Friday, April 27, 2012

Jonathan and Rebekah WEEDEN

Today I'm going to write about Jonathan WEEDEN, my 4x great grandfather.  I have managed to gather several documents about his life despite him living almost 275 years ago, including his marriage bond, and his will. His will, in particular, allowed a very high brick wall to be knocked down!!

He was born on 4 May 1750 in Chears Yard, Bermondsey and baptised 9 days later at St Mary Magdalene Church, Bermondsey, son of George WEEDEN, gardener, and Mercy his wife.

Jonathon married twice. Firstly to Sarah Carter by licence on 1 Aug 1770. The marriage bond is available, and quite exciting as it's the only marriage bond I've ever seen. How exciting to be able to view his actual signature! From this document I was able to see that he was living in the parish of St Olave's Hart Street. (Samuel Pepys' parish). Not far north of the river and close to the Tower of London.

Jonathan was a porter, and worked the route across the river from the City of London into Southwark. I know this from a 1772 document viewed online from the National Archives: George Mills accused of stealing a silk handkerchief from the pocket of Jonathan Weeden of Nightingale Lane, City of London, porter, as it he bringing a load out of the City into the Borough of Southwark and the end of Tooley Street.

Sarah died in Dec 1771, just 16 months after their marriage. Their daughter Susannah, born May 1771, died aged  just 18 months.

 Jonathan was now free to remarry,  to Rebekah BRITTON  on 15 May 1774 at St George the Martyr, Southwark by banns, (another lovely flourishing signature from Jonathan, and an X for Rebekah). One of the witnesses was George WEEDEN,  (his brother, as his father George had died in 1742). They had 10 children, and their baptism records show that the family had settled in Southwark after this marriage, living on Five Foot Lane. Jonathan's occupation varied between victualler, porter and Gent!

Jonathan died on 14 Aug 1792 in Lambeth, and was buried back at St Mary Magdalene Church, Bermondsey in a vault in the churchyard. (I am unable to read what it says in the PR after that. Looks like Desk Sewin???**)

Jonathan's will was published on 25th August, and described him as 'late Ticket Porter, now Victualler of Lambeth , Surrey.' Rebekah died in 1805, and also left an informative will.

** Eric thinks it says Desk Service, and I agree....but what does that mean?


Eric said...

Could it be "Desk Service"?
Those last few letters are difficult and it appears there had been a draw over or a rewrite, as if someone had a problem with the quill pen! ;*)
How nice to find out so much about them!

fengirl said...

Yes Eric, I agree, but what does it mean?

SheilaMatilda said...

How lucky you are to see these old documents with his signature. I have not traced any wills yet but doubt my ancestors had anything to leave.

fengirl said...

Although not by any means wealthy, both Jonathan and Rebekah wanted to make sure their belongings went to the right homes.