John Williams the younger MP

1736 - 1793


Absentee slave-owner for Nevis, briefly MP for Saltash in 1772, described by Walpole as ‘a West Indian, who bribed the corporation’, and unseated on petition. Son of John Williams of Nevis the elder and his wife Sarah, also nee Williams.

Sources [accessed 29/11/2017], which gives his wife as Charlotte Mary Thornhill; details of his slave-owning on Nevis are given in David Small and Christine Eickelmann's 'Clifton Estate, Nevis: an Account of Absence and Ambition' [accessed 29/11/2017], which gives his wife as Mary Charlotte Thornhill Moore.

Further Information

Charlotte Mary Thornhill
John Mathew Williams

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
1769 [EA] - 1769 [LA] → Trust beneficiary

In 1769, Morton's Bay (probably this estate) was purchased by the trustees of the marriage settlement of John Williams the younger (q.v.).

1769 [EA] - 1793 [LA] → Owner

In 1769, John Williams the younger reportedly purchased the Windmill and Paradise estate (also known as Colhouns) to add to Morton's Bay, which had been settled on him and his wife earlier that same year, under the term of his marriage settlement of 1766.

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

election →
Saltash Cornwall

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Notes →
Tentative relationship...
Husband → Wife

Addresses (1)

Wimpole Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
Notes →

John Williams of Wimpole Street was party to an indenture of 24 and 25/03/1775 with the London bankers Stephen Sayre and Bartholomew Coote Purdon and Charles Best of the Crescent, Minories. The indenture itself has not yet been found by LBS but from the scant detail in the power of attorney given by Charles Best to Magnus Morton 11/05/1776, Best was the assignee of a mortgage entered into by Williams with Sayre and Pardon inferred to have been over one or more of Williams' estates on Nevis. Common Records 1776-1777, British Library, EAP794/1/1/16, pp. 343-4.