Thomas Blomfield

We know quite a lot about Thomas Blomfield and his family because we have a
collection of
family letters, mostly from his son Thomas Valentine Blomfield, who
settled in Australia.

Thomas BLOMFIELD died at Haughley on the 4th June 1833 in his 83rd year; he
was Captain and Adjutant of the 10th Suffolk regiment of Militia. He was gazetted
Lieutenant in 1778, Adjutant 1797 and Captain 1798 and served a few years in
Ireland at the end of the century during the rebellion (letter dated Dundalk, 4
February 1799 to his daughter Matilda Stanford at Framlingham, which mentions
that his son Barrington was with him). His
will dated Otley 25 January 1825 shows
that he was married three times.

Thomas had a daughter Matilda by his first wife born in 1774 who was married to
John Stanford.

Thomas' second wife was Mary Manning nee Seaman who was previously married
to Samuel Manning. Thomas married Mary Manning in June 1783 at Stowmarket
and their children were:
Barrington BLOMFIELD baptised 3 April 1784 at Stowmarket and buried in
1801 at Colchester after a fall from his horse
Edwin BLOMFIELD who married May Newson born in 1786 and died 22
October 1862.
Louisa BLOMFIELD who married John Edwards in 1810 baptised 11 July
1788 and died 26 September 1853
Thomas BLOMFIELD baptised 9 December 1789 and died 4 March 1790
Valentine Thomas (as entered in the register) known as Thomas Valentine
BLOMFIELD born 14 February 1793 at Dagworth in Suffolk and he went to
Australia on 'The Dick' in 1817 and married Christiana Jane Brooks at St
Philips Church Sydney.

Thomas' third wife was Sarah Kimmance and he married her on 22 March 1800 at
Old Newton (she was born in 1775 and died 27 December 1841 at Haughley).
Children by his third wife were
Charles baptised 15 April 1800 at Old Newton died 2 June 1841 Canada - he
was a Surgeon
Frederick born 1805 and died 25 September 1825 at Otley.
Caroline born 1816 died April 1843 at Haughley
Georgina married Lionel Henry Moore 14 December 1833 at Haughley.

Supporting evidence:
Suffolk: Sudbury - Marriage Licences, 1782-1814
12.The Hearth Tax. Charles 2nd.  
Allegations for Marriage Licences in the Archdeaconry of Sudbury, Suffolk.  
Book 31. 1800-1802.  
County: Suffolk  
Country: England  
Thos. Blomfield, of Old Newton, w., capt lieutenant of Western Battalion of Suff. Militia, & Sarah Kimmance, of same, s. w., at same. 21 Mar 1800.

Thomas Valentine Blomfield

Thomas Valentine Blomfield was born on the 14th February 1793 at Dagworth Hall
and his parents were Captain Thomas Blomfield and Mary Manning (nee Seaman).

He served with the 48th Regiment of Foot (Northhamptonshire). He entered as an
ensign on 8 June 1809 (aged 16) and was promoted to Lieutenant on 17th June
1811. He served in the Peninsula War and was awarded the Military General
Service Medal with clasps for Busaco (1810), Albuera (1811), Ciudad Rodrigo
(1812), Badajoz (1812), Salamanca (1812), Vittoria (1813), Orthes (1814) and
Toulouse (1814). "
Memoirs of the Blomfield Family" includes letters written by
Thomas to his family in England throughout the war.

He is also mentioned in the "
Peninsular Journal of Charles Crowe of Coddenham,
Suffolk, Soldier 1785-1854": “12th August [1813] Visited my poor friend Close who
is again ill, and conveyed to a house in Lesaca. I was rejoiced in finding him better,
and preparing to go to the seaside. Accompanied by Lieutenant Thomas Valentine
Blomfield of the 48th Regiment who is also in a very precarious state of health.
Most fervently do I hope that these two worthy fellows may speedily recover!
Blomfield - or Old Val - as we facetiously call him - volunteered from the West
Suffolk Militia, that our intimacy almost equals the between Close and myself. Val
has seen much service, and is highly esteemed by every one.”

In February and August 1815, Thomas wrote to his family from Limerick, Ireland.
The battle-weary 48th regiment had returned to Ireland on 19 June 1814 and
fought in several of the American battles but were mainly garrisoned in Southern

From 1817 until 1824, the 48th Regiment of Foot was stationed in Australia.
Thomas arrived on the ship “Dick” on 3 August 1817 with a detachment of his
regiment which had been ordered for service in New South Wales. The 1828
Census shows that he came free to Australia on a ship called "The Dick" in 1817
and on the 3rd August 1820 was married to Christiana Jane, eldest daughter of
Richard Brooks and Christiana Eliza Passmore. Christiana was born on January 15,
1802 in Bermondsey, Surrey, England, was baptised in February 1802 in Saint
Mary Magdalene, Bermondsey, London, England.

In a letter to his father dated 4th September 1820, Thomas announced his
marriage had taken place in New South Wales on 3rd August 1820 to Christiana
Jane Brooks, eldest daughter of Richard Brooks, Esq., a respectable settler and a
magistrate of the Territory. Thomas and Christiana were married at St Phillips
Church, Sydney. Thomas continued in the Army until January 1824 when he sold
out his commission. He settled on land he named “Dagworth”, an estate of 2000
acres on the Hunter River, granted to him on 21 April 1825.

Christiana Jane and Thomas Valentine Blomfield had twelve children. They later
moved to Christiana's family home Denham Court near Ingleburn in NSW. Thomas
Valentine also obtained a run of 35,000 acres called Collamatong (Coollamatong)
on the Monaro Tablelands of NSW in 1848. His son Arthur held this in 1853.

Thomas Valentine Blomfield died on the 14th May 1857 at the age of 64 and his
wife Christiana Jane Blomfield died at Cumberland, NSW on the 31st October 1852
at the age of 50. They are buried in the small churchyard of St Mary the Virgin near
Denham Court in Ingleburn NSW Australia.

Mowle, P.C 'A Genealogical History of Pioneer Families of Australia'