Thomas GOTHAM

Male 1765 - 1796  (~ 30 years)    Has 6 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Thomas GOTHAM 
    Relationshipwith Andrew GOTHAM
    Baptised 9 Dec 1765  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 
    • Img on FMP
    Gender Male 
    Bequest 1791 
    Remembered by his Uncle Nathaniel Harris 
    • Remembered by his uncle in his will written 13 Nov 1790; the will was proved less than two months later, on  3 Jan 1791 so Thomas should have recieved his inheritance soon after that.
    Buried 14 Jul 1796  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 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed Nov 2014)Only shows name and date; it seems probable that it was this Thomas as I don't know of another with clear links to West Teignmouth who had not already died or for whom there isn't later evidence of him being alive.
      (Although this Thomas was not mentioned in his father's will, which might suggest he had predeceased him and so add weight to my suggestion the burial is this Thomas, the unequal treatment by Thomas senior of his grandchildren means it would not be a safe assumption) 
    Notes 
    • (Research):No evidence of a wife or family has been found for this Thomas, except that a 'Fanny Gothem' whose death (in the workhouse in Wolborough) and burial (in West Teignmouth) was recorded in 1855 was recorded in the death registration as the widow of 'Thomas Gothem, Sailor'. I had expected it to show her as the widow of William Gotham, and still think it most likely she was.
      If, however, she was the widow of a Thomas then this would seem to be the only Thomas who could have been her husband.
    Person ID I131  Gothams | Devon: Teignmouth family of mariners
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2018 

    Father Thomas GOTHAM,   c. 1 May 1726, 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. 1 Jun 1803, 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 Martha HARRIS,   c. 12 Apr 1728, 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. Bef 1802  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Est 1752 
    • Date based on baptism of first known child.

      n.b.
      PRs show John and Mary as the children of a Thomas and Mary Gotham - I am guessing Mary should be Martha. The absence of evidence of a Thomas and Mary in Teignmouth at this time, and the gap between the children of Thomas and Martha if they weren't theirs (i.e. no children between 1753 and 1759 and 1759 and 1763), point to John and Mary being the children of Thomas and Martha.

      Since there were children of a Thomas and Martha baptised both before and after John Mary's baptisms, it looks as though Thomas had not remarried to a Mary.

      I have not yet found the marriage of Thomas and Martha. Not in FMP index, searching on Martha Harris as well as Thomas Gotham. Browsing the West Teignmouth PRs for 1748 - 1753 the marriage was not there. If pre Hardwicke they may have married elsewhere though both of West Teignmouth; possibly Exeter where quite a few people choice to get married.

      I suspect Martha's maiden name was Harris as the name was given as a middle name to a grandson (combined with Nathaniel, i.e. if I am right it appears Nathaniel was naming a child after his grandfather or uncle); Harris was also given as a middle name to a child of Nathaniel's daughter Elizabeth.
      As well as this use of the name Harris, which could be from elsehwere, there was a Martha Harris baptised in West Teignmouth in 1728, just 2 years after Thomas.

      Further weight is added by Thomas Gotham being a witness at the marriage of Nathaniel Harris, who I believe was his brother in law, in 1761.
    Children 7 children 
    Family ID F40    |  Family Chart

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