Obadiah Benjamin GUMBLETON

Name: Obadiah Benjamin GUMBLETON  J0677 
Born: ca. 1677   
Baptised: 24 Mar 1677  Salisbury St Edmund, Wiltshire, England
Parents: John GOMBLETON Susanna UNKNOWN
Occupation:Sea captain   
Obadiah Benjamin Gumbleton was a son of Captain John Gumbleton, of Salisbury and Portsmouth, and his wife Susanna. He was baptised 24 Mar 1677 at St Edmund, Salisbury.

He was a seafarer who travelled to America in the early 1700s. Myron C. Banks, who has researched the origins of immigrants into Bath County, North Carolina in the early 1700s, found one headright of Thomas Dearham in 1702 with the name of 'Obediah Benj. Gummelton'. It seems likely that Obadiah Benjamin settled in North Carolina and never returned to live in England.

Obadiah’s father, John, died in 1703, and Obadiah was the residual beneficiary of his will, but the will went on to say “but in case he die before me then out of the said residue of my estate I give to my said sons in law [actually stepsons] John and James Garrett and each of them one hundred pounds”. There must therefore have been a great incentive for John and James Garrett to find out what had happened to Obadiah, especially if it could be proved that he had died. They placed a notice in the London Gazette, as follows: Whether Obadiah ever received his inheritance is unknown, but he was still alive at this time. Some years later, in 1724, the Stamford Mercury has a list of recent shipping disasters that includes “Also the Phoenix, Obadiah-Benjamin Gumbleton, Master, from Hamburgh to Yarmouth and Leghorn, was drove a-shore near Yarmouth.” It is not known if Obadiah survived the wreck. 

24 Mar 1677 Baptism of Obediah Benjamine GUMBLETON Salisbury St Edmund, Wiltshire, England Baptisms index
29 Jan 1703 Obadiah Benjamin GUMBLETON referenced in Will of John Gumbleton of Portsmouth Portsmouth View details
27 Apr 1704 London Gazette: Obadiah Gumbleton, 1704 View details
5 Nov 1724 Obadiah-Benjamin Gumbleton ship driven ashore View details

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