Caroline Robley (née Blake)

1777 - 1843

Claimant or beneficiary


Widow of John Robley (died c. 1822) (q.v.), sister of William Blake (q.v.) and of Alicia Blake, and mother of Henry Robley of Cunningham & Robley (q.v.).

  1. John Robley went to Caribbean c. 1808 leaving Caroline and her children in England.

  2. Caroline Blake, daughter of William and Alicia Blake, baptised St Botolphs 27/08/1777. Marriage of Caroline Blake and John Robley 02/07/1799 at St Botolphs Aldersgate when both were described as of this parish. Death of Caroline Robley registered Q4 Tiverton Devon; will of Caroline Robley widow [at present residing at] Tiverton Devon proved 19/12/1843. Under the will she reaffirmed the marriage settlement of her daughter Adelaide with Capt. Digby Marsh under which Adelaide was entitled to one fourth part of the £10,000 3% consols standing in the names of the trustees of her own (Caroline's) marriage settlement; one fourth part of the £4000 31/2% consols standing in the name of the trustee of her father's will; and one fourth part of the moiety of the residual estate of John Robley over which Caroline Robley had power of appointment. One fourth of the same three pieces of property went to her sons John Horatio Robley and Harry [sic] Robley, and the remaining fourth went to her daughter Fanny Anne wife of Benjamin Frend. She left the income from £2900 31/2% consols standing in her own name to John Horatio Robley, and she divided an unspecified holding her own name of 3% consols and $22,000 of 'Ohio stock' into fourths, each of which again went to her two sons and to the trustees of the marriage settlements of her two daughters. The four were her residuary legatees, again with the proviso that her daughters' shares were paid to their trustees and were independent of their husbands. In a codicil dated 29/08/1843 she left £100 to each of her son-in-laws and said she had divided her jewels and clothes between her daughters in her lifetime. She did not appear to have a freehold or leasehold residence to bequeath. Her chest tomb, with an inscription, is at St Mary's Bickleigh.

  3. Will of Henry Robley formerly of Upton Park Slough but late of Queensborough Terrace who died 20/08/1886 proved 14/09/1888 effects £19991 1s 2d; will of John Horatio Robley formerly of Southampton but late of 17 Waterloo Place Cork Ireland who died 28/05/1870 proved 14/07/1870 by Henry Wollaston Blake effects under £12000.


  1. Robley v Brooke 1833 in 'New reports of cases heard before the House of Lords on appeals of writs and errors' pp. 96-139.

  2., London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online];, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online]; PROB 11/1990; children derived from, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]: all were baptised at St George Bloomsbury, other than Fanny Ann (St Botolph). John is mistranscribed as Joseph in for Joseph's father; Caroline Robley's tomb is recorded at (which gives her date of death as 1845).

  3. National Probate Calendar 1888; 1870.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Name in compensation records
Caroline Robley (widow)
John Robley
Fanny Ann (1802-), Joseph (1804-), Adelaide (1807-), John Horatio (1807-), Henry (1808-)

Associated Claims (10)

£5,110 6s 7d
£3,120 1s 7d
£1,260 11s 10d
£1,074 1s 7d
£7,016 8s 8d
£5,213 10s 5d
£3,832 8s 2d
£4,475 19s 2d
£624 5s 4d
£2,574 4s 5d

Relationships (2)

Sister → Brother
Wife → Husband

Addresses (1)

Tiverton, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England