An influential local family, possibly descended from Dukes of Bedford, who own much of the local land in the eighteenth century.
At a windmill on this land, the miller in the 1730s is James Bedford.† Many Gosport Bedfords are his descendants.
Among his sons are Charles and William, both listed among the original Gosport trustees: this William is their clerk in the 1770s.
Charles's son, attorney James Bedford, is involved in administering Elizabeth Attwick's will and in the Delmť v Missing lawsuit.† Clerk and treasurer to Fareham Turnpike's trustees at the time of the dispute with Peter Barfoot.† Apparently living in Portsea when he makes his will in 1797.
This James's brother Charles, "brazier, Middle St", is also a Gosport trustee.† Serves on inquisition into Cort's Gosport properties, 31 October 1789.† By 1798, when he makes his will, he has moved to Droxford (some way north of Fareham).
The name occurs first as keeper of a public house, the Queens Head, rented from John Attwick in 1715.† Also the name of an original Gosport trustee.† A Sir William Buckland offers a mortgage in 1779 on a Middle Street property formerly owned by John Attwick.
Associate or employee of John Attwick.† Appears first as witness to the 1742 deed by which Attwick buys a property in Middle Street.† Is named in the wills of both Attwick (1744) and his widow (1754) as foreman of their works in Gosport.
Several Gosport characters with this name, but no sign of any father-son relationship.
The most important one is an associate (clerk or partner) of William Hollis.† Witnesses affidavits by Cort in defence against a complaint by James Waller, and by Henry Foxall about his stay at Ketley (claimed to be evidence that Reynolds is pirating Cortís process); also several wills.† An original Gosport trustee, also a juror.
Sworn at the House of William Hollis, Gentleman of the Town of Gosport in the County of Southampton
Provenance of Henry Cortís defence against James Wallerís complaint, witnessed by James Collins, 21 October 1778
The James Collins who marries Joseph Hamerís daughter Susannah early in the nineteenth century is presumably from a younger generation.† Their defence against the complaint of her sister Caroline is sworn at Jamesís house in Middle Street, Gosport, where Hollisís house was also situated.
Thomas Curry: father and son
Father is one of the original Gosport trustees.† Probably the one who participates in inquisitions into the affairs of Cort & Jellicoe in 1789.
Son dies first.† His will, made in 1793, describes him as a ropemaker, in partnership with his father: it is proved in 1797.
His widow Mary Ann (nťe Holloway) becomes Samuel Jellicoeís second wife.
Another important Gosport family.† The names John, William, James and Elizabeth all occur.† James is one of John Attwick's executors.
The most successful is John, who pursues a career in law in London.† Signs the 1791 petition to William Pitt on behalf of Cort.
Another notable Gosport name.
John Forbes is a "sailmaker & ship chandler" in 1783.
"Merchant" Robert Forbes signs a bail bond for Henry Cort in a dispute with David Parry: possibly the same Robert Forbes responsible for building the toll bridge connecting the town with Haslar Hospital in 1795.
A colourful local character.† One of original Gosport trustees, is nevertheless reprimanded by the board for non-payment of dues in December 1769.† In 1771 turns down an offer to become their treasurer, and in 1779 leaves the board.† Then becomes involved in deals concerning Middle Street property previously owned by John Attwick.
Hackman: see separate page
Hamer doesnít spend long in Gosport, but his impact on some of Henry Cortís relations is probably significant.
William Hollis, lawyer
Acts for both William Attwick and Henry Cort.† Nominated as a Gosport trustee in 1775.
Mr Cortís agent was with Me this afternoon & by a letter from Mr Hollis Mr Cortís Country Attorney informs Me that you have consented to take your Brother together with Mr. Cort as security for your Debt.
† From letter to Major David Parry from his lawyer, 6 November 1776.
According to the web-posted record of burials at St Mary Alverstoke (not always reliable), he lives to the age of 81, being buried on 11 December 1806; so it is probably he, rather than a younger namesake, who becomes clerk to the trustees in 1796.
His son, Aiskew Paffard Hollis, becomes an admiral and enjoys a commemorative plaque in St Marys.† (Paffard is his mother's maiden name, Aiskew the surname of her brother-in-law.)
Another lawyer, like Hollis in Middle Street: more likely a rival than a partner.† Original Gosport trustee.† Witness to several wills, including those of James Lind and his brother John.
Gosport juror and trustee.† Listed as a draper in 1783 trade directory, a mercer in 1784.† Brother-in-law and executor to William Buckland, 1784.
Family with navy connections, starting with siblings William, Ann and Jane.
William becomes a ship's carpenter.† His son William becomes a ship's captain in 1779.
Ann marries James Hackman, becomes grandmother of murderer James.† Jane witnesses a will by Ann's son William.
Dr James Lind
Best known for his work on prevention of scurvy.† Physician at Royal Haslar Hospital 1758-83.† Brother John and son James (later Sir James) both officers in navy.† Son John continued his work at Haslar.
There are some horrific errors about Lind on other websites, most common being to call him ďSir JamesĒ.
Marshall: see separate page
Mathis: see Hackman page
Thomas Andrews Minchin
The name Andrews results from the marriage of one Jane Andrews to an ancestor.
An attorney, he witnesses the Foxall affidavit and the defence to a complaint against members of the Whitcomb family.† Becomes a Gosport trustee.† Also Secretary to a body set up by The Dissenters of Gosport in August 1787, suggesting a possible link with James Watson.
Possibly son of Thomas.† Gosport juror, becomes Gosport court overseer by 1767, trustee in 1774.
Listed as grocer in Middle Street in 1783 and 1784 directories.
Participates in inquisition into Cort property, 31 October 1789.
Witness at marriage of Samuel Jellicoe to Mary Ann Curry. 8 December 1800.
Children of John and Mary Paffard include:
∑ Elizabeth who marries John Aiskew
∑ Hannah who marries William Hollis
∑ Ann who sells a property to James Lind
There is also juror Peter Paffard, listed as a painter in 1784 and 1792.
John and William (at least two) are important names.† The relationship between them has not been established.
John is named as executor by John Attwick.
William the elder is a bailiff, juror and original Gosport trustee.† Elizabeth Attwick names him as an executor, but he declines to act.† He is probably the one who witnesses the marriage settlement between Richard Porterís daughter Elizabeth and Archibald Dickson (then a lieutenant on HMS Superb).
A Lieutenant General William Peachey is reported to have donated a house in Cross Street to the trustees.
A younger William Peachey is named as an executor in Hyde Mathis's original will.
Richard Porter and his family play a significant part in Gosport affairs, although Richard dies less than two years after Cortís arrival.† There are also significant links with the Navy.
John Burton Timmings
Clerk to Cortís Gosport works circa 1779-85.† Writes to Cramond on behalf of the business.† Becomes Gosport trustee in 1790.
Constable at Gosport court 1760.† Original trustee.† Treasurer to trustees 1775-95.† Participates in 1789 inquisitions.
Several dissenting families in Gosport area.
Robert Waller, surgeon: original Gosport trustee
Dr T Waller, physician of Portsmouth Common, pens two letters to Annals of Agriculture about Cort's achievements, 1786-7.
Daniel Waller supplies description of Gosport in Annals of Agriculture, 1789 (Vol 8 p217)
At least two named James, probably related.
Another James Ward marries Ann Hackman at Gosport, 3 March 1734.
A James Ward "of Forton" sells land for a hospital in 1736.
A succession of generations with the same name, with a brewery business.† The eldest buys land from William Attwick in 1763, serves as juror in 1779 and 1789 and participates in the inquisition into Cort and Jellicoe assets in Gosport.† In his will (made 1791, proved 1792) he leaves the brewery to his son Thomas and the India Arms Hotel to son George.