Mary Cornish (née Mackenzie)

1750 - 15th Apr 1828


  1. Baptized 12/12/1748 at Clarendon, Jamaica, daughter of George & Mary (Stevens) Mackenzie (of Farenough estate, Clarendon). Married Philip Cornish 06/05/1775 at St Paul, Exeter. and based in Exeter where their daughter Mary Stevens Cornish was baptised 30/06/1778 and where Mary Stevens Cornish married William Hewitt (q.v.) 27/01/1808.

  2. The marriage settlement dated 04/05/1775 of Philip Cornish of Saltash, Cornwall, surgeon and apothecary, and Mary Mackenzie, late of the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, now of Exeter, Devon, spinster: "Philip Cornish conveys to Tristram [Ratcliffe, of Vere, Jamaica] for settlement on Mary on the intended marriage of Philip and Mary, the profit of 24 slaves to Mary's use." The enslaved people were named as Andrew, Mary Ann, Anthony, Edward, Harry, Bess, Quasheba, Prue, Grace, Mulatto Lydia, Ann, Jemima Return, Negroman Mulatto Jenny, Abba, Benneba, Stella, George, Rose, Deborah, Frank, Cordelia, Nancy, Celia and Providence. Also named in the settlement was George Mackenzie of Clarendon, Mary's brother.

  3. William Hewitt became receiver for Philip and Mary Cornish on Cumberland estate in Clarendon, Jamaica, from at least 1817.

  4. Mary Cornish, relict of Philip Cornish of Exeter, died 15/04/1828 at the Citadel, Hawkstone, Hampshire, age 78.


  1., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]; batch nos. C05257-1 and M05051-1.

  2. Image of the marriage settlement online at Shropshire Archives, [accessed 13/12/2019].

  3. See separate entry for William Hewitt.

  4. Chester Chronicle 25/04/1828 p. 3.

We are grateful to Scott Mahoney for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Philip Cornish
Mary Stevens

PROB 11/1744/76 - precis.

Mary Cornish late of the Barnfield Crescent in Exter but now residing with my daughter Elizabeth Rhodes Hill at Hawkston, Shropshire, widow. Whereas my daughter will in the event of her surviving me be entitled to one moiety or some other share or interest of and in my negroes and property in Jamaica under my marriage settlement I now request that my daughter as soon as can be after my decease by all legal ways and means to release and convey all her said moiety subject to the joint proportion of any debts therin legally charged to my grand-daughter Elizabeth Mary Hewitt, her heirs, etc to whom I hereby give the same as far as I can or have a right to do. In consideration of my daughter so doing I give all my messuages, lands and tenements both freehold and leasehold and all my other goods and efects to the use of my said daughter Elizabeth Rhodes Hill. She to be my executrix.

Signed 14/10/1826. Proved 06/08/1828 by Elizabeth Rhodes Hill.

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
1820 [EA] - → Previous owner

Relationships (4)

Wife → Husband
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Grandmother → Grand-daughter
Grand-daughter → Grandfather

Addresses (2)

Exeter, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England
The Citadel, Hawkstone, Hampshire, Wessex, England