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Showing posts with label Brewer's Servant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brewer's Servant. Show all posts

Saturday 18 November 2023

John Cowtley and Mary Pateman

John Cowtley (b. 1670), bachelor, married Mary Pateman (bap. 20 Mar 1669 at St Dunstan's), spinster, daughter of Thomas and Mary Pateman, at the church of St James Duke's Place, Aldgate, City of London on 18 Nov 1691.

Apparently, this tiny little parish church was a very popular place to get wed during the 17th century. Some 40,000 marriages were recorded as having taken place here between 1644 and 1691. Described a "Aldgate’s own version of Gretna Green", it was famous for performing irregular marriages. It's clear that St Dunstan's, Stepney was their home parish, so it's perhaps reasonable to surmise that John and Mary's marriage in this parish was one of the irregular ones, for whatever intriguing reason (that the records don't explain). 

John and Mary had two daughters, both baptised at St Dunstan's:
  1. Susanna Cowtley b. 24 Aug 1692, bap. 28 Aug 1692
  2. Elizabeth Cowtley bap. 4 Oct 1696, in Stepney
On Susanna's baptism, it notes that the child was 4 days old; that the family lived in Ratcliffe and gives John's occupation as a Brewer's Servant.

Found no further records of John or Mary Cowtley nor of their deaths.