John William Inness

28th Apr 1787 - 24th May 1847

Claimant or beneficiary


Executor and residuary devisee of Alexander Innes or Inness (q.v) mortgagee, and as such awarded compensation for enslaved persons on Kings Bay Estate, Tobago and counterclaimed for the compensation for enslaved people on Kingstown in St Vincent.

  1. The will of Alexander Innes of St Pancras was proven 23/10/1830. 'Alex. Innes[s]' was described as the consignee in the counterclaim for Merchiston estate on Tobago, and was a partner with Coll Turner (q.v.) in London.

  2. From his age in the 1841 census and at his death in 1847, the very likely baptism of John William Innes is recorded at St Gabriel, Fenchurch, on 24/05/1787, parents Alexander Innes and Mary, his birth recorded as 28/04/1787.

  3. Letter from the Compensation Commission to John William Inness outlining the procedures for claiming on Tobago nos. 58 and 63 gives his address as the Admiralty. This matches the record for John William Inness, Admiralty clerk: Extra Clerk 3 May 1804-28 Sept. 1807; Junior Clerk 28 Sept. 1807-5 Feb. 1816; Second Class Clerk 5 Feb. 1816-22 Jan. 1822; First Class Clerk 22 Jan. 1822-24 May 1847; died 24 May 1847.

  4. Marriage of John William Innes Esquire of the parish of St Pancras, Bachelor, to Caroline Beechey of St Mary-le-Bone, Spinster, took place on 29/05/1819 at St Mary-le-Bone. One of the witnesses was Alexr Innes. The baptism records for the births of their four sons place them at Burton Crescent (1823, 1825 and 1829) and 23 Upper Baker Street (1832).

  5. In the 1841 census, John Innes, age 54, married, was living on Roslyn Street, St John Hampstead, "Cl. Admiralty", with Caroline Innes, 57, Frederick Innes, 18, George Innes, 15, Arthur Innes, 9, all born in Middlesex, and four servants.

  6. Burial of John William Innes, 27/05/1847 at Paddington Green St Mary, London, age 60, abode: Albert Road, Regent's Park. Will of John William Innes [sic] of the Admiralty proved 22/11/1848. He left his all his property and estates in the West Indies and all his other property to his wife Caroline Innes.


T71/891 Tobago claim nos. 58 and 63.

  1. PROB 11/1777/88.

  2., London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online].

  3. T71/1593; 'Alphabetical list of officials: A-J', Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 4: Admiralty Officials 1660-1870 (1975), pp. 106-135, available at [accessed 04/04/2012].

  4., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

  5. 1841 census online.

  6., London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]; PROB 11/2083/245.

Further Information

Caroline Beechey
Frederick (1823-), George (1825-), Henry Nelson (1829-), Arthur John (1832-)
Admiralty Clerk

Associated Claims (4)

£3,480 16s 2d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Executor or executrix)
£2,576 12s 7d
Unsuccessful claimant (Executor or executrix)
£2,444 7s 0d
Awardee (Legatee)
£968 18s 11d
Awardee (Legatee)

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
1834 [SY] - 1834 [EY] → Mortgage Holder

Relationships (2)

Son → Mother
Son → Father

Addresses (5)

Hampstead, London, Middlesex, London, England
23 Upper Baker Street, Marylebone, London, Middlesex, London, England
Albert Road, Regents Park, London, Middlesex, London, England
Burton Crescent, London, Middlesex, London, England
Roslyn Street, Hampstead, London, Middlesex, London, England