John GOATHAM

Male Abt 1776 - 1854  (~ 78 years)    Has 26 ancestors and 1496 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name John GOATHAM 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1776  Bapchild, Kent, 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 
    Baptised 14 Jul 1776  St. Giles’ Church, Tonge, Kent, 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 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation From 1799 to 1803  Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    Cordwainer 
    • 1799 apprenticeship record shows John was a Master, and Stephen Chapman was apprenticed to him on 1st Jan.

      I have an old note "shoemaker in registers" but can now find no such reference(s) but have come across this apprenticeship record.

      In the Centre of Kentish Studies, in the Overseers' bills, invoices, receipts for Bredgar Parish are 7 surviving bills which John Goatham made out for shoemaking in the period 1799 - 1803. (CKS-P43/12/7  - 1 at least is in bundle 5, microfilm 699).  I have not yet seen these but they are used as examples in a study of the English language, p73-74 of "Nineteenth-century English: stability and change" by Merja Kytö, Mats Rydén, Erik Smitterberg (Cambridge University Press, 2006; 295 pages) - see the pages referring to John.

      I think it very unlikely there was another John Goathams in Bredgar in 1799 who could have been the Master Cordwainer. So why would John have given up a skilled trade to work as a labourer?
      Three possible reasons that occur to me:
      1. The early C19th was a time of depression in agriculture, and working in a village such as Bredgar where the majority made a living from the land people may have cut back on buying new shoes or getting old repaired to such an extent that John could not continue in the trade. 
      2. The effects of the Industrial Revolution of shoe making. Although this could be expected to have more effect in the second half  of the C19th, after the invention of the Singer Sewing Machine and the mechanisation of the Northamptonshire industry, at the height of the at the height of the Industrial Revolution Northamptonshire was recognised as 'tanning capital' of the world and shoemaking flourised there throughout the C18th as well as the C19th. (Source) Was their specialisation prior to mechanisation enough to enable them to be more competitive and put John out of business?
      3. Did John suffer some accident or illness (e.g. RSI) that left him unable to do the fine work required in shoemaking, but able to continue to work? 

      To have become a Master presumably John must have been sufficiently skilled, but maybe he was not a "natural" at the work and was too slow to make enough money from the trade.
    Occupation From 1814 to 1854  Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    labourer 
    • In 1814 the Baptism entry for his son Michael shows him as a labourer, and he was also described as such on his death certificite.
      He was also a labourer at the time of the 1851 census, but in Faversham.
    Occupation From 1841 to 1844  Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    Carpenter 
    • 1841 census and son (Michael)'s marr cert (1844)
    Census 6 Jun 1841  Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    Residence 1851  Faversham, Kent, 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 widow by 1851, he was then living with his son Charles and Charles' family in Faversham.
      However, he seems to have returned to Bredgar before he died. Maybe it was a daughter who cared for him in his final illness. Two had moved away (Caroline locally, Susan emigrated to Australia) but Charlotte and Maria appear to have still been living in Bredgar at that time.
    Occupation 1851  Faversham, Kent, 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 
    Labourer 
    • In the 1851 census he is described as "Scavenger labourer" which suggests he was working with his son Charles, who was at that time the "Town [Faversham] Scavenger"
    Census 30 Mar 1851  Church Lane, Faversham, Kent, 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 
    Died 1 Nov 1854  Bredgar, Kent, 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: Goatham, John q4 1854 Milton RD 2a 372; GRO online index shows age as 78
      Died of senesteed [should this be senescence?], Diarrhoea 2 weeks.
      The death was registered by a George Goatham, present at the death, who made his mark.
      (Father Geo dead, no sign of brother in census returns, nephew was parish clerk so would be expected to sign, as would the clerk's son; John's grandson was only 15 and could probably write; son is most likely informant!)
    Death certificate for John Goatham
    Death certificate for John Goatham
    Buried 7 Nov 1854  St. John the Baptist Church, Bredgar, Kent, 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 KFHS transcript, CD 19
      Abode Bredgar. Age 78.
    Notes 
    • John and Elizabeth seem to have had no less than 65 grandchildren!
    Person ID I370  Teresa's tree | Teresa's direct ancestor, Descendants of George Goatham and Ann nee Winch
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2019 

    DNA Tests  1 DNA test is associated with John GOATHAM 

    Father George GOATHAM,   b. Abt 1740, Whitstable, Kent, 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. Mar 1788, Tonge, Kent, 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 ~ 48 years) 
    Mother Ann WINCH,   b. Abt 1742, Tonge, Kent, 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. 1824, Tonge, Kent, 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 ~ 82 years) 
    Marriage License 7 Oct 1761  Canterbury, Kent, 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 
    • Geo Goatham of Bapshild bach & Ann Winch of Tonge sp, at T. 07 Oct 1761.
      From vol. 30 of indexes to Canterbury Marriage Licences, 1751-1780.
    Married 8 Oct 1761  St. Giles’ Church, Tonge, Kent, 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 
    • Marr place and date from Tonge BTs (viewd in Cant Cath Archives, 31 Jan 2005)
      Licence issued 7 Oct 1761 (saw in marr licence index in Cant Cath Archives, 31 Jan 2005)
    Children 7 children 
    Family ID F272  Family Group Page  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth PRIOR,   b. Abt 1777, Bredgar, Kent, 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. 3 Jan 1848, Bredgar, Kent, 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 ~ 71 years) 
    Marriage License 1 Aug 1798  Canterbury, Kent, 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 
    • John Goatham of Bredgar yeo bach & Eliz Frier of the s sp. 01 Aug 1798.
      From vol. 33 of indexes to Canterbury Marriage Licences, 1781-1809, as recorded on Ancestry.
    Married 9 Aug 1798  St. John the Baptist Church, Bredgar, Kent, 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 2 April 2019)
      John's surname was entered as Gotham, but he signed Goatham. Elizabeth's was recorded and she signed, Prier. 
      Married by licence, both otp
      The marriage was witnessed by John Bridges (who made his mark) and Ann Prier (who signed). Ann was Elizabeth's sister and John Bridges was the husband of Mary Prior, another sister of Elizabeth.
    Children 8 children 
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F264  Family Group Page  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1776 - Bapchild, Kent, 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 - 14 Jul 1776 - St. Giles’ Church, Tonge, Kent, 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 MapsMarriage License - 1 Aug 1798 - Canterbury, Kent, 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 MapsMarried - 9 Aug 1798 - St. John the Baptist Church, Bredgar, Kent, 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 - Cordwainer - From 1799 to 1803 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - Charlotte GOATHAM - Abt 1799 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - George GOATHAM - 1800 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - Caroline GOATHAM - 1803 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - Charles GOATHAM - Abt 1805 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - Susan GOATHAM - Abt 1808 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - William GOATHAM - 1810 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 - labourer - From 1814 to 1854 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - Michael GOATHAM - 1814 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsChild - Maria GOATHAM - Abt 1818 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 - Carpenter - From 1841 to 1844 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsCensus - 6 Jun 1841 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsResidence - 1851 - Faversham, Kent, 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 - Labourer - 1851 - Faversham, Kent, 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 MapsCensus - 30 Mar 1851 - Church Lane, Faversham, Kent, 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 MapsDied - 1 Nov 1854 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsBuried - 7 Nov 1854 - St. John the Baptist Church, Bredgar, Kent, 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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  • Documents
    The marriage of Caroline Goatham to John Andrews
    The marriage of Caroline Goatham to John Andrews
    John signed as a witness of his daughter's marriage (n.b. signed, not made his mark)