Jacob Sealley

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Jacob Sealley
Person Jacob Sealley
First name Jacob
Middle name(s)
Last name Sealley
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Common man, Quartermaster
Associated with ship(s) Gilbert (Master: William Croford)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Jacob Ceelay
Has signoff text Jacob Sealley
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Language skills English language
Has interpreter
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Birth country
Res street Wapping
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1692
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First deposition age 56
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/72 f.234v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jan 18 1658
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Has infobox completed Yes
Has synthesis completed No
Has HCA evidence completed No
Has source comment completed No
Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Jacob Sealley (b. ca. 1602; d. ?). Mariner.

Shipped quartermaster of the ship the Gilbert (Master: William Croford) on a voyage from London to Barbados and back, but after falling sick was replaced and served the voyage as a common man, but on quartermaster's wages.[1]

Resident in 1658 in Wapping in the parish of Stepney.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Fifty-six year old Jacob Sealley deposed on January 18th 1658 in the High Court of Admiralty.[2] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Keate and others in the case of "Bellinger against Keate and otehrs".[3]

Jacob Sealley stated that "hee as one of the company of the shipp Gilbert the voyage in question and was shipped for a quarter master, but falling sick in the voyage an other was quarter Master put into that place, and this deponent afterward served the rest of the voyage as a common mariner, but at the same wages which hee was shipped at as quarter master". Regarding his wages, "hee hath receaved all his wages for the voyage in question save twenty five shillings which as hee beleeveth is stopped by reason of the losse of the sugar in question".[4]

Sealley offered detailed opinions on the stowage of the sugar at Barbados on board the Gilbert. In response to an interrogatory he said that "sometymes merchants at the Barbados doe after the hold is full stowe goods aboard shipps betweene decks, but not when a shipp is soe deepe laden as the Gilbert was who had her hatch way filled up with her water and other provisions and goods as aforesayd".[5]

Comment on sources


Beniamin Bellinger

"Will of Col. Benjamin Berringer/Barbados

This data is from "Barbados Records/Wills and Administrations/Volume 1/1639-1680" - page 29. Compiled and edited by Joanne McCree Sanders.

Berenger, Lt. Col. Benjamin of Bdos (also spelled Bellinger) RB6/15, p.10
Dep. 12 April 1662. Col. James Browne: "He took the deposition of Col. John Yeamans & Margaret Yeamans his wf, the relict of Lt. Col. Benjamin Berenger late of Barbados decd. The said wf has 4 cdn by Berenger: Mary Berenger, Symon Berenger, John Berenger & Margaret Berenger. He left his estate to his wf and cdn."

There is more data...one part notes that Berenger died in Jan 1660.

Note: the spelling of the name - Berenger - is as written in this document

Fran in SC"[6]
  1. HCA 13/72 f.234v
  2. HCA 13/72 f.234v
  3. HCA 13/72 f.233r
  4. HCA 13/72 f.235v
  5. HCA 13/72 f.235v
  6. 'Will of Col. Benjamin Berringer/Barbados', Posted by: Frances Daniell Hough, Date: August 30, 2001 at 08:14:35, viewed 05/12/13