Richard Williams included a very interesting list of possible ‘Salt of Staffordshire, Shropshire, etc’ on Genealogy.com some time ago. It appears to include Henry Salt’s gt.gt.grandfather Thomas Salt.
The part of Richard’s list that interests us is:
John Salt of Longdon, Staffs c1696-a1730
m 11 Apr 1716 Lichfield Cathedral: Ann Rose; m2 26 Jul 1730 Longdon: William Brian of Armitage and Yoxall ….-1738; (and had chn: Elizabeth Brian b 1731, Anne); d 1753-4
(copyholder of “Coleman’s Thing”, Longdon) [COURT ROLL TO CHECK]
(an early manuscript pedigree in the possession of a descendant of Thomas Salt 1720-1802 stated that John and Thomas were brothers and chn of John Salt of Longdon)
chn: [?] John Salt b c1718 below
[?] Thomas Salt b 30 May 1720; m1 30 Jun 1749 Colwich: Alice Worrall; (and had chn: Thomas Salt b 1751; m Mary Corser dau of George Corser of Whitchurch; (and had chn: George, Thomas, Alice, Ann): He d 1817; (of Rugeley); (of Shrewsbury draper)): She d 1760: He m2 29 Apr 1762 …..: Hester Shaw; (but had no chn): She b 1732; d 1813: He d 1802; Will (Lichfield) 23 Jun 1764/11 Sep 1802, œ300)
Unfortunately all efforts to prove that John Salt and Ann Rose are indeed the parents of Thomas Salt have failed. A John Salt did marry an Ann Rose as stated above, and a Thomae Salt (c. 10 Nov 1720) and Johan Salt (c. 15 Dec 1717) were Christened in Butterton By Hulme End, Staffordshire of parents Johan Salt and Annae is also confirmed – see familysearch.org. However there is nothing to prove that John Salt and Johan Salt are one and the same, or that Thomae Salt is the Thomas Salt of Rugeley.
Both ourselves and Richard would be keen to hear from anyone with any additional information on this.