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The GANDER (& GANDAR)
One-Name Study

The GANDER (& GANDAR)
The GANDER (& GANDAR)
One-Name Study
One-Name Study

 

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Freemen of the City of London

GANDER and GANDAR

The records of Freeman of the City of London are kept at the Corporation of London Record Office, Guildhall.

One could become a Freeman through 3* different avenues:

'Servitude' - after a completed apprenticeship with a City Guild (or Livery Company);

'Patrimony' - after becoming a member of a Guild and being the son of a Freeman of the City;

'Redemption' - one bought one's way in.

*This is ignoring the honorary Freedom awarded sometimes to distinguished people).

Freeman were entitled to call themselves 'Citizen'.

The following limited notes are mine, containing the bare bones of the contents of the Freeman's Records and includes some extracts from Apprenticeship Enrolments.

1. William GANDER - Cordwainer by Apprenticeship:

'son of Francis GANDER of Stanwell, Mdx., tailor, who was apprenticed to Thomas LAYTON Citizen & Cordwainer of London, from 25 Mar 1661 for 7 years, which term with the said Thomas he faithfully completed, as the same Thomas in Court in the prescence of the Warden attested, was Admitted 1668 ('Candlewick Ward'. From a calendar: The original Freedom's Register was burnt in the fire in the Chamber in 1786 & remained as a solid block of parchment till 1957 when an attempt at recovery & repair was undertaken). [Ref F.R.94(c)]

 

2. Samuel GANDER - Admitted April 1711 by Servitude:

'(Indenture: - Signed 'Samuell Gander') son of Samuel GANDER of the parish of Christ Church, Surrey, Basket Maker, doth put himself apprentice to Richard COCK Citizen & Plummer (sic) of London for 8 years' 29 Jun 1700, Livery Co: Plumbers. [Ref CFI/280]

 

3. Leonard GANDER - Admitted Apr 1727 by Servitude:

'(Indenture: 'son of Benjamin GANDER, Citizen & tynnplateworker of London' doth put himself Apprentice to Edward BASSE(?) Citizen & Tinplateworker of London for 8 years' (£40) 17 Nov 1719, Livery Co: Tinplateworkers. [Unable to locate Leonard's signature]. [Ref CFI/472]

 

4. Timothy GANDER - Admitted January 1729/30 by Servitude:

'(Indenture signed Timothy GANDAR) son of Benjamin GANDER Citizen & Tinplateworker of London doth put himself Apprentice to George REYNOLDS Citizen & Joiner of London for 7 years (£8) 7 Dec 1714, Livery Co: Joiners [Ref CFI/500]

 

5. Benjamin GANDER - Admitted March 1737/8 by patrimony 6 Mar 1684.

'son of Benjamin GANDER Citizen & Tinplateworker of London' in said Company of Tinplateworkers. [Under the above was '43'(?)] [Ref CFI/597]

Among the signators were:
'Leonard GANDAR Tinplateworker
& Timo. GANDAR Joyner'

 

6. Benjamin GANDAR - Admitted Freeman March 1747/8 - by Servitude.

'(Indenture, signed 'Benjamin GANDAR') - son of Timothy GANDAR of Shadwell in Co. of Middlesex doth put himself Apprentice to Edward BARLOW, Citizen & Cordwainer of London for 7 years 5 Sep 1739'.

On the back of the Indenture it says: 'To be turned over to Richard Harper, Citizen & Founder of London - inrolled 4 Dec 1740 by consent of parties'. [Ref CFI/716].

 

7. Leonard GANDER - Admitted Feb 1749/50 - by Patrimony.

'Son of Leonard GANDER Citizen & Tinplateworker - father already admitted to Freedom 10 Apr 1727'. [Ref CFI/739].

 

8. Thomas GANDER - Admitted Apr 1759 - by Patrimony.

'Son of Leonard GANDER Citizen & Tinplateworker of London who was admitted Feb 1749/50'. [Ref CFI/848].

 

9. William GANDER - Admitted May 1764 - by Patrimony.

'Son of Leonard GANDER Citizen & Tinplateworker of London who was admitted as a Freeman in 1727'. [Ref CFI/907].

 

10. John GANDAR - Admitted Sep 1766 - by Servitude.

'Son of Leonard GANDAR late Citizen & Tinplateworker of London deceased, doth put himself Apprentice to John MEAD Citizen & Cordwainer for 7 years (£20) 6 Jun 1759' Signed 'John GANDAR' [Ref CFI/935].

 

11. William GANDAR - Admitted Dec 1791 - by Servitude.

'Son of Benjamin GANDAR of St.Paul, Shadwell, Mdx, Shoemaker'. Indenture (dated 5 Jun 1771): 'doth put himself Apprentice to Benjamin GANDAR Citizen & Cordwainer of London ... Signed Benj. GANDAR'. [Ref CFI/1142].

 

12. William GANDAR -Admitted May 1805 - by Patrimony.

'Son of John GANDAR Citizen & Cordwainer now by Act of Commonr. Council, Tyler & Brickr. came before the chamberlain ... and desired to be admitted in the Freedom of this city'.

- baptism details were attached:
'William GANDAR son of John & Mary, born 9 Apr, baptised 1 May 1774
Parish Church of Islington' [Ref CFI/1295].

 

13. James GANDER - Innholder - Admitted Oct 1805 - by Redemption.

'Sworn & made free - for 46s-8d'. [Ref CFI/1299].