Thomas Sanders in the ‘Returns of Papists’ and Nonjurors’ estates’

In the previous post I wrote about Thomas Sanders or Saunders of Fladbury, Worcestershire, who was included in a return of ‘papists’ and nonjurors’ estates’ in 1723. I’m fairly certain this is the Thomas Sanders or Saunders who married Margaret Boulton, my first cousin 10 x removed, if Ancestry is to be believed.

The returns are held at the National Archives, and I’ve purchased a copy of the records for Worcestershire, which includes the entry for Thomas Sanders. There are 21 individual entries in total for the county, and Sanders’ is the only one for Fladbury. I wonder if it’s a complete list? One of Thomas’ neighbours, the recusant Sir Robert Throckmorton, is listed under Warwickshire, while his main address is given as Weston Underwood in Buckinghamshire.

First page of the returns for Worcestershire

First page of the returns for Worcestershire

The Worcestershire entries are introduced thus:

A Coppy of the Severall Registers made with the Clerk of the Peace for the County of Worcester by such persons who refused to take the Oaths pursuant to an Act of Parliament made in the ninth Yeare of the Reign of his present Majesty King George Entitled an Act to Oblige all persons being papist in that part of Great Brittaine called Scotland and all persons in Great Brittaine refuseing or neglecting to take the Oaths appointed for the Security of his Majesties person and Government by Severall Acts herein mentioned to Register their names and Real Estates. 

The entry for Thomas Sanders reads as follows:

A true particular of the Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments of Thomas Sanders of Moore in the parish of Fladbury in the County of Worcs. Gent whereof I the s[ai]d. Thomas Sanders or any other person or persons in Trust for me or for my use are Seized or poss[ess]ed or in receipt or perception of the Rents and Proffitts thereof as followeth Vizt. – 

One Messuage One Tenement one Stable one Barne and some other Outhouseing belonging to the said Messuage or Tenement Twelve Acres of thereabouts of Meadow and pasture Ground also belonging to the said Messuage or Tenement in the poss[ess]ion of me the said Thomas Sanders of the Yearely Value of sixteen pounds. 

One other Messuage or Tenement and Garden in the poss[ess]ion of Mary Willis of the Yearely value of Twenty Shillings All other the Outhouses Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever belonging to the firstmentioned Messuage or Tenement are now in the poss[ess]ion of and Rented by John Knowles at the Yearely Rent of 54 s.[?] All which said Messuages Landes and premisses are Situate lyeing and being in Hill Moore and Wyre Piddle in the said parish of Fladbury in the said County of Worcs. In Wittness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name the 14th Day of January Anno D[o]m[i]ni 1723. Tho: Sanders. Subscribed in Open Court at the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the County of Worcester the fourteenth day of January 1723. Hen: Townshend. W: Byrche.

Lower Moor viewed from Hill, Fladbury, Worcestershire (via http://e-services.worcestershire.gov.uk-

Lower Moor viewed from Hill, Fladbury, Worcestershire (via http://e-services.worcestershire.gov.uk-

Hill, Moor and Wyre Piddle were all hamlets within the parish of Fladbury. John Knowles, one of Thomas Sanders’ tenants named here, was included in the ‘list of voters from the last election in Fladbury’ appended to the letter written in July 1702 by Bishop Lloyd of Worcester to the rector of Fladbury, urging him to discourage his parishioners from voting for the High Church Tory Sir John Pakington. As for Pakington himself, he doesn’t seem to have been a nonjuror (presumably this would have prevented him for standing for election?), though he had refused to swear the ‘Assocation’ oath of loyalty to William III in 1696, was known to have sheltered nonjurors, and at the time of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion was one of nine Members of Parliament ordered into custody.

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