Ann Katherine Storer (née Hill)

1785 - 1854

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Ann Katherine Storer (née Hill, 1785-1854), daughter of Thomas Hill of Shropshire and Westmoreland, Jamaica, wife of Anthony Gilbert Storer (q.v.), claimant for estates in Westmoreland as receiver of her late husband.

  1. Born c. 1785 in Jamaica, daughter of Thomas Hill of Shropshire and Westmoreland, Jamaica, the eldest of nine children, five of whom survived into adulthood. Her mother, also called Ann Katherine, died age 35 when her eldest daughter was 11. She married Anthony Gilbert Storer (q.v.) in Jamaica 18/01/1806 (Storer's family owned neighbouring estates in Westmoreland). By 1809 her two eldest children had died and she and her husband had returned to live at his country seat, Purley Park, in Berkshire. She was back in Jamaica for the birth of her eighth and last child in 1817. Anthony Gilbert Storer died in June 1818 and Ann Katherine returned to Purley Park with her five surviving children.

  2. By 1809 it is clear from copies of his correspondence that Anthony Gilbert Storer was heavily in debt and after his death, his estate was the subject of protracted legal wrangling between Ann Katherine, receiver of his estate, and various creditors, in particular Charles Armstrong (q.v.) and Evelyn Bazalgette (q.v.).

  3. In the 1851 census she is living with her son-in-law Rev. William Edward Sellon and his family at Kentchurch Rectory, Kentchurch, Hertfordshire, age 65, Annuitant, born Jamaica.

  4. Death of Ann Katherine Storer, 07/04/1854. 11/05/1854, burial of Ann Katherine Storer of 15 Maddox Street, St George Hanover Square, London, age 69, at All Souls Cemetary, Kensal Green. The will of Ann Katherine Storer Widow of 53 Oxford Terrace Hyde Park, Middlesex, proved 15/11/1854.

  5. In 1824, Ann Katherine Storer was accused of the maltreatment of Philip Thompson, a black servant who was bought as a slave in Jamaica and brought to England by the Storers. According to Philip Thompson's testimony, "flogging was the usual punishment for any misdemeanour and he was often ill treated... One day in July 1824 Mrs Storer was already up when Philip rose at 6 am. Finding that he had not been up in time to clean the lobby she ordered him to be taken to the "whipping place". After removing his coat, waistcoat and shirt, he then received about a dozen lashes from a hunting whip wielded by the butler so that the blood ran down his back... Mrs Storer was said to have been present and said [to Robert Stewart, the butler], "Well done, Robert, give him more"... Did Mrs Storer - an accomplished lady with four daughters - order the flogging and then stand by and approve such a 'horrible affliction'? It took the jury only a quarter of an hour to reach their verdict: NOT GUILTY."

Sources

T71/871 Westmoreland claim nos. 83, 259, 272, 274 and 662.

  1. The Storers of Purley Park (privately printed, n.d.).

  2. See Jean Debney 'The Letter Book of Anthony Gilbert Storer, 1809-10', Protect Purley: Newsletter October 1995 No. 39.

  3. 1851 census online.

  4. 'Monumental Inscriptions in England relating to Jamaicans', http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/b/bcarib04.htm [accessed 02/11/2011]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]. PROB 11/2201/182.

  5. Taken from the Reading Mercury, 1824, quoted in The Storers of Purley Park.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Maiden Name
Hill
Name in compensation records
Anna Katherine Storer
Spouse
Anthony Gilbert Storer
Children
Elizabeth Ann (1806-1808), Anthony Morris (1808-1809), Elizabeth Fanny (1809-), Ann Katherine, Charlotte (?-1831), Margaret (1815-1902)

Associated Claims (5)

£1,744 0S 7D
Awardee
£1,877 4S 5D
Awardee
£19 10S 10D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£3,608 5S 3D
Awardee
£2,567 12S 5D
Awardee

Relationships (1)

Wife → Husband

Addresses (4)

15 Maddox Street, St George, Hanover Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
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Address at point of death.

53 Oxford Terrace, Hyde Park, London, Middlesex, London, England
Notes →

Address recorded at proving of her will.

Kentchurch Rectory, Kentchurch, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England
Notes →

Recorded as living there in the 1851 census.

Purley Park, Purley, Berkshire, Central England, England
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Ann Katherine Storer returned to Purley Park in 1818 following both being in Jamaica for the birth of her last child in 1817 and the death of her husband in 1818. She continued to live at Purley Park until at least 1834.