Peter Brown Family History

John Colegate (1769) & Mary Thomas

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General History

John Colegate & Mary Thomas were one of my 5th generation ancestors.

Key Dates:

John Colegate was baptised on 26th November 1769 in Westerham, Kent. He was probably the son of John Colgate & Mary Roper (However parents shown as John & Sarah, but presume error). He probably married Mary Thomas (or Tomas) on 26th May 1799 in Brasted, Kent (shown as Colgate - marriage was witnessed by Sarah Colgate-probably John's sister). John was a farmer.

Mary Thomas birth details are not known.

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John & Mary had seven children.

Sarah Jane Mary John Henry Sophia Elizabeth
  1. Sarah Colegate was baptised on 10th March 1800 in Westerham, Kent.
  2. Jane Colegate was baptised on 19th June 1805 in Brasted, Kent. She married William Brown. Details of William Brown & Jane Colegate are shown separately as they are direct ancestors.
  3. Mary Colegate was baptised on 3rd March 1811 in Westerham, Kent.
  4. John Colegate was born in about 1814, possibly in Westerham, Kent. He married Susan. John & Susan had at least four children. John died on 19th April and was buried on 24th April 1850 in Brasted, Kent (aged 36) and was shown as living at Toys Hill.
    1. Susannah Colegate was born in about 1835 probably in Hever, Kent and later lived at Ivy Cottage, Hever.
    2. Thomas Colegate was baptised on 5th February 1837 in Westerham, Kent and later lived at Ivy Cottage, Hever.
    3. Sarah Colegate was baptised on 14th April 1839 in Westerham, Kent and later lived at Ivy Cottage, Hever.
    4. Rose Anne Colegate was born on 22nd February and was baptised on 1st March 1850 in Brasted, Kent (of Toys Hill). She died on 9th March and was buried on 13th March 1850 in Brasted, Kent (aged 2 weeks) and was shown as living at Toys Hill.
  5. Henry Colegate was baptised on 29th October 1816 in Cowden, Kent.
  6. Sophia Colegate was baptised on 9th December 1819 in Edenbridge, Kent.
  7. Elizabeth Colegate was baptised on 3rd November 1822 in Edenbridge, Kent.

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No information available

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  1. There are some gaps in the children implying two or more are missing
  2. There are a number of name variations in the parish records (Colegate, Colgate, Coldgate, Coulgate, Colgat, Colgatt, Colegat, Colgatte, Coalegate, Coalgate, Cowlgate, Colgath, Couldgatt, Coulgatt, Colgutt)
  3. 1841 Census
    1. Hever shows (see Family Ref 4) - John 25, Susan 25, Susanah 6, Thomas 4, Sarah 2 living at Ivy Cottage
    2. Westerham shows - Sophia 50, Mary 14
    3. Edenbridge shows - Henry 46, Mary 38, Mercy 15, Eliza 13, Henry 11, John 9, Edward 6
  4. 1871 Census
    1. Cowden shows - John 38, Sarah A 8, William J 5, George 2 living at Rickwoods
    2. Chevening shows - Edward 55, Mary 18 , Thomas (grandson) 3 living at Chipstead Street, Chipstead, Chevening
    3. Chiddingstone shows - Edward 38, Harritt 36, Fanny 13, Ann 10, Ellen 6, Edward 3 living at Hoath Corner
    4. Sevenoaks shows Henry 31, Hannah 32, Edward 0, William 0 + George H (cousin) 13
  5. For the period 1762 - 1783 (age at marriage of 16 to age 60 at birth of youngest child), there was one John Colegate born in Westerham, one was born in the adjacent parishes, none were born in the surrounding parishes, but two others were born in more distant parishes. It is probable that the identified John is the correct one, but the mother called Sarah is an issue. It is assumed that this is an error and should be Mary , consistent with all other Colegate baptisms of that time in Westerham who were all shown with parents John & Mary.
    1. 26/11/1769 in Westerham, Kent son of John & Sarah
    2. 30/06/1770 in Chevening, Kent son of John & Elizabeth but was buried on 12/06/1771.
    3. 18/10/1780 in Framfield, Sussex son of Henry & Jane
    4. 01/04/1781 in Seal, Kent the son of John & Sarah
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Sources Returns to 'Top of Page'
  1. Peter Willard whose wife is a descendant of William Brown 1810 & Jane Colgate- peter.willard@btinternet.coms and has supplied some of the Kent genealogy information.
  2. Family Search-British Isles Vital Records Index CD
  3. Bessells Green -Baptist church records
  4. IGI (International Genealogical Index: Latter-day Saints) - batches of parish records: see Links-Research Web sites
  5. NWKFHS Edenbridge CD (Edenbridge- An index of People & Places100-1851- by Lionel Cole) & Lionel Cole transcription of Edenbridge Parish Registers