Paul, thank you for this interesting history. There is also a lot in
the newspapers about prize money.
I downloaded the 1801 Will of James Martin of the Amethyst, from TNA.
Written a few months before the marriage of James Martin to Maud
Staddon, the signatures are not at all similar and I think they are 2
I am no closer to finding out what happened to Maud (Mody) Martin!
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:51:53 +0100
From: "Paul Hockie" <paul.hockie(a)talk21.com>
There are a number of websites run by naval historians but try Wikipedia for
a general history
Google HMS Amethyst 1799 and a number of sites show including
(The ship sank in
Plymouth sound in 1811 but the wreck has been recently found)
(21 Feb 1811 It is
reported that a boat from the transport "James," going to the aid of the
crew of the Amethyst sank with all hands, including Captain Bruce.)
You may also find more in the newspapers.
I have seen sites with crew lists but the main site has to be the national
Archives. They hold the muster lists, the ships logs and any service records
but only limited samples have been imaged or transcribed.
If you can get to the archives it will be worth the trip as you will be
given the original documents.
From: DEVON [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of elizgh(a)btinternet.com
Sent: 29 September 2017 12:47
Subject: [DEV] JAMES MARTIN
I had thought to look at the career of the
Amethyst and see if she was involved in some fracas overseas . He seems
to have remained with Amethyst until he was paid off in 1811 . I would
like to know where Amethyst was between 1801 and 1807 and after to 1811 .
That might help in finding a . the possible death of Maud between 1801 and
1807 and b. where James and Elizabeth retired to in 1811 . Presumably you
are descended from Joseph Staddon and Maud Fewins .