Michael Joseph Semper senior

1754 - 11th Sep 1827

Claimant or beneficiary


Michael Joseph Semper, West India merchant and plantation owner, whose widow Harriet Semper née Walsh Porter claimed for compensation for several claims in Montserrat as annuitant.

  1. The letterbook of Michael Joseph Semper from 1823-1824, "a small quarto book of around 150 pages" outlines his dealings with Thomas Daniell & Co. and partnership with his brother Dudley Semper senior (q.v.). Son of Thomas Semper from County Galway, Ireland. Married Harriet Mary Walsh-Porter in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, 19/10/1810. Left Montserrat in July 1824. Died 11/09/1827 aged 56.

  2. Under the will of Michael Joseph Semper of Cheltenham [made in 1824] proved 29/02/1828, he left Alstone Lodge in Cheltenham which he had recently purchased of Brook Kay to his wife Harriet absolutely, and put his other property in trust (his trustees included his brother Dudley Semper, John Daniel of London and Wyndham Lewis merchant of Cardiff) to secure an annuity to her of £500 p.a. with the residue of the income to go to Dudley Semper to support his children.


  1. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. 4 pp. 92-94.

  2. Will of Michael Joseph Semper of Cheltenham 29/02/1828 PROB 11/1737/154.

We are grateful to Claudia Semper for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Harriet Walsh Porter

Associated Claims (6)

£3,997 7s 5d
Beneficiary unsuccessful
£2,162 8s 9d
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£1,257 8s 5d
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£793 9s 10d
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£2,451 10s 9d
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£1,845 11s 1d
Beneficiary unsuccessful (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (4)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - → Executor
1817 [EA] - 1821 [LA] → Guardian
1817 [EA] - 1821 [LA] → Executor
1817 [EA] - 1821 [LA] → Guardian

Relationships (9)

Husband → Wife
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Niece
Other relatives
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Furlonge was married to Semper's niece Eliza...
Other relatives
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Shiell was married to Semper's niece Mary...

Addresses (1)

Alstone Lodge, Alstone, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England