I'm trying to trace Thomas Wheatley b. Dec 1797 Bethnal Green to Thomas snr. & Rebecca. Variously described as mariner, boatman & waterman. He settled in Rainham Kent, and his sons and grandsons were Barge Masters plying the full tidal reaches of the Thames from Chiswick to Shoeburyness/Faversham. I've traced the "boys" through census & parish records, but I've come across tantalising traces of Wheatleys involved in the river trade since the early 1600s. Can anyone help me track old Thomas to his roots in London?