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Family of Richard SCUTT and Sarah LUFF

Husband: Richard SCUTT (1743-1823)
Wife: Sarah LUFF (1740-1809)
Children: John SCUTT (1769-1837)
Avis SCUTT (b.1771, bur.1779)
Thomas SCUTT (1773- )
Ann SCUTT (b.1776, bur.1778)
Elizabeth SCUTT (b.1778, bur.1800)
William SCUTT (1780- )
Martha SCUTT (1782- )
Marriage 13 Nov 1768 Heyshott

Husband: Richard SCUTT

Name: Richard SCUTT
Sex: Male
Father: Richard SCUTT (1719- )
Mother: Martha SUMASEL ( - )
Birth 5 Sep 1743 Wisborough Green
Death 1823 (age 79-80)
Burial 20 Apr 1823 Graffham

Wife: Sarah LUFF

Name: Sarah LUFF
Sex: Female
Father: William LUFF (1712-1757)
Mother: Sarah MILES (1712-1788)
Birth 15 May 1740 Heyshott
Death 1809 (age 68-69)
Burial 28 Jul 1809 Graffham

Child 1: John SCUTT

Name: John SCUTT
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Mary (?) ( - )
Spouse 2: Elizabeth NEWMAN (1771- )
Birth 1769
Death 11 May 1837 (age 67-68) Denton, Kent

Child 2: Avis SCUTT

Name: Avis SCUTT
Sex: Female
Birth 1 Sep 1771 Graffham
Burial 1779 Graffham

Child 3: Thomas SCUTT

Name: Thomas SCUTT
Sex: Male
Spouse: Elizabeth MARSHALL ( - )
Birth 24 Oct 1773 Graffham

Child 4: Ann SCUTT

Name: Ann SCUTT
Sex: Female
Birth 14 Nov 1776 Graffham
Burial 19 May 1778 Graffham

Child 5: Elizabeth SCUTT

Name: Elizabeth SCUTT
Sex: Female
Birth 19 Oct 1778 Graffham
Burial 2 Feb 1800 Graffham

Child 6: William SCUTT

Name: William SCUTT
Sex: Male
Birth 23 Apr 1780 Graffham

Child 7: Martha SCUTT

Name: Martha SCUTT
Sex: Female
Spouse: William HOLDEN ( - )
Birth 11 Aug 1782 Graffham

Note on Husband: Richard SCUTT - shared note

1. The Heyshott parish register describes Richard Scutt as 'of East Dean' at the time of his marriage to Sarah Faith in 1768. The marriage was by publication of Banns. Sarah could sign her name, but Richard only made his mark. There is no mention of whether Sarah is a spinster or a widow. See the separate notes on the marriage of Sarah Faith and Richard Scutt - the 1768 marriage was probably invalid and they were married again properly in Graffham in 1804.

 

2. Richard Scutt left a will summarised as follows :

 

Last will and testament of Richard Scutt of Graffham, Sussex, husbandman - written 4/11/1813.

Everything (except household goods, furniture, implements) to Henry Gadd of Graffham in trust to divide between 3 children John, Thomas and Martha after deduction of debts and expenses. The household goods to go to such children as he is living with at the time of his death.

 

Probate granted to Henry Gadd on 15/10/1823. The value of the effects was put at under £300.

 

The interesting bit is that his will describes the 3 beneficiaries as 'children of my late wife Sarah born during our cohabitation but before our marriage. Viz John Scutt otherwise Faith, Thomas Scutt otherwise Faith and Martha now the wife of William Holden'. This is one of the main clues that there is something wrong with the 1768 marriage.

 

3. The Wilberforce Archives at the West Sussex Record Office contain some title deeds which relate in some way to this will. The details as sent me by Jimmy Scutt are exactly as follows :

 

TITLE DEEDS; WITH ASSOCIATED DOCUMENTS GRAFFHAM OR WOOLAVINGTON AND GRAFFHAM

 

FILE - Assignment. Consideration £1018 7s 3d.: (a) Thomas Purser of Todham in Easebourne, yeoman (surviving exor. of the will of Sarah Tiller, late wife of Thomas Tiller of Heyshott, wheel-wright, dec'd); (b) John Quantock of Chichester, esq. and Mary his wife (nee Heather, and ex'trix of the will of Thomas Heather late of Midhurst, gent, dec'd); (c) Richard Scutt of Graffham, husbandman (who survived his wife Sarah, nee Faith), Richard Faith of Denton, co. Kent, miller, William Lashmore of Staplegate in Canterbury, cordwainer, and Sarah his wife nee Faith, John Scutt of Denton, cordwainer, Thomas Scutt of Graffham, blacksmith, William Holden of Graffham, cordwainer and Martha his wife, nee Scutt (which said Richard Faith, Sarah Lashmore, John Scutt, Thomas Scutt and Martha Holden are the surviving children of Sarah Scutt, nee Faith), Mary Buddle of Faversham, co. Kent, spinster, dau. of Mary (nee Faith) and Henry Buddle; (c) Henry Gadd of Graffham, yeoman - ref. WILBERFORCE/177 - date: 10 Oct 1810.

 

4. The West Sussex Land Tax of 1785 shows a Richard Scutt who owns a house in Graffham with a rental value of £1.02.06.

 

5. The identification of this Richard Scutt with the one born in Wisborough Green in 1743 is taken from Jimmy Scutt's database. He assures me that he thinks it is reliable, but I have no further evidence to support it. His web site includes the information that Richard Scutt was aged 81 at the time of his death. This would put his date of birth as close to 1742, which is probably good enough to identify him.

Note on Wife: Sarah LUFF - shared note

1. Sarah Luff's first appearance in the family history is as Sarah Faith, the wife of Richard Scutt, who is mentioned in the catalogue to the Wilberforce Archives in the WSRO. This contains the following summary of Wilberforce Ms.177 and gives the vital clue which linked John Scutt of Denton to the Scutts of Graffham :

 

FILE - Assignment. Consideration £1018 7s. 3d.: (a) Thomas Purser of Todham in Easebourne, yeoman (surviving exor. of the will of Sarah Tiller, late wife of Thomas Tiller of Heyshott, wheel-wright, dec'd); (b) John Quantock of Chichester, esq. and Mary his wife (née Heather, and ex'trix of the will of Thomas Heather late of Midhurst, gent., dec'd); (c) Richard Scutt of Graffham, husbandman (who survived his wife Sarah, née Faith), Richard Faith of Denton, co. Kent, miller, William Lashmore of Staplegate in Canterbury, cordwainer, and Sarah his wife, née Faith, John Scutt of Denton, cordwainer, Thomas Scutt of Graffham, blacksmith, William Holden of Graffham, cordwainer and Martha his wife, née Scutt (which said Richard Faith, Sarah Lashmore, John Scutt, Thomas Scutt and Martha Holden are the surviving children of Sarah Scutt, née Faith), Mary Buddle of Faversham, co. Kent, spinster, dau. of Mary (née Faith) and Henry Buddle; (d) Henry Gadd of Graffham, yeoman. - ref. WILBERFORCE/177 - date: 10 Oct 1810

 

There are lots of notes worth adding to this :

 

Note 1. The document is an Indenture which was written shortly after the death of Richard Scutt and finally tidies up the property left by Sarah Tiller in her will. This property had first passed to Sarah Tiller's daughter Sarah Scutt, and then after her death to Richard Scutt. It is now being sold for £1018 7s 3d to Henry Gadd with the proceeds distributed between 5 surviving children and one grandchild of Sarah Scutt.

 

Note 2. The people mentioned in the above summary are as follows :

a) Sarah Tiller is really Sarah Miles, the mother of Sarah Luff, after her second marriage to Thomas Tiller.

b) Thomas Heather was involved in an earlier property transaction with Sarah Tiller.

c) Richard Faith of Denton, Sarah Lashmore (née Faith), and Mary (née Faith) the wife of Henry Buddle are the children of Sarah Luff by her first marriage to Richard Faith. John Scutt, Thomas Scutt and Martha Holden (nee Scutt) are her children by her second husband Richard Scutt.

d) Henry Gadd is the executor of Richard Scutt, her second husband.

 

Note 3. The summary above describes the wife of Richard Scutt as 'Sarah (nee Faith)'. This is a mistake made by the summariser, not by the Indenture itself. She was born Sarah Luff, first married to Richard Faith, and later married to Richard Scutt.

 

2. The WSRO has a list of Administration orders, which includes one for the effects of Sarah Scutt, granted to her husband Richard Scutt on December 18 1809. The value of her effects is put at under £20.

 

3. There are additional notes relating to the second marriage of Sarah Luff and recorded there. This marriage is interesting for the fact that it appears to have been invalid, presumably because her first husband was still alive.