Enoch WINDEATT was ordered to be transported "to Virginia or some other of his Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in America" in 1765. Who was he? What had he done? What happened to him?
Possibly he is the same man as the Enoch WINGATE from Rochester who fought in the American Revolution? Enoch WINGATE with a Daniel WINGATE (a son or brother?) was serving in in Colonel George Reid's Regiment between 1777-1780 and earlier in 1777 they also appeared to be serving in Captain F. M. Bell's Company See the American Revolution pages from the ROCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY. There are also a Joseph WINGATE, a David WINGATE and a Caesar WINGATE listed on these pages.
There was also an Enoch WINDEATT who married an Ann LEFEVER on 31st July 1797 in Chiswick, London (West Middlesex Marriage index). If this is the same person, perhaps he had returned from America by then.
Enoch is an unusual name in this family but an Enoch WINGATE was born in East Budleigh, Devon in 1748, the base child of an Ann WINGATE [see Link to Genuki page]. If this is the same Enoch then he would have been about 16 at the time of the Transportation Order. East Budleigh is not a parish frequented by WINDGEATs - Ann must have been working there or she wandered there to have her illegitimate child.
Transcription kindly provided by Pam Jackson:
Whereas Grace BINNICK John HOCKADAY Enoch WINDEATT and Charles WARREN were at the General Quarter Sessions of the - - - ? - - - at the Castle of Exon in and for the County of Devon the Sixteenth Day of January last Convicted of several Felonies and intitled to the Benefit of Clergy and were Ordered and Adjudged to be Transported to some of his Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in America for the Term of Seven Years Pursuant to an Act of Parliament made in the Fourth Year of the Reign of his late Majesty King George the first Intitled An Act for the further preventing Robbery Burglary and other Felonies and for the more effectual Transportation of Felons and unlawful Exporters of Wool and for declaring the Law upon some Points relating to Pirates And Whereas the said Court of Sessions in Pursuance of an Act of Parliament made in the Sixth Year of his said late Majesty's Reign Intitled An Act for the further preventing Robbery Burglary and other Felonies and for the more effectual Transportation of Felons Did Nominate and Appoint Richard BEAVIS John BARING and William FOULKES Esquires and The Reverend John SNOW and James CARRINGTON Clerks Five of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace of and for the said County of Devon or any two of them to Contract with any Person or Persons for the Performance of the Transportation of the said Felons and to Order and take care that such Contractor or Contractors should give sufficient Security to the satisfaction of the said Justices to be taken by Bond in the Name of the Clerk of the Peace of the said County that he or they will Transport or cause to be Transported effectually the said Felons conveyed to him or them by such Contract to One of his Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in America according to the Directions of the said recited Acts . . .
And Whereas the said Richard BEAVIS and John BARING being two of the Justices named in the above recited Order of the Sixteenth day of January last have Contracted with George BUCK and William BUCK both of Bideford in the County of Devon Merchants for the effectual Transportation of the said Grace BINNICK John HOCKADAY Enoch WINDEATT and Charles WARREN to Virginia or some other of his Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in America for the said Term of Seven Years pursuant to the said Order . . .
. . . Witness now these Presents that the said George BUCK and William BUCK do hereby Contract and Agree to accept and take the said Felons for the purpose aforesaid and to give Security by Bond as aforesaid for the effectual Transportation of all the said Felons to Virginia or some other of his Majesty's Colonies and Plantations in America for the several Terms aforesaid within three Months from the date hereof And the said Richard
BEAVIS John BARING and Sir Richard Warwick BAMPFYLDE by virtue of the aforesaid Power given them do hereby agree that the Gaoler in whose Custody the said Felons are shall forthwith deliver them to the said George
BUCK and William BUCK or their assigns for their effectual Transportation as aforesaid In Witness whereof the said George
BUCK and William BUCK have hereunto set their Hands and Seals the Fifteenth Day of June in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Sixtyfive
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of A. C. PRICHARD (?) and John BOWDIDGE by Geo. BUCK and Wm. BUCK