The family of Gataker goes far back in English history. Thomas was son and heir to the Rev. Edward Gataker, M.A., rector of Mursley, Bucks, who was descended from the ancient Shropshire family of Gatacre of Gatacre. Lest any reader should wonder at the change in spelling of the family name, I may state that on the monument to Charles Gataker, great-grandfather of the surgeon, who died Nov. 20, 1680, and is buried at Hogston, Bucks, occurs the following statement: ex antiqua Gatakerorum de Gatak-Hall in agro Salopiensi familia oriundus.1
The pedigree appended, drawn up by Mr. J. Harvey Bloom, a recognized authority in such matters, shows the immediate descent, but it may be of interest to indicate a few facts about the family of earlier date than 1577.
Gatacre itself was a vill of Claverley in South Shropshire near the town of Bridgnorth. Claverley was one
JAMES RR. THOMAS GATAKER: AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ENGLISH SURGEON WITH OPHTHALMOLOGIC LEANINGS. Arch Ophthalmol. 1932;7(2):171–179. doi:10.1001/archopht.1932.00820090011001
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