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083 - Francis and Samuel of Bethnal Green


Samuel 2397 and Elizabeth 2398 Green


Samuel 2397 is the head of one of the oldest trees in London, though we don't know how he got there. Samuel married Elizabeth 2398 Green on 23 Aug 1789 in Bethnal Green. He was a cooper and a yeoman. They obtained a licence 20 Aug 1789 and were married 23 August 1789 - it has Samuel Gotts of the parish of All Hallows the Less 22 years and upwards marrying Elizabeth Green of the parish of Hornchurch Essex, spinster aged nineteen and upwards with the consent of her father John Green. It was also signed by John Green and Samuel. Their children were:

Question: Where did Samuel come from? Where was he born and how did the family get to London?

Francis 1033 and Jane 1035 Reynolds


Francis 1033 married Jane Reynolds in 1819 in Hackney. Jane was born in 1797 and died in 1880 aged 82, in Bethnal Green. Their children were all born in Bethnal Green:

Bethnal Green St Matthews

John William 1037 and Ann 1042 Wright


John William 1037 married Ann Wright in 1844 at Hackney. Ann was born in 181 in Windsor and died in 1895 in West Ham. They had four children born in various parts of London:

John William was noted as a 'keeper of animals' in Newington in the 1851 census.

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Ancestry land returns

These show Samuel was living back in Bethnal Green in 1793, in one of a series of properties owned by Joseph Gossett and paying 9/4d (9 shillings & four old pence). Strangely, the next name on the list is William Burridge, though any connection to the William Burrage b 1757 in tree #040 is unlikely as there isn’t a Samuel known at the right age. They are both there two years later in 1795. In 1796 the rent had gone up to 10 shillings and there are records through to 1811.


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