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Jonathan FORWARD

Male 1680 - Bef 1760  (< 80 years)


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  • Name Jonathan FORWARD 
    Born 1680 
    Gender Male 
    Will 16 Aug 1760  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Bef 15 Sep 1760  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 15 Sep 1760  St. Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate 2 Oct 1760  Prerogative Court of Canterbury, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) According to a list dated 15 January 1719/20, John Frost, who had been sentenced to a term of 7 years, was one of 81 convicts who arrived in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, MD on or about that date. He arrived in Annapolis on the ship Susannah and Sarah, having been consigned by Jonathan FORWARD, merchant in London, to Thomas Cockey, merchant in MD. See Provincial Court Land Records, 1719-1723, Maryland State Archives, Vol. 721, pp. 240-241.

      (2) "Jonathan Forward," from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

      Jonathan Forward (1680-1760) was a London merchant primarily responsible for convict transportation to the American colonies from 1718 to 1739. In accordance with the Transportation Act 1717, Forward was contracted to transport felons from Newgate Prison and from numerous home counties.

      Marriage

      Forward married Susannah before 1712. Daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 1712 and died in 1789. On 19 December 1734, Elizabeth married Robert Byng, fourth son of Rear-Admiral George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington.

      Career

      Jonathan Forward officially became a convict transport merchant in 1718. "The proposal of Jonathan Forward, merchant, for transporting felons [is read]. The proposer may take them gratis and transport them for his own advant[age]."

      Forward contracted the services of numerous ships, captains, and crews to facilitate convict transportation. Among his most reliable captains was Darby Lux I [who] commanded several ships from Anne Arundel County to Great Britain carrying tobacco on consignment to Forward. Lux's ships contracted for convict transport to Maryland included: Gilbert, 1720-1722; Jonathan, 1723-1724; Patapsco Merchant, 1732; and Genoa Galley, 1738.

      Forward continued as sole convict transportation contractor until 1739, when he chose to retire after more than twenty years. "Andrew Reid, of London, merchant, is to be the transporter of felons loco Jonathan Forward, and the contract to be made with him for that purpose is to be for 3 years certain."

      Death

      Jonathan Forward died in 1760 and was buried in London.

      Children

      Jonathan & Susannah Forward had two daughters. One was Elizabeth, christened on 15 May 1712. The second was an unnamed girl.

      (3) London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online], Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010:

      Name: Jonathan Forward
      Burial Date: 15 Sep 1760
      Parish: St Leonard, Shoreditch
      County: Middlesex
      Borough: Hackney
      Record Type: Burial
      Register Type: Parish Register

      (4) Will of Jonathan Forward of London <http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk>:

      Reference: PROB 11/859/356
      Description: Will of Jonathan Forward of London
      Date: 02 October 1760
      Held by: The National Archives, Kew
      Legal status: Public Record
      Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
    Person ID I40193  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 

    Family Susanna WAPLE 
    Married 24 Jul 1705  St. Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Sarah FORWARD,   b. Bef 26 Nov 1714, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Susanna FORWARD,   b. Bef 15 Apr 1710, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Elizabeth FORWARD,   b. Bef 15 May 1712, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 25 Sep 1786, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 74 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2018 10:37:02 
    Family ID F17253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812: Name: Jonathan Forward Marriage Date: 24 Jul 1705 Parish: St Leonard, Shoreditch County: Middlesex Borough: Hackney Spouse: Susanna Waple Record Type: Marriage Register Type: Parish Register.