Joseph Heath (senior)
Bookseller, of Nottingham

Born: possibly 1700 and possibly died 1 Jan1757.
Son of: Not known.
Brother of: Not known.
Joseph married: Hannah.
Joseph and Hannah had issue:
1. George Heath (1724-1773), bookbinder who married Mrs Mary Jacob.
2. Joseph Heath (junior, 17??-1789), bookseller, of Nottingham, who married Mary Butler (27 May 1748, Hickling, Nottingham) (or Elizabeth Barnes, 14 March 1748 Colwick, Nottingham).  May have been Sheriff of Nottingham in 1769-1770.
3. William Heath (1725-1786), hosier.  Married Mary Hartray in 1746.  May have been Sheriff of Nottingham in 1774-1775.
4. Hannah (1729-?) who married John Stanley, 25 October 1763.
5. Possibly a John Heath (1734-?).

Joseph Heath: An Overview

We know about Joseph Heath from the following sources:

1. The book "Records of the Heath Family Vol 1" by George Heath, 1913. 
2. A note written by George Nicholas Heath, 1974.
3. The "Heath Family Engravers Vol 1", by John Heath, 1993.

We know that Joseph Heath refered to himself as a writing master in 1724 and that he was married to Hannah.  He obtained his freedom as a bookseller in 1743.  In 1744 he apprentised his son Joseph as a bookseller.  There is a note regarding a book being printed by Joseph Heath in 1744 (senior or junior?).  He published in manuscript form a Dictionary of Semography in 1747, now preserved in Nottingham library.  On the 1754 list of voters for Nottingham he is recorded as a bookseller in the Market-place, Long Row in Nottingham and his son Joseph (junior) is also listed as a book seller but in Timber Hill (which became South Parade around 1850).  There is a record of a Joseph Heath from Abchurch Lane buried at Bunhill Fields nonconformist burial ground, London, 1 January 1757.


Heath's Circulating Library

Believed to have been the bookplate of a Circulating Library operated by Joseph Heath's son in the mid 1700s.

This copy from a book dated 1763.


Some of the Heaths (presumably son's of Joseph Heath) are also mentioned a number of years later in 1774 on a list of voters.  This reads as follows:

AN EXACT LIST OF THE Burgessess and Freeholders,
Of the Town and Country of the Town of NOTTINGHAM;
At the ELECTION of TWO BURGESSES, To serve in PARLIAMENT for the said Town.
Taken on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th of OCTOBER 1774.
At the BOOTH erected in the Market Place for that Purpose, by Adjournement from a Room in the Change.
The Right Hon. EDWARD BENTINCK, Esq; commonly called Lord Edward Bentinck; and
Sir Charles Sedley, of Nutthall, Bart.
Printed by GEORGE BURBAGE, for S. CRESWELL, and G. BURBAGE; also sold by Mr WARD, and Mr HEATH, booksellers in Nottingham. 1774.

The note then goes on to list all the Burgesses and Freeholders and in each case how many votes they gave to each of the candidates.
This included the following persons with the name Heath:

John Heath (Freeholder), victualler, Castlegate and William Newbury, tenant. 17 votes for Bentinck.
William Heath, senior, hosier, Parliament Street. 1 vote for Howe.
Joseph Heath, stationer, Timber Hill. 2 votes for Howe and 1 vote for Bentinck.
Matthew Heath, baker, St James Lane. 2 votes for Bentinck and 1 vote for Sedley.


The following people with the name Heath are recorded as holding the office of Sherrif of Nottingham.

1769/70 Joseph Heath, Joseph Oldknow
1774/75 Ralph Newman, William Heath
1785/86 John Heath, George Dodson Jnr.
1789/90 Joseph Hurst Lowe, Joseph Heath


Other Heaths

We do not know of the parents or ancestors of Joseph Heath.  However the following persons should be noted as they were both in the book business and may be ancestors:

Thomas Heath who is noted with reference to the book "A Continuation of Sir Philip Sydney's Arcadia, Wherein is handled the Loves of Amphialus and Helena".  Published in London in 1651 to be sold by Thomas Heath.

James Heath (1629-1664?) the Historian who wrote the following:
A chronicle of the late intestine war in the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland, 1661.
Elergy on Dr Thomas Fuller, 1661.
An Essay to the Celebration of the Anniversary of his Majestie's Birth and Restitution, 1662.
An Elergy upon the most Lamented Death of the Late Dr J Gauden, 1662.
The Glories and Magnificent Triumphs of the Blessed Restitution of King Charles II, 1662.
Flagellum: or the Life and Death Birth and Burial of Oliver Cromwell the Late Usurper, 1663.
Elergy on the much Lamented Death of Dr Sanderson, Lord Bishop of Lincoln, 1663.
A New Book of Loyal English Martyrs and Confessors, 1663.
Brief but Exact Survey of the Affairs of the United Netherlands.
England's Chronicle of Lives and Reigns of the Kings and Queens, 1689?.

For more information on James Heath the Historian look in the "Dictionary of National Biography" published by Oxford University Press.

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