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Ann WHITHAM (1761?-1824)

1. Ann WHITHAM, daughter of Colonel Abraham WHITHAM ( -bef1797) and Mary UNK (1724?-1797), was born in 1761 (estimated) in Minorca. She married James Patrick 1 MURRAY on 14 March 1780 in Minorca. She died on 2 August 1824 in Berkley, Sussex.

 

In the family vault in this Church are deposited the remains of The
Honorable General James Murray/ (Late of Beauport in this County) Youngest son of Alexander fourth Lord Elibank of the Kingdom of Scotland. He departed this life at Beauport June 18th 1794 aged 75 years. Also of his second wife Anne daughter of Abraham Whitham Esq. She died August 2nd 1824 aged 63 years; also of two of their children, Elizabeth - Mary died April 8th 1785 aged 1 year and eight months and George died in February 1794 aged two months.

UNDERNEATH is a small rectangular white marble tablet :-
The above tablet was removed/ from the Old Parish Church by the/ Honorable General Murray's Grand-daughter Lady Troloppe wife of General Sir Charles roloppe,KCB/ November 1882.

 

James Patrick 1 MURRAY and Ann WHITHAM had the following children:

 

Cordelia MURRAY (1781-1849). Cordelia was born on 16 March 1781 in Mahon, Minorca. She married Henry HODGES on 25 April 1803 in Ore. She died on 1 May 1849.

James Patrick 2 MURRAY (1782-1834). James was born on 21 January 1782 in Leghorn. He was a Major-General in the Army. He married Elizabeth RUSHWORTH on 31 January 1803 in Freshwater, Isle of Wight. He died on 5 December 1834 in Killenure House, near Athlone.

Elizabeth Mary MURRAY (1783-1785). Elizabeth was born on 8 November 1783 in Beauport, Hastings, Sussex. She died on 8 April 1785 in Beauport.

Wilhelmina MURRAY (1787-1866). Wilhelmina was born on 14 January 1787 in Beauport. She married James DOUGLAS on 18 May 1813. She died on 25 February 1866.

Anne Harriet MURRAY (1788-1850). Anne was born on 10 August 1788 in Beauport. She died on 13 November 1850.

George MURRAY (1794-1794). George was born on 1 February 1794. He died in February 1794.

Second Generation

2. Colonel Abraham WHITHAM was a Consul General of Majorca. He appeared in the census. He died before 1797. He married Mary UNK.

 

Ann was his third daughter. ....the King has approved the continuance of ?50 p.a. to "the Widow of Mr. Whitham late Consul in Majorca",

Minorca constitutional history: Minorca was captured by the British in 1709 during the War of the Spanish Succession, and retained under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. The island was captured by the French in 1756 and ceded back to Britain in 1763 at the end of the Seven Years' War. Britain returned Minorca to Spain in 1783 as part of the settlement of the American War of Independence.

 

Is this relevant??

As early as May 1715, a report was current among the Jacobites of Scotland, of the design of the Chevalier de St. George to make a descent on Great Britain, in order to recover the crown, in consequence of which they began to bestir themselves, by providing arms, horses, &c. These and other movements indicated to the government that an insurrection was intended. Bodies of armed men were seen marching towards the Highlands, and a party of Highlanders appeared in arms near Inverlochy, which was, however, soon dispersed. In this situation of matters, the lords-justices sent down to Scotland a considerable number of half-pay officers, to officer the militia of the country, under the direction of Major-General Whitham, then commander-in-chief in Scotland. These prompt measures alarmed the Jacobites, who, after several consultations, returned to their homes. As the lords-justices had received information that the chevalier intended to land in North Britain, they offered a reward of £100,000 sterling for his apprehension.

 

3. Mary UNK was born in 1724 (calculated). She made a will on 15 May 1794. She died on 13 March 1797 in Hastings.

 

Mary was apparently receiving a £150 widow's pension in her last years. In her will she is described as "widow of the town of Hastings", living at her son-in-law's residence of Beauport Park.

"This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Whitham widow of the town and port of hastings in the County of Sussex. I give and bequeath unto my son Abraham Whitham one Guinea for the purchase of a ring and I have unto my daughter Ann Murray the like sum of one Guinea for the purchase of a ring as a trifling memorial well knowing that they are both provided for and will not wish to partake of the little I may have to ?? unto my other two daughters a? ?? wish that both of my beloved grand children Cordelia Murray, James Murray, Williamina Murray and Ann Harriet Murray may both of them have a ring as a trifling memorial of my affection for them and all the rest residue and remainder of what I shall Siv? possessed of I give and bequeath unto my two daughters Mary and Susan Whitham jointly to be divided between them share and share alike and I do constitute and appoint my said daughter Mary Whitham sole executrix of this my will and to revoke all former will or wills by me made and do declare this only to be my last in testimony whereof I do hereinto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four - Mary Whitham - signed sealed published and declared by the said Mary Whitham in the presence of us? who in the presence of ? other and in her presence have hereinto one? ?? our names as witnesses - Winifred ?? Lames? D?utton - Sn. Knight.

This will was proved at London, the sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and nenety seven before the worshipful Samuel Duarte? parson Turton of Laws? surrogate of the Right honourable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of ?? Master Keeper or Commisary of the prorogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of Mary Whitham spinster the daughter of the deceased and the sole executrix named in the said will to whom administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased was granted having both first sworn duly to administer".

 

To the memory of Mary Whitham Widow of the late Abraham Whitham Esq His Britannic Majestys Consul in the Island of Majorca Who departed this life at Hastings March 13th 1797 aged 73 years. Her remains are deposited in this church with those of Hugh William Whitham their youngest son who died July 26th 1785 aged 23 years also of Mary Whitham their second daughter who died March 2nd 1825 aged 75 years and of Susanna Whitham their third daughter who died March 5th 1830 aged 76 years.

 

Abraham WHITHAM and Mary UNK had the following children:

 

Mary WHITHAM (1750?-1825). Mary was born in 1750 (calculated). She died on 2 March 1825.

Susan(nah) WHITHAM (1754?-1830). Susan(nah) was born in 1754 (calculated). She died on 5 March 1830.

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Ann WHITHAM (1761?-1824)

Hugh Williiam WHITHAM (1762?-1785). Hugh was born in 1762 (calculated). He died on 26 July 1785.

Abraham II WHITHAM ( -1805?). Abraham made a will on 10 January 1798. He died in 1805 (estimated).