Thomas Elvey (6 Sep 1594 - 8 Apr 1676) and Mary Snode (24 Jul 1603 - 24 Sep 1670)

Thomas was born in Throwley and all his children are baptised in Throwley, the last one, Elizabeth, in 1642. Thomas lived therefore the first 50 years of his life in Throwley. When he died in Tonge in 1676 he was then described as Thomas Elvey of Newborough. This could be the village now called Newbury, a village near to Lynsted and, as his wife Mary has been buried in Lynsted, it seems that the family first moved to Newbury and later to Tonge.

Thomas and Mary married on 4 Feb 1628/9*. Their marriage licence states: "Thomas Elvie of Throwley, husbandman, bachelor, about 34 & Mary Snode, same parish, virgin, about 23, whose mother Susan Snode consens, as is testified by her brother Richard Snode, same parish. At Leaveland."

Thomas Elvey possesses, when he died nearly 82 years old, quite a lot of land. Thomas states in his will as his property: Cignetts Toy, Binfield Greenway, Jogs Dane, Netherhouse Barne, Reeds Hickfield Road, Turners Gardens Skinners Gibbs, Waterditch and Foper Croft and has probably already given some property to his daughters at their marriages, as he writes that "they received already an able portion". He estimated that his property was some 43 acres, but Cignetts Toy and Netherhouse Barne (lowerhouse Barne), both in the parish of Throwley, came from his father Edmund, who estimated this at 60 acres in his last will.

In his testament he has mentioned his brother Edmund and his five children, two sons and three daughters: Thomas, Edmund and Ann, Mary and Elizabeth.

In the Canterbury's lists of marriage licences the two sons of Thomas, both living in Tonge are given as: Edmund to be married in 1663 and Thomas junior in 1669. The two main branches of the Elvy family are the descendents from these two sons.

Thomas' daughter Ann was married to William Allen, a husbandman of Kingsdown; Mary was married to Henry Bateman, yeoman in Rodmersham and Elizabeth was married to John Wanstall.

To read Thomas' Will click here