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Isabella ("Sibella") HUNT

Isabella ("Sibella") HUNT

Female 1734 - 1812  (78 years)    Has 104 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.


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  • Name Isabella ("Sibella") HUNT 
    Nickname Sibella 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born 1734 
    Baptised 6 Jun 1734  St. Mary’s Church, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • KFHS transcript (CD 27)
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Mantua maker 
    1767  Faversham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sibella had a business in Faversham as a dress maker and had an apprentice, but appears to have moved to Maidstone following her marriage, aged about 34; I don't know whether she continued as a "mantua maker" there.

      Sibella's apprentice


      Records show that on 1st of June 1767 she paid tax on the money received for taking on Elizabeth Hollingbury as her apprentice.
      The date she was taken on is not shown, usually the tax was paid within months of the apprenticeship starting, but it could be years later; the longest I have seen on pages I have looked at where the date of indenture was shown is about 5 years, and this was very unusual. This suggests that Elizabeth would still have been apprenticed to Sibella when she got married. I don't know what happened to the business or Elizabeth at this time.
      (Elizabeth may have been the Elizabeth Hollingbury bapt on 3 Apr 1751 or 2 in Boughton under Blean, just outside of Faversham, dau of George and Mary - acc to IGI; if so, she would probably have begun her apprenticeship in 1765 or 6; the IGI also shows an Elizabeth, dau of Geo and Mary - the same couple? - at Graveney, also close to Faversham, on 12 Jan 1755 - could also be this Elizabeth).      

      Mantua maker


      The mantua was a fashionable style of gown, popular for a couple of decades in the late 1600's.  During the time of its popularity women gained the legal right to make this loose, flowing gown.  Before this time, women could make underwear, but only male tailors were allowed to make upper class clothing and corsets - by law!  Women won the right to make unboned gowns during this period, and these women were know as Mantua-makers.
      Since the unboned mantua was popular for only a couple of decades, Expanding into other areas was crucial for the female dressmakers' survival once the popularity of the mantua declined, no matter how much the tailors complained, and the women quickly branched out to hats and accessories, and then to other types of clothing.
      The term mantua-maker was used for a fashionable dress designer / creator long after the mantua was forgotten, even as late as the 1890's, to be replaced by the more modern term of modiste.
    Died 8 Aug 1812 
    • Possible date from gravestone (unclear)
    Buried 12 Aug 1812  All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From KFHS transcribed data (on CD 26) - Sibellar WIMBLE widow.
      Gravestone survives (2016) - attempt at transcription on the KAS website, no. 323 (clearly not easy to read; the first commemorated must be Sibella's husband William, he left one son not a daughter and after 'Sibellar Wimble' I believe it must say something like 'wife of' rather than 'also' as the last date clearly corresponds with Sibella's burial date.
    Notes 
    • Sibella subsequently lived in Maidstone following her marriage. Only the baptism of one son has been found, bapt 1771. That same year her father died and she is mentioned in his will. [1]
    Person ID I608  All
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2017 

    Father Richard HUNT,   b. Abt 1701, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1771, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Isabella BECON,   b. Abt 1706, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Feb 1771, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 15 Feb 1724/25  All Saints’ Church, Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 21 Feb 2013):
      Under "Marriages" and "1724" - "Richard Hunt & Isabella Beacon both of Lenham _ _ } Feb: .5" - I think that the dot that appears before the 5 is all that remains of a '1', which agrees with information I was given regarding the marriage licence.
    Marriage License 15 Feb 1724/25  Canterbury, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Shows Richard HUNT of Lenham, bachelor and lsabella BEACON, of the same parish, spinster could marry at Lenham or All Saints, Canterbury. Licence issued Feb. 15, 1724.
    Children 12 children 
    Family ID F452    |  Family Chart

    Family William WIMBLE,   bur. 27 Nov 1798, All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 16 Feb 1769  St. Mary of Charity Church, Faversham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Isabella's sister Hester was married to a Thomas Munn; I guess it was this Thomas Munn who was a witness at the wedding.
    Children
     1. John WIMBLE,   b. 1771, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F456    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map Click to hide
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 6 Jun 1734 - St. Mary’s Church, Lenham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mantua maker - 1767 - Faversham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Feb 1769 - St. Mary of Charity Church, Faversham, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild born - John WIMBLE - 1771 - Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 12 Aug 1812 - All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Sources 
    1. [S12] Kevin Hunt's Family Tree, Submitter: Kevin Hunt.

    2. [S106] Canterbury Marriage Licences - 5th series (images on KFHS CD 18), Joseph Meadows Cowper F.S.A., editor, (Canterbury, Kent: Cross and Jackman, 1905.), 251. (Reliability: 3), 20 Apr 2014.
      "Hunt, Richard, of Lenham, ba., and lsabella Beacon, s. p., spr. At L. or All Saints, Cant. Feb. 15, 1724."
      PDF p.70

    3. [S232] Faversham - St Mary of Charity Parish Registers, St. Mary of Charity (Faversham, Kent), (findmypast.com.), "Marriages and Banns, 1754-1801," Marriage of William Wimble to Sibella Hunt; accessed 14 Dec 2013 (Reliability: 3).
      William Wimble of the Parish of Maidstone a Batchelor and Sibella Hunt of the Parish of Faversham a Spinster were Married in this Church by Licence this sixteenth Day of February in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and sixty nine by me Richard Marsh Vicar
      This Marriage was solemnized between us { WWimble, Sibella Hunt
      In the Presence of Thos Munn, Edward Smith
      [all signed]
      Edward Smith was a witness at many weddings, probably Parisk Clerk.
      Archive Reference:U3/146/1/10