Thomas Scard
                                                                                                                      [c.1725-1769]
                                                                                              of Mere, formerly of Woodford, Wiltshire
                                                                                                Spouse 1:  Jane Lawrence  - Had issue. 
                                                                                                                      [c.1725-1764]
                                                                                                Spouse 2:  Ann Thick - no issue.
                    Born:       Thomas Scard was probably born around 1725, his parents have not been established. 
                                     For early unplaced families see Early Fragments
                                     Thomas was first recorded at Woodford [4 miles NW Salisbury, Wiltshire]                                     
                                     later settling at Mere [19 miles W] near the border of Dorset & Somerset.
                                     There is mounting evidence to suggest that Thomas Scard was the progenitor of the later Scard Family settling 
                                     at Bath, Somerset. 
 
                    1746: Marriage 1;                                       
                                      Thomas Scard married Jane Lawrence by Licence 17th August 1746 
                                             Licence: ' Groom: Thomas Scard 'residing at Woodford' 
                                                               Bride:   Jane Lawrence 'residing at Woodford'.   
                                                               Bondsman: Henry Lawrence of Woodford [considered father of Jane - See Below]
                                                               To be married at Fittleton.  
                                                               [Fittleton is 8 miles NNE of Woodford]
                                                               [Wiltshire Licences CD entry [above] is clearly SCARD] [LDS = Searle with slight disrepency in date]

             Jane Lawrence was very likely the daughter of Henry Lawrence [Bondsman]
                                                  Further research revealed that Henry Lawrence was the only representative of the 'Lawrence' Family name 
                                                  in Woodford at this time.
                                                  Henry Lawrence married Elizabeth Hooper 21st June 1713 at Woodford. 
                                                  Henry was noted as Principal in several Deed Documents relating to eighteen acres of arable land and meadow 
                                                  and pasture, in the fields, meadows and downs, with a barn and stable at Salterton and Newtowne,
.                                                 Henry Lawrence was recorded 'of Little Woodford' as was later his assumed son William also of 'Little Woodford'  
                                                  The Hooper Family of Woodford was also recorded.   See National Archives Kew - Advanced Search.
                                                  Both the Lawrence and the Hooper Families were also represented at Mere and Warminster in several 
                                                  Marriage Licences impying a degree of affluence.
                                    Trivia:  This may imply that Thomas and Jane's eldest son may have married a 2nd cousin i.e. Felicia Hooper.
                      Thomas and Jane remained at Woodford for the next six years where they recorded the following issue;

                                               *Mary Scard baptised 12th June 1747 daughter of Thomas and Jane at Woodford.[FHO]
                                                                          Buried 10th July 1767 at St. Michael, Mere [would have been aged twenty].
                                               *John Scarde baptised 2nd January 1748 son of Thomas and Jane at Woodford [FHO] 
                                                                          Died in infancy.
                                                John Scard baptised 20th January 1749 son of Thomas and Jane at Woodford [FHO].   
                                                                          Buried: 20 Jan 1749 All Saints, Woodford [FHO]  (18 days - 1 year old)
                                                Thomas Scard baptised 10th February 1750/1 son of Thomas and Jane at Woodford. [FHO]
                                                                          Married Felicia Hooper & had issue.
                                                John Scard baptised 10th February 1750/1 son of Thomas and Jane at Woodford. [FHO]

                     1751-1753: Thomas and Jane moved to Mere where further issue were born.  They remained at Mere till their deaths. 
                      Further issue 1753-1764;

                                                James Scard baptised 2nd May 1753 son of Thomas at Mere. [FHO]
                                                                         See Epilogue.
                                                Ann Scard baptised 10th January 1755 daughter of Thomas at Mere. [FHO LDS]
                                                                         a slight possibility she married William Owen? [Taken from an equally tenuously related Will]  
                                                Elizabeth Scard baptised 21st January 1757 daughter of Thomas at Mere. [FHO LDS] 
                                                Henry Scarde [LDS=Harry] baptised 25th December 1759 son of Thomas at Mere [FHO]
                                                                         See Epilogue.
                                                William Scard [1762-1786] baptised 16th April 1762 so of Thomas at Mere [FHO]
                                                                           Possibly same William Scard Buried 1786 Wesbury. If so aged 24yrs. [NBI]    
                                                Richard Scard baptised 5th May 1764 son of Thomas at Mere.
                                                                           See Epilogue. 

                * The firstborn son and daughter would normally indicate the parents of the father. This is a vital clue to Thomas' Parents.                                            
                                            It would again be standard for the father to assume his namesake as the next born son.  This appears to be the pattern here.
                                            Continuing frequent naming patterns of this era, subsequent sons follow in lower ranking family members such as paternal
                                            uncles and brothers etc. Many names of uncles were often repeated in brothers.
                                            Ann is interesting particularly as there is evidence to suggest that some of the family moved to London. A tenuous thread, 
                                            which may not amount to anything, is the Estate of Ann Scard, a spinster of London, which fell to her brother 
                                            Thomas in 1763, Ann very likely around the same age as Thomas.  See Unplaced Items. 
                                            Notice that Elizabeth and Henry are contiguous, the namesakes of Jane's assumed parents.
                                            Following in order, William is also very prominant in the Hooper Family i.e. Jane's assumed elder brother, and it follows that 
                                            Richard was also very likely part of the maternal line.

                     1764:  Wife Jane dies [appears to have died in childbirth]; 

                                               Jane would have been aged around 39 years when her youngest child Richard was born.
                                               Jane was buried the day following her child's baptism, 6th May 1764 at St. Michael Mere [FHO]. 

                     Three years later; 

                     1767:  Thomas remarries;
                                               Marriage Licence;  6th January, 1767;
                                                                ' Groom:  Thomas Scard, occupation: Yeoman, Widower,  
                                                                  Bride: Ann Thick, age 28 residing at Silton Dorset, Spinster. 
                                                                  Bondsman: John Miles, yeoman, of Amesbury, Wiltshire.'
                     Six months later; 

                     1767:   Daughter Mary Scard dies at Mere; 
                                               Mary Scard was buried 10th July 1767 at St. Michael, Mere.  
                                               This entry is very likely his daughter Mary, estimated aged twenty.
                                               It could also be his mother, unmarried sister or kin, although no further information was found for his daughter to date
                                               and she was not mentioned in any of the Wills. 
                     Two years later; 

                    1769:  Thomas Scard [the elder] dies; 
                                              Thomas Scard was buried on the 19th June 1769 at St. Michael Anglican, Mere.
                                              He was survived by his widow Ann Scard [nee Thick] of two years marriage and possibly surviving children?; 
                                              Thomas [the younger] aged 19years, John aged 18 years [unknown], James aged 16yrs [unknown], 
                                              Ann aged 14yrs [possibly], Elizabeth aged 12yrs [unknown], Henry aged 11yrs [possibly] & Richard aged two [possibly].


                                                                                                            EPILOGUE

                                NOTE: 
                                              The Male Line of this Scard Branch generated by his 'heir apparent', eldest son Thomas Scard [the younger]
                                              became extinct within two generations.
                                              Any  possible outcome for Thomas & Jane's younger sons [if survived] was only found in a few possible tenuous
                                              threads which might later prove to be unrelated.  
                                              Until proven, the proposed outcomes submitted for his younger children must be approached with extreme Caution.

                      Ann Scard [nee Thick] 2nd wife of Thomas Scard; 

                                          No further information at present.  

                     Thomas Scard baptised 10th February 1750/1 son of Thomas and his wife Jane nee Lawrence.

                                                      Married Felicia Hooper by whom he had issue.  Settled at Warminster, Wiltshire.  
                                                       Biography of Thomas Scard [the younger] [c.1750-1812]

                      John Scard baptised 10th February 1750/1 son of Thomas and his wife Jane nee Lawrence.

                                          No further information at present. 
                                          Looking at Haytesbury Parish Records for the following reasons.

                      Ann Scard baptised 10th January 1755 daughter of Thomas and his wife Jane nee Lawrence.

                                          No further information at present.   
                                          Note: Could possibly be the same Ann Scard who married William Owen mentioned in the Will of a brother Henry Scard in 
                                                     1812 in Surrey. If same she would have been aged fifty-seven at that time.  
                                           See Henry Scard below. 
                                           Also looking at Haytesbury Parish Records for the following reasons.

                      James Scard  baptised 2nd May 1753 son of Thomas and his wife Jane nee Lawrence. 

                                         No further information at present.
                                         Looking at Haytesbury Parish Records for the following reasons.

                 Elizabeth Scard:  baptised 21st January 1757 daughter of Thomas and his wife Jane nee Lawrence. 
 
                                          Outcome unknown. 
                                           Looking at Haytesbury Parish Records for the following reasons.

                      Henry Scard:  baptised 25th December 1759 son of Thomas and his wife Jane nee Lawrence.
 
                                          No further information at the present time.
                                          Note: Could be the same Henry Scard who died Testate in Surrey 1812 with daughter named Felicia, which was
                                                    the name of the spouse of his assumed brother Thomas Scard [the younger] above.
                                          See Unplaced Scard Section for transcript of his Will and further information.
                                          Also looking at Haytesbury Parish Records for the following reasons.
                      Richard Scard:  baptised 5th May 1764 son of Thomas and his wife Jane nee Lawrence.
 
                                          No further information at the present time.
                                          Note: Very likely the same Richard Scard who married Sarah Stevens [aka Sarah Stephenson] 
                                                     on the 15th April 1790, Ringwood [27miles S.E of Mere]  
                                                     Issue;   William Scard baptised 4th February 1791 at Ringwood, Hampshire.   
                                                                  Henry Scard baptised 19th January 1804 at Ringwood, Hampshire.
                                                     Richard may have moved to London after 1814.
                                                     Possibly his son Henry indicted for a minor offence in London, transported to Australia. 
                                         Also looking at Haytesbury Parish Records for the following reasons.