Thomas GOTHAM

Male 1799 - 1871  (71 years)    Has 12 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.


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  • Name Thomas GOTHAM 
    Relationshipwith Andrew GOTHAM
    Born 28 Apr 1799  Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date from baptism register, place from the 1861 and 1871 censuses
    Baptised 17 Oct 1799  St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
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    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1824 
    Mariner 
    • Recorded as such at the time of his marriage; the newspaper announcement indicates he was a ship's captain.
    Military Service 1830 
    Able Seaman on H.M.S. Dispatch 
    Occupation From 1854 to 1856  Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Mariner 
    • In 1854 and 1856 Thomas was on voyages from Glasgow
    Occupation 1856  Greenock, Lanarkshire, Scotland See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Mariner 
    • Thomas was on a voyage from Greenock
    Visiting 1861  New House, Ashcombe, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • A visitor in the farm house of bachelor, 35 year old Dawlish-born William H. Bussell, with 6 servants also present, i.e. a housekeeper, domestic servant, carter and 3 farm servants. Although shown as a visitor (rather than a relationship to the head of the household being shown) I believe Thomas was William Bussell's uncle, i.e. William was the son of Thomas's sister Elizabeth.
    Residence 1871  The Union Workhouse, Newton Abbot, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Thomas was living in the workhouse by the time of the census, shown as a Pauper, widower, a sailor, born Teignmouth. His age is unclear (one of the crosses put on the census pages when they were processed completely obliterated the first digit, the second was 1)
      (information about Newton Abbot workhouse can be found here on the workhouse website)
    Died Jun Q 1871  The Union Workhouse, Newton Abbot, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Abode from burial register
      GRO ref: GOTHAM, Thomas aged 71 q2 1871 Newton Abbot RD 5b 103
    Buried 17 Jun 1871  St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Although made his mark on the RN allotment paperwork, he had signed the register when he married so was able to read and write.
    • (Research):The Thomas Gotham who married Prudence Walker was shown as 'of Teignmouth', the Thomas born in Teignmouth in 1799 was shown as a widower and a former merchant seaman / sailor in the censuses of 1861 and 1871, hence the two would seem probably to be one and the same.

      Recorded as a Captain at the time of his marriage; whilst I would have thought 25 was a bit young for this the only other Teignmouth Thomas Gotham I am aware of who could have married Prudence was baptised in 1765. Marrying at 59 is not impossible. However, the Thomas who married Prudence was an Able Seaman the RN in 1830, and I don't think a 65 year old could have been.

      More evidence is provided by his seaman's ticket.
      Issued in Liverpool in 1844 it shows that a Thomas Gotham, born in Teignmouth on 28 April 1802, had served in the Royal Navy (for about 9 years). Although the birth year is wrong the date and month agree with the date in the baptism register; it looks like Thomas was making himself out to be 3 years younger. So the birth information point to the son of Nathaniel, while the RN and Liverpool link point to the husband of Prudence.
    Person ID I120  Gothams | Devon: Teignmouth family of mariners
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2019 

    Father Nathaniel GOTHAM,   c. 30 Jan 1757, St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 9 Dec 1834, St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth WHIDBORNE,   b. 2 Mar 1768,   bur. 2 Aug 1824, St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Marriage License 7 Feb 1791 
    Allegation 
    • From licence allegation (image on FamilySearch, viewed 3 Apr 2018)
    Married 28 Feb 1791  St. Gregory the Great’s Church, Dawlish, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Which Nathaniel married Elizabeth - this one or the one baptised in 1757?
      I have now found plenty of evidence pointing to it being this Nathaniel who married Elizabeth Whidborne; I think it was this Nathaniel because:
      - of the names Nathaniel and Elizabeth gave their sons - the Christian names being the same as those found in this Nathaniel's family and this Nathaniel's maternal grandfather being named 'Nathaniel Harris' the name of the couples first son;
      - of the social standing of this Nathaniel's family - appears more in line with Elizabeth's;
      - this Nathaniel's sister Martha married Elizabeth's brother Richard so the families were clearly in contact;
      - a number of members of this Nathaniel's siblings families moved to the Liverpool area, like his son Thomas (though the other Nathaniel's great nephew probably died in Liverpool too, so can't attach much weight to this);
      - Thomas Gotham, father of this Nathaniel, had a grandson Thomas (named in his will); I don't know who this would be if the family were that of the other Nathaniel.
    Children 6 children 
    Family ID F39    |  Family Chart

    Family Prudence WALKER,   b. Est 1801,   d. Between 1830 and 1861  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Married 15 Jul 1824  St. Paul’s Church, Liverpool, Lancashire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on Ancestry, viewed 5 Dec 2014)
      A witness was one James Walker.

      "On Thursday last, Captain Thomas Gotham of Teignmouth, to Miss Prudence Walker, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Richard Walker, engraver, of Liverpool."
      (in the Lancaster Gazette of 17 July, 1824, p.3, col. 1)
    Children
     1. Elizabeth GOTHAM,   c. 25 Dec 1827, St. John’s Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool, Lancashire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1844, Liverpool Infirmary, Liverpool, Lancashire, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 16 years)
     
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2019 
    Family ID F6492    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Apr 1799 - Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 17 Oct 1799 - St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mariner - From 1854 to 1856 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 17 Jun 1871 - St. James’ Church, West Teignmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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    1. [S2] FreeBMD, FreeBMD, ((  http://www.freebmd.org.uk/  )), accessed 12 Oct 2014). (Reliability: 3).

      "Gotham, Thomas aged 71 Jun Q 1871 Newton Abbot Reg Dist 5b 103"
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    2. [S14] Devon Parish Registers - West Teignmouth, St. James (West Teignmouth, Devon, England), (brightsolid online publishing limited. FindMyPast. findmypast.co.uk : 2014.), Burial of Thomas Gotham; accessed 12 Oct 2014 (Reliability: 3).

      "1871 Thomas Gotham No. 1293, Abode: Union House Newton Abbot, When buried: June 17th, Age: 71 Years, By whom ceremony was performed: J Jane Curate"
      Archive ref: 4062A/PR/1/4
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    3. [S20] Devon Parish Registers - Dawlish, St. Gregory the Great (Dawlish, Devon, England), (brightsolid online publishing limited. FindMyPast. findmypast.co.uk : 2014.), Marriage of Nathaniel GOTHAM to Elizabeth WHIDBORNE; accessed 6 Sep 2014 (Reliability: 3).

      "No 65 Nathaniel Gotham of the Parish of West Teignmouth
      Mariner & Elizabeth Whidborne of this Parish Spinster were
      Married in this Church by Licence
      this twenty eighth Day of February in the Year One thousand seven Hundred
      and ninety one By me William Short Junr
      This Marriage was solemnized between us Nathaniel Gotham, Elizabeth Whidborne
      In the Presence of Rid Whidborne, Joanna Whidborne"
      (on page 17, under heading '[The Year 1791]')
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