Samuel Oliver Hunt

 Samuel Oliver married Luce Anne Enys on 14 May 1794 in St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington.   Luce was the cousin of Samuel Oliver’s sister-in-law, Elizabeth, the wife of his brother Charles Henry.  Luce’s parents had both died, and her aunt and uncle who lived in Brompton were her guardians.  Luce had inherited £3000 through her father’s will and £1000 through her mother, so she must have been considered wealthy.

At the time of his marriage Samuel Oliver is described as being of Newbold, Co Warwick (The Gentleman’s Magazine).  He and Luce Anne seem to have set up home in or near Alderminster as their three children were baptised there.  According to the Church Register, their eldest child and only son, John Samuel, was privately baptised shortly after his birth in September 1795 and fully christened 9 months later.  John Samuel was followed by two daughters, Jane (who was named Luce Anne in the baptismal register, but appears to have always used the name Jane) and Frances Anne.  All three of the children lived to old age, though Jane never married. 

 Samuel died on 4 January1801, shortly before his thirtieth birthday when he was deputy clerk of the peace for the county of Warwick, and was buried in Stratford church where he is mentioned on a memorial plaque on the east wall of the south transept.

 Some years after Samuel’s death, his widow and children adopted her maiden name of Enys, in order for John Samuel to inherit the family estate. Following the death of Luce Anne’s only brother, the estate had passed to one of her uncles who was unmarried.

by Jane Wood



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