Francis Folkard

Rev. Francis Folkard subscribed to Kirby’s Historical Account. He also subscribed to Richard Canning’s Ipswich Gifts and Legacies. Francis Folkard (1688—1753) was rector of Clopton and Hasketon. The Folkards are another of those extensive, intertwined Suffolk families, and Francis came from a branch that for several generations had lived in a house in Parham, near the church. He went to Cambridge, was ordained deacon in 1712 and priest in 1714, becoming rector of Clopton in 1722, and of Hasketon in 1737, holding both livings until his death. He married Deborah Chaplin (1698—1779), daughter of the Rev. Peter Chaplin, rector of Higham. Deborah inherited estates from her father spread across several counties, which added to the substantial holdings of her husband. They had five children, three of whom died young. Their daughter Elizabeth married Rev. Montagu North. When Francis Folkard was drawing up his will, they were yet to marry but close enough that he had already made out a marriage settlement giving her various estates. The remaining daughter Deborah, still under age, received the most concern. If she were to die without issue the property she inherited was to pass to his step-brother Thomas. Deborah in fact married, but had no children, and so that is what happened.

A careful and detailed history of the Folkard family, complied by some members of the family is available here.

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