Family History


John SPITTY was christened on 13 Dec 1754 in Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex2. He was buried on 17 Mar 1803 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.

As well as breing my ancestor John Spitty is the g-g-g-grandfather of former Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon "Billy", PM for 21 mths in 1971/2.


John together with his brother William inherited the farms Horndon House and Great Ilford Marshes from their father in 1771. See their father's Will. John himself died intestate and administration of his estate was granted to his widow Anna on the 12 Feb 18041.

He appears in the Horndon-on-the-Hill Land Tax records from 1781 - 1803 (not checked before 1781) paying the tax on land/properties owned by others.
A typical years entry is that of 1789 :-
Owner Henry Petty / Occupier John Spitty 15-8s
Owner Mrs Pooley / Occupier John Spitty for Tythe 1
Owner Mr Waldoe / Occupier John Spitty for Bills 2-12s

John died intestate and an Administration of his estate was granted :-
Admon of the goods etc. of John Spitty, late of Horndon-on-the-Hill, deceased; granted to Anna Spitty, widow & relict of the deceased. April 1804.4 Photos of various Spitty properties can be seen HERE.

He was married to Anna CURTIS by Licence on 18 Jul 1776 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.

Anna CURTIS was christened on 10 Sep 1755 in West Thurrock, Essex3. She was buried on 20 April 1814 in West Thurrock3.

The marriage entry in the Horndon-on-the-Hill Parish Register records Anna as being from the Parish of West Thurroch.
The marriage was by Licence which read as follows (sumarised):- "John Spitty of Horndon-on-the-Hill aged twenty one and upwards, batchelor, and Anna Curtis aged upwards of twenty years a minor, spinster, by the consent of John Curtis her natural and lawful father. Appeared personally John Spitty and John Curtis of West Thurrock consenting to the marriage :- signed
John Spitty
The mark of John Curtis "O"

Anna was a beneficiery under her father's will in 1799 in which she received 300.

Anna died Intestate in 1814. An Administration of her estate was granted in the Consistory Court of London in June 1814, page 561, value to 1,000. Her sons Thomas Curtis Spitty, Golden Spitty and William Spitty were sworn as Administrators of her estate. Death Duty Register - Admons 1814 Vol. 2/359 shows the beneficieries as Thomas Curtis Spitty of Hornchurch Gent, Golden Spitty of Horndon-on-the-Hill, and William Spitty of the same Gent.

It appears that The Horndon-on-the-Hill Parish Register was neglected in the late 1700's. The pages for the 1780's are obviously deficient. Also there appears the following entry in the Parish Register in 1813 at the behest of Anna Spitty (nee Curtis) re. the following children's baptisms :-
Listed are the children Sarah, Golden, William & Hannah and their birth dates followed by :-
"Whereas it evidently appears from the Testimony of the mother of the above young persons and others now living that they were all fully baptised in this Church in their infancy by the Revd Mr Lloyd, but neglected to be registered, therefore at the particular request of the mother and the young people themselves I have this 17th day of October 1813 inserted their names as above to remedy the mistake of their not having been timely and duly registered."
John Checkley, Minister....

Children of the marriage were:

child i. Mary SPITTY was christened on 28 May 1777 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.
child ii. Ann SPITTY was christened on 21 Aug 1778 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.
child iii. Ruth SPITTY was christened on 1 Oct 1779 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.
child iv. Thomas Curtis SPITTY was born on 3 Sep 1783 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2. He was christened on 21 Nov 1783 in Horndon on the Hill2.
child v. Sarah SPITTY was born on 22 May 1785 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.
child vi. Golden SPITTY was born on 26 Aug 1787 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.
child vii. William SPITTY was born on 4 Jun 1789 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2. A descendant of William is former Australian Prime Minister William "Billy" McMahon.
child viii. Hannah SPITTY was born on 10 Sep 1791 in Horndon-on-the-Hill2.

1. Essex Record Office (ERO) ref - D/AEAc 24.
2. Parish Registers of Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex (ERO).
3. Parish registers of West Thurrock (ERO).
4. Essex Record Offfice - D/AEAc 24

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