Erasmus Bedloo

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Erasmus Bedloo
Person Erasmus Bedloo
First name Erasmus
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Last name Bedloo
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Occupation Merchant
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Has opening text Erasmus Bedlowe
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Res town London
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Birth year 1632
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First deposition age 23
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/70 f.633r Annotate
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Erasmus Bedloo (alt. Bedlowe) (b. ca. 1632; d. >1655 & bef. 1660). Merchant.

Born in Yorkshire ca. 1632, but lived in Amsterdam, possibly with his father, Isaac Bedlowe, for most of the ten years between 1645 and 1655. ("Hee is an English man, borne in Yorkshire, and hath lived for the most part of theise tenn yeares last in Amsterdam and hath bin in that space somtimes to and againe in England".)[1]

Resided in 1655 in London.

His father was Isaac Bedloo (alt. Bedlowe; Bedlow). This Isaac Bedlow(e) appears to be the merchant Isaac Bedloe, who is stated in secondary sources to have built a church in Sandtoft, in the parish of Bolton, in north Lincolnshire in either 1634 or 1639 (14th year of Charles I).[2]. The church was for French and Dutch Protestants who had come to settle on drained land there. The small town of Sandtoft of two hundred houses was inhabited by French and Walloon Protestants.[3]

Erasmus Bedloo married Letitia Kemeys and had two children. He had died by June 1660.[4] On November 27 1660 Letitia Kemeys, executrix and relict of her late husband Erasmus Bedloo, peitioned for the payment of moneys allegedly owing to Isaac Bedloo, merchant, father of Erasmus Bedloo, for the construction of the church in Sandtoft.[5]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-three year old Erasmus Bedloo deposed on November 3rd 1655 in the High Court of Admiralty.[6] He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Thomas Bourse and others in the cause of "The claime of Thomas Bourse and others for their goods in the Liesde (Cornelius Martisen master)".[7] Thomas Bedloo attested in his evidence to knowing a number of Amsterdam merchants engaged in the Amsterdam to Saint-Malo trade.

In a High Court of Admiralty deposition dated January 1658 William Rushley and Erasmus Bedlowe, described as "both English men, and subiects of this Commonwealth", were stated to be owners of two vessels, the eighteen or twenty ton burthen Mary (Master: Nathaniell Stukely) and the fifty ton burthen Endeavour (Master: John Welch).[8] The two vesseks were fitted out with a commission of marque from the Lord Protector in May 1657 to go into the River of Bremer to take ships and goods belonging to Spain.[9]

Comment on sources

Secondary sources record an Isaac Bedloe, born in 1627 at Calais, who died in February 1673 in New Amsterdam. In New Amsterdam he was an alderman. He is stated to be a son of Geofrey Bedloe, husband of Elisabeth de Potter and father of a number of children - Isaac Bedloo; Catalina Bedloo; Peter Bedlow; Maria Bedloo and François Bedloo. Given the New Amsterdam connection, it seems likely that this Isaac Bedloe was related to Erasmus Bedloe of this profile, but the nature of the connection is unknown.[10]
  1. HCA 13/70 f.633v
  2. Abraham De la Pryme, The Diary of Abraham De la Pryme, the Yorkshire Antiquary (Durham, 1870), p.4
  3. W. Brocklehurst Stonehouse, The history and topography of the Isle of Axholme (XXXX, 1839), p.355
  4. Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London, Volume 2 (London, 1889), p.302
  5. Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts (London, 1879), p.136, p.145
  6. HCA 13/70 f.633r
  7. HCA 13/70 f.631r
  8. HCA 13/72 f.218v
  9. HCA 13/72 f.217r
  10. Geni - Isaac Bedloe