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Born: 1740 Binsted
Married: 22/4/1759 Amberley Jane Allen
Thomas Bennett was baptised 1 March 1740 in Binsted the son of Thomas Bennett and Ann Rothwell. He was married by licence 22 April 1759 which described him as a bachelor from Yapton
sponsored by Jo Peters Burpham, yeoman farmer. Witnessed by John Peters, Thos Bonus. This evidence, and other evidence shows that in this part of Sussex at least there was movement of agricultural labourers between parishes, despite the difficulties imposed by the poor laws. Certainly parishes were happier to take on single men who wouldnít have families who could become a parish burden and I understand labourers were often employed for just short of a year so that the labourer would not be able to claim settlement.
This movement is certainly evident with Thomasís children, son Thomas married Elizabeth best in Steyning 1798.
He was described as servingman from Tortington and his sponsors sponsor was Benjamin Sharp Tortington servingman living in Steyning. Tortington is the neighbouring parish to Binsted and their seemed to be a lot of movement between the two.
Daughter Deborah moved to Lancing and Maria although she married in Binsted in 1790, to Thomas Manser from Felpham, had one child in Walberton (Henry 1795) and two in Aldingbourne (Diana 1790 and Maria 1803). There are probably more I havenít found yet!
Children: Thomas Bennett born 9/9/1759 Binsted married 1798 Elizabeth Best
Deborah Bennett born 1762 Binsted died 1845 married 1791 Thomas Winton
Maria Bennett born1766 Binsted married 1790 Thomas Manser