James Wilson

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James Wilson
Person James Wilson
First name James
Middle name(s)
Last name Wilson
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Second mate
Associated with ship(s) Charles (Master: Thomas Wilson)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text James Wilson
Has signoff text James Wilson
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Language skills English language
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Res street Wapping
Res parish
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Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1617
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First deposition age 36
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/68 f.374v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Nov 29 1653
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Has HCA evidence completed No
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Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship with a commission
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

James Wilson (b. ca. ?; d. ?). Mariner.

Master's second mate of the ship the Charles (Master: Thomas Wilson).

Resident in 1653 in Wapping in Middlesex.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-six year old James Wilson deposed on November 29th 1653 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalfe of Read and Wilson in the case of "Joson against Read and Wilson for their interest in the Golden Lyon".[1]

James Wilson stated that the ship the Golden Lyon was seized in February 1652 in the James River at Virginia, near a place called Pagan Creek. Wilson knew this since he was on the Charles, which was one of the three ships which took and seized the Golden Lyon. The Charles had a commission from the English Commonwealth "to seize all shipps and goods whatsoever which they should then finde tradeing at Virginia". The Charles had entered into a mutual agreement with the William and John and the Seven Sisters to assist each othe rin surprizing all such vessels as they were authorized by their commissions to surprise. They "did alsoe at the same tyme agree each with other that they would proportionally share and divide amongst them the sayd Josson Read and Wilson and their severall mariners and seamen of their severall companyes all shipps and their ladings whatsoever which they should joyntly or aparte seize and surprize".[2]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/68 f.374v
  2. HCA 13/68 f.375r