Arthur Gregory

???? - 1791


Biography

Absentee slave-owner in Jamaica, through his second wife Ann or Anne Chaplin. Died of Stivichall Coventry c. 1791.

  1. Owner of Barbican estate in St Andrew, Jamaica, in 1755. The estate was the subject of the Chancery suit of Alden v Gregory in 1764, in which the acquisition of the estate by Charles Chaplin, the grandfather of 'Mrs Gregory', was contested by the heirs of Charles Alden, the original owner.

  2. "Letter from Arthur Gregory to his successor, relating that he came into his estate in 1738, with a rental of 650 pounds, but a debt of 2000 pounds with two fortunes of 500 pounds apiece to his sisters and a fortune of 500 pounds to his brother unpaid, an annuity to his uncle Gregory of 40 pounds, his Stichall tenants in arrears and the buildings out of repair; that the enclosure and improvements he made cost 3000 pounds, a new mansion house 6000 pounds [see no. 1518], and that the estate is now let for 1408 pounds; that his first wife's fortune was 3000 pounds and she lived for four years after the marriage; that his second wife's estate 'after the loss of the Jamaica estate which cost me as much in defending a long Chancery suit as I ever received from it', was worth 6000 pounds of which 3800 pounds are in funds; that by her he had fifteen children, eight now living. 'Econemy and frugality was my plan of life, and I recommend it to my successor as the way to make his life a happy one and enjoy that moderate fortune I have left him; that he observes this maxim not to live to the extent of his income but to keep within it.'"

  3. The will of Arthur Gregory of Stivichall in the city of Coventry [made in 1791] was proved 15/02/1792. It is silent on Jamaica property.


Sources

  1. CO137/28 pp. 169-175 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/1753Andrew.htm; 'Alden v Gregory' in Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Chancery from 1757 to 1766 (London, 1839), pp. 164-165.

  2. Correspondence - Gregory Family, held by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, DR10/1978, described http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/dbb024af-f2ec-4f05-acee-5517c5a79f0c [accessed 24/01/2018].

  3. PROB 11/1214/150.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Twice, secondly to Ann or Anne Chaplin
Children
15 children

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
1753 [EA] - → Owner

Addresses (1)

Stivichall Hall, Coventry, Warwickshire, West Midlands, England