Sunday, January 2, 2011

Eliza Esdaile's Will

For 3.50 pounds, you can download Eliza Esdaile's will.
Here's the link:
Look under "wills", and you'll find 

Description Will of Eliza Esdaile, Widow of Pagham , Sussex
Date 16 October 1835
Catalogue reference PROB 11/1852
Dept Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Series Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers
Piece Name of Register: Gloster Quire Numbers: 551 - 600

This will, written in 1818 and amended in 1830, establishes many relationships. Eliza is the widow of Thomas Esdaile, her daughter is Louisa Grant (amended to Aitchison), her son is Wm Goodall Green, Commissary General in Canada, her grandson is William George Green, her daughter-in-law is Margaret Green wife of William Goodall Green, her granddaughter is Kate Grant, and her brother is Thomas Green of Quebec, her son-in-law is William Grant. Witnesses are Wm Goodall of Tottenham, Middlesex, Merchant, and Sarah Dickinson and Elizabethe Farley, servants of Mrs. Esdaile of Bognor. Her executor is Sir Alexander Bryce.

Bryce's 1832 obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine may give some genealogical clues, as he served in North American in the 1790s:

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