Godwin Diary

Rutherford, William

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Tuesday, 15 September, 1818

Calls on Godwin 15.9.1818, identified by Godwin's letter to his wife as 'of Barbadoes' (Abinger c.42 f139). This was William Rutherford who married Eliza Ann Fenwick at St Michael Barbadoes on 29.8.1812. He was the son of Thomas Rutherford, a Methodist minister 1752-1806 (will Nat Arch PROB11/1450) and his wife Isabella (will Nat Arch PROB11/1602). Wishing to become an actor, he crossed the ocean in order not to embarrass his parents. His father had been a 'sort of a ward' of Eliza Fenwick's father Peter Jaco, also a Methodist minister (I.Grundy, intro.


First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Monday, 30 December, 1811

30.12.1811 Godwin sees Mocatta at theatre with E Fenwick and her son Orlando.
Eliza Fenwick was then working as a governess for the Mocattas (I. Grundy, intro. to Secresy). See DNB for Mocatta family.


Cole, William

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 22 September, 1793

Cole 22.9.1793
William Cole married Sophia Holcroft in 1794. Of the dates coded to him in the diary, 30.1.1796 and 14.2.1796 should be removed as Mrs Cole only; 10.10.1801 "Coles sups" is ambiguous and 15.3.1830 Coles (at Kenney's) may refer to him if he was by then divorced and with a new wife or some of his children; or he may have died by then.

Holcroft, Sophia

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Wednesday, 1 February, 1792


Dyson, Abraham

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Sunday, 13 July, 1788

Abraham Dyson (see his brother Dyson,George) was buried at St Leonards Shoreditch on 8.4.1818 age 43 of Hoxton New Town, suggesting he was born in 1775, thus before his parents' marriage, which accords with the Treasury's confiscation of his effects (value £850) as a "bachelor and a bastard" (Nat Arch PROB31/1145/344). He appeared in Godwin's diary on 13.7.1788, 5.9.1791, 28.2.1792(not coded in GD website0, 1.3.1792, 20.3.1792 (not coded in GD website), 22.3.1792, 9.5.1792, 30.8.1792 (not coded in GD website), 1.10.1792, 7.12.1792, and 6.8.1793.

Godwin, Harriet.

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Monday, 1 February, 1796

1,2,1796 &c
For Harriet Godwin's baptism see Godwin, Joseph.
All entries currently under Harriet Godwin on GD website apart from those that belonged to her mother which I have noted under Godwin, Mary. Plus 26.2.1804 "letter to Ht" currently coded as Holcroft, clearly meant Harriet in the context, and 20.8.1821 "adv Ht West" was very probably the same person, as will appear below.


First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Monday, 26 March, 1792

Dorset 26.3.1792 / 3.4.1792 / 5.5.1792 / 6.5.1792 / 8.5.1792 / 15.5.1792 / Mrs Dorset 29.10.1793 / Dorset 21.6.1794
See John Robinson Cooper, from whose indenture this must be John Dorset, perhaps elder brother to banker George, who is mentioned by Charlotte Smith whose sister married their cousin (Abinger c.16 f12-13). He is also featured in two of Elizabeth Cooper's letters (Abinger c.2 f7-8 and c.4 f3) and one of Thomas Cooper's (Abinger c.2 f84-6).
Currently 30/7/2012 in Godwin Diary website the name is not underlined but the Person Record is empty

Cooper, John Robinson

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Tuesday, 3 January, 1792

5.4.1796 call on JC (missed in GD website)
Godwin's cousin John Robinson Cooper, son of Thomas Cooper, surgeon East Indies deceased, apprenticed on 5.6.92 for 7 years to Thomas Spilsbury, printer of Snow Hill. Premium of £32 10s. paid by John Dorset, gent. (Stationer's Company apprentices no 7687)  see Godwin, Joseph. In the 3 months before this indenture Godwin called on Dorset 5 times and on Spilsbury once, then Dorset called once on Godwin. John Cooper makes 5 appearances in the diary, 3.1.1792; 5.6.1792; 19.3.1796; 5.4.1796; and 23.7.1796.


Godwin, William

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Monday, 6 August, 1804

Joseph & Mary Godwin's youngest son William. Birth and baptism shown in Guildhall MS12818A/71 f45 (see Godwin, Joseph). He was admitted commoner at Christs Hospital on 10.9.1800 and "cloathed" in his blue coat the next day. He was presented by Lord Lauderdale for which see his letters to Godwin (Abinger c.5 f102-3 & 110-11).

Godwin, Phebe

First entry in Godwin diary (1788-1836 only): 
Friday, 11 June, 1802

Joseph & Mary's youngest daughter Phebe. for baptism see Godwin, Joseph. The Phebe or P G entries of 29.8.1800, 11.6.1802, 14.8.1802, 29.9.1803, 17.5.1808 and 27.8.1817 should all be added to her person record in GD website. It seems clear from the context of 17.8.1802 and the fact that she appears thereafter so often with Hannah Godwin or her other apprentices that the indenture (event tag) was to Hannah Godwin. In Ann Godwin's letter of 9.7.1805 (Abinger c.9 f26) she says "I wish Pheby not to come I cannot help her".