Thomas Playl1

#11799, (2 September 1822-circa March 1886)
FatherThomas Playl2 (c 1805-)
MotherMary Randall2
ChartsBrett Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited15 Jun 2016
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Thomas Playl was born on 2 September 1822 at Bishopsgate, London.3,2 He was the son of Thomas Playl and Mary Randall.2 Thomas Playl was baptized at St Dunstan and All Saints on Sunday, 5 January 1823 at Stepney, London.2

Thomas Playl married Elizabeth Darby, daughter of Richard Darby and Letitia White, at St. Mary the Virgin on Wednesday, 17 September 1845 at Walkern, Hertfordshire.1,4 The village lies off the main road in the valley of the Beane on the road to Watton. It is fairly large and somewhat straggling, the church, rectory and school, and Walkern Place, a 17th-century farm-house of timber and plaster lying at the north end. Nearby is a small castle of the mount and bailey type, thrown up possibly by Hamo de St. Clare in the reign of Stephen.The church of St. Mary The Virgin stands to the north-east of the village on the east bank of the River Beane. It is built of flint rubble with dressings of Barnack stone and clunch. The original church consisted probably of a chancel and nave. The former has been wholly rebuilt, and the earliest part of the existing church is the nave, which dates from the 11th century and is probably part of the pre-Conquest church.5

In Richard Darby's will Letitia White and Thomas Playl were named joint executors by Richard to handle his estate on 30 September 1850. The estate consisted of 'farming stock goods chattels and personal estate' and a small amount of cash; overall, it was valued at less than three hundred pounds.. Richard's widow Letitia and Thomas Playl were granted all of Richard's estate (except for twenty pounds bequeathed to his son Henry Richard) for the purposes of carrying on the running of the farm as long as they thought it viable. When it was no longer thought viable, it was to be sold and a third given to Letitia and the other two-thirds divided between his three surviving children..6

Richard Darby's will was probated on 25 March 1851.6

He was recorded as head of household in the 1851 census with Elizabeth Darby as his spouse at High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex. He was 28 years old.3 His occupation was recorded as being a journeyman and whitesmith in the census. A whitesmith is a person who works with "white" or light-coloured metals such as tin and pewter.3

Thomas Playl was recorded as a boarder in the household of Thomas Playl and Elizabeth Darby in the 1861 census at Albert Cresent, Lee, Kent.7

Thomas died circa March 1886 at Camberwell, London.8


1822BirthBishopsgate, London3,2
1823BaptismSt Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, London2
1845MarriageSt. Mary the Virgin, Walkern, Hertfordshire1,4
1851Census (Eng) 1851High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex3
1861Census (Eng) 1861Albert Cresent, Lee, Kent7
1886DeathCamberwell, London8


Elizabeth Darby (1826-c Mar 1891)


  1. [S338], ( source film number:1040869, indexing project: M07301-3.
  2. [S338], ( London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Dunstan And All Saints, Day book of baptisms, P93/DUN, Item 170 (
  3. [S392] National Census for England, 1851 (online image) Registration district: Ongar, Sub-registration district: Bobbingworth (peice 1771, folio 275 p.23).
  4. [S242] General Register Office, England - Marriage Certificates, Certified copy of an entry in a Register of Births, Vol. 6 p.685.
  5. [S581] William Page A History of the County of Hertford: Volume 3
  6. [S576] Hertfordshire Names Online Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, (…) Richard Darby, 1851, Walkern Holmes Farm, yeoman, filed will Ref: 36HW27.
  7. [S398] National Census for England, 1861 (online image) Registration district: Lewisham, Sub-registration district: Lee (peice 414, folio 62 p.57).
  8. [S549] E-mails from Eve Mintern to Tim Hill, 2012- 26 Sep 2012.
  9. [S903] E-mails from David Spencer to Tim Hill, 2016- 'Darby family' - 9 February 2016 at 22:50.