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John Goodman (
Person John Goodman (
First name John
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Last name Goodman
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Occupation Winecooper
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Res parish Saint Catherine Coleman
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1624
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First deposition age 32
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.425r Annotate
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

John Goodman (b. ca. 1624; d.?). Winecooper.

Resident in the parish of Saint Catherine Coleman in 1656 and 1658.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

June 1656

Thirty-two years of age, John Goodman deposed on June 19th 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty.[1] He described himself as a winecooper and was resident in the parish of Saint Catherine Coleman. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "The Lord Protector against the shipp the Saint Paul and her lading and against Captaine Philips".

Goodman stated that he was employed by Captaine Isaac Phillips as a winecooper to assist in the unlading of wines from the Saint Paul and their transport to warehouses. Shortly after the wines were placed in the warehouses, the Commissioners for Prize Goods placed locks on the warehouse doors, prventing Phillips from accessing the goods. The wines were kept locked up for two months in considerable heat and were thus damaged. According to Goodman, wines, which on arrival were worth £14 or £15 per tunne were eventually worth no more than the customs due on them.[2]


November 1658

There is also a deposition in the High Court of Admiralty on November 8th 1658 by a John Goodman, "cooper", in the parish of Saint Catherine Coleman. His age is recorded as thirty-four and he was examined in the case of "Warren against Watson and How".He states "that three hogsheads (ordinarily and usually) of Virginia tobacco doe and will take up as much or more bulke, or roome in a shipp as will serve to receive or stow a tonne of any sort of wines or other liquid goods, which hee knoweth being a master Cooper and having soe bin for theise twelve yeares last and having bought many virginia hogsheads after the tobaccoes were taken out".[3] It is clear from his description of himself as a Master Cooper for twelve years that his age is correctly recorded as thirty-four. It is also clear from his signature, that this John Goodman "cooper" is a different individual than the John Goodman "winecooper", first of Saint Mary at Hill (1655), and later of Saint Catherine Coleman (1656 and 1667)


Goodman deposed once more in the Admiralty Court in 1667. He described himself as John Goodman of Saint Catherine Coleman Fenchurch Street, winecooper and thirty years of age. He stated that he was present at the unlading of wines and vinegar from the ship the Godslieve at Easter 1667 at the request of Mr Peter Gerrard, who was agent for the owners of the ship and goods in question. The ship, whilst being unloaded, "lay at the chaynes neere Saviours docke Southwarke". He reported seeing seventy-three tons of wine "most of them decayed".[4]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/70 f.425r
  2. HCA 13/70 f.425r
  3. HCA 13/72 f.463v
  4. P1100440