Samuel Selwyn

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Samuel Selwyn
Person Samuel Selwyn
First name Samuel
Middle name(s)
Last name Selwyn
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Occupation Baker
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Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
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Citizen Unknown
Literacy Marke
Has opening text Samuel Selwyn
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Language skills English language
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Res street Wapping
Res parish Stepney
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Res county Middlesex
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Res country England
Birth year 1610
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.344v Annotate, HCA 13/73 f.36v Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Aug 1 1650, Feb 22 1659
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

Samuel Selwyn (b. ca. 1618; d. by 1664). Brown baker, baker.

Operated a brown bakery from his shop "at the signe of the sugar loafe in Wappinge". Supplied ships with biscuit and bread.

Resident in Wapping in 1646, 1650, 1659 and at his death, which was in 1664 or earlier.

There is an apprenticeship record from February 8th 1660 for a John Selwen, whose father was "Samuel Selwen, Baker, Wapping". John Selwen was apprenticed for seven years as a draper to Robert Snowe.[1]

A Chancery Court case from 1664 refers to "personal estate of the deceased Samuel Selwyn, of Wapping, Middlesex.[2] The defendants in the Chancery case include Sarah Selwyn and John Selwyn. It is probable that John Selwyn is Samuel's son, who had been apprenticed to Robert Snowe.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

Forty year old Samuel Selwen (alt. Selwyn) deposed on August 1st 1650 in the High Court of Admiralty. He described himself as a "Brown Baker" of Wapping.[3]

The case concerned unpaid debts from May 1646 for the provision of biscuit and bread to the the ship the Goodwill and Prosperous (Master: Henry Broadwater). Selwyn and his servants had supplied the ship with one and a half hundred weight of biscuit at 12 s per hundred weight and also bread. The outstanding unpaid debt was 18 s for the biscuit and 16 s 3 d for the bread.

Nine years later, on February 22nd 1659, declaring himself to be forty-nine, Samuel Selwyn deposed again in the High Court of Admiralty. This time he described himself simply as a "Baker" of Wapping. He was examined on an allegation in the case of "Mitchell and Clements against Corbin aforesaid".[4]

Selwyn stated that Nicholas Rippen had met him in Eastsmithfield a year and a half ago. Rippen had wanted Selwyn to agree to become bound for Rippen in a bond of £31 for the payment of guns, gunpowder and materials to Mr Mitchell. The goods had been delivered to the ship the Roger and Edmund and Rippen owed Mitchell £10 for them. Selwyn refused to be bound, and then a month later, Mitchell himself had asked Selwyn to become bound, which Selwyn had likewise refused to do.[5]

Comment on sources

C 6/168/61 Short title: Henckes v Selwyn. Plaintiffs: James Henckes. Defendants: Sarah Selwyn, John Selwyn, Elizabeth Kitchen and Henry Barcroft. Subject: personal estate of the deceased Samuel Selwyn, of Wapping, Middlesex. Document type: bill, answer. 1664.
  1. Records of London's Livery Companies Online: Apprentices and Freemen, 1400-1900, viewed 13/08/2016
  2. C 6/168/61
  3. HCA 13/63 f.344v
  4. HCA 13/73 f.36v
  5. HCA 13/73 f.36v