Twaits Family Page

Thomas TWAITS married my Great-great-grandmother Mary BENNETT at West Bradenham, Norfolk on 23 October 1797.

Mary was baptised on 3 May 1772 at West Bradenham, she was the daughter of Robert Bennett and Mary TUDMAN. Before her marriage to Thomas, Mary had given birth to a daughter Elizabeth BENNETT, baptised on 19 March 1797 at West Bradenham and recorded as "the spurious child" of Mary Bennett. It is highy likely that Thomas Twaits was the father of Elizabeth Bennett as DNA analysis shows matches to at least two descendants of subsequent children born to Thomas and Mary.

There are various spellings of the Surname TWAITS used in documents including Twaites and Twait.

Thomas TWAITS was baptised on 14 October 1754 at Elsing, Norfolk, the son of James TWAITS and Elizabeth OSBORNE. Thomas and Mary had seven children beside Elizabeth: Mary 1798, William 1799, James 1801, Ann 1803, Peter 1805 and Phoebe 1807.

Thomas died in 1812 and was buried in the churchyard at East Bradenham on 1 March that year. Mary then married John ROBERTSON and had two more children John 1814 and Phoebe 1817.

My DNA matches descend from William and Sarah.

Elizabeth BENNETT married William WARD on 7 February 1815 at Swaffham, Norfolk. Their daughter Mary was baptised at Swaffham on 18 February 1821. She married George BURTON at Swaffham on 4 September 1842. (see BURTON Family Page)

Thomas's father, James, was baptised at Elsing, Norfolk in 1722, he was the son of Samuel and Ann TWAITS. John married Elizabeth OSBORNE on 15 July 1752 and they had three known children: Thomas 1754-1812, Phebe 1763 and John 1775. James died and was buried at Elsing on 2 April 1797, his wife Elizabeth was buried there too on 25 February 1799 when she was 73 years old.

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