John Fackman

From MarineLives
Jump to: navigation, search

John Fackman
Person John Fackman
First name John
Middle name(s)
Last name Fackman
Spouse of
Widow of
Occupation Shipwright
Secondary shorebased occupation
Mariner occupation Carpenter
Associated with ship(s)
Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of
Had apprentice(s)
Citizen Unknown
Literacy Signature
Has opening text Johannes Fackeman
Has signoff text John Fackman
Signoff image (Invalid transcription image)
Language skills English language
Has interpreter
Birth street
Birth parish
Birth town
Birth county
Birth province
Birth country
Res street Wapping
Res parish Stepney
Res town
Res county Middlesex
Res province
Res country England
Birth year 1626
Marriage year
Death year
Probate date
First deposition age 24
Primary sources
Act book start page(s)
Personal answer start page(s)
Allegation start page(s)
Interrogatories page(s)
Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.190r Annotate
Chancery start page(s)
Letter start page(s)
Miscellaneous start page(s)
Act book date(s)
Personal answer date(s)
Allegation date(s)
Interrogatories date(s)
Deposition date(s) May 15 1650
How complete is this biography?
Has infobox completed Yes
Has synthesis completed No
Has HCA evidence completed No
Has source comment completed No
Ship classification
Type of ship Merchant ship
Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
Role in Silver Ship litigation None

Biographical synthesis

John Fackman (alt. Johannes Fakeman) (b. ca. 1626; d. ?). Shipwright ("naupegus").

One of the company of the ship the Peter and (it appears) carpenter on board the ship the Peter, on a voyage from London to Ireland to Lisbon, with an opportunity then for Brazil.[1]

Resident in 1650 in Wapping in the parish of Stepney.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Twenty-four year old John Fackman deposed on May 15th 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty. He was examined on an allegation on behalf of Dobbins in the case of "Baker against Dobbins".[2]

The case concerned the hiring of Stephen Robbinson, the ship's chirurgion, by Mr Joseph Dobbins, master of the ship the Peter. Stephen Robinson was an apprentice, with his master, Mr Baker, remaining back in London.[3] The case was thus brought by Mr Baker, Stephen Robinson's chirurgion master, against Joseph Dobbins, master of the ship. Dobbins had retained the chirurgion's chest of Robinson after Robinson had remained in Lisbon and failed to return to London on Dobbins' ship. The voyage was from London to Ireland and then to Lisbon. Supposedly, Robinson, together with the rest of the ship's company, agreed to go on the suggested Brazil voyage.[4]

At Lisbon Stephen Robinson lacked money and was furnished with money and other necessaries by Mr Dobbins. Moreover, "dureing the said voyage the said Robinson did take up and borrowe of and from the Companie of the said ship the Peter dureing the said voyage several summes of Money, and in particular the somm of 2 li mentioned in the 2d schedule to the allegation annexed which hee had and borrowed of Samuell Woodward this deponents matte abord the said shippe".[5] Fackman reported that Robinson "did take up five Millreys at the Brazeill which were this deponents and his mates".[6]

Robinson's behaviour was allegedly disgraceful. He wasted medicaments which were for the use of the crew. He did "very frequently and comonly lye drincking and diceing ashore and did not only make away with such things as belonged to his Office and imployment but did allsoe sell away his clothes to mainteyne himselfe in the said Idle courses." At Brazil Robinson was seldom aboard the ship, requiring the Master to borrow a chirurgion from another ship. In an act of poetic justice "the said Robinson by such his disorderly carriage and useage of himselfe did fall into a fitt of sicknesse, and dureing that tyme hee saith the said Dobbins was forced to procure the said Chirurgeon of another ship both to doe the said Robbins busines abord the said ship and likewise to attend him ashore for severall weeks together". Recovering his health, Robinson then put himself into the service of the Portuguese in Brazil, and persuaded the Governor of Regeneere in Brazil to summon Mr Dobbins ashore to pay Robinson's wages from Dobbins. Dobins informed the Governor that Robinson was an apprentice, and the Governor then sent Robinson back on board ship under armed guard.[7]

On their arrival back in Lisbon, Robinson spent three months ashore. John Fackman claimed that, the better to desert the ship (and to be paid his wages and collect his clothes and chest), Robinson turned Roman Catholic and had the Lisbon authorities arrest the ship the Peter. Dobson was only able to get his ship freed from arrest by giving security to Robinson to send his chest and clothes ashore and to pay such wages as the Lisbon Court should award.[8]

Comment on sources

  1. HCA 13/63 f.190r
  2. HCA 13/63 f.189r
  3. HCA 13/63 f.190r
  4. HCA 13/63 f.189r
  5. HCA 13/63 f.189r
  6. HCA 13/63 f.190v
  7. HCA 13/63 f.189v
  8. HCA 13/63 f.190v