ENSING, Thomas (by 1490-c.1539), of Winchelsea, Suss.
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Family and Education
b. by 1490. m. by 1511, at least 1da.1
Commoner, Winchelsea 1515, jurat 1516-38, mayor 1519-20, 1523-4, 1529-30, 1538-9; bailiff to Yarmouth 1517.2
Little has been discovered about Thomas Ensing to clothe the bare facts of his municipal career: his dates of birth and death can only be guessed at, his parentage remains unknown, and the one slight clue to his occupation is an entry in the customs records for 1528-9 showing that wool belonging to him was shipped from Winchelsea. It transpires from the evidence of a chancery suit dating from between 1529 and 1532, in which Ensing was involved as an executor of Peter Master, a Winchelsea merchant, that he had a daughter Joan, who was married to Master and outlived him. These facts, while they give some indication of Ensing’s age at the time he wa