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Continuing Ben’s reasoning for family connections:
Martha Gotts married Barnaby Wood, a Catholic of Ingrave. I know the Gotts of Essex were dissenters but they may have been Quakers instead of Catholics. We prove the relationship between Mark Gotts the older and Martha Gotts who married Barnaby with land records and witnesses at marriages.
Mark Gotts concurrently leased property in South Weald and Brook Street. To do this his net worth must have been more than £1,500 (based on what I know about other family members). Between 1783 and 1785 he shared a lease in South Weald with Martin Wood. Most likely these properties were pubs.
Between 1780 and 1799, which is two decades, we find family members in the tax records of South Weald and Brook Street: William Wood, Barnaby Wood, Martin Wood, Playle, and Mark Gotts. Playle is the maiden name of William’s wife. Barnaby married Martha Gotts. Mark was a witness at the wedding of Barnaby and Martha. Martin Wood was a witness at the wedding of William and Sarah Playle. William was a witness at the wedding of Martin and Matilda Bell. French and Newman are Landlords connected with the Wood clan is in various documents. Mark Gotts leased from Jason Newman in South Weald and Jesse Newman in Brook Street. The patterns in the records prove the parties are related. Although the parties could be cousins and not siblings, the involvement of Mark Gotts with the Wood clan for more than a decade enables us to conclude that the Mark Gotts who witnessed the wedding in Fryerning in 1776 is the same person in the tax records of South Weald. The longevity of the relationships in the tax records allow us to be quite certain that Mark Gotts of South Weald is the brother of Martha Gotts.
We already know that Nicholas Gotts is the father of Martha Gotts. Nicholas Gotts was twice married; Mark fits neatly into the birth order:
Nicholas and Esther Gotts
Mark abt 1747
Martha abt 1751
Catherine 16 Jan 1754
Mary 8 Oct 1758
Jane 6 May 1760
Nicholas and Margaret (or Martha) Gotts
Sarah 17 May 1761
Susannah 26 Jan 1765”
Ben's analysis fits with the parents of Mark, extending tree #079 back another generation, and consolidates Mark the Elder's family. However, we still need a link between Mark or Martha and the rest of the family. (IanG-STA)