Geoffs Genealogy Update 5 April 2014

Saturday April 5th, 2014 | Geoff

You may recall that in my post of 4th February I rambled on about our Jacobson research, and in particular whether I can justifiably add the Gosport / London Budd / Jacobson twig to the Bankes Pedigree. After chatting to one or two other people about this, and giving it some thought I decided to include these people in the Pedigree, albeit with some reservation.

I do try very hard to make sure that errors do not creep into the Pedigree, and I have not yet found conclusive evidence of the move of these people from Gosport to London, but I cannot but believe that my interpretation of the data is correct, so have taken the plunge and entered it in my family history files, with a caveat to reflect my remaining doubt. In the course of doing this, I have gleaned some more information about this clan.

Our best estimate is that Jane Jacobson, sister to my ancestor James Jacobson, Broker, married George Budd by Licence from the Bishop of Winchester’s Office  in March 1708 at Holy Trinity, Gosport. As I explained in February, between 1710 and 1722 this couple had six children, so far as we know – all boys, and all baptised at Holy Trinity, Gosport. We do not know when they moved to London, but by 1733 they were living in Ratcliff Highway, to the East of London. George Budd was a shipwright, and it seems possible that he was working for the Royal Navy in their dockyards. Sadly, in March 1733 he died, being buried in the graveyard of St George in the East on 27 March of that year.

It did not take Jane long to remarry, and her second spouse was John Garrett, a Carpenter of London. He was a widower when she married him by Licence from the Bishop of London on 1 January 1734 at St George in the East. Therse facts tie in very well with the content of James Jacobson’s will, which we first saw about twenty years ago. James left bequests to his surviving siblings, and we learned from these bequests of a sister named Jane Garrett and some nephews bearing the name Budd. It has taken a long time, but thanks to this recently discovered material we have been able to work out where Garrett and Budd fit into our family history.

One of the Budd children was Ezekiel Budd (bap Gosport, 1716). We now see that in 1737 he was apprenticed as a Carpenter to his step-father, John Garrett. He would have been about 21 years old when this happened, which seems rather late to become an apprentice. Possibly Ezekiel bap 1716 may have died young, and the Ezekiel who was apprenticed to John Garrett was born later, but we have not found any evidence of that. Looking at the Carpenters’ Company Court Minutes (on the London Lives website) we see that by 2 June 1747 John Garrett had died, and Ezekiel was granted his Freedom by Garrett’s widow, who was also Ezekiel’s mother! This set us off looking for the date of John’s death, and we found the evidence we sought in the form of the following burial record:

St George in the East April 1743 14    John Garrett Carpenter        R.H.W.

R.H.W. stands for Ratcliff Highway. Evidently the family was still living there.

We have found more interesting material relating to the Budds. George Budd (Jnr), eldest son of Jane Jacobson & George, married Grace Wickham on 4 November 1736 by Licence issued by the Bishop of London’s office. The marriage took place at St Mary-le-Strand, Somerset House Chapel in  London. We have traced two children born to this couple – Susanna Budd, bap 1738, and Grace Ann Budd, born 4 October 1743 – but we have not yet traced any more information about the family.

One other very interesting find comes in the form of a marriage Licence Allegation that was sworn in the Vicar General’s Office on 30 November 1736. It tells us that Samuel Budd, aged “upwards of twenty one” was intending to marry Rebeccah Jacobson, spinster aged “upwards of nineteen years”.  Samuel’s home parish was St George in the East, which places him in the same area as other members of the clan, and Rebeccah’s home parish was St Botolph Aldgate, which places her in the same parish as James Jacobson, our ancestor. The interesting thing is that Rebeccah’s parents were both dead, and her guardian – Susannah Collins, wife of John Collins –  gave written consent to the marriage. Susannah was said to be an aunt to Rebeccah.

If you reprise my post of 5 November 2013 you will see that I outlined a very similar state of affairs, in which a certain Elizabeth Jacobson, ward of James Jacobson Broker, married Element Jones in 1734. I deduced that she was a daughter of a certain Benjamin Jacobson (prob 1730). Interestingly, in his will Benjamin mentioned two daughters – Elizabeth & Rebeccah, so I’m thinking that the lady who married Samuel Budd was very possibly his other daughter, and that Benjamin was a brother of our James Jacobson, broker. But where does Susannah Collins fit in?

And how to prove it?

Here we go again . …….

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