William Hindmarsh 1780-1838

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William Hindmarsh the Grocer (1780-1838)

He looked after his brother's sons Percival and William from age 9 and 2 in 1821 until his death in 1838 aged 58, when his nephew Percival would have been about 26 years old and probably well onto his new career as a customs man/tide-waiter, subsequently travelling to Canada and then to Australia where he dies aged only 46, and his nephew William would have been just 19. William continued to live at his Uncle's grocers shop in Clayport Street in Alnwick and in the 1841 census puts his occupation as Grocer. By this time he has married Frances Wilkinson who lives there too as his wife.

If we look at it from William (1780), the grocer in Alnwick's perspective, his father Percival (1742-1820) (at Peels Wellhouse), his sister Eleanor (1782-1820), his brother Percival (1781-1821)(at Belsay Barns) and his brother's wife Margaret all died within months of each other leaving 2 young orphaned boys. (It is clear that the orphaned William is taken care of by his uncle William as by the time of the 1841 census William is living in his Clayport Street Shop working as a grocer with his new wife Frances (nee Wilkinson, born in Alnwick).)

During William's lifetime he owned a number of properties in Alnwick and was quite prosperous. I have found a Land Tax Redemption document which relates to a property he bought in 1826 on Clayport Street.

Agreed with William Hindmarsh of Alnwick ... grocer with a redemption by him of 8d land tax being the land tax charged upon a messuage or dwelling house with a yard and back buildings thereunto belonging situate and being in Alnwick in a certain street called Clayport Street now in the occupation of George Wilson, Margaret Tasker, Thomas Shadford and William Alexander which property has been purchased by the said William Hindmarsh of Anthony Nesbitt and has been duly conveyed and which premis is now assessed in the assessment made for the parish of Alnwick in the division of Coquetdale Ward in the County of Northumberland for the year 1825 as follows, .... dated 13th May 1826"

newspaper clip about William's shop at 44 Clayport St
After William's death when the Andersons announce, in the Newcastle Courant, that they will be continuing William's business as Grocers at no.44 Clayport Street, they also say:

"NB A part of the House above the Shop, the Cellars and a Candle House to be LET. Also the Tallow Chandlery to be SOLD - Alnwick, Feb 21, 1838".

William, the grocer dies 8th January 1838 and he is noted as being a bachelor. Strangely, after all the considerable difficulty he had had 20 years earlier when his father, brother and sister all died so close together, he does not appear to have thought of making a will himself which does rather suggest his death was sudden. Consequently administration of his Intestate estate was applied for on 14th February 1838. By this time his only next of kin (excluding the sons of his brother Percival) is his sister Jane who is now married to John Anderson of Birdhope Crag.

1838 Administration of William's Estate

Administration is of the normal format, with these handwritten parts;

"Know all Men by these Presents, that we, John Anderson of Birdhope Crag in the parish of Elsdon in the County of Northumberland farmer Andrew Bolton of Alnwick in the said County Grocer and George Cockburn of Alnwick aforesaid Gentleman...."

"....The Condition of this obligation is such, that if Jane Anderson, wife of the above bounden John Anderson, the natural and lawful sister and only next of kin, and Administratix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, Rights and Credits of William Hindmarsh late of Alnwick in the County of Northumberland and Diocese of Durham, Grocer, a Bachelor, deceased...." (Original at Durham University Library DPRI/3/1838/A22)

Resolution of William's estate took some time and his affairs seem complex as there is a document relating to an indenture in 1840 (ie after William the Grocer's death) made between Percival of Newfoundland (William's nephew) and others relating to land owned by William Hindmarsh the Grocer;

I only have one poor copy of one page of the draft indenture, I lost the chance of the whole document on ebay. What I have as far as I can see says:

"This Indenture made the ___ Day of ___ in the year of our Lord 1840 Between Andrew Bolton of Alnwick in the County of Northumberland and Percival Hindmarsh esq late of Alnwick in the County of Northumberland but now of St Johns in the Island of Newfoundland Clerk in Her Majestys Customs (nephew  and heir at Law of William Hindmarsh late of Alnwick  Grocer deceased being the Eldest Son of Percival Hindmarsh late of           deceased who died in the lifetime of testator, who was the only Brother of the said William Hindmarsh) of the 2nd part William Gibson of Alnwick esq Draper of the 3rd part George Wilson  of New Inns in the County of Middlesex, gentleman of the 4th part and Richard Baillie of Tadcaster in the County of York Gentleman of the 5th part.

Whereas by an Indenture of demesne ... bearing date the 18th Day of June in the of our Lord 1829 made or expected to be made between the said William Hindmarsh of the one part and John Peary servant with Thos Clennell esq of Harbottle in the Above County of Northumberland of the other part. The said William Hindmarsh in consideration of 500£ to him paid by the said John Peary did grant bargain soil and demesne unto the said John Peary his ...
The     burgage or tenement otherwise hereinafter described ... or otherwise ...... to hold the same unto the said Peary ... from the day next before the day of the ... thereof for the .... of .... thence ..... subject to a provision therein contained for .... of the said  .... redemption of the said .... employment by the said"

The item was described on ebay in the following way;

"1840 Indenture between Percival Hindmarsh late of Alnwick, and now of Newfoundland
and Richard Baillie of Tadcaster, Yorkshire.

This is a very interesting and highly detailed indenture - twelve and  a half large pages of hand written script.  It is dated 1840 and is between Percival Hindmarsh, late of Alnwick, Northumberland (but now of St Johns on the Island of Newfoundland, clerk in her majesties customs), and William Gibson of Alnwick, George Wilson of New Inn, Middlesex and Richard Baillie of Tadcaster, Yorkshire.  It goes into a lot of detail regarding the ancestry of Mr Hindmarsh, detailing his father grandfather and great uncle - all of Alnwick, and refers back to other, older land transfers made by the Hindmarsh family.  Other surnames mentioned include Perry, Bolton, and Busby.  This is a very detailed document, sure to be of interest to anyone with an interest in Alnwick, and especially with the Hindmarsh family."

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