Silvester Bely

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Silvester Bely
Person Silvester Bely
First name Silvester
Middle name(s)
Last name Bely
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Occupation Blacksmith
Secondary shorebased occupation
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Training Not apprentice
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Literacy Signature
Has opening text Sylvester Bayly
Has signoff text Silvester Bely
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Liberty of Tower of London
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1610
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First deposition age 40
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.10v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Apr 6 1650
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Ship classification
Type of ship Shore based trade
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Silvester Bely (alt. Sylvester Bayly) (b. ca. 1610; d. ?). Blacksmith.

Resident in 1650 in the Liberty of the Tower of London.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty year old Silvester Bely deposed on April 6th 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty. He ws examined on interrogatories in "Nego[?tium] examinaconis testis ad perpetua rei memoria ex parte Jaohannis Scotson Administratorem bonorum Roberti Scot alesa quoad navem quendam vorat the Desire".[1]

Silvester Bely testified that he had known Robert Scot in his lifetime, and that Scot had been the master and part-owner of a ship named the Desire of London. Belu had been present at a house in Shadwell, whose sign or name he did not remember. Bely was at the meeting "together with one James Hitchcocke and Mr Robert Tranckmore of Blackwall whith others about a yeare and a halfe since, when and where hee did see the said Robert Scott buy and pay for the said fowerth part of the said shippe the Desire of and to one Robert Orton (who was was allsoe master and 4th part owner of her before)". In consideration for the purchase Scot paid £80. Bely stated that "Orton did then and there signe seale and for his act and deed deliver a bill of sale made of and for the premisses, to which bill of saile and payment of the said moneys as aforesaid hee this deponent is a witnesse and did thereto sett his hand or name together with other of the persons before mentioned who were then and there alsoe present and sawe the same soe had and done as is before in this his deposition mentioned and expressed".[2]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/63 f.10v
  2. HCA 13/63 f.10v