Robertt Church Junior

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Robertt Church Junior
Person Robertt Church Junior
First name Robertt
Middle name(s)
Last name Church
Suffix Junior
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Mariner
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Master
Associated with ship(s) John and Ambrose (Master: Robertt Church Junior)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Robert Church
Has signoff text Rob:tt Church Jnior
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Language skills English language
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Res street Shadwell
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1623
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First deposition age 32
Primary sources
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.47v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Jan 8 1655
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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

Robertt Church Junior (b. ca. 1623; d. ?). Mariner.

Master of the ship the John and Ambrose in late 1654.

Resident in 1655 in Shadwell.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-two year old Robertt Church Junior deposed on January 8th 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined "On the behalfe of Thomas ffowell and others touching the John and Ambriose.[1]

Robertt Church Junior stated that on November 6th 1654 his ship was "cast away upon the spitt of the Whitaker of Malden with her lading of goods from Russia". The ship's goods fell into the hands of the inhabitants of Tolesbury. Thomas ffowell and other London merchants who were owners of the goods "obtained a Commission out of this Court for the enquirie after and Recovery of the said goods" and Church himself was sent to execute the commission.[2]

Arriving in Tolesbury on November 11th 1654 Church learned that "one Andrew Rand the Constable of the towne had got some of the said goods into his possession, whereupon this deponent on or about the eleaventh of the said moneth went unto him to warne him to take his oath and to be examined, and finding him at the White Hart in the said towne, warned him accordingly". However Rand showed contempt, and "having gotten the same into his hand, clapt it into his pocket and said a flie for you and your Commission, where is nowe your Commission, or to that effect and much slighted the same".

Church retained the Commission and represented it to Rand the next day, when "Rand denied to bee examined, and told this deponent that hee this deponent had noe power to examine him, albeit that in reading the said Commission hee sawe and found that this deponent was one of the Commissioners."[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.47v
  2. HCA 13/70 f.47v
  3. HCA 13/70 f.48r