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Thomas Cramp, high bailiff of County Court
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Mr. Thomas Cramp, the founder of the Temperance cause in East Grinstead, was born at Lewes, where his father was a veterinary surgeon, on April 21st, 1810. He spent his boyhood at Bexhill and came to East Grinstead as an apprentice. He married Miss Jane Pretty, the daughter of a Wesleyan minister, on June 25th, 1841. He had begun his total abstinence practice exactly four years earlier - total abstinence from tea and coffee as well as alcoholic liquors, water being his only beverage. The Society he started met with most violent opposition. Its members were stoned in the public streets; Mr. Cramp was suspended from the Zion Church and removed from his post of Superintendent of the Sunday School; and his pastor preached a public sermon strongly condemning the newfangled craze and it was not until August 25th, 1845, some eight years later, that the use of the same chapel was first granted for a temperance meeting. But the cause grew and in due course East Grinstead boasted of one of the strongest temperance societies in the county. In 1887 Mr. Cramp's temperance jubilee was publicly celebrated, and on April 21st, 1890, a public meeting was held to congratulate him on attaining his 80th birthday. He lived to celebrate one more, passing away on August 18th, 1891. For over 35 years he was High Bailiff of the County Court; he founded the Penny Bank in East Grinstead; he was one of the founders and for 25 years Secretary of the first Gas Company; and he served most of the parochial offices.


See also The History of East Grinstead published in 1906
Date
Type
Information
Source
 
21st Apr 1810
Born
In the Parish of Lewes, Sussex
The History of East Grinstead
 
25th Jun 1841
Married
Jane Pretty
The History of East Grinstead
 
1843
Birth of a son
Thomas in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
 
1845
Birth of a daughter
Mary Jane in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
 
1847
Birth of a son
Jury in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
 
1850
Birth of a daughter
Harriet in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
 
Jan 1851
Birth of a daughter
Sarah Ann in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
 
30th Mar 1851
Census
At Middle Row in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex; Head, occupation: pen cutter
1851 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
 
3rd Apr 1881
Census
At High Street in the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex; Thomas Cramp, M, Head, widowed, age 70, born Lewes, occupation: high bailiff of County Court
1881 Census
East Grinstead, Sussex
 
18th Aug 1891
Died
In the Parish of East Grinstead, Sussex
The History of East Grinstead
 
18th Nov 1891
Probate
At Principal registry; Personal estate: £2,632 3s 8d
Probate Registry of England and Wales

No ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Cramp, Crampe, Crampton, Crump individual records
The ancestral pedigree of Thomas Cramp, high bailiff of County Court
  
 Thomas Cramp
high bailiff of County Court
m: 25th Jun 1841Jane Pretty 
 b: 21st Apr 1810 Lewes, Sussex
d: 18th Aug 1891 East Grinstead, Sussex
  b: 1820 Wiltshire
  
      
 Thomas Mary Jane Jury Harriet Sarah Ann 
 b: 1843 East Grinstead, Sussex b: 1845 East Grinstead, Sussex b: 1847 East Grinstead, Sussex b: 1850 East Grinstead, Sussex b: January 1851 East Grinstead, Sussex 
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