I have long been interested in the occasional tidbit of information on Mynatts (all variant spellings) in England. One item in particular interests me. It reads: John Mynatt, son of William, citizen and painter stainer, to Samuel Haynes, 6 Jan 1741/2 (3 Jul 1745 turned over to his father, by John Man of, London, gentleman exec. to Master), Upholders' Company
The way I read this is that John was apprenticed to Samuel Haynes and three and a half years later he was released to his father.
Looking for information on the men mentioned, I found:
1. Samuel Haynes must have been well placed in London society as his daughter, Charlotte Catherine Anne Haynes, later married John William Egerton, 7th Earl of Bridgewater
2. Upholders' Company still exists and is/was a guild of upholstered furniture makers and in the mid 1700s. They also did business that would today be considered interior designing. Old advertisements of the day show they had all kinds of high end furnishings for sale.
3. Upholders' Company offered apprenticeships that were usually for seven years.
4. John Man was a London architect/builder. At the time of this apprenticeship he lived on Prescot Street, Whitechapel and well within walking distance of Billiter Lane in nearby Fenchurch where our Richard lived.
All this leads me to believe William and his son John may well be related to our Richard. Which brings up a question I have had for some time. Where did the factoid saying Richard was the son of Richard, a sailor come from? I have never seen anyone cite a source for it.