Mary Ann GOTHAM

Female 1803 - 1876  (73 years)    Has 18 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Mary Ann GOTHAM 
    Relationshipwith Andrew GOTHAM
    Born 19 Jan 1803 
    • From baptism register
    Baptised 30 Jan 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 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 9 Aug 2018)
    Gender Female 
    Child Status Illegitimate (no sign of parental relationship) 
    Occupation 1851 
    Boat woman 
    • Not only was Mary described as a 'boat woman' in the 1851 census, which was taken shortly after the death of her husband, but she was referred to in the following quote which appeared in an article in the TDA (Lake, W C 1890, 'Notes on the Origin of the Streets of Teignmouth, and on their nomenclature', p. 117):
      "Leading out of
      Northumberland Place on its western side towards the river
      are Queen Street, Quay Street, and the western end of
      Osmond's Lane. Queen Street was at one time known as
      Mary Heath's Lane, as in it lived Mrs. Davis, usually called
      by her maiden name of Heath, a personage of no little
      consequence, who owned a market-boat, which plied daily,
      or twice a day, according to the tide, between Teignmouth
      and Newton, the then only public means of communication
      between the two towns, Mary Heath, or Davis, being one
      whose kindly nature and willingness to oblige and wait for
      everyone, resulted pretty frequently in a very difficult passage
      of her boat along the shallow portions of the estuary, and at
      times even in its actual arrest till the tide rose again. The
      street had its present dignified appellation conferred on it by
      its inhabitants in honour of Her Most Gracious Majesty
      soon after her accession to the throne."

      I'm not sure if the street really was named after her or her mother. It comments she was known by her maiden name - of course the maiden name of 'Mrs Davis' was really Gotham, but as her mother married (?, or at least, appears to have lived with) William Heath when she was very young she may generally have been thought of as Mary Heath prior to her marriage. Her marriage only took place after the accession of Queen Victoria, so clearly the lane would not have been referred to as 'Mary Davies Lane'. Obituaries of her cousin, Thomas Edwin Gotham refer to his aunt Mary Heath, i.e. this Mary's mother, as having managed the market boat, and I suspect the lane may actually have been named after her.
    Died Jul 1876  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 
    • Snippet from newspaper (in index) - Western Morning News of 29 July 1876 - seems to show she died 'Thursday last'.
      The only death registration to match gives an age of 80, 7 years older than this Mary really was:
      GRO ref: Davis, Mary q3 1876 aged 80 Newton Abbot RD 5b 86
      The newspaper report of her death also shows her as 80, as well as the burial register entry (East Teignmouth), supporting it being her the registration of the death of this Mary Davis.
    Buried 29 Jul 1876  St. Michael the Archangel’s Church, East 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 9 Aug 2018)
    Person ID I714  Gothams
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2019 

    Mother Mary GOTHAM,   c. 19 Jun 1781, 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,   d. 12 Dec 1839, East 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 ~ 58 years) 
    Banns of marriage 20 Jul 1806 to 3 Aug 1806  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.
      "William Heath and Mary Gotham"
      No parish shown in the banns register for either of the couple; was the priest just slack about recording the information (the name of the person who published the banns is also missing), or does this imply both were otp?
      Did this marriage take place? - the baptism in 1807 and the absence of a marriage record in West Teignmouth suggest not, but of course the marriage could have occurred elsewhere.
      It may be that I am attaching the banns to the wrong Mary. A 25 year old baptised in West Teignmouth seems most likely but there was also a 45 year old Mary baptised in the parish or it could be a Mary from another parish.
      Was William Heath the father of Sarah (and maybe Mary Ann) - or was he not the father and did Mary's pregnancy becoming apparent make him change his mind. Did he meet with an accident before the marriage could take place?

      Some answers we will probably never know, some may become apparent with more research.
    Married?
    Children
    Married: 1x1. Mary Ann GOTHAM,   b. 19 Jan 1803,   d. Jul 1876, 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  (Age 73 years)
     
    Family ID F6324    |  Family Chart

    Family George Henry DAVIES,   b. Abt 1807,   d. Mar Q 1851, Newton Abbot Reg Dist, 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 ~ 44 years) 
    Married 17 Dec 1837  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 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP)
      "1837. Marriage solemnized By Banns in the Parish of Dawlish in the County of Devon
      No. 6, When Married: December 17th
      Name and Surname: George Henry Davies, Age: 30, Condition: Batcheler,  Rank or Profession: Seaman, Residence at the Time of Marriage: Dawlish, Father's Name and Surname: Robert Davies, Rank or Profession of Father: Seaman
      Name and Surname: Mary Ann Gotham, Age: 32, Condition: Spinster, Rank or Profession: -, Residence at the Time of Marriage: [I think Dawlish written once was intended to apply to both - not central in the box but lower than other groom's info] Father's Name and Surname: William Gotham, Rank or Profession of Father: Seaman
      Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by me, J D Perkins D D
      This Marriage was solemnized between us, George Henry Davies, Mary Ann Gotham
      in the Presence of us, Elisabeth Heath, George Thomas"

      GRO ref: GOTHAM, Mary Ann to DAVIES, George Henry q4 1837 Newton Abbot RD 10 195Who was the Mary Ann Gotham who married George Davies?
      At first I thought it was fairly simple.

      William GOTHAM and Fanny PERRING?
      The naming of her father as William pointed to a daughter of William Gotham bap 1776 and his wife, Frances Perring: although I have not a baptism for such a daughter, (not in PR for West Teignmouth for 1804-1806), while I have for other chidlren of theirs, the age at marriage suggests she was born in 1805, and this would be in a convenient gap between the other known children of William and Fanny.
      In addition, Mary and her husband were godparents to the first daughter of Elizabeth, daughter of the William and Fanny.

      Mary GOTHAM (later HEATH)?
      It now seems clear that Mary Ann was an illegitimate daughter of Mary, sister of the above William, and had invented a father for her marriage (unless she was the result of incest!) There is a baptism for such a daughter of Mary, in 1803. It would suggest she was 2 years older than the marriage record claims, but as she was older than her husband she was quite likely not entirely honest about her age to lessen the apparent age gap between them.
      This Mary Ann had a half sister Elizabeth Heath, one of the witnesses to the marriage,  the other witnesse was George THOMAS, a brother-in-law of this Mary Ann.
      At the time of the 1841 census Elizabeth was living with George and Mary; she married in 1846 but was widowed in 1849. Still (or again) living with Mary in 1851, Mary was the head of the household, also having been widowed - and they are shown as sisters.

      If Mary Ann and George were not aunt and uncle to Elizabeth's daughter to whom they were godparents then what was the connection? - since William (Elizabeth's father) was the brother of Mary Heath née Gotham then Mary Ann and Elizabeth were first cousins, still close enough that Elizabeth might well have chosen them.   
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F6342    |  Family Chart

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