Re: George Duckham (1791 - 1848)
Posted by John Bennett on 2/3/2019, 5:44 pm, in reply to "Re: George Duckham (1791 - 1848)"
Dear Judith, |
Thank you for your further comments.
There are quite a few Whitear's in the Tiverton records.
I have found Elizabeth Whitear's birth in Sept. 1762 and her baptism on 12 Oct. Her parents were Zachary and Elizabeth. Significantly, George Duckham named his 2nd son, George Zacharia.
John Duckham was a seaman like his putative son George. John was an AB on the vessel Melampas in 1797 when he made an 'Allotment' to his wife Elizabeth (maybe George's mother) in Townend, Tiverton.
I believe that John Duckham was born in Dec 1763 and christened at St Peters, Tiverton on 26th Dec. I don't believe he married prior to his marriage to Elizabeth Whitear in Dec. 1791.
I believe that it is distinctly possible that Elizabeth Whitear had George as an illegitimate in the months before she married John Duckham in Dec. 1791. Elizabeth had 'form' in this regard as she gave birth to a son John in Sept. 1784, with the father curiously described as 'spurious'! Baby John died in July the following year and is buried at St Peters.
Having searched for a baptismal record for George Duckham/Whitear all over Devon and England, I have concluded that the record is lost or destroyed.
However the various pieces of circumstantial evidence I have uncovered gives me some confidence that his mother was indeed Elizabeth Whitear and that George assumed his stepfather's surname. Of course it is quite likely that John is actually his biological father.