In Could John Stacy who lived/married at London and later lived at Exmouth (Devon) have been baptized in 1759 at North Petherton (Somerset)? I have been trying to identify the parents of John Stacy (1759-1831).
Today I was reading "Colonial Cameos and Genetic Gambits - the Stacy Brown Story" compiled by Albert E. Stacy (my 1st cousin twice removed) in 1986. In it he writes on page 12:
Reliable record also has it that John Stacy's father was a nautical assessor on the London Docks and was killed by a fall in the hold of a merchant ship in the course of his duty.
He does not elaborate on what reliable record that came from but later, on page 18, he writes:
My dear cousin Elfreda of Buckhurst Hill, London, recalls:
"When I was about thirteen years old (1904) we spent a holiday in Exmouth and great-aunt Agnes Leatt joined us for a week. She was an old lady then in her eighties and one day when we were walking dorn The Strand she pointed out an old-fashioned, double fronted shop with slightly bowed windows of smallish panes as the one she remembered John Stacy occupied."
Consequently, I am assuming that he may have had access to some oral history that possibly reached him intact.
I gather that a nautical assessor was someone who worked for an insurance company and assessed the damages on any ruined cargo that arrived at the docks.
Does anyone know of a record source that might help me learn more about a nautical assessor named Stacy who worked (and died) on the London Docks and presumably died in about the last quarter of the 18th century?