William Nedham

1740 - 1806


This is almost certainly William Nedham MP for Winchelsea and Pontefract, son of Robert Nedham (q.v.), from whom he inherited Water Valley in St Mary Jamaica [and the enslaved people upon it]. If so, his mother was Catherine, daughter of Robert Pitt MP and sister of Thomas Pitt sen. and William, 1st Earl of Chatham. The History of Parliament says that 'Nedham belonged to a family long established in Jamaica, but neither he nor his father lived there', in which case the William Nedham who was acting as an attorney of the estate before Robert Nedham's death must have been a different man. His will 'of Waresley Huntingtdonshire' proved 02/05/1806 was silent on property in Jamaica or in people.


History of Parliament online; PROB 11/1443/14.

Further Information


Associated Estates (2)

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
1759 [EA] - 1762 [LA] → Attorney
1770 [EA] - 1772 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

West India interest 
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Winchelsea Sussex
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Winchelsea Sussex
1775 - 1780
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Pontefract Yorkshire
1780 - 1784
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Winchelsea Sussex
1784 - 1790

Relationships (1)

Son → Father