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John Hesketh 1750-1815, Wine Merchant of Oporto, Portugal

John was born in 1750 in Liverpool and died in Liverpool in 1815.

Son of: Robert Hesketh (1720-1793) and Catherine Holding

Brother of:

Margaret, born 1746, who married William Crosbie.  They had two children Catherine and William.

James born 1752

Edward born 1755

Sarah who died unmarried 1823


John married: Louisa Ann Beete (1768-1799), 26 November 1786, in British Factory Chaplaincy, Oporto, Porto, Portugal.

John and Louisa had issue:

  1. Catherine Hesketh (1787-1788).
  2. Louisa Hesketh (1789-1845).
  3. Robert Hesketh (1789-1868) who married Georgiana Raynsford (1819-1910).
  4. John Hesketh (1791-1838) who married Margarida (1807-1838).
  5. Mary Ann Hesketh (1793-1856).
  6. William Hesketh (1794-1856).
  7. Henry Hesketh (1796-1856) of California.
  8. Harriet Hesketh (1797-1833).
  9. Thomas Hesketh (1798-1840) of Liverpool.

We know about John from his portrait and from the book 'Our Men in Brazil' by Ian Sargen, 2007.

John Hesketh: Biography

We know about John Hesketh from the excellent book 'Our Men in Brazil, The Hesketh Brothers Abroad' by Ian Sargen, published by Scotforth Books, 2009.

John Hesketh was the son of Robert Hesketh (1719-1793) and his wife Catherine Holding. He had an elder sister (Margaret), a younger sister (Sarah), and two brothers, James and Edward.

John’s father Robert Hesketh was a wine merchant in Liverpool.

In about 1770, John went out to Porto, Portugal, to work as a wine exporter. He very quickly started exporting large quantities of port wine to the British Isles. One of his most regular customers was his father in Liverpool. Originally working on his own, John eventually became part of Offley, Campion, and Hesketh & Co.

In 1786, John married Louisa Ann Beete, and they had nine children.

In 1807 Napoleon's armies invaded Portugal and as a result John brought his family back to England. He lived in retirement in Liverpool until his death just short of his 65th. birthday in 1815.



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