William WOTTON

Male 1605 - 1670  (~ 65 years)    Has 2 ancestors and 313 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name William WOTTON 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Alt. Baptism 6 Aug 1594  St. Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Baptism if 'my' William was the son of Arthur.
    Baptised 16 May 1605  St. Leonard’s Church, Halwell, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • This baptism was of a son, but the name was on part of page now missing in the PRs. Was it William? And if so, was it this William?

      ** uncertain if 'my' William was the son of Richard and Elizabeth **
      (see an alternative - son of Arthur)

      With William marrying near Dartmouth and then living and having all his children in Dartmouth Arthur has to be a possibilty as William's father, but I don't feel it is safe to assume this.
      With William's son Walter referring to an uncle Crispin in his will it would clearly help if we could find uncle Crispin's baptism. I have found a burial, but that isn't until 1707. Easily possible for an uncle of Walter's, but less likely if William was the son of Arthur. With Arthur dying in 1611 Crispin would have had to have lived to the age of about 100.

      It did seem to me more likely that William was the son of Richard and Elizabeth who married in Blackawton and then had children in Halwell. Although I am only sure of son Solomon there was at least one other son, baptised 1605, but with part of the page in the register now missing the name is not known. Were there other children whose baptisms are also now not legible in the PR?
      It would be worth looking in the BTs to check, if any survive for this period.
      Solomon had a son Samuel which would fit with the cousin Samuel that this William's son William mentions in his will.

      Looking for the cousin Richard Cliffe named in the will of William's son William suggests this 'my' William may be the son not of Richard and Elizabeth but of Arthur - but in that case, what was the connection with Samuel that led to the disputes over William junior's will?

      ** There may well be other possibilities for William besides the two so far identified. **
    Gender Male 
    Chancery Court dispute 1652  Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Defendant in a case brought by Stephen Knowling 
    • It seems that William was in debt, Stephen yielded to pleading to help William out - and then William was dishonest about what had been agreed!
      However, I have only found the bill of complaint, not a reply, so we don't know William's view of things.
      Nor (as yet) have I looked for any decrees or orders.
    Occupation Milcombe, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Yeoman 
    • From Court of Chancery case, TNA ref: C 9/407/465
      (Still of Milcombe at the time of his death.)
    Died Jun 1670  Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • (assumed from burial)
    Buried 2 Jul 1670  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • This William cannot have been the William buried at St Saviours Dartmouth on 3 Dec 1649, as he was still alive in 1652 when his brother-in-law Stephen Knowling brought a complaint against him in the Court of Chancery.

      From the Parish Registers, image on FMP (viewed 22 Aug 2014):
      "The second of July was buried William Wootton of Milcomb Captain"

      The 'of Milcombe' suggests the burial was this William, as it is clear from his son William's will that the family had property at Milcombe.  

      I don't understand the 'Captain' (or whatever it says, if I have misread it). The style of writing is different to the rest of the entry - I wonder if it belongs to the entry on the line above (much of which I can't read - quite faint - but I can see that the person buried was described as 'sonne of ...'; was he in the army?

      Another Wm Wotton bur 30 May 1697 - no cmt re age or abode
    Person ID I14258  Teresa's tree | Teresa's direct ancestor
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2018 

    Father Arthur WOTTON,   b. Abt 1558,   bur. 4 Apr 1611, St. Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years) 
    Mother CONSTABLE,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married
    • This family may be a fusion of 2 families - that of Arthur, son of John and Arthur of Dartmouth. Son John belongs to Arthur the son of John, the others to Arthur of Dartmouth.

      It is the wife of Arthur (son of John) who is shown as 'd. of Constable' in 1620 visitation.

      ** my ancestor William may have been the son of Arthur - 1st I thought it most likely, then unlikely, now quite likely!!! **

      Since William named a son Walter it seems likely he may have had a brother Walter, which was the first clue that he could have been a son of Arthur, and then I found that Arthur did have a son William of the right sort of age - but is he MY William?
      When I discovered my William probably had a brother Crispin (his son in his will refers to 'unkle Crispin Wotton') and may well have had a sister Barbara, neither names of children of Arthur that I have found, it seemed less likely that Arthur was my William's father.
      In addition, Crispin was clearly still alive when William's son Walter wrote his will in 1691, and seems likely to have been the Crispin who was buried in Blackawton in 1709; that is more likely if Crispin was a younger brother of William, maybe 20 plus years younger than William who may have been born about 1605, but less likely to be a son of Arthur who was having children by 1591. Could Crispin not have been an uncle, as in a parent's brother, but a parent's cousin, using the term for an older relative as we might today? I don't know.

      The lack of a record for Barbara as a daughter of Arthur now seems less of a problem. Although I do still think that her son Richard was probably the cousin that William the goldsmith (son of 'my William') referred to in his will, I think that he was most likely a 2nd cousin or even more distant.
      From Chancery Court cases it is clear that Barbara Cliffe nee Wotton had brothers Walter and Andrew (as well as a sister Elizabeth). From the tree in the book of 1620 visitation records it would appear that Barbara and her siblings were the offspring of William (son of John, the Totnes MP, and his wife Agnes). The tree also shows they had a son Arthur. That could be this Arthur, and if he is the father of my ancestor William that would make William's son William and Richard Cliffe 2nd cousins, close enough that it is not unreasonable to suppose they could have known each other and William have left Richard a small bequest in his will.

      I said I may have fused two Arthurs. Alternatively, it could be children of 2 wives of one Arthur. Assuming for a moment there was just one Arthur, then he would have been aged about 36 when son Barnabas was born.
      Plenty of time to have had earlier children by an earlier marriage. John (who the visitation shows was a son of Arthur) and Richard of Halwell (whose parentage I don't know) could have been such.
      'My' William could then be the son of Richard and have links to both Richard Cliffe and Samuel Wotton. (William the goldsmith would then be 2nd cousin once removed to Richard Cliffe, still close enough to leave a bequest).
    Children 8 children 
    Family ID F6547    |  Family Chart

    Father Richard WOTTON,   b. Est 1576,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth PHILLIPS,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 19 Aug 1604  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • ** At the moment my evidence for suggesting that Richard and Elizabeth were the parents of my ancestor William Wotton is flimsy. **

      A Solomon who seems likely to have been their son of the name having a son Samuel who fits with the Samuel mentioned in the will of William Wotton junior (i.e. son of the above William) is really the only evidence, besides their link to Blackawton.

      The other children I show - Crispin, Walter and Barbara - are just the names of siblings I think my ancestor William had (Crispin because William's son Walter referred to his uncle Crispin Wotton in his will, Walter and Barbara as William's son William refers to a cousin 'Richard Clift' and the cousin seems most likely to be son of Barbara, who had a brother Walter Wotton).

      We know that Richard had a son Solomon baptised in 1607/8, and another son whose name was on part of the page now missing in 1605. In 1600 the top of the page is missing with all details, and similarly for 1612 the whole of the names are missing for some of the entries.
      I will look at the BTs for Halwell (which survive from 1597) to see if I can find other children.
      Did Richard move to Blackawton? - a Richard had a son Robert baptised there in 1620, but that could easily be a different Richard. Three Richard Wottons signed (or made their mark) on the Protestation Oath in Blackawton in 1641/2 (all men aged over 18 were expected to do this).
    Children 4 children 
    Family ID F6061    |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah KNOWLING,   b. Est 1605,   bur. Aft 1652  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married 5 Oct 1628  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 6 children 
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2014 
    Family ID F6060    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsAlt. Baptism - 6 Aug 1594 - St. Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 16 May 1605 - St. Leonard’s Church, Halwell, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 5 Oct 1628 - St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Susannah WOTTON - 6 Sep 1629 - St. Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Walter WOTTON - Abt 1631 - Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - John WOTTON - 14 Aug 1636 - St. Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth WOTTON - 20 May 1638 - St. Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Susanna WOTTON - 26 Sep 1641 - St. Saviour’s Church, Dartmouth, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChancery Court dispute - Defendant in a case brought by Stephen Knowling - 1652 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Yeoman - - Milcombe, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - Jun 1670 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2 Jul 1670 - St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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