Mary French then Day (née Eldridge or Elbridge)

???? - 1758


Biography

Daughter of Aldworth Eldridge, from whom she inherited a moiety of Spring estate in St Andrew, Jamaica, in infancy. Sold her share to her uncle Robert Eldridge and then inherited shares again from her uncles Robert, John and Thomas. She married as her second husband the Bristol slave-trader James Day.

  1. James, Mary and Reb. [sic] Day were listed in the Quit Rent books of 1754 as owning 560 acres in St Andrew, 400 acres in Westmoreland and 300 acres in St Thomas-in-the-East, total 1260 acres.

  2. In a codicil to her will dated 1757 she disinherited her son John Day and left her residuary estate to her son Thomas French and daughters Merry Rothley and Betty Day.


Sources

'Eldridge Family' papers at Bristol Record Office, including correspondence on the management of Spring estate, see http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/9ab56568-8988-4b9c-b98b-be209541de40 [accessed 19/02/2018].

  1. A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.

  2. Will of Mary Day, widow of Bristol, proved 1758, PROB 11/837/411; will of James Day, merchant of Bristol, proved 1755, PROB 11/816/148.


Further Information

Maiden Name
Eldridge or Elbridge
Spouse
[1] William French [2] James Day
Children
With [1] Thomas, Mercy; with [2] Betty, John

Relationships (6)

Wife → Husband
Niece → Uncle
Daughter → Father
Niece → Uncle
Sisters
Mother → Son

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England