Penelope Wentworth Wickham (née Sober)

1801 - ????

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Penelope Wentworth Wickham née Sober, wife of James Wickham, sister-in-law of Richard Stroker Wickham (q.v.), aunt of her co-claimant Anna Gordon Goding (q.v.), awarded compensation for the ownership of enslaved persons in Barbados.

  1. Unsourced online family tree gives Penelope Wentworth Sober, daughter of John Sober (1739-1795) and Penelope Blake (?-1774), married James Wickham 06/12/1819 in St James, Barbados. Another unsourced online family tree gives her with the same parents and the paternal grandmother Mary Cumberbatch (1722-1752) who was the daughter of Abraham Cumberbatch (1685-1750).

  2. Penelope Wentworth Sober, along with her brothers Hope Elletson Sober, Abraham Cumberbatch Sober and John Sober are left legacies in the will of their father’s second wife Martha Bersheba Sober, dated 26/04/1795. A later codicil of this will leaves the Barbadian estates to Hope Elletson Sober “for his life only, as I believe his attachment to the Indian is not legal and his chn are illegitimate in justice to the rest of my family.” The will also mentions Hope Elletson’s “handsome legacy from his grandmother and aunt”.

  3. There were 7 children born to James Wickham and Penelope Wentworth Wickham and baptised in Barbados between 1823 and 1839: Mary Isabella (28/01/1823), Harriet Pinder and Penelope Sober (both baptised 08/03/1826), Ann Gordon (17/01/1829), James Holligan (09/01/1833) Helen Jane (23/01/1837) and Jane Helen (05/04/1839).

  4. By the census of 1841, Penelope Wentworth Wickham was living in Summer Place, St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, age 40, “Independent means”, not born in county, with Penelope Sober Wickham, age 15, Harriet Pinder Wickham, 15, Anne Gordon Wickham, 14, James Holligan Wickham, 9, Mary Duiguid Wickham, 7, and Jane Helen Wickham. 4, all born out of county. The birth/baptism of Mary Duiguid has not been found, but her marriage in Edinburgh to William Inglis on 13/04/1851 confirms her as the daughter of James Wickham.

  5. Penelope Wentworth Wickham of 5 Dean Hough, Edinburgh, wrote to the Compensation Commission on 25/12/1842 with regard to the claim of David Moyes Macgibbon (q.v.) who was married to her husband’s sister.

  6. At the marriage of the eldest daughter Penelope Sober Wickham on 16/11/1845, her father is given as “the late James Wickham, sometime of the Commissariat Department.”

  7. Unknown connection with Penelope Wentworth Sober of Dorset Street, Manchester Square, who was buried 28/03/1833 age 65 at St Faith Under St Paul’s, London.

Sources

T71/900 Barbados claim no. 5004.

  1. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=gill01&id=I8787 and http://homepage.ntlworld.com/bob.cumberbatch/images/Images/CumberbatchOfBarbados.pdf [both accessed 17/04/2012].

  2. James C. Brandow, Genealogies of Barbados families: from Caribbeana and the Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1983) p. 512.

  3. www.familysearch.org batch nos. C513941 and C513954.

  4. 1841 census online; www.familysearch.org batch M11990-3.

  5. Barbados claim no. 57, T71/1611 unnumbered batch of letters, dated 25/12/1842. See separate entry for David Moyes Macgibbon.

  6. General Register Office for Scotland, Marriages OPR, 685/1 680 Edinburgh, 17/01/1845.

  7. Ancestry.com, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online].

We are grateful for the assistance of Bob Cumberbatch in compiling this entry.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish?
Maiden Name
Sober
Name in compensation records
Penelope W. Wickham
Spouse
James Wickham
Children
Mary Isabella (1823-), Harriet Pinder (1826-), Penelope Sober (1826-), Ann Gordon (1829-), James Holligan (1832-), Mary Duiguid (1834-), Jane Helen [or Helen Jane?]

Associated Claims (1)

£91 5S 5D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Relationships (3)

Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Aunt → Niece

Addresses (3)

Barbados
5 Dean Hough, Dean Village, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Summer Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland