William GOATHAM

Male 1651 - 1693  (~ 40 years)    Has 11 ancestors and 2 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name William GOATHAM 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Baptised 30 Nov 1651  St. Martin’s Church, Herne, 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 the PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 8 Oct 2014):
      "William the son of George and Jone Goteham was baptizd the 30th Novr."
    Gender Male 
    Residence From 1683 to 1689  Precinct of St Katherine by the Tower, London, 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 
    • Assumed at the time of his marriage and when his children were baptised, stated when he wrote his will.
      (A precinct was similar to a parish)
    Occupation Mariner: Quarter Gunner on Diamond 
    From 10 Sep 1688 to 22 Oct 1689 
    Occupation Mariner: Sail maker on Sweepstakes 
    From 23 Oct 1689 to 4 May 1692 
    • Muster rolls for the Sweepstakes (1689 - 1692) include William Gotham and show that he joined the ship in October 1689, as did most of the ship's crew. He was discharged 4 May 1692.
      The 'D or R' column simply shows 'D' for discharged, not 'DD' for 'discharged dead', but I don't know what happened to William after this.
      One of the columns on the rolls has the heading 'Name and Quality', but mostly this just has names. A few rolls do have more and they show that William was a sail maker.
      Accompanying comments show that the crew had joined from the Royal Navy ship Diamond.
    Will 7 Dec 1689 
    • Typical of a mariner, William was writing his will due to the uncertainties of life rather than (as most others did at this time) because he was gravely ill.
    Speculation From 4 May 1692 
    • The reason for William's discharge from the ship Sweepstakes and where and when he died are at present unknown, though I hope to find a little more.
      I would like to think that maybe he survived for most of the 16 months between his discharge and his will being proved, and  was able to spend that time working from home, quite likely as a sail maker, but enjoying his last few months with his wife and young son (of whom I know nothing more, other than that his wife at least survived him).
    Died Between 4 May 1692 and 5 Sep 1693 
    • Died between being discharged from the ship Sweepstakes and his will being proved, probably closer to the latter.
      I hope to find from navy records where / when William died, if he died at sea. The wills and admons index (PROB12) should show whether or not he died at sea.
    Probate 5 Sep 1693  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 
    • Noyhing in the probate statement with the register copy of the will in the PROB 11 to indicate whether William died at home or at sea.
    Notes 
    • (Research):I can't be sure that the William baptised in Herne was the one who married in London, but it seems highly likely.
      - there is no further evidence of him in Kent, after extensive searching (as at 19 Jan 2016, i.e. after nearly all East Kent Parish Register events indexed on FMP, though admittedly with many errors that could hide William, and a few don't go back to the late C17th);
      - the William baptised in Herne was in 1683 the typical age at which men married at this period;
      - although mariners could easily have moved from Devon to London I have not come across a William in Devon who this could be (again as at 19 Jan 2016, but I am less certain there wasn't one, as most but by no means all Devon PRs are indexed on FMP, plus a number of those that are don't go back to the late C17th)

      Judith was a Christian name supposedly made popular by the Walloon and Huguenot immigrants, but it was clearly in use in both Devon and East Kent at this period so nothing can be read into her parents' origins from their giving this name to a daughter.
    Person ID I9708  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2019 

    Father George GOATHAM,   b. Abt 1615, Herne, 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. Sep 1684, Herne, 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 ~ 69 years) 
    Mother Joan,   b. Between 1600 and 1623,   d. Between 1651 and 1661  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Marriage License 1641  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 
    • "Goatham (Goteham), George, of Herne, weaver, ba., about 28, whose father, Richard Goteham, consents, and Joan Langford, s.p., w. of William Langford, dec. At S. Peter's, Cant. John Osborne of Cant., tailor, bonds, Oct. 18, 1641"
      (from  "Canterbury Marriage Licences, Second Series, 1619 - 1660, ed by Cowper, J.M., 1894, p. 405)
    Married 18 Oct 1641  St. Peter’s Church, 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 
    • IGI (Family Search) accessed 19 Aug 2011 - indexing project (batch) number: M02059-1; system origin: England-ODM; source film number: 973318; now seen PR entry
      Could have had more children - records disrupted by war and protectorate. A Thomas died in Rotherhithe in 1688 - was he a son?
    Children 4 children 
    Family ID F4158  Family Group Page  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan PURDE,   d. Aft 1693 
    Married 19 Jun 1683  Collegiate Church of St Katherine by the Tower, London, 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 register entry (image on Ancestry, viewed 25 Mar 2015)
      "19. Will Gotham to Susan Purde" - under heading 'Junii. A: D. 1683'
    Children 
     1. Judeth GOATHAM,   c. 23 Mar 1683/84, Collegiate Church of St Katherine by the Tower, London, 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. 27 Mar 1684, Collegiate Church of St Katherine by the Tower, London, 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 ~ 0 years)
     2. William GOATHAM,   c. 20 Mar 1686/87, Collegiate Church of St Katherine by the Tower, London, 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. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F4701  Family Group Page  |  Family Chart

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