Since submitting the earlier post on William Atterbury [Immigrant], more details have been unearthed. William's parents were Edward Arterbury (Mason) and Elizabeth Young. Edward and Elizabeth were married by a Fleet Prison parson on 3Jan1703, and reported their home parish as Christ Church, Surrey. Edward was apprenticed to Thomas Wise II, Master Mason. It is probable that Edward worked as a mason employed by Thomas Wise II on various projects around London, including St. Paul's Cathedral and on maintenance and repair of London Bridge for Bridge House Estate. Edward Arterbury was born of Richard Arterbury Chandler/Fruiterer, and Jane Bully [Bull], his wife, of Morden Parish, Surrey and died in 1722 in St. Lawrence Pountney Parish, Middlesex.
It is probable that William Arterbury was orphaned at the age of about 15 years, as his mother, Elizabeth Arterbury disappeared from the Dowgate Ward tax records in 1726. William was apprenticed in 1727 to John Filce, Waterman, of Christ Church Parish. William's brother, Edward Jr. had been apprenticed in 1721 (year before his father's death) to Edmund Attwood, Waterman, of St. Saviour Parish, Surrey.
William Arterbury is recorded as having been married twice by Fleet Prison parsons in 1733: (1) Hannah Shrimpton, and (2) Elizabeth Good [aka Gould]. It seems very likely that William committed bigamy when he married Elizabeth Gould, as there is no earlier record of the death of his first wife. It also seems probable that William committed bigamy when he married Sarah Mitchell Yaxley, as there is a burial record for Hannah Arterbury in St. Botoloph's Parish dated 13Mar1751/2, aged 61 years. Both of William's marriage records indicate that he and his spouses were of Christ Church Parish, Surrey, the same parish reported by his father, Edward Arterbury upon his marriage to Elizabeth Young.
It should further be noted that Elizabeth Young's father and grandfather were Thames Watermen. Watermen have a long-standing tradition of passing on their trade to their sons and other family members. Given the dates, names, occupation and locations in the marriage records of William Arterbury, there seems little doubt that these marriages were for the same person. It should further be noted that William's wives were both widows and almost twice William's age at time of these marriages.
It seems highly likely that William Arterbury was marrying these widows in order to gain control of their meager properties. Further note that his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Low Holliday Gould had been reared in the St. Andrew's Holborn Parish, and owned property on Magpie Yard, inherited from her deceased husbands: William Holiday and Ralph Gould. Make note that Magpie Yard was just one block removed from White's Alley, home of William Harrison, William Arterbury's accomplice in the theft of Linsey-Woolsey.
These are just a few of the facts we have compiled of the early life and ancestry of William Arterbury, Immigrant. Anyone interested in learning more details of this history need only inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Sincerely, Robert Atteberry.