OF SOMERSET AND LONDON.
Several other English Gatter families seem to be offsprings
of the Devon Gatters. Genetic testing showed that the Gatter families
of Somerset and London share identical DNA with the Devon Gatters (see
Gatter DNA project). When these branches split off, we cannot say
at this moment. More research in the Somerset and London parish srchives
will be necessary.
Gatters of London
In the London area we find Gatters already in the late 1500s. One Gatter family that can be traced back till about 1800 lived in the London suburbs of Shoreditch and later in Horsleydown.
The earliest known ancestor is William Gatter, a carpenter on Charlotte Street in Shoreditch. He married in 1828 Martha? Lucy Heales. Also this family shares despite the large distance the identical "genetic fingerprint" with the Gatters of Talaton, Devon. It is thus thought that these London Gatters are origination also from Devon. The descendants of this family live in England today.
Gatters of Devon/Cornwall (today in Ohio & Texas)
The Gatter families that live in Ohio and Texas (USA) today can be traced back to Devon. On 29th of April 1920 Arthur John Crewyze Gatter (1894-1980) came from Redruth, Cornwall (on the south-western most tip of England, surrounded by the sea from 3 sides) to the United States after having served in Her Majesty's Navy in WW I.
His father was Edwin Gatter, born ca. 1865 (a resident of Otterton in Devonshire, England), who married Evelyn Jane Crewys.
Edwin is likely to be the son of John Gatter, baptized 09 Aug 1845 at Otterton (in the 1881 Census listed as "John Gates", in 1901 Census mentioned as "Farm Labourer") and of his wife Emma, born ca. 1846. But we have no proof of this yet and still need to verify this in the parish registers.
Ellis Island Records
Name: Arthur John
Gatter Archive 2000-2008