Swan Rev Francis

Swan Rev Francis

Male 1787 - 1878

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  • Born  1787  Lincoln Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  5 Jan 1878  Sausthorpe Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I498  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  25 Oct 2013 

    Father  Swan Rev Francis Henry,   b. 6 Sep 1753, Swinderby Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1845, Lincoln Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Norris Susanna Maria,   b. 1759, Barley, Hertfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Lincoln Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F186  Group Sheet

    Family  Linton Susanna,   b. 9 Apr 1795, Freiston Priory, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1883, Boston, Lincs Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1823 
    Children 
     1. Swan Henry
     2. Swan Rev Francis Henry,   b. 1825
     3. Swan Rev Charles Trollope,   b. 1826,   d. 1904
    >4. Swan Maria,   b. 1828, Sausthorpe, Lincs. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1909, Amberley, Glos. Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Swan Mary Charlotte,   b. 1831
    Last Modified  25 Oct 2013 
    Family ID  F187  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1787 - Lincoln Link to Google Earth
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    1841 Census for Francis and Susannah
    1841 Census for Francis and Susannah
    Sausthorpe Church, built through the sponsorship of Francis Swan 1842
    Sausthorpe Church, built through the sponsorship of Francis Swan 1842
    1871 Census record for Francis and Susanna
    1871 Census record for Francis and Susanna
    Probate for Francis Swan
    Probate for Francis Swan
    Sausthorpe Hall postcard, postmark 1908
    Sausthorpe Hall postcard, postmark 1908
    St Andrew's Church Sausthorpe
    St Andrew's Church Sausthorpe
    record of marriage 1823
    record of marriage 1823
    p.568 Burke's family records
    1842 record for Francis Swan being lord of manor at Sausthorpe
    1842 record for Francis Swan being lord of manor at Sausthorpe
    "The Rev Francis Swan, B.D., the lord of the manor, patron and rector, owns most of the soil (750 acres), and resides at the New Hall, a handsome mansion, with an embattled parapet, erected in 1822"

  • Notes 
    • Francis was born into a wealthy Lincolnshire family, went to Cambridge, became a clergyman and lived in some style in the large manor house in Sausthrope, Lincolnshire and was the Vicar there for over 50 years, and a large landowner.

      He was an academic, and was a Fellow of Magdalen College Oxford from 1810-24, serving as Dean of Arts, Bursar, and Dean of Divinity before moving to Sausthorpe.

      In 1842 he sponsored the rebuilding of St Andrew's church in Sausthorpe (no doubt with his own money as Lord of the Manor) on the site of a medieval church.

      He built a 'National School' in Sausthorpe in 1860. National Schools started in 1811, and provided elementary education, in accordance with the teaching of the Church of England, to the children of the poor. Together with the less numerous British Schools of the British and Foreign School Society, they provided the first near-universal system of elementary education in England and Wales. The schools were eventually absorbed into the state system, either as fully state-run schools or as faith schools funded by the state. The Sausthorpe school finally closed in 1983.
      source: Wikipedia.

      Francis left around £350,000 in his will which is an astronomical sum (in todays money it amounts to 27 million or 445 million depending which way you calculate it). He lived to the ripe old age of 91.

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      Magdalen College Oxford record:
      Francis Swan (1787-1878) matriculated at Exeter College in 1803. He obtained a Demyship at Magdalen in 1807, receiving his BA in 1808 and his MA in 1810. Swan was a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1810-24, serving as Junior Dean of Arts in 1812, Senior Dean of Arts in 1813, Bursar in 1814 and Dean of Divinity in 1820. He was named Rector of Sausthorpe in 1819 and died in 1878.
      source: http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/libraries-and-archives/archives/online-catalogues/swan-papers

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      Clerical record:
      Ordained as a priest, Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford, 8/6/1811
      Vicar : Blyton cum Wharton (08/08/1811 - 23/04/1824 )
      Rector : Conisholme (20/08/1811 - 25/01/1819 )
      Stipendiary Curate : Sausthorpe (14/05/1817 )
      Stipend £40 with surplice fees.
      Stipendiary Curate : Langton by Spilsby (12/07/1817 )
      Stipend £50 with surplice fees and the use of a house
      Rector : Sausthorpe (02/03/1819 )
      Rector : Swerford (22/03/1824 - 09/02/1833)
      Prebendary : Lincoln cathedral, Prebend of Dunham and Newport (15/11/1825 )
      'Francis Swan Junior. Void by the resignation of Francis Swan the Elder.'
      Rector : Benington (06/02/1833 )

      source: http://www.theclergydatabase.org.uk/jsp/persons/CreatePersonFrames.jsp?PersonID=77217
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      In 1819 be bought the rectory of Sausthorpe and was instituted to the living. On his fathe's retirement from the Prebend of Dunholme in Lincoln Cathedral in 1825, he succeeded him. In 1838, for £21,000 he bought the manor and estate of Sausthorpe. 'The New Hall' a handsome mansion with an embattled parapet - beautifully situated in a park containing 30 acres - became his residence. In 1844 he rebuilt Sausthorpe church, at a cost of £3,000 (White's Directory). He was gradually acquiring a landed estate in the county, including the manor and 687 acres in Aswardby in 1844, and also adding to his lands in the city of Lincoln.

      Papers concerning his estates, preserved by his solicitors (Burton Scorer deposit V passim) include records of his sales of land in Lincoln to the railway companies for construction of their lines, and accounts of his sales of building lots in the streets adjoining the site of St. Andrew’s church in the years 1868-77.

      His son the Rev. C. T. Swan succeeded him at Sausthorpe Hall in 1878, and he paid for the decoration of the chancel of St. Andrew's and its stained glass, and gave the sites for the four church schools (1883- 1900) and for the vicarage. The Rev. C. T. Swan's son, Colonel C.A.Swan, gave the land for the parish room in 1913.'

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      *The postcard is of the 'New Hall' at Sausthorpe. There is also an 'Old Hall' in Sausthorpe that is a hotel, but they are recorded as living at the New Hall in the 1861 census, and in the 1848 Topographical Dictionary of England:
      SAUSTHORPE (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Spilsby, hundred of Hill, parts of Lindsey, county of Lincoln, 3 miles (N. N. W.) from Spilsby; containing 259 inhabitants. It comprises about 750 acres of land, and is chiefly the property of the Rev. F. Swan, lord of the manor, and patron and incumbent of the benefice. New Hall, the residence of that gentleman, is a handsome mansion with an embattled parapet. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 3. 6½.: the tithes have been commuted for £212. 14. 6., and the glebe consists of 9½ acres. The church is a neat edifice.
      source: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 20-23. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51256

      Sausthorpe Hall remains a Grade II listed building, but there are no recent photos of it.
      http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-195979-sausthorpe-hall-sausthorpe-lincolnshire

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      1841 Census
      Francis Swan, age 50, lives in 'The Hall' at Sausthorpe, occupation 'Holy Orders'.
      His wife susannah, age 45 lives with him, along with son Henry age 7.
      Also living with them are 4 female and 1 male domestic servants

      1851 Census:
      Francis Swan, age 63, born City of Lincoln, is Rector of Sausthorpe. His wife is not there on census day, but his two daughteres Mary age 19 and Maria age 22 are, both born in Sausthorpe, along with 4 domestic servants.

      1861 Census:
      Francis Swan, age 73, born City of Lincoln, is Rector of Sausthorpe and living at 'the New Hall'. His wife is not there on census day, but his son Henry John Swann is, age 27, born Sausthorpe, occupation 'Gentleman no occupation'.
      Living with them are 5 domestic servants.

      1871 Census:
      Francis Swan, age 83, born Lincoln, is Rector of Sausthorpe. Susan Swan his wife, age 75, born Frieston in Lincs, is the Rector's wife. They live in Sausthorpe, address not mentioned.
      Living with them are 5 domestic servants, including a coachman and a footman.

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      Record of Probate 1878:
      SWAN the Reverend Francis. Presonal estate under £350,000.
      The will with a codicile of the Reverend Francis Swan late of Sausthorpe in the County of Lincoln, who died 5th Jan 1878 at Sausthorpe, was proved at the Principal registry by the Rev Charles Trollope Swan of Welton-le-Wolde in the said county the son, and the Rev Thomas Henry Lister of Scremby Hall in the said County, Clerks the executors.


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