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William CAWTHORN

William CAWTHORN

Male Abt 1764 - 1838  (~ 74 years)    Has no ancestors but 26 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name William CAWTHORN 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1764 
    • Date from age in burial register (73) and in death registration index (74)
    Gender Male 
    Also known as William COTHON 
    Died Mar Q 1838  Walsingham Reg Dist, Norfolk, 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 
    • GRO ref: CAWTHORN, William q1 1838 Walsingham RD 13 235; GRO online index shows age at death as 74
    Buried 16 Mar 1838  St. Mary’s Church, East Raynham, Norfolk, 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 in register for the Parish of St. Mary [East Raynham] with St. Margaret [West Raynham] (image on FMP, viewed 17 Jun 2020)
      "William Cawthorne No. 224., abode: Raynham St. Mary, buried: March 16 1838"
    Notes 
    • (Research):I have not been able to identify William's birth place with any certainty. The earliest record I have found for him is is marriage, where his surname was entered into the register as 'Cothon'. This name seems to be unique to this event, so clearly a variant of another name. The most obvious is Cotton but there is another possibility.
      Cawthorn was later the predominant spelling in the family. 
      The name Cra(y)thorn(e) is found in the same part of Norfolk from the C16th, but the earliest Corthorn seems not to be until 1675 (looking for Cawthorn and variants, within a 10 mile radius of East Raynham, as indexed on FMP on 17 Jun 2020). Crathorn had disappeard by then - had it evolved into Corthron / Cawthorn? Cawdorn is found in Fakenham in the first half of the C18th, no doubt a variant of Cawthorn.
      William seems to have moved to East Raynham soon after his 1791 marriage, as his first born, John, was baptised there in 1792 - with the surname then recorded as 'Corthing'. There was an earlier Cawthorn event there: one Mary had an illegitimate daughter baptized there in 1782. Mary's burial suggests she was born about 1758, making her about 6 years older than William. Was she his sister? It seems quite likely, and the presence of others in the parish with the name suggest William was originally from East Raynham or nearby.
      After John the next four children were all baptised in South Raynham, where one also died as a baby and was buried. On each occasion the name in the register is clear: Gotham. Once the family returned to East Raynham their other children were recorded with the surname 'Cawthorne'. From the earlier presence of the surname in the vicinity, including East Raynham, and the name for William descendants once the family left South Raynham always being Cawthorn or Cawthorne or (just occasionally) Corthorn, I think it fairly safe to conclude that Gotham occurs on this occasion as a deviant version of Cawthorn, just possibly originally Cottons, who moving to a parish where the name Cawthorn occurred it was confused with that.
      No more research is planned on this family. 
    Person ID I306699  All
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2020 

    Family Rebecca DODDIN,   b. Abt 1771,   bur. 2 Apr 1828, St. Mary’s Church, East Raynham, Norfolk, 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 ~ 57 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1791  St. Mary and All Saints’ Church, Sculthorpe, Norfolk, 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 
    Children 10 children 
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F302051    |  Family Chart