Charles Franks

1792 - 10th Mar 1870

Claimant or beneficiary


London banker, partner in Bosanquet Anderdon (q.v.) and with his partners awarded the compensation for three awards on Nevis, including for the enslaved people on Clifton, Payne's and Morton's Bay and Meales estates.

  1. Retired from the banking firm in 1865. Elected Governor of the Canada Company November 1838 (Port Franks in Ontario is named after him).

  2. Charles Franks of 73 Lombard Street invested in the British American Land Company in 1835. he had two votes so purchased between 15 and 30 shares at £50 each.

  3. Married Judy Nicholl in London in 1820. In Marylebone for the baptisms of his first three daughters Georgiana Judy (1821), Catherine Ann (1823) and Mary Cecilia (1824). At Cumberland Street for the baptism of Charles William (1825) and 27 Cumberland Street for the baptism of Charles and Julia Jane in 1826.

  4. Death of Charles Franks aged 78 registered Weymouth Dorset Q1 1870. Will of Charles Franks formerly of Lombard Street but late of Weymouth Dorset who died there 10/3/1870 proved 11/4/1870 effects under £14,000 resworn October 1876 £20,000.


T71/882 Nevis nos. 42, 76 (Meales) and 132 (Clifton, Payne's and Morton Bay).

  1. London Gazette, Issue 22928, 10/01/1865, p. 145; ibid., Issue 19682, 04/12/1838, p. 2825; Robert C. Lee, The Canada Company and the Huron Tract 1826-1853: Personalities, Profits and Politics (Toronto: Natural Heritage/Natural History Inc., 2004).

  2. List of the proprietors of the British American Land Company: incorporated and established by Charter and Act of Parliament, 1834 (London, n.d.) p. 5 (via p. 8.

  3. FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1870.

Further Information

Judy Nicholl
4 daughters, 2 sons

Resworn October 1876 from £14,000 at probate in 1870.

Wealth at death

Associated Claims (3)

£3,655 18s 5d
Awardee (Assignee)
£2,018 0s 8d
Awardee (Assignee)
£297 11s 7d

Legacies Summary

Commercial (4)

Name partner
Canada Land Company
Colonial Land  
South Sea Company
General overseas merchant  
General Investment

Imperial (2)

Canada Company Canada 
Canada: Ontario 
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Port Franks in Ontario is named after...

Addresses (3)

Weymouth, Dorset, Wessex, England
27 Cumberland Street, Marylebone, London, Middlesex, London, England
73 Lombard Street, City of London, London, Middlesex, London, England