William Snell Chauncy ne Snell

3rd May 1756 - ????


Son of William Snell senior (q.v.), under whose will he inherited his father's half share of Cape Sale.

  1. William Snell of Edmonton was granted license in accordance with the will of his late grandfather Charles Chauncy late of Newington to add Chauncy to his name in 1780.

  2. The will of William Snell Chauncy of Winkfield Row Berkshire [made 29/07/1824], proved 02/02/1832, makes no reference to property in the West Indies (or to any Snell or Chauncy family members), but left £11,000 in trust for a natural son, William Brown (whose mother was Eunice Brown of Chertsey), then in France, and refers to a wife Sarah and two daughters, Sarah and Catherine.

  3. An indenture dated 23/03/1789 that appeared in a Rare Books sale catalogue of Samuel Gedge Ltd. [n.d.] shows the sale by William Snell & Sarah Snell of Thames Ditton to William Pearce of St Swithins Lane of a half share in the sugar estate formerly called Mount alias Mount Martha but now Cape Sale in Grenada, of 243 acres and with 130 enslaved people.

  4. Born 03/05/1756, married Sarah Tomlinson in 1783.


  1. London Gazette 12144 12/12/1780 p. 4.

  2. PROB 11/1795/182.

  3. https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/34521791/layout-a-royoung-bookseller/35 [accessed 20/01/2016].

  4. Findmypast.co.uk Boyd's Inhabitants of London & Family Units 1200-1946 [database online].

Further Information

(1) Sarah Tomlinson
With (1) Sarah; Catherine; also a natural son, William Brown

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
1779 [SY] - 1789 [EY] → Joint owner

Inherited a half share in Cape Sale under the 1779 will of his father William Snell senior, then reportedly sold it to William Pearce of St Swithins Lane, London in 1789. William Pearce of Swithins Lane appears to have been a solicitor who died in 1824: his will is silent on West India property or enslaved people.

Relationships (4)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Winkfield Row, Berkshire, Central England, England