Ann Lessly (née Blizard)

???? - 1806


  1. Will of Ann Lessly widow of Antigua proved 14/03/1806. She was the widow of Thomas Lessly and mother of Sarah Nibbs, to whom she left £2000 (Sarah Lessly had married James Nibbs of Upton House (q.v.)). She also left £2000 to her son Andrew Lessly, plus the interest on £2000 currency from 1776 to 1788. She left Richard Scott Byam her 'negro man cook' called Richard. A codicil of 1802 showed her as of Welbeck Street St Marylebone. In that codicil she rehearsed the fact that she was tenant for life of 1/5th of her father's estates and enslaved people, and heir in reversion to shares held by her son and daughter if they died without issue. In 1805 another codicil revoked her instruction to sell her enslaved people and left three of them to Richard Scott Byam and the remainder to James Nibbs. In a final codicil of 1805 she provided monetary legacies from her holdings in the funds to James Nibbs, her niece Jane Young and others in case the island of Antigua was taken by the enemy [i.e. France].

  2. Her son Andrew made his will of the Isle of Man 08/11/1813, proved 04/01/1814. He left £1000 currency that his aunt Elizabeth Byam had left him to his natural children.


  1. PROB 11/1440/175

  2. PROB 11/1551/34

Further Information

Maiden Name
Thomas Lessly
Sarah; Andrew

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
1777 [EA] - 1805 [LA] → Joint owner

Joint tenant for life with her sisters

Relationships (7)

Daughter → Father
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Aunt → Niece
Aunt → Niece
Mother → Son

Addresses (1)

Welbeck Street, London, Middlesex, London, England