William Woodley of Eccles, Norfolk

???? - 1807


Trustees for William Woodley were awarded the compensation for the Greenland estate on St Kitts. William Woodley of Eccles was in turn the trustee and executor of the will of William Woodley MP (q.v.), a kinsman and possibly a cousin.

  1. Will of William Woodley of Eccles Norfolk proved 15/05/1807. Under the will he left his estate, including property and enslaved people in St Kitts, in trust for his natural son John Woodley for life, and in default of issue then to his natural daughter Mary, then living with him, and then to his godson, whom he identified as William Woodley of St Christopher (q.v. under William Woodley Lt-Governor of Berbice) son of William Woodley late Governor of that island (q.v., under William Woodley MP). He left an annuity to Mrs Mary Gates, who was living with him. In a series of codicils (the last dated 1802) he recorded the death of his natural son John in St Croix, leaving two natural children by a woman of colour, William and Lucretia, for whom William Woodley provided £500 each, and diverted his estate to his daughter Mary Woodley, then Mary Cerjat, and her son.


  1. PROB 11/1462/55.

Further Information

(1) Lucretia Newth?
John; Mary

Associated Claims (1)

£1,529 7s 9d
Previous owner (not making a claim)

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
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner

Shown in the Slave Registers as the executors or trustees of William Woodley

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

description →
Memorial to William Woodley in the church of St Ethelbert, Larling...

Relationships (2)

Trustee → Testator
Father → Natural Daughter
Notes →
Also trustee for her...

Addresses (1)

Eccles, Norfolk, East Anglia, England