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Robert 769 is recorded born as Robert J Gotts in 1852 in Beckham. His death is registered Robert JP Gotts, so the only record showing his full name is his baptism in West Beckham in May 1851. His first marriage was to Anna Maria 770 Pells in Walsingham district in 1872. Their children in Morston include:
Sarah Ann gave birth to Robert Pigott Gotts, who was baptised at West Beckham on 07/05/1851 as her illegitimate son. Again, using the logic that the name ‘Pigott’ related to the father, research of local parish records picks up ‘Pigott’ families in Salthouse and Sheringham, Sheringham being the closest to West Beckham.
Detailed review of the Sheringham Parish Records reveals that two Robert Pigotts: Robert Pigott b 1795 is the father of Robert Pigott b 1825. Again, using the same logic relating to Alias and the fathers Christian name, either Robert b 1795 was the father of Sarah Ann’s child, or it was his son Robert b 1825. Given the fact that Robert senior would have been 56 at the time of the birth of Robert Pigott Gotts it is more likely that Robert junior who was 26 at the time of the birth, is the father of Sarah’s child.
IG-STA: Further information from Robert & Cynthia about the Pigott family shows they were linked to the Gotts families. Robert Pigott (senior) lived in Sheringham for most of his life, and became a farmer of 133 acres. He was in Stody in 1841, only 7 miles from West Beckham near the market town of Holt, with his son Robert Pigott aged 15. Robert junior would be about 23 when Robert Pigott Gotts was conceived to Sarah Ann Gotts in West Beckham.
Working for Robert the elder on his farm was William Hopper, who married Mary Ann (2456) Gotts in 1845, (Sarah Ann's sister) five years earlier than Robert Pigott Gotts was born. By 1851 Robert Pigott senior and junior were living in Sheringham, 3 miles from West Beckham. William Hopper and Robert Pigott junior may have kept in touch or even continued to work together.
Robert Pigott senior's cousin William Pigott was baptised in Bodham in 1797. In 1851 William is a bachelor farmer in Bodham, (only 1 mile away) with his sister Amy who married George Massingham after George's first wife died. With them is George Massingham junior, who married Mary Pyke, the sister of Daniel Pyke, who married Sarah Ann Gotts (Witton) b 1826.
What this demonstrates is how close the community was around West Beckham and its surrounds.
Originally it was thought that Robert’s name was ‘Piggin' as Robert's son and grandson both knew him as this. This research shows this to be ‘Pigott’, which is quite a close spelling, but makes a big difference in investigation.