and concerning the same residue of my said real and personal Estate And for the purpose of facilitating the Sale of the said Messuage or Tenement Blacksmiths Shop Garden and appurtenances I hereby direct and declare that the receipt of the said Thomas Allwork his Heirs or Assigns alone shall be a good and sufficient Discharge to the purchaser or purchasers of the said Premises for his her or their purchase Money and that such Purchaser or Purchasers shall not afterwards be answerable for or obliged to see to the application thereof And as for all the Rest and Residue of my Real and personal Estate of every sort and kind I give devise and bequeath the same unto the said Thomas Allwork my Brother James Woolgar of Eastdean in the said County Riding Officer and my two Son Thomas Woolgar and James Woolgar their Heirs Executors and Administrators and Assigns To hold the same unto them the said Thomas Allwork James Woolgar Thomas Woolgar and James Woolgar their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns for ever and Upon Trust to carry on the several Businesses in which I am now engaged until my youngest Child shall attain the Age of fourteen years and to apply the Rents and profits of the said Estates and the profits of the said Businesses in the mean time for and towards the support Maintenance and Education of my present Wife Lucy Woolgar and of all such of my Children respectively as shall not be of Age to provide for themselves in such manner as they my said Trustees or the Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor shall think proper And upon further Trust when and so soon as my youngest Child shall have attained the Age of fourteen years that they my said Trustees or the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Heirs Executors or Administrators of such Survivor do and shall forthwith either by public Auction or private Contract as they or he shall think proper dispose of and convert into Money all the said residue of my said real and personal Estate and pay and apply the Monies arising by such sale in manner following that is to say to pay to my said Wife Lucy Woolgar if she shall then be living the Sum of Twenty five pounds sterling to and for her own use and benefit and to pay and divide all the Rest and Residue thereof unto and equally between and amongst my six Sons Thomas James Henry George Richard and Philip Woolgar and their respective Executors and Administrators share and share alike And I do hereby direct and declare that the receipt or receipts of my said Trustees or the Survivor of them or the Heirs Executors or Administrators of such Survivor shall be a good and sufficient Discharge and Discharges to the purchaser or purchasers of the whole or of any part of the said Residue of my said Real and personal Estates without such purchaser or purchasers being afterwards answerable for or obliged to see to the application thereof And I direct that it shall and may be lawful for my Trustees herein named and every of them and their respective Heirs and Executors and Administrators out of the said Trust Monies and Estates in the first place to deduct and retain to themselves and himself respectively all such Costs Charges Damages and Expenses as they or any or either of them shall or may sustain or be at or put unto by reason of the Trusts hereby in them or him reposed And that neither of my said Trustees shall be answerable or accountable for the others or any other of them or for the Heirs Executors or Administrators of each other but each of them for himself only and for his own Heirs Executors and Administrators Acts and Deeds nor for any Loss that may happen of or to the said Trust Premises so that such Loss shall not happen through their or either of their willful Neglect or Default And Lastly I appoint the said Thomas Allwork my Brother James Woolgar and my said two Sons Thomas Woolgar and James Woolgar joint Executors of this my Will Hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made In Testimony whereof I the said Thomas Woolgar the Testator have set my hand to the first Sheet of this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper and my hand and seal to this the second and last Sheet thereof the thirtieth day of January in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixteen Thomas Woolgar (L S) Signed sealed published and declared by the said Thomas Woolgar the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses William Wakeford William Copper William Putland
PROBATE dated 28 March 1820
The Will of
Thomas Woolgar late of Heighton within the Archdeaconry of Lewes Victualler and Blacksmith was proved the twenty eighth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and twenty. Before the Reverend Edward Robert Raynes Clerk Surrogate and so forth Upon the Oaths of Thomas Allwork James Woolgar and James Woolgar the surviving Executors in the said Will named To whom was committed the Administration of the Goods &c They being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and so forth Sworn also that the Goods Chattels and Credits of the sa.id deceased do not amount in value unto Three Hundred pounds
(Transcribed by Marion Woolgar 26 December 2005).
Much of the information about the Woolgar's has come from Marion Woolgar's one-name study of this surname.8
Marion Woolgar writes: Again, according to my notebook entry Thomas WOOLGAR wasn’t buried at South Heighton. Also, according to my notebook entries for Bishopstone, neither he nor his first wife, Jenny, were buried at Bishopstone. However, in Sussex Archaeological Collections volume XIX published in 1867, page 186 et seq, there is a list of Memorial Inscriptions that were recorded at Bishopstone and amongst them is the following item:
“Jenny WOOLGAR died 1st Janry, 1798, aged 37;
Thomas WOOLGAR died 4th Octr, 1819, aged 67.”
I well remember visiting Bishopstone about 15 years ago and I carried out a hunt for any remnant of this headstone, but found nothing that I could positively identify.
Just to confuse matters even further, there IS a burial entry on 07 Jan 1798 for Jenny WOOLGAR, wife of Thomas of South Heighton listed in the Tarring Neville Burial Register. This is more understandable because South Heighton church was destroyed by lightning in the mid-18th Century and its parish was joined with Tarring Neville. Although some South Heighton parishioners subsequently used Denton church, most South Heighton baptisms and marriages took place at Tarring Neville church, but Bishopstone was used for burials of South Heighton residents, as the former was an old ‘minster’ church. Now, when I last examined the Tarring Neville Burial Registers back in 1993, they had only been deposited up to 1812, so it is entirely possible that more WOOLGAR burials post -1812 are still waiting to be found. Sorry that’s so complicated!
This obviously needs further research (GGB).

Family 1

Jean Wood b. c 1755, d. 1798
Marriage*
Thomas Woolgar married Jean Wood on 9 April 1779 at Willingdon, Sussex, England, Thomas is of Bishopstone, Jean of this parish (Willingdon).2,3 
Children

Family 2

Lucy Smart b. c 1765, d. 1817
Marriage*
Thomas Woolgar married Lucy Smart on 17 November 1807 at Preston, Sussex, England, Thomas is a widower of Brighton and Lucy a widow of this parish (Preston).3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S25] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project,.
  2. [S183] Marion Woolgar - GOONS Member 1739, WOOLGAR One Name Study, http://www.one-name.org/profiles/woolgar.html, 29 Nov 2011,.
  3. [S26] Index to Sussex Marriages, 1538-1837, Compact Disc SFHGCD003, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, 2008.
  4. [S25] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "Daniel Woolgar."
  5. [S184] Will of Thomas Woolgar of Heighton, Sussex, England, 30 Jan 1816, proved in the Archdeaconry Court at Lewes, 28 Mar 1820 (East Sussex County Record Office, PBT 1/1/73/636).
  6. [S25] Index to Sussex Baptisms, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "Hosea Woolgar."
  7. [S27] Index to Sussex Burials, 1538 onwards, compiled by Sussex Family History Group, http://www.sfhg.org.uk/, ongoing project, "age 67 yrs, senior."
  8. [S185] Webpage The Woolgar One-Name Study (http://www.woolgar.org/).