Martha Helden

???? - 1840


Biography

Widow of Cornelius Helden (q.v.), from whom she inherited co-ownership of the Helden's estate and the people attached to it on St Kitts, and then became the holder of a rent-charge on the estate, which she had assigned to John Browne of Dublin by the time of compensation. Although the Slave Registration of 1828 refers to 'the estate of Martha Helden' as the owner of Heldens, she appears to have died in 1840 in Ireland. Her daughter Sophia married William Eden Lees, brother of Sir Harcourt Lees (q.v.).

  1. Under his will of 1798, Cornelius Helden left his estates in St Kitts and at Longford and Leitrim in Ireland to his widow Martha Helden and his three daughters Mary, Sarah and Sophia, and by a codicil also of 1798 left a further £1000 to Mary as the eldest daughter. In 1803 Martha and Mary settled their undivided two one-fourths on the marriage of Mary to William Foster M'Clintock, subject to the charge of £400 p.a. to Martha Helden. The £1000 legacy was subject to the case of Walpole v M'Clintock in 1844,when it was said that the estate in St Kitts had been sold before 1829 under a decree but was insufficient to meet the demand of the plaintiff Walpole, to whom the £1000 legacy had been assigned in 1812 and 1819 by the M'Clintocks.

Sources

Ancestry.com, Ireland, Calendar of Wills and Administrations,1858-1920 [database online, underpinned by National Archives of Ireland], will of Martha Helden, death date 23/10/1840 death place Dublin, prime beneficiary Sophia Lees, second beneficiary Cope Garnett, additional beneficiary Mary M'Clintock.

  1. Irish Equity Reports...during the Year 1844 to 1845 (1845) Vol. VII.

Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Cornelius Helden
Children
Mary, Sarah, Sophia

Associated Estates (2)

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] - 1831 [LA] → Owner

Shown as 'owner' in the Slave Registers, Martha Helden is know to have inherited a one-fourth share under the 1798 will of her husband Cornelius Helden, and to have settled this one-fourth on her daughter's marriage subject to a £400 p.a. rent charge to her [Martha Helden] in 1803.

1798 [SY] - → Joint owner

Shown as 'owner' in the Slave Registers, Martha Helden is know to have inherited a one-fourth share under the 1798 will of her husband Cornelius Helden, and to have settled this one-fourth on her daughter's marriage subject to a £400 p.a. rent charge to her [Martha Helden] in 1803.


Relationships (5)

Widow → Deceased Husband
Other relatives
Notes →
Martha Helden's daughter Sophia married William Eden Lees, the brother of Sir Harcourt...
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Other relatives
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In 1805 administration of the will of Frances Bladen was granted to Martha Helden widow as the administrator of Mary Helden [of Egham], the original executor....
Other relatives
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In 1805 administration of the will of Frances Bladen was granted to Martha Helden widow as the administrator of Mary Helden [of Egham], the original...

Addresses (1)

Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland