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Photo Source: Hunt Family Tree at, 2015


Mary Lindfield


03 Aug 1797, Offham, East Sussex


TO: Samuel Sinnock
07 Sep 1818, Hamsey, East Susserx


26 Sep 1872, Payson, IL

Sedlescombe c. 1875 (from

Mary and Sam's ancestors and children
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NOTE:  Mary and Sam are common ancestors of nearly all Sinnocks in the United States. They have 986 known descendants and many more unknown. Their whole family, including six surviving children, all came to America from their home village of Sedlescombe just inland about 8 miles from the southern English coast, currently along highway A21 from London to Hastings. Sedlescombe is about two miles east of Battle, named after the famous battle in 1066 between Harold Godwinson, a saxon claimant to the long-standing saxon throne, and William the bastard, and his mostly Norman army. William claimed the throne of childless Edward the Confessor who it is said promised it to him. William's claim was sanctioned by the Pope, not because of Edward's supposed promise, but because years ealier in Normandy Harold, some say under duress, publically swore allegiance (took an oath of fealty) to William. William had arranged a chip off a bone of St. Peter be placed underneath the table across which the oath was given. William announced before the pledge the bones were there, so the oath was "upon the bones of St. Peter"; thus the Pope's sanction. It was a "holy" war against a "lying politician" (sound familiar?). William was able to recruit knights from all over Europe to join his holy "cause" of feudal sovereignty. William won the famous "Battle of Hastings" and Queen Elizabeth as well as many of Mary's descendants share ancestry with William the Conqueror, and thus with Adam and Eve and the Greek gods and goddesses.

In the early summer of 1841 the family suffered a terrible tragedy. In just over a week three sons died of a terrible plague that hit the family: first Francis, the 10 year old on May 28, then John the two year old infant on June 2, finally Charles, 14, June 10. Perhaps the experience contributed to their desire to leave England, which they did eleven years later.

Mary has many known ancestors from the Hamsey area of East Sussex. She migrated to America in 1853 with her husband Sam; two daughters, Mary Ann and Harriett; and two sons JW and Thomas. They all traveled along with Harriett's husband and two young daughters by sailing on the one of the last of the great sailing passenger ships, the "Margaret Evans" along with nearly 500 other passengers mostly in steerage from London to New York. After disembarking on May 19, the group of nine then traveled overland for two more weeks before reaching Payson, IL, just a couple of miles east of the Mississippi River. The family settled in Payson near her farming son George who arrived sixteen years earlier in 1837 as an 18 year old. George followed his younger brother, Sam, Jr., the first Sinnock in America who apparently came all alone as an adventurous 15 year old in 1836. There is probably an interesting story there about how he left the family at 15 years old followed a year later by his 18 year old brother. Sam Jr. eventually settled across the river near Newark, MO.
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