Mary Sankey (1736-1765)
Christened, 6 May 1736, Canterbury, England
Married, Edward Bridges about 1757, Harbledown, Kent, England
Died about 1765
They had six children. All were christened between 1759 and 1766 at St Nicholas, Wade. they are are listed with the entry for Edward Bridges.
It appears that both Mary & Edward died in 1765 – the year in which their last two childern were born.
Mattew Sankey (1704-)
Born, abt 1704 at Pouldhurst Court, near Canterbury, Kent, England
Married, Mary Chambers, a spinster of Ash, 28 October 1732, Cathedral, Canterbury, England. There were five childern from this union. Mary died in 1740.
Married, Ann Holman, of Ickham, widow, on 21 May 1743 at St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, England (no childern from this union)
Married, Elizabeth Rose on 13 December 1768 at Harbledown, England (no childern from this union)
Mattew and Mary’s children were:
- Thomas Sankey, christened 31 October 1733 at Canterbury
- John Sankey, christened 17 September 1734 at Canterbury. Married Elizabeth Roberts
- Mary Sankey
- Sarah Sankey, christened 2 June 1738 at Canterbury. Died 25 april 1772 and buried Westbere. Married Thomas Denne of Watmore Hall, 26 July 1759 at Harbledown.
- Ann Sankey, christened 6 June 1740 at Canterbury
John Sankey (1655-1740)
“As there are villages in England bearing the name of Horsley, so there are also villages called Sankey and a brook or river of that name in Lancashire. Nothing is known of the Johns or Williams who took their surname from that village in which they Iived; but the first Sankey of which anything is known, is one who accompanied King John to Ireland and eventually settled there, A descendant of this man, one John Sankey, born 1655, came into Kent from Ireland, took work at a farm called Poldhurst Court near Canterbury, and when his master died he married the widow, one Mistress Margaret Newton. He and she were working in the field one day, and saw in the ditch a portmanteau, which they took home. No one enquired for it and the farmer and his wife decided that someone in those troublous times, when fleeing for his life, had dropped it. What were the contents or the portmanteau was never divulged, but John Sankey soon became a very well-to-do farmer, and set up his five sons in other parts of East Kent:-
- John at Hastingleigh.
- Thomas at Stowting Court.
- Edward at Milton Chapel.
- Samuel at Monks Horton
- Matthew at his own farm at Poldhurst, or Polze, as it was originally called.