Hi, My ggg-grandfather was THOMAS HENRY PERCIVAL, born in 1792 (according to his death certificate which gave his age as 58 in 1850). After extensive searching I found a Parish birth / christening record for a Thomas Henry Percival in Sutton at Hone, Kent (Cityark,Medway). His parents were listed as JOHN & ELIZABETH PERCIVAL. I have subsequently found listings for the following children - Williamb/chr 1780(parish St Mary Cray, Kent) John"1782("" , but John & Elizabeth said to be "of S at H") Richard1784( "" ,""") Mary Anne b/chr 1787(parish Sutton at Hone,Kent) James"1789"" Thomas Henry" 1792"" Edward"1794""
I also found the parish record for the burial of a John Percival in 1797, in Sutton at Hone - it doesn't give an age, so I guess it could be either father or son, and the burial of Elizabeth Percival in 1816 at the age of 59, in Sutton at Hone. This would put her birth at about 1757, and would mean she was about 23 when she had the first child (that I could find!), William.
I cannot find any record of a marriage between John Percival and any Elizabeth in the 8 years before 1780 (which would cover her back to the age of 15), but there is no comment about illegitemacy in any of the parish records, so I assume that they may have married somewhere else & maybe migrated to Kent, before the babies arrived ??
Does anyone have any connections with this family, and information about where they came from, or what happened to their descendants?
Thomas Henry Percival moved to Rotherhithe and worked as a waterman/lighterman, & then was a foreman in the Greenland Docks (1841 census). He had several children that survived to adulthood, many lived in the Rotherhithe/Bermondsey area, and some including my gg - grandfather & g - grandfather were watermen. All the "boys" in our branch of the family emigrated to between 1911 & 1921.
Any help about the origins of this family would be appreciated !!