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Gotts Surname Family History


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William Davis, Theft > theft from a specified place, 22nd May 1776

467. WILLIAM DAVIS was indicted for stealing eight guineas, and a half guinea, the property of Nicholas Gotts, in the dwelling-house of Francis Morris , April the 27th .

The prosecutor was called, but not appearing, the court ordered his recognizance to be estreated.


Old Bailey record

Antonio Cordosa, Sarah Brown Alias Gotts, Mary Rogers, Killing > murder, 9th January 1811.

This is a long case where Sarah Brown alias Gotts incites Cordosa to kill Thomas Davies outside the Newcastle Arms, Smithfield. There is a follow-up trial in 1814 where Cordosa has been found.


Confined one year in Newgate .

Old Bailey record


William Gotts, “a very dangerous fellow”

Hanged at Norwich (The History Press, 2011) by Neil Storey makes brief reference to a William GOTTS, convicted of horse theft and executed on Castle Hill on the 19th August 1738. He was convicted at Norwich Assizes of ‘several Felonies and Horse-Stealing’, and sentenced to death.

Norwich assizes

We have no idea who Sarah Brown alias Gotts is, but she turns up again in 1818. See later case. Also, Cordosa & Davies are in a later part to this case in 1814.

This must be Nicholas 3568 in tree 079. We have the newpaper account in the Newsblog for 14 Feb 2014 where he was committed for trial, but it seems William David got off because Nicholas didn’t show up. A lot of money to lose.

1811 case

1814 case

See Ian Gotts of Kings Lynn’s discussion on Stories 14- follow the arrow link

Crime involving Gottses

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