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Eliza Bessey Gotts is in the marriage index in 1888 March quarter, as marrying in Flegg, ref 4b 67. This is different to Bessie Eliza Gotts, who married in Flegg, in 1888 December quarter. ref 4b 92. The latter married John Philip Long, but does anyone know who the former married, or when she was born?
Several generations of GOTTS with forename Luke throughout 18th century at Grimston, Colkirk, Brisley and Great Ryburgh, culminating with the burial at Aylsham of Luke GOTTS 23 April 1843 aged 72, whose Will makes reference to properties in and around Great Ryburgh. Of particular interest is William bp Great Ryburgh 30 January 1720/1, son of Luke and Elizabeth GOTTS.
Brothers, both in Wigan abt 1835. Possibly gamekeepers in Ireland before this. Sam m Mary abt 1830, James had dau Mary who m George Dean
Story is that one of them eloped with a German girl, possibly a princess.
A Gotts family lived here for twenty years. No trace has been found of Samuel and Sarah beyond the recorded baptisms of their two sons and three daughters:
Mary bp 11 August 1732
William bp 9 September 1739
Thomas bp 7 November 1741
So where did they come from and go to?
Samuel GOTTS was born in Norfolk on the 19 January 1819. He sailed for America at the age of 14, settling first in the State of New York and afterwards in Canada. He moved to Homer Township, Illinois, in 1852, where he farmed 80 acres until his death on the 2 May 1878. He married Hannah LUTHER, a widow, in Joliet, near Chicago, on the 15 August 1850; she was born in Franklin County, Massachusetts, on the 18 April 1850. Samuel and Hannah had five children: Sarah ( born 5 December 1858 ); Alonzo ( born 9 January 1863 ); William ( born 13 November 1868 ); and Charles ( born 17 June 1872 ). Hannah is with her family at Homer Township at the time of the 1880 Census.