George Bowley Medley

1802 - 1860

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Samuel Medley (1769-1857) and Susannah Bowley, born c. 1802, co-proprietor of Keynsham estate in Jamaica and administrator of his father-in-law John Racker Webb (q.v.).

  1. Married 27/09/1825 at St John Hackney to Hester Webb (1804-1849), reputed daughter of John Racker Webb and Mary Wint (who was described in the will of her previous partner John Angell as a 'free quadroon', i.e. with one grandparent of African descent and three grandparents of European descent) of Jamaica. One of the witnesses of the marriage was Henry Cerf (q.v.). George Bowley Medley was a stockbroker of Threadneedle Street in 1826. He moved to Jamaica [in late 1820s], became Justice of the Peace and Assistant Judge in Manchester in 1834, and returned to England by 1841 (the 1841 census shows him and his family in Lambeth, Jamaica planter, born F[oreign parts]); he then became a Lloyds underwriter, and was bankrupt in 1854. His son with Hester, George Webb Medley (1826-1898) was a stockbroker, free trader, writer for the Cobden Club, Chairman of Assam Tea Co., and chess pioneer, and reportedly left net personalty of £252,038 5s 7d.

  2. In the 1845 Railway subscription lists, George Bowley Medley of Austin Friars appears as subscribing £45,000, presumably on behalf of a group of investors.

  3. Brother-in-law of Thomas Webb (q.v.) and Robert Podmore Clark (q.v.).


T71/860 Manchester Nos. 228 and 262. A biography of his son George Webb Medley, entitled Mr Sugar Face and his Moll by Nigel & Caroline Webb, was published in 2019 by Legini Press.

  1., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; 1841 census online; Medley and Webb Images and Biographical Notes 1-3, [accessed 19/10/2010].

  2. See separate section for railway subscribers.

  3. See separate entries for Thomas Webb and Robert Podmore Clark.

Further Information

(1) Hester Webb (2) Anne Philippa
George Webb (1826-1898), John Racker (1828-1902), Amelia Costin (1831-1886)

Described as "a peculiar will of 1854", his sole beneficiary was his second wife Philippa Anne (or Anne Philippa). See [accessed 02/10/2011].

Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£2,068 0s 6d
Awardee (Administrator)
£1,998 2s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (3)

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
1830 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1832 [EA] - → Administrator
1832 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Administrator

Legacies Summary

Commercial (13)

Railway Investment
Cornwall [184533]  
Railway Investment
Caledonian Extension [184658]  
Railway Investment
Cornwall and Devon [184693]  
Railway Investment
Guildford, Chichester and Portsmouth [184579]  
Railway Investment
Diss and Colechester Junction [184538]  
Railway Investment
Great Eastern and Western [1846209]  
Railway Investment
Ulverstone, Furness and Lancaster and Carlisle [1846516]  
Railway Investment
West Cornwall [1845197]  
Railway Investment
London and York [1845119]  
Railway Investment
Scottish Midland Junction [1845167]  
Railway Investment
Irish Great Western (Dublin to Galway) [184589]  
Railway Investment
Perth and Inverness [1846426]  
Railway Investment
Direct London and Portsmouth [184535]  

Relationships (3)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law

Addresses (5)

18 Claremont Square, Pentonville, London, Middlesex, London, England
27 Austin Friars, City of London, Middlesex, London, England
29 Bloomsbury Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
48 Highbury Park North, Highbury, London, Middlesex, London, England
Park Place, Lambeth, London, Surrey, London, England