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Ben Wood has done extensive research on his family in the area, and also found many Gotts records there. He has now found records of Mark Gotts the elder, and his potential parents. Here is his discussion which shows his reasoning:
From the 1851 census we know that Mark Gotts of Bulphan, born in South Weald (not Bulphan) abt 1786; he married Sarah Livermore, born in Upminster abt 1803.
Mark Gotts the younger married Sarah Livermore 20 June 1830, Bulphan. The witnesses were John Mann and Thomas Jinkins. The record indicates that Mark was a bachelor, although he was 17 years older than Sarah.
From the marriage record we know that the father of Mark the younger is also Mark. We find that Mark and Hannah Gotts are the parents of Mark who was baptized 24 Apr 1785 in South Weald.
The South Weald parish record also indicates that Mark and Hannah are the parents of the other known siblings of Mark the younger.
Mark Gotts married Hannah Webber 18 July 1773, Stanford Rivers. The record book is severely damaged by water but the names and dates are very clear. Because Gott is an uncommon name the probability is high that Mark and Hannah of Stanford Rivers are the same Mark and Hannah in South Weald. This point is interesting but not essential to the arguments that link Martha Gotts and Mark Gotts the elder. (Unfortunately the baptism records of Stanford Rivers are lost between 1746 and 1802.)
Hannah Gotts was buried in Bulphan 3 Feb 1833, age 86. She was born abt 1747. Mark Gotts was buried in Bulphan 18 Nov 1836, age 89. He was born abt 1747. Their ages strengthen the likelihood that they married in Stanford Rivers.”
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The description is:
“A lovely characterful study of a butcher's shop c1890-1910. This is an original photograph, not a modern reproduction. All sorts of cuts of meat hanging up as well as sausages and rabbits.Two of the workers have their sharpening steels hanging in front of their aprons. And the one in the doorway holds up a butchers knife. The actual photograph measures 20.5 x 15cm. The reverse of the photograph has the photographers stamp of 'Rayner Green, Photographic Artist, Crescent Road, Brentwood Essex.' Mark Gotts appears in the 1901 census as being born in 1879, occupation Butcher and address of Kings Road Brentwood. Kings Road joins Brentwood High Street. So am not sure if this would be a separate home address or if he lived above the shop. Original glazed, maple veneer frame.”