Abraham Skelton

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Abraham Skelton
Person Abraham Skelton
First name Abraham
Middle name(s)
Last name Skelton
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Occupation Waterman
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Training Not apprentice
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Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text Abraham Skelton
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Language skills English language
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Res town Greenwich
Res county Kent
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Res country England
Birth year 1620
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First deposition age 36
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/71 f.371v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Aug 21 1656
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Ship classification
Type of ship River boat
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Abraham Skelton (b. ca. 1520; d. ?). Waterman.

Resided in 1656 in Greenwich in the county of Kent.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Thirty-six year old year old Abraham Skelton deposed on August 21st 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Captaine Totty in the cause of "Huggery, Turpin and Company against Captaine John Totty".[1]

Abraham Skelton reported that "after the comming of the shipp the Edward and John to an anchor in the River of Thames neere Greenwich (which was in June last) Captaine Totty her commander about the 27th of the same moneth came ashore at Greenwich, and hired and sent this deponent and five other watermen (whereof his precontest Beniamin Lee was one and his contest Safy Wandal) aboard her to worke". Skelton and his fellow watermen "going aboard found a lighter with goods in her lying to the shipps side, and the men aboard (as seemed to this deponent) were in a disturbanse and demanded of this deponent and the said other five watermenn wherefore they came". On hearing that the watermen had been hired by Captaine Totty, "the marriners aboard replied and said that the goods were damnified, and that they would have them surveyed before they should be unladen, and that if this deponent and the said other watermen (who were sent aboard) offered to lay hands to worke or hayle out any goods, they would knock them on the heads".[2]

Skelton was paid at the rate of "five shillings for his two dayes worke".[3]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/71 f.370v
  2. HCA 13/71 f.371r
  3. HCA 13/71 f.371r