Frances Baijer then Murray (née Oliver)

???? - 1782


Widow of Bayer Otto Bayer of Antigua, dying in London c. 1782.

  1. Received the following by the will of her first husband Bayer Otto Bayer: "Item I give and Bequeath unto my dearly beloved Wife Frances Otto Bayer over and besides her Dower and Thirds which she will be by Law intitled to One Negro Woman named Clara one other Negro Woman named Phebe and one other Negro Woman named Present with all the Issues born or to be born of the same Negro Women To hold the same unto my Said Wife her Heirs and Assigns forever and do also give to my said Wife her own riding Horse [bri?]dle and Furniture and also the Furniture which shall be in my House where I now dwell and the Outhouses belonging to it at the time of my death ... (my Silver Plate only Excepted) and also all my small Live Stock whatsoever which I shall have on either of my Plantations such as Fowls Turkeys Ducks Geese and Rabbits" as well as "a Suit of Mourning and a Ring of Fourty Shillings Sterling value." Bayer Otto Bayer also refers in his will to sons Bastian (sometimes Bastiaen) Otto Bayer, Rowland Otto Bayer, John Otto Bayer, Richard Otto Bayer, Bayer Otto Bayer, and daughter Sarah Otto Bayer.

  2. Will of Frances Murray widow of Wimpole Street [made in 1765] proved 03/07/1782. In the will she said that her son John Otto Baijer had covenanted in 1745 to pay her representatives £400 within 6 months of her decease in lieu of any claim she had on the crops or produce of his plantation in Antigua. She left this £400 in trust for her grand-daughter Harriott, daughter of her son Richard Otto Baijer, and £500 in trust for the benefit of Richard himself for life [her trustees were her nephews Richard Oliver and Thomas Oliver]. Her deceased son Rowland Otto Baijer had settled on her £200 in lieu of her interest in the crops from his estate by a deed of 1749, and she left this amount in trust for her grandson Richard Candler, son of her daughter Sarah Candler. Her residuary legatee and sole executrix was her daughter Mary Otto Baijer. In a memorandum or codicil of 1780 she left the reversion of the £500 to the children of her son Richard rather than to her residuary legatee.


  1. Will of Bayer Otto Bayer, Antigua, 1736 (proved 1738), PROB 11/693/154.

  2. PROB 11/1093/62.

We are grateful to Rita Lamb for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
(1) Baijer Otto Baijer or Bayer (2) John Murray
With (1) Bastian Otto, Rowland Otto, John Otto, Richard Otto, Bayer Otto, Mary Otto, Sarah Otto

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
- 1751 [EY] → Joint owner

Frances Murray appeared as party to the indenture under which she and her husband John Murray conveyed Drews Gift of 175 acres in St John Antigua, now or late in the tenure of Nathaniel Gilbert on lease of £500 p.a. to Drewry Ottley for £3000, to be repaid 01/07/1754 (£75 interest p.a. yearly and £3075 principal and interest). The lease to Nathaniel Gilbert had commenced 04/06/1747.

Relationships (2)

Mother → Son
Wife → Husband

Addresses (1)

Wimpole Street, London, Middlesex, London, England