Links between the Heath, Houlditch and Johnson families:
Thomas Heath was a director of the East India Company and influenced the appointment of Edward Johnson as Governor of St Helena, at which ships of the Company regularly called.
In a Chancery case he described Abraham as a seafaring man who set sail for East India in October 1725.
In another record an Abraham, presumably he who lived in Wandsworth, appears as a purser of the Drake, an East India Co vessel, in 1724/5.
In addition to being a close friend of Edward Johnson, Thomas Heath was probably a relation of Abraham?s wife, and before sailing in October 1725 Abraham deposited ?250 with him to pay bills while he was abroad.
C11/1293/6 (Richards vs Holdich)
C11/2570/16 (Boteler vs Heath and Houlditch)
C11/2615/36 (Houlditch vs Harrison et al)
PROB11/526/72 (will of Mary Johnson)
PROB11/595/35 (will of Edward Johnson)
C33/372 (Chancery Decrees and Orders)
The National Archives.