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Gotherson Family

Dorothea Gotherson b: 1657 in Godmershem, Kent, England to Daniel Gotherson and Dorothea Scott daughter of Thomas Scott and Mary Knatchbull.

Dorothea Gotherson b: 1657 in Godmershem, Kent, England Christening: 1657 , Kent,England Death: 28 Sep 1709 in Pilesgrove, Salem, New Jersey married John Davis b: 11 Sep 1660 in Prob., Wale on 1680/1690 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, America

Note Dorothea, a younger daughter of Mrs. Gotherson, after their arrival on Long Island, married John Davis, a Welsh emigrant, on of the sect called "singing Quakers', who resided at Oyster Bay, where his name appears in the Assessor's list for 1683, rated at L40 per annum.

Name: Dorothea Scott Gotherson Spouse: John Davis Birth Date: 13 Jul 1657 Birth City: Godmershem Birth County: Kent Birth Country: England Death Date: 28 Sep 1709 Death City: Pilesgrove Death County: Salem Death State: New Jersey Death Country: USA Parents: Daniel Gotherson, Dorothea Scott Children: Isaac Davis John Davis

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Daniel Gotherson Born: 1618 in St. George,Southwark,Surrey,England Dead: 1 Sep 1666 in London, England

Notes Daniel Gotherson, before the year 1650, except that he and his partner , Francis Sloane, of Newington, Surrey, were in business in Southwark, as chapman and coptners, and that they became bankrupt in July 1650, and a commission in bankruptcy granted in their case April 22nd, 1651. On March 10th 1651, he is alluded to as Captain Gotherson, so it would appear as if after his failure he had entered Cromwell's army. On October 31 st, 1653, he presented a petition as Major Gotherson to the Council of State for some return from them for certain sevices, not named, but perhaps rendered in the army.

Informant for the government.

Daniel was a staunch Royalist, even to the point of giving evidence to the government against others if they were to exhibit behavior in any way negative toward the King. In August 1663 he wrote a letter from Hunsden-house, London, addressed to Lord Arlington concerning some worries he had about certain dissenters considered belligerent men in the neighborhood. He enclosed lists of names with addresses and comments about each one. He volunteered to give evidence if they were ever to start anything. There was a second letter written a few months later from Eggarton expressing concern about rebellious Presbyterians

London was a city of more than 500,000 people, by far the largest in Europe at the time. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions spread even the least outbreak of plague into a serious danger of death for all. The ?Great Plague? began in the Autumn of 1664 and by December of 1665 some precincts of the city had become entirely deserted. 75,000 had died and many more had fled. Then on September 2, 1666 came the worst fire in London?s history lasting four days till all but the northeastern and extreme western parts remained.It was on August 25 just before the fire that Daniel, while at his residence in Eggarton, in the parish of Godmersham, expressed by word of mouth his last will and testament. He probably died rather soon, but the will was not proved in court until the later part of September.

The Deposition of Thomas Lovelace further states

"That the said Daniel Gotherson did send over Carpenters and Materialls with Scott, to build two houses upon two lotts of the lands hee had bought of him, which houses were by Scott accordingly built, and after his being driven to fly ye country, and the lands proveing to bee none of his, they were taken downe, removed and sett up again at Seatalcott.

first known name given to the area was Nonowatuck, an Indian word meaning "the stream that dries up." As the result of a 1664 land purchase, the area became known as Old Man's. Most historians trace that name to English army Capt. John Scott, a scoundrel who, in the mid-18th century, apparently duped a retired officer, Maj. Daniel Gotherson, into giving him a large amount of money to buy land near Long Island Sound. Scott fled, never making the purchase, and residents called the property Gotherson thought he owned "the old man's."

The most prominent concerns John Scott, a notorious wheeler-dealer of the 1600's and Major Daniel Gotherson, an elderly Englishman looking to buy land in the new world. John Scott assured Major Gotherson he could obtain property for him but never closed a deal even though Gotherson had given him money to do so. "Old" Major Gotherson living in England, thought he owned the land. He sent representatives to claim the land he tbought he owned. The native Americans refused to turn over the land since they hadn't closed a deal with Scott. Local peop1e reportedly started to refer to the land as "the Old Mans" lands the news of the swindle was discussed.

Their (Gotherson) acquaintance with this mand Scott led to most disastrous results, for he in the end ruined the estate of the Gothersons. He ingratiated himself into their confidence, and in 1662 and 1663 sold Major Gotherson several large tracts of land on Long Island for L2,000, which he said he had bought from the Indian chiefs there, but which he, in reality, had never acquired from them at all. He had besides rendered the Gotherson liable for other purchases he had made on their account. Not long after Major Gotherson's death, his widow took steps on Long Island and as Col. Francis Lovelace had been appointed Governor of New York, and wa just proceeding thither, she gave him a power of Attorney, dated November 2,1667, empowering himn to make such enquiries and investigations as he deemed best for her interest.

Provisions of Daniel?s will.

Daniel made the following provisions in his will: 1) that William Fysher, the silk throster of London, should, together with his own oldest daughter Deborah Gotherson supervise the disposition of all his property in Kent in order to pay his debts and support his wife Dorothy and their children; 2) his house and marshland in Rumney Marsh, Kent, however, was not to be sold so that the rents might support his wife and children; 3) his lands in Long Island were to be disposed of as follows: 3,000 acres to William Fisher, 3,000 acres to his daughter Deborah, 3,000 acres to Jane Brymington and her son, 3,000 acres, and the rest to his wife and children including the child that she was ?enseint? with, 4) to William Fisher and Elizabeth Craydon of St. Martins in the Fields, spinster, the four tenements of freehold in Three Tunne Alley in Southwark, Surrey; 5) to them also what remained of a lease of a tenement in Kennington, Lambeth, Surrey, together with its orchard and garden, (he executed two deeds of gift to secure these last two bequests). William Fisher and his daughter Deborah Gotherson were to act as the executors. Little did he know that John Scott had squandered his lands on Long Island in his bid for power the previous year

33. The expression ?enseint? is a bit obscure. It is always spelled with an ?s,? but according to the OED should be spelled ?enceinte? deriving from incingere, i.e., ?to put on a girdle,? or ?to cause to remove a girdle!? It is a euphemism for ?to be pregnant? or ?to make pregnant.?

32. Non-cupative will of Daniel Gotherson, August 25, 1666 The probate occurred on September 24, 1666, nineteen days after the fire. Judge Davis's recollection was that Daniel was executed on September 29, 1666 [see fn. 52, Perhaps his reading of an earlier document was faulty in two respects, reading an original "4" as a "9" and that he was "executed" instead of his will being probated for execution

Income ceases.

With Daniel?s death and no one to deal with creditors as he had done, and with the estate in debt to the amount of 6,000�, rents of about 500� per year were siphoned off. Dorothy tried desperately to clear up the uncertainties that surrounded her property on Long Island and perhaps receive some sort of compensation.We may conjecture that William Fisher might have gone there to find his son, whom Scott had sold into servitude in Maryland. Perhaps Jane Brymington and her son went there to claim their 3,000 acres. In any case Matthew Prior may well have sent word that the houses and cattle were nowhere to be found. Among these conjectures one demonstrable fact is that in the following March Matthew Prior took possession of land that was on record in Daniel?s own name at Oyster Bay

source GDS: Gideon Delaplaine Scull, Dorothea Scott, otherwise Gotherson and Hogben, of Egerton [sic.] House, Kent 1611[sic.] ? 1680. Parker & Co., Oxford, 1883.

Marriage 1 Dorothea Scott b: 1611 in Godmersham , Kent,England Married: 1635 in St Barthol. Less,London,England

Note: Dorotha Scott is supposed to have married Major Daniel Gotherson (of Cromell's army) shortly after her father's death in 1635


Deborah Gotherson b 1649 England

Jane Gotherson b 1650 England

Daniel Gotherson b 1652

Dorothea Gotherson b 1657 Godmershem, Kent England

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Nicholas Gotherson b 1590 in England dead : 8 Aug 1636 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England married Joyce Brooks, 1616 St. George Southwark, Surrey England


1 Nicholas b: 1617 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

2 Daniel b1618 in St. George,Southwark,Surrey,England

3 Alice b: 1621 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

4 Margaret b: 1623 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

5 William b: 1626 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

6 Elizabeth b: 19 Jul 1627 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

7 Robert b: 1629 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

8 Thomas b: 1632 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

9 Mary b: 1633 in St. George Southwark,Surrey,England

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