Thomas Townsend of Grenada

???? - 1824


Biography

  1. The will of Thomas Townsend formerly of Grenada but now residing at Clifton, Gloucestershire was proved 13/05/1824. He had in contemplation of his marriage secured jointure of £300 p.a. for his present wife on certain plantations in Grenada, but was unsure whether his wife had released such property. He left the Grenada estates in trust to James Baillie of Bedford Square, John Ross of Grenada and his grandson Matthew Munro, with instructions to sell them and to provide his wife with a total of £1000 p.a. (including the jointure), with the residual estate to his five daughters Sophia, Charlotte, Jane, Caroline and Louisa. In a codicil dated 23/03/1820 Thomas Townsend stated that he had purchased nos. 3 and 4 Rodney Place, Clifton and added these to the property under his trust will; by a further codicil 01/07/1823 he redirected this property to his wife for life and then to his 'four unmarried daughters': at the same time, he added Andrew Loughnan (q.v.) of Bedford Square as an additional trustee.

  2. Consistent with the reference to his grandson Matthew Munro in his will, Thomas Townsend is further associated in genealogical sources with the father of Elizabeth Townsend who married Matthew Munro (q.v.), and as the owner of Belmont estate: Thomas Townsend late of the Island of Grenada but now of Poyle Park in Surrey appears in the will of Matthew Munro [Poyle Park was a mansion near Farnham]. Stephen Mullen shows Thomas Townsend selling the Belmont estate in Grenada in 1817 to James Bain (q.v.), who was financed by the company of Leitch & Smith. Thomas Townshend (q.v.) is currently in the database as owner of Belmont in Berbice rather than Grenada: these might be the same man, with the estate naming practice transferred, although there is no reference in the will of Thomas Townsend of Grenada to an estate in Berbice.

  3. The Sophia Townsend aged 74 U[nmarried] 'Head, Lodger' 'Independent' born Grenada West Indies, St George's who was living in Monkton Combe in 1851 was one of the daughters and legatees of Thomas Townsend of Grenada.

  4. Thomas Townsend of Clifton appears in the will of Gilbert Petrie (q.v.). Fowler shows a Thomas Townsend purchasing 15/05/1771 in Tobago North-East division (St John parish) Lot no. 41 (200 acres) (although Woodcock shows 'Wm Townsend'); by c. 1773 this Lot was in the hands of Gilbert Petrie.

Sources

  1. PROB 11/1686/114.

  2. S. Mullen, 'A Glasgow West India House', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies Vol. 33.2 (November 2013), p. 218.

  3. 1851 census online.

  4. John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774) pp. 48-49.


Further Information

Spouse
Married but no further details

Associated Claims (1)

£3,660 8S 0D
Previous owner (not making a claim)

Relationships (1)

Father-in-law → Son-in-law