George White Thomas

1750 - 1821


MP for Chichester 1784-1812. Son of John White of Montserrat, St Kitts and Chichester, and Lydia, daughter of Sir George Thomas 1st bart (q.v.). Took the name of Thomas in 1778 on inheriting Yapton from his maternal grandfather Sir George Thomas 1st bart. (his uncle Sir William Thomas 2nd bart. had died in Dec. 1777).

  1. Will of George Thomas of Watergate House Sussex proved 24/12/1821. In the will he left his personal and real estate, including Watergate House which he had inherited from his late wife Frances, in trust for his daughter Frances and her husband John Gustavus Crosbie. The will is silent on West India property or enslaved people: under his father's will he had been tenant-for-life of an estate or estate almost certainly including White's in St Kitts, which was shown as the property of his son-in-law Sir John Gustavus Crosbie from 1822 onwards.

Sources [accessed 26/05/2016]; [accessed 26/05/2016].

  1. PROB 11/1651/339.

Further Information

Frances Page
Frances Page Thomas

Associated Estates (2)

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] - 1817 [LA] → Owner

Given as 'George Thomas owner' in 1817, inferred to be White's estate (q.v.), in which case George White Thomas was tenant-for-life.

1776 [SY] - 1821 [EY] → Tenant-for-life

Unnamed estate or estates but almost certainly including White's were entailed on George White Thomas under the will of his father John White proved in 1776.

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Watergate House, Up Marden, Sussex [Built] 
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Country house, rebuilt in Ionic style 'attributed to John Soane' by George White Thomas between 1780 and 1810. The attribution to Soane is not supported by the catalogue of his works in John...

Political (1)

West India interest 
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Chichester Sussex
1784 - 1812

Relationships (3)

Grandson → Grandfather
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George White added Thomas to his name on inheriting Yapton from his...
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Watergate House, Up Marden, Sussex, South-east England, England
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Inherited Watergate through his wife Frances Page