Jacob Acworth

Jacob Acworth (abt. 1667 - 1749)

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Biography

"Widely loathed" Joint surveyor to the navy

Acworth, Sir Jacob (c.1668–1749), shipbuilder, about whom details of parentage and early life are unknown, began his apprenticeship as a carpenter about 1682. He was probably a relation of William Acworth (1615–1672) who served as storekeeper of Woolwich Dockyard from 1637 until his death. Jacob Acworth served in the Hope (70 guns) in 1685–7, and as carpenter in several other ships until 1696. Two years later he became master mastmaker and then second assistant master shipwright at Chatham. It was probably about this time that he married Elizabeth (Esther according to core.ac.uk/download/pdf/33133286.pdf) Sliter, whose father was the master ropemaker and a teacher of navigation at Chatham. Her mother was connected to the Pett family, who still had some influence in the dockyards at that time. In 1705 Acworth became master shipwright in the small yard at Harwich. In 1708, while master shipwright at Sheerness, he was temporarily suspended from duty for negligence. He became master shipwright at Woolwich in 1714.

In November 1714 the post of assistant surveyor of the navy was revived for Acworth and in 1715, on the death of Daniel Furzer, he became surveyor. He was the only carpenter to reach such a rank in the eighteenth century, for other surveyors had spent their careers in the dockyards rather than at sea. Soon after he was appointed Acworth was given the task of examining and approving the plans and models of new ships being built or rebuilt in the dockyards. He was critical of Joseph Allin's design for the three-decker Victory of 1737 with three rows of open stern galleries, and considered Royal Navy ships to be ‘too heavy, too loose and too high without these additional encumbrances, which I am sure cannot add beauty, but must be in every respect disagreeable’ (TNA: PRO, ADM 91/2). The ship was lost in 1744 with all hands. In other cases Acworth was much more diplomatic. In 1739, for example, he wrote to the master shipwright at Plymouth in these terms:

… as to the draught you design for the Exeter, though the body is not strictly agreeable to my sentiments, it may do very well, but had the ship more rake afore the body would have less resistance, sheer better and look much pleasanter to the eye. … I only mention it for your consideration. (Lavery, 2.164)

The long Acworth era coincided with an ultra-conservative period in British warship design, caused by many factors including a lack of real competition from the French and Spanish between 1715 and 1730, and an underlying belief that ship design, enshrined in the ‘establishments of dimensions’, could not be improved. Unsuccessful types, such as three-deckers of 80 guns, were replaced in service by similar ships. By the early 1730s it was clear that the French were beginning to develop new types of ship. The first attempt to reappraise British design was made in 1732, when the Admiralty attempted to bypass Acworth and ordered that the master shipwrights should propose new dimensions. This led to disagreement among them and in 1733 it was Acworth himself who broke the deadlock by proposing a slight increase in the size of each class. The outbreak of war with Spain in 1739 caused another reappraisal, the result being that Acworth proposed a further slight increase in size in 1741.

However, these alterations did not protect him from criticism. In 1744 Admiral Vernon attacked Acworth as ‘a half-experienced and half-judicious surveyor’ who had ‘half ruined the navy’ (Memorial, 77). By the mid-1740s, as the Admiralty came under the influence of George Anson, Acworth came to symbolize all the faults of ship design. His position was not improved by his autocratic manner. Acworth was said by Henry Legge, one of the lords of the Admiralty, ‘to have so much of the nature of Pompey the Great in him that he cannot bear an equal’ (H. Legge to duke of Bedford, 6 March 1746, Baugh, 89–90). It was said that the Navy Board was ‘determined to be led by the nose by a brute of a shipwright, who never did any good in his life, but to his own creatures’ (ibid., 48).

Acworth's tendency to reminisce about the distant past was equally unappealing to an administration seeking reform. In 1744 he and his colleagues on the Navy Board answered his critics with a statement which throws interesting light on the way in which they regarded their role. The Admiralty:

were invested with the power of directing the building of ships … but the execution of this power is necessarily placed in the navy board. It is a trust reposed in us by the Crown from an opinion we … were competent judges in such matters. (TNA: PRO, ADM 106/2182)

Another new establishment of dimensions was proposed by the Admiralty in 1745, but a committee of sea officers set up under Sir John Norris was almost as conservative as the surveyor. It retained the 80-gun ships and allowed another modest increase in dimensions. By 1746 the members of the Admiralty board were determined to secure Acworth's retirement. Their attempts proved unsuccessful and the Admiralty was forced to appoint his professional rival, Joseph Allin, as joint surveyor in 1747. Acworth died in 1749.


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See below two slices out of Sir Jacob Acworth’s Will where he mentions daughters Avis and Esther, and his wife… … looks like Jane Esther.. Is it Dame Esther?? Yes… !


  • Sir Jacob Acworth

in the England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 Name: Sir Jacob Acworth Probate Date: 7 Apr 1749




And here is what might be a relevant marriage record (although no location):

  • Acworth, Jacob Loton, Esther

in the England, Extracted Parish and Court Records Text: 07 Feb 1709-10 Acworth, Jacob Loton, Esther Book: February, 1709-10 Collection: England: - Marriage Licences Issued by the Faculty Office, 1632-1714




But by this time, according to the Biog, he was up at Harwich/Sheerness.

But this does not mean to say he did not have two wives: Elizabeth Sliter first (eg m. abt 1698) who then died… Then Esther Loton m. 1709-10

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This birth record below looks like daughter Esther just 2 years (or less) after the marriage above, so it makes the above marriage look very plausible.

  • Esther Acwoth

in the London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Name: Esther Acwoth [Esther Acworth] Gender: Female Record Type: Baptism Baptism Date: 24 May 1711 Baptism Place: St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent, England Father: Jacob Acworth Mother: Esther Acworth Register Type: Parish Register

I can’t find Avis’s birth but here for the record is her marriage to George Wheat (mentioned in the will):

  • Avis Ackworth

in the England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 Name: Avis Ackworth Gender: Female Marriage Date: 3 May 1742 Marriage Place: Saint Olave Hart Street,London,London,England Spouse: George Wheat FHL Film Number: 557013, 560021, 942 B4HA V. 46

Sir Jacob’s tax records are all well documented…

Here’s his death

  • St Jacob Ackworth

in the London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Name: St Jacob Ackworth [Sir Jacob Ackworth] Gender: Male Record Type: Burial Death Date: abt 1748 Burial Date: 23 Mar 1748 Burial Place: St Olave, Hart Street, City of London, London, England Register Type: Parish Register

(They mean 1749 don’t they)

Then her tax records start (she is a receiver of a Pension…):

  • Dame Esther Acworth

in the London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932 Tenant: Dame Esther Acworth First Year of Section: 1749 Civil Parish or Ward: Tower, England Borough or County: City of London Call Number: MS 11316/152

OK….

The Law Family Tree on Ancestry.com has the following for Esther: Esther Loton BIRTH ABT. 1682 DEATH DEC 1752 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England [with a source] Abt. 1682 Baptism 17 Aug 1682 • St Mary, Chatham [no source…] Daughter of John and Esther Loton Marriage 12 Feb 1710 • St Mary Chatham FO licence dated 7 Feb 1710/1. Jacob a widower of about 39 and Esther a spinster of 26. Esther married with consent of her father John Loton. Jacob Ackworth (1671–1749) 1 Source 1710 28 Birth of Daughter Esther Ackworth(1711–1768) 12 May 1711 • Woolwich, Kent, England 1711 29 Birth of Daughter Avice Ackworth(1712–) 19 May 1712 • Woolwich, Kent, England [with a source:)


Death of Husband Jacob Ackworth(1671–1749) 16 Mar 1749 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Death Dec 1752 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Burial 31 Dec 1752 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England

[buried “under the vestry”:]


Spouse & Children Jacob Ackworth 1671–1749 Esther Ackworth 1711–1768 Avice Ackworth 1712–

NB it says that Jacob was a widower when he married Esther… but there’s no source on the page for this narrative. Nevertheless it points to two wives…

But then on his page there’s all the detail (although not all of it accurate necessarily… but such is the detail that it is probably very credible, and he quotes the Ackworth family history at the SoG…)

The tree manager is “suevaliant”:

Jacob Ackworth BIRTH ABT 1671 • Woolwich, Kent, England DEATH 16 MAR 1749 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Birth of Brother John Ackworth(1672–1696) 2 Jun 1672 • Woolwich, Kent, England Death of Brother William Ackworth(1671–1672) 1672 • Woolwich, Kent, England Birth of Brother William Ackworth(1674–1711) 1674 • Rochester, Kent Birth of Sister Lucy Ackworth(1675–1677) Death of Sister Lucy Ackworth(1675–1677) Birth of Brother Thomas Ackworth(1679–1680) Death of Brother Thomas Ackworth(1679–1680) Birth of Sister Ann Ackworth(1681–1683) Birth of Sister Sarah Ackworth(1683–) Death of Sister Ann Ackworth(1681–1683) Birth of Sister Avice Ackworth(1685–1749) abt 1685 • Woolwich, Kent, England Carpenter on HMS Hope [70 guns] 1685 to 1687 • At sea Source is DNB Apprentice Carpenter 1685 Source is DNB 1685 Carpenter on board several different ship 1687 to 1696 • At sea Source is DNB Appointed Master Carpenter of the Salamander 31 Jul 1690 ADM/A/1768/248 National Maritime Museum. Warrant appointing Jacob Ackworth to be Master Carpenter of the Salamander in place of the former deceased. Death of Father John Ackworth(1641–1690) 7 Aug 1690 • St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent, England Appointed master carpenter of Swiftsure 31 Mar 1696 ADM/A/1828/398 National Maritime Museum. Marriage 4 Jun 1696 • St Mary Chatham Elizabeth's father was master ropemaker and teacher of navigation at Chatham. Her mother was related to the Pett family who were still influential in the shipyards. Source is DNB. Elizabeth Slater (1679–) Death of Brother John Ackworth(1672–1696) Birth and Death of Son Jacob Ackworth(1697–1697) Mar 1697 • Chatham, Kent Six children, all died in infancy 1697 onwards Source is Ackworth family history at SOG. There are five baptisms at Chatham. There is also a burial for a daughter Mary on 13 Mar 1703/4. Appointed Master Carpenter of Chatham Yard 27 Dec 1698 • Chatham Dockyard, Chatham ADM/A/1860/271 National Maritime Museum. Warrant appointing Jacob Ackworth, carpenter of the Swiftsure, to be Master Carpenter of Chatham Yard in place of the former deceased. Master mast maker at Chatham Dockyard 1698 • Chatham Dockyard, Chatham Source is DNB Birth of Daughter Sarah Ackworth(1699–) Sep 1699 • Chatham, Kent Travelled to Germany abt 1700 ' Memoranda of the expenses of Sir Jacob Ackworth, travelling into Germany, and other expenses connected therewith, amounting to £883 10s.' Date is uncertain but before 1700. NB Jacob had not been knighted by then. Probably buying timber supplies. Birth of Son Jacob Ackworth(1701–1712) Feb 1701 • Chatham, Kent Birth of Daughter Elizabeth Ackworth(1702–) Nov 1702 • Chatham, Kent Birth and Death of Son Robert Ackworth(1704–1704) Feb 1704 • Chatham, Kent Widower 18 Feb 1704 • Chatham, Kent Master Shipwright at Harwich 31 Mar1705 • Harwich, Essex, England Source is his accounts for £48 12s 6d sent to the Treasury: 'Jacob Ackworth Master Shipwright at Harwich from 31 March 1705.' Master Shipwright at Sheerness 1708 • Sheerness, Kent, England Temporarily suspended for negligence in this post. Source is DNB. Marriage 12 Feb 1710 • St Mary Chatham FO licence dated 7 Feb 1710/1. Jacob a widower of about 39 and Esther a spinster of 26. Esther married with consent of her father John Loton. Esther Loton (1682–1752) Birth of Daughter Esther Ackworth(1711–1768) 12 May 1711 • Woolwich, Kent, England Death of Brother William Ackworth(1674–1711) Dec 1711 • Gillingham Death of Son Jacob Ackworth(1701–1712) Mar 1712 • Chatham, Kent Birth of Daughter Avice Ackworth(1712–) 19 May 1712 • Woolwich, Kent, England Assistant Surveyor of the Navy Nov 1714 • Navy Board, London Post created for him. Source is DNB. Master Shipwright at Woolwich Source is DNB Bought Blackmore Priory, Essex 1714 • Blackmore, Essex, England Bought from Thomas Smythe. Jacob extended and modernised the priory from about 1715 to 1720. NB his grandfather William's 3rd wife was Elizabeth Smith. Is this a connection to Blackmore? Sir Jacob was Elizabeth's executor in 1709. Surveyor of the Navy 1715 • Navy Board, London Made up on the death of Daniel Furzer. He was the only carpenter ever to reach such rank. All others were trained shipwrights. Burgess of Portsmouth 1716 • Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Jacob Ackworth is listed as a burgess of Portsmouth in this year. Attends demolition of works at Dunkirk 29 Jun 1717 • Dunkirk and Mardyke Copy of a letter from Mr Secretary Addison to the Lords of the Treasury, signifying the King's pleasure that John Armstrong and Jacob Ackworth, Esq., should be paid £3 per day for their attendance at the demolition of the works at Dunkirk and Mardyke, Legatee and Administrator of will of his Uncle Thomas 1719 Knighted by George I at Portsmouth 30 Aug 1722 • Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Death of Mother Sarah Spreever (nee Boyce) (1643–1723) Designed Putney Bridge 1729 • Putney, London, England Prime Minister Walpole was fed up with waiting for the ferry to cross the River Thames and gave permission for a new bridge at Putney. Designed by Sir Jacob and built by carpenter Thomas Philips - 26 arches. Residence 28 May 1731 Took Erasmus Watkins son of Matthew Watkins of Deptford Dockyard as his apprentice and paid tax on the apprenticeship. Residence 31 Jul 1745 Took William Matthews as his apprentice and paid tax on the apprenticeship. Obituary Prior to 1800 (as far as Relates to England, Scotland, 16 Mar 1749 • General, England Obituary Prior to 1800 (as far as Relates to England, Scotland, 1749 • England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior To 1800, Parts 1 & 2 Death of Sister Avice Ackworth(1685–1749) Death 16 Mar 1749 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Burial 23 Mar 1749 • St Olave, Hart Street, City of London Old style date 1748/9


Family Parents John Ackworth 1641–1690 Sarah Spreever (nee Boyce) 1643–1723 Siblings Spouse & Children Elizabeth Slater 1679– Jacob Ackworth 1697–1697 Sarah Ackworth 1699– Jacob Ackworth 1701–1712 Elizabeth Ackworth 1702– Robert Ackworth 1704–1704 Spouse & Children Esther Loton 1682–1752 Esther Ackworth 1711–1768 Avice Ackworth 1712–


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From: Tony Varey <tony.varey@btinternet.com> Date: 6 October 2017 at 15:03 Subject: Acworth - Sliter To: william.arbuthnot@gmail.com


I had no luck finding any relevant-looking references to any Elizabeth Sliter in the Kent Records or any other record… (the retrieval processes are not perfect, nor are the records...) But here’s a wealth of data which answer your questions…

See below two slices out of Sir Jacob Acworth’s Will where he mentions daughters Avis and Esther, and his wife… … looks like Jane Esther.. Is it Dame Esther?? Yes… !


  • Sir Jacob Acworth

in the England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 Name: Sir Jacob Acworth Probate Date: 7 Apr 1749




And here is what might be a relevant marriage record (although no location):

  • Acworth, Jacob Loton, Esther

in the England, Extracted Parish and Court Records Text: 07 Feb 1709-10 Acworth, Jacob Loton, Esther Book: February, 1709-10 Collection: England: - Marriage Licences Issued by the Faculty Office, 1632-1714




But by this time, according to the Biog, he was up at Harwich/Sheerness.

But this does not mean to say he did not have two wives: Elizabeth Sliter first (eg m. abt 1698) who then died… Then Esther Loton m. 1709-10

READ ON

This birth record below looks like daughter Esther just 2 years (or less) after the marriage above, so it makes the above marriage look very plausible.

  • Esther Acwoth

in the London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Name: Esther Acwoth [Esther Acworth] Gender: Female Record Type: Baptism Baptism Date: 24 May 1711 Baptism Place: St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Greenwich, Kent, England Father: Jacob Acworth Mother: Esther Acworth Register Type: Parish Register

I can’t find Avis’s birth but here for the record is her marriage to George Wheat (mentioned in the will):

  • Avis Ackworth

in the England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 Name: Avis Ackworth Gender: Female Marriage Date: 3 May 1742 Marriage Place: Saint Olave Hart Street,London,London,England Spouse: George Wheat FHL Film Number: 557013, 560021, 942 B4HA V. 46

Sir Jacob’s tax records are all well documented…

Here’s his death

  • St Jacob Ackworth

in the London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 Name: St Jacob Ackworth [Sir Jacob Ackworth] Gender: Male Record Type: Burial Death Date: abt 1748 Burial Date: 23 Mar 1748 Burial Place: St Olave, Hart Street, City of London, London, England Register Type: Parish Register

(They mean 1749 don’t they)

Then her tax records start (she is a receiver of a Pension…):

  • Dame Esther Acworth

in the London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932 Tenant: Dame Esther Acworth First Year of Section: 1749 Civil Parish or Ward: Tower, England Borough or County: City of London Call Number: MS 11316/152

OK….

The Law Family Tree on Ancestry.com has the following for Esther: Esther Loton BIRTH ABT. 1682 DEATH DEC 1752 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England [with a source] Abt. 1682 Baptism 17 Aug 1682 • St Mary, Chatham [no source…] Daughter of John and Esther Loton Marriage 12 Feb 1710 • St Mary Chatham FO licence dated 7 Feb 1710/1. Jacob a widower of about 39 and Esther a spinster of 26. Esther married with consent of her father John Loton. Jacob Ackworth (1671–1749) 1 Source 1710 28 Birth of Daughter Esther Ackworth(1711–1768) 12 May 1711 • Woolwich, Kent, England 1711 29 Birth of Daughter Avice Ackworth(1712–) 19 May 1712 • Woolwich, Kent, England [with a source:)


Death of Husband Jacob Ackworth(1671–1749) 16 Mar 1749 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Death Dec 1752 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Burial 31 Dec 1752 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England

[buried “under the vestry”:]


Spouse & Children Jacob Ackworth 1671–1749 Esther Ackworth 1711–1768 Avice Ackworth 1712–

NB it says that Jacob was a widower when he married Esther… but there’s no source on the page for this narrative. Nevertheless it points to two wives…

But then on his page there’s all the detail (although not all of it accurate necessarily… but such is the detail that it is probably very credible, and he quotes the Ackworth family history at the SoG…)

The tree manager is “suevaliant”:

Jacob Ackworth BIRTH ABT 1671 • Woolwich, Kent, England DEATH 16 MAR 1749 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Birth of Brother John Ackworth(1672–1696) 2 Jun 1672 • Woolwich, Kent, England Death of Brother William Ackworth(1671–1672) 1672 • Woolwich, Kent, England Birth of Brother William Ackworth(1674–1711) 1674 • Rochester, Kent Birth of Sister Lucy Ackworth(1675–1677) Death of Sister Lucy Ackworth(1675–1677) Birth of Brother Thomas Ackworth(1679–1680) Death of Brother Thomas Ackworth(1679–1680) Birth of Sister Ann Ackworth(1681–1683) Birth of Sister Sarah Ackworth(1683–) Death of Sister Ann Ackworth(1681–1683) Birth of Sister Avice Ackworth(1685–1749) abt 1685 • Woolwich, Kent, England Carpenter on HMS Hope [70 guns] 1685 to 1687 • At sea Source is DNB Apprentice Carpenter 1685 Source is DNB 1685 Carpenter on board several different ship 1687 to 1696 • At sea Source is DNB Appointed Master Carpenter of the Salamander 31 Jul 1690 ADM/A/1768/248 National Maritime Museum. Warrant appointing Jacob Ackworth to be Master Carpenter of the Salamander in place of the former deceased. Death of Father John Ackworth(1641–1690) 7 Aug 1690 • St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, Kent, England Appointed master carpenter of Swiftsure 31 Mar 1696 ADM/A/1828/398 National Maritime Museum. Marriage 4 Jun 1696 • St Mary Chatham Elizabeth's father was master ropemaker and teacher of navigation at Chatham. Her mother was related to the Pett family who were still influential in the shipyards. Source is DNB. Elizabeth Slater (1679–) Death of Brother John Ackworth(1672–1696) Birth and Death of Son Jacob Ackworth(1697–1697) Mar 1697 • Chatham, Kent Six children, all died in infancy 1697 onwards Source is Ackworth family history at SOG. There are five baptisms at Chatham. There is also a burial for a daughter Mary on 13 Mar 1703/4. Appointed Master Carpenter of Chatham Yard 27 Dec 1698 • Chatham Dockyard, Chatham ADM/A/1860/271 National Maritime Museum. Warrant appointing Jacob Ackworth, carpenter of the Swiftsure, to be Master Carpenter of Chatham Yard in place of the former deceased. Master mast maker at Chatham Dockyard 1698 • Chatham Dockyard, Chatham Source is DNB Birth of Daughter Sarah Ackworth(1699–) Sep 1699 • Chatham, Kent Travelled to Germany abt 1700 ' Memoranda of the expenses of Sir Jacob Ackworth, travelling into Germany, and other expenses connected therewith, amounting to £883 10s.' Date is uncertain but before 1700. NB Jacob had not been knighted by then. Probably buying timber supplies. Birth of Son Jacob Ackworth(1701–1712) Feb 1701 • Chatham, Kent Birth of Daughter Elizabeth Ackworth(1702–) Nov 1702 • Chatham, Kent Birth and Death of Son Robert Ackworth(1704–1704) Feb 1704 • Chatham, Kent Widower 18 Feb 1704 • Chatham, Kent Master Shipwright at Harwich 31 Mar1705 • Harwich, Essex, England Source is his accounts for £48 12s 6d sent to the Treasury: 'Jacob Ackworth Master Shipwright at Harwich from 31 March 1705.' Master Shipwright at Sheerness 1708 • Sheerness, Kent, England Temporarily suspended for negligence in this post. Source is DNB. Marriage 12 Feb 1710 • St Mary Chatham FO licence dated 7 Feb 1710/1. Jacob a widower of about 39 and Esther a spinster of 26. Esther married with consent of her father John Loton. Esther Loton (1682–1752) Birth of Daughter Esther Ackworth(1711–1768) 12 May 1711 • Woolwich, Kent, England Death of Brother William Ackworth(1674–1711) Dec 1711 • Gillingham Death of Son Jacob Ackworth(1701–1712) Mar 1712 • Chatham, Kent Birth of Daughter Avice Ackworth(1712–) 19 May 1712 • Woolwich, Kent, England Assistant Surveyor of the Navy Nov 1714 • Navy Board, London Post created for him. Source is DNB. Master Shipwright at Woolwich Source is DNB Bought Blackmore Priory, Essex 1714 • Blackmore, Essex, England Bought from Thomas Smythe. Jacob extended and modernised the priory from about 1715 to 1720. NB his grandfather William's 3rd wife was Elizabeth Smith. Is this a connection to Blackmore? Sir Jacob was Elizabeth's executor in 1709. Surveyor of the Navy 1715 • Navy Board, London Made up on the death of Daniel Furzer. He was the only carpenter ever to reach such rank. All others were trained shipwrights. Burgess of Portsmouth 1716 • Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Jacob Ackworth is listed as a burgess of Portsmouth in this year. Attends demolition of works at Dunkirk 29 Jun 1717 • Dunkirk and Mardyke Copy of a letter from Mr Secretary Addison to the Lords of the Treasury, signifying the King's pleasure that John Armstrong and Jacob Ackworth, Esq., should be paid £3 per day for their attendance at the demolition of the works at Dunkirk and Mardyke, Legatee and Administrator of will of his Uncle Thomas 1719 Knighted by George I at Portsmouth 30 Aug 1722 • Portsmouth, Hampshire, England Death of Mother Sarah Spreever (nee Boyce) (1643–1723) Designed Putney Bridge 1729 • Putney, London, England Prime Minister Walpole was fed up with waiting for the ferry to cross the River Thames and gave permission for a new bridge at Putney. Designed by Sir Jacob and built by carpenter Thomas Philips - 26 arches. Residence 28 May 1731 Took Erasmus Watkins son of Matthew Watkins of Deptford Dockyard as his apprentice and paid tax on the apprenticeship. Residence 31 Jul 1745 Took William Matthews as his apprentice and paid tax on the apprenticeship. Obituary Prior to 1800 (as far as Relates to England, Scotland, 16 Mar 1749 • General, England Obituary Prior to 1800 (as far as Relates to England, Scotland, 1749 • England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior To 1800, Parts 1 & 2 Death of Sister Avice Ackworth(1685–1749) Death 16 Mar 1749 • St Olave Hart Street, London, England Burial 23 Mar 1749 • St Olave, Hart Street, City of London Old style date 1748/9


Family Parents John Ackworth 1641–1690 Sarah Spreever (nee Boyce) 1643–1723 Siblings Spouse & Children Elizabeth Slater 1679– Jacob Ackworth 1697–1697 Sarah Ackworth 1699– Jacob Ackworth 1701–1712 Elizabeth Ackworth 1702– Robert Ackworth 1704–1704 Spouse & Children Esther Loton 1682–1752 Esther Ackworth 1711–1768 Avice Ackworth 1712–


sources

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Brian Lavery

Sources

D. A. Baugh, British naval administration in the age of Walpole (1965) · B. Lavery, The ship of the line, 2 vols. (1983–4) · C. Knight, ‘“Carpenter” master shipwrights’, Mariner's Mirror, 18 (1932), 411–22 · J. M. Collinge, Navy Board officials, 1660–1832 (1978) · TNA: PRO, ADM 91/2 · TNA: PRO, ADM 106/2182

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Brian Lavery, ‘Acworth, Sir Jacob (c.1668–1749)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 3 Oct 2017

Sir Jacob Acworth (c.1668–1749): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/64846

[Previous version of this biography available here: September 2004]


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