Henry Hughes

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Henry Hughes
Person Henry Hughes
First name Henry
Middle name(s)
Last name Hughes
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Rope merchant
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Purser
Associated with ship(s) Thomas Bonadventure (Master: George Hughes)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
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Has opening text Henry Hughes
Has signoff text H Hughes
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Language skills English language
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Res town Deptford
Res county Kent
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1632
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Death year 1680
Probate date January 10, 1680
First deposition age 24
Primary sources
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/71 f.20r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Feb 23 1656
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Has infobox completed Yes
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Has HCA evidence completed No
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Ship classification
Type of ship Shore based trade, Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

Henry Hughes (b. ca. 1634; d. poss. ca. 1680, Deptford). Rope merchant.

Purser of the ship the Thomas Bonadventure from 1651 to 1653, and specifically on her voyage in the Eastern Mediterranean in 1652.

Henry Hughes was presumably related to George Hughes, who was the master and commander of the ship of which George Hughes was purser. Henry Hughes also kept the accounts of the ship for her owners, which he produced in the High Court of Admiralty in April 1659 to confirm outanding debts to ship suppliers by the executrix of the deceased George Hughes.[1]

George Hughes, the master of the Thomas Bonadventure may be the same George Hughes, mariner of Depftford "being now outward bound on a voyage to the Straits", whose will was proved on October 13th 1657.[2]

Resident in 1656 and again in 1659 in Deptford in the county of Kent.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

February 1656

Twenty-four year old Henry Hughes deposed on February 23rd 1656 in the High Court of Admiralty.[3] He was examined on an allegation dated February 1st 1656 on behalf of Keate in the cause of "Keate Jennings and others against ffrederick Chowne and others"[4]

Henry Hughes recalled the voyage of the Thomas Bonadventure in 1652, and her taking in bales of cotton wool and bags of galls at Cyprus in May 1652, saying "he was purser of the sayd shipp the voyage in question and tooke an aććompt of her lading".[5]

April 1659

Twenty-eight year old Henry Hughes deposed on April 29th 1659 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Jane Hughes in "A busines of examination of witnesses on the behalfe of Jane Hughes concerning the shipp the Thomas Bonadventure and against the owners of the said ship".[6]

The case concerned outsanding debts to ship suppliers owing by the executrix of the deceased master of the Thomas Bonadventure.

Henry Hughes stated that the master of the Thomas Bonadventure, George Hughes, was dead. Henry Hughes stated that he had been made master by the owners and proprietors of the ship and had commanded her on several voyages.This he knew "because hee this deponent saw him execute the said place of master for all the said time, and went voyages in her in the yeeres 1651, 1652 and 1653 as purser of her, and kept the account as to the said owners".[7]

Hughes had the ship's book of accounts with him in Court, and was able to confirm that:

George Hughes did lay out, disburse and expend diverse summes of money amounting in all to elaven hundred fourtie and eight pounds sterling in abd about the said shipps provisioning, repairing, mens wages and other necessarie occasions, which hee knoweth because hee this deponent as purser aforesaid kept the accounts of the said shipps expenses and charges and of the said masters disbursements thereabouts, and hath the said accounts now with him, and further saith that over and besides the said summes soe disbursed by the said George Hughes amounting as aforesaid, there are due to severall tradesmen of whom commodities and aterialls were taken for the said shipps use and service within the time aforesaid wherein the said George hughes was soe master of her, severall summes of money amounting in all to the summe of foure hundred and eightie pounds and fourteene shillings, which with the foresaid summe disbursed as aforesaid amounts in all to sixteene hundred twenty nine pounds and thirteene shillings as by the said booke of accounts is to be seen, and saith that all the said moneys were due to the said George in his life time and by him payable, and are still due to and payable by Jane Hughes his Executrix, and saith the said owners [?haveing] perused the said account have allowed and approved thereof, and acknowledged the said moneys to be due as aforesaid"..[8]

Comment on sources


PROB 11/194/439 Will of Thomas Hughes of Deptford, Kent 04 December 1645


PROB 11/269/54 Will of George Hughes, Mariner being now outward bound on a Voyage to the Straits of Deptford, Kent 13 October 1657


PROB 4/19534 Hughes, Thomas, of Deptford, Kent 1673 14 Jan. (1671)


PROB 11/355/320 Will of Elizabeth Hughes, Widow of Deptford, Kent 29 November 1677


PROB 11/362/51 Will of Henry Hughes of Deptford, Kent 10 January 1680
  1. HCA 13/73 f.203r
  2. [[PROB 11/269/54 Will of George Hughes, Mariner being now outward bound on a Voyage to the Straits of Deptford, Kent 13 October 1657|
  3. HCA 13/71 f.20r
  4. HCA 13/71 f.19r
  5. HCA 13/71 f.20r
  6. HCA 13/73 f.203r
  7. HCA 13/73 f.203r
  8. HCA 13/73 f.203r