I am a direct descendant of Thomas Spilman. He was born in Essex, England, and became a Captain in Lambert's Regiment of Horse during the English Civil War. Thomas took part in the suppression of a rebellion in Cheshire in 1659, for which he was awarded the sum of £100 by Parliament. A considerable sum of money in 1659.
Following the restoration of the monarchy (Charles 2) in 1660, it became unsafe for him to live in Essex. He can north to Alkborough, Lincolnshire, and began farming. He died in August, 1683, and was buried at Winteringham, Lincolnshire, on September 2nd, 1683.Please email me if you are researching the Spilmans of Essex.
Samuel was born in Scawby, Lincolnshire, on November 21st, 1844. The son of William Spilman and Mary Cole. Samuel was apprenticed to the trade of Stonemason. He learned his trade from his grandfather, Alexander Clarke Cole, stonemason of Brigg, Lincolnshire. Samuel left Lincolnshire and came to work as a Stonemason during the construction of Carlton Towers, the Yorkshire home of the Duke of Norfolk. He married Rebecca Sharp, daughter of William Sharp, Blacksmith of Snaith. Samuel died in August, 1895, aged 50 years. Rebecca died in February, 1927, aged 85 years. Samuel and Rebecca are buried in Snaith Churchyard.
Ernest Spilman, my Grandfather, left Snaith and went to the annual hiring fair at Selby where farmers took on men to work on the farms for a period of one year.
He worked on a farm at Camblesforth, a village to the west of Selby. When the Manchester Ship Canal was being constructed, he walked from Snaith to Manchester, sleeping rough, to work on the construction. A journey which took him a week. Returning to Yorkshire, and finding himself at the hiring fair at Selby once again, he was hired to work on a farm at North Duffield.
It was here that he met my Grandmother, Agnes Faithwaite. They were married at Skipwith Church in 1902.
My Grandmother died in 1965 and my Grandfather in 1967.