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Paschall Tennant of St Vedast

Paschall Tennant

(d. 1739)



St Vedast

Researched by Nicky Scowen

The son of a clerk, Paschall Tennant was admitted into the company of Joiners in 1696 and married Mary Walsegrove in Holy Trinity, Minories in 1699. It appears that he was assaulted in the street by two women, known to be “idle and disorderly” in 1710. Later that year, Mary Tennant died and was buried in Christ Church, Southwark.

In May 1711 Paschall married for a second time, to Helen Harries, in St Giles Cripplegate, who bore him four children. Three died as infants and were buried in St Vedast’s. The family lived in Gutter Lane. Paschall paid his taxes and took on apprentices of his own so business must have been reasonable. He was buried in St Vedast’s.

Carpentry tools in 'Mechanick exercises : or, The doctrine of handy-works applied to the arts of smithing, joinery, carpentry, turning, bricklaying', Joseph Moxon, first published 1677.


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