Elizabeth Dunn (née Simpson)

20th Jun 1762 - 15th Jul 1839

Claimant or beneficiary


Widow of James Virgo Dunn (q.v.), awarded part of the compensation for the Chester estate in Trelawny as devisee-in-fee of James Virgo Dunn: the rest of the compensation was awarded to John Kenyon (q.v.), whom she described as her nephew in her will in 1839. 

  1. Will of James Virgo Dunn 'of No. 10 Devonshire Street Portland Place' proved 23/11/1820; will of Elizabeth Dunn widow of 32 Montague Square  proved 06/07/1839. In her will she left £1000 each to her nephews John and Edward Kenyon and John Simpson, her nieces Amelia Louisa and Eleanor Simpson (the son and daughters respectively of her brother John Simpson) and her niece Mary daughter of her sister Rachael. She also left £500 to John Thomas Simpson of Liverpool, merchant, reputed son of her brother John Simpson. In the will of John Kenyon in 1856, Kenyon made provision of £300 to maintain Curteis family graves and that of James Virgo Dunn in Leamington Churchyard.  

  2. One of the enslaved on the Chester Estate in 1817 was William (‘Billy’) Hickman (c.1800-1850), described in the Slave Register of 1817 as being ‘mulatto’ and ‘creole’. At some point between 1817 and 1830 he left Jamaica and was taken or brought to the Swan River colony, Australia, as an indentured servant. He lived and worked there until his death on 4 April 1850.


Trelawny Nos. 193 and 195 (where she is shown as Elizabeth Dunn, Trelawny). 

  1. PROB 11/1636; Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. 6 Part II p. 26 shows James Virgo Dunn 'of Montague Square' and Chester estate Trelawny dying 29/10/1820 at Leamington; PROB 11/1913.

  2. Xavier Reader, 'Hickman, William (c. 1800–1850)', People Australia

Further Information

Maiden Name
James Virgo Dunn

Associated Claims (3)

£2,236 10s 0d
Unsuccessful claimant
£638 10s 0d
Awardee (Legatee)
£1,169 1s 1d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Tenant-for-life

Relationships (9)

Widow → Deceased Husband
Aunt → Nephew
Aunt → Nephew
Aunt → Nephew
Sister → Brother
Daughter → Father
Daughter → Mother
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law

Addresses (1)

32 Montague Square, London, Middlesex, London, England