Thomas Sleep

Born:Mar 9 1772 In:  North Hill, Cornwall, England
Died:Dec 15 1834 (at age 62)In:  Cargreen, Landulph, Cornwall, England
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Mary Ann Sleep (born Saunders)
His wife
George Sleep
His son
John I SLEEP
His son
Abraham SLEEP
His son
Mary SLEEP
His daughter
Thomas Sleep
His son
Grace Quance (born SLEEP)
His daughter
Sampson SLEEP
His son
Unknown Sleep
His child
Unknown Sleep
His child
Walter Sleep
His father
Elizabeth Sleep (born Bryant)
His mother
Grace SLEEP
His sister
William Sleep
His brother
William Sleep
His brother
Walter SLEEP
His brother
John SLEEP
His brother
Sarah Budge (born SLEEP)
His sister
George SLEEP
His brother
Abraham SLEEP
His brother
Elizabeth SLEEP
His sister

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[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 25, Ed. 1, Tree #2728, Date of Import: Jun 3, 1999]

 

On Monday, August 6, 1832 Thomas Sleep prepared a will in the presence of three witnesses - James Dawe, Richard Dawe and William Mutton. The document reads:

"In the name of God Amen I Thomas Sleep of the Parish of Landulph and County of Cornwall do make and appoint this as my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I give devise and bequeath to Mary Sleep my beloved wife all those Houses and Gardens known by the names of Mays and Taylors situate and being in Cargreen in the Parish and County aforesaid. Also I give devise and bequeath to Mary Sleep my beloved wife all my household furniture Goods and Chattels every thing I possess she paying my just debts and funeral expences (sic) and I do hereby appoint her my whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament. Also I hereby declare it to be my Will that if any of my Property wether (sic) Lands Goods or Chattels should remain unspent at the death of my beloved wife that then All my children shall take it And divide it equally amongst themselves according to their own discretion and judgment and they also paying all just debts that may then remain unpaid, and I do hereby declare this to by my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have this day set my hand and seal August 6th 1832. Thomas Sleep."

Thomas Sleep died a little over two years later on Monday, December 12, 1834 and was buried December 15th in Landulph.

 

 

On Monday, August 6, 1832 Thomas Sleep prepared a will in the presence of three witnesses - James Dawe, Richard Dawe and William Mutton. The document reads:

"In the name of God Amen I Thomas Sleep of the Parish of Landulph and County of Cornwall do make and appoint this as my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I give devise and bequeath to Mary Sleep my beloved wife all those Houses and Gardens known by the names of Mays and Taylors situate and being in Cargreen in the Parish and County aforesaid. Also I give devise and bequeath to Mary Sleep my beloved wife all my household furniture Goods and Chattels every thing I possess she paying my just debts and funeral expences (sic) and I do hereby appoint her my whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament. Also I hereby declare it to be my Will that if any of my Property wether (sic) Lands Goods or Chattels should remain unspent at the death of my beloved wife that then All my children shall take it And divide it equally amongst themselves according to their own discretion and judgment and they also paying all just debts that may then remain unpaid, and I do hereby declare this to by my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have this day set my hand and seal August 6th 1832. Thomas Sleep."

Thomas Sleep died a little over two years later on Monday, December 12, 1834 and was buried December 15th in Landulph.

THOMAS SLEEP was born Abt. 1772 in North Hill, Cornwall, United Kingdom, and died 12 December 1834 in Landulph, Cornwall, United Kingdom. He married MARY SAUNDERS 31 October 1791 in Linkinhorne, Cornwall, United Kingdom, daughter of WILLIAM SAUNDERS and CATHERINE BENNETT. She was born Abt. 1762 in Linkinhorne, Cornwall, United Kingdom, and died 4 March 1844 in Cargreen, Parish of Landulph, Cornwall, United Kingdom.

 

Thomas Sleep, the son of Walter and Elizabeth (Bryant) Sleep, was born in the parish of North Hill, Cornwall in 1772. He was christened on Thursday, March 19, 1772 in the parish church by Thomas Rowe, Vicar. Thomas was the 8th child to be born to the couple in North Hill, having been preceded by four brothers and three sisters.

North Hill has been described as a "a pleasant small village but large parish" on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor. It is located in a attractive hilly remote area with farming country to the east and is noted, among other things, for being the district from which stone was quarried for the construction of Westminister Bridge in London. The parish church is dedicated to St. Torney. It was here in North Hill that Thomas grew up, eventually learning the trade of "shoemaker."

While a young man (18 or 19 years of age), Thomas met Mary Saunders, who resided in Linkinhorne, the parish adjoining North Hill to the south. Although Mary, the daughter of William and Mary (Bennett) Saunders was 10 years Thomas's senior, a relationship developed. A son, George, was born to the unwed couple on October 10, 1791.

Three weeks later Thomas and Mary were joined in wedlock. Banns of marriage had been published on the three consecutive Sundays (October 9th, 16th and 23rd of 1791), with the actual ceremony taking place at St Melor's Church, Linkinhorne on Monday, October 31, 1791, James Griffen, Vicar, officiating. Their infant son was officially baptised into the Church of England following the marriage rites.

The Sleep family continued to reside in Linkinhorne for several year s, during which time Thomas and Mary became the parents of six more childr en - John (1793), Abraham (1795), Mary (1798), Thomas (1800), Grace (180 2) and Sampson (1809).

An inland parish situated at the very heart of Cornwall, Linkinhorne is now, as it was in Thomas' lifetime, part farmland and part moorland. It is divided into two equal parts by the River Lynher, which runs through it from north to south. Once more properly called "Lankynhorne," the parish derived its name from a Celtic missionary named Cynhorn.

The parish church, which stands at the southeastern end of the parish is dedicated to St Melor (a son of Melanus, Duke of Cornwall), who is said to have been martyred in the year 411. The main portion of the church was already well over 400 years old when the Sleeps first attended services there.

While residents of the parish, Thomas and Mary Sleep suffered the loss of a child in 1801 with the death of their 6-month-old Thomas. The young child was buried in Linkinhorne on April 28th of that year.

As a shoemaker in Linkinhorne, Thomas made and repaired shoes not only for regular customers in the parish but also at the request of the parish officals themselves at times. Existing parish "Poor Law" records for portions of 1812 and 1813 show that Thomas received payment from the parish for work he did on behalf of the parish's poor residents. This work most likely occurred in the surrounding years as well.

The overseers of the poor in each parish were obliged to keep annual accounts of income and expenditures, and it is in these records that Thomas's name appears. Each parish annually elected overseers of the poor, usually two in number, who were responsible for raising a rate on the property in the parish and expending it for the relief of those unable to maintain themselves. Included were the aged, the sick, orphaned children, unmarried mothers and, to some extent, able- bodied adults unable to find work.

During the period of approximately six months in which his name appears, Thomas was paid to either provide or mend shoes for several parish residents. Among those who benefited from his work were Robert Smale; Robert Freeman; Thomas, William and Cherry Jackets; Benny and Aaron Screech; Jane Mannings and Elizabeth Corum, for which work the parish approved payment at Easter in 1813 of 2 pounds, 3 shillings and 7 pence.

The Sleep family eventually moved from Linkinhorne several miles to the southeast to the parish of Landulph, where Thomas and his wife would reside for the remainder of their lives. It was here, in 1824, that the couple lost a second son, when 29 year old Abraham Sleep died. The young man w as buried in the churchyard at Landulph on October 20, 1824. From the exis ting records, it appears that the Sleep family lived, at least part of t he time, in Cargreen, a small village within the parish.

Some Sleep property appeared in a "Catalogue of Various Landed Property, &c. in the Parish of Landulph and St. Dominick, Cornwall, For the Sale of which a Public Auction will be held at Elliot's Royal Hotel, Devonport, on Monday and Tuesday, the 25th and 26th July, 1831." Lot No. 22 was described as "Fee-simple of Two Tenements, called Mays and Taylors, occupied by Messrs. Sleep and Moon, comprising three Dwelling Houses and two Gardens, leased for a term of 99 years, on one life, aged 45 years, Heriot one pound 1s 0d.- Conventionary Rent, 10s. 6d. per Annum."

On Monday, August 6, 1832 Thomas Sleep prepared a will in the presence of three witnesses - James Dawe, Richard Dawe and William Mutton. The document reads:

"In the presence of God Amen I Thomas Sleep of the Parish of Landulph and County of Landulph and County of Cornwall do make and appoint this as my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say i give devise and bequeath to Mary Sleep my beloved wife all those Houses and Gardens known by the names of Mays and Taylors situate and being in Cargreen in the Parish and County aforesaid. Also I give devise and bequeath to Mary Sleep my beloved wife all my household furniture Goo ds and Chattels every thing I possess she paying my just debts and funeral expences (sic) and I do hereby appoint her my whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament. Also I hereby declare it to be my Will that if any of my Property wether (sic) Lands Goods or Chattels should remain unspent at the death of my beloved wife that then All my children shall take it And divide it equally amongst themselves according to their own discretion and judgement and they also paying just debts that may then remain unpaid, and I do hereby declare this to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have this day set my hand and seal August 6 th 1832. Thomas Sleep."

 

Thomas Sleep died a little two years later on Monday, December 12, 1834 and was buried December 15th in Landulph.

A Second Grant, Will and Bond upon the adminstration of the Goods of Thomas Sleep Cordwainer deceased, dated Landulph 5th June 1845, lists Thomas Quance of 30 Charlotte Street, Morice Town, Devonport, along with Sampson Sleep of Landulph and George Sleep of Beeralstone as witnesses.

According to the marriage records of the Parish Of Linkinhorne, Cornwall, Banns of Marriage between Thomas Sleep and Mary Saunders were published on three consecutive Sundays in October 1791 - Sunday the 9th, Sunday the 16th and Sunday the 23rd by James Coffin, Vicar. The couple were married in the parish church on Monday, October 1791.

 

THOMAS SLEEP was born Abt. 1772 in North Hill, Cornwall, United Kingdo m, and died 12 December 1834 in Landulph, Cornwall, United Kingdom. He married MARY SAUNDERS 31 October 1791 in Linkinhorne, Cornwall, United Kingdom, daughter of WILLIAM SAUNDERS and CATHERINE BENNETT. She was born Abt. 1762 in Linkinhorne, Cornwall, United Kingdom, and died 4 March 1844 in Cargreen, Parish of Landulph, Cornwall, United Kingdom.

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