The baptismal records show his parents as Richard Coverly and Elizabeth.
Most trees show them to be Richard Coverly (b 1753 or 1755) and Elizabeth Burton. This information does not stack up when the records are examined:
James was born in 1770, His listed siblings are Thomas b. 1768 and Maria b. 1792. The marriage and Banns records of Richard Coverly (widower) and Elizabeth Burton (Widow) indicate the wedding to have taken place on 15 Aug 1791. Unlikely then, that they were parents of Thomas and James, although they could well be the parents of Maria.
There are additional Marriage and Banns records for Richard Coverly, Bachelor and Jane Flintoff, Widow giving a marriage date of 1 Oct. 1780. Clearly this could easily be the same Richard who later married Elizabeth Burton but, again, is unlikely to have bee the father of Jams and Thomas.
There are baptismal records for Richard Coverly in both 1755 and 1753 in the East End of London, so it seems that there were at least two contemporary Richard Coverlys.
Can anyone unravel the muddle in order to clean up the Ancestry of my 4 x G/Grandfather?