HENRY WILLIAMS - ( YOUTH ) -1792 --------- 1806 )
edmondsallan - hi - To understand some of " Henry's " choices in life we need to have some understanding of his Youthful growing up . His father often took Henry with him when he was delivering the clothing he made . Henry's Father " Thomas Williams & his wife Mary " Had a small but profitable clothing Manufacturing Business. They started off manufacturing uniforms for the " Royal Navel Base in Gosport.England
( ** > " well may you ask _ ' where is Gosport ??? ' I never looked it up before , so we'll correct that mistake .> > > P 56 . F 4. Their it is . ~ southern english coast , Right alongside " Portsmouth " on the English channel . One of the most Famous " Navel Bases in the World "
As " Henry " often went and while his father was doing ( Business etc ) with the Heads of the Naval base , quite often he was looked after by a Navel Rating ( Seaman ). Quite often he was taken on board one or two of the warships . this certainly had a huge effect on what " Henry " wanted to be in later life & it certainly wasn't to be a "Missionary " This idilistic world of henry's . finished when the family left Gosport and moved to " Nottingham " then home to a thriving East Midlands industrial revolution . They invested into Lace making machines which they greatly benefitted from . His father also became one of the two cities ' Chamberlains ' and later on one of the two sheriffs for that Area. In 1804 Henry's father died of 'Typhus ' at the age of 50. He left behind a wife - with 5 sons - &-3 daughters. Henry at that time was aged eleven ( 11 ) This was a huge blow to our descendant and what with his families struggle to make ends meet he started to go wild / getting into some serious situations/ mixing with orphan gangs & in general was becoming a lout . He was driving his Mother & two elder brothers " Thomas & John " up the wall. His mother decided to enlist him in the navy . She travelled to " Portsmouth " spoke to some of her old business aquaintences in the Navy to see if they could assist her . they certainly did , although they recommended she purchase a cadetship for Henry to save him from being a seaman's boy in the English Navy, which was a task not many survived .
When " Henry " turned fourteen ( 14 )in 1806,he entered the Portsmouth Navel training centre to become a "Royal Navy Midshipman " OK I have to go now - be back later - regards - edmondsallan