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Sir Charles (1st Lord of Admiralty) Wager[1]

Male 1666 - 1743  (77 years)


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  • Name Charles (1st Lord of Admiralty) Wager 
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 1666 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 May 1743 
    Buried North Transept Of Westminster Abbey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I88613  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2018 

    Father Charles Wager,   b. 1630,   d. 24 Feb 1665/66  (Age 36 years) 
    Mother Prudence Goodsonn,   b. Abt 1632,   d. 1688  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Family ID F39437  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha Earning,   d. 1748 
    Married 8 Dec 1691 
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F39435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Generation 3

      +Prudence Wager (John 1, Charles 2) ca1664-before 1743. She
      married ca1685 ????? Bolton.
      i. Charles Bolton
      ii. Martha Bolton
      Sir Charles Wager (John 1, Charles 2) 1666-24 May 1743. Sir Charles wasborn an orphan and grew up in Jamestown (Conanicut Island), Rhode Island,raised by a Quaker sea captain named John Hull (1654-1733), whose familyis accounted for in Pre-Pedigree III below (a first cousin once removedof John did move to Roxbury, Morris County). One can only conjectureabout the relationship of the Quaker movement in the American Coloniesand Sir Charles the Quaker, not to mention his good friend Governor LewisMorris
      (1671-1746) of New Jersey (also a Quaker who at one time
      owned the Bronx--a subway station near Yankee Stadium is
      still named "Morrisania" after him; famous constitutionalist GouverneurMorris (1752-1816) is also a direct grandson of Lewis Morris). The Wagerclan that stems from Andrew Wager, along with several other Long Islandfamilies, moved en masse to Morris County, New Jersey, named after SirCharles's friend Lewis Morris. As evidence that this Wager clan might berelated to Sir Charles, one of the Wager children born circa 1805 wasnamed "Admiral Wager." Sir Charles married 8 December 1691 MarthaEarning, but had no children. The heir to Sir Charles Wager's fortune wasby and large his nephew, Charles Bolton, with legacies to his half-sisterMary Parker and niece Martha Watson. He is buried with his wife inWestminster Abbey.
      From Greg Wager Jan 2004



      People Buried or Commemorated - Charles Wager
      Admiral Sir Charles Wager (1666-1743) was a grandson of John Wager,mariner of Rochester in Kent, and son of Charles Wager (1630-66), captainin the Navy, and Prudence (Goodsonn). He served chiefly in theMediterranean, becoming Captain 1692, Rear-Admiral 1707 and Commander inChief in the West Indies. His most famous exploit, known as "Wager’sAction" was on 28 May 1708 aboard the Expedition when he defeated anddestroyed the Spanish treasure fleet at Cartagena. This made him awealthy man and he was knighted in 1709. He was promoted to Admiral in1731 and was also Treasurer of the Navy. He married Martha Earning on 8December 1691 but they had no children. He died on 24 May 1743 and wasburied in the north transept of the Abbey. His wife was buried with himin 1748. A monument by Peter Scheemakers was erected in 1747 against thenorth wall of this transept. The bas-relief shows his famous navalengagement, with the inscription "The destroying & taking the SPANISHGALLEONS A.D. 1708". The main inscription reads:

      To the memory of Sir CHARLES WAGER Kt. Admiral of the White, FirstCommissioner of the Admiralty and Privy Counsellor. A man of greatnatural talents, improved by industry and long experience; who bore thehighest commands, and passed through the greatest employments, withcredit to himself and honour to his country. He was, in his private life,humane, temperate, just and bountifull; in his publick station, valiant,prudent, wise and honest; easy of access to all; plain and unaffected inhis manners; steady and resolute in his conduct; so remarkably happy inhis presence of mind, that no danger ever discomposed him; esteemed andfavoured by his King; beloved and honoured by his country. He dyed 24 May1743, aged 77. This monument was erected by Francis Gashry, Esq. ingratitude to his great patron A.D.1747.

      His coat of arms (argent, on a cross azure five bezants), and crest of aMoor’s head crowned with rush leaves, appears at the top of the monument.On the pedestal a mourning figure of Fame holds an oval relief portraitof the admiral and on either side are carved naval trophies.


      Photographs of the monument can be purchased from Westminster AbbeyLibrary.
      © Dean and Chapter of Westminster 2002

      Further reading:
      "The Dictionary of National Biography" London 1908.
      Collections of his letters are noted on www.hmc.gov.uk/nra
      From http://www.westminster-abbey.org/library/burial/wager.htm
      Dean & Chapter of Westminster Abbey 2003

  • Sources 
    1. [S883] Hamish Maclaren.