William Gawthrop (also known as William Gotrop) was the youngest of the six children of Richard Gawthrop and his wife Mary Gigner of Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.
By the time that William was 2 years old, his father had died, and by the time he was 5 years old, his mother had also died.
It is unclear how William and his young siblings lived day-to-day in their childhood, but by the time he was 26, William had married to Ann Langford of Mepal in the Cambridgeshire fenland.
The couple settled down to raise a family of four children (although daughter Ann failed to survive infancy) in the village of Witcham - not far from Mepal - and it was here that he and Ann stayed until their deaths in 1797 and 1804 respectively.
It was in the move between Histon and Witcham that the Gawthrop surname evolved - becoming Gotrop in the Witcham parish records in 1768 onwards.
- circa 1742 presumably in Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 2nd January 1743 at St. Andrew's Church, Histon, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Ann Langford (17??-1804) on 5th May 1768 at St. Martin's Church, Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Mary Gotrop (1769-?) married Joseph Noble (17??-?)
- Ann Gotrop (1771-17??)
- John Goltrip (1772-1862) married Elizabeth Paget (1779-1861)
- Elizabeth Gotrop (1774-?) married John Ingle (17??-?)
- circa January 1797 in Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 2nd January 1797 at St. Martin's Church, Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.