Mary Gibbes Allen (née Smith)

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Biography

Mary Gibbes Allen, identified in the compensation records (possibly erroneously) as the mother of Henry George Acklom Allen, an infant, on whose behalf Rev. Robert Allen claimed interest in a moiety of Mapps estate in Barbados. Deceased by 1835. Her brother the Rev. Richard Smith (q.v.) was awarded the other half of the compensation for Mapps. See separate entries for her children Eliza Susannah, Henrietta Louisa, Mary Elizabeth, Rev. Robert, Henry and Charlotte Allen (all q.v.).

  1. Mary Gibbes Smith was the grand-daughter of Richard Smith of St Mary Islington, whose will was proved 26/10/1776. Under the will, Richard Smith left 'my said negro slave Mary Anne and all her female children' to Mary Gibbes Smith. Mary Gibbes Smith's uncle the Rev. Richard Smith appears to have predeceased his own father (the testator) leaving as part of his estate a mortgage over the estate of Samuel Mapp, which Richard Smith the testator in 1776 described as in his possession.

  2. Richard Smith of St Mary Islington was the father-in-law of Charlotte Smith (nee Turner), who has an entry in the ODNB as a novelist which details her complex financial ties to slavery (which she opposed).

  3. Mary Gibbes Allen is identified as Robert Allen's wife in a dispute with the 3rd Earl of Egremont and the Smith family over property in Barbados in 1803-1807.

Sources

T71/898 Barbados claim no. 2954B (Mapps).

  1. PROB 11/1024/215.

  2. Sarah M. Zimmerman, ‘Smith , Charlotte (1749–1806)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2007 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25790, accessed 17 Oct 2014]

  3. West Sussex Record Office: Petworth House Archives, PHA 8005-8016 and PHA/10597-10599.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Maiden Name
Smith
Children
Henry George Acklom Allen

Associated Claims (1)

£1,259 6S 11D
Beneficiary deceased

Relationships (11)

Mother → Daughter
Mother → Daughter
Mother → Daughter
Mother → Son
Mother → Daughter
Mother → Son
Wife → Husband
Sister → Brother
Daughter → Father
Grand-daughter → Grandfather
Niece → Aunt