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Percy John GOATHAM

Percy John GOATHAM

Male 1877 - 1927  (~ 50 years)    Has 43 ancestors and 19 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Percy John GOATHAM 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Dec Q 1877  Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    • GRO ref: Goatham, Percy John q4 1877 Milton RD 2a 841; GRO online index shows mother's maiden name as Manser
    Baptised 27 Jan 1878  St. John the Baptist Church, Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 20 Jul 2019)
      Abode Bredgar, father Joseph shown as a labourer.
    Gender Male 
    Education Scholar 
    1891 
    Occupation Wood and fruit labourer / dealer  [1
    From 1901 to 1911 
    • Described as "Wood and fruit labourer" (1901 census), "dealer (fruit and wood)" in 1911.
      He must have also kept some pigs as in 1910 he was fined for neglecting to given notice of swine fever.
      If he had orchards then of course pigs could be kept by rooting around at the base of the trees.
    Died Cause: Prussic acid poisoning while of unsound mind [Suicide] 
    24 Mar 1927  The Hut, Pettfield, Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    • GRO ref: GOATHAM, Percy J q1 1927 aged 49 Milton RD 2a 1727; GRO online index shows middle name as John
      Actual date and place from probate calendar entry.
    Inquest 25 Mar 1927  Sun Inn, Bredgar, Kent, 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 
    • "A Bredgar Tragedy.
      Wife's Startling Discovery.
      Called to a hut in Pett Field, Bredgar, on
      Thursday afternoon in last week, by her son,
      Mrs. Goatham, the wife of Percy James
      Goatham, a general dealer, discovered her hus-
      band, sitting in a chair, quite dead. The de-
      ceased man, who was 49, was well-known in
      the district. Husband and wife lived apart;
      some time ago Mrs. Goatham obtained a
      separation, and a maintenance orderwas
      granted her at the Sittingbourne Court. They
      had been married 21 years, and there are two
      children in family.
      The story of how Percy Goatham came to
      an untimely end in a hut in which he lived
      alone was revealed at an inquest held at the
      Sun Inn, Bredgar, on Friday last, by Mr. E.
      C. Harris, County Coroner.
      Mrs. Ellen May Goatham, the widow, who
      lives at Mill House, Dean's Hill, Bredgar, gave
      evidence of identification, and said that she
      and her husband had not been living together
      for some time. She last saw deceased alive on
      the previous Sunday afternoon, but not to
      speak to.
      On Thursday (witness continued) a letter
      for the deceased arrived, and I sent Rex (her
      younger boy) to the hut in Pett Field to ask
      him to come and take it from me. The boy
      went to the hut, and then called to me, "Mum,
      come quick."
      I went down the bank, where I was stand-
      ing, and saw the deceased in a sitting posi-
      tion in an armchair, and he first appeared to
      be asleep. Then I saw he was dead, and I
      got a coat off his bed, and put it over him.
      There was a tin containing white powder on
      the table, and a mug with a little water in it
      on the ground by the side of him.
      Witness said she then sent Rex for Mr.
      Hadlow.
      The Coroner: Have you ever heard your hus-
      band threaten to take his life? - Yes.
      Recently? - Yes.
      He was a drinker at one time, wasn't he? -
      Not much recentl.
      Was he well off financially? - Not very well.
      Was there any money to come to you? - Yes,
      a good lot to come to me.
      Amos Hadlow, farmer, who lives at Bell
      Cottages, Stockbury, but who had some land at
      Bredgar, said that about half-past five, on
      Thursday afternoon he received a message from
      Mrs. Goatham, and he proceeded to the hut in
      Pett Field, where he found the deceased as
      described by his wife. Deceased was quite
      cold.
      In answer to the Coroner, who asked witness
      if he had seen deceased recently, the reply
      was: I saw him on Tuesday afternoon on his
      bike up the street, but not to speak to.
      Witness said that Goatham often used to
      come into his (Mr. Hadlow's) place. He was
      of an excitable nature, but lately he seemed
      rather "down."
      Witness added: I had not noticed any smoke
      coming from the hut all day on Wednesday,
      nor on Thursday.
      In answer to the Coroner, witness said he
      had never heard Goatham threaten to take his
      life.
      Dr. J. S. Clark, of Sittingbourne, said he ex-
      amined the body at ten minutes to twelve on
      Thursday night, and he should think that
      deceased had been dead from 12 to 18 hours.
      Rigor mortis had set in. There
      was a discolouration over the body, and the
      lips were very read, and he came to the con-
      clusion that death was due to prussic acid
      poisoning.
      Dr. Clark said he was the powder in the
      tin, and smelt the liquid in the mug (both
      produced), and they smelt of bitter almonds
      which confirmed his opinion as to prussic acid
      poisoning.
      "It is a very potent poison," added the
      doctor. "A minute or two would do it. It
      was consistent to find him seated comfortably
      in a chair."
      This completed the evidence, and the Coroner
      in reviewing the facts of the case, said that
      for the last two years the deceased's life had
      not been a very happy one: probably it was
      his own fault to a certain extent. He was of
      an excitable nature, and probably was de-
      pressed at times.
      The Coroner said he found that the de-
      ceased died from prussic acid poisoning, self-
      administered, while of unsound mind.
      Sergeant Hollands and Police-constable Wes-
      kitt, K.C.C., were the Coroner's officers.
      The body of the deceased man had been re-
      moved to the stable of the Sun Inn, and it
      was stated that Goatham had the poison in his
      possession for the purpose of destroying wasps'
      nests."
      (Report in the East Kent Gazette, 2 April 1927)
    Grant of Administration 22 Nov 1927 
    • Goatham Percy John of The Hut Pettfield Bredgar Kent died 24 March 1927 Administration London 22 November to Beatrice Ellen Mary Goatham widow. Effects £150.
    Notes 
    • By the time of the 1911 census Percy and Beatrice had had just 1 child. Percy was an employer and they were living in a 7 room house in London Road, Sittingbourne.
    • (Research):See attached sources.
    Person ID I491  All | England: Kent Group (in Go(a)tham One-Name Study), England: Kent Group - subjects of Go(a)tham One-Name Study, All in the Goatham / Gotham One-Name Study , All subjects of the Goatham / Gotham One-Name Study, The descendants (and other halves) of George Goatham and Ann née Winch
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2020 

    Father Joseph GOATHAM,   b. 1840, Bredgar, Kent, 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,   d. 27 Apr 1921, Milton Reg Dist, Kent, 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 81 years) 
    Mother Susan Eliza (“Eliza”) MANSER,   b. Mar Q 1842, Rye, Sussex, 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,   d. 27 Apr 1915, 167, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, 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 ~ 73 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1865  St. Mary’s Church, Chatham, Kent, 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 
    • GRO ref:  q2 1865 Medway RD, Kent  2a 562
      (Joseph indexed both as GOATHAN and GOATHAM)
    Children 9 children 
    Family ID F338    |  Family Chart

    Family Beatrice Ellen May TRICE,   b. 16 Aug 1883, Kingsdown near Lynsted, Kent, 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,   d. Dec Q 1954, Sheppey Reg Dist, Sheppey, Kent, 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 70 years) 
    Banns of marriage From 30 Sep 1906 to 15 Oct 1906  St. Dunstan’s Church, Frinsted, Kent, 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 
    • FamilySearch has a marriage record for 30 Sep rather than 15 Oct. Since this was a Sunday and it's the third Sunday before the date of the marriage I guess it was the first reading of the banns.
      Transcribed data on FamilySearch from film 2228381, which has PRs for Frinsted Parish Church.
    Married Type: Separated 
    15 Oct 1906  St. Dunstan’s Church, Frinsted, Kent, 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 
    • GRO ref: q4 1906 Hollingbourne RD 2a 1685
      Details from FreeREG website
      Register entry no. 93
      Percy John Goatham, age 28, Bachelor, occupation: Fruit dealer, father: Joseph Goatham, father's occupation: Fruit dealer
      to
      Beatrice Ellen May Trice, age 23, Spinster, [no occupation given], father: William Trice, father's occupation: Carpenter
      Witnesses: William Goatham, Susan Ellen Goatham

      Who were the witnesses? - I guess William was Percy's brother, but I know of no Susan Ellen Goatham, I suspect this is a mistake on FreeREG and should be Susan Eliza, Percy's mother.
    Children 4 children 
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F364    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Dec Q 1877 - Bredgar, Kent, 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 - 27 Jan 1878 - St. John the Baptist Church, Bredgar, Kent, 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 MapsBanns of marriage - From 30 Sep 1906 to 15 Oct 1906 - St. Dunstan’s Church, Frinsted, Kent, 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 - Type: Separated - 15 Oct 1906 - St. Dunstan’s Church, Frinsted, Kent, 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 born - Joseph William GOATHAM - 2 Mar 1907 - Frinsted, Kent, 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 born - Rex GOATHAM - 16 Apr 1913 - Milton Reg Dist, Kent, 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 born - Eliza Sarah GOATHAM - 31 Jul 1915 - Sittingbourne, Kent, 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 born - Lilian Mary (“Lily”) GOATHAM - 25 May 1919 - Milton Reg Dist, Kent, 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 MapsInquest - 25 Mar 1927 - Sun Inn, Bredgar, Kent, 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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  • Sources 
    1. [S103] Newspaper ‘The South Eastern Gazette’ onThe Kent Messenger Group Digital Archive, Kent., (http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/digitalarchive.aspx  :), "Sittingbourne," 29 Nov 1910, online archives (http://www.ukpressonline.co.uk/ukpressonline/getDocument/KMSG_1910_11_19_002?fileType=PDF&#search=%22goatham%22   : accessed 2 Apr 2013), p. 2, col. 2. (Reliability: 4), 2 Apr 2013.
      Sittingbourne
      ...
      P. J. Goatham, dealer, of Sittingbourne, was fined 5s. and 11s. costs for neglecting to give notice of swine fever, contrary to the Contagious Diseases (Animals) Act.
      There were no other P. J. Goathams who could have been the person referred to, and in addition the description of dealer fits with that in the 1911 census.