Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The marriage of Jacob NAGLE

I've been reading first-hand accounts of the First Fleet. One that I'm thoroughly enjoying is the journal of Jacob Nagle, an American sailor. His journal was transcribed and edited by John C. Dann, then Director of the University of Michigan Clements Library (who holds one of two handwritten copies).

I'll write a full review in the future, but I noted that the biographies of Nagle in the Australian Dictionary of Biography and elsewhere noted that Nagle's wife had not been identified, despite his diary indicating he married in London in 1795.

I ran some searches of London marriage indexes and came up with the following marriage at St Botolph, Aldgate in London in 1795. The signature matches that of Jacob from other documents.

St Botolph, Aldgate in London
The Year 1795
No. 29
Jacob Nagle of the Parish Batchelor and Elizabeth Pitman of the Parish Spinster 
Married in this Church by License this Tenth Day of August in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Five by me A Slatt, Curate
This Marriage was solemnized between us Jacob Nagle (signed), the mark of + Elizabeth Pitman 
In the presence of Jno Taneer (?) and Ann Elizabeth Poupard (both signed)

In Dann's published transcription of the Nagle Journal, Nagle describes that he was in London after returning from a voyage to India. Nagle states (p 186, 1st ed.) that "When in London before {i.e. a previous stay in London}, I got acquainted with a family [that] lived near Stepney Church, though they came from the Isle of White [Wight] abreast of Portsmouth Harbour.  I took a liking to a daughter of Mr. Pitmuns, a lively hansome girl in my eye, and married hur. She had three brothers that I was acquainted with before."

The Stepney Church referred to is about a mile from St Botolph, Aldgate, where the two were married.

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