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Thomas Scourfield and the Scourfield Family of the New Moat/Robeston/Williamston Estates, Pembrokeshire.

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Thomas Scourfield and the Scourfield Family of the New Moat/Robeston/Williamston Estates, Pembrokeshire.

Posted: 21 Sep 2013 12:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 21 Sep 2013 12:51PM GMT
Surnames: Scourfield, Philipps, Lort
I'm potentially looking for some further information or connections regarding my great, great, great grandfather, Thomas Scourfield. What I do know about him is that he originated from the Pembrokeshire area originally, and that his family had historically been located in the Village of New Moat. At some point during his younger years he had left this area and moved to the town of Blaenavon in the South Wales valleys, where he worked above ground in the coal pits. We know that he descended from the Scourfield family who had for many centuries held their country seat at the Mote estate, New Moat, Pembrokeshire; but later the family relocated to another estate, Robeston Hall in 1780, and the family remained here hereafter. We know that William Henry Scourfield (born 1776), was several times Tory MP for Haverfordwest and served as a Lt. Col with the Haverfordwest Fusiliers during the Napoleonic Wars. He died without heir to his two country seats in 1843, so the estates instead passed to a descendent of his sister, Elizabeth Anne Scourfield. She married Colonel Owen Philipps of Williamston in 1804, and passed the estates to their son, John Henry Philipps. He later married Augusta Lort Philipps of Lawrenny Castle in 1845. John changed his name by Royal License to his mother's surname, Scourfield in 1862 and was created Baronet in 1876, and died later that year. We are unsure of the relationship, or connection that Thomas has to Sir John Henry Philipps; although we know he descends from this family, we are unsure if he is a son (legitimate or illegitimate), brother or cousin to John. John Henry had two sons that we know of, Sir Owen 2nd Baronet, and John (who was killed in Afghanistan in 1878). We estimate Thomas' year of birth to be sometime around 1835-1840, and Sir John Henry was born in 1808. Owen (2nd Baronet), died without heir in 1921, and the estates passed across to other branches of the Scourfield family. We have been told that he left the family estate (for reasons unknown), moving to Blaenavon, fortunately with enough funds to build his own house in Blaenavon named Donyatt House; and put all of his children through schooling. Any information that anybody may be able to give about Thomas, or indeed the Scourfield family from New Moat, would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.
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