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SOLLEY Co-ordinator's Report December 2011

By Bob Solly





This is a query from John Solly which there wasnít room to include in the August Edition of Soul Search.  Bob Solly the Solly research co-ordinator had information on the family going back to the early 1700s which showed that Johnís ancestors were prominent people in Sandwich and included two Mayors.

From: John Solly

Subject: Thomas Wicks Solly and George Solly

Hello -  My name is John Solly and I live in Creston, B.C., Canada. Our family line goes as follows:  my father-John Holland Solly to Arthur Solly to George Bushell Solly to Thomas Wickes Solly.  I am interested in learning more about my family history and would appreciate any information you could provide.  Many thanks, John Solly.


1 William Henry SOLLY

Birth: abt 1714; Death: abt 1770; Burial:  abt 1770

Father:  Richard SOLLY - KT, 347 (1673-1731)

Mother: Ann(A) CRICKET - KT, 520 (~1676-1730)

1. Mayor of Sandwich 1737 and 1747

Elected mayor in December 1747 (extract from General Advertiser) 251 votes to Mr Solomon Ferrier 79 votes

17 Mar 1745:

"Whereas the Warehouse near the Custom-house (in which was secured a considerable quantity of brandy and wine under the King's locks) was on or before the tenth day of February last broke open and a great quantity of brandy stolen and taken away; for the better discovering and bringing to justice the person or persons concerned in the fact aforesaid, the Hon. Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs do hereby offer a reward of fifty pounds to any person or persons who shall make such discovery; to be paid on conviction of one or more of the offender or offenders." W.H. Solly Collector Thomas Kite Controller.

Spouse:  Christian WICKS , Death: bef 1816

Father:  Thomas WICKS; Mother: Mary,

Marr: 17 Sep 1744, KEN, Goodnestone

Children: James, (~1745-~1749); William Henry, (~1747- ~1764), Joseph, (~1751-1806); UNNAMED,


1.1 James SOLLY

Birth: abt 1745; Death: abt 1749;

1.2 William Henry SOLLY

Birth: abt 1747, KEN, Sandwich; Death: abt 1764


1.3 Joseph SOLLY -

Birth: abt 1751, KEN, Sandwich; Death: Aug 1806

Gentleman and Mayor of Sandwich 1792. Bought and owned Neville Fleet, KEN, Ash. This remained in the family until 1808. Unmarried

Joseph was unmarried according to Ridlon. He says " William Henry Solly, son of Richard Solly married Christian Wickes, dau of ... Wickes. Born 1714, died 1770, Mayor of Sandwich 1737-1747. Issue James born 1745, died 1749; William Henry born 1747 died 1764, unm; Joseph born 1751, died 1803 unm. He had a natural son who took the name Solly, married and had a large family.Ē If he refers to Joseph, then George is illegitimate.

Family details from "An Act or vesting undivided shares in Estates devised by the Will of Joseph Solly"

Property in the Will: Farm House at Worth, land at Woodnesborough and at Fleet, £220. Other property listed included Farm House at Fleet, 20 other properties total £581.

Children: George, (~1780-1842)


1.3.1 George SOLLY

Birth: abt 1780, KEN, Wingham

Death: 11 Jun 1842, KEN, Sandwich

Burial: 17 Jun 1842, KEN, Sandwich, St Mary

HTO21. Mentioned in Act of Parliament 9th Victoria

Neville Fleet, Ash, Kent remained in the family until 1808

Harnet Street, Sandwich, in December 1805

Spouse: Sarah ELGAR

Marr: 24 Apr 1802, KEN, Thanet, St Nicholas

Children: Thomas Wickes, (1803-); Christian Smith, (1806-1837)

George, (1811-1874); Sarah Georgiana, (1807-1829)

Joseph, (1809-); William Henry, (1813-1839)

James Smith,  (1819-) Thomas Wickes SOLLY

Birth: 15 Jan 1803, KEN, Sandwich

Occ: Farmer of 469 acres in 1861 in Mill Wall

Living in Monkton Isle of Thanet in 1846

Spouse: Mary COLLET ,  Birth: 1809, KEN, Ringleton

Children: George Bushell, (1836-); Louis, (1838-); Mary,  (1840-), Sarah, (1842-); Kate, (1844-); Margaret Ann, (1846-), Mary Colett, (1834-) George Bushell SOLLY

Birth: 28 Sep 1836, KEN, Sandwich;

Occ: Farmer of 502 Acres at Monkton in 1881

Spouse: Eliza H G AMES , Birth: 1837, GLS

Children: Edith M, (1863-); Herbert A, (1865-); Beatrice G,  (1866-), James C, (1868-); Bertha W, (1871-); Ernest G, (1876-); Arthur B F, (1878-); Violet, (>1881-); Queenie,  (>1881-); Jack, (>1881-) Arthur B F SOLLY

Birth: 1878, KEN, Monkton


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