story of a great grandfather of George Dunstin Pears
Warwick Dashwood Bussell
Bussells of Devon (There were several Devon Bussell families..this is
the story of one)
Updated 9th November 2015.
[Added link to 1851 report of 'Breach of Promise Case'
Bussell (b Dec 1824) was christened on 20th
October 1825 at St
David, Exeter, Devon and registered in Heavitree (the
last executions of witches in England took place here in 1682), a
district of Exeter in Devon, England. He was the third child of John
Bussell (b~1782) and Christina Susanna Jacoba de Mey (born ~
1801), a very well-to-do Devon family..
On 23rd December 1844, at just
under 20 years of age, he enlisted as a gunner with the Royal Artillery
at Westminster, London. His enlistment appears to have come about after
a falling out with his father. The family name and social standing was
later to be slighlty affected by having an 'enlistee' with the East
India Company. However they were able to rely on the fact that he had
enlisted without his father's consent and that there were letters from
his captain saying that he had never forgotten his station as a
gentleman. He was 5ft 9ins with blue eyes and brown hair. His
trade was a clerk and he was received into service in August
1845 when he left for India attached to the 3rd Madras Light
Cavalry stationed in Bangalore.. He was promoted to Bombardier in April
1853. In March 1854 he was promoted to Sergeant and at the same time
appointed Acting Sergeant Major. Apart from minor
operations against the southern Mahrattas between 1844 and 1855 and
sending some detachments to join the Deccan force during the Mutiny of
1857 (the year of his marriage), the regiment did not see major action
till the 1st world war when it was called the 28th Light
Cavalry and then became the 7th Light Cavalry in the 2nd world
war. He held various posts at various stations until December 1863 when
he was appointed Sergeant Major in Bangalore. At his own request, after
21 years of service aged 40, he decided to leave the service with a
pension under Indian Regulations. His termination papers on 28th
November 1865 in Bangalore state that his conduct
was exemplary and that he posessed one good conduct badge and
was elegible for 4 others. He seems to have dodged every bullet because
his discharge notes state that he was never wounded. He stated his
intended retirement residence would be Coonoor in the Neilgherri (Nilgiri)
|On 10th Oct. 1857 Warwick
Adelaide Jones. He
was 32 and Caroline was 21. Warwick & Caroline
had twins in 1858 in Trichinopoly, one boy and one girl (wonderful
for naming!). The boy was named John Edward (John
being the name of the father of Warwick (still in Devon) and Edward
being the name of the father of Caroline, and the girl (our ancestor)
Christina Esther (after Warwick's mother Christina and sister Esther
who were still in Devon).
Esther (known as Nellie) went on to marry Henry
In 1856 (shhhh!) Fanny
Caroline (d1884) was born in Trichinopoly. In 1861, a son
Richard Warwick was born in Bangalore. Also in Bangalore,
Maude Caroline was born
in 1862 and married Edward Sutton in
1879 at San
Photographs taken in 1887 used with courtesy of Don Sutton.
In 1864 Minnie Alberta was born
in Ootacamund. Also in Ooty, a son Warwick
Dashwood (Jnr) was born in 1867 (d1867).
Warwick Dashwood Snr had
several siblings.i.e. children of John and Christina S J: Henry
Augustus (1822-1823), John
Edward (1823-1825), Frances Christina (Fanny) (b10
May 1827), John (b
01 November 1828; d 1859), Adelaide (b 26
June 1830), George Bartlett b 1832 (shown as Buckett in
one Census!), Esther b 1834 and Charles Alexander b 1837.
Warwick's mother Christina
Susanna Jacoba was born in Berbice (part
of modern day Guyana). Christina S J's parents were Jan Jacob
de Meij of Dutch origin (known as John James de Mey when in
England) and Henriette Buse. Christina had
1 step brother and 2 step sisters. Henriette Buse
(Christina S J's mother) had a son Hendrik Alexander Krieger from a
previous marriage. After his marriage ended with Henriette, JJ de
Mey (Christina S J's father - d1819) married for a
second time in Exeter in 1811 to Frances Bartlett (Fanny)
Bussell (b 1785 Exeter d 1816-1819 Berbice). Together they had two
Bussell de Mey (b1814) and Frances Delia de Mey (b 1816 - d 1902
Barnstaple) both born in Berbice,.
JJ de Mey owned a plantation
called Kortberaad in Berbice. Kortberaad previously belonged to the
heirs of Hendrik Janse Buse, presumably Henriette's father.
Hendrik Janse Buse not only owned a number of plantations but also
administered many more for other owners. For a short period, because of
the absence of a Governor, he with two others were in charge of
Berbice. JJ de Mey died in 1819 and the plantations were put up for
sale and all the three de Mey children came to live in England. The
bottom of this page has more information on the plantations.
Christina Susanna Jacoba de
Mey and John Bussell were married on two occassions, both by
licence. On 19th January 1822 they married in St Mary Steps by John's cousin the
Rev. Edward Bartlett (at the time Bartlett was a curate at another
church). The witnesses were John's sister Esther and Rev. Bartlett
himself. On 15th June 1822, again at St Mary Steps they
married. This time the minister was Rev. William Carwithen, the Rector
of St Mary Steps and the witnesses were John's sister Harriet
(Barrington) and R Mayne (a servant/apprentice). We can only speculate
why there were two marriages.
ONE THEORY: Based on the
premise that CSJ was not 21 at date of 1st wedding. CSJ became
pregnant pre Jan 1822. In order for the child Henry Augustus
(christened Sep 1822) not to be born out of wedlock, JB (who
was a solicitor) went through a wedding ceremony with cousin
Rev. Edward Bartlett (parachuted in from St. Paul's Exeter, where he
was Curate), officiating knowing (maybe only JB and CSJ knew) that CSJ
was under 21 (me guessing!). The news of the wedding
was published in the newspapers to protect the social
situation of forthcoming birth. As soon as CSJ became 21 they
married again to make everything official and legal. It could
just be that CSJ made a genuine mistake regarding
her date of birth and when the certificate finally arrived
from Berbice the error was recognised and a second wedding
scenarios could be that there was something invalid about the first
licence, the minister, the ceremony or the procedure.
John was 20 years older than
Christina S J who was just 21. John was the brother of Frances Bartlett
Bussell who was married to Christina S J's father JJ de Mey.
Complicated. So Christina S J's step mother-in-law was also her
sister-in-law although Frances Bartlett had died sometime
before 1820, prior to Christina's marriage in 1822. John
Bussell was an attorney and they owned and lived in a wonderful house
called Honeylands in Whipton. Honeylands imagined. Photograph
Peter Selley. Modified by Walford Pears.
Honeylands, originally built
about 1711 existed in the Bartlett family (John Bussell's mother's
side) from 1756 as a normal house; John Bussell turned it
into an impressive and imposing mansion. Built of Bath stone
a tithe map of 1844 shows the house as having three
reception rooms, six bedrooms, two servants rooms, stables, a coach
house, laundry, farm buildings, and 47 acres. In addition,
there were pastures, orchards and three other houses on the estate. The
hunt would meet on its lawns. John Bussell once offered to donate a
piece of his land for a chapel to be built for Whipton; the local
church, Heavitree Parish Church was overflowing. The house still exists
(2013) and had been used until recently by Exeter NHS as a child
centre. It is likely to be sold for 'other purposes' in the
near future. John Bussell had his offices in Northernhay Lodge in the
centre of Exeter and in 1850 on Bedford Street.
Warwick's father's parents were
John Bussell (one time Alderman & Mayor of Exeter (1782)) and
Mary Bartlett of Alphington, Exeter and his mother's parents
were John James de Mey and Henriette Buse of Berbice. Mary
Bartlett's father and grandfather were both called Edward Bartlett and
both were wealthy sergemakers near Exeter. She also
had a brother called Edward Bartlett. The Bartletts owned and lived in
Honeylands prior to John Bussell jnr. The siblings of
Warwick's father John were Mary, Elizabeth, Harriet and Frances Bussell.
In 1780 Edward Bartlett the
elder gave £10 to be invested. The interest was to be divided between
10 poor people of the parish of St Johns on New Years day forever!
In 1790 his son Edward contributed a further £20 to the fund.
In Exeter in 1841, Emma Bussell de
Mey married William Warren esq. a surgeon, in
Bow near Crediton, Devon. The parish
church of Bow
has a handsome window
in memory of Emma
Bussell Warren (d1856) and seven of her
children. One of Emma's
grandchildren was Rev. Hubert Ernest de Mey Warren born
in Australia. In 1921 he started the C.M.S. mission at the
Emerald River on Groote Eylandt to house and train children of mixed
descent from camps and towns in eastern areas of the Northern
Territory. He also established contact with the local Aborigines.
He perished in 1934 aboard the aircraft 'Miss
Hobart' which disappeared over Bass Strait. One of Rev. Warren's sons
was David Ronald de Mey Warren, an Australian scientist,
known for inventing and developing the flight data
recorder and cockpit voice recorder also known as
In 1850 John Bussell may have burnt
his fingers with property speculation and was nearly ruined. Honeylands
came under several ownerships from the early 1850s. By 1851 the family
seem to have dispersed. Christina (Warwick's mother) is
still living in Whipton (but not Honeylands), Exeter with 18
year old son George at no 57 ??. Frances Christina has
married Samuel Norrish (b 1813, Zeal, Monachorum, Devon), a farmer
farming 250 acres employing 6 labourers in Colebrooke, near
Crediton, Devon. They were married by Rev. Edward Bartlett, the bride's
cousin on 17th May 1849 at Heavitree church.
eld. s. of late John Norrish, of Fuidge, and grands. of
late Samuel Norrish, of Horwell (d. 1840); b. 1813, m. 1849,
Frances Christina, dau. of John Bussell of Exeter; lord of the manor of
Horwell : Horwell Manor, Colebrooke, Exeter; Fuidge House, Spreyton,
information on Fuidge and Spreyton at bottom of page.
(Frances' sister) aged 21 is staying with them. Esther now aged 17, is
living as a visitor with her step-aunt Emma Bussell who is married to
William Robert Warren (b ~ 1816 Ottery St Mary) William Warren is a
surgeon and they all live at Winsor House in the
village of Bow. They have 3 servants living
with them. .
Bow Parish church:
in memory of William
Charles now aged 14 is staying
as a visitor with a Bidder family at 65 Court Road. Bidder is a builder in Moretonhampstead
In 1852 Adelaide married Rev. John Henry Coke (Rector of Ropsley)
on 7th August at the District Church at Newport, in the parish
of Bishopstawton, by the * Rev. Edward Bartlett, Adelaide's cousin.
Prior to her marriage, following a failed relationship with a surgeon,
Adelaide became engaged to a solicitor named Dennis who had only known
her for 18 days. When he broke off the engagement she sued for 'Breach
of Promise' and was awarded £800 damages. Frances Delia De
Mey, her cousin and her aunt Harriet Law were witnesses.Mr.
Dennis' mother and friends objected to the marriage because of
Adelaide's father, John Bussell's financial affairs and that
her brother Warwick Dashwood, had enlisted
in the East India Company's service.
Click on link to read a
newspaper report of 1851 about the 'Breach of Promise' case.
Adelaide and Rev. Coke had 3
girls and 3 boys one of whom was Charles Henry b 1854.Charles
Henry joined the Royal Navy and reached the rank of Admiral.
In 1907 he was made Naval Aide-de-Camp to King George V and
was knighted by the King in 1911. While Vice Admiral
commanding the coast of Ireland he was closely involved with diversion
directions and later rescue operations concerning the sinking of the Lusitania (a passenger ship)
torpedoed by the Germans in 1915.
He retired in 1917. A portrait of Sir Charles Henry Coke K.C.V.O.
hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London and a number of
different portraits can be seen here.
In 1858, John Bussell died aged
76 in Whipton. Christina was known to be living in Whipton in 1851 so
perhaps they were together then. Their son John also dies in 1859 aged
In 1861, Christina is living as
a guest in the house of a George and Ann Herbert who are fishmongers at
4, Clifton Road, St Sidwells, Exeter. It is
recorded that she is supported by her daughter (Frances , Esther or
Adelaide? we do not know). Frances Christina is still the wife of
farmer Samuel Norrish in Colebrooke. Charles has disappeared. (at least
as far as the Internet is concerned) and Esther has also
Warwick Dashwood Bussell died
in January 1867, just 15 months after leaving the service of the 3rd
Madras Light Cavalry and 2 months before his son Warwick Dashwood was
born. Sadly Warwick Dashwood jnr died as a baby at just 3 weeks.
In 1871, Christina has a house
at 20, Regent St. East Teignmouth,
Devon with daughter Esther and Helene Eagon as lodger.
Frances (Norrish) is still a farmer's wife living with a
housemaid and a few servants at Horwell House (the house still exists
Barton), Colebrooke, Devon.
In 1881, Christina aged 80 is
living in a house on the High St. Topsham, Devon with her still
unmarried daughter Esther now aged 46 and step sister Frances
Delia de Mey. All have private incomes (annuitants). [Family history
film 1341516, Public Rec Off RG11, Piece/Folio 2142/95, Page 5].
Christina died on 22nd March
1883 at Topsham. Esther at some later time moved in with sister Frances
Norrish who became widowed in 1888.Frances
In 1885, in Coonoor
India, Christina Esther daughter of Warwick Dashwood and Caroline
Adelaide marries Henry Coghlan a railway engineer.
In 1891, Frances as a widow is
still living at Horwell House with sister Esther,
both on independent means. She has a coachman/groom (John Lee - 30),
cook (Emily Lee - 29) and Ellie Langdon (Housemaid - 18 from Tilbury
Essex!). Frances Delia de Mey is living at 11 Barbican Ter.
Barnstaple on independent means.
In 1892 John Edward
Bussell married Ellen O'Hearne in Pudupet, Madras. In 1893 they had
a son Edward Warwick . Photographs of John
Edward Bussell, Frances Norrish & Esther Bussell, Horwell
House, Stained Glass Window and Elen O'Hearne kindly provided by Teresa
Caroline Adelaide wife of
Warwick Dashwood died in the Madras General Hospital in 1895 where
their son John Edward had been head steward. Sadly John Edward
pre-deceased her by 3 months.
In 1901 Frances is still going
strong. Still living at Horwell House with sister Esther, still on
independent means. New
staff though. Coachman is Alfred
Leaman (29), cook is Rose Leaman (23) and housemaid is Florence Elstone
St Andrews Church,
Colebrooke (2012) has a
stained glass window in
the South Wall depicting "The Resurrection". This was a gift
from Frances Norrish of Horwell in memory of her husband Samuel
who died in 1888. Frances also
presented a modern pulpit to the church in 1903.
Frances Christina died in 1912.
Below is a report of her death:
COLEBROOKE One the oldest inhabitants of Colebrooke, and
probably one the best beloved, has passed away, in the person of Mrs.
Norrish., Horwell House- Her death has created gloom throughout the
parish, and the vacant place will be hard to fill.
Ever a true friend she used her kind support on behalf of every worthy
object. Her frequent treats to the schoolchildren were always enjoyed
and warmly appreciated.
Frances Christina is buried in
the Church of St Michael, Spreyton together
other Norrishes who have a Chest Tomb
. It is now a Grade II
And here is another report:
LATE MRS. NORRISH
FUNERAL AT SPREYTON
The funeral of Mrs. Norrish took
place the day before yesterday amid widespread tokens of sincere sorrow
and regret. The schoolchildren marshalled by Mr. and Mrs. Mabley, went
to the house in procession. As they entered the drive the following
hymns were impressively and reverently sung ---" I heard the voice of
Jesus say." "Days and moments quickly flying." and " Rock of
Ages." Mr. and Mrs. Mabley deposited a magnificent wreath on the
coffin, which was resting in the entrance hall. It bore the inscription
---"With deep regret and in loving memory of dear Mrs. Norrish, From
Mr. and Mrs. Mabley and the scholars of Colebrooke school. Beautiful
floral tributes were sent by Miss Bussell (sister), Admiral Sir
Charles, Lady, Mrs. and Mr. Tom Coke, the Rev. Sidney Coke, Major Coke,
Mrs. Telfer-Smoilett and Mrs Ferguson, Mrs. Knox, Mrs. Haycroft, Miss
Bush, Col. and Mrs. Ramsay, the servants of Horwell, Mr., Mrs. and Miss
Sinclair-Smith, Mrs. Pope, Mrs. Brooks, and all at Betsford. As the
coffin was borne to the hearse by Messrs. Webber, A.
Stoneman, F.R. Stoneman, Warren Hattin, G. Salter, J. R. Vile, and
Northmere (coachman to Mrs. Norrish), the children sang "For ever with
the Lord." The procession then left for Spreyton, where the internment
took place. The chief mourners were Admiral Sir Charles and Lady Coke,
the Rev. Sidney Coke, Major Coke, Dr. Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pope
and the servants. Miss Bussell was unable to attend on account of
illness. The service at Spreyton was conducted by the Rev. W. H. Crosse
Crosse (Rector of Bow). The congregation included Dr. Davy, Mrs.
Carter-Pedlar, Dr. Haycroft, Miss Battishill, Messrs. W. G. Lee, J.
Brook, and Sidney Pope. The coffin was of polished oak with brass
fittings. The breastplate was inscribed ----"Frances Christina Norrish,
aged 84 years: 12th January 1912." the grave ---- that of her husband
--- was beautifully lined with roses and chrysanthemums. The
Colebrooke ringers rang a muffled peal at Spreyton. The bearers rode
from Horwell House to Spreyton on horseback, preceding the hearse.
The Norrish estates
were inherited by Mrs. J M Pope of Spence Combe, a niece of
1916, Esther died aged 82 in the Crediton
district of Devon.
going back a bit - the earlier Bussells and
father of Warwick Dashwood Bussell was John Bussell who was married to
Christina Susanna Jacoba de Mey. We'll call him John Bussell the
Attorney to not confuse him with his father who was also called John
Bussell, a Grocer.
Bussell the Grocer (b ~ 1750)
Bussell the Grocer was also quite well off. John Bussell the
Grocer died in 1789. In his will of 1785 and proved
in 1789 he said this about his son John Bussell the Attorney "I give
unto my son John Bussell my large Silver Bowl my best Diamond
Ring Gold Watch and four large silver Candlesticks and my two
large Silver Sauce Boats and all my family pictures as a token of my
affectionate love for him and I do declare that the reason for which I
have made no further provision for my said son is that he will be amply
provided for under the will of my said father". His
father was John Bussell who was mayor of Exeter in
1762 and 1765. We know from his will that his
grandparents were Thomas and Hester Bussell and his great
grandmother was Hester Bussell. John Bussell the Grocer had two
sisters. Margaret (Hickson) and Elizabeth (Richards). Elizabeth was
under 21 at the time of her marriage so her brother John and James
Richards (from Plympton St Mary) each stood surety
towards the marriage bond for a licence. John
Bussell himself, three weeks later, married Mary Bartlett on
25th Jul 1773. Mary was also under 21 so a
further £200 each was 'bonded' by John
Bussell and Edward Bartlett
(Mary's father) who was a Cheesemonger at the time. Their
children were Mary b1774, Elizabeth
b1776, John the Attorney 1782 - 1858, Harriet 1784-1862
(m 1 Barrington; 2 Law), Frances B 1785 - 1817 (m JJ de Mey)
and Esther 1788-1839.
John the Grocer was Sherriff of Exeter in 1780 and Mayor of
Exeter in 1782. He had two close friends that were mentioned in his
will. They were Jonathan Burnett and William Bate. Burnett
was a wealthy plumber and Mayor in 1786. He financed the
Mayor's entertainment from his own pocket. William Bate was a
Haberdasher of small Wares. and served as Sherriff
and Mayor of Exeter in 1787. In his will John
Bussell the Grocer left several properties to his wife and children.
These included properities in and around Exeter; Friernhay Lane, Fore Street (Tenement
Courtlage And Outhouses), College Kitchen, Higher
Broomhams, Reynolds Estate and properties
on the Estate of Alphington Manor and
Black Loaf! which included commons,
meadows and pastures. John Bussell the Grocer also held all
of the Barton of Polesloe in the parish of Heavitree.
Bussell the Merchant (b 1705)
was left the bulk of the estate of his
BUSSELL (b 1673)
The grandfather of John Bussel the Grocer was
Thomas Bussell a merchant. He also owned land and houses
in Exeter and signed the oath of 1723. The Oath
was part of an Act that required 'every Person and Persons' to swear
loyalty oaths to King
George I by 25 December 1723. Those who refused to take the
oaths were to register their estates by 25 March 1724. Individuals who
refused to either swear their allegiance or register their property
risked forfeiting their estates. The oaths administered were those of
allegiance, supremacy and abjuration. In addition to his son John he
had two daughters. Mary married Samuel Hobb and Elizabeth who married
Matthew Stehelin. In his will of 1728 amongst other legacies
he left £10 which gave an annuity of 20 shillings,
"yearly forever to be laid out in six shifts, annualy, to be given to
six poor men, inhabitants of the said Parish (St Sidwells) on
St Stephen's Day." (When Daniel Defoe visited Exeter, in 1723,
it had the largest serge market in England, next to Leeds).
GEORGE (b 1634) & HESTER
Thomas Bussell's parents
were George Bussell (b ~ 1634; will made 1689 - d1692) a Serge Weaver
and Hester (Penny) who married on 17th Nov 1655 at the
Cathedral of St Peter, Exeter. Together they had at least 10
children. In addition to Thomas there was George, Robert,
Judith (m Sanders), James, Nathaniel, John, Hester (m Langworthy),
Philip, Mary (m Antrabus) and ??? (m Matthews). She made a will as a
widow. She left varying amounts of money (£50 to £300) to each of her
children and her house to James. Her estate was known as St
Nicholas's (Nicholas Lane, Exeter). She bequeathed £20
gave 'an annuity of 20 shillings, yearly forever to be laid out in six
shifts which said shifts were to be annualy given on the Sunday after
Christmas day to six poor women of this parish (St Sidwells), who did
not receive Parochial relief.' The will was made in the thirteenth year
of the reign of William III which puts the will around 1702.
She left varying amounts between £10 and £50 to grandchildren with a
bonus of £10 if they "shall be brought up according to the Communion of
the Church of England then I give ten pounds apiece more to each of
them to be paid in manner aforesaid and not otherwise."
grandchildren named in the will are (Parent name first); remember not
all would be listed; some may have died before and some may have been
born after the making of the will. : [George: George
& Hester]; [Robert: Humphrey]; [James: Mary, Hester,
Ann]; [Philip: George]; [Judith Sanders: Robert
& David]; [Thomas: Thomas & Elizabeth]; [?Mary
Antrobus: Poppalina] Poppalina married Joseph Long in 1710 at St David,
Exeter and [?Mary? Matthews: Nathaniel].
Other names from the will are: Agnes Filimore (sister); George Filimore
(nephew); Hester Penny; Judith Penny; Patience ???;
Roger Coffe; William Coffe; John Coffe; Thomas Bland
(servant); Jonathan Salter (witness); Nathaniel
Salter(witness) ; Thomas Lowman or Looman.
She left £100 towards her own funeral charges.
The parish church of St
Sidwells was bombed by the Germans in 1942. Click here to
for St Sidwells church
Mary Bartlett's (wife of John
Bussell the Grocer) father and grandfather were
weavers/sergemakers and served as Masters of the Gild of Weavers Tuckers and Shearmen
of Exeter in 1775 and 1765 respectively and lived in Honeylands prior
to John Bussell.
Mayor, Sheriff, Bailiff, Alderman of Exeter. These various
positions were held by s Bussells and Bartletts as follows:
1713 Nathaniel Bussell; 1716 Philip Bussell (Both brothers of Thomas
Bussell); 1761, 1765, 1776, 1779, 1782 John Bussell; 1780
Edward Bartlett Snr; 1786 Edward Bartlett Jnr.
Dialect and words. "Leary: Mrs. Norrish, a farmer's
wife, a native of Colebrook, aged about 55, said to me yesterday, "Now
do take something to eat. When you get over-leary, you don't enjoy your
food". Rev. 0. J. Reichel, Lympstone
One final titbit. A bookcase
(George IV mahogany) belonging to John Bussell circa 1825 was
sold in June 2011 at Christie's, the London auction house for £32450.
Click here to
learn more about Exeter of old:
and de MEY---------
Buse and de Mey were plantation
owners in Berbice and consequently owned slaves. Over the years several
plantation owners were named for cruelty and mistreatment of slaves.
Buse and de Mey did not appear on any of those lists. Thankfully those
days of how plantations were worked have ended.
Run away on Monday, the 6th
instant, from the Plantation Korte Beraad, Berbice, a House Negro,
named Peter, of the Mamonie nation. He is short and thick, a little
pitted with the small pox, speaks Berbice Creole, Surinam, and bad
English and is a good hair dresser. When he absented himself, he had on
a grey jacket, with yellow buttons. He has been since seen at Mahaica,
Whoever will give any information concerning him, that may lead to his
apprehension, shall be handsomely rewarded. It is requested that nobody
will employ or harbour the said Negro, and that no Captain will attempt
to take him out of the Country. If any person or persons should be
found doing so, after this public notice, the law will be put in force
against him or them with the utmost rigour.
Berbice, Jan. 14, 1806. J. J. de Mey.
N.B. Should the above Negro be apprehended near this Settlement, the
offered reward will be paid to whoever will bring him to the Office of
Demerary, Jan. 25, 1806.
On the death of JJ de Mey the following notice of
sale was published.
COFFEE ESTATE FOR SALE.
BY virtue of
two several appointments of the Honourable the Court of
Civil Justice of the Colony of Berbice, and its
dependencies, &c. &c. bearing date
the 18th and 20th of August 1819, on the matter of certain petition
presented to the Honourable the Court aforesaid, by Charles
Kyte, Trustee of Plantation Kortberaad, the property of the
late J. J. De Mey, Esq. of the Colony, deceased,
the minors H. A. Krieger and C. S. J. De Mey,
children of his former wife, Henrietta Buse, and the minors
E. B. De Mey and F. D. De Mey, children by his late
wife, Frances Bartlett Bussell.
The undersigned, Trustee aforesaid, will sell at
public vendue, on Friday the 19th day of February 1820, on
the premises, the aforesaid, Coffee Plantation Kortberaad, cum annexis,
together with the slaves thereunto
attached, containing 1,900 acres more or less; the
cultivation consists of 80000 bearing coffee trees, and 50 acres
in plantains and ground provisions, the
remainder uncultivated, being most
excellent land for either coffee, canes, or
This plantation is most eligibly situated on the
east bank of the River Berbice, between the Sugar Plantation, Enfield,
and Coffee Plantation, Deutichen, about seven miles distant from New
Amsterdam, to which there is excellent road the whole way , with the
advantage of water carriage, for the produce and stores, and is in
every respect well adapted for the cultivation of canes, and worth the
attention of gentlemen speculating, who have the means of extending the
cultivation either as a coffee or sugar estate.
The buildings consist of a large coffee logie, built of the best
materials, 120 feet long, 28â€™ broad, with 12 feet galleries on each
side, a mill-house, washing cistern, tiled drogeries, for drying and
other apparatus for the manufacture of coffee, with hospital,
negroe-houses, &c &c.
The logie, mill-house, &c might at a small expence be converted
into buildings for the manufacture of sugar. The negroes are 126 in
number, vizâ€™ 53 men, 29 women, 23 boys, 21 girls, and are an
Terms of payment as follow, in three equal instalments of 12, 18 and 24
months from the day of sale, with interest, at the rate of 6 per cent.
Per annum on the capital due at the payment of each instalment.
Further particulars may be known on application to the subscriber.
CHARLES KYTE New Amsterdam, Berbice, October 2, 1819
Public Vendue. - On Monday the 6th of March ensuing, and following
days, will be sold to the highest bidders, by order of the Executors of
the late Mrs. H. J. Buse - the Coffee Plantations Lust tot Rust and
Providence, in the River Berbice; and the Cotton Plantation Zee Zigt,
or No. 2, on the West Sea Coast of Berbice; together with about Six
Hundred Slaves, Cattle, Furniture, and what further may appear.
For terms of sale, and other particulars, application to be made to A.
A. de la Court, Esqr. New-Amsterdam, or to
D. C. Cameron, D.V.M.
N.B. - The sale will take place on the respective Estates, and commence
at 11 o'clock precisely.
Plantations owned by heirs
of Hendrik Janse Buse were Kortberaad (127 slaves),
Duitichem and Christina's Lust (4 slaves). Buse's Lust(121
slaves), and Onnverwaght (53 slaves) were owned
by Lodewijk Hogendirk Buse. Hendrik Janse Buse also
administered numerous other plantations and was one of three
councellors that ran the colony for a short period when there was no
Most of the plantations still exist today with the same names. You may
view all plantations from here:
See Berbice slave revolt
(prior to Buse and de Mey):
Notice of Abscondee - Berbice?
No, in Exeter Devon!
Thursday, October 18, 1810;
Issue 2350 - Gale Document Number Y3200651597
Absconded, on Saturday last, from Mr Bussell, of this city, attorney at
law, George Shepherd, his parish apprentice. He is nearly 17 years of
age, and about 5 feet 7 inches high, is stout grown, has brown hair,
dark eyes, and a good colour in his face. He wore away a new
light-coloured jacket and waistcoat, and dark corduroy breeches.
Whoever harbours or employs the said apprentice after this notice, will
be prosecuted; but whoever will apprehend him and bring him to his said
master, shall receive Five Guineas reward.
Exeter, Oct. 16, 1810.
George Sheppard, 8Â½, apprenticed to John Bussell of Exeter, gent., for
the sheaf of Polesloe 3004A/PO 193/3/8 1803
Fuidge House and Spreyton in 1850:
Spreyton is a village with several neat Houses, on a lofty eminence,
about 8 miles E. by N. of Okehampton, and 17 miles W. by N. of Exeter.
Its parish contains 3600 acres of land, and 404 inhabitants. The manor
was held, for a long period, by the Talbots, whose heiress carried it
in marriage to the Kelly family in the reign of Henry VI. It was sold
to various freeholders during the last century, and now belongs to
Messrs. W.H. Battishull, W.C. Cann, G.L. Gowin, Jno. Norris, Geo. Cann,
the Rev. G. Hole, the Rev. R. Holland, and a few smaller owners. Fuidge
House, the seat of J. Norris, Esq., is a neat cemented structure, and
is pleasantly situated.
It is from
this tiny village (Spreyton)
that Uncle Tom Cobley, and friends, travelled to the famous Widecombe
Fair, which lies about 15 miles due south, on an 18th century ladâ€™s
day out. The story and verses. The song.
Uncle Tom Cobley (Spreyton
claims Uncle Tom Cobley...True or not?!)
The notice below is the report of the funeral of Uncle Tom Cobley's
Attending it were Mrs. Norrish (Frances Christina, who is buried in the
same churchyard ) and Miss Bussell
[March 1901] UNCLE
TOM COBLEY'S NEPHEW. Mr. Richard Bartlett , of Butsford and Bowbeer, died near
Coplestone at the age of 87, and the interment took place last week in
the family ground , where lies "Uncle Tom" Cobley,
the parish churchyard at Spreyton . In his
younger days Mr. Bartlett was chosen by his uncle, the old Devonshire
worthy of hunting fame, as his right hand and confidential chief in
business and private matters, and was duly awarded for his integrity
and indomitable perseverance with a large portion of the old squire's
worldly poeeessioss. For upwards of 60 years Mr. Bartlett was a
successful agriculturist. He also took a keen interest in parochial and
district matters. Like his uncle, hs took his recreation in the saddle,
and his figure was familiar at most of the principal meets. For several
years he had enjoyed a retired life at Butsford, where he entertained
his many friends. He leaves an only daughter. The funeral was attended
by Mr. and Mrs. James Brooke (son-in-law and daughter) and family, Mr.
and Miss Willcocks (Colebrook), Mrs. and Miss Webber and Mrs. Baker
(Chawleigh), Messrs. J. Webber, E. Webber, T. Baker (Chawleigh),
Bartlett (Kingsnympton), S Webber (Tiverton). Bartlett (Taunton), J.
Elworthy, T. Elworthy, and Webber (Chulmleigh), S. Reach (Exeter), R.
Roach (Crediton), E. Wilcocks (Launceston), Gorwyn, Lambert, and W. Lee
(Colebrook), Shapland (Southmolton), Mrs. Norrish and Miss
Bussell (Horwell), Messrs. W. Coryton (Pentille), Lake
(London), Edwards, May, Cann, Palmer, Pearce, and Gay. The coffin was
borne to the grave by deceased's servants.
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List of slaves owned by
JJ de Mey
estate in 1822
1765 Nason][B 1766: Maja, Moerisa, Regina, Diema, Matakka, Emelion,
Mary Anne, Peggy, Alexander, Allan, Joe, Martyn, Arabella] [b1771
Bakker] [b1773 Schie] [b1776 Jebo, Kimma] [b 1778 Caspar, Floris,
Harlegwin, Lott] [b1779 Joe] [b1780 Samons][b1781 Dido, Capita, Ben,
Casper, Claudius, Edward, Hammander, Jan [b1782 Lott,
Grube,Noydag][b1783 Adelina, Gratia, Coenraad, Fortuyn, Sammo][b1784
Sara, Dobson, Adam, Florence][b1785 Alletta, Godwin, Cumba, Gembe,
Julia, Sybella, AAron, Adolph, Boras, Estere][b1786 Hubert, May, Esop,
Quaco, Elsje][b1787 Dobson, Mary, Sally, Kinton][b1788 Agnes, Bob,
Caleb, Herbert, Jonathan][b1789 Adjuba, Avance, Lisette,
Nancy, Sasette, Moelle, Nimma][b1790 Auselme][b1791 Fanny, Polly,
Hubert, Jacob, William](b 1792 Peppe][b1793 Gabriel, Harry,
Leonard][b1794 Telemachaus][b1795 Pope][b 1796 Harry, Sarah][b1797
Jacob][b1800 Judy, Lisart][b1804 Lubin][b1806 Donderay][b1807
Manerva][b1808 George, La Rose][b1809 Julius, Janbant][b1810 Prions,
Ruttardson][b1811 Angeluck, Hendrick, Secunds][b1812 Kaetije,
Wilhelmina, Stapel][b1814 Albert][b1815 Aertje, Jeanetta, Louis][b1816
Adriantje, Henrietta, Adonis, Scipis][b1817 Jacoba, Sophia,
Theresia][b1818 Berima, Saartje, Savina][b1818 Porteman][b1819 Allegos,
Pharao][b1820 Dorothea, Jacobina, Susanna, Anverwagt, Ender][b1821
Anna, Dido, Fatima, Klaartje, Phillipina, Lodiwick, Lodowick][b1822
Briton, Jerome, Peter]