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Leonard LAIDMAN, of London

Male Abt 1734 -

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  • Name Leonard LAIDMAN 
    Suffix of London 
    Born Abt 1734 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I3466  Our Family History
    Last Modified 20 Nov 2013 

    Father John LAIDMAN,   d. Bef 1741 
    Mother Elizabeth RAILTON,   d. 1742 
    Married 1725  Bowes, YKS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Bowes Parish Register for marriages mentions:
      1726 Apr 19: John Laidman & Elizabeth Railton both of Bowes illegally marryed ye [blank] AD 1725 as appears from a Certificate they shewed to ye Curate & Churchwardens for ye time being.

      Longstaff has this marriage at 8 May 1726, as does the IGI - at Durham. I cannot find anything else in the Bowes Parish Register transcripts.
    Bowes, Yorks., St Giles 2
    Bowes, Yorkshire, St Giles
    where John and Elizabeth were married in 1725.
    Family ID F2282  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Tabitha SERGEANT,   d. 1795 
    Married 20 Nov 1763  Finsbury, LND Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • St Luke, Old Street
    • [page] 133
      and Sergeant

      Leonard Laidman of this Parish Batchelor &
      Tabitha Sergeant of this Parish Spinster were married in
      this Church by Banns this twentieth day of November one
      thousand seven hundred & sixty three by me Jn.o Davis
      This marriage was solemnized between us
      Leonard Laidman Tabitha Sergeant her X mark In the presence of
      John Ward Edward Williams
     1. Thomas LAIDMAN,   b. 19 Jul 1765, London, LND, City of Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1768  (Age 2 years)
     2. George LAIDMAN,   b. 8 Jan 1767, London, LND, City of Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Joseph LAIDMAN,   b. 9 Jun 1769, London, LND Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elizabeth LAIDMAN,   b. 23 Jan 1771, London, LND, City of Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William LAIDMAN,   b. 23 Jan 1773, London, LND, City of Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Ann LAIDMAN,   b. 20 Jun 1775, London, LND, City of Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1780  (Age 4 years)
     7. Robert LAIDMAN,   b. 20 Feb 1778, London, LND, City of Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1778
     8. Sarah LAIDMAN,   b. 6 Aug 1780, London, LND, City of Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F2550  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Notes 
    • "THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH, That Leonard Laidman Son of John Laidman Gentleman decsd doth put himself Apprentice to George Sallier Citizen and JOINER of London, to learn his Art; and with him (after the manner of an Apprentice) to serve from the Day of the Date hereof unto the full end and term of seven Years...." Indenture dated 1748

      7 Feb 1749 a Leonard Laidman was registered apprentice to George Sallier [?], joiner of the City of London:
      Masters & Apprentices 1749, page 182:
      1749 Thursday May ye 11th
      No: 2
      Masters Names Place of Abode & Trade: Geo: Sallis Cit & Joyner
      Apps. Names & Fathers &c: Leonard Son of John Laidman

      All Leonard’s childrens’ parish baptism entries mention Leonard as “Carver”. This strengthens our case that this is the Leonard who was apprenticed joiner in 1748, since there is a common link in woodworking.

      As to his father being John Laidman, in Leonard's apprentice indenture of 7 Feb 1748, his father is named as John Laidman, and described as "Gentleman, decsd." If Leonard was applying for an apprenticeship in 1748, he was probably born around 1734. As his father was deceased in 1748, this would suggest that he died young. So we are looking for a John Laidman who either entered into a late marriage or was born ca 1700 or slightly later.

      Contenders for this John Laidman are:
      (1) Revd. John Laidman (K1007). Unlikely; although he died in 1745 his youngest known child was born in 1722, and there is no mention in ordination papers of a son Leonard or any more children other than those we have. Leonard is also a traditional given name of Bowes/2 group, and Revd, John belongs to Richmond/1 group.
      (2) K1576 - died at birth
      (3) K1902 had a son Leonard who was a watchmaker, an unlikely progression from joiner...
      (4) K2008. Assuming this John was baptised within a year or so of his birth, he was only about 21 when he died, so probably not married by then - or if so, only just, and any children would have had to have been born before 1703.
      (5) K2018. He is a possibility, although nothing is known about him. But he is Bowes/5 group, in which the name Leonard does not appear.
      (6) K1975 is the best choice. Nothing is known about him, so he could easily have moved to London. He had a father Leonard and a brother Leonard, making it a strong family name. We only have baptisms for his brothers Richard and Christopher in 1680 and 1691 respectively, and as the parents married in 1679, we would expect John (and Christopher) to have been born from the middle to late 1680’s or 1690’s, and therefore marrying any time from 1710 to 1720 or later, and this would fit in really well with the birth of a son in about 1734.

      Of course there is always the possibility that there is another John that has not been turned up in our research...

      May have had a daughter Mary.

      A witness at the trial of his son Joseph, 1792 (q.v), states that Joseph’s father “was a cabinet maker in the employment of Mr Siddons Aldersgate Street”.

      Possibly the Leonard Laidman of the City of London, who is one of the thousands of signatories to an address to King George III, published in The London Gazette, no. 12108, 8 August 1780, p.1:
      To the KING’s Most Excellent Majesty.
      Most Gracious Sovereign,
      We, your Majesty’s most dutiful and layal Subjects, Livermen, Freemen, and Others, Inhabitants of the City of London, whose names are hereunto subscribed, with sentiments full of Duty and Affection to your Majesty’s Person and Family, humbly beg Leave to express our most grateul Thanks for that Protection, which, by the Wisdom, Vigilence, and Activity of your Majesty in Council, was so seasonably given to us, at a Time when our Lives, Property, and every Thing dear to us, were in such imminent Danger, from the Violence of the most outrageous Banditti that ever existed....
      [Note: this probably refers to the Gordon riots, an anti-Catholic uprising that culminated in widespread rioting and looting in London in June 1780]

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