Thanks for the offer but I can order Hasted's History of Kent from my local library which I shall do today. I can't nelieve that I lived there all those years and know virtually nothing about the place! Now I live in Dorset and I am making a point of studying the local history. We live just a few miles from Corfe Castle which is always full of American tourists and also Stonehenge which we visited just a few weeks ago for the first time! Our biggest local claim to fame is that Madonna and Guy Richie have bought a house just ten minutes away!
I would love to find a link with the Eastry Boteler's but unfortunately I just don't think it is going to happen. My earliest proven descendant is William Coram Boteler who was born in 1801 in London. Fortunately he remarried in the 1850's and so I was able to get a copy of his marriage certificate and found that his father's name was John which is where the problems start. I had always thought that there was a link with the Foundling Hospital in London because of the middle name Coram (the hospital was founded by Thomas Coram). He was born in the same area and I have read that foundlings who were taken to the hospital often passed on the name Coram in his memory. The problem is that there were four John Boteler's baptised in the hospital who could quite easily be his father! An interesting point is that in a book I read in the local studies library about the Foundling hospital it states that the children were often the illegitimate offspring of noble, and sometimes even royal, fathers, and where the father's name is known, then the children are given that surname. Strangely enough, the Eastry Boteler's baptised a lot of their children in St Andrew's church at Holborn which is where my William Coram was baptised, and most of his many offspring. It certainly makes you wonder! Another curious thing is that the book also states that the Foundling hospital produced many outstanding musicians and William Coram and his son, also William Coram were both musicians!
I won't get a chance to get to Canterbury this side of Christmas but I will certainly make a trip there early next year. I will post a note on this forum before I go and will be happy to look anything up.
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