John Hooper Holder

1779 - 1856


Absentee slave-owner on Barbados, son of William Thorpe Holder (q.v.) and Philippa Eliot Holder (nee Hooper) (q.v.). Living at Tormoham in Devon 1841 and 1851, but earlier of Cerney House Gloucestershire and then of Stanton Lacy Shropshire.

  1. Adm. pens. (age 18) at TRINITY, Apr. 13, 1797. S. of William, of Dorking, Surrey. School, Hackney, London (Mr Newcombe). Matric. Michs. 1798.

  2. Will of John Hooper Holder [late of the Castle Torquay Devon and now residing in] Pau in the Basses Pyrenees France proved 03/12/1856. Under the will he left £2000 to each of his three daughters with the request that they bequeath it to the children of his eldest daughter Elizabeth Philippa Salwey [?]. Under a settlement of 1812 [which must have been the marriage settlement with his second wife Anne Ekins] he was entitled to leave £12,000, which he did by allocating £3000 to the children of his late daughter Emily Jeanette Darlby [?] and the rest to his three remaining daughters [i.e. Margaret, Mary, and Harriet]. His residuary heir was his son Charles William Holder. In a codicil he confirmed his settlement of £8000 on his son and wife on their marriage and instructed his executors to furnish the funds.


Sophia W Rawlins, 'Descendants of Joseph Harbin of Barbados' JBMHS Vol. XX (1953) pp. 81-85) reproduced in Brandow, Genealogies of Barbados Families shows 'Margaret-Philippa' as the daughter of John Hooper Holder's first marriage, but in the will of Philippa Holder made 07/08/1813 she refers to her grand-daughter as Elizabeth Philippa and explains that on his second marriage her son John Hooper Holder had asked her [his mother] to 'portion' her [his daughter].

  1., Cambridge University Alumni 1261-1900 [database online]

  2. PROB 11/2243/45.

An online source, [accessed 19/10/2016], associates this man with the Fisherpond and Farm estates in 1798. These links have not yet been confirmed.

Further Information

(1) Elizabeth Hewitt (2) Anne Ekins
With (1) Elizabeth-Philippa; with (2) Emily Jeanette, Margaret Anne, Mary Susanna; Harriet Anne

Legacies Summary

Physical (2)

Country house
Stanton Lacy House, later Fishmore Hall [Built] 
description →
Stanton or Staunton Lacy House, of which reportedly the major builder was John Hooper Holder c. 1820. To date no confirmation of this has been...
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Now the Fishmore Hall...
Country house
Cerney House [Purchased] 
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Cerney House, Cirencester, purchased by John Hooper Holder by 1807 and sold by him to William Croome in 1814 [the house's own site shows the Croomes as owners from...

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle
Grandson → Grandfather
Son → Mother
Brother → Sister

Addresses (2)

Tormoham, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England
Cerney House, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England