Thomas EFFORD

Male Abt 1768 - 1835  (~ 67 years)    Has no ancestors and no descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Thomas EFFORD 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1768 
    • I think notice of death shows age as 67, which if accurate implies a birth in 1767 or 1768. However, the age is not clear - it could be 87, in which case he was born about 1747-8.
    Gender Male 
    Occupation From 1785 to 1819  Dartmouth, 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 
    Master Mariner 
    • Some shipping news concerning a Captain Efford, with links to Dartmouth.
      (I can't be sure the Captain Efford mentioned is Thomas; there may have been more than one - I'm not sure if documentation exists which would allow me to check this) 

      In the Caledonian Mercury for Saturday 05 March 1785, in a piece entitled "Intelligence from Lloyd's, March 1" was included:
      "The Toms, Captain Efford, from Bilboa, arrived at Dartmouth, has brought home Captian Milly, and the crew of the Duchess of Tuscany, from Dartmouth to Bilboa, which was lost on Bilboa Bar."

      In the Aberdeen Journal - Tuesday 02 January 1798, in a peice entitled "Intelligence from Lloyd's List, From Dec. 19, to Dec. 22" was included:
      "The Good Intent, Efford : and Pilgrim, Webber, from Newfoundland to Dartmouth, are both taken by the French. - The former is retaken by the crew."

      In the Morning Post - Monday 27 December 1819, under the heading "Ship News"
      "Falmouth, December 22. - ... A pilot boat has come in from the brig Providence, Clark, arrived off this port from St. John's, New Brunswick, and landed the crew of the Maria, Efford, of Dartmouth, from St. John's, Newfoundland, for Dublin, which the Providence fell in with on the 13th instant, about 200 lengthes S. and W. of Scilly, in a sinking state, having experienced dreadful weather on her passage; and a few days previous to her falling in with the Providence, a sea struck her, which laid her on her beam-ends, when they were obliged to cut away the masts, and when she was abandoned by the crew the water was up to the decks. ..."  
    Miscellaneous 11 May 1798 
    Nephew-in-law given his name 
    • Thomas's brother-in-law John Issell (brother of Thomas's wife) named a son after him, Thomas Efford ISSELL, and then several Issell's with this name followed, though whether named after this Thomas EFFORD or another Thomas Efford ISSELL is unclear!
    Occupation Aft 1798  Bristol, Gloucestershire, 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 
    Master Mariner 
    • In 1837 (i.e. after Thomas's death) the Ship News in the Morning Post (of Friday 22 September) included "Gravesend, Sept. 20. - Arrived ..., from Dantsic; Efford, from ditto; ..."
      Since this is clearly a list of ships names (with no captains mentioned) indicates a ship had been given the name Efford - perhaps in memory of Captain Efford?
    Will 24 May 1817  [1
    Written 
    Will 18 Jul 1835 
    Codicil added 
    • When Thomas added a codicil he failed to get 2 witnesses to it.
      (source as will)
    Died 22 Jul 1835  Bristol, Gloucestershire, 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 
    • Source: Notice in Bristol Mercury - Saturday 01 August 1835
      "July 22, much respected by those who knew him, aged 67[87?], Capt. Thomas Efford, many years master of a vessel out of this port."
    Probate 15 Aug 1835  Prerogative Court of Canterbury, London, Middlesex, 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 
    • The codicil only having the signature of one witness caused extra beaucracy when Thomas died. The lengthy probate statement resulting, with a Dartmouth mariner giving evidence regarding the handwriting, is transcribed along with the will and codicil.
      (source as will)
    Notes 
    Person ID I758  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2014 

    Family Susanna ISSELL,   b. Abt 1758, Stokenham, 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. Jun Q 1842, Clifton Reg Dist, Gloucestershire, 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 ~ 84 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1791  St. Petrox Church, Dartmouth, 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 24 Nov 2014)
      At the time of their marriage both were of Dartmouth, Thomas of St. Saviour's Parish, Susanna of St. Petrox.

      Thomas and Susanna seem to have left no descendants (neither of their wills refer to any, although Susanna's names many nephews and nieces etc.); I don't know if they didn't have any children or if they pre-deceased them.
      Various papers survive referring to a Thomas Efford born in Bristol in 1804, but he was still alive in 1849 when, having been discharged unfit from the army the previous year, he gained a seaman's ticket for the merchant navy. Consequently, I don't believe he was a son fo Thomas and Susanna.
      (Papers referring to army service, particularly his discharge are at the TNA)
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2014 
    Family ID F535    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Master Mariner - From 1785 to 1819 - Dartmouth, 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 MapsMarried - 18 Dec 1791 - St. Petrox Church, Dartmouth, 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 - Master Mariner - Aft 1798 - Bristol, Gloucestershire, 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 - 22 Jul 1835 - Bristol, Gloucestershire, 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 MapsProbate - 15 Aug 1835 - Prerogative Court of Canterbury, London, Middlesex, 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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  • Wills (transcripts)
    The will of Thomas Efford (c. 1768 – 1835)
    The will of Thomas Efford (c. 1768 – 1835)
    Thomas was the husband of Susanna issell, a 6 x great aunt of mine
    The will of Susanna Efford nee Issell (c.1758-1842)
    The will of Thomas's widow, Susanna Efford
    Susanna remembered Thomas's brother and nephews as well as her own family in her will.

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    1. [S135] TNA - P.C.C. Wills, Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions., (The National Archives. Discovery. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/browse/C12122  .), Will of Thomas Efford, Master Mariner of Bristol, Gloucestershire; (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/browse/C12122  ) (Reliability: 4).
      TNA Reference: PROB 11/1850/270
      TNA website entry
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