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Samuel Mortimer was probably a tenant farmer in property owned by the Last's, and as such would be known to Margaret. Samuel had been married at least twice already, having had two children to a Susanna and one child to a Lydia, all in the 1750's. So he was probably about Margaret's age (who was herself born in 1722), and no doubt they formed an attachment during the five years since the death of Margaretís late husband. Margaret therefore presumably had no qualms in entrusting the care of her youngest children to Samuel, who probably made certain promises to her on her deathbed.
Samuel seems to have immediately gone to live at Weston, presumably taking over Margaret's old home, but it also looks as if Mary Last (widow of Robert at Bruisyard) also sent down to Weston her charge, Anne (mentioned earlier), to be Samuel's housekeeper, (which would get Anne off Mary's hands). Anne would of course take along her own daughter Anne, by then about 14 years of age. On 7th May 1778 Samuel Mortimer married 3. "Anne Last". She already had a six-week old illegitimate child (probably by Samuel). Samuel and Anne had two more children very quickly. Anne died shortly after the last one was born, and was buried at Weston (10th December 1780, shown as being "wife of Samuel"). She would have been just age 19 when she died, already having had three children.
After this episode there was probably concern about the upbringing of Sarah (c.1759), Charlotte (1761) and Elizabeth (1766). Their responsibility was probably taken over by one or other of the married siblings, in preference to Samuel Mortimer.
Samuel Mortimer died (age 82) at Weston (buried there 11th January 1806).
Samuel MORTIMER Anne LAST Born 1761 at Bruisyard Baptised 26 Jul 1761 at Bruisyard, St Peter Parents Anne Married 7 May 1778 at Weston, St Peter Samuel (widower), married by licence Witnesses Jeremiah ALDRICH - John DOWNING parish clerk Died 1780 at Weston Buried 10 Dec 1780 at Weston, St Peter ** (Anne "wife of Samuel") Remarks : Samuel previously married 1. Susannah; 2. Lydia Addresses : 1775 Otley (farmer) 1779-80 Weston (-) Children : BORN BY SUSANNA Susanna c 9/3/55 Otley Samuel c 10/10/56 Otley; buried 6/1/56-57 Otley BORN BY LYDIA Samuel c 1758 Otley; buried 26/1/70 Otley ('infant') BORN TO ANNE BEFORE MARRIAGE Susanna c 29/3/78 Westleton BORN BY ANNE AFTER MARRIAGE Anne c 18/4/79 Weston James c 21/11/80 Weston; buried 23/11/80 Weston