John Groscort Reed

???? - 1838

Claimant or beneficiary


Resident planter, son, executor and heir of George Reed of Demerara who had died in Britain in 1831.

  1. Will of John Groscort Reed of Demerara South America proved 17/07/1838. The will (apparently made in 1818 and witnessed in 1821) is extremely short and left everything to his wife Ann Elvira. A codicil of 27/03/1838, when he was about to leave Demerara with his wife, appointed his brother Baynes Reed and his sons-in-law James Chapman and Thomas Austin as Executor [sic] and guardians of his minor heirs. His widow Ann Elvira Reed died at Exeter in 1867 leaving £9000 effects. In 1851 she had been living (aged 55 born Barbados) with her mother-in-law Mary Reed aged 87 'Proprietor in Railway Stocks' also born Barbados, at 2 Hills Court Crescent Exeter, together with three of Mary Reed's grand-children and several great-grand-children.


Times 16/2/1831 p. 4: death at New Court, Newent, Gloucestershire. George Reed of Dochfour Demerara, formerly of the Island of Barbados, in his 71st year.

  1. PROB11/1898/248; National Probate Calendar 1867; 1851 census online (where she appears as Ann E Reed).

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John Croscort Reed
Ann Elvira

Associated Claims (4)

£63 0s 1d
£11,210 4s 3d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£17,674 6s 8d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£5,737 15s 2d
Awardee (Trustee)

Associated Estates (3)

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
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Executor

Shown as executor but also known to have been the main legatee as tenant-for-life under the will of his father George Reed.

1831 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Executor

Relationships (3)

Son → Father