Thomas Stokes was a mercer in Thornbury. We suspect Thomas was the one baptised on 15th August 1680, the son of Nicholas Stokes. On 19th September 1713 Thomas married Elizabeth Grove in Thornbury. We think that Elizabeth was baptised on 11th June 1686, the daughter of William Grove, the cordwainer and his wife, Hester.
Thomas and Elizabeth had three children: Hester was baptised on 20th January 1714, but she died on 5th August 1718, Ann baptised on 6th August 1717 and Thomas baptised on 19th March 1719, but he died on 20th March 1719 aged 10 weeks.
The last will and testament of John Thurston who owned two properties in Silver Street shows that in 1717 when the will was written Thomas Stokes was renting and occupying one of the houses. We believe from the description that the house which Thomas was renting was part of the property which Thomas purchased in 1731 from Margaret Frampton (see below).
In the period of ten years he purchased three adjoining properties in Silver Street. First, on 24th November 1729 he bought a property from Sarah Harris. This was described as
‘all that messuage or tenement with the yard garden and other appurts thereunto belonging wherein one Thomas Edwards formerly dwelleth and wherein the said Thomas Stokes now inhabiteth situate lying and being in the Borough of Thornbury in a street there called Chipping Street and containing one whole burgage and adjoineth to the lands formerly of Francis Fowler and now of one Matthew Hewett on or near the eastward part thereof and to the lands lately of one John Thurston mercer on or near the westward part thereof and shooteth forward to the said street called Chipping Street on or near the southward part thereof which said messuage and premises were lately purchased by John Barton deceased in his life time to him and his heirs in fee simple of and from one Henry Shipman and also all that part of one court or yard adjoining to the said messuage which was formerly purchased by said John Barton of one Elizabeth Linke deceased and others and also the back kitchen and outhouse now standing thereupon lately built by said John Harris all which said messuage and other the premises (except the said back kitchen and outhouse) were formerly in the tenure or occupation of the said John Barton and afterwards of Thomas Barton his son deceased and since that of the said John Harris and were given and devised by the said John Barton in and by his last will and testament in writing bearing the date on or about 30th March 1687 unto the said Thomas Barton and his heirs and assigns for ever and were lately purchased by the said John Harris to him and his heirs for ever of and from the said Thomas Barton and Edith his wife which said messuages and all other the premises are now in the tenure or occupation of the said Sarah Harris her tenants or assigns and were given and devised to her and her heirs and assigns for ever in and by the last will and testament of the said John Harris‘.
On this website we have called this house ‘The house of Widow Harris‘. We are not absolutely sure of the full extent of property and how it related to the buildings which were in Silver Street in the 1900’s. We do know it adjoined the house called Cobb Hall on the westward side. Click here to read more
Then on 4th February 1731 Thomas bought from Margaret Frampton a property on the westward side of the first property. This was described as:
‘all that messuage or tenement with the appurts situate lying and being in a street called Chipping Street near the Corn Market there wherein one James Timbrell lately dwelt and hath been since in the possession of Mary Player and was by John Thurston late of Thornbury mercer deceased in and by his last will and testament in writing given and devised unto Hannah Thurston (one of the daughters of Jonathan Thurston late of Thornbury baker deceased, brother of the said John Thurston) and to her heirs and assigns for ever as by the said will may appear which Hannah is since intermarried with one Joseph Mabbett of Cows Neck on Mason Island in the Province of New York in America tailor and the said Joseph Mabbett and Hannah his wife did by indentures of lease and release bearing the date 24th and 25th September 1730 grant convey the fee simple and inheritance of the said premises unto the said Margaret Frampton her heirs and assigns for ever‘.
On this website we have called this house ‘The house of Margaret Frampton‘. We are not absolutely sure of the full extent of property and how it related to the buildings which were in Silver Street in the 1900’s. We do know it adjoined the house above on the westward side. Click here to read more
Finally on 30th July 1739 Thomas bought from Hezekiah Hewett a property on the eastward side of the property he bought in 1729. Thomas paid £9. This was described as:
‘all that messuage or tenement situate in the Borough of Thornbury in a street there called Chipping Street wherein one Mary Glover deceased formerly dwelt adjoining to the lands of the said Thomas Stokes on the westward part thereof and to lands late of Andrew Buck on the eastward part thereof which said messuage or tenement were lately in the tenure or occupation of John Hewett the elder deceased grandfather of the said Hezekiah Hewett and now of him the said Hezekiah Hewett his tenants or assigns and was by the said John Hewett in his life time purchased of Ann Webb in and by his last will and testament in writing given and devised unto him the said Hezekiah Hewett his heirs and assigns for ever‘.
On this website we have called this house ‘Cobb Hall’. We are not absolutely sure of the full extent of property and how it related to the buildings which were in Silver Street in the 1900’s. We do know it adjoined the house of Widow Harris on the eastward side. Click here to read more
Thomas also bought another house from John Cooke which had previously belonged to William Grove. We have not seen an indenture relating to this property and cannot identify its location.
Thomas was Mayor of Thornbury in 1732. On 2nd February 1736 Thomas and Elizabeth’s only surviving child, Ann, married John Salmon, a gentleman from Bristol.
Thomas died on 28th April 1743 aged 62 years and 9 months. In his last will and testament dated 23rd March 1742 Thomas Stokes left four properties, initially for the benefit of his wife during her lifetime. After her death, Thomas arranged for the the house where he then lived which he had purchased of the widow Harris to his daughter Ann Salmon during the term of her natural life and after her decease to his second grandson Thomas Stokes Salmon to him and his heirs for ever. He gave the tenement which he had purchased of Margaret Frampton to his second grandson Thomas Stokes Salmon to him and his heirs for ever immediately after his wife’s decease. He gave the tenement called Cobb Hall purchased of Hezekiah Hewett and the unidentified house he had purchased of John Cook formerly William Groves after his wife’s decease to his daughter Ann Salmon for natural life and after her decease to the youngest child she shall leave for ever.
We know from the will of George Weare dated 1754 that at that time Thomas’s widow Elizabeth was living in Thornbury Cottage in Castle Street (on junction with Kington Lane). Elizabeth died on 20th January 1754 aged 64.