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Anthony Gutzmer of Portland, Esquire, owned one moity of Burlington plantation in Portland, which he sold to James Clayton White for £24,500 Jamaican currency in 1812.
Of Kingston when he wrote his will in 1827. A codicil in 1829 reducing the amount given in legacies indicates some financial constrictions in the last few years of his life. His will included £1,000 sterling in trust to his reputed daughter Charlotte Gutzmer, a "free woman of colour". Died aged 88 at Kingston 28/11/1830.
Charlotte Gutzmer, "free brown" aged 42 years, was baptised in Kingston, Jamaica, 03/03/1821.
LOS Deed 616 f. 157 (transcription of identure provided by Newton Harris, email 24/07/2017); will of Anthony Gutzmer proved 04/03/1831, PROB 11/1782/431; Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]. Blackwoods Vol. 27 (1830) p. 965.
We are grateful to Newton Harris for his assistance with compiling this entry.
[illeg.] Charlotte Gutzmer
PROB 11/1782/431 - precis.
Anthony Gutzmer the elder of Kingston, Jamaica, Esquire.
To my daughter Charlotte Gutzmer of St George, a free woman of colour, all household furniture except plate in the house in which I reside at my decease. Also to her and her children a proper suit of mourning.
To my nephew Anthony Gutzmer of Kingston, son of my late brother John Gutzmer deceased, all my plate, my horse, chaise and harness. Release him from all sums owing to me at the time of my decease.
To my nephew John Gutzmer of the Royal Navy, son of my late brother John Gutzmer, my gold watch and chain and my gold headed cane.
To my nephew Anthony Henry Gutzmer of Edinburgh, son of my brother Henry Gutzmer, my gold snuff box, and I release him from all sums of money owed to me at the time of my decease.
My niece Elizabeth Gutzmer, daughter of my brother Martin Gutzmer, now residing with me, to be sent to England and that her passage money and other chargers of her voyage be paid at the expense of my estate.
To each of my servants about my dwellinghouse and to a free woman named Rosannah Mein (formerly belonging to me) and her child, suitable mourning.
I manumise my mulatto boy slave named Lewis or Martin, son of my late slave named Lavinia Martin deceased and also my negro woman slaves named Bessy, Jenny and Eleanor Gordon in consideration of their faithful services. To each of them £20 Jamaican currency to purchase mourning.
To each of my executors, £20 Jamaican currency to purchase a ring as a small token of my respect for them.
Whereas a certain indenture dated 1822 between Lawrence Holcombe and his wife Eleanor on the one part and myself on the other part, did grant to me a messuage and tenement in Lombard Street, Kingston, upon trust, with the view to serving to me the repayment of certain advances made for Lawrence Holcombe and his wife Eleanor, now I bequeath the said messuage to Barnaby Maddan, Benjamin Caractacus Patey and Charles Brown, all of Kingston, upon trust for the monies due to form part of my estate.
All rest and residue real and personal in Jamica and Britain to Barnaby Maddan, Benjamin Caractacus Patey and Charles Brown upon trust for the several purposes hereafter mentioned. The trustees to collect all debts and mortgages and sell and convert into money all my property for these purposes:
To my nephew Anthony Henry Gutzmer £800 sterling.
To my niece Louisa Gutzmer, wife my Anthony Henry Gutzmer and daughter of my late brother John Gutzmer, £800 sterling.
To my niece Dorothy Morton, wife of Thomas Morton of Edinburgh, £800 sterling.
To my niece Ann Elliot of London, widow, daughter of my brother Martin Gutzmer, £800 sterling.
To my niece Jane Crich, wife of Nathaniel Crich of London, printer, and daughter of my brother Martin Gutzmer, £800 sterling.
To my nephew John Gutzmer, son of my late brother John Gutzmer, £800 sterling.
To my niece Harriett Hossack, wife of [blank] Hossack of Edinburgh, £800 sterling.
To my niece Eliza Brown, wife of Charles Brown and daughter of my brother John Gutzmer, £800 sterling.
To my nephew Anthony Gutzmer, £300 sterling. I have given him less than his brothers and sisters in consequence of having already advanced to him on different occasions sums of money far exceeding the proportions which they are hereby entitled to.
My trustees to invest £800 sterling for the purchase of public certificates in Jamiaca bearing interest or in any other way deemed most advantageous, which my niece Frances Gutzmer, daughter of my brother John Gutzmer, may become entitled to. To apply the interests towards her maintenance and support until she reaches the age of 21 years or marriage. Then to transfer the principal sum to her. £800 on the same terms to my niece Caroline Gutzmer.
My trustees to invest £1,100 sterling for the purchase of public securities bearing interest in Jamacia or in any other manner advantageous, the interest to be paid into the proper hands of my daughter Charlotte Gutzmer for her own sole use and benefit for the term of her natural life. From her death to transfer the principal sum to the use of all of her reputed children as tenants in common.
To Richard Wilson, a free black man, £100 Jamaican currency.
All rest, residue and remainder after the payment of these legacies to my nephews and nieces Anthony Gutzmer, Harriett Hossack, Louisa Gutzmer, John Gutzmer, Eliza Brown, Frances Gutzmer and Caroline Gutzmer as tenants in common.
My trustees to be executors.
Codicil dated 05/11/1829. My niece Elizabeth Gutzmer has already been sent to England, so I revoke that previous part of my will. Replace Benjamin Caractacus Patey as trustee and executor with Hon. Thomas Legal Yates of Kingston. Reduce the legacies to my nieces Elizabeth Gutzmer, Ann Elliott and Jane Crich from £800 to £600. As my niece Caroline Gutzmer has lately departed this life, her £800 to become part of my residuary estate. Reduce the £1,100 for my reputed daughter Charlotte Gutzmer to £1,000 sterling.
Recorded in Jamaica 15/12/1830 and London 04/03/1831.
£1,504 1s 0d
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:
1811 [EA] - 1812 [LA] → Joint owner
1823 [EA] - → Not known
1817 [EA] - 1830 [EY] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner
Father → Natural Daughter