John Bland

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John Bland
Person John Bland
First name John
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Last name Bland
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Occupation Merchant
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Training Not apprentice
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Has opening text John Bland
Has signoff text Jo: Bland
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Olave Hart Street
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1617
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Death year 1680
Probate date June 23, 1680
First deposition age 37
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/68 f.558v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Nov 17 1649, Jan 24 1653
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

John Bland (b. ca. 1617; d. 1680).

A kinsman of the Hamburg merchant Dirick Dobler the elder. Specifically, John Bland was the cousin german of Dirick Dobler the elder through John Bland's mother.[1] His mother is identified in an online genealogical source as Susanne De Dobbeler, who was married to John Bland (b. 1572; d. 1632), a London grocer, with extensive interests in Virginia.[2] Susanne De Dobbeler (b. ca. 1590, Hamburg; d. 1665, London) is claimed to be the daughter of Dietrich De Dobbeler (b. ca. 1540; d, 1614) and Maria Le Brun, her father Dietrich, gaving moved from the Spanish Netherlands to Hamburg.

Dirick Dobler the younger, son of his eponymous father, lodged in London at John Bland's house, until he went to Nantes, at the request of his father, to conduct his father's business there.[3]

Resident in 1649 and 1654 in the parish of Saint Olave Hart Street.

The will of John Bland, merchant of London, was proved on June 23rd 1680.[4]

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

November 1649

Thirty-five year old John Bland deposed on November 17th 1649 in the High Court of Admiralty. He gave his occupation as merchant and was resident in the parish of Saint Olaves Hart Street.[5]

January 1654

Thirty-seven year old John Bland deposed on 24th January 1654 in the High Court of Admiralty.[6] He was examined on an allegation in the cause of "The clayme of Dirrick de Dobler and others for their goods in the shipp Justice".[7]

The case concerned the goods of Dirick de Dobler (al.t Dirrick Dobler), a Hamburg merchant, and others, in the ship the Justice.

John Bland was requested by Michael Heytman, master of the ship the Justice, to read Heytman's deposition to him in Dutch (probably meaning High Dutch or German). Heytman had made this deposition at Falmouth, on the seizure of his ship. Heytman told Bland that the deposition " was not truly sett downe" regarding his statement about ownership of the goods on his ship.[8]

Comment on sources


PROB 11/161/453 Will of John Bland, Grocer of City of London 20 April 1632


PROB 11/363/239 Will of John Bland, Merchant of London 23 June 1680


Neville Williams, 'The Tribulations of John Bland, Merchant: London, Seville, Jamestown, Tangier, 1643-1680', in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
Vol. 72, No. 1, Part One (Jan., 1964), pp. 19-41
- article based on inventory, TNA, E 154/4/17

A John Bland, with a putative birth year of 1612, is identified by a genealogical source. This source states that he was son of John Bland, a grocer of London and of Susanna De Dobbeler. He was married to Sara, and was father of Giles Bland.[9]
  1. HCA 13/68 f.559v
  2. Geni: 'John Bland "of Lime Street"', viewed 10/11/2016
  3. HCA 13/68 f.559r
  4. PROB 11/363/239 Will of John Bland, Merchant of London 23 June 1680
  5. DSC_130D3300_0438
  6. HCA 13/68 f.558v
  7. HCA 13/68 f.558r
  8. HCA 13/68 f.559r
  9. Geni: 'John Bland "of Lime Street"', viewed 10/11/2016