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Re: Hulk dwellers of Bluetown
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2018, 16:45:56 »
I have returned after a long time away from this site (long story!). Thanks for the advice. The mysterious ancestor is called Robert Wilton who supposedly arrived in Sheerness penniless in 1783. He was a messenger in the dockyard at some stage (I am going to the National Archives next month to look at the Yard Pay Books). But family legend has it that he was quite successful (at what I wonder??) and amassed property. I can find a single reference to someone of this name in the UK Land Tax Redemption 1798 pages for Minster. But is it him? I am also hoping to have a couple of days at the Kent archives in Maidstone. But, as I live in Scotland, time is precious and I am hoping folk on this forum can maybe steer me in the right direction as to where to look for him. He was married in London, no birth record that I can find anywhere. He was buried in Minster-in-Sheppey. Certainly his children don't seem to have lived a rich life, but we have a painting of Robert in which he very much appears a rich gentleman. All help and advice appreciated.

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Re: Hulk dwellers of Bluetown
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2016, 23:50:36 »
Welcome to the forum joolesabz.There's people on the forum that can possibly help you, but they need a name and a at least approximate date to work with :)
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Re: Hulk dwellers of Bluetown
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2016, 20:07:16 »
Good evening, this is my first day on the forum. Did you ever establish whether there is indeed a Shanty Town list of inhabitants? I suspect my husband's ancestor  was there. All we know is that he was a messenger in the dockyard, from about 1783 onwards. But his surname is not on the hulks list. Thanks.

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Hulk dwellers of Bluetown
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2015, 20:14:39 »

The Hulk Dwellers of Bluetown (Sheerness).

 Isaac Coffin. The Commissioner of Sheerness Dockyard , had among his claims
 to fame , the knocking down of one side of Bluetown High Street for the
 Dockyard wall, listing those who lived on the hulks in 1801 and getting rid
 of the Old Ships used for housing -he was nearly lynched  for this as the
 folk loved their aquatic accommodation .

 In 1801 there were 4 hulks of old warships used for accommodation .Edgar,
Nottingham ,Orford , and Montague housing a total of 186 families 350
Edgar 44 Families - 113 children.           Nottingham 42 Families - 79
Orford 69 Families - 110 children           Montague - 31 Families - 56
People were listed as married, single, widow, servant, or child
They were recorded as living on various decks
Breakwater , Lower deck , Main deck , Spar deck , Quarter deck , and Fore
 Castle .

 The following list is in alphabetical surname order.

   Adams, Amner, Amner, Anmer, Anderson, Ansell, Arney, Athens, Austin,
 Baker, Bartlett, Batt, Bay, Barrows, Beal, Belldom, Bell, Bligh, Brenchly,
 Bristow, Brookman, Bruce, Buckley, Burman, Carey, Castle, Chambers,
Charlesworth, Chilton, Connelly, Cooper, Costen, Cox, Crown, Coultrip,
 Cradock, Cullum, Cunningham, Davis, Davis, Delanie, Douyles, Dyer, Earl,
 East, Easton, Edwards, Emm, Escabec, Fishenden,  Flemming, Flecther,
Frankland, Fry, Fray, Gattley, Gibbs, Gilpin, Gloster, Gloster, Gooding,
Grinstead, Hall, Hearn, Hawkins, Hills, Hollands, Holden, Holmes, Hooker,
 Hough, Houghton,
 Hudson, Hugill, Hunt, Husbands, Jacobs, Jarvis, Jeffs, Johnson, Keeler,
Killpatrick, Knight, Knott, Knott, Lane, Langman, Lawson, Lee, Lee, Lee,
Lewcock, Linch, Mantle, Martin, Merchant,  Miller, Millgate, Mockett, Monk,
 Morgan, Murry, Needham, Nicholay, Norman, Oliver, Osbourn, Outrim?, Oyre,
 Parker, Pearson, Pointing, Porter, Petts, Reed, Reves, Richards, Rigsby,
 Rowley, Sedgwick, Selby, Shads, Shepherd, Smith, Smith, Snooks, Soles,
 Spencer, Springfield, Stace, Stodard,  Tanner, Thompson, Tucker, Turner,
 Tyler, Walk, Walker, Warner, Wattson, Webster, White, Whitehead, Wickenden,
 Willis, Wyeat, Wyeatt s ?, Young.

 I was surprised that my ancestors were not named but on checking with a
 friend it may have been  because they may have lived in the Blue Houses
 (Bluetown )  ;a shanty town ; the wall of which was pulled down by
 Coffin -page one of this list - to make way for the Dockyard wall . I am
 hoping there is a Shanty Town list as well

 I have had a few   enquires for more detail but I appear to have mislaid the
 reference number  for the moment .But the list is in the PRO and I am sure
 it would be fairly easy to locate ??? should a friend be going there .


Here it is !! by Peter Lowe


Piece details ADM 106/1844
      ADM 106  Navy Board: Records
        Subseries within ADM 106  IN-LETTERS
          Subsubseries within ADM 106  From Yards
 Scope and content D. Sheerness. Commissioners.
 Covering dates 1799-1802

 The list was copied by David Hughes of Minster ,Sheppey a dedicated
 Historian for Sheppey.

 Regards Colin
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