An introduction to the Flint family in Epsom
during the 18th century since their stones cannot speak.

A barber powdering a wig on a stand.
A barber powdering a wig on a stand.
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Memorial Inscriptions at St Martin of Tours, Epsom, extracted from a manuscript copy of transcripts made by Mr. A.R. Bax, c. 1880, housed in the library of the Surrey Archaeological Society include: -

No. 825 Broken Tomb
'..... dy of J ... ...T who d.e .... er the 13th .... ged 79
Likewise LYDIA FLINT Relict of ...e JAMES FLINT ...arted this Life ... 72 Aged 74.
Left .... ns, 3 Daughters and .. grand children '

James Flint, from Horsham, Sussex, had married Lydia, daughter , of Thomas and Lydia Ryde (baptised Horsham 26 July 1698) at Newdigate, Surrey, on 31 March 1719.

Their first child, Edward was baptised at Epsom, 25 January 1720 and a second son, James appears to have been born during1722. Further baptisms in St Martins were Thomas, 6 October 1726, Lydia 4 January 1730, William 29 November 1731, and Elizabeth 31 July 1735. This identifies 4 sons but only two of James' daughters.

The interment of James Flint, the elder, took place on 7 December 1769 and his relict, Lydia, 9 January 1772.

The family do not appear in Lehmann's Residential copyholds of Epsom other than Edward mentioned in 4C15 as a Trustee and 'perukemaker' (a wig maker). Presumably they held freehold property or leased their homes as in the case of Edward who appears in Land Tax records occupying premises owned by Mrs Mac Dowell.

Edward Flint, 1720 -1787

Edward appears to have taken a wife named Mary around 1750. Amongst their children baptised at St Martin's may be found Charles, 23 March 1755, and Lydia, 4 November 1760.

It seems that these siblings died from illness and were interred together in Epsom churchyard as indicated by another memorial transcribed by Mr Bax:

'To the Memory of LIDE and CHARLES,
Daughter and Son of EDWARD and MARY FLINT.
LIDE died December the 29th Aged 4 months,
CHARLES the 30th Aged 7 years, 1761'.

Their mother also suffered an early death: -
Headstone - West
The Flint Family Grave
The Flint Family Grave

'Here Lyeth the Body of MARY FLINT wife of EDWARD FLINT
of this Parish who departed this Life Novr. ye 14 1769. Aged 42 Years.
O cruel Death so soon to End A faithfull Wife and sincere Friend
Also Here Lyeth the Body of ye above Sd EDWARD FLINT
who departed this Life Decr. the 13 1787 Aged 67 Years'.

James Flint, c.1722 - 1790

James married Sarah Tritton (b. 1719) at Willesborough, Kent, on 28 November 1749. He became the occupier of Judde House (otherwise Folly House), Ospringe, Faversham, during 1765. Having been appointed High Sheriff of Kent in 1772, he died 8 August 1790, 'leaving a wife and several children'. Will proved 25 February 1791 - Exors, Wm. Flint, brother of Coats Hall, Yorkshire, and Gabriel Searle of Weymouth.

It appears that James had married secondly Mary Anne Searle, daughter of John Searle, East India Company, at St Michael Cornhill, London, on 9 September 1766.

A ledger stone removed from inside St Peter & St Paul's church Ospringe, Kent - arms rubbed [but Edward Hasted remarks in The history and topographical survey of the county of Kent, second edition, volume 6, Canterbury 1798, he bore for his arms, Vert, three flint stones, proper ] was inscribed 'Within this vault are deposited the remains of James FLINT esq. of Judd House in this parish who died the 8th August 1790 AET 68' - his burial took place on 15 August 1790.

The wedding of his daughter, Maria Ann Flint, to her cousin, Samuel James Ballard, (see below) came to be celebrated at St Giles' Camberwell on 20 October 1797.

Will of Mary Anne Flint, Widow, of Ospringe, dated 12 February 1798 and proved 5 April 1802 - PROB 11/1372/169 - made her daughter Maria Ann Ballard, wife of Samuel James Ballard, sole Executrix & residuary beneficiary.

Maria Anne, wife of Rear-Admiral Ballard, and daughter of the late James Flint, Esq. of Judde House, near Faversham, Kent, died 6 November 1821.

Thomas Flint, 1726 - ?

Biographical details for this individual are lacking.

Lydia Flint/Ballard, 1730 - ?

Lydia married Samuel Ballard of Portsmouth, Hampshire, in St Martin's Epsom, 12 May 1764. Mr Ballard had gone to sea at a very early age with Admiral Holmes, but retired without promotion after the peace of 1763 and subsequently became a burgess and chandler/wine merchant in Portsmouth.

Their children included Barsina Rachel, baptised at St Thomas, Portsmouth, 20 May 1767, but buried in St Martin of Tours churchyard on the following 11th November.

The Ballard Family Grave
The Ballard Family Grave

Headstone - West
who died November the 3rd 1767 aged 7 Months

Her brother Samuel James Ballard, baptised at St Thomas' Portsmouth on 28 March 1765, entered the Royal Navy to rise to the rank of Rear - Admiral [LINK]

Following his retirement in 1784, Samuel Ballard took up residence in Godalming. His Will dated 16 August 1784, proved 4 August 1786 - PROB 11/1144 - disposed, inter alia, of an interest under his marriage settlement in a 'Messuage or Tenement, Hereditaments and Premises situate lying and being on the North Side of Great Penny Street in Portsmouth in the County of Southampton...' Lydia Ballard survived him.

William Flint, 1731 - 1795

William probably entered service with the East India Company as a cadet to rise through the ranks.

His marriage, as Captain William Flint, to Miss Charlotte Rule at Fort St George Madras is recorded to have taken place on 25 October 1765.

William Flint, late Colonel in the Madras Establishment, of Coates Hall, Snaith died 11 July 1795 of consumption and was interred in the Chancel of Carlton Chapel, Carlton juxta Snaith, aged 63 years, where much later he was to be followed by his widow.

Probate of the Will of his relict Charlotte Flint, widow of Snaith,was granted on 6 April 1820. In addition to Coates Hall she had acquired Coates Farm: the farm went to Samuel Ballard and Maria his wife, nephew and niece of her late husband, whilst a life interest in the Hall was provided for Major William [Edward] Flint [baptised Epsom 29 May 1753] son of Edward. It remains to be established when the latter died but by the time of Vice Admiral S J Ballard's Will, 26 January 1828, 'all that... messuage or mansion house farm and lands called Coates Hall' were in the testator's possession.

Elizabeth Flint/ Barlow, 1735 - ?

The marriage of Elizabeth, spinster, to Edward Barlow, widower, was consecrated at Saint Mary Woolnoth and Woolchurch Haw, London, on 24 November 1767. She then disappears from local records.

Brian Bouchard, August 2016