Capt John Fish (1797 Windsor - 1865 Kilsby)

How are the following people (in China 1800 to 1850) connected to our 
Captain John FISH ??

THOMAS RICHARDSON COLLEDGE                    LANCELOT DENT                                CAPTAIN JOHN CROCKETT                     
Surgeon with the HEIC in Macao China            Merchant in Macao China              Captain of the HEIC Opium Store Ships                              

                                       







All of the paintings above were painted by George Chinnery the famous artist in Macao China

Thomas Richardson COLLEDGE (11 June 1797 – 28 October 1879) 
was an English surgeon with the East India Company at Guangzhou (Canton) who served part-time as the first medical missionary in China, and played a role in establishing the Canton Hospital. In 1837 he founded and served as the first president of the Medical Missionary Society of China.
Capt John Fish's wife MARY COLLEDGE, was the sister of Thomas Richardson Colledge.

Lancelot DENT was a 19th-century British merchant resident for a period in Canton, China who dealt primarily in opium. He was christened on August 4, 1799 in Crosby Ravensworth, Westmorland, England, son of William and Jane (Wilkinson) Dent. Lancelot took over as senior partner of the trading house Dent & Co.
Capt John Fish married Mary Colledge who had a son from Lancelot Dent, Capt John Fish adopted the child whose name became John Dent Fish at his baptism in 1843 at Kilsby England.  Rev John Dent Fish also names his son Lancelot John Fish.

Captain John C CROCKETT born 1 Dec 1786 Buckingham England - nationality British. Parents John & Ann CROCKETT died 25 Jun 1837 at Campsing Moon Macao China age 50 burial no 87 location Lower Section. In command of an opium stores ship at LinTin Macao China.
Capt John Fish lived in the same street as Capt John C Crockett ie in Sussex Place Slough in 1833 and our  Capt John Fish appears in the last Will & Testament of Capt John C Crockett in 1838. Capt John Fish also names his second son "John Crockett" Fish. 



ARCHIVE RESEARCH WORK 2016

It took the analysis of 10 Wills and testaments and countless documents from the BRITISH LIBRARY (FIBIS) and from many other archives around the world and 2 years to unravel the connections between our families. It turned out to be a wonderful adventurous detective story, full of twists and turns, dead ends, etc etc.
In the end it all made sense, we have all the documentation to prove all the linkages, its a solid facts based assessment.

Well, it all started in Macao China in 1827, a young lady by the name of Mary Colledge was visiting her famous brother the Surgeon Thomas Richardson Colledge in Macao, we understand Macao became a famous holiday destination for the "Well to do" in the late 1700's early 1800's. We gather she was romanced by lancelot Dent the very wealthy merchant in Macao and friend of her brother Thomas Richardson Colledge. It transpires that Mary Colledge has a child from Lancelot Dent, I assume the child was named John Dent in 1828 because in 1833 when our Capt John Fish marries Mary Colledge the child is adopted by Capt John Fish who becomes his legal gardian. The child is renamed John Dent Fish.
The first documented data we have of the father of John Dent Fish is shown below in the 1843 Kilsby baptism register for John Dent Fish "the adopted son of Lancelot Dent Esquire Merchant in Canton China"



Another reference is made when he marries Henrietta Barnes Chesterman in 1860 at the parish church in South Banbury.


In October 1861 Henrietta dies tragically.

John Dent Fish Marries Mary Field in 1867. In the Marriage record at South Banbury Lancelot Dent is named by John Dent Fish as his father again.



The next reference is in the Last Will and Testament of Lancelot Dent 1853. The Rev John Dent Fish is executor of Lancelot's Will. (1st page of Lancelot's will below)


Lancelot bequeaths £10000 to The Rev John Dent Fish of Christchurch Banbury.
Lancelot also bequeaths £5000 to John Dent Fish's step brother John Fish (John Crockett Fish who is studying at Cambridge University) the second son of Capt John Fish & Mary Fish (nee Colledge). (2nd page of Lancelot's will below), both children studied at Cambridge University.






To answer the question above - of how these people are connected to our Captain John Fish, the details above gives a partial view of the relationships. More details of the individuals are given below and how they became connected to our Capt John Fish.

CAPT John Fish bap 4 Aug 1797 - Died 1856 

TIMELINE - Captain John FISH

BIRTH
Age 0 — Birth
15 JUL 1797 • New Windsor, Berkshire, England 
Baptism 
6 AUG 1797 • St Johns New Windsor Berkshire 
Age 6 — Birth of Brother William Fish (1804–1875)
27 JAN 1804 • Windsor Berkshire England 
Age 28 — Death of Father Robert Fish (– 1825)
4 DEC 1825 • Broad lane Winkfield aged 56 
Age 31 — Birth of Son John Dent Fish (1828–1868)
Sep 1828 • Macao, Tongcheng, Anhui, China 
Age 32 — Death of Brother James Willi- am Fish (1794–1830)
4 March 1830 • Berkshire, England 
Age 36 — Marriage - Mary Colledge (1803–1872) 
24 SEP 1833 • Kilsby St Faith, KILSBY, England  
Age 37 — Birth of Son John Crockett Fish (1834–1889)
14th September 1834 • Datchet, Buckingham- shire, England 
Age 44 — Residence 1841 CENSUS
1841 • Upton Cum Chalvey, Buckinghamshire, England 
Age 54 — 1851 CENSUS 
Age 64 —  1861 CENSUS Residence1861 
• Kilsby, Northamptonshire, England BORN New Windsor Berkshire 
Age 67 — Death
30 mar 1865 • Warwickshire, United Kingdom 
Age 67 — Burial 30 Mar 1865
• Kilsby, Northamptonshire, England 

BAPTISM RECORD BELOW FOR Capt John Fish NEW WINDSOR CHURCH - St John's
Capt John Fish Married Mary Colledge 1833 Kilsby England



Capt John Fish was born in New Windsor Berkshire - see 1851 & 1861 census images below,
This is crucial, as it connects Capt John Fish to our family, this is the vital evidence we have been looking for, for so long. This is the only John Fish born then in New Windsor Church, see the New Windsor church register for baptisms above.


The document below shows Capt John Fish living at 14 Sussex Place Slough in 1833 - this is important for the connection to Capt John Crockett who also lives in Sussex Place. Our Capt John Fish is also a beneficiary of the will of Capt John Crockett. The second son of Capt John Fish and Mary (nee Colledge) named their son John Crockett Fish - "John Crockett" from their friends name Capt John Crockett.




Capt John Fish and his adopted son John Dent Fish holds stock 1852 in the East India Company.
Ref: India office and Burma Office lists. British Library




I think these are the corresponding properties as they are today taken from Google Earth Maps


John Crockett Fish Property for auction in 1881 in Kilsby (his parents property he inherited)



1854 Captain John Fish & his son Rev John Dent Fish are both Freemasons at The RUGBY Lodge of Rectitude 








Capt John Crockett born 1786 died 1838 Capsin Moon China

Our Captain John Fish lived in the same street as Capt John C Crockett (Sussex Place Slough) from 1834 to 1836
Our Captain appears in the Last Will & Testament of Capt John C Crockett. Our Capt John Fish names his second child "John Crockett" Fish after his friend Capt John Crockett, who at some point was Capt of the HEIC Shah Byramgore.


Captain John Crockett was commander of the ship JANE - in the HEIC's lintin island Opium fleet in Macao China, the JANE was the Store Ship for the Opium Fleet.


Lintin Island Location to Hong Kong & Macao




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