John Conyers II of Copped Hall Essex

???? - 1818


Slave-owner on St Kitts, who sold the Conyers estate and the enslaved people upon it to David Evans (q.v.) in 1816. He had married Catherine Juliana Mathew [sometimes given as Juliana Catherine Mathew], the daughter of William Mathew of Baddow and Antigua [d. c. 1763] in 1773. The estate on St Kitts [unnamed in the source] and another on Antigua called Drewshill had passed from Ann, daughter of Col. Thomas Hill, to the Mathew family through her marriage to William Mathew [d. 1752], the grandfather of William Mathew of Baddow.

  1. Will of John Conyers of Copped Hall Essex [made in 1813] proved 27/05/1818. He left his property in trust for his son Henry John Conyers subject to an annuity of £400 p.a. on the joint lives of his daughter the Hon. Julia Bennett widow and Charles [4th] Earl of Tankerville.

  2. John Conyers' heir Henry John Conyers (1782-1853) reportedly spent over £100,000 on hunting. His daughter Julia married Hon. Anthony John Ashley-Cooper son of the 6th Earl of Shaftesbury and MP for Gatton 1831-32.

  3. Correspondence between John Conyers Esquire of Copped Hall and others (including Charles Caines, Stedman Rawlins, Henry Rawlins and James Gordon, all q.v.) is held at the Essex Archives, mostly letters dating 1782-4 and including detailed lists of enslaved people made in 1773, 1779 and 1782.


Seax Catalogue D/DB B12 and Seax Catalogue D/DW T4 [both accessed 01/02/2016]; Vere Langford Oliver, History of Antigua Vol. II p. 252.

  1. PROB 11/1604/414.

  2. West Essex Archaeological Society, The Conyers Family of Walthamstow and Copped Hall [accessed 03/10/2018].

  3. Essex Archives, Reference: D/DB B8, see [accessed 29/07/2020].

We are grateful to Norah Carlin for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Catherine Juliana Mathew

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
- 1816 [LA] → Owner

Sale by John Conyers to David Evans in 1816.

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Copped Hall, Epping [Built] 
description →
The house was built 1751-1758 by John Conyers I of Copped Hall; John Conyers II redid the interior to designs by James Wyatt in 1775-1777. The house is sometimes referred to as Copt Hall in the...

Relationships (2)

Other relatives
Notes →
The Earl of Tankerville's son John Astley Bennet married Julia, daughter of John Conyers. Conyers left an annuity of £400 p.a. on the joint lives of his daughter Hon. Julia Bennet and her...
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (1)

Copped Hall, Epping, Essex, South-east England, England