Joseph Timperon

1762 - 1846

Claimant or beneficiary


London merchant, partner in Timperon & Dobinson (q.v.) and earlier a slave-trader in partnership with his cousin William Peatt Litt (q.v.) among others.

  1. Joseph Timperon was baptised in 1762 in Bromfield, Cumberland, son of Matthias Timperon and Sarah nee Peatt. His mother's brother was Arthur Peatt (1741-1802, q.v.), Timperon's first business partner, and as such a key figure in the Timperon/Westmoreland/Dobinson/Litt family trading nexus. Through his mother's sister Martha, Joseph Timperon was also the first cousin of Isaac Westmorland (1755-1824), the father of Isaac Westmorland (1787-1856) (q.v.). His sister Isabella married Joseph Dobinson in Aspatria, Cumberland, in 1788; one of their children was Joseph Dobinson (1790-1866). The earliest known business reference for Joseph Timperon is for Peatt and Timperon, merchants and commerce, at 26 Philpot Lane, London in 1788. Peatt, Arthur & Timperon are at the same address in 1790.

  2. Joseph Timperon the awardee was married 08/11/1806 in St Marylebone to Anne Kyte; their children were baptised in two clusters, St Marylebone 1807-1812 and St Albans 1813-1817. Anne was the sister of Charles Kyte (d. 1834, q.v.); Charles Kyte’s daughters, Isabella and Sarah Kyte, and their sister, Mary (Kyte) Malet, received legacies of £1000 plus annuities of £150 per annum in the will of Joseph Timperon's daughter Isabella Worley.

  3. Joseph Timperon appears as one of the owners in 14 slaving voyages between 1798 and 1808, twelve of them in the Ann or the Columbus and 10 of them from Liverpool and 4 from London. William Peatt Litt was his partner in all the voyages: in 6 the two men were joined by Jonathan Harrison, George Harrison and John Hart, and in 3 by Jonathan (given once as Joseph) Harrison.

  4. Joseph Timperon the younger son of Joseph of St Pancras matriculated Trinity Oxford 13/12/1824 aged 17. A Joseph Timperon married Hannah North (who signed with her mark) in St Bartholomew's 30/06/1828. This was possibly the oldest son of Joseph Timperon making an unsuitable marriage. Timperon was living at Upper Harley Street in London when he was named as a trustee and executor in the will of Samuel Virgin in 1809.

  5. Timperon's oldest daughter Sarah Loretta [shown as Louisa in the Gentleman's Magazine] married the Rev Martin John Lloyd, with Banns read at St Edmund the King and Martyr 03/07/1836, and the marriage at St Peter St Albans, when Joseph Timperon was identified as of New Barnes House Hertfordshire. Another daughter, Mary Anne Timperon, died at New Barnes 21/09/1859, left £12,000. The Susanne Louise Timperon of Portland Villas the Vineyards Richmond Surrey who died 09/05/1865 and whose will was proved 18/11/1865 (Francis Dobinson was one of the executors) leaving effects of £8000 resworn Nov. 1866 at under £10,000 was the widow of Joseph Timperon's son John Robert Timperon of Brockenhurst (who died c. 1848).

  6.  The will of Joseph Timperon formerly of Upper Harley Street and now of New Barnes Hertfordshire and also of Philpot Lane merchant was proved 04/08/1846. In the will he rehearsed his marriage settlement of 1806 (of which the trustees were John Powell Roberts, now John Powell Powell, William Peatt Litt and Joseph Huddart jun., later Sir Joseph Huddart), under which he settled the future proceeds of his leasehold house in Upper Harley Street (which in the event had been £2,852) and a sum of £10,000 on his wife Anne; he also left her an additional annuity of £300 p.a. In the will he said that the couple had had seven children, of whom four (John Robert Timperon; Arthur Matthias Timperon; Mary Anne Timperon and Isabella Charlotte Worley) were living at the time he made the will in 1843. He left an annuity of £500 p.a. to his daughter Mary Anne in trust (trustees included his nephew Joseph Dobinson), and given her state of health commended her to the care of his other surviving children. He also left an annuity of £200 p.a. to his daughter Isabella Charlotte Worley and her husband Henry Thomas Worley; and small monetary legacies to his relatives Matthias Peatt and Esther Peatt in Cumberland. He had been paying £100 p.a. to William Clark formerly in the employ of himself and Joseph Dobinson, which he provided to have continued at Joseph Dobinson's discretion. He left real estate in Cumberland and at Brockenhurst in trust for his son John Robert Timperon, and in Hertfordshire in trust for his younger son Arthur Matthias Timperon. He specified his Jamaican property as the New Ramble and Union estates and Union Hill Pen in St Mary and another estate [illegible in the will but possibly Amity] in St Dorothy, all of which he left in trust to be sold for the benefit of his estate.

  7. Isabella Charlotte Worley of New Barnes left £61,072 14s 2d on her death 30/01/1883. She was noted local philanthropist with several physical and cultural legacies, including Christ Church St Albans (1856) and 'Mrs Worley's Fountain' (1872).


  1. Email from Anne Wares, 18/01/2018;, England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975; batch no. M04300-4;, U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830 [database online]. The Ancestry public members tree 'Hartley Family Tree' by margtbillhartley16 gives a detailed account of these relationships.

  2., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online];, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]; Pallot's Baptism Index 178-1837; email from Anne Wares, 18/01/2018.

  3. [accessed 12/03/2011].

  4., Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online]. PROB 11/1566/347.

  5., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; Pallots Marriage Index 1780-1832; National Probate Calendar 1860; London Gazette, Issue 23080, 06/03/1866, p. 25.

  6. PROB 11/2041/156; Rubinstein shows Timperon bequeathing £120,000 in 1846, gives his address as 'New Barnet' and identifies Timperon & Dobinson as Timperon's merchant firm, but carries no personal detail, William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 MS reference 1846/20.

  7. National Probate Calendar 1883. A study of Isabella Worley by Anne Wares won the Mayor's Prize for local St Albans history in 2012. For contemporary reports on the death of Isabella see Herts Advertiser including 03/02/1883, 24/02/1883, 01/12/1883.

We are grateful to Anne Wares for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Anne Kyte
Joseph Timperon (1807-), Sarah Loretta [or Louisa?], John Robert, Mary Anne, Isabella Charlotte (d. 1883), Arthur Matthias
Wealth at death
Merchant and former slave-trader

Associated Claims (14)

£1,099 11s 9d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Mortgagee)
£50 10s 0d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Executor or executrix)
£142 5s 10d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Executor or executrix)
£3,491 6s 8d
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases
£6,294 16s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£3,717 9s 8d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£3,921 14s 10d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£4,692 15s 10d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£2,824 14s 6d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£6,234 6s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,556 14s 0d
£1,900 15s 6d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£518 4s 2d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual)
£2,661 4s 4d

Associated Estates (12)

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
1816 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1815 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1817 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1815 [EA] - → Not known

Joseph Timperon was party with George Kinghorn, John Hurst and the Earl of Harewood S.D. Smith, Slavery, Family, and Gentry Capitalism in the British Atlantic, p. 325 on the purchase of Sandy Gut in 1815 after which it was consolidated with Williamsfield. It is not clear what role Timperon had.

1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1835 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1820 [SY] - → Judgement creditor

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Timperon & Dobinson
West India merchant  

Physical (3)

Public Utility
Mrs Worley's Fountain [Built] 
description →
Drinking fountain in St Albans provided by Joseph Timperon's daughter Isabella Worley in 1872. Originally outside the Clock Tower, the fountain was late moved to Victoria...
Christ Church, St Albans [Built] 
description →
Romanesque church, bought by Isabella Worley when incomplete and redenominated as an Anglican church (from the intended Catholic use). Isabella Worley spent £8591 12s completing the church, vicarage...
Country house
New Barnes House [Purchased] 
description →
Country house purchased by Joseph Timperon c. 1810 and greatly extended by him. Sold after the death of Timperon's daughter Isabella Charlotte Worley in 1833. Now the Sopwell House...

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
High Sheriff
01/01/1821 - 01/01/1822

Relationships (7)

Executor → Testator
Executor → Testator
Nephew → Uncle
Other relatives
Notes →
Isaac Westmorland (1787-1856 ) was the son of Joseph Timperon's first cousin Isaac Westmorland (1755-1824)....
First Cousins
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (4)

Bromfield, Cumbria, North-west England, England
26 Philpot Lane, London, Middlesex, London, England
New Barnes House, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England
Upper Harley Street, Marylebone, London, Middlesex, South-east England, England