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By Louis Lehmann

(I am indebted to Bruce Hunt for sharing so much of the Batcheler family information which he has carefully researched. My thanks also goes to Eileen Stage for her great research of coastguard records at the National Archives. I am also grateful to Yvonne Thomas for all the information and encouragement she has shared, especially regarding the French family. Anthony James, Teresa Davies, and Al Jensen have all similarly shared information and support.)

When I first looked at the meager information I had gathered about my 7th gr-grandfather, I knew there must be much more to his life than the fact that he, John Batcheler (I), was listed as a "sojurner of Playden" when he had married Mary Chapman of Rye on 12 April 1724 at the ancient port town of Rye, that picturesque port town on the Sussex coast. I found no information about this John Batcheler in the Playden parish records and those of Rye told me nothing else about Mary Chapman. But I did find the baptism records for their four children, all baptized at Rye: Mary - 1730, Margret - 1734, William - 1738, and John Batcheler (II) - 1724. For John Batcheler (II) , I found a record of his marriage to Sarah Sillis on 5 Feb 1744 (1) .(2)

Looking again at the Rye parish registers I noticed that a John Batcheler, seaman, was buried at Rye 3 Nov 1748 and that another John Batchellor, seaman, drowned and was buried at Rye on 18 Nov 1742. Finding no records for anyone else of this name, I was reasonably sure that one of these seamen, John Batcheler (I) , was my 7th gr-grandfather and the other, his namesake son, John Batcheler (II) , was my 6th gr-grandfather. A marriage record (10 July 1750) for Henry Allen and Sarah Batchelor (widow) of Rye indicated that she was probably Sarah Sillis, married in 1744 to John Batcheler , who must be John Batcheler II, buried in 1748 since he clearly could not be the one drowned and buried in 1742.

A marriage record (4 Oct 1748) for William Wilmshurst of Icklesham and Mary Batcheler of Rye suggested that she could be the widow of John Batchelor (I) who married Mary Chapman in 1724 and who was drowned and buried in 1742. To confirm that I was looking at the correct Mary Batchelor in this marriage, I examined the IGI which pointed me to baptismal records of this couple's children: William Wilmshurst 31 Aug 1750 at Rye, Mary Wilmshurst 19 Feb 1758 at Icklesham, and James Batchelor Wilmeshurst. 4 Oct 1761 at Icklesham. ( FHL film # 1067213). James' middle name convinced me that his mother was indeed Mary Chapman, who married first, John Batcheler (I) and second, William Wilmshurst.

I began reading about Rye's history to gain some idea of what events might have occurred during the lives of John (I) and Mary's family from 1724 through 1750. Learning that King George I visited Rye in 1725 and that King George II visited in 1736, I imagined how exciting those events might have been for them during their first twelve years of marriage. And when I discovered that 1740 was such a terrible year in Rye that "Extream Cold Season and necessity of the Poor" encouraged the Rye corporation to donate ten pounds to the vicar for distribution among the needy, I wondered if John Batcheler (I) and Mary, with their four children, were among those poor folks.

Certainly 1742 was an unforgettable year for their family. Like the rest of the little Rye community , they must have been shocked by the March 17 murder of Allen Grebell, Mayor James Lamb's brother-in-law, by John Breads, a local butcher. Breads was angry about a past fine for false weight and intended to murder Mayor Lamb. But because Grebell was wearing his brother-in-law's red cloak that night, Breads mistook him for the Mayor and stabbed him in the back. Of course he was arrested and imprisoned for the next three months in Rye's historic Ypres Tower as his trial proceeded, presided over by his intended victim, Mayor James Lamb. He was found guilty and ... "Breads was hanged on June 8 outside the Strandgate on the west side of the town. His body was suspended in a gibbet-cage near the scaffold, and later in the parish church, until old women stole the bones to make a cure for rheumatism.....Bread's gibbet and skull finally went on display in the town hall, where they still provide a ghastly thrill for visitors." (3)

There is no way of knowing just how familiar anyone in John Batcheler (I) and Mary's family were with John Breads or his family. Because Allen Grebell and Mayor James Lamb were distinguished pillars of the community, John and Mary surely knew of them but probably did not have a personal relationship with either of them. And no one can say if anyone in the Batcheler family was among those who actually observed the clearly deranged John Breads, soon after the murder, "dancing around the town, drunk and half-naked, shouting 'butchers should kill lambs' ..." or if any of them had witnessed the hanging. John Batcheler (I) and/or Mary very well could have seen the suspension of Breads body near the scaffold, in the church, or in "Gibbet Marsh" where Bread's remains rotted over many years before the gibbet and skull were removed to the town hall where they still reside today. Hopefully they tried to shield their children from those sights but perhaps they did allow them to view the grave of Allan Grebell in the Clare chapel of the Rye church. If so, we can only speculate as to what they may have said to them about the murder.

John Batcheler (I) or Mary Batcheler may have known John Breads' wife, Mary, who died in 1739, leaving him to care for their two sons, John Jr, then age 8, and Richard , then age 6. And it is quite possible that some members of the Bacheler family were acquainted with these two children before, during, or after the trial and execution of their father. Looking at the ages of the children of both families in 1742, we see that John Breads (II) was eight, Richard Breads was nine, Mary Batcheler was 12, and Margret Batcheler was eight. They very well could have been in the same school. Rye was not a large community during the first part of the eighteenth century. (In 1724 the population was estimated to be about 200 families encompassing about 900 individuals. It was not apt to be greatly larger eighteen years later.). It has been described as a small town in 1742 where the lack of anonymity meant that if John Breads showed signs of madness such signs would have been widely discussed among the town-folk. So John Batcheler (I) and Mary and even their children probably knew about any erratic or bizarre behavior by Breads, who had, on an undated prior occasion, met William Fowl just outside the town in "Dead Man's Lane" where "he thought he was then among a Parsel of Devils", and who, on another occasion some years earlier, had been confined for "feigned madness. " ( Perhaps the Batcheler family was familiar with local tales about Dead Man's Lane, the former site of public hangings, leading to King's Field where a great battle was once fought and where many bones have been found.). (4) (5)

Like most of the people of Rye, John Batcheler (I) and Mary were probably horrified by the murder of Allen Grebell. But could they also have understood at least some of John Breads' rage against authority?. Some of Rye's social classes, including butchers and mariners such as John Batcheler, were effectively blocked from civic participation and membership in polite society. Patterns of political patronage, profit-taking and greed further separated the social classes (a division accentuated in 1735 when people getting parish relief were ordered to wear badges.)

Sensational as the Grebell murder was, an event eight months later was far more personally tragic for the Batcheler family. According to parish records, John Batcheler (I) drowned and was buried on November 18, 1742. His widow, Mary, was left still raising three of their four children: Mary - age 12, Marget - age 8, and William - age 6. Her oldest son John Batcheler (II), 18, probably was helping to raise his younger siblings but he also may have been following his own career as a mariner. Fifteen months after the death of his father, he married Sarah Sillis at Rye on Feb 5, 1744. John Batcheler (II) and Sarah may well have continued to support his mother and his siblings at until his death in 1748, just one month after the marriage of his sister, Mary Batcheler, to "William Wilmshurst of the parish of Icklesham" The Rye parish records note that on : "Nov 3, 1748 - John Batcheler, Seaman, was buried" (6) (7)

The records do not list the cause of death for John Batcheler (II) in 1748 but there were episodic outbreaks of smallpox in Rye between 1731 and 1762, (8) Whatever the cause of John Batcheler (II)'s death, his widow was left raising her three year old daughter, Sarah, ) baptized 21 Oct 1745; . and an infant son, John Batcheler (III), baptized 19 Feb 1747. This situation changed in 1750 when Sarah re-married as shown by this Rye parish record: "Marriage 1750, July 10, Henry Allen, Seaman and Sarah Batcheler, widow, of this parish".(9)

Smugglers in the area were becoming more brazen and more dangerous during those years. In 1745 armed smugglers declared publicly in Rye their support for the Pretender's son. And in the 1747.... "a band of twenty of these desperadoes, well armed and mounted, rode to the 'Red Lion' inn in that town. They imbibed strong liquors until they became boisterous, fired their guns to frighten the inhabitants" ... "On one occasion fourteen men connected with the Rye band were hanged for the brutal murder of some Customs officials. In 1746 the Government sent two regiments of dragoons to that town "to awe the smugglers." So audacious had they become, that no person dared to molest them, and it was their common practice to discharge their pistols to intimidate the authorities by showing the consequences of interference.". " Four years later (1750) the Custom House at Rye was broken into and good were taken. (10)

Such criminal activity might have influenced William and Mary (Batcheler) Wilmshurst so much that they eventually moved to nearby Icklesham. Their first child, William Wilmshurst (II) was baptized at Rye on Aug 31, 1750 but their next two children were baptized at Icklesham; Mary Wilmshurst, 19 Feb 1758; and James Batchelor Wilmshurst, 4 Oct 1761. (11) The parents might be the William and Mary Wilmshurst who lived in nearby Northiam about 1762. There, according to a listing in "Access to Archives" ..... "By his will dated 1762, William Wilmshurst of Northiam, wheelwright bequeathed property to his wife Mary, on her decease to be divided between his brothers Stephen Wilmshurst of Cranbrook (Kt) innkeeper and Thomas Wilmshurst of Maidstone (Kt) staymaker. The will was proved in 1779 and the property, now called the 'Six Bells', including brewhouse, cellars, stables and woodhouses, was sold for £400 in Mar. 1780 to Thomas Smith of Northiam, victualler (AMS5681/58/4-5)" (12)

Whether or not William and Mary (Batcheler) Wilmshurst moved from Icklesham to Northiam, Mary's sister, Margret Batcheler and her sister-in-law, Sarah (Batcheler) Allen, remained in Rye where Margaret married Henry Jarret (I) on 9 April 1765. They had five children, all baptized at Rye: Henry Jarrett (II) - 9 July 1766, William Batcheler Jarrett - 23 Dec 1768, John Jarrett - 17 April 1771, Stephen Jarrett - 21 Feb 1773, and George Jarrett - 5 Mar 1775.

Henry Jarrett (II) can be remembered as a community patriot as he was one of the sixty-one Rye citizens who signed the 1828 petition to the Brotherhood (a representative assembly composed of the mayors, certain jurats, and barons from the several towns) to protect the liberties of the Cinque Ports, of which Rye was one. (13)

Henry and Sarah (Batcheler) Allen continued to raise Sarah's two young children; Sarah and John Batcheler (III) along with their son, Henry Allen (II) bapt 17 Oct 1755. Apparently they grew up at Rye and very well may have been among the many people who heard John Wesley speak when he visited Rye on Nov 22, 1773 and expressed his distress with the continuing problem of smuggling.... "Monday, Nov 22nd I set out for Sussex and found abundance of people willing to hear the good word at Rye in Particular; but they will not part with the accursed thing - smuggling. So I fear, with regard to these, our labour will be in vain." (14)

John Batcheler (III) married an apparently pregnant Rebekah Russell on 1 April 1771 at Rye where their five children were born: John Russell Batcheler, bapt 7 July 1771; William Batcheler, bapt 16 Feb 1774; Thomas, bapt 1 Jan 1776; Isaac, bapt 27 Dec 1777, buried 10 Dec 1779; and Sarah, bapt 2 Mar 1785 at Rye, died 1842 on the Isle of Wight. (15)


John Russell Batcheler appears to have married Elizabeth Ward. They had ten children, all baptized at Rye: John William Gibson - 3 April 1797; Elizabeth - 20 June 1799; Edward Ward - 20 June 1800; Charles - 13 April 1810; Harriett - born 5 May 1806, bapt 30 June 1806; George - 27 Dec 1804, buried 4 Jan 1807; Henry - 22 Dec 1803; Thomas - 12 July 1801; Charlotte - 3 Nov 1802; John - 5 April 1803.(16)

John William Gibson Batcheler married Elizabeth French, a spinster, at Northwood , Isle of Wight on 18 Jan 1824, witnesses - Edw Batcheler and Sarah French ( Edward appears to be his brother and Sarah French, widow of Daniel French, is his aunt. Elizabeth French was born about 1707 at Ebony, Kent, to George French and Sarah Rhodes. There may be some connection with the family of Daniel French but such information has not yet surfaced) (17) John William Gibson Batcheler was a customs officer in 1831 when he wrote this touching letter to his wife (some portions were not legible) :........"Stay off Cowes 4th Octr / 31........My dearly Beloved Betsey...........I thus enjoy the inexpressible gratification of announcing to you my safe arrival in these parts after a months transportation from my be- Betsey (loved?) and offspring. ___.........."This absence of a month from you,.".. the most part……………… day..."A captive thus one ? did send....."Banished from my bosom friend,......."But now I hope I soon shall see........"My children dear, and also Thee......"Which children dear you'll kiss once more,........"Tell 'em their Father will be soon on shore,.........."To give them a nut, likewise a cake,.........."Which he has purchased for their sake........."Sincerely hopeful…………find..........."All well in health, content in mind........."That you may have good news in store?.........."To prate to me, when I'm on shore;........."For I've not any in my pate.........."Of consequence, that I can prate:.........."Then for the present I must bid adieu,......"Hope soon with joy to embrace you "...........I have no news whatever to communicate. I have not been home, neither have I seen Rye, nor any of many friends from that place - in short. I have heard nothing of any of them - and worst of all we have not taken any prize to reward us for the Punishment of our months transportation - so that I shall come home quite empty in purse but exceedingly full of love - you know not how much I want to see you. I new felt the pangs of absence from you …………………………………… My time has passed miserably dull and melancholy - the days I numbered as they in succession came, and the hours I may add were not forgotten. But I hope soon to meet reward in the affections of my Dear Betsey_ "Then with everlasting love to you "I thus conclude this Billetdoux."........ I remain....... My Dear Betsey,.... your truly affectionate and faithful Husband......... John Batcheler" (18) (19) John William Gibson Batcheler died 7 March 1841 of apoplexy.(20)

John William Gibson's aunt, Sarah Batcheler (bapt 2 Mar 1785 at Rye) married Daniel French, a mariner, at Rye on 18 July 1802, just a few months after Daniel was brutally assaulted in Rye by Thomas Paine, as detailed in the following transcribed report of the event:....."The Ancient Town of Rye in the County of Sussex. (To wit) The jurors for our Lord the King, upon their Oath present that Thomas Paine late of the Ancient Town of Rye in the County of Sussex Labourer on the twenty seventh day of December in the forty second year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the third King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to in the Town of Rye aforesaid in the County of Sussex aforesaid in and upon Daniel French Mariner then and there being in the peace of God and of our said Lord the King with Force and Arms an Assault did make and him the said Daniel French then and there did beat wound and evil intreat and then and there to him other enormous things did to the Great Damage and Hurt of him the said Daniel French to the Evil Example of all others offending in the like kind and against the peace of our said Lord the King his Crown and Dignity" (21)

The first two children Daniel (I) and Sarah (Batcheler) French were baptized at Rye: Daniel (II) - bapt.6 May 1803 and William Gibson French - bapt 9 April 1805. Their next six children were baptized at Bexhill: Thomas - born 3 June 1807; Sarah - born 30 May 1809; Charles - born 18 June 1811; George - born 1814; George - born abt 1817; and Anne Elizabeth - born about 1817.(22)

Daniel was nominated to the coastguard on 11 Aug 1819 and on the same date, as boatman, was nominated from Kingston Station, Arundel port in Sussex to the Shanklin station on the Isle of Wight where he was then appointed Chief Officer. (23) He was discharged "dead" 6 Jan 1820 (no cause given) and was buried, 10 Jan 1820 at St Marys in Brading. In the burial record he is listed as as "Daniel C. French, abode - Sandown. No. 236. (24) His death apparently occurred from illness contracted when guarding the cargo of a wrecked ship as indicated in the following document from the National Archives (Some portions illegible in this transcription): ........"6 January 1819.........Hon Sir.......We have to report to your honors the melancholy Death of Mr. Daniel French, Chief Officer of the Preventive Boat at Shanklin caused by a violent cold ---- his Exertion and Night Watchings his Salving and Preserving the Cargo of the Brig William wrecked at Sandown- the 29 Nov last on her voyage from -------- to Portsmouth as ---ssed in our Letter to your Honors 1 Dec --- 253 -....Daniell French was a Strong Athletic Man 40 years of Age and ---- his Death brought on by the Severity of the Frost and Bad Weather - scarce knew we are informed what ill health was except by name....

He has left a Widow and Seven Children in deep Afliction and unprovided for except the Eldest Son, Daniel French who since November last has been temporarily employed by the Inspecting Commander in his Father boat - On the 28 Dec last We received -------- Duties on the Cargo of Timber ------ salved and we verily believe that the Major part of this Sum collected for the Revenue may be attributed to the Exertion of French the deceased his Boat, Crew and Riding Officers in watching & protecting the Goods salved on our open and exposed Shore in one of the most inclement Seasons felt in the Isle of Wight many years - 20 Nights and Days at the end of which being seized with Cold & Cough on his Chest he was obliged to take to his Bed all which is

Respectfully submitted 7 January 1820" (25)

Three of the sons of Daniel French (I) were mariners: Daniel (II) - coastguard(26)

, Thomas - coastguard, and Charles - seaman. Two of his daughters married mariners. Sarah married Fred Jenkins - coastguard, and Anne Elizabeth married Charles Luter - mariner. (27)

Thus ends this partial account of events in the lives of John Batcheler and Mary Chapman and some of their descendants, starting at Rye with visits by King George, the infamous murder of Allen Grebell, the drowning of John Batcheler (I) episodes of smallpox which may have contributed to the death of John Batcheler (II), brazen threats and attacks by smugglers, a visit by John Wesley, a romantic marriage of John William Gibson Batcheler and Elizabeth French, and Sarah Batcheler's marriage to Daniel French soon after he was brutally assaulted. And finally, Daniel French's untimely death as he was doing his duty as a coastguard officer, leaving Sarah (Batcheler) French as a widow with seven children, most of whom followed careers as mariners or married mariners (some of whom were in the coastguard)

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1. Parish Register for Playden FHL Film 1067261

2. Parish register for Rye FHL Film 1067289

3. Monod, Paul Kleber. The Murder of Mr. Grebell: Madness and Civility in an English Town Yale University. New Haven and London. 2003 . pp. 10-36, 144, 205, 208, 210-13, 238

4. A hand-book of travel round the southern coast of England . 1849. Original from

Oxford University page 108

5. The History and Antiquities of the Ancient Town and Port of Rye, in the County of

Sussex: With Incidental Notices of the Cinque Ports By William Holloway Published by J.R.

Smith, 1847. pages 595

6. Parish registers and poor law records for Rye, 1538-1881 Church of England. (FHL Film # 1067289).

7. Parish Records of Rye, Sussex. 1682-1812. (FHL films 1067289 and 1067290), A John Batcheler, Seaman, was buried at Rye 3 Nov 1748. Film 1067289.

8. The History and Antiquities of the Ancient Town and Port of Rye, in the County of

Sussex: With Incidental Notices of the Cinque Ports By William Holloway Published by J.R.

Smith, 1847. pages 540

9. Parish Records of Rye, Sussex. 1682-1812. (FHL films 1067289 and 1067290), Marriage 1750, July 10, Henry Allen, Seaman and Sarah Batcheler, widow, of this parish. Film 1067289.

10. "Smuggling in Sussex" in "The Gentleman's Magazine" Published by F. Jefferies, 1897 pp 41-42 Downloaded

on March 4, 2009.

11. Parish registers and poor law records for Icklesham FHL film 1067213

12. From A2A Deeds of the 'Six Bells' Northiam AMS5681/58 1760-1953 Downloaded - Administrative history:

13. The History and Antiquities of the Ancient Town and Port of Rye, in the County of

Sussex: With Incidental Notices of the Cinque Ports By William Holloway Published by J.R.

Smith, 1847. pages 129-33

14. The History and Antiquities of the Ancient Town and Port of Rye, in the County of

Sussex: With Incidental Notices of the Cinque Ports By William Holloway Published by J.R.

Smith, 1847. pages 544

15. Parish Records. of Rye, Sussex . (FHL Film 1067289).

16. Parish Records of Rye, Sussex FHL Film 1067289

17. Northwood Parish Registers FHL Film # 1470882

18. "The Hunt House" family tree by Bruce Hunt .

19. The original letter from John William Gibson Batcheler to his wife is in East Sussex Record Office Ref AMS 6070 It was transcribed on 2/28/2008 by Bruce Hunt.

20. The death certificate information was shared with me by Bruce Hunt ...(".The Hunt House" family tree by Bruce Hunt . Died on Seventh of March 1841 at No 2 Tarling Street, St Paul in the Parish of St George, St George Hanover Square, Middlesex John William Gibson BATCHELER Male age 44 years a Custom House Officer Cause Apoplexy Informant Elizh BATCHELER, Daughter to deceased of No 2 Tarling Street, present at death Registered 09/03/1841"

21. The information about the assault on Daniel French was first found on A2A The English Strand of the UK Archives Network East Sussex Record Office: Archive of Rye Corporation [RYE/1 - RYE/44] Catalogue Ref. RYE Creator(s): Rye Corporation Assemblies, Hundreds and Sessions.Indictments - ref. RYE/8 FILE - Thomas Paine, labourer; assault on Daniel French, mariner - ref. RYE/8/60 - date: 27 Dec 1801 The more detailed report was in document RYE/8/60 at the East Sussex Record Office in Lewes which I had transcribed by a member of the Sussex Family History Society.

22. Parish Register Transcripts of Bexhill. FHL Film 1364151 Item 8

23. The coastguard records of Daniel French (I) were researched for me at Kew by Eileen Stage who found the following: "Nomination to Coast guards ADM 175/74. Date of Nomination 11 Aug 1819. Daniel French. Nominated from Kingston (Sussex). to Shanklin. (IOW). Chief Boatman.. Nominated for Chief Officer......Kingston station, Arundel port (Sussex ADM 175/1 p 17. Daniel French, chief boatman. Removed 11 Aug 1819. Appointed Chief Officer, Shanklin......Shanklin station (IOW) Cowes port ADM 175/1 p31. 11 Aug 1819 from Kingston. Daniel French, Chief officer. Discharged dead 6 Jan 1820 (no cause given)"

24. "Parish Register - Brading Burials, FHC film #1470802.

25. The document reporting the circumstances of the death of Daniel French is a letter from Collector (the Head of Customs at the Port) to the Board of Customs. 7 January 1820 CUST 61/32.

26. Coast guard history of Daniel French II as researched by Eileen R. Stage, 150 Fulwell Park Avenue, Twickenham, Middlesex TW25HB, England. Received 21 June 2004

1814 first went to sea as boy, age 11. See Seamans ticket 250,263. National Archives, Kew BT113/126

Nomination to Coast guards at age 17. . Name - Daniel French. Date of order of nomination 5 February 1820. Date of letter of nomination. From whence nominated - Gatcombe. Rating - Probationary boatman. Nominated to Bembridge. National Archives, Kew National Archives, Kew. ADM 175/97

Coast guard Establishment Books. Bembridge station, Cowes port. 14 February 1820 from Gatcombe. Daniel French, probationary boatman (still here when volume finished). National Archives, Kew ADM 175/2 p. 30

Nettlestone station, Cowes port (late Bembridge). 14 February 1820 from Gatcombe. Daniel French, boatman. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/1 p38

Removed 6 May 1823 to Ireland [sic]

Kilmore station, Wexford port, Broadway district. 6 May 1823 transferred from Coast Guard station Bembridge. Daniel French, boatman. Transferred to Hurst Castle 26 August 1825. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/15 p44

Hurst Castle station, Southampton port. 26 August 1825 from Kilmore. Daniel French, boatman. Removed 10 June 1826 to E Cowes National Archives, Kew ADM 175/4 p124

East Cowes station, Cowes port. 10 June 1826 from Hurst Castle. Daniel French, boatman. Removed 23 December 1829 to Atherfield. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/5 p34

Atherfield station, Cowes port. 23 December 1829 from East Cowes. Daniel French, boatman. Removed & promoted 12 April 1831 to St. Lawrence. V ADM 175/5 p44

St. Lawrence station, Cowes port, Ryde district. 12 April 1831 from Atherfield. Daniel French, commissioned boatman. Removed 17 February 1837 to Conyers. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/6 p155

Conyers station, Faversham port. 17 February 1837 from St. Lawrence. Daniel French, commissioned boatman. Removed 4 May 1838 to Shingle End National Archives, Kew ADM 175/6 p28

Shingle End station, Ramsgate port, (Kent) Deal district. 4 May 1838 from Conyers. Daniel French, commissioned boatman. Removed 18 January 1838 to St. Ives. V ADM 175/6 p 53

St. Ives station, St Ives port, Penzance district. 18 January 1838 from Shingle End. Daniel French, commissioned boatman. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/7 p253

Penzance station, Penzance port, Penzance district. 16 January 1847 from St. Ives. Daniel French, chief boatman. Removed 22 August 1850 to Tresco per request. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/7 p254

Tresco station, Scilly port, Scilly district. 22 August 1850 from Penzance. Daniel French, chief boatman. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/7 p 257

Tresco station, Scilly port, Scilly station. Daniel French, chief boatman. Discharged 23 December 1858 on superannuation. National Archives, Kew ADM 175/7 p254

Index to Seamen tickets. Daniel French. 250,263. Born Rye, Sussex. National Archives, Kew BT 114/8

Seamans ticket 250,263. Daniel French born Rye, Sussex 9 March 1803. Capacity - commissioned boatman. First went to sea as boy 1824. Did not serve in Royal Navy. Was not in any foreign service Resides in Lelant. Ticket issued St. Ives 7 June 1845. Can write. CG commissioned boatman. St. Ives station, Penzance district. 16 January 1847 promoted & removed to Penzance., chief boatman. Tresco station Scilly port Scilly Station 22 August 1850 by request. Discharged 23 December 1858 on superannuation National Archives, Kew BT 113/126

27. England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1983