Martha Fleming Ottley

1748 - 8th Nov 1846

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on what were reported to be two separate estates on St Kitts, Ottley and Ottleys. She was also a beneficiary of the compensation for the Marble Hill estate in Antigua under the will of her sister Sarah Willett Hooker (nee Ottley) who had died in 1812.

  1. Death of Martha Fleming Ottley registered New Forest Hampshire Q4 1846. Will of Martha Fleming Ottley spinster of Testwood Hampshire proved 11/01/1847. In the will (made in 1827) she said 'I have scarcely any property except annuities for life' but went on to confirm the indentures of 1822 by which she had settled her interest in 'certain estates, plantations, negroes, slaves, mules' on the Rev. Charles Hyde Wollaston of East Dereham in Norfolk. The Rev. Charles Hyde Wollaston (q.v.) had married a Sarah Willett Ottley in 1795, almost certainly the niece of Martha Fleming Ottley.

  2. Martha Fleming was the daughter of William Ottley of Hengrave Suffolk (d. 1774) and grand-daughter of Drewry Ottley of St Kitts. Her sisters included Elizabeth of Testwood (will proved 17/08/1826), Sarah Willett, who married Thomas Hooker and died 14/12/1812,  and Edith, who married Gilbert Franckyln (q.v.). She died a spinster 08/11/1846 aged 98.


St Kitts nos. 332 and 354; Antigua no. 38.

  1. England and Wales FreeBMD Death Index (where she is shown as 'Martha Feleming Ottley'); PROB 11/2049/68.

  2. John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours (4 vols., London, Henry Colburn, 1835-1838) 'Ottley'.

Further Information


Associated Claims (3)

£2,482 16s 2d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Legatee)
£2,204 12s 4d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,117 6s 9d

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
1825 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Owner

'Miss Ottley' was given as the owner only in 1825 and 1828, but Martha Fleming Ottley also was awarded the slave compensation for the estate in the 1830s. The will of her brother Drewry Ottley of Marylebone suggests that her interest was a life-interest.

1825 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Owner

'Miss Ottley' was shown as the owner only in the 1825 and 1828 registrations, but also was awarded the compensation for the estate. The will of her brother Drewry Ottley of Marylebone suggests that her interest was a life-interest.

Relationships (3)

Sister → Brother
Sister → Brother

Addresses (1)

Testwood, Hampshire, Wessex, England