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Gotts Surname Family History


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Lewis 248 and Emma 261 Puxley (son of Samuel 235 and Martha Woodhouse)

Lewis 248 married Amy (also shown as Emma) 261 Puxley in 1841 and raised their family in Hanworth:

Charles 257- Licensed Hawker

Both Charles and his brother were sons of Charles 245 and Martha 256. Charles 257 married Phyllis Burrell 2818 Corey in 1869 in Gresham. Like his brother, he was a Licensed Hawker, though in Gresham. Their daughter Anna Maria 2819 was born in 1867 and married Henry Moy in 1889.

Robert 976 - Licensed Hawker

Robert 976 married Sarah Ann 1812 Hewitt in 1873 and was a Licensed Hawker in N Walsham. Their children include:

Hawkers have been around for years: there was a Commissioner for Hawkers and Pedlars from 1698 to 1810 when it was merged with the commissioner for hackney coaches. I haven't seen anything describing hawkers and pedlars around this time: the nearest I can find is in Flora Thompson's Larkrise:

The packman, or pedlar, once a familiar figure in that part of the country was seldom seen in the 'eighties. People had taken to buying their clothes at the shops in the market town. But one lasting survivor of the once numerous clan still visited the hamlet at long and irregular intervals. He would turn aside from the turnpike and come plodding down the narrow hamlet road, an old, white-headed, white-bearded man, still hale and rosy, although almost bent double under the heavy, black canvas-covered pack he carried strapped on his shoulders. 'Anything out of the pack today?' he would ask at each house, and, at the least encouragement, fling down his load and open it on the doorstep. He carried a tempting variety of goods: dress-lengths and shirt-lengths and remnants to make up for the children; aprons and pinafores, plain and fancy; corduroys for the men and coloured scarves and ribbons for Sunday wear. 'That's a bit of right good stuff, ma'am, that is,' he would say, holding up some dress length to exhibit it. Few of the hamlet women could afford to test the quality of his piece of goods; cottons or tapes, or a paper of pins were their usual purchases.”

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