John MALLETT

Male 1720 - 1772  (~ 51 years)


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  • Name John MALLETT  [1
    Christened 17 Nov 1720  St Mary Arches, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • He was actually christened in St Olave's parish, in a Presbyterian meeting house, but the family's residence was in Saint Mary Arches.
    Gender Male 
    Anecdote Aft 17 Nov 1720  [3, 4
    • "Dr. Anonymous": This John Mallett has been positively identifed (2008) as the person historically known in certain medical circles (cardiology) as "Dr. Anonymous". Dr. Anonymous is famous for having given his body to medical science (in particular to Dr. William Heberden) in the search for the cause of "Angina Pectoris".
    'Mallet, formerly of Exeter'
    "Mallet, formerly of Exeter"
    Courtesy Dr. Paul Kligfield, MD.
    Fact 1745  Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Member, "Exeter Association". John joined the Exeter Association in 1745 in support of George II over Bonnie Prince Charlie and the French infiltration.
    Occupation 1746  St Olave's, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Tax Collector. 
    Will 28 Oct 1751  Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 10 Aug 1752  [6
    • Grocer's Apprentice. Listed among Exeter Freemen, apprenticed to Hugh Mallet, Grocer. This had to be his brother Hugh, since his father Hugh died in 1740.
    Exeter Guildhall
    Exeter Guildhall
    Image courtesy Paul Kligfield, MD, New York, USA
    Probate 19 Aug 1752  Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Photo 25 Jun 1762 
    Patent for 'Lunar and Calendar Watch Key'
    Patent for "Lunar and Calendar Watch Key"
    Courtesy Mike Mallett, England.
    Occupation 1765  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Merchant. In 1770, he was listed among the "successful merchants of London" in "Baldwin's Complete Guide".
    Will 27 Jun 1768  Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1770  Number 9, Westmoreland Buildings, Aldersgate Street, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • His residence was a short walk from St Paul's Cathedral.
    Aldersgate
    Aldersgate
    A map of London dated 1799 showing 9, Westmoreland Buildings, in Aldersgate Street, where John Mallet lived.

    Courtesy Dr. Paul Kligfield, MD.
    Westmoreland Buildings
    Westmoreland Buildings
    Image courtesy Paul Kligfield, MD, New York, USA
    Will 2 Aug 1771  Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Medical Condition 16 Apr 1772  Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Angina Pectoris: "The first symptom is a pretty full pain in my left arm a little above the elbow, and in perhaps half a minute it spreads across the left side of my breast, and produced either a little faintness, or a thickness in my breathing; at least I imagine so, but the pain generally obliges me to stop." (There are) associated sensations that "have frequently led me to think that I should meet with a sudden death. I have often felt, what I can best express by calling it an universal pause within me of the operations of nature for perhaps three or four seconds; and when she has resumed her functions, I felt a shock at the heart, like that which one would feel from a small weight being fastened by a string to some part of the body, and falling from a table to within a few inches of the floor. My pulsations, at a medium are about 80 in a minute; the extremes, when in a perfect state of health, beyond which I scarcely ever know them, 72 and 90."
    Fact 16 Apr 1772  Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • "I am now in the fifty-second year of my age, of a middling size, a strong constitution, a short neck, and rather inclining to be fat."
    Note 5 May 1772  [3
    SW Group
    Died 5 May 1772  Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • A record of recent deaths appears in a column on the front page of the The London Evening Post for Thursday, May 7 - Saturday, May 9, 1772. In the middle of the list of dates of death and names of the deceased is found "Tuesday, [which would have been May 5, 1772] at Islington, Mr. John Mallet, formerly of Exeter, merchant."
    Buried 7 May 1772  Bunhill Fields, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8, 9, 10
    • The Bunhill Fields burial grounds index records that on May 7, 1772, Mr. John Mallett of Aldisgate (sic) was buried in a grave at a charge of 13 shillings, sixpence.

      Bunhill Fields is located in the heart of London and is famous as a burial ground for "Non-Conformists", or "Dissenters" - people who practised their religion outside of the Church of England (C of E). Many famous people are buried there - in "non-consecrated ground". John's father Hugh had become a Dissenter sometime prior to John's birth, so John was raised outside of the C of E faith.
    Bunhill Fields Cemetery Map
    Bunhill Fields Cemetery Map
    Map of the Bunhill Fields Cemetery, showing the grave locations of some of the more prominent people buried there.
    Courtesy The City of London.
    Bunhill Fields
    Bunhill Fields
    Image courtesy Paul Kligfield, MD, New York, USA
    Probate 20 May 1772  Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I7305  Southwest
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2021 

    Father Hugh MALLETT,   c. 15 Nov 1681, Ash, Iddesleigh, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 16 Apr 1740, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Mary GLANVILLE,   b. Est 1681,   d. Bef 19 Aug 1752, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 71 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1710  St Peter Cathedral, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2206  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 17 Nov 1720 - St Mary Arches, Exeter, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - 1745 - Exeter, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Tax Collector. - 1746 - St Olave's, Exeter, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 28 Oct 1751 - Exeter, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 19 Aug 1752 - Exeter, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 27 Jun 1768 - Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1770 - Number 9, Westmoreland Buildings, Aldersgate Street, Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 2 Aug 1771 - Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMedical Condition - 16 Apr 1772 - Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsFact - 16 Apr 1772 - Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 May 1772 - Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 7 May 1772 - Bunhill Fields, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 20 May 1772 - Aldersgate, Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1794] Probate, Hugh Mallett (1740), (The National Archives of the UK (TNA)), Prob 11/702.

    2. [S1891] Baptism, Mallet, John, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA)), RG4, Piece 336, Folio 2.

    3. [S1897] Article, Dr Anonymous Unmasked, Kligfield, Paul;Filutkowski, Konrad, (June 1, 1995), M10J2446S520.

    4. [S1899] e-mail, Kligfield, Paul, Kligfield, Paul, (Cornell University, NY, USA), M10J2446S522.

    5. [S1795] Probate, Mary Mallett, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA)), PROB 11/796.

    6. [S1800] Parish and Probate Records, Devon, (MyFamily.com Inc.), 1800.

    7. [S1898] Probate, John Mallett (1772), (The National Archives of the UK (TNA)), PROB 11/997.

    8. [S1900] Wikipedia Bunhill Fields, 1900.

    9. [S1901] Wikipedia Nonconformism, 1901.

    10. [S1902] Wikipedia English Dissenters, 1902.