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Kevin Stanley has provided a photo of Alfred Isaiah with his Victorian Volunteer's medal in Australia and his grandfather Roy Stanley (Gotts)
We found the marriage licence for them in Norfolk Archives which shows William was 22 when he married Margaret Baldwin.
Key details are :
“Know all men by these presents that:
William Gotts of Stratton Strawless in the County of Norfolk husbandman and Edmund/Edward Souter of the parish of St Mary Coslany in the City of Norwich husbandman,
Are firmly bound to the Worshipful Wharton Peck Doctor of Laws Commissary throughout therefore…
William Gotts batchelor aged about 22 years and Margaret Baldwin of Stratton Strawless aforesaid Spinster aged about 32 years…
the said marriage to be openly solemnized in the Face of the Parish church of Stratton Strawless aforesaid or St Michael at Plea in the city aforesaid… dated 3 June 1745”
This is the same date as they were married at St Michael at Plea, often done when the wife was pregnant, apparently. We don’t have a baptism that would support that, but that would assume a full term pregnancy.
So we know William was born about 1723. Looking through the baptisms from 1735 and the baptisms for Stratton Strawless from 1720 there is no sign of any Gotts baptisms, so I don’t think they were originally from there. Ian Gotts of Kings Lynn has identified possible links to Hevingham, Swannington and possibly Alby as well. Some links have not yet been identified yet.
Looking through the baptisms from 1735 and the baptisms for Stratton Strawless from 1720 there is no sign of any Gotts baptisms, so I don’t think they were originally from there. Ian Gotts of Kings Lynn has identified possible links to Hevingham, Swannington and possibly Alby as well. Some links have not yet been identified yet.
By a process of comparing the people in these families, it was possible to work out why slight differences in ages existed, and that there were no conflicts between the information available. Consequently, we could say there was no reason why the families should not be one and the same, and lots of similarities between them. In particular, there were no people who clashed with someone in the other tree, and also in the 1851 census both George and Hannah say they were married, though not in in the same house; after Hannah died in 1854 George is a widower in the 1861 census. In practice, apart from George the whole family moved North. The whole thing now confirms what my Auntie Blanche told me: that two brothers and a cousin moved North. Two became coal miners, and one was a ship’s captain. The miners were in Seaton Delaval and Newcastle, and now the family in Hull provide several sea captains.