George Booth Maxwell

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Claimant or beneficiary


Indebted former owner of half Salt Savanna and the enslaved people on it who pursued the compensation, apparently unsuccessfully.

  1. In 1791, George Booth Maxwell (the counterclaimant) sold and conveyed his life interest in a moiety of Salt Savannah to the late Mr Wildman, who then bought life interest in the other half from another person, and the reversion in fee simple. In 1808, George Booth Maxwell brought a Bill in Chancery to have the 1791 deal set aside. There had been no proceeding for 15 years in this suit: 'if the compensation Act had not been passed it is quite evident that no further proceedings would have been undertaken.' The Court of Chancery were asked to use discretion, and appear to have done so, and paid the award to the Accountant General but allowed James Beckford Wildman to make an application by counsel to them for further directions to make such award as to them shall seem fit.

  2. The creditors of G.B. Maxwell, formerly of Bayswater and late of Thames Ditton, who was discharged from HM prison of the King's Bench, were called together to consider a suit against James Wildman in 1815.


  1. T71/1606: letter, dated 20/05/1836, from Capron & Co., Saville Place; Letter, dated 08/06/1837, from George Booth Maxwell, George St., Hanover Sq., asking: at what time does the hearing take place? Memorial from James Beckford Wildman, dated 12/03/1836, as replication was late by 'an accidental and involuntary omission on our part.' The Memorial includes a description of John Edward Collett and Rachael Theresa (his wife) as 'of Enfield Wash, Co of Middx'. Their claim rested on overturning the 1791 sale. Parliamentary Committee decision, dated 13/02/1839: the withdrawal reveals G.B. Maxwell to have been in prison for debt at the time.

  2. London Gazette Issue 16997, 25/03/1815 p. 566.

Further Information


Associated Claims (1)

£5,286 19s 5d
Unsuccessful claimant

Relationships (2)

Nephew → Aunt
Notes →
George and Henry Maxwell were identified as her nephews in a codicil of 1787 to the will of Mary Ledwich....
Son → Mother

Addresses (1)

George Street, Hanover Square, London, Middlesex, London, England