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                                                                         Biography
                        Thomas Scard                                          Susannah Benness
                                              [1737-1824]                                     -                                                     [1755-1806]

 
                            of Southampton, Eling & Totton, formerly of Christchurch, Hampshire
      
                                                                                                     Issue:
                                                            John Scard [1764-1838] - married  Mary Trofoley  (died Testate)
                                                            Susannah Scard] [1765-1832] - married John Blake
Benness Scard [1768-1837] - married heiress Mary Hill (died Testate) Thomas Scard (the younger) [1775- 1816] - married heiress Mary Yeats
                               This family has several entries in the UK Poll Books and Electoral Registers 1538-1893, 
                                                               the London, Land Tax Records 1692-1932 and the 
                                                Hampshire Record Office also holds several documents not listed below.
             UK Passenger Lists and in addition to the Wills already transcribed on this website, there are many Wills post 1858 
                                    which have not been retrieved (England & Wales National Probate Calendar from 1858 ) 
                                       Newspaper Articles from various sources plus many other resources with entries 
                                                       not listed here are left to their respective descendants to explore

                 This website is primarily focused on conjoining all the 'Scard Branches' to a common family around the 
                      late 17th Century, the biographies presented for each of the extended families is a a rough draft 
                                            of their lives for those just beginning to explore their Scard Lineage

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                                                             Scard Biographies - The Southampton, Hampshire Branch

                                                                        
                                                         Thomas Scard                                          Susannah Benness
                                                                                                        [1737-1824]                                         -                                             [1755-1806]

                                                                                                                       Researched, Compiled & Written by Judith-Ann S. Adams (Site Author)
                                                                                                                                       With sincere thanks to Barry & Terry Keys (UK) 
                                                                                                                            who found the Baptism & Parents of Thomas and his brother James
                                                                       and to Lyn Mealy (Australia) for kindly providing a scanned copy of the Original Will of Thomas Scard transcribed below
                                                                                        
1737            Thomas Scard was baptised 23rd September 1737 at Holdenhurst, Hampshire son of James Scard by his wife Mary nee Holvey of Christchurch, Hampshire.  He had one surviving 
                    sibling, an elder brother James. 

1749             On the 27th April 1749 Duty was paid on the Indenture of Thomas Scard (aged fourteen), "son of James Scard", to Benjamin North at Christchurch, a Saddler for a period of five years
                     arranged by his father.  His brother James was also indentured at Christchurch at the age of thirteen as a Cooper in 1748 and later married Elizabeth Guthridge at Christchurch in 
                     1758 settling at Gosport. 
                                                                                                                                        Click on image to enlarge
                                                                                             (Register of Duties paid on Apprentices' Indentures 1710-1811. courtesy of Ancestry.com)

                      Except for a few isolated innuendos there is no evidence to suggest much contact between Thomas and his elder brother James however later James's son (according to the LDS 
                      transcriptions) named his son James 'Bennett' Scard. Since no such name appears in the maternal lineage of this infant it is perhaps reasonable to assume that the name was 
                      in fact James Benness Scard perpetuating the maiden name of the mother of James junr's 1st cousins. 

                      Thomas carried this trade into adulthood and later owned and ran a Saddler at Southampton during which time he Indentured an apprentice, Moses Comyns on the 
                      6th Apr 1762. 
1763              At the age of twenty-five Thomas married twenty-year old Susanna Benness, the daughter and later heiress of successful land owner, John Benness and his wife Elizabeth, 
                      at All Saints, Southampton on the 10th Feb 1763. 

1763              On the 9th November 1763 Thomas Scard Filed a complaint accusing Thomas Cooper [the younger] stealing Articles including whips and books. As the complaint progressed, 
                      Thomas Scard gave further testimony on the 17th November 1763 with a  witness  providing evidence for further charges against the Defendant of additionally stealing from 
                      the home of Thomas Scard, a volume of magazines in the prior year [1762].  An Estreat of recognizance by "Thomas Scard, Saddler of Southampton and John Cockleford of 
                      Southampton, butcher" on this same date. A 'True Bill' was issued in the Indictment of Thomas Cooper the younger of Southampton, saddler, on the 13th January 1764 
                      'for stealing a book of the value of 10d belonging to Thomas Scard'. [TNA]

1764-75        The following year the first of their four children was born however it would appear that soon after the birth they moved 3 miles N.W. to Eling where they had further issue. 
                      Later  documents imply that the family had their home in Totton 1 mile of Eling;
                                   1764  Child 1:  John [1764-1838] baptised at All Saints Southampton on the 25th May 1764.
                                   1765: Child 2:  Susannah [1765-1831] considered born at Eling.Walter Raleigh Smith, Esq
                                   1768: Child 3:  Benness [1768-1837] considered born at Eling.
                                   1775: Child 4:  Thomas [1775-1816] considered born at Eling.

1770             During this time Susannah's father John Benness was buried at Eling Hampshire 4th April 1770 leaving a considerable Estate. His widow Elizabeth survived him a further 17months, 
                     buried at the same venue on the 18th September 1771 also testate.   In her father's Will, Susannah "wife of Thomas Scard" was a legatee with her two eldest children and named sole 
                     executrix and her mother's Will is similar with the addition of Susannah's 3rd child, the infant 'Benness Scard' an additional legatee. 

1770            After Susannah claimed the estate of her father in 1770, Thomas Scard appears to have given up his shop at Southampton and assumed the responsibilities of his deceased father-in-law 
                    as a Maltster, in which he appears to have been successful and during the following years Thomas Leased several properties in 1778 at Eling; 1780 at Bulford Wiltshire; 1786 at Eling.  
                    A list of Properties with descriptions relating to the family can be found at the Hampshire Record Office Online Catalogue  The latter property was also advertised in the  dated Monday, 
                    July 3rd, 1786;
                                            Excerpt: ".... now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Scard, as tenant at will, delightfully situated in the parish of ELING ... and consisting 
                                                                 of a Farm house,  Barns, stables, Granary, and other Buildings, in good tenantable repair, and upwards of seventy-five acres of  
                                                                 land, whereof about fifty-nine acres are Arable, ten acres Meadow, and the remainder Coppice Ground.
                     This and other Newspaper Items relating to 'Scard', can be found in The Salisbury and Winchester Journal and General Advertiser transcribed by Richard Heaton 
                     (also try Seard) .

                     During this time Thomas and Susannah saw their two sons marry and daughter into old and established families at Eling;
                     1790      Susannah [the younger] at the age of twenty-five Susannah Scard married John Blake by licence at Eling on the 2nd November 1790.
                                   The Blake Family were firmly entrenched at Eling for many Generations dating back to before the Reformation.  
                                   John and Susannah remained at Eling where they had issue.  [Susannah has her own section below in Epilogue]. 
                     1792      Benness Scard at the age of twenty-four married twenty-five year old Elizabeth Hill at Nursling near Eling on the 6th November 1792.
                                   Elizabeth Hill was baptised at Nursling 22nd October 1767 the daughter of George Hill a yeoman and his wife Mary.   
                                  The Hill Family was wealthy and George and his heirs were main beneficiaries in his father's vast Estates in 1770.
                     1795     Thomas Scard [the younger] not yet of age married Mary Yeates by Licence at Eling on the 14th October 1795.  
                                  The Licence reads: 'Thomas Scard, a Maltster,  aged 19yrs, with the consent of his father Thomas Scard the elder, maltster and the Bride, Mary Yeates 
                                   of Millbrook, aged 21yrs, spinster.'  Mary Yeates:  Mary's brother was William Yeates Esquire, a wealthy maltster at Eling who mentions his sister
                                  "the wife of Thomas Scard" and her children as legatees in his Will.
                     1796:    John Scard; John Scard married Mary Trofoley 17th August 1796 at All Saints Southampton.

1798:                 Two years later in 1798, two of his sons were appointed into the Hampshire Militia; 
                          London Times:- 26th May 1798:  John Scard, Gent.  To be Lieutenant with the Eling Volunteers.  [John now aged 34yrs] 
                                                                                             Benness Scard to be Ensign with Stratford Under the Castle of Old Sarum Volunteers. [Wilts.]  [now aged 30yrs].
                                    Notice of his son John's militia promotions also appeared in the same publication in 1803 & 1808.                                                                                        
                   
1798-1808   Over the next decade as Thomas and Susannah continued to live at Eling, Thomas was still very much active in local issues and also in the affairs of his children.  
                    Their son Benness and his wife first settled at nearby Nursling but after the death of their infant daughter Elizabeth in 1794 they moved to Stratford, Wiltshire. 
                     Sons John and Thomas with his young children and daughter Susannah now also married remained at Eling.

1809             Early 1809 it was apparent that the young Thomas was having substantial financial difficulties. With Debtor's Prison looming, Thomas rallied his other children 
                     to help their youngest brother at the cost of their own future legacies.  John and young Susannah made no hesitation however Benness refused, a decision that 
                     would later cost him dearly in his father's Will.  Later Thomas writes in his Will regarding Benness's part in the incident 
                                   "not having partaken in any way with the expenses and trouble that I have been subject to with the younger part of my Family which will be felt by
                                     the other part now living with me as they generously gave up a part of their expectations to relieve the other's necessities."
                     The incident resounded throughout connected families.  The wealthy William Yeates, brother to daughter-in-law Mary, later made provision in his Will to
                      protect his legacies to his sister Mary, the spouse of young Thomas and her children from any liability arising from Thomas's debts. 

                     The Salisbury & Winchester Journal  published this event in two newspaper articles dated 23rd January and 13th Feb 1809 
                      Courtesy of the UK Newspaper Archives. 
                                                                                                             13th February 1809- click on image to enlarge
                     The newpapter item dated 13th February 1809 is copied to his father's biography together with this paragraph - timeline beginning "1809" 
                     Extract from the UK Newspaper Archives (online). 

1815             Date: 15th March 1813:   Lessor:  Assignment of a Lease, messuage and garden in All Saints parish, Southampton, on the east side of the
                                                                 High Street, of English Street, Southampton.  Principals; i) Thomas Scard of Totton, Eling, maltster 
                                                                 ii) John Barney of Southampton, Gent. 
                     Date 31 Dec 1815              Lessee: messuage with garden piece and buildings belonging, containing 2 roods and a parcel of land adjoining 
                                                                  containing 1 acre 1 rood 13 perches and a messuage with a malthouse and garden containing 2 roods 1 perch 
                                                                  and a parcel of meadow land containing 1 acre 16 perches all in the Manor of Testwood, Eling. Principals; 
                                                                  i) James Stephen Wickens  of Middx, esq; ii) Peter Serle of Chilworth Lodge, esq; iii) Joseph Whitcher of Eling, 
                                                                  yeoman; iv) Thomas Scard of Eling, yeoman.

1815             During this time Susannah Scard (nee Benness) died at her home, buried at Eling  9th November 1815 recorded aged 72yrs. 
                     She was survived by her aging husband Thomas Scard of fifty-two years marriage, her three sons John aged fifty-one, her  daughter Susannah Blake [nee Scard] 
                     now aged fifty, son Benness Scard now forty-seven,  son Thomas Scard now aged forty and several grandchildren. 

1816             The following year there was great sadness in the family 
                                     The death of Thomas's twenty-one year old daughter Harriet Maria Scard, by his son Benness was buried on the 10th July 1816 at St Boniface, Nursling, 
                                     the venue of her parent's marriage. Harriet was recorded in the Parish Register as 'of Stratford' 'aged 21yrs'. 
                      Five months later 
                                     The premature death of Thomas' youngest son Thomas Scard [the younger] at Eling at the recorded age of forty-one, buried at Eling on the
                                     21st December 1816 only a year after his mother's death.  Thomas died in-testate.  His Obituary was published in the Hampshire Telegraph: 
                                                                       ' HOME NEWS - Monday Dec. 23rd 1816 Thomas Scard Jnr died Saturday last at his home at Totton.' 

                      Thomas [Jnr] was survived by his wife Mary [nee Yeates] of twenty-one years marriage and their children, the youngest  aged four years. 
                      Although Thomas (the younger), likely still suffering the effects of his substantial debts could not make any provision for his young family evidence suggests that
                      Mary and the children were well provided by her wealthy brother William Yeates and almost certainly the Scard Family.  
                      
1819              Three years later in on Monday the 25th October 1819 a notice was published in the Winchester & Salisbury Chronicle; 
                                       Declaration Address to the High Sheriff of the County of Southampton signed by both Thomas Scard and John Scard [father and son] freeholders.
                                       http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dutillieul/ZOtherPapers/S&WJOct251819A.html

1823             In December 1823 Thomas and his son John sues his Banker.  The incident was published in the London Times Wednesday 18th Dec 1823;  
                                  Excerpt: The insolvent (i.e. Wm. Smith) was opposed by Mr. Brodrick, for Messrs Thomas and John Scard ......... The insolvent, who is very feeble, stated 
                                                  that he had been a banker at Southampton, and attributed his insolvency to the robbery of his bank in 1819, when his loss amounted to £11,586 
                                                  which was subsequently reduced by the recovery of several bills and checks to the notes. A meeting of his creditors took place after the robbery, 
                                                  and the greater number of them consented to take 10s. in the pound and executed a release for the balance.  Those who refused to take this 
                                                  composition were now returned as creditors in this schedule. He had two partners, who went off, one to India and the other to the Continent, and 
                                                  had not since returned.......The Court finally adjourned the case to the 2nd of January.....

                       Thomas did not live to appear in Court on the Adjournment Date. 

1824               Thomas Scard died Testate, five weeks after the Court Hearing, buried at Eling on the 29th January 1824 at the recorded age of  87years. His eldest son John Scard 
                        was named Executor of his Will and a year later the following notice was published in the Winchester & Salisbury Monday, February 14th, 1825;
                                                "All Persons having any Demand on the Estate and Effects of the late Mr. Thomas Scard, of Totton, are requested forthwith to deliver the same 
                                                  to his Executor Mr. John Scard, of Totton: and all Persons indebted to the Estate are desired to discharge the same without delay. ALL Persons 
                                                  to whom the Deceased stood indebted at the time of his death, are requested to send or deliver the particulars of their  respective Demands to 
                                                  the said John Rogers, or Benness Scard of Stratford-under-the-Castle, Gentleman, his joint Executors; or to Mr. WARDEN,  solicitor, Close, 
                                                  Sarum: And those persons who are indebted to the Estate of the said deceased, are desired to pay the amount of their respective debts to the said 
                                                  John Rogers forthwith.'

                                                                                                                            WILL OF THOMAS SCARD [Snr] OF ELING
                                                                                                                                        Transcribed by Judith-Ann S. Adams
                                                                                                                         The original Will was kindly supplied by Lyn Mealey
This is the  Last Will and testament of me Thomas Scard of Totton in the Parish of Eling in  the County of Southampton Yeoman and first I will and direct that all my just Debts and funeral 
expenses be paid and discharged as soon as conveniently may  be after my decease by my Executor herein after named.  My household  furniture of every description plate linen chyney Books 
I give and bequeath unto my eldest son John Scard and to his sister Susannah Blake widow of the  late John Blake Esq. of Stratford Old Sarum to be equally divided between them as near as 
they can but it should so happen that they part from living together each will of course take their parts of the before mentioned household furniture plate linen Cheney Books x2 But if they 
should continue living  together till one of them depart this life then in that case I will and direct  that the survivor do take to the whole of the before mentioned household  furniture plate 
linen Cheyney Books as to his or her own use and Benefit as the  case may be. And from  and after my decease I give and Bequeath unto my Eldest son John Scard all that my freehold Estate 
I sometime since purchased of Charles Connolly Esq. situate at Totton in the Parish of Eling and adjoining the Estate  he now lives in called Stormses.  The Estate I so purchased of Charles 
Conoly Esq consists of two tenements in the occupation of James Jones, Taylor (a Tailor) and Thomas Oliver labourer and a Paddock of Land about three quarters of an Acre which  said 
freehold Estate I give to my aforesaid Son John Scard and to his heirs and  Assigns for ever. Item, I  have and bequeath unto my said son John Scard my freehold estate called and  known by 
the name of Brishenford situate at Totton in the Parish of Eling with  every standing and growing therein and thereto belonging which I give to my said son John Scard and to his Heirs and 
assigns for ever. Item, I  give an Bequeath unto my granddaughter Susannah Smith Widow of the late Walter  Raleigh Smith Collector of the Customs in the Port of Southampton my copyhold
Estate called Kents situate at the end of Bares Lane in the Manor of Eling now  in the occupation of Perdue Smith Esquire or his under tenant together with the allotment of Common Land 
about five acres more or less  allotted thereto which I give to my aforesaid grand daughter Susannah Smith, Widow on this condition that she permits her Uncle John Scard to receive the Rents
and profits of the aforesaid  Estate called Kents till John  Barney Esq, Solicitor in Southampton is paid the money borrowed of  him on account of the Smiths Bankers in Southampton 
[with Walter Smith Esq & William P Longth?] in these misfortunes after which I give the aforesaid copyhold estate with  every thing thereto belonging to my aforesaid Granddaughter Susannah
Smith widow and to her assigns to be enjoyed by her and them according to the Custom of the Manor of Eling. Item, I give and bequeath unto my said son John Scard my Copyhold piece of Land 
called  Moodys close situate at the end of Bares Lane and in the Manor of Eling  and adjoining the aforesaid Estate called Kents together with a small  piece of Common land allotted thereto 
which I give to my aforesaid son John  Scard  during his natural life and from and after his decease I give the aforesaid piece of Land called Moodys close with the allotment of common land 
allotted thereto my daughter Susannah Blake widow and to her heirs and  Assigns to be enjoyed by her and them according to the custom of the Manor of  Eling. Item, I  give and bequeath unto 
my aforesaid son John Scard my leasehold Estate situate  in Waterlane in the Parish of Eling and in the Manor of Testwood which I hold  by Lease under Con. C. Searle now in my own 
occupation consisting of a Dwelling House Garden and outhouses with a paddock  of land adjoining thereto As likewise a piece of land lately enclosed adjoining  [?] coppice about four acres 
which piece of land is included in the  before mentioned leasehold Estate I so purchased of Con C Serle and which I giveto my said son John Scard during his natural life and from and after 
his decease I give the remainder of the Term and time that shall be unexpired in  the aforesaid Lease unto my daughter Susannah Blake Widow and to her heirs and assigns. Item, I  give and 
bequeath unto my aforesaid son John Scard my Leasehold Estate called  Poccocks situate at Totton in the Parish of Eling which I hold by Lease under the late John Compton Dilliss Esq. within
the Manor of Totton and Bartley and now in my own occupation which I give to my said son John Scard during his  natural life and from and after his decease I give the remainder of the term
and time that shall be unexpired in the aforesaid lease unto my daughter Susannah Blake widow and to her heirs and assigns.

As for my second son Benness Scard I cannot say much at present as he is amply provided for in marriage with the only surviving daughter of George Hills Esq.  of Nursling* and having been 
very careful and industrious in his first setting out in Business has accumulated a very handsome fortune of his own and not having partaken in any way with the expenses and trouble that 
I have been subject to with the younger part of my Family which will be felt by the other part now living with me as they generously gave up a part of their expectations to relieve the other's 
necessities and therefore hope he will be satisfied with what I intend to do for him. As he has promised and given me the Rents & profits of the Copyhold Estate I bought some years ago of the 
late Peter Searle Esq. for him and his sister Susannah Blake so long as I should live and having purchased the freehold of the before mentioned copyhold Estate of Con C Serle together with 
the freehold of more  land adjoining to the said Copyhold I am willing to give and bequeath unto my aforesaid Son Benness Scard and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever on condition that he 
my said son Benness Scard do herewith and suffer his brother John Scard to receive the Rents and Profits of the before mentioned Copyhold Estate during his Life as he has allowed it to me 
during my Life and Likewise to his sister Susannah Blake during her natural life as she has an interest in the aforesaid copyhold estate and having likewise purchased of Con C Serle the 
Corn Tythes of  these two Estates with the Timber and every thing standing and growing with the land Tax redeemed.  And which before mentioned freehold Estates I so purchased of 
Con C Serle being now  joined together I give and bequeath to my aforesaid son Benness Scard and to  his heirs and assigns for ever free and clear from all incumbencies whatsoever if he 
peaceably acquiesce under this my Will and not disturb his brother John Scard nor his sister Susannah Blake in the enjoyment of the aforesaid Copyhold Estate during their lives.  But if he 
should so happen that my aforesaid  son Benness Scard do not agree to this my Will and Bequest then he may take the Copyhold Estate away from the freehold part and do as he please with it 
during his interest therein.  And from and after my Son Benness Scard Interest in the before mentioned copyhold Estate is expired and done with his family I give and bequeath the whole of 
the before mentioned freehold Estates both of which being now joined together to my eldest  son John Scard during his natural life and from and after his decease to his sister Susannah Blake
widow during her natural life and from and after her decease to her daughter Susannah Smith widow and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten but if it should so happen that no such heir 
is living by her at the time of her decease then in that case I  give the aforesaid freehold Estate to Edward Scard, the younger son of the late Thomas Scard of Totton and to his heirs and his 
assigns for ever. Item, I  give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Blake widow my leasehold Estate late Mr. Hichsons which I purchased of the late John Compton Williss Esq  situate at 
Totton in the Parish of Eling consisting of a dwelling house garden  stable barn and other outbuildings with about twenty acres of arable and meadow  land. The house Garden Stable and other 
out buildings except the Barn with about five acres of arable land are now left to Richard Baker Gardner the remainder in my own occupation which before mentioned leasehold estate I so 
purchased of John Compton Williss Esq I give to my aforesaid daughter Susannah  Blake widow and to her assigns subject to this condition that she and they do suffer my aforesaid son 
John Scard to receive the Rents and Profits of the aforesaid Lease hold Estate until the money borrowed of John Barney Esq & Solicitor for the purpose of saving William Smith Esq and 
William Pardue Smith from very disagreeable circumstances is paid again to the aforesaid John Barney, Esq after which to receive it themselves with other bequests. 

Item, I  give and bequeath unto my aforesaid daughter Susannah Blake widow my copyhold  house and garden with everything hereto  belonging which I hold under the late John Compton Williss 
Esq within the Manor  of Totton and Barkley now in the occupation of Philip Ewer Baker, which I give unto my aforesaid daughter Susannah Blake Widow and to her heirs and assigns to  be 
enjoyed by her and them according to the custom of the Manor. Item, I  give and Bequeath unto my eldest son John Scard my freehold Estate called and  known by the name of Foxhills or Foxholds
situate on the Southside of the River  leading from fletchwood to Eling Mill and near Hounsdown in the occupation of  Purdue Smith Esq or her under Tenant consisting of two pieces of land about
four acres each piece and both free from corn tythes together with the timber  and every thing standing and growing thereon which I give to my aforesaid son John Scard and to his Heirs and 
Assigns for ever. Item, I  give and bequeath unto my aforesaid son John Scard my Copyhold Estate situate  as Fletchwood called Wales on the North side of the River leading from Fletchwood to 
Eling Mill in the Manor of Eling now in the occupation of Pudue Smith Esq or his under Tenant together with the Corn Tythes, Timber and every thing standing and growing thereon and likewise
the allotment of Common Land allotted thereto being free from all Tythes together with the timber and every thing  standing and growing on the aforesaid allotments of common land having paid
the College for the same according to their Valuation and which before mentioned  copyhold Estate and every part thereof I give to my aforesaid son John Scard to be enjoyed by him according to 
the custom of the Manor of Eling. 

And all the rest and residue of my Real and Personal Estates goods Chattels Debts and  Effects whatsoever and wheresoever of which I shall die possessed of and not by  me herein before given and 
bequeathed I give devise and bequeath unto my  eldest son John Scard, And do hereby nominate and appoint my aforesaid son John Scard to be full and sole executor of this my last Will and 
Testament revoking all other Wills or Will by me at any time heretofore make and do Publish and Declare this only to be my  last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said Thomas Scard 
the Testator  to this my last Will and testament contained in ten sides of five sheets of  paper to be the first nine sides have set my hand only and to the last side my hand and Seal the fifteenth day
of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty And in the first years of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Fourth By the Grace of God of the united Kingdom of 
Great Britain and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth. Signed  Sealed Published and Declared by the before named Thomas Scard the testator as and for his last Will and Testament 
in the presence of us who at his request  and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names  as witnesses hereto [Signed] Thomas Scard [with large seal]; 
George Lowe; John Starks; James Jones [the number 25 appears after this latter signature]. 


    
Epilogue
John Scard [1764-1838] - eldest son of Thomas Scard & Susannah nee Benness - Access  Biography
Benness Scard [1768-1837] - 2nd son of Thomas Scard & Susannah nee Benness - Access Biography
Thomas Scard (the younger) [1775- 1816] - Youngest son of Thomas Scard & Susannah nee Benness - Access Biography
Susannah Blake [nee Scard] [1765-1832] - only daughter of Thomas Scard and Susannah nee Benness. At the age of twenty-five Susannah Scard married John Blake 
                                                    by Licence at Eling on the 2nd November 1790 at St. Martins, Salisbury.The Blake Family were firmly entrenched at Eling for many Generations 
                                                    dating back to before the Reformation.  
                                                    They had one known surviving child Susannah Blake [the younger].  
                                                     Susannah Blake [nee Scard] was buried at Eling on the 30th November 1831 at the recorded age of 66yrs. Her spouse John Blake survived her 
                                                     by a further five years and was buried at Eling on the 8th January 1836 at  the recorded age of 69 years. They were survived by their married 
                                                     daughter, Susannah Smith [nee Blake] the now relict of the late Walter Raleigh Smith Esquire. 

                                                     Their daughter Susannah Blake married Walter Raleigh Smith Esquire  22nd July 1812 at Eling. Notice of the marriage was published in the 
                                                     Winchester Southampton Journal:  Winchester: Saturday 25th July 1812;
                                                    'On Wednesday last was married, at Eling, Hants, by the Rev. Thos. Branley, Walter Raleigh Smith, Esq. to Miss Blake, of Totton, in this county'.

                                                      Walter Raleigh Smith [1786-1820] was appointed High Sheriff of Southampton later in 1812; Winchester, Saturday 19th September 1812; 
                                                    'On Friday last, at a Meeting of the Corporation of Southampton, William Edward Jolliffe, Esq was elected Mayor; Walter Raleigh Smith, Esq. 
                                                     High Sheriff; Thomas Durell, jun. Esq. and Stephen Lintott, Esq. Bailiffs of that town and county, for the year ensuing; when John Butler 
                                                     Harrison, Esq. the present Mayor, gave an elegant dinner at the Star Inn.'  Susannah undoubtedly accompanied her distinguished husband at the 
                                                     dinner.

                                        Other items relating to Walter Raleigh Smith;   
                                                     Walter was appointed Mayor of Southampton in 1818 [annual appointment].
                                                     Walter was recorded in several deed documents at the Hampshire Record Office.
                                                     Walter was also appointed the of Collector of Customs at the Port of Southampton. [usually a Royal Appointment] 

                                        Walter Raleigh Smith Esq. was buried at Southampton 16th March 1820 at the Recorded age of 34yrs. No issue has been found for the marriage to date.
                                        In 1837 Susannah was sole beneficiary and executrix of her paternal Uncle John Scard's Estate. In the 1841 Census Susannah was recorded aged forty
                                        living at Totton 'of independent means' noted 'not born in County' she also had a servant Elizabeth Keel aged 19yrs 'born in County' Susannah's burial 
                                        has not been found to date.  No further information.