William James Lindsay

13th Nov 1804 - 29th May 1881

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded with Henry Kemshead (q.v., under Henry Morris Kemshead) the compensation for 15 enslaved people in Clarendon Jamaica as trustee for Richard Augustus, Jamima and Janet Emma Clare.

  1. "Baptized at Coghill, [17/09/1805] the infant son of Mr and Mrs Lindsay, named William James born on the 13th November last." His parents were Robert Lindsay and his wife Anne, daughter of Ambrose Carter (q.v.) of Barking Lodge and his first wife Susanna Julia Raffles.

  2. William James Lindsay married Mary Anne Clarke 08/03/1834 in St Pancras, London. They had six children: Mary Anne Susan (born 1834/35 Pimlico, married George Ernest Augustus Ross 29/05/1858, died 14/10/1868 Wandsworth); William Robert George (born 1836 Pimlico); Mary Charlotte Maria (born 1841 Lambeth, married William Ware 27/12/1879, died November 1889); Frances (Fanny) Harriet (born 1844, died of pneumonia 23/11/1846 in Clapham); John Travers (born 1845, died of pneumonia 26/11/1846 in Clapham); William Maitland (born 04/10/1845 Pimlico, married Phyllis Grace Jeans 07/09/1869, drowned at sea off Hastings, a fishing boat accident, 12/10/1880).

  3. In 1841 William James and Mary Anne Lindsay were living at South Lambeth Road, London, with children Mary Anne Susan (age 6), William R. G. (age 4) and Mary Charlotte Maria (age 3 months). In 1851 William J. Lindsay, aged 48, merchant's clerk, born Jamaica was living at 42 Smith Street, Chelsea with wife Mary Ann aged 1841 born Middlesex and children Mary Anne (age 17, born Pimlico), William R. G. (age 5, born Pimlico), Mary Maria C. (age 11, born South Lambeth) and William M. (age 6 months, born Chelsea). By 1871 he was at 75 Charlwood Street 'West India merchant' aged 66 with his widowed sister Isabella Kendrick aged 50 born Middlesex and his son and the latter's family.

  4. William James Lindsay of 56 Coleshill Street, Pimlico, was executor for his grandfather's second wife Leonora Sophia Carter (q.v.).

  5. Will of William James Lindsay formerly of 75 Charlwood Street Pimlico afterwards of 7 Verulam Place Hastings but late of 15 Edith Villas West Kensington who died 29/05/1881 was proved 21/07/1881 by Thomas Broadbent Cartwright solicitor and William Ware, personal estate £13,121 7s 5d [William James Lindsay and Thomas Broadbent Cartwright had been the executors of Henry Morris Kemshead in 1879].

  6. William James Lindsay bought a grave in Kensal Green Cemetery, London, for his sister Susan, who had died at Hanwell Pauper Asylum 06/06/1845 when he gave his address as 10 Lower Grosvenor Place, Middlesex, which was the address of his wife Mary Anne's parents Charles Edward and Susanna (nee Skinner) Clarke. Later buried in the grave with Susan were: two infant children of his daughter Mary Anne Susan Ross; his wife Mary Anne Lindsay (nee Clarke); William James Lindsay himself; and his daughter Mary Charlotte Maria Ware. William James's two infant children – Fanny Harriet and John Travers – are buried in graves nearby, with members of his wife's (Clarke) family.


T71/859 and T71/1379 Special Awards in Trust Clarendon no. 341.

  1. Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]. See separate entry for Ambrose S. Carter.

  2. Email from Jen Lindsay 12/04/2020; Findmypast.co.uk, England Marriages 1538-1973; Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915 [database online], Ancestry.com, London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003.

  3. 1841 census online; 1851 census online; 1871 census online.

  4. PROB 11/1897. See separate entry for Leonora Sophia Carter.

  5. National Probate Calendar 1881.

  6. Email from Jen Lindsay 12/04/2020 sourced to Kensal Green (All Souls) Cemetery records (General Cemetery Co. Ltd).

We are grateful to Julie Weizenegger and Jen Lindsay for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Wm. J. Lindsay
Mary Ann
Wealth at death
£13,121 7S 5D
West India merchant

Associated Claims (1)

£312 19s 8d
Awardee (Trustee)

Associated Estates (1)

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
1826 [EA] - → Heir

William James Lindsay did not appear in the Slave Registers or in the compensation records, but he was the son and - presumably - heir or co-heir of Robert Lindsay.

Relationships (4)

Grandson → Grandfather
Nephew → Uncle
Other relatives
Notes →
William James Lindsay was executor of the will of Leonora Carter proved in 1838. Leonora Sophia Carter was the second wife of William James LIndsay's grandfather Ambrose S....
Son → Father

Addresses (5)

42 Smith Street, Chelsea, London, Middlesex, London, England
56 Coleshill Street, Pimlico, London, Middlesex, London, England
Frigon Road, Clapham, Surrey, South-east England , England
Notes →

For the deaths of John Travers Lindsay and Fanny Harriet Lindsay.

South Lambeth Road, London, Surrey, London, England
Stewarts Buildings, Bromley-by-Bow, London, Middlesex, London, England