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William Alloway, of Bridgwater

Death: Died in Bridgwater, Somerset
Immediate Family:

Son of William Alloway of Minehead and Susannah Lyna
Husband of Hannah Anderdon
Father of William Alloway; John Alloway; Sarah Alloway; Hannah Alloway; Jane Alloway and 3 others
Brother of John Alloway; Joseph Alloway; Benjamin Alloway; Samuel Alloway; Mary Alloway of Minehead and 2 others

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About William Alloway of Bridgwater

Will is available at: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D584536

From: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18644

William Alloway, a general merchant of Bridgwater, between 1695 and 1704 traded in salt, tallow, Irish wool, and West Indian tobacco, and his ships visited London, Liverpool, Waterford, Cork, Dublin, Minehead, Port Isaac (Cornw.), and Barbados.

From: http://explore.englandspastforeveryone.org.uk/assets/early-quakers-dunster-and-minehead

Quakers in Minehead

In 1656 merchant William Alloway opened his home as a meeting place for Friends and he may have entertained George Fox in 1668. Minehead was one of the meetings to receive part of Fox’s library in 1694. Quakers were recorded at Minehead throughout the late 17th century when several were imprisoned for non attendance at church including Susannah wife of William Alloway in 1683. Fortnightly meetings were held by 1688 and in 1689 a new meeting house had been built by Alloway and licensed for worship. This was probably the meeting house with burial ground on the north side of Market Place, later a school and then a fire station.

From: http://www.bbc.co.uk/somerset/content/articles/2008/10/16/quakers_feature.shtml

By 1676 there was an established Meeting in Minehead, using a building in the Bampton Street area. Following the Toleration Act of 1689, William Alloway, a Quaker merchant, registered his house as a place of worship for the group. Nonetheless, a few years later he had to be admonished by his fellow Quakers for engaging in smuggling.

ALLOWAY ACCOUNTS DD\DN/461-462 1683-1689

These documents are held at Somerset Archive and Record Service

2 vols.

Contents: Journal and ledger, with index to the latter, recording the trading activities of Wm. Alloway, junior, of Minehead, merchant. Trade in tallow, wool, foodstuffs, wine, mainly coastal trading in the Bristol Channel and with S. Ireland, but occasional longer voyages to Dunkirk, the Canaries and Bordeaux and at least one to the W. Indies. Frequent references to ships and ships' masters.

From: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=168-dddn&cid=145#145

Probates of wills of Wm. Alloway of Minehead, merchant, 1686, pr.1686, Wm. A. of Bridgwater, merchant, 1719, pr.1722, Hannah A., of Bridgwater, wid., 1729, pr.1730, and Eliz. A. of Bristol, spr., 1761, pr.1763. Certificate of Quaker marriage of Wm. A. and Hannah Anderdon [2nd and 3rd person named in last para.] at Stoke St. Gregory, 1686 [16 witnesses named]; assignment of bond previous to marriage of Jane Alloway [dau. of two last named] and Joseph Gillett of Chard, clothier, 1729, with receipt, 1737; deeds of hse. and pasture called the Decoy in the manor and parish of High Ham, nr. Pitney Gate and adjg. Sedgmoor, ultimately assigned to Eliz. Alloway, 1726, 1742 (3).

From: www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/.../minehead_ships_before_1750.doc‎

It needed great wealth to own a large ship and bear the risk so most ships were in shared ownership like the Thomas worth £270 in 1681 when master mariner Thomas Bryant owned a third or the Reformation worth £200 shared by the Alloways and Isaac Davis (d. 1685) who owned a quarter besides a quarter of the Diligence worth only £40 as she had been wrecked. The William Alloways father and son had shares in the Reformation, used to trade to London, and the younger William also had shares in the Adventure in 1683 mainly trading with Bordeaux. EARLY 18TH CENTURY The War of the Spanish Succession gave further impetus to privateering and three local vessels were equipped for the purpose between 1702 and 1710. The largest was the 200-ton Queen Ann belonging to William Alloway and others, which was fitted with 16 guns and had a crew of 40 and was usually engaged in trade with Leghorn.