Ahmuty Connections : Part 2.
1. The Family of Colonel Arthur Ahmuty on the Bengal Establishment of the East India Company.
Samuel Ahmuty of Brianstown Longford Ireland married Margaret King eldest daughter of John King of Charlestown Roscommon Ireland and had son Colonel Arthur Ahmuty who married Ursula da Cruz 25 July 1767 in Calcutta India. John King of Charlestown married firstly Elizabeth Shaw daughter of Robert Shaw of Newford Galway and secondly Rebecca Digby daughter of Rev Simon Digby. Will dated 1 July 1736 summary. John King of Charlestown by deed 20 November 1729 between him and his eldest son Gilbert King of the 1st part. John Digby of Landenstown Kildare and Samuel Achmuty of Brianstown Longford of the 2nd part. Arthur French of French Park Roscommon and Henry Cuningham of Dublin of the 3rd part. Whereby lands in said deed over which John King had power of charging yearly sums not exceeding £2500 and interest not exceeding £6 per £100 now devised same in trust. All covenants agreements made on his marriage with his present wife and provisions for his children to be fulfilled. On his decease residue of personal estate to his children at 21 yrs and should portions for daughters exceed £1000 and sons £600 surplus to his eldest son John King by his now wife. To his wife necklaces rings watches coach or chair with six best coach cattle mares or gelding and plate valued £500 for own use and disposal to his children; also during her widowhood leasehold lands in Fermoyle Lismaemanus Cashellbeg and Longford for which he held leases for lives from Abney Parker of Longford; also bedding linens woollens furniture goods in the Fermoyle house fully convinced of her tender affectionate regard to him and the children she will apply profits of the leases for support of his children during their minorities. To the poor of Kilmore £10 distributed by the incumbent of the parish. He appointed his wife Rebecca King, John Digby, Rev Oliver King and Arthur French executors and John Digby, Robert French and Rev William Digby guardians of his children. In witness John King put his hand and seal (poco sig) in the presence of us who have subscribed our names in his presence. Thos. Norman. Ja. Davison. Geo. Moore NP.
Arthur Ahmuty enlisted in the Bengal Army and sailed to India on the Royal Duke.
Service Record: Cadet 1760. Ensign Sept 1761. Lieutenant Aug 1763. Captain Dec 1764. Major Sept 1768. Lt Colonel Sept 1779. Colonel of Infantry May 1786. On furlough 1788/1789.
Summaries of Letters: To Earl Cornwallis Governor General and Commander in Chief, India.
11 Nov 1786. By addressing your Lordship I flatter myself will be execused on perusal of this letter. I have one years revenue money due which would be of service to me as I am shortly taking leave of absence and should you order such payment I deem myself obligated. Ar. Ahmuty. Calcutta.
2 Dec 1786. I hope it is not too great a presumption to introduce Ensign Fetherstone my late aid de camp a very fine young man on who should you confer any favour you will find very deserving. Although his rank is low he was for ten years a cornet in a Regiment of Horse in Ireland. He sold out to assist his father a merchant of note in Dublin met with misfortune and it was this laudable motive that induced him to Bengal as a cadet. Ar. Ahmuty. On board the yacht Culpee.
13 Sept 1789. I acquaint you of my arrival on the Earl of Oxford and shall proceed to town when conveyance can be found. The Lord Bishop of Litchfield and Coventry was pleased to give under my care letters of consequence to you which he desired I deliver in person. Also letter from Lord Broome who was well when I left London 29 April. The Lord Bishop has charged me to give you the exact height of Lord Broome who I measured and is four feet two inches in stockings. Ar. Ahmuty. Diamond Harbour.
12 Oct 1791. The order from the Court of Directors naturally alarms me and hope you will allay my anxiety having much confidence in your justice. Concerning Colonel Morgan's arrival at Fort William to be placed on the effective strength of the Army per his rank. I was the second officer in rank the other five in command junior to me. It is two years since my return from England and the Court might think I was provided for since they did not receive my memorial. When issuing the order for Colonel Morgan I hope you take into account my irksome situation as a supernumerary by granting my right of seniority over Colonel Morgan. Ar. Ahmuty. Calcutta.
20 Dec 1791. I have received your favour of 6th ultimo. I now request you send an order to the Board should a vacancy occur amongst the now seven Colonels to advance me immediately on the effective strength of the Army. I believe to have been unjustly treated by Colonel Morgan being exempted from the regulations advanced in preference to me of senior standing. I place before you a memorial thought indispensably necessary and hope you will be so impressed to give my cause every support. I have sent the memorial to the Board to be given a number in one of the Packets of an Early Ship to the Court of Directors. Ar. Ahmuty. Calcutta.
9 Jan 1792. I am under necessity to apologise for an inaccuracy in my memorial. I stated to be unaware of the regulation for officers returning from Europe to be on half pay until a vacancy ocurred. I find that clause was issued prior to my departure from this country and perceiving my mistake drew up another memorial which I hope will be transmitted by the Kent. Ar. Ahmuty. Calcutta.
9 January 1792. To The Court of Directors for Affairs of the United Company of Merchants trading to the East Indies summary. It gives me infinite concern circumstances which compel me to trespass on your time and attention but smarting under the most mortifying occurrence to be experiencd by a man of sensibility I feel obliged to quote from para 53 of General Letter to the Bengal Government 6 May 1791 that in consideration of Colonel Charles Morgan requesting leave and on his return placed with a command entitled by his rank we have decided to restore him on your Establishment provided he takes one of the ships of the present season and on arrival at Fort William placed on the effective strength of the Army per his rank. I was naturally inclined to assure myself of being soon relieved from the irksome and inactive state of a supernumerary on half pay and did not suppose your intent was for his advancement to be at my exclusion. Anxious the acting Governor and Council might put another construction on the orders putting them into effect without regard to my rank or spirit of General Military Regulations I made known my situation in October 1791. To my astonishment in November were General Order resolutions that Colonel Morgan now arrived at the Presidency the Board desired he be placed on the effective strength of the Army and appointed to the Nation of Futty Ghur with general command in the field. If possible judge the torture of my mind and degradation being passed over by one of junior rank. Far be it to detail my own abilities of integrity strict attention to duties and zealous regard to the interests of my employers my conduct in all respects will bear most severe scrutiny. Permission was granted December 1786 for my leave to Europe for health and private affairs believing I would return without prejudice to my rank. Away barely two years my immediate return was ordered under penalty of forfeiting the Service so concluding urgent need for my services without hesitation embarked with all expedition. The preference to Colonel Morgan affects me greatly as so advanced is on full pay and other emoluments while I am set aside on half pay my long and fathful service forgotten. I trust my memorial will impress you of the wrong I have suffered and induce you to order my immediate placement on the effective strength of the Army according to my rank. I hope a proper allowance will be made for one who cannot but feel the dishonour and who if he did not would be unworthy of the justice he now seeks. Ar.Ahmuty. Calcutta.
Memoirs of William Hickey summary. Colonel Arthur Ahmuty /Auchmuty.
This Colonel a singular character of whom a number of anecdotes were told. He had much generosity in his nature but often conducted himself as to lead people to think him mean. In some convivial moments he had invited a large party of gentlemen to dine with him but on the day forgot or pretended giving any such invitation except I think for two who were present. He told the rest they were clearly uninvited guests and so cared not about the short commons they would find. The gentlemen well acquainted with the Colonel's whimsicalities instead of going off in dudgeon resolved to stay and plague their host by a vigorous attack on his cellar. With utmost good humour they sat down to the scantily provided table making up for want of eatables with frequent applications to the wine much to the Colonel's consternation. In his usual strong brogue he exclaimed. I am apt to think you have been some time without a taste of the true stuff and think yourselves in a wine merchant's cellar though not yours you think yourselves the owners but disregarding his remark they continued recourse to the bottle.
We lost this season Colonel Auchmuty who had three sons in the Company's service two in the civil line one in the military. Lord Cornwallis who always made a point of speaking to every gentleman at his weekly Levee had a converation with Colonel Auchmuty: You must have good friends in Leadenhall Street to have so large a proportion of your family provided for in this part of the world. I had many friends there sure enough staunch ones too no fewer than five thousand. Lord Cornwallis looked greatly astonished: You seem surprised but it is very true no fewer than five thousand all bright shiners. Lord Cornwallis very perplexed and annoyed. Upon my word I do not understand your language it is perfectly incomprehensible to me. Not understand bathershun (maybe so) though I thought I fully explained I'll speak more plain. I gave the lads of Leadenhall Street five thousand guineas. British gold guineas no more nor less for the writerships in Bengal though they wanted to fob me off with a Madras one for my two older whelps but in the generosity of their hearts threw a cadetship into the bargain for my youngest spalpeen.
The Bengal Levee etched by James Gillray published London 9 November 1792 depicted Arthur Ahmuty a centre figure as a very stout Colonel wearing spectacles.
Indenture registered 24 March 1789 by oath of George Wilson before B.Besfield Deputy Registrar summary. Between Thomas Paulin of Bath Somerset now of Chelsea Middx of the 1st part, Arthur Ahmuty of the East India Co. Bengal Establishment late of Upper Charlotte Street Rathbone Place now of Harley Street Marylebone of the 2nd part and George Rush.of Tinley Park, Northampton of the 3rd part. In consideration of £1300 to Mr Paulin paid by Mr Rush by order of Mr Ahmuty; of £1600 to Mr Ahmuty paid by Mr Rush; Mr Paulin by order of Mr Ahmuty did assign and Mr Ahmuty did assign and ratify unto to Mr Rush that parcel of ground and double brick messuage No.33 Harley Street east side with coach house stables appurtenances late in tenure of John Kenrick now of Arthur Ahmuty. The premises demised by lease 12 July 1774 between John White of Marylebone carpenter and William Robinson of St Ann's Westminster plumber registered 19 July 1774. To hold same unto George Rush for unexpired 97 yrs less 21 days subject to covenants agreements therein. Execution of Indenture of even date by Thomas Paulin, Arthur Ahmuty and George Rush witnessed by Thomas Poole of Leathersellers Hall and George Wilson of Lynconds sic Inn and is hereby required to be registered by George Rush. In witness whereof George Rush set his hand and seal 23 March 1789 in presence of Thos. Poole. Alexr. Murray. Geo. Wilson.
London Goslings bank accounts. Arthur Ahmuty 1787/1793. Francis Ahmuty 1789/1790. Ursula Ahmuty 1794 /1797.
Obituary 6 December 1793. To the Memory of Arthur Ahmuty a Colonel in the Service of the East India Company who departed this life 6th December 1793 at Dinapore aged 63 years.
Will dated 23 March 1789 proved 19 November 1794 summary. Arthur Ahmuty of 33 Harley Street Middx soon to return to Bengal appointed his brother Rev Samuel Ahmuty of Ballymulvey and good friend Gilbert King of Charlestown executors and to each a ring of five guineas. He devised in trust all lands hereditaments effects real and personal in Great Britain Ireland the East Indies or elsewhere to his wife Ursula Ahmuty, Samuel Ahmuty and Gilbert King. The rents interest dividends proceeds payable by half yearly payments to his wife for own use if still a widow and for the support of his children. To daughters Frances £5000 and Elizabeth £4000 at 21 years sooner if married the interest for their benefit during their minorities. To sons Robert, John, Richard, James and Thomas the rest and residue of monies stocks securities share and share alike with equal benefit of survivorship. He appointed his wife Rebecca King, Rev Samuel Ahmuty and Gilbert King executors. The Will signed in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses George Wilson Lincoln's Inn. Alexander Murray Lincoln's Inn. Thomas Poole Leathersellers Hall. The Will proved at London 6 October 1794 before Worshipful Samuel Pearce Parson surr by the oath of Ursula Ahmuty widow the relict and one of the executors named in the Will to whom admin granted having been first sworn duly to administer with power reserved to Samuel Ahmuty the brother and Gilbert King the other executors. Probate of the Will only was granted last month to Ursula Ahmuty having been first voluntary brought in and declared null and void.as by the Acts of Court appear
Codicil 20 April 1789 To Gilbert King summary. As you have been so obliging to act jointly and separately as my agent and now executor and to clear any doubt in my will I forgot to advise having purchased for my daughter Frances £1000 East India Company stock making her portion.£5000. All jewels wearing apparel of my wife and two daughters their own sole property. Not having mentioned this I judge it necessary and of material consequence to regulate that now to prevent litigation hereafter. All my property settled on my family. £5000 East India stock. £1000 in my official name. £2155 Company bills. £6000 3% stock. £250 bill payable May. £800 at the bank. In my brother's hands £500. My Irish estate cost £26,000. I wish to be explicit and clear to convey my just and equitable intentions. I have the pleasure to remain your much esteemed kinsman and very humble servant. Ar.Ahmuty. Weymouth Street.
4 November 1794 Appeared Robert Bomford of George Street Marylebone and Thomas Poole of Leathersellers Hall and made oath they were well acquainted with Arthur Ahmuty late of Harley Street deceased in December last and that they hath often seen him write and subscribe his name in writings and having viewed said codicil depose same as his proper handwriting and subscription. Rob. Bomford. Thomas Poole. Same day Robert Bomford and Thomas Poole were duly sworn to the truth of this aaffidavit before me. J.H.Arnold. Jas. Heseldine NP.
The Will with codicil proved London 19 November 1794 before Worshipful James Henry Arnold surr by the oath of Ursula Ahmuty widow the relict one of the executors named in the will to whom admin was granted of all goods chattles credits having been sworn duly to administer power reserved of making like grant to Samuel Ahmuty the brother and Gilbert King the other executors.
Cruicetown Estate summary. Joseph Cruse in 1789 granted Arthur Ahmuty of London the manor towns and lands of Cruisetown Moydarragh Altmash and parcel of land known as Ballyhulgh. Arthur Ahmuty died within a few years of acquiring the estate and in a later deed was noted a Colonel late of the East India Company resident in Harley Street London. He left his property to his widow Ursula Ahmuty in trust for his son Robert both later noted as resident in Dublin. In 1799 the Ahmuty heirs granted leases but their interest ceased in 1831 when sale was made by decreee of the Irish Court of Chancery.
In November 1814 Ursula Ahmuty arrived in Paris and Fanny Bumey in her Diary 30 January 1815 noted: I returned or made guided by mon ami visits to the Obliging . . and left Cards for . . Mrs Ahmuty.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary January 1818 At Dublin aged 74 Mrs Ursula Ahmuty relict of the late Colonel Ahmuty of Cruisetown Meath. At Sackville Street Dublin Ursula Ahmuty aged 74.
Children of Arthur Ahmuty and Ursula da Cruz:
Robert. John. Richard. James. Thomas. Frances. Elizabeth.
Robert Ahmuty dsp.
Barrister at law of Trinity College Cambridge adm pens 30 June 1787 matric michs 1787. 1s.Col Arthur A of Harley Street. Lincoln's Inn adm 1788 licentiate 26 November 1796.
On the Bengal Establishment of the East India Company he arrived in India 1790. Service Record: Writer in the Secretary's Office Public Dept Aug 1790. In April 1791 was Assistant Collector Twenty Four Pergunnahs . May 1793 Register assistant to Judge Magistrate & Collector Sylhet Oct 1795 Officiating Register Court Appeal & Circuit Dacca. Dec 1795 Register. July 1797 Collector Sylhet. Feb 1803. Jan 1809 Judge & Magistrate Goruckpore. Feb 1810 Zillah Court Behar, Tirhoot. 24 June 1811 to Europe returned 29 July 1814. Dec 1814 Officiating Judge & Magistrate Dinagepore. Oct 1815 Judge & Magistrate. March 1816 Cawnpore. June 1816 Officiating Senior Judge Provincial Court Appeal Moorshedabad. May 1817 3rd Judge Provisional Court Approval. June 1817 2nd Judge ditto. July 1818 2nd ditto Dacca. Dec 1818 Senior ditto ditto. Feb 1824. Officiating Puisne Judge Court Sudder Dewanny Nizamut Adawlut. 1 Jan 1827. retired on annuity
Summaries of Letters: To Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India.
17 May 1822 From Mr F.W.Russell acting agent of Governor General Moorshedabad to Mr H.Chastenay officiating Secretary to the Governor Fort William. I advise Mr J.Ahmuty sent me letter of 11th inst stating his wish as Commissioner to present his Credentials to His Highness. I with Mr Ahmuty on the 12th went to the Palace the conversation was purely complimentary. I enclose extracts between Mr Ahmuty and myself on letters of the Secretary to the Governor Persian Dept to Her Highness the Bhow Begum on Mr Ahmuty's appointment which to date does not appear to have received a circumstance worthy of note per my letter of 3 May.
17 May 1822 From John Ahmuty to Mr Russell. I was favoured with your letter of 16th inst on Bahoo Begum's message to you. I should be obliged if you would direct the Dewan of Her Highness to wait upon me and make his representation when necessary explanation will be offered for the Begam's information agreeably in the instruction of the Government.
18 May 1822 From John Ahmuty to Mr Russell. I am favoured with your letter of 17th inst and regret I cannot acquiesce in the observations and arguments made as I have been directed by Government having perhaps the dignity and convenience of my Office to view. The Persian letter alluded to for delivery to Bahoo Begum as soon as Mocktair or representative is sent to wait upon me and receive on her behalf such instruction necessary on the object and nature of the proposed enquiry. When the Begum sent her Dewan to you with a message it occurs to me it was your duty to direct him to wait upon me. I propose therefore to make reference to the Government on your present interference with my proceedings to prevent any similar recurrence in future. J.Ahmuty Commissioner. Banyettee.
John Ahmuty married Caroline Warren daughter of Peter Warren of Henrietta Street Dublin and Elizabeth Paravasol. Clifton Church memorial. Caroline Ahmuty widow of John Ahmuty a Bengal Civil Servant died at Clifton 8 December 1843 in her 51st year. Mourned by her Children.
Obituary 14 October 1836. John Ahmuty late of the Bengal Civil Service.
Will dated 23 July 1833 proved 29 November 1836 summary. John Ahmuty late of Calcutta senior merchant of the United Merchants of England trading to the East Indies now residing at Fancy Hall Cheltenham appointed his wife Caroline Ahmuty, William Morton of Kents Green Powick Worcester, James Ewing of Park Crescent Middx and Alexander Colvin of Colvin & Co in the East Indies executors and trustees. To his wife for own use jewels trinkets wearing apparel paraphernalia also wines liquors household goods furniture prints plate linen books china and portrait of his late sister Mrs Peter Warren by Chinnery. To sons John and Warren each a watch. To daughters Caroline portrait of her mother and herself by Chinnery and youngest daughter Jemima emerald seal of his late father. To niece Mary portrait of her late father Richard Ahmuty by Chinnery. John Ahmuty devised in trust funds in Great Britain in the East India Company and personal estate to use or invest in public stocks securities at interest in England. The proceeds to his wife during her life for support of herself and children having fullest confidence and reliance she will not injure future prospects of their children by a second marriage. On her decease all estate in trust for his children proceeds for their support during their minorities. John Ahmuty signed sealed declared in the presence of us who have subscribed our names with the words ‘my youngest daughter Jemima‘ being first interlined. witnessed by Robert Cary, Captain Royal Regiment. J.B Hyde solicitor Worcester.
Codicial 26 Aug 1836 John Ahmuty late of Calcutta and Cheltenham now of 93 Sloane Street Chelsea having sustained great losses in India property with stock sold to meet demands and residue transferred to pounds percent in Leadenhall Street London now considered unnecessary said number of executors and revoked appointments of William Morton, James Ewing and Alexander Colvin. He now appointed his wife Caroline Ahmuty, friends Bazett David Colvin of Crawford Colvin & Cox of Old Broad Street London and Rev Richard Hollings son of old friend George Hollings executors and trustees. To Charlotte Jacob £ 8 annuity for the kind care during the four years he was blind and bedridden. From entitlement of daughter Caroline wife of Captain Cary £ 450 advanced to settle some of her husband's debts said sum left to Caroline Cary and his other children that all may enjoy an equal share. John Ahmuty set his hand and seal in the presence of Colonel James Ahmuty 60 Cardigan Place. Thomas Hammerton surgeon 111 Piccadil1y.
The Will proved at London with one codicil 29 November 1836 before Worshipful John Haggard by the oath of Caroline Ahmuty widow the relict the executrix to whom admon was granted having been first sworn duly to adminster power reserved of making like grant to Rev Richard Hollings and Bazett David Colvin the other executors named in the codicil when they shall apply for same.
Children of John Ahmuty and Caroline Warren:
John. Warren. Caroline. Jemima.
John Ahmuty / Auchmuty.
London Gazette 10 Sept 1853 Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors. Orders have been made vesting in the Personal Assignee estates and effects of: John Auchmuty late of 5 Great Ryder Street St James Middx. 57th Regiment of Foot. In the Queen's Prison.
Obituary 12 Dec 1854 At Balaklava aged 36 Captain John Ahmuty HM 57th Regiment son of the late John Ahmuty Bengal Civil Service.
Warren Ahmuty /Auchmuty.
The Times Friday 15 Oct 1869. To Captain Warren Auchmuty. If this gentleman will apply to Mr R Lomax solicitor 37 Old Bond Street Piccadilly London he will hear of something to his advantage or any person giving information as to his address or decease will be rewarded.
Caroline Ahmuty / A'hmuty.
Caroline Ahmuty married Captain Recasoli Cary at Cheltenham Gloucester.
22 Nov 1833 Appeared personally Recasoli Francis Robert Cary of Cheltenham bachelor upwards 21 yrs and prayed a licence for matrimony between him and Caroline A'hmuty under 21 yrs spinster and made oath there is no impediment to hinder said marriage and that Caroline A'hmuty hath had her usual abode within said parish for 15 days last passed. R.F.R Cary. At same time and place appeared personally John A'hmuty of Cheltenham and made oath he is the lawful father and guardian of Caroline A'hmuty and is consenting to the proposed marriage. St Mary Cheltenham Marriage Register 28 Nov 1833. Recasoli Francis Robert Cary of this parish bachelor and Caroline A'hmuty spinster were married by licence with consent of parents in the presence of Anne Wishipp. Mary Calaghan. Charlotte Richards. Emma Cannon. Caroline Ahmuty. John Ahmuty.
The Looker-On. Cheltenham 1834.
Arrivals May. Mr J. A'hmuty, Bays Hill House.
Departures June. Mr Ahmuty ditto. Mr J.Cary, Paragon Parade. both for Southampton.
Cheltenham Annuaire & Directory 1837 Mrs A’hmuty, Union Cottage. 1840 Lady Tynte, Fancy Hall.
The Looker-On. Cheltenham 23 Dec 1871. To Let unfurnished elegant & commodious Villa Residence within three minutes walk of the College with garden known as Fancy Hall, Montpellier Drives. Will be thoroughly repaired painted and papered for the next tenant. For Cards to view apply the Looker-On.
Jemima Ahmuty / A'hmuty.
London Gazette 18 Oct 1898 Jemima A'hmuty Deceased summary. Notice is given all creditors and others having any claim or demand against the estate of Jemima A'hmuty late of 80 Eaton Terrace, Eaton Square who died 7 Dec 1897 and whose will of 28 Jan 1898 was proved in the Principal Registry of the Probate Division by Richard Dawes sole executor are required to send their claims on or before 16 Nov next after which the executor will proceed to apply the assets of the testatrix as per her will and for estate so applied he will not be liable to any persons whose debt claim or demand he shall not then have had notice. Dawes and Sons 9 Angel Court Throgmorton Street solicitors.
Investment of Trust Fund. Legacy of £ 1000 summaries.
13 June 1898. To Richard Dawes 9 Angel Court London from Charity Commission Chelsea London.
The Commissioners have been directed to the terms of the Will of the late Miss J A'hmuty proved 28 Jan last. It appears the legacy was to be invested and income only applied for charitable purposes. We suggest the legacy be paid under authority of an order of the Board of Charity Commissioners to account of the Official Trustees of Charitable Funds at the Bank of England for investment in their name in trust for the Charity. Application for the Order is enclosed for return to this Office when completed. Several benefactors for the benefit of Chelsea have been transferred in this manner.
25 March 1899. To Richard Dawes. I remind you the Commissioners have had no reply to our letter of 13 June last. If the £ 1000 has been paid I request you to have the goodness to mention the present addresses of persons to whom such payment was made and date of payment.
27 March 1899. To Charity Commission Whitehall from Dawes & Sons. We acknowledge your letter and advise £ 1000 was paid to Rev John Edward Crook of Thornton and Rev Mark Anthony Kelly of St Mary's Cadogan Street about 10 Aug last. These gentlemen are aware of the terms of the bequest.
10 April 1899. To the Trustees of the Charity of Miss A'hmuty for RC Schools from Charity Commission Whitehall. The Commissioners have been informed the legacy was paid to you by the executors of the testatrix. To complete the record of the Charity I request details of the investment, amount and nature of the security representing same also names addresses descriptions of the registered holders. I bring to your attention the advantages given in attached which accrue to charities from endowment funds held by the Official Trustee of Charitable Funds.
11 April 1899. To Charity Commission Whitehall from Rev John Edward Crook, Brentwood Essex.
In answer to your query of 10th inst I beg to state the money is invested in India 2 ⅛ % Stock £1 114.3s.0d in the joint names of Rev Monsignor John Edward Crook of Thornton Park, Brentwood and Rev Mark Anthony Kelly of St Mary's Cadogan Street London. I note your suggestions.
15 April 1899. Charity Commission Record. power of attorney for sale of stock: Coutts & Co. dividends.
Of the Bengal Civil Service East India Company arriving in India 1791. Service Record: Writer in Assistant Secretary's Office Public Dept June 1791. Commissioner Court Requests Dec 1791. Head Assistant Public Dept Sept 1793. Register Court Appeal & Circuit Patna Oct 1795. Register Court Appeal Circuit Moorshedabad March 1796. Commissioner Cooch Behar July 1797. Officiating Judge & Magistrate Mirzapore March 1801. Collector Allahabad Feb 1803. Judge & Magistrate Zillah Court Furrickabad Nov 1804. To Europe Sept 1806. Resigned 30 March 1808 England .
Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India. Examiners Office March 1807 summary.
The Allahabad Mint while superintendance of coinage was entrusted to Richard Ahmuty as Collector of that District. In September 1802 bullion was authorised to be coined into Rupees of the Lucknow currency. Mr Ahmuty was to be careful the intrinsic value of the Rupee be fully equal to that of the Lucknow Sicca Rupee. In early January 1803 the Lucknow Rupee now known as the Mooteeshye Rupee from Mr Ahmuty's name was refused in the Allahabad Bazaar as not being equal to the Lucknow Sicca. This should have caused enquires into the conduct of officers at the Mint for any neglect or misuse. From January 1803 to May 1804 when operation of the Mint ceased it appeared the Allahabad Rupee proved inferior to the Sicca and Mr Ahmuty did not take obvious precautions. The Governor General regarded explanations by Mr Ahmuty unsatisfactory and insufficient to clear him from charges of wilfully and knowingly allowing below standard coinage to be issued causing great loss and confidence damaging the Government under whose authority the Mint was established. Richard Ahmuty was subsequently removed from the Office of Judge & Magistrate of the Zillah Court of Farruckabad. Consideration to be given whether it would be just and proper to hold Mr Ahmuty personally responsible for losses sustained by the Honorable Company as a result of frauds practised at the Allahabad Mint. The Accountant General required to contact the Board of Revenue and other Government officers to prepare a statement of losses as far as can be ascertained.
Richard Ahmuty married Sophia Barker daughter of Richard Barker MD of Golden Square London.
3 May 1808 Appeared personally Richard Ahmuty and made oath he is of the parish of St George Hanover Square Middx bachelor upwards 21yrs and intendeth to marry with Sophia Barker of the parish St James Westminster spinster upwards 21 yrs and knoweth no impediment to hinder said marriage and that his usual place of abode in said parish was for four weeks last past. sworn before me Thos. Edwards.
St George Marriage Register 12 May 1808. Richard Ahmuty bachelor and Sophia Barker were married in this church by licence in the presence of R. Barker. Maria Hollings. Philip Tuite Dalton (brother in law of Richard Ahmuty). Gentleman's Magazine 1808. Richard Achmuty of Old Windsor Lodge to Miss Barker daughter of Richard B. Golden Square.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary April 1816. At George Street, Portman Square Richard Ahmuty.
Will dated 3 February 1816 proved 30 April 1816 summary. Richard Ahmuty of Brighthelmstone Sussex devised his wife Sophia Ahmuty in trust all real and personal estate stock mortgages annuities for own use and disposal to his children also plate linen wine books horses and carriages. He appointed his wife sole executrix and guardian of their children Richard, Mary and Ursula and to Fanny Ahmuty born India left £ 4000 at 21 yrs or sooner if marrying with consent. To Mary mother of Fanny annuity of 200 rupees per month her usual allowance payable from funds held by his agents in Calcutta which on her decease left to daughters Mary and Ursula. To son Richard £10,000 at 21 yrs and daughters Mary and Ursula each £ 5000 at 21 yrs sooner marrying with consent. On decease of his wife half of estate to son Richard the other to daughters Mary and Ursula.equally. Codicil. The annuity to Mary mother of Fanny now on her decease left to son Richard together with all money due from agents and others in India. The Will signed by Richard Ahmuty at Brighthelmstone witnessed by Robert Aberdein. John Flack. Andrew Bond.
The Will proved at London with one codicil 30 April 1816 before Worshipful John Dodson by the oath of Sophia Ahmuty widow the relict sole executrix to whom admon was granted being first sworn duly to adminster.
Sophia Ahmuty married secondly Charles Richard Blunt 4th Bt HEICS and had son Walter Blunt 5th Bt who died unmarried at Heathfield Park Sussex. 18 March 1824 Appeared personally Sir Charles Richard Blunt of parish St Marylebone bachelor upwards 21 yrs and prayed a licence for matrimony between him and Sophia Achmuty of Hereford Street widow and made oath he believeth there is no impediment to the marriage and hath had his usual place of abode within said parish fifteen days last past. Gentleman’s Magazine Sir C R Blunt bart of Heathfield Park to the widow of Richard Ahmuty late of the East India Company's Bengal Civil Service.
Children of Richard Ahmuty and Sophia Barker:
Richard. Ursula. Mary. Fanny.
Gentleman's Magazine Feb 1809. In Bolton Row to the wife of Richard Ahmuty of Old Windsor Lodge a son.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary 1823. At his mother's house in Hereford Street aged 14 only son of the late Richard Ahmuty Bengal Civil Service.
Ursula Ahmuty. Obituary 19 April 1823 aged 10 years.
St George Hanover Square Marriage Register 27 May 1843 Richard Charles Mellish of Wilton Street bachelor son of Joseph Charles Mellish late HM's Charge D'Affaires Hamburgh to Mary of Eaton Place spinster daughter of Richard Ahmuty Bengal Civil Service by licence in the presence of Sophia Blunt. George Mellish. Gentleman's Magazine R.C Mellish of the Foreign Office to Mary only surviving child of Lady Blunt and the late Richard Ahmuty.
Census 30 March 1851 St George Hanover Square Middx. 26 Eaton Place.
Richard Charles Melish 49yrs Foreign Office. b.Germany. British Subject. Mary Mellish 39yrs wife
Children Ursula 6yrs. Caroline 5yrs. Lancelot A.H. 4yrs. Sophia 2yrs.
Children of Richard Charles Mellish and Mary Ahmuty:
Ursula Mellish. 1865 Frederick Henry Dundas to Ursula eldest daughter of R.C Mellish of the F.O.
Sophia Mellish 1867 At St Peters Eaton Square Hamilton Fane Gladwin only son of Rev Charles Gladwin rector of Woolley Hunts to Sophia youngest daughter of the late R.C.Mellish esq.
London Gazette 21 February 1862 summary. Mary Mellish wife of Richard Charles Mellish in the matter of freehold wharf and estate Symon's Wharf in parish of St Olave Southwark Surrey now in occupation of George Scovell and Whitmore Scovell devised under the will of Sir Walter Blunt baronet deceased. Notice is given that Mary Mellish wife of Richard Charles Mellish, by John Drummond of Croydon Surrey her next friend gentleman, has recently presented her petition to the High Chancellor to be heard before Sir William Page Wood that James Fletcher and Walter Blunt be directed to grant and execute to George Scovell and Whitmore Scovell a new lease of the premises for 58 yrs from 24 June 1862 at annual rent £1865 but determinate by the lessees at end of first 21 yrs or 42 yrs on giving 2 yrs previous notice in writing subject to covenants conditions agreements and such provisions and stipulations his Lordship shall seem proper. Notice also given Dynes and Harvey, 61 Lincoln's Inn Fields London is where the petitioner may be served with an order of the Court or any notice relating to this matter.
Married Rev George Radcliffe B.A of St Mary Hall Oxford.
Salisbury Journal December 1827. Married 22nd inst at St Mary's Marylebone by his father Rev Dr G. Radcliffe, Rev George Radcliffe to Fanny daughter of the late Richard Ahmuty of the Bengal Civil Establishment.
Census 6 June 1841 Salisbury Wilts. Endless Street.
Fanny Radcliffe 35yrs. children Mary 10yrs. Henry 7yrs. Alfred 4yrs. Herbert 3yrs. Fanny 1yr.
Census 30 March 1851 Salisbury Wilts. Endless Street.
George Radcliffe 48yrs Rector of St Edmunds. Fanny 47yrs wife born Bengal. British subject.
Children Mary 20yrs. Henry 17yrs articled clerk. Alfred 14 yrs. Herbert 12 yrs. Fanny 10yrs.
Of the Bengal Army East India Company arrived India 1791. Service Record: Fireworker Artillery 1791. Lieutenant Sept 1799. Captain Lt May 1804. Captain May 1807. Major Feb 1818. Lt Colonel Jan 1821. Commander Aug 1824. Colonel June 1829. Maj General June 1838. Lt General Nov 1851. General Sept 1855. died 12 January 1864 in his 90th year.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary Jan 1864 At his residence Chesham Place aged 89 General .James Ahmuty.
He married firstly Harriet Hollings. 3 May 1798 Appeared personally James Ahmuty and made oath he is of parish St George Hanover Square bachelor upwards 21 yrs and intendeth to marry with Harriet Hollings of said parish spinster upwards 21 yrs and knowth of no lawful impediment to hinder said marriage and that his usual place of abode hath been in said parish four weeks last past. sworn before me J.Fisher. Gentleman's Magazine At St George Hanover Square James Ahmuty to Miss Hollings of Mount Street Berkeley Square.
And secondly Mary Ann Fearon late of Edinburgh. December 1805 At Cawnpore Bengal Captain James Ahmuty commissary of ordnance to Miss Fearon. Thomas Harvey Baber married Helen Somerville Fearon daughter of Somerville Fearon and sister of James Peter Fearon of the East India Company. In 1832 Thomas Arthur Staples Ahmuty appointed Thomas Harvey Baber an executor and trustee. Obituary 1839 Tellicherry Helen Somerville wife of Thomas Harvey Baber late Bombay Civil Service.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary July 1866 At Belgrave Square aged 84 Mary Ann relict of the late General James Ahmuty.
The Times 27 August 1866 summary. Chesham Place Belgrave Square. Residue of household furniture and effects of the late Mrs General Ahmuty. Mr McDonald is honoured with directions from the executors to sell by Auction on the premises Tues 4 Sept and the next day residue of well made furniture of this Residence. Bedsteads and bedding of several chambers, marble top wash tables, drawers, winged wardrobes finished with silvered plate glass doors; drawing room suite of amber damask in rosewood, noble chimney, console glasses, tables in richly gilt scroll frames, pairs of Oriental and Dresden china, Florentine bronzes, six stop barrel organ, two pianofortes; dining room furniture in Spanish mahogany, gilt and elaborately painted Derby and Worcester dinner and desert services, cut table glass; refrigerator, Lipscombe's patent filter, culinary items; elegant town built sociable carriage, pair gray carriage horses, double harnesses and numerous effects. Viewed day prior when catalogues may be had on the premises, of Mr Tookey 48 High Street Marylebone and Auctioneers 41 Baker Street Portman Square. The residence with large stabling in the rear to be let apply Auctioneer.
London Gazette Sept 1866 Mrs Mary Ahmuty widow deceased summary. Notice is given all creditors and others having any claims or demands against estate of Mary Ahmuty late of 14 Chesham Place Middx who died 25 July 1866 whose will dated 13 Aug 1866 was proved in the Principal Registry of Court of Probate by Peter Somerville Fearon sole executor are requested to send their claims on or before 27 Oct 1866 after which day the executor will proceed to apply assets of the testatrix in accordance with her will and for estate so applied will not be liable to any persons of whose debt claim or demand he shall not then have had notice. Dawes and Sons 9 Angel Court, Throgmorton Street.
Enlisted in the 17th Light Dragoons and married Barbara Jane Johnstone granddaughter of Chevalier Johnstone.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary Sept 1859 At Coleshill Street Eaton Sq Barbara Jane relic of Thos Ahmuty.
Married at St Mary’s Church Bathwick. Marriage Register 24 May 1797 Vere Lumley Ward of this parish bachelor and Francis Ahmuty of this parish spinster were married in this church by licence. Gentleman’s Magazine At Bath Captain V.L.Ward of 76th Regiment of Foot to Miss Ahmuty eldest daughter of the late Colonel Ahmuty of the East India Company’s Bengal Establishment.
Elizabeth Ahmuty / Achmuty.
Elizabeth Ahmuty married Philip Tuite Dalton son of Edward Dalton and Frances Tuite of Meath Ireland.
Alumni Dublinenses. s.Edward Generous S.C. 10 Nov 1798 aged 14. BA 1799.
Philip Tuite Dalton witnessed the marriage of his brother in law Richard Ahmuty to Sophia Barker in 1808.
His brother Edward Tuite Dalton married Olivia Stevenson: she married secondly 2nd Marquis of Headfort son of Mary Quin the daughter of George Quin and Caroline Cavendish.
Caroline Cavenish Quin married secondly Thomas Ahmuty of Bath Somerset.
Census 30 March 1851 St James Westminster. 4 York Street.
Femus N. Staples 57 yrs head unm lodging house keeper. Elizabeth Staples 55 yrs sister. nurse.
Philip Tuite Dalton 69 yrs born Ireland. Lieutenant (Lancers) Army on half pay.
Record of Service. Cornet 1811. Lt 9th Light Dragoons 1813. half pay July 1814. died 24 Sept 1853.
Will dated 10 August 1849 proved 14 November 1853 summary. Philip Tuite Dalton of 4 York Street St James offered his gold and ivory snuff box firstly to the Marquess of Headford then the Earl of Bective for £20 or sold to best advantage. To his daughter Charlotte wife of Felix x of Rue Croix des Petits Champs Paris a gold watch and to nephew Gustavus Tuite Dalton of Cavan silk tissue dressing gown. George Howard Minchin MD of Dublin wearing apparel books glass, wife Matilda Howard Minchin nee Freeman miniature picture of a Lady and daughter Matilda Charlotte Minchin brown leather portfolio. He appointed Henry Thomas Lambert and John Weston of 57 Gloucester Road, Hyde Park Gardens and 23 Suffolk Street Strand executors who at own valuation or otherwise to dispose of wines in any cellar or place in his occupation and pay half such sum to Thomas Albrecht of Paris. Any funds and balance of half pay held by his agents Cox & Co of Craigs Court with proceeds from his apartment, snuff box and wine to defray expenses the balance to daughter Charlotte and grand daughter Marie for own use and benefit. Mr Albrecht to remit executors balance in receipts and payments book and from the wine accounts any money owed personally and after first cost of wines to F.Grisler & Co the balances payable to daughter Charlotte. witnessed by Thomas Staples. Elizabeth Staples. Codicil 15 August 1851 Having received bequest from late friend Oliver Lacham sic and a nnuities £400 3% at the bank, Mr Albrecht to remit Madame Elizabeth Tuite Dalton now at 27 Rue Botissaire Algiers £40. The annuities in trust for daughter Charlotte and her daughter Marie and 100 francs payable quarterly. Witnessed by E. Staples 4 York Street. Codicil 5 September 1853 Now stopping at Rinostown sic Ireland said snuff box now owed to nephew Gustavus Tuite Dalton esq of Ireland. To nephew Captain Edward Tuite Dalton of the East India Company a watch and seal. Doctor Minchin of Peters Place Dublin damask napkins for daughter Matilda Minchin in fulfilment of old promise. Devised in trust 3% annuities, arrears of half pay, balance owed by Thomas Albrecht and proceeds from sale of personal effects. To wife Elizabeth Tuite Dalton of Algiers 2000 francs and daughter Charlotte now of 83 Rue de Carrefour Rouen 500 francs. Residue invested in stocks public funds securities the proceeds to daughter Charlotte not subject to control or interference of present or any future husband. Witnessed by Margaret Murray. Edwin Battersby, South Frederick Street. The Will proved at London with two codicils 14 November 1853 before Worshipful William Calverley Curtis by the oath of John Weston and Henry Thomas Lambert executors to whom admon was granted.
The Family of John Ahmuty barrister who married Maria Elizabeth Anderson daughter of John Anderson and Catherine Stott.
Middle Temple Register. John Ahmuty fourth son of Townley A. of Dublin Ireland called 7 Nov 1777.
Royal Volunteer Company 2 February 1780 summary. George the Third. To our trusty and well beloved John Ahmuty. We do by these presents appoint you to be a Lieutenant in Captain’s x Royal Volunteer Company to be raised for the Defence of our County of Middlesex and City and Liberty of Westminster but not to take rank except during the time of Companies being called out into actual service. You are carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Lieutenant by exercising and well disciplining junior officers and soldiers of that Company. We do command them to obey you as their Lieutenant and you are to observe and follow such orders and directions as you shall receive from your Captain or any other your superior officer according to rules and discipline in pursuance of the trust hereby reposed in you. Given at our Court of St James by His Majesty’s Command. signed Hillsborough..
Indenture Registered 10 July 1783 upon the oath of Charles Whishaw sworn before R. F. Lee summary.
Indenture of Assignment 24 June 1782 between John Ahmuty of London and George Errington of Lincoln's Inn. Whereby John Ahmuty in receipt of £ 600 did assign George Errington parcel of ground and premises in parish of St Martin in the Fields per Indenture of Lease tripartite 5 July 1769 between Charles Spencer (brother of George Duke of Marlborough) and Sir Philip Musgrave of Hartley Castle Westmorland baronet trustees of the estate of George Duke of St Albans of the first part, John Adams of Maryburgh Kinrosshire, Robert Adam and William Adam of St George Hanover Square of the second part and James Adam of St George of the third part registered 10 July 1769. To hold unto George Errington his executors assigns for the residue and remainder then to come and unexpired term of 98 yrs by said Indenture of Lease subject to rent and covenants therein. The Indenture of Assignment witnessed by Tobias Stapleton, Clements Inn and Charles Whishaw, Grays Inn and is hereby required to be registered by John Ahmuty. As witnessed his hand and seal 9 July 1783 John Ahmuty (ls) signed and sealed in the presence of Tobias Stapleton. Chas. Whishaw.
Rate Books. 8 Adam Street Strand London. John Ahmuty 1779/1783. George Errington 1783/1784.
John Ahmuty married Maria Elizabeth Anderson daughter of John Anderson and Catherine Stott.
26 February 1779 Appeared personally John Ahmuty and made oath he is of the Middle Temple London bachelor upwards 21 yrs and intendeth to marry with Maria Elizabeth Anderson of parish of St Lawrence spinster upwards 21 yrs in which parish she hath had her usual abode upwards four weeks last past and knoweth no impediment to hinder said marriage. sworn before me Ducarel. St Lawrence Jewry Marriage Register 2 March 1779 John Ahmuty of the Middle Temple bachelor and Maria Elizabeth Anderson of this parish spinster were married by licence in the presence of Thomas Ahmuty. David Cassidy. Stephen Chambers. Morning Post 1779 John Ahmuty barrister to Miss Anderson daughter of John Anderson of Cateaton Street London.
Obituary 6 October 1786 John Ahmuty of the Middle Temple aged 30 years.
Caledonia Lodge Grenada 13 August 1842 summary. This forenoon the remains of the late John Ahmuty barrister were removed from a vault on the premises of William Stephenson where they had lain for nearly 56 years to the burial ground of St Andrew's Kirk and was by the desire of an affectionate daughter of the deceased living in England. A few of the most repectable gentlemen in the neighbourhood were present at the Internment.
Katharine Stott Anderson.
Obituary September 1790. At Wanstead Essex Mrs Catherine Anderson widow of John Anderson esq
Will dated 12 August 1790 proved 29 October 1790 summary. Katharine Anderson of Wanstead widow bequeathed her son John Anderson of Temple House nr Bedel sic in county York freehold messuage with appurtenances at Ewel Surrey. She devised in trust son John Anderson, Westgarth Snaith of Mansion House Street banker, Lawrence Holker of St Thomas Apostles London and daughter Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty widow now residing with her at Wanstead £ 4400 4% and £ 1100 3% consolidated bank annuities. The proceeds to daughter Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty for own use but if remarrying the interest only on £3400 of said £ 4400 4%. The proceeds of residue for the maintenance and education of her grand children John Townley Ahmuty, Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Catherine Constantia Ahmuty during their minorities. On the decease of Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty said annuities devised to her children. In trust £ 6000 4% annuities the proceeds for benefit of the children and at 21 yrs each left a one third share. For mourning to daughter and grandchildren £ 100, son John Anderson and wife 100 guineas, servants £ 15. Westgarth Snaith and Lawrence Holker each 20 guineas for the trouble they may have in execution of the trusts. Stephen Chambers of Grays Inn Middx 10 guineas. Joseph Ward coachman 5 guineas. Friends Mr and Mrs Cole of Chelsea Middx and Miss Baldwin of Sarjeants Inn Fleet Street each a gold mourning ring. Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty appointed sole executrix and left residue of real and personal estate. Katharine Anderson directed her executrix and trustees to institute or cause to be instituted a suit in the High Court of Chancery that her grandchildren John Townley Ahmuty, Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Catherine Constantia Ahmuty or any children of her daughter by any future husband be made wards and their fortunes under the care and direction of the Chancery Court during their minorities. In witness whereof Katharine Anderson to the preceding sheets set her hand and to this sixth and last her hand and seal 12 August 1790. K.Anderson signed sealed published and declared in the presence of us who in her presence have subscribed our names as witnesses. Arthur Lord Thomas Baker. W. Merefield. The Will proved at London 29 October 1790 by the oath of Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty widow the executrix.
Tontine 1789 An Act for raising a certain sum of money by way of Annuities. Nominees appointed by the Contributors: John Townley 9yrs. Letitia Maria 10yrs. Catherine Constantia 6yrs. The children of John Ahmuty decd and Maria Eliza his widow. Residence of Nominees: Wanstead Essex.
Ahmuty v Ahmuty. Court of Chancery 17 December 1790. Bill of Complaint summary.
To Edward Lord Thurlow, Baron Thurlow of Ashfield Lord High Chancellor. Humbly complaining shew unto your Lordship your orator and oratrixes John Townley Ahmuty, Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Katharine Constantia Ahmuty infants under 21 yrs of about 10yrs, 11yrs and 6yrs by James Cole of Chelsea Middx their next friend. That Katharine Anderson late of Wanstead widow deceased grandmother of your orator and oratrixes was at the time of her death entitled to a considerable personal fortune. That she signed and published her last will dated 12 August 1790 and departed this life on or about 25 September 1790 without having altered or revoked her will. That Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty mother of your orator and oratrixes proved said will and took upon herself the execution thereof. Many applications have been made to Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty to transfer £ 4400 4%, £6000 4% and £ 1100 3% consolidated bank annuities into the names of herself, John Anderson, Westgarth Snaith and Lawrence Holker and to allow sufficient yearly sums from the interest and dividends of said £6000 4% for the maintenance and education of her children during their minorities with the residue invested for their benefit. Such requests have been declined due to a clause in said will directing a suit be instituted in this Court and they cannot act with safety in the trusts vested in them without directions of this Court. To this end Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty, John Anderson, Westgarth Snaith and Lawrence Holker upon their oaths to best of knowledge and belief will make true and perfect answers to all matters aforesaid. May it please your Lordship to grant your orator and oratrixes his Majesty's most gracious writ or writs of subpoena commanding them at a certain day personally to appear before your Lordship then and there to answer all the premises and to abide by such order direction or decree as your Lordship shall deem meet. W.Aingi.
Ahmuty v Ahmuty. Court of Chancery 3 February 1791. Answer to Bill of Complaint summary.
The Answer of Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty, John Anderson, Westgarth Snaith and Lawrence Holker defendants to the Bill of
John Townley Ahmuty, Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Katharine Constantia Ahmuty infants by James Cole of Chelsea Middx their next friend complainants. These defendants admit Katharine Anderson published and signed her last will and departed this life as stated. That Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty did prove said will in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and took upon herself the execution thereof and has possessed the personal estate and effects of the testatrix to an amount more than sufficient for payment of all debts legacies and expenses. These defendants are willing to act in the trusts vested in them in such manner as this Court shall direct being indemnified in so doing and paid their costs. There being no other matter material or effectual in law to answer are ready to aver as this Court shall award and humbly pray to be dismissed with their costs and charges in this behalf sustained. Robt. Pedley.
London Morning Herald June 1792 Wanstead Essex summary. By Mr Willock at the Rainbow Coffee House Cornhill tomorrow 12 o'clock in five lots valuable copyhold and part freehold estate most delightfully situated in the beautiful village of Wanstead consisting of four substantial well built houses with large walled gardens and six tenements adjoining in the occupation of Mrs Ahmuty, Rev Dr Glasse and others. Viewed until sale with leave of tenants. Particulars may be had at the George Inn Wanstead, The Eagle Snaresbrook, White Hare, George & Castle at Woodford, The Angel Ilford, Swan at Stratford, Green Man Leytonstone, Coffee House Chancery Lane, Farrer & Atkinson Lincoln's Inn Fields and Mr Willock 25 Golden Square London.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary May 1831 At Lymington aged 75 Maria Elizabeth widow of John Ahmuty of Isle of Grenada barrister at law.
Will dated 30 August 1826 proved 4 July 1832 summary. Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty of Lymington widow whereas by marriage settlement of March 1789 William Law and John Anderson the younger both since decd were devised £ 3000 in trust for every child of the intended marriage. And whereas her late mother Katharine Anderson by her will devised son John Anderson, Westgarth Snaith, Lawrence Holker and Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty consols in trust for John Townley Ahmuty since decd, Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Catherine Constantia Ahmuty now wife of James Charles Michell. Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty now devised same to daughters Catherine Constantia Michell and Letitia Maria Ahmuty equally divided. And whereas entitled by the will of Alexander Kershaw of Heskin decd to the remainder or reversion in fee expectant on decease of John Cooper Kershaw without male issue by any wife other than Peggy or Margaret daughter of the wife of John Waring of one undivided moety of messuages Heskin Hall and Maudsley Hall with demesne lands in Heskin and Maudsley, Eccleston and Ulveswalton, Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty now devised William Chadwick of Drake Street Rochdale woollen manufacturer and Charles St Barbe of Lymington banker in trust said undivided moiety messuages lands hereditaments in possession reversion remainder or expectancy. The produce of one half share in said moiety equally to Letitia Maria Ahmuty and to Catherine Constantia Michell for own use not subject to the debts or control of James Charles Michell and on her decease in trust for her children. To Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Catherine Constantia Michell equally £ 4312.5s.0d 3% in the name of the Accountant General in the matter of Edmund Kershaw to the credit of the Timber Account (being entitled on decease of John Cooper Kershaw without issue). To Catherine Constantia Michell her share in the Tontine. William Chadwick and Charles Saint Barbe each £ 100. Letitia Maria Ahmuty appointed sole executrix and devised chattels securities and personal estate. In witness whereof Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty set her hand to the first eight and to the ninth and last her hand and seal in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses. Ellis Jones clerk Lymington. John Preston Lymington. Samuel St Barbe banker Lymington.
The Will proved at London 4 July 1832 before the Judge by the oath of Letitia Maria Ahmuty spinster the daughter sole executrix to whom admon was granted having been first sworn by common duly to administer.
Children of John Ahmuty and Maria Elizabeth Anderson.
John Townley. Letitia Maria. Catherine Constantia.
John Townley Ahmuty.
Bap 8 March 1781 at St Martins in the Field Middx.
Will dated 17 March 1803 proved 10 January 1804 summary. John Townley Ahmuty having completed his 21st year had the right to claim and take possession of money secured in the Court of Chancery as directed by the will of his maternal grandmother Catherine Anderson. That his mother having spent greater sums on his education than allowed by the Court had greatly injured her own property and contracted debts with her bankers. That since his arrival from abroad there had been unavoidable expenses for physicians medicines journeys and voyages during his long and painful illness and due to his intended Lisbon voyage the necessity of further expense. John Townley Ahmuty now gave his mother the power to claim in his name and take possession of his share of fortune secured in Chancery that she may pay all sums owed her bankers already contracted or after due to his illness voyage or other contingencies. From residue sisters Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Catherine Constantia Ahmuty £ 500 each. Uncle John Anderson of Swainthwaite Yorkshire and esteemed friends Westgarth Snaith, David Cassidy and James Charles Michell each a ring of five guineas. He appointed his mother Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty executrix and residuary legatee. John Townley Ahmuty (ls) set his hand and seal in the presence of Michael Grogan of Bristol (husband of Grace Ahmuty daughter of Thomas Ahmuty by his first marriage to Mary Staples) and Miriam Tanner of London.
The Will proved London 10 January 1804 before Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury constituted by the oath of Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty widow the mother of the deceased and sole executrix to whom admon of all and singular the goods chattles credits of the deceased was granted she having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.
Letitia Maria Ahmuty.
Born 5 January 1780 bp 4 February 1780 St Martin in the Field Middx..
Census 30 March 1851 Lymington Hampshire. High Street.
Letitia Maria Ahmuty 71 yrs unm annuitant b. London.
Maria Michell 38 yrs unm fund holder born Iffley Oxford.
Obituary. In Memory of Letitia Maria Ahmuty daughter of John Ahmuty of Grenada barrister at law and Maria Elizabeth his wife died 5 November 1860 at Lymington Hampshire aged 80. In grateful affection this tablet erected by her only surviving niece Maria Elizabeth Michell.
London Gazette 13 July 1875 Letitia Maria Ahmuty Deceased. summary In the Matter of the Act to facilitate leases and sales of settled estates 1856 and in the matter of certain pieces of land in Eccleston near Croston and in Leyland such several pieces forming part of lands settled by the will of Letitia Maria Ahmuty deceased. Pursuant to Acts and General Order of this Court notice is given that on 1 June 1875 William Michell of Highbridge Somerset clerk, Maria Elizabeth Michell of Lymington spinster and William Bretherton of Runshaw Hall Leyland presented their Petition to his Lordship the Master of the Rolls that power be vested in William Bretherton as trustee of the will of Letitia Maria Ahmuty to grant by way of lease for any term not exceeding 999 years the lands or any part under provisions of the Acts and that costs of the Petition be provided for. Notice is given the Petitioners may be served with any Order of the Court or the Judge in Chambers or notice relating to the Petition at the offices of Hume, Bird and Bird 10 Great James Street, Bedford Row Middx. London Gazette 13 July 1875. Benbow & Saltwell, Stone Buildings Lincoln's Inn solicitors for the Petitioners in Chancery in the matter of certain pieces of land . . as above.
Catherine Constantia Ahmuty.
Born 25 August 1784 Battersea London married James Charles Michell widower son of Rev Henry Michell of Brighthelmstone Sussex.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary November 1789 summary. At the parsonage house in his 75th year Rev Henry Michell vicar of Brighthelmstone. As a father husband friend and scholar he had few equals and through a long life supported these characters in the unifbrm practice of every public and private virtue. From the strength of his understanding, the excellence of his social qualities and his unrivalled superiority in literary attainments he seemed to be formed for a higher sphere than the parochial duties of a country town. As he was the last descendant of a numerous family long settled in Sussex the greater part of their estates centered in him. He married the only daughter and heiress of Rev Francis Reade of Bedford and had sixteen children seven of whom have survived him.
James Charles Michell youngest son of the Rev Henry Michell of Brighthelmstone married firstly Elizabeth Johnson daughter of William Johnson and Sarah Luttman and had son Henry William Robinson Michell.
Gentleman's Magazine Nov 1831. Rev Henry William Robinson Michell only surviving child of James Charles Michell of Brighton by Eliza daughter of William Johnson of Petworth and Sarah daughter and coheir of John Luttman to use the name of Luttman Johnson in compliance with the will of his uncle John Johnson rector of Northchapel Sussex.
Alumni Oxonienses. Henry William Robinson Luttman Johnson 1s.James Charles Michell of Brighton Sussex arm.Trinity Coll matric 12 Nov 1819 aged 19. exhibitioner 1820/2. scholar 1822/30. BA 1825. MA 1826. fellow 1830/31. Assumed names of Luttman Johnson in lieu Michell. died 10 April 1868 Binderton House Chichester.
Crockfords Directory. Henry William Robinson Luttman Johnson, Binderton. Trinity Coll 1819. Oxford lst cl.lit Hum. BA 1823. MA 1826. deacon 1825 by Bishop of Oxford.
Henry Luttman Johnson 2s.Henry of Binderton cler. Queens Coll matric 23 Oct 1862 aged 19. junior student Christ Church 1863/8. BA 1867. Indian Civil Service.
James Charles Michell married secondly Catherine Constantia Ahmuty daughter of John Ahmuty and Maria Elizabeth Anderson. 11 February 1811 Appeared personally James Charles Michell and made oath he is of Magdalen College Oxford widower and intendeth to marry Catherine Constantia Ahmuty of Clifton parish spinster upwards 21 yrs and knoweth no lawful impediment to hinder said marriage and that the usual place of abode of Catherine Constantia Ahmuty hath been in said parish four weeks last past. sworn before me Thomas Edwards surr.
St Andrew Clifton Bristol Marriage Register 14 March 1811 James Charles Michell of Magdalene College Oxford widower and Catherine Constantia Ahmuty of this parish spinster were married in this church by licence. This marriage solemnized between us. Jas.Chas Michell. C. C.Ahmuty. In the presence of Thos. Townsend. Letitia Maria Ahmuty. Helena Forbes Achmuty (daughter of Rev Samuel Ahmuty of Ballimahon).
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary December 1838. At Brighton aged 54 Catherine Constantia wife of James Charles Michell and younger daughter of the late John Ahmuty and Maria Elizabeth his wife one of the coheiresses of Alexander Kershaw of Heskin Hall in Lancaster who died in 1788 a Deputy Lieutenant of that county. Mrs.Michell has been the only person who has hitherto permanently added to the still inadequate annual endowment of the Percy Almshouses in Brighton founded in 1795 for the relief of six poor women.
Will dated 12 May 1838 proved 24 April 1839 summary. Catherine Constantia Michell wife of James Charles Michell of Brighthelmstone Sussex. Whereas her mother Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty late of Lymington was entitled to remainder or reversion in fee expectant on decease of John Cooper without male issue to one undivided moiety of messuages Heskin Hall and Mawdesley Hall by the will of Alexander Kershaw late of Heskin. And whereas John Cooper died June 1833 without male issue the trustees William Chadwick of Drake Street Rochdale and Charles St Barbe of Lymington banker entered into possession of said messuages lands devised them in trust. The executors now to seize one half of said moiety so devised them as trustees to place same in trust for her son William Michell proceeds for his education advancement during his minority and at 21yrs to receive debenture £ 100 5% re Tolls on the Turnpike Road from Brighton to Handcross. To daughters Maria Elizabeth Michell and Contantia Chadwick Michell at 21 yrs £ 2000 4% divided equally the interest for their maintenance education during their minorities. William Chadwick and Charles St Barbe appointed the executors. In witness whereof to three sheets have set my hand and to this fourth and last my hand and seal the day and year first herein written. Catherine Constantia Michell (ls) signed and published in the presence of us present at the same time who in her presence and presence of each other set our hands as witness thereto. J H Bower. J.Pocock. H.Pocock. 24 April 1839 Admon with will annexed of the goods chattels and credits of Catherine Constantia Michell formerly Ahmuty wife of James Charles Michells was granted to William Chadwick one of the executors named in the will having been first sworn duly to administer Charles St Barbe the other executor having renounced probate and execution thereof. James Charles Michell the lawful husband and as such sole person entitled to her personal estate and property over which she had no disposing power and concerning which she is intestate having first consented as by act of court appears.
Pigot's Sussex Directory 1840. J.C. Michell esq. 68 East Street Brighton.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary June 1841 At Brighton aged 73 James Charles Michell youngest son of Rev Henry Michell formerley vicar of Brighton. Will dated 17 November 1840 proved 19 July 1841 summary. James Charles Michell of Brighthelmstone in his own handwriting. By his first marriage his son Henry Michell dear to him in affection and esteem from his exemplary conduct and literary attainments and being amply provided for by his late mother and maternal family placed in worldly independence will not consider this affection diminished if contemplating the moderate provisions bestowed on the children of his second marriage he substituted his blessing for any bequest.
As no disposition made of funds secured on his second marriage by settlement 2 March 1811 whereby his three surviving children of the marriage would equally participate and having settled money on his younger daughter Constantia and to equalise property to her and her sister James Charles Michell now left his older daughter Maria Elizabeth Michell copyhold of dwelling with garden east side of East Street Brighthelmston wherein he now resided formerly Smiths purchased of Dame Louise Hart. And west part of garden in Pool Lane Brighthelmston purchased of Dame Louise Hart where messuage and shop had been built now on lease to John Stacey the premises in copy of the Court Roll Holder of Brighthelmston Manor. And freehold ground in the second furlong Hilly Lane Brighthelmston on lease to James Gregory. All other real eastate in possession reversion expectancy devised to his daughters Maria Elizabeth Michaell and Constantia Chadwick Michell as tenants in common.
To his daughters all other personal estate including reversion of property on decease of Sally widow of his late brother William Michell purchased July 1835, shares in Ribble Navigation, Protector Life Assurance, Hibernian Mining Company on the Hicksted Turnpike Tolls and Brighthelmston Race Stand. To Elizabeth Sarah Michell elder daughter of his son Henry Michell £ 100. He appointed Maria Elizabeth Michell,. esteemed friends William Chadwick of Rochdale, John Flather of Lincoln's Inn barrister and Henry Towgood of the Stock Exchange executors also together with Rev George Hutchins guardians of his son William Michell. He entreated supervision of his son's fortune left by his late mother and recommended a public school then Oxford or Cambridge in which his brother so highly qualified will afford him useful advice and assistance. James Charles Michell to this second and last sheet his hand and seal Jas. Chas. Michell (ls) signed sealed in the presence of us. A S Greene solicitor Brighton. Edwd. H.Verral clerk to Mr Greene.
Codicil 23 Jan 1841 The Lancashire estates devised son William Michell by his mother having greatly increased in value with accumulation of rents thereof during his long minority any benefit to him by settlement of 2 March 1811 now revoked. By authority under the settlement said sums now divided equally to daughters Maria Elizabeth and Constantia Chadwick Michell. Witnessed.by S. Scutt clerk Brighton. Thos. W Scutt of Lewes.
Codicil 13 Feb 1841 Executors chargeable only with monies as received not answerable one for the other but each for own acts nor answerable for any banker broker person in whose hands any part of personal estate placed for safe keeping. Witnessed by Charles Price MD Brighton. William Bewster Brighton.
The Will proved London 19 July 1841 with two codicils before the Judge by the oaths of Maria Elizabeth Michell spinster the daughter and John Flather two of the executors to whom admon was granted having been first sworn Maria Elizabeth Michell by oath and John Flather before worshipful Frederic Thomas Pratt duly to adminsister power reserved of making making like grant to William Chadwick and Henry Towgood the other executors when they shall apply for same.
The children of James Charles Michell by his second marriage to Catherine Constantia Ahmuty.
Maria Elizabeth. Constantia Chadwick. William.
Maria Elizabeth Michell. Obituary September 1901 aged 88 Lymington.
Census 30 March 1851 Lymington Hampshire. High Street.
Letitia Maria Ahmuty 71 yrs head unm annuitant born London.
Maria E.Michell 38 yrs head unm fund holder born Iffley Oxford.
Constantia Chadwick Michell.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary December 1849 Lymington. At the house of her aunt (Letitia Maria) Ahmuty, aged 30 years Constantia Chadwick Michell youngest daughter of the late James Charles Michell of Brighton.
Will dated 27 December 1849 proved 14 January 1850 summary. Constantia Chadwick Michell of Lymington spinster left her brother William Michell and brother in law Rev Henry William Robinson Luttman Johnson of Binderton each £ 100. To Mary Fennel now in service of Mrs Young of Government House St Helena £ 10. Emily Towgood of St Neots Huntingdon spinster £ 19.19s and servant Mary Knapper £ 5. To (her mother's goddaughter) Maria Catherine Anderson daughter of cousin Rev Richard Anderson of Burneston York £ 19.19s. Rev James Hutchins of Telescombe Sussex, godson James Arthur Luttman Johnson and goddaughter Sarah Jane King Sampson £ 19.19s each. The residue of personal and real estate to sister Maria Elizabeth Michell. Henry William Robinson Luttman Johnson and Maria Elizabeth Michell appointed executors. In witness whereof Con.C.Michell signed in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. L..Maria Ahmuty. N.Adams. Thos W. St Barbe solicitor Lymington. The Will proved 14 January 1850 before worshipful James Parker Deane by the oath of Rev Henry William Robinson Luttman Johnson one of the executors to whom admon was granted having been first sworn duly to administer power reserved of making like grant to Maria Elizabeth Michell spinster the sister the other executor when she shall apply for same.
Alumni Oxonienses. 2s.James Charles of Brighton Sussex. New College matric 25 May 1848 aged 17. BA 1852 MA 1856. minister All Saints Guernsey. perpetual curate Chantry Somerset. prebendary Wells. rector of Dinder Somerset since 1883. Crockford ’ s Directory. Dinder Rectory Wells Som. New Coll Oxford. BA 1852 MA 1856. Chichester Coll 1853. deacon 1853 priest 1854 Chichester. preb Dinder in Wells Cathedral. rector Dinder diocese Bath & Wells 1883. patron Bishop of Bath & Wells. tithe rent £184 average £126 with 17 acres of Glebe. Ecclesiastical Commission £9. gross income £180 net £145. house population 235. proctor Diocese Bath & Wells 1896. curate Brighton 1853/59. All Saints Guernsey 1860/64. perp curate Chantry Som 1864/72. Diocesan Inspector of Schools Bath & Wells 1872/98. Author of Our Title to Sonship 1864. Our Curate ’ s Budget a serial in 20 half yearly volumes.
Gentleman's Magazine November 1853. At Brighton William Michell younger son of the late J.C. Michell to Augusta Browning eldest surviving daughter of Colin Arrott Browning of HM's Dockyard Woolwich.
Census 3 April 1881 Axbridge Devon. Brent Street.
William Michell 50 yrs head Clergyman. Div Inspector of Schools born Brighton Sussex.
James C Michell 24 yrs son unm Tutor of Classics BA Oxford. Ethel M.Michell 19 yrs dau unm.
Arthur Ahmuty Michell.son of Rev William Michell and Augusta Browning.
London Gazette 1 Dec.1882 summary. Notice is given a first general meeting of the creditors of (Henry Bond) has been summoned to be held at the Inns of Court Hotel 269 High Holborn Middx on 11 Dec at two o'clock. A.Ahmuty Michell of Harding and Michell 35 Bucklersbury London solicitor for said debtor.
London Gazette 4 April 1884 summary. Notice is given the Partnership heretofore subsisting between Richard Allen Harding and Arthur Ahmuty Michell as Solicitors at 35 Bucklersbury London under the style of Harding and Michell has been dissolved by mutual consent as from 20 December 1883. All debts due to and owing by the late partnership will be received and paid by Richard Allen Harding who will continue to carry on the business as Harding & Company. R A Harding. A.Ahmuty Michell.
Alexander Kershaw in his Will devised his estate to Edmund Newman, John Cooper and James Kershaw and when in possession Edmund Newman and John Cooper to assume and use the surname Kershaw during their lives but leaving no lawful male issue the estate passed to Mary Kershaw sister of Alexander Kershaw. Mary Kershaw married Ralph Stott and had two daughters Catherine Stott married John Anderson and had daughter Maria Elizabeth Anderson who married John Ahmuty. Ann Stott married John Hargrave and had son Lewis Chadwick Hargrave. Alexander Kershaw in his will named his niece Catherine wife of John Anderson whose maiden name was Stott. In Gibson v Hargrave 1837 the succession was disputed and later the estate was divided held in moieties by Lewis Chadwick Hargrave, Letitia Maria Ahmuty with her sister Catherine Constantia Michell. The estate was again divided circa 1856 Mawdesley and Ulne Walton to Lewis Chadwick Hargrave, Heskin and Eccleston to William Michell and Leyland to Letitia Maria Ahmuty which she left to William Michell and his sister Maria Elizabeth Michell.
Gentleman's Magazine Obituary January 1788. Aged 92 Alexander Kershaw of Heskin Hall Lancaster.
Will dated 24 October 1786 proved 25 August 1789 summary. Alexander Kershaw of Heskin devised in trust John Chadwick of Healey Hall Rochdale a Lieutenant Colonel in the Lancashire Militia, Rev John Lowes of Runshaw, Edmund Lodge of Preston, Evan Caunce of Mawdesley yeoman and John Dickson of Euxton yeoman messuages Heskin Hall and Mawdesley Hall with their demesne lands and other messuages in Heskin and Mawdesley, Eccleston near Croston Leyland and Ulneswalton with all appurtenances. To hold same unto them for the benefit of his adopted son Edmund Newman (now at Rivington School and boarded with Jonathan Kershaw of Rivington) and on his majority for own use. After determination of estate during his life the trustees to preserve contingent remainders the proceeds payable to Edmund Newman and on his decease to his sons lawfully begotten and their heirs. In default of such issue for use of John Cooper of Park Hall within Charnock Richard in Lancashire and after determination of estate during his life trustees to preserve contingent remainders proceeds payable to John Cooper and on his decease to his sons lawfully begotten and their heirs except the sons of John Cooper already born and to be born of Peggy or Margaret daughter of the wife of John Waring of Park Hall husbandman. In default of such issue for use of James Kershaw educated at public schools and Oxford University lately a mídshipman on board his Majesty's ship. After determination of estate during his life trustees to preserve contingent remainders proceeds payable to James Kershaw and on his decease to his sons lawfully begotten and their heirs. The trustees or Edmund Newman, John Cooper and James Kershaw when in possession may demise or lease all or any part not exceeding seven years. In any year no timber trees or wood cut down or sold exceeding £50 except for erecting or repairing messuages outhouses fences cotes stiles posts pales and rakes. Edmund Newman, John Cooper and James Kershaw when in possession may charge any part with rent not exceeding £60 yearly. To niece Catherine wife of John Anderson of London whose maiden name was Stott £20. Mary wife of John Bridge Pye of Liverpool musician £20. Charles Bamford now living as part of the family £100. The children of the late Richard Crook of Wrightington £200. Ellen Atherton for kind services in nursing during illness £10. William Collier servant £20. Edmund Newman and John Cooper their heirs male when in possession to assume and use the surname Kershaw during their lives. John Chadwick, John Lowes, Edmund Lodge, Evan Caunce and John Dickson appointed the executors. In witness whereof Alexander Kershaw to the first five sheets set his hand and to the sixth and last his hand and seal 24 October 1786. Alex. Kershaw (ls) signed in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses the words 'otherwise called Edmund Kershaw Kellett' being first obliterated.. x Tomkinson. John Ainsworth. James x clerk. x Lodge. The Will proved London 25 August 1789 before worshipful George Harris doctor of laws surrogate of worshipful Peter Calvert doctor of laws master keeper or commissar of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury by the oath of Evan Caunce one of the surviving executors to whom admin of all and singular the goods chattels and credits was granted having been sworn duly to adminster power reserved of making like grant to John Chadwick the other surviving executor when he shall apply for same.
Alumni Oxonienses. Edmund Newman Kershaw s.Alexander of Eccleston Lancashire arm. Oriel College matric 30 May 1794 aged 19. MA 20 June 1798.
Court of Chancery. Bill of Complaint filed 6 July 1853 by Norris & Allen 20 Bedford Row Middx agents for Woods & Jackson of Rochdale Lancaster solicitors for the plaintiffs.
To Robert Monsey Rolfe, Baron Cranworth of Norfolk, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain.
Plaintiffs. Letitia Maria Ahmuty and William Michell.
Defendants. Charles Bowdler, John Chadwick. James Augustine Hargrave, Gregorio Tenorio and Emillia Giuseppa Ann his wife, Antonio Sanchez and Antonia Adelaida Rafaela his wife, Ann Antonia Hargrave, Caroline Emillia Dorotea Hargrave and Geronimo Chadwick Hargrave.
Summary. Humbly complaining Letitia Maria Ahmuty of Lymington Hants spinster and William Michell of New College Oxford show: that: Alexander Kershaw of Heskin Lancashire made his last Will 24 October 1786 proved 27 May 1788 devising his rightful heirs the use of lands and hereditaments in Lancaster and elsewhere with limitations for life and in tail but which have long since failed by death of several devisees without issue. He devised his trustees monies in public funds to purchase messuages land hereditaments in Lancaster subject to same said uses. Alexander Kershaw died 7 January 1788 and left surviving his coheirs at law niece Catherine Anderson widow and great nephew Lewis Chadwick Hargrave. Catherine Anderson died 6 October 1790 her last Will 12 August 1790 proved 22 October 1790 devising the residue of all real and personal estate to her daughter Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty. Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty died 22 May 1839 and in her Will 13 August 1826 devised lands (by the Will of Alexander Kershaw) and all her other real estate as one half part to in trust William Chadwick and Charles St Barbe. To pay the proceeds thereof to her daughter Catherine Constantia wife of James Charles Michell of Brighton Sussex for own sole use and on her decease in trust for use of her children. The other half part for use of her other daughter Letitia Maria Ahmuty.
John Cooper last surviving devisee of Alexander Kershaw died 26 May 1833 when entitlement proceeds of devised lands passed to Catherine Constantia Michell, Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Lewis Chadwick Hargrave.
Catherine Constantia Michell in her Will 12 May 1838 (by the Will of her late mother) devised William Chadwick and Charles St Barbe in trust said one half part and undivided moiety and hereditaments. In trust to raise £ 2000 the interest to her daughters Maria Elizabeth Michell and Constance Chadwick Michell and after to her son William Michell in trust. Catherine Constantia Michell died 29 December 1838 and letters of administration granted to William Chadwick 24 April 1839. Charles St Barbe died 28 April 1849.
Catherine Chadwick Michell died 30 December 1849 and in her Will 27 December 1849 appointed Maria Elizabeth Michell and Henry William Robinson Luttman Johnson executors. William Michell paid said £ 2000 and interest to Maria Elizabeth Michell and Henry William Robinson Luttman Johnson and by Deed Poll 24 November 1851 released said hereditments from the payment thereof. By Indenture 9 June 1852 between William Chadwick and William Michell the undivided half part of moiety and hereditaments held in trust by William Chadwick (by the Will of Maria Elizabeth Ahmuty) was conveyed to William Michell.
Lewis Chadwick Hargrave in his Will 25 August 1834 stated that by the Will of Alexander Kershaw his maternal great uncle he held an undivided moiety of two messuages Heskin Hall and Mawdesley Hall and divers other devised lands And that Letitia Maria Ahmuty and Catherine Constantia Michell held the other undivided moiety as devisees of their late mother Maria Eliabeth Ahmuty his first cousin. Lewis Chadwick Hargrave now devised his moiety in trust to Charles Bowdler of Doctors Commons, George Henry Malcom Wagner of Hurstmonceux Place Sussex and John Chadwick the younger of Rochdale Lancaster merchant for use of his son James Augustine Hargrave for life. And in trust to raise £ 4000 the interest to his daughter Louisa Maria wife of John Parody of Gibraltar And also £ 4000 the interest to the children of his deceased daughter Caroline Catherine late wife of Joseph Louis Kuhn now in America. After the decease of James Augustine Hargrave proceeds of moiety for use of his children. Lewis Chadwick Hargrave died 1 November 1837 and in his Will proved 12 July 1838 appointed James Augustine Hargrave, Charles Bowdler, John Chadwick and George Malcom Wagner executors. By deed poll 27 May 1852 George Henry Malcom Wagner declaimed the executorship and trusteeship.
James Augustine Hargrave guardian of his five children Emillia Giuseppa Ann wife of Lt Colonel Gregorio Tenorio, Antonia Adelaida Rafaela wife of Antonio Sanchez of Madrid, Ann Antonia Hargrave spinster, Caroline Emillia Dorotea Hargrave spinster and Geronimo Chadwick Hargrave infants and living out of jurisdiction of this Court. The plaintiffs desire partition of all estates messuages lands farms tenements commonable rights in Eccleston, Croston and Leyland by reason of the infancy of his children and that same cannot be effected except by a Decree of this Court. The Plaintiffs pray a partition be made by direction of this Court according to interests of the parties entitled thereto. That one fourth part be conveyed to Letitia Maria Ahmuty and the other fourth part conveyed to William Michell. And that the remaining one half part be conveyed to Charles Bowdler and John Chadwick as one undivided moiety for same uses as devised by the Will of Lewis Chadwick Hargrave deceased . J.V. Prior .
In pursuance of above Bill of Complaint.
1. Filed 21 November 1856.
From Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
To John James Myres, William Thornbarrow, George Hunt and Richard Veevers gentlemen.
Summary. By Decree made in Court of Chancery 11 February 1854 it was ordered amongst other things that said partition be made under direction of appointed Commissioners. Therefore in full confidence of your prudence you or any two or more have been given full power and authority to pursue said Decree by such means proper and lawful to the best of your skill knowledge and judgement to make a fair division and allotment thereof. We hereby authorize and empower you to diligently examine witnesses relating to matters in question deemed necessary. To make a Certificate of such partition and with interrogatories and dispositions return same with this writ to Chancery without delay under the hands and seals of any two or more of you. Witness ourself at Westminster 20 October 1856. Romilly.
2. Filed 21 November 1856.
We the undersigned John James Myres and William Thornbarrow named in a Commission issued under seal of the High Court of Chancery do make this Certificate and return as directed to the Commission. We hereby certify we did meet together for the purpose appointed and did enter walk over and survey all said estates devised in tail purchased and in trusts. To the best of our skill knowledge and judgement we have made a fair divison and allotment thereof and have separated and divided same into four equal parts. We hereby Allot: Letitia Maria Ahmuty her heirs assigns one equal fourth part of estates specified in the First Schedule. William Michell his heirs assigns one equal fourth part of estates specified in the Second Schedule. Charles Bowdler and John Chadwick their heirs assigns in severalty and as directed by said uses the remaining two fourth part of estates specified in the Third Schedule.
In persuance of our Commission we examined witnesses Charles Whaley, James Whittle and James Glover each separately under oath annexed A and their examinations in writing annexed B and C.
Witnessed our hand and seals 10 November 1858 signed sealed and delivered by John James Myres and William Thornbarrow In the presence of Miles Myres solicitor Preston.and Cedric Throughton his clerk.
Arthur Ahmuty a wine merchant married Margaret Sophia Shaw.
15 February 1781. On which day appeared personally Arthur Ahmuty and made oath he is of the parish of St George the Martyr, Queen Square.Middx upwards 30 yrs bachelor in which parish he hath his usual place of abode for space of four weeks last past and intendeth to marry with Margaret Sophis Shaw of parish St Anne Westminster upwards 21 yrs spinster and not knowing any impediment prayed a licence for them to be married. Sworn before me. Ducarel surr.
St George the Martyr Marriage Register 19 February 1781. Arthur Ahmuty of this parish bachelor and Margaret Sophia Shaw spinster were married in this church by licence by me Steven Eaton rector. This marriage soleminized between us Arthur Ahmuty. M.S Shaw in the presence of Thos. Ahmuty. Theodosia Luard
Memoirs of William Hickey. Funchal Madeira 27 June 1782.
After dinner he (Mr Aldus) took us to visit the houses of Mr Murray the British Consul, Mr Murdoch, Mr Achmuty and two or three other gentlemen of the Island.
1 December 1785 Agreement between Ahmuty & Company and the East India Company summary.
Between John Kingston of London merchant for and on behalf of Messrs Ahmuty and Company of the Island of Madeira merchants of the first part and the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies (the East India Company) of the second part. John Kingston agrees Ahmuty & Co shall sell and deliver to the Company at Madeira carried thence to India 180 pipes of best Madeira Wine ordered near two years ago for the Bengal market in perfect sound good state for £ 27 per pipe each of 115 gallons and of the best Hamburgh staves properly ironbound. Shipped and delivered on board the Company's outward bound ships to India in the present season to proceed and touch at Madeira such costs and charges of Ahmuty & Co. The wine for each ship loaded and put on board within eight working days next after arrival of the ships at Madeira. In default Ahmuty & Co to pay damages to the Company of £20 per day for every day such ship detained. The Company agrees to purchase and take 180 pipes of Madeira wine shipped as aforesaid and to pay by Bills of Exchange drawn on the Court of Directors of the Company at thirty days sight drawn for wine as conveyed in each ship. It is agreed between the parties if on arrival in India the wine or any part thereof the President and Council at the Residency consider not of the same good sound quality as the Madeira wine usually sent to India it shall be lawful for them within two months after arrival to refuse and reject the wine and sold by Public Auction for account of Ahmuty & Company. If the rate £ 27 per pipe after deduction of freight and charges computing current Bengal Rupee at exchange of twenty pence was not obtained Ahmuty & Co to pay the Company in England within thirty days after demand made on John Kingston his executors or administrators. If rate exceeded £ 27 per pipe after deductions such profit accounted and paid by the Company in England to Ahmuty & Co within thirty days after demand on the Court of Directors. For the true performance of said agreements John Kingston doth hereby bind himself to the Company in sum of £ 5000 and the Company do bind themselves to John Kingston in like sum £ 5000 by these presents. In witness whereof Thomas Morton Esquire by order of the Court of Directors of the Company and John Kingston have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written sealed and delivered being first duly stamped in the presence of Ramsay. Chaddock.
Ahmuty Masterton & Co. was established In 1787 when Arthur Ahmuty and James Masterton entered into a three year partnership. Arthur Ahmuty appointed James Masterton of Madeira and Robert Adamson of London his executors. Madeira wine merchants 1788. Arthur Ahmuty & Co. Scott Pringle & Co. Murdock Tearns & Co.
Summary. J.B Fortescue. If you want excellent Madeira wine send your orders to Mr Masterton at Kingston Crump & Co of New Broad Street London and direct the wine to be forwarded to me in India.
Kents Directory. Kingston, Crump & Adamson 6 New Broad Street London merchants.
The World of the East India Company summary. The established wine houses engaged the captain trade and often smaller houses had no chance unless unscrupulous tactics were used each firm working to outdo the other by cutting the price on the margin forgoing traditional profits quality manufacture or package. In 1788 James Duff detailed these practices to his partners in London: Phelps & Co stepped in and offered wine at £13 payable twenty months, all very fine and dirty work which some of our best houses also are guilty of. Chisholm takes the greatest quantity, he does business with Smyth & Scott. This man is at the bottom of all this work. The general price for India is £15 all charges on board so impossible to ship any that are of good quality. Our business is come to a fine pass. Ahmuty of London offered Captain Morris wine at £13 and to advance him £2000, he would guarantee the wines and ship them as good as any house here.
Arthur Ahmuty of 3 Russell Place Middx in March 1795 had his blue cloth coat of value ten shillings stolen for which Stephen Barnett and Joseph George were brought to trial at the Old Bailey for simple grand larceny.
Gentlemens Magazine Obituary 21 December 1797. Aged 47 Arhur Ahmuty Esq.
Will dated 24 December 1796 proved 29 December 1797 summary. Arthur Ahmuty of Russell Place in parish of St Pancras after payment of all just debts and charges left the residue of his fortune for sole use of his dearly and well beloved wife Margaret Sophia Ahmuty. He appointed James Masterton of the Island of Madeira and Robert Adamson of the City of London the executors and as a token of great esteem and regard each left £50 to invest in a ring or whatever else might be agreeable to them. The Will signed by Arthur Ahmuty at New Lodge near Berkhamstead witnessed by x. John Moore.
The Will proved London 29 December 1797 before Worshipful Charles Coote Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of Sir William Wynne Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and lawfully constituted by the oath of Robert Adamson one of the executors to whom admin was granted with power reserved to James Masterton the other executor when he shall apply for the same.
3 February 1800 Indenture registered upon the oath of Francis Luard sworn before J Rigge summary.
Indenture dated 31 January 1800 (endorsed upon Indenture of Lease 31 May 1798 between Thomas Bent of Newman Street Marylebone carpenter of the one part and Margaret Sophia Ahmuty of Russell Place St Pancras widow of the other part). Whereby Margaret Sophia Ahmuty did assign John Kingston of New Broad Street London and Joseph Crump of same place co-partners merchants the premises in said Lease registered 7 June 1798. To hold unto John Kingston and Joseph Crump for remainder of the term of said Lease subject to rent and convenants and now to be registered and as to the execution thereof by Margaret Sophia Ahmuty is witnessed by Francis Luard of Grays Inn Place. Easter Shaw spinster. As witness her hand and seal M..S.Ahmuty (ls) signed and sealed in the presence of Esther Shaw. F. Luard.
For information on this Family.see Part 1.
Court of Chancery. Bill of Complaint 5 July 1852
To Edward Burtenshaw Sugden Baron, St Leonards Slaugham Sussex Lord High Chancellor.
Plaintiff. Edith Ahmuty
Defendants. Christopher Gerard Rigby Collins. Elizabeth Langworthy. Frederick Josiah Stevens and Mary Beata his wife. John Walter Phelps and Sarah his wife. William Somerville Ahmuty.
Humbly complaining your oratrix Edith Ahmuty of Axminster by Thomas le Marchant esq of Axminster Devon her next friend. Summary.
Reciting the Will dated 27 July 1834 of Rev Christopher Rigby Collins the testator that the executors and trustees were devised in trust the ultimate residue of all estates funds stocks securities to be invested and from three fourths parts thereof to pay the annual proceeds in equal shares to his daughters Elizabeth then wife now widow of Robert Austin Langworthy, Mary Beata then wife of William Webster since deceased now wife of Frederick Josiah Stevens and Edith Ahmuty wife of William Somerville Ahmuty during their lives for their own sole use independent of their then present or future husbands.
Your oratrix prays the defendants give true and perfect answer to such their respective Interrogatories on oath to the best of their knowledge information and belief as to whether or not or how so otherwise that::
1. In his Will and on his death the testator possessed divers freehold and leasehold estates and personal estate and effects of very great extent and of considerable value.
2. The testators Will was duly signed published proved and executed as required by law.
3. The testator died 10 February 1837 and left surviving his son Christopher Gerard Rigby Collins and four daughters Elizabeth Langworthy, Mary Beata Webster, Sarah Phelps and Edith Ahmuty.
4. And his Will 27 July 1834 was duly proved 13 March 1837 by Christopher Gerard Rigby Collins and Rev George Gregory Gardiner his executors and trustees.
5. Robert Austin Langworthy died leaving his widow Elizabeth Langworthy.
6. William Webster died leaving his widow Mary Beata Webster who later married Frederick Josiah Stevens and living in France out of jurisdiction of this court.
7. Sarah and John Walter Phelps for some time separated living in France had only one child a daughter now with her husband in America their names unknown.
8. Edith Ahnuty for some time separated from her husband William Somerville Ahmuty his whereabouts unknown out of jurisdiction of this court.
9. Christopher Gerard Rigby Collins living in Tours France out of jurisdiction of this court.
10. The freehold estates were of sufficient value to cover payment of said bond debt of £12000.
11. The executors received rents profits proceeds of leasehold estates not specifically devised together with all personal estate and effects.. And made payments
12. After payment of all just debts legacies bequests a very large residue remained of personal estate and effects for the benefit of your oratrix and other persons entitled to share in the residuary personal estate.
13. Many applications and requests have been made to the executors for details regarding the aforesaid but one or both have always refused and still refuse to comply with such requests.
14. Elizabeth Langworthy was paid her share or on her behalf to another person or whosoever.
15. The executors set forth particulars of all leasehold estates where situated yearly value in whose tenure since the testators death And now what rents leases terms if any have been sold contracted when and by whom the monies have been received. And of all personal estate and effects if parts sold by whom to whom for how much and what now remains undisposed. And all monies received by either or both yearly or otherwise of rents profits proceeds and how said monies applied in manner and use of investments and securities and how much retained for own use and paid or applied for use of the other defendants.
16. And to provide documents of every description which they their solicitors or agents possess whereby the truth of all matters aforesaid may be discovered. And a Schedule specifying all estates and matters which they or whosoever have possession of or power over and to submit same to this Court. That the clear residue of personal estate be ascertained and the rights of your oratrix and other defendants declared. That the entitlement of your Oratrix be paid or secured and all trusts performed and executed under direction of this Court. That directions be given for purposes of this suit and if necessary in the meantime a receiver appointed to collect all outstanding personal leasehold estates not specifically bequeathed.
May it please your Lordship to grant your oratrix a writ or writs under seal of this Court to Christopher Gerard Rigby Collins, George Gregory Gardiner and Elizabeth Langworthy and also William Somerville Ahmuty, John Walter Phelps and Sarah his wife and Frederick Josiah Stevens and Mary Beata his wife when they shall be within jurisdiction of this Court there to make direct and perfect answer to the premises and abide by such order direction and decree your Lordship shall deem meet. F P Morris.
Christopher Gerard Rigby Collins and Rev George Gregory Gardiner required to answer Interrogatories nos. 1 to 16 and Elizabeth Langworthy to answer Interrogatories nos. 2. 3. 5. 14 and 16. F P Morris.
Mary Beata Webster.
Mary Beata Webster married secondly 3 April 1844 at St Anns Westminster Middx Frederick Josiah Stevens b.1809 son of John and Mary Stevens.
Obituary. Mary Beata Stevens died 19 February 1884 at Florence Italy
London Gazette 20 January 1885 summary. In the matter of the Trusts relating to the Residuary Estate of the Will of Rev Christopher Rigby Collis deceased. In Pursuant to directions given by Mr Justice Kay all persons claiming to be next of kin (Statutes for distribution of intestate estates) living at time of the death of Mary Beata Stevens who died 19 February 1884 at Florence Italy the late wife of Frederick Josiah Stevens, are by their solicitors on or before 2 March 1885 to prove their claims at the chambers of Mr Justice Kay in the Royal Courts of Justice Strand Middx or in default be excluded from all right to participate in the fund in Court in above matter. For the hearing and adjudicating of claims Tuesday 10 March 1885 is appointed at said Chambers. dated 13 January 1885.
Court of Chancery. Bill of Complaint 17 January 1817.
To John Lord Eldon Baron of Eldon in County Palatine of Durham. Lord High Chancellor
Plaintiff. John Ahmuty esq of Cork Street parish of St George Hanover Square Middlesex
Defendants William Fermor of Tusmore Oxford. John Mills and John Robinson of Parliament St.Westminster.
Humbly complaining your orator John Ahmuty reciting said Bill of Complaint.
Summary. In December 1811 William Fermor entitled in fee simple was in receipt of rents and profits of estates comprising messuages tenements farms hereditaments of upwards yearly value £ 659. And having need of £ 3999 proposed to raise same by grant of annuity charged against said estates. William Fermor applied to your orator for said sum in consideration of which a yearly rent of £ 440 against said estates payable during the lives of your orator John Ahmuty, William Fermor and His Grace William George Duke of Devonshire.
The charged estates situate within the manor or lordship of Tusmore and Plimlico or parishes precincts liberties hamlets of Tusmore and Plimlico in county Oxford.in the whole of 274 acres 2 roods 1 perch then in tenure of Thomas Hunt tenant of William Fermor at yearly rent £371.6s.8d. Also charged estates situate within manor or lordship of Fritwell or parishes precincts liberties hamlets of Fritwell in county Oxford of 187 acres 33 perches then in tenure of James Johnson tenant of William Fermor at yearly rent £288.9s. The said £ 440 payable to your orator his executors assigns in the Common Dining Hall of Lincolns Inn Middx by equal portions and terms as declared and agreed by the parties and William Fermor himself and assigns as covenanted and agreed to with and by your orator payable free from taxes and deductions except income on property tax. Now for securing due and regular annual payments William Fermor should execute a Warrant of Attorney for confessing judgment against him in His Majestys Court of Common Pleas at Westminster in an action of debt at the suit of your orator for £ 8000 and costs of suit and to demise said estates to John Robinson.
The defendants William Fermor, John Mills and John Robinson on oath to make full true and perfect answer to whether or not or how so otherwise that:
John Ahmuty advanced £ 3999 on 19 December 1811 and for securing the annuity to your orator an Indenture was executed beween the parties. William Fermor of the 1st Part. John Mills and John Robinson of the 2nd Part. Your orator John Ahmuty of the 3rd Part. John Robinson of the 4th Part.
Regular payments were made but from 12 June 1815 the annuity was in arrears now £660. Judgement was made under of Warrant of Attorney (John Mills then your orator's attorney). William Fermor has been and still is in receipt of rents and profits of charged estates. Your orator was unable to make a valid distress or entry to said estates for recovery of arrears.and has frequently applied to the defendants.
William Fermor refused to pay arrears and future payments. John Robinson refused to acquire the rents and or by sale or mortgage to cover arrears and future payments. John Mills and John Robinson refused to act in any manner under the Indenture for purpose of paying your orator the arrears and future payments. And one or both of them has the title deeds of said estates in their custody or power and should submit to this Court a list and description of said deeds.
May it please your Lordship to grant your orator Writs of Injunction issuing out of and under seal of this Court directed to William Fermor, John Mills and John Robinson to appear before your Lordship to make on their respective oaths full true direct and perfect answer and to abide with any order direction and decree as shall deem meet. Benj Winthrop.
Without Oath by Order 23 April 1817.
The Joint and Several Answers of John Mills and John Robinson. These two Defendants admit that:
Summary. In December 1811 William Fermor was entitled in fee simple and received rents and profits of estates comprising messuages tenements farms hereditaments of yearly value £ 659 and needing £ 3999 proposed to raise same by grant of annuity. John Mills and John Robinson at request of William Fermor applied to Mr Ahmuty for said sum in consideration of an annuity or yearly rent of £ 440 charged on said premises during the lives of John Ahmuty, William Fermor and His Grace William George Duke of Devonshire. John Ahmuty agreed and by indenture between the parties advanced £ 3999 on 9 December 1811.
William Fermor through John Mills made payments until June 1815 but due to distress in the county and neighbourhood of the premises and inability of tenants to pay their rents William Fermor by necessity suffered the annuity to fall into arrears now about £700. On 14 December 1811 judgement on Warrant of Attorney and the Roll was carried in January 1812 by these defendants (John Mills then attorney of John Ahmuty) but say John Mills did not deliver the Warrant to John Ahmuty nor is same in his custody or power having been filed in Court where judgment was given. And believe William Fermor since granting the annuity has been and is in receipt of rents and deny John Ahmuty or his agents made application to them. And do not believe William Fermor refused to pay arrears or future payments otherwise from circumstances aforesaid. John Robinson denies refusing to take action acquiring rents as no application was made by John Ahmuty. They admit the premises are now in occupation of the tenants of William Fermor by leases granted or made prior to grant of annuity therefore John Ahmuty may not be able to make a valid distress or entry of the premises or any part thereof for recovery of arrears.
John Robinson submits whether or not he ought acquire receipt of rents as he has never been called to act under the indenture and denies he ever declined to do so. And that they are ready to act in the trusts thereof in such manner as the Court shall direct. And admit they have in their custody the title deeds listed in a Schedule annexed. And submit whether a Receiver of rents and profits ought to be appointed. And believe the indenture contains covenants for maintaining and defending the right and title of John Ahmuty in the premises so charged and at all times at cost of John Ahmuty deliver to him attested copies of deeds papers writings to be examine and compared with the originals by him or persons he should appoint. That they have always been and are willing to comply with the terms of the covenants. That there are divers other persons interested in the deeds other than John Ahmuty as same constitute title to the whole estates of William Fermor of yearly value upwards £12000. And are unwilling and submit the deeds ought not to be removed from their custody. And deny all unlawful combination and confederacy alleged by the Bill and without this there is no other matter in the Bill of Complaint for them to make answer to not herein answered. And in all matters they are ready and willing to aver and maintain as this Court shall direct and humbly pray to dismiss with their reasonable costs and charges in law most wrongfully sustained. George Rose. signed by John Mills and John Robinson in the presence of J Elliot their clerk.
The Schedule annexed to the foregoing Answer
1. 24 June 1736. Office copy of enrolment of Bargain and Sale between Henry Fermor of Tusmore Oxford esq eldest son and heir of James Fermor and Mary his wife both decd of the first part. Thomas Rawlins of Inner Temple London gent of the second part. Francis Loggan of Middle Temple gent of the third part.
2. Trinity Term 10th George 2nd. Exemplification of Recovery wherein Francis Loggan was demand ant, Thomas Rawlins tenant and Henry Fermor vouchee.
3. 30/31 July 1736 Indentures of Lease and Release between Henry Fermor of the first part. Frances Sheldon spinster one of the daughters of Edward Sheldon and Elizabeth his wife of the second part. Sir William Jackson baronet and Sir John Rushout baronet of the third part. William Shedon and John Sutton esq of the fourth part. Robert Throckmorton baronet, Alexander Denton esq. Thomas Overbury esq of the fifth part.
4. 8 May 1761. Indenture of Bargain and Sale between William Fermor esq eldest son and heir of Henry Fermor decd of the first part. Rogers Jortin gent of the second part. William Cartwright esq of the third part.
5. Trinity Term 1st George 3rd. Exemplification of Recovery wherein William Cartwright was demandant, Rogers Jortin tenant and William Fermor vouchee.
6. 9/10 May 1766. Indenture of Lease and office copy of Indenture of Release enrolled in Common Pleas Trinity Term 6th George 3rd between William Fermor esq of the first part. Frances Middleton relict of William Middleton esq youngest of two daughters of John Errington esq decd of the second part. Sir James Dashwood baronet and William Sheldon of the third part. John Errington esq eldest brother of Frances Middleton. William Kenwick esq and John Prujean esq of the fourth part. Henry Errington and William Sheldon one of the younger sons of William Sheldon of the fifth part.
7. 30/31 August 1806. Indenture of Lease and Release between said William Fermor the son of the first part. William Sheldon the younger of the second part.
8. 3/4 August 1807. Indentures of Lease and Release between William Sheldon of the first part. William Fermor of the second part. Charles Smythe esq of the third part.
9. 14/15 October 1807. Indentures of Lease and Release between Charles Smythe of the first part. William Fermor of the second part. John Mills of the third part. John Robinson of the fourth part.
10. Michelmas Term 48th George 3rd. Exemplification of Recovery wherein John Mills gent was demandant, John Robinson gent tenant and William Fermor esq vouchee.
Signed by John Mills and John Robinson in the presence of J Elliot their clerk.
Without Oath by order dated 25 April 1817.
The Answer of William Fermor. This Defendant admits that:
Summary. In December 1811 he was entitled in fee simple and receiving rents and profits of estates comprising messuages tenements farms hereditaments of yearly value £ 649 and having need of £ 3999 proposed to raise same by grant of annuity. Through John Mills and John Robinson he applied to Mr Ahmuty for said sum in consideration of which an annuity or yearly rent of £ 440 would be charged on said premises during the lives of John Ahmuty, William Fermor and His Grace William George Duke of Devonshire.
John Ahmuty consented and on 9 December 1811 advanced £ 3999 under indenture and covenants. And admits making payments to Mr Ahmuty until June 1815 when distress prevalent in the county and neighbourhood of said premises and inability of tenants to pay their rents the annuity fell into arrears now about £660. The arrears of £700 stated in the Bill included allowance to Mr Ahmuty to cover property tax on the annuity but from cessation of tax the allowance ended so this sum should be deducted by Mr Ahmuty. And believes on 14 December 1811 judgment was signed on Warrant of Attorney and the Roll carried in January 1812 by Messieurs Mills, Robinson and Young of Parliament Street (Mr Mills then attorney of Mr Ahmuty). And that Mr Mills did not deliver the Warrant to Mr Ahmuty nor is it in his custody or power having been filed in Court. And denies refusing to pay arrears or future payments except as by aforesaid and always has been and is willing to pay when rents are received from said premises charged for that purpose. And admits same are in occupation of tenants under leases granted or made prior to said annuity and therefore Mr Ahmuty is not able to make valid entry for recovery of arrears.
And believes Mr Robinson and Mr Mills are ready to act as this Court shall direct. And submits as he is willing to pay a Receiver of rents and profits ought not to be appointed and arrears and future payments ought not to be raised by sale or mortgage. And as the rents are charged for payment of the annuity he ought not to be restrained from receiving same. The indenture contains a covenant between John Mills, John Robinson with John Ahmuty for better securing the annuity and for protection and production of title deeds. And Mr Mills and Mr Robinson at all times will produce deeds papers writings in a Schedule (being the title deeds of premises on which the annuity is charged) for better defending the right and title of Mr Ahmuty. To make and deliver to him atttested copies to be examined and compared to the originals by him or any persons appointed and have always been willing to comply with the terms of the covenants. There are divers other persons interested other than John Ahmuty as the deeds constitute title to the whole of estates upwards of yearly £12000.
And submits to the Court said deeds ought not to be taken out of possession of this defendant William Fermor in the custody of the other defendants John Mills and John Robinson. And denies all unlawful combination and confederacy charged by the Bill of Complaint. And without this there is no other matter material or effectual in law for this defendant to make answer and is ready to aver maintain and prove as this Court shall direct and humbly prays to be hence dismissed with his reasonable costs in law most wrongfully sustained. George Rose. signed by William Fermor in the presence of J..Mills partner.
Ahmuty Connections : Part 2.