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Will of Elizabeth Anthony, 1803

My great great grandfather Thomas Anthony settled in Brentford in the late 1850s. I wondered if he and Elizabeth might be connected but it does not appear so. I was struck by how Elizabeth's character shone through in her 'will', which was more a letter to her friends, and noted 'very warm, emotional person' when I made the following abstract.

Abstract of will

The will was written on April 29th 1803 and mentions

... dear brother

... I should like Susan MONTGOMERY, James MONTGOMERY and Margaret MONTGOMERY to receive 500 each

... I should like Mrs MONTGOMERY, Mrs (C?) ANTHONY and Ann KIMBER, our dear father's servant to receive 20 immediately

... the miniature of my dear and lamented sister to L. MONTGOMERY

... I should like to be buried at Beaconsfield

... Molly the cook to have 5

The document was sworn by John HOLLIS and Joseph LANCASTER on 15th November 1803

The testator

I have not been able to locate, with any confidence, the baptismal record of Elizabeth Anthony. If her burial took place at Beaconsfield,as she requested in her will, the burial register may give her age at death. As Elizabeth requested burial there she may have been born there or lived there. There were Anthonys living in Beaconsfield in the C18 (I).

A Susannah Anthony, possibly her sister, was baptised in 1749, daughter of Robert & Sarah Anthony, at St Sephulcre, London (IGI).


Other people mentioned

James Montgomrey owned a timberyard and wharf in Brentford in the C19 and I presume is the James Montgomery referred to in the will.

There was a marriage between James Montgomery and Susan Anthony at St Olave, Hart Street, London in 1774 (IGI) and it seems likely this is the couple referred to in the will. There was a baptism of a James Montgomery, son of James & Susanna, the following year at London Wall Scotch Church. There are details of the Montgomrey family tree in the Dynasties section.

A John Hollis Anthony is referred to in a deed dated 1827 for Roxeth near Harrow (I). An Ann Hollis, aged 75, is recorded at no. 285 High Street in the 1841 census.

How to see this will in full

A copy of the original will can be downloaded from The National Archives Documents Online service, or it can be viewed free of charge by visiting TNA at Kew.