Lucy Anne Enys 1773- 1857
Lucy Anne Enys was born in 1773 at Enys. She was the daughter of Samuel Enys and Sarah, née Penrose. She married Samuel Oliver Hunt who was born in 1771 in Stratford upon Avon, his father William was a solicitor and a town clerk. In 1775 he purchased the site of New Place where William Shakespeare had once lived, although the house had been demolished years before. Samuel’s mother was Catherine Oakes.
William Hunt (1731 -1783) and Catherine Oakes (1743 - 1813) parents of Samuel Oliver Hunt (CRO EN/2032)
Lucy Anne and Samuel Oliver were married on 14th July 1794. They lived at Houndshill in Worcester. Samuel Oliver died in 1801 aged 29 years leaving Lucy Anne with three young children. She went to live in Bath and eventually came back to Cornwall with her daughter, Jane Enys. They lived at Gwarder, near Enys.
In 1813 Lucy Anne Hunt and her children, John Samuel, Jane and Frances Anne took the surname Enys having been granted the authority by His Majesty’s royal licence. Her reason for doing this was out of respect towards her paternal family, and with the consent of her uncles, Francis Enys of Enys and John Enys, a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Army.
License for Lucy (Luce) Anne Enys to bear the family name, EN/1890
When Francis Enys died in 1821 he left the Enys estate to his nephew, John Samuel Enys. A report of Francis’ death from New Monthly Magazine reads: ‘ Death of Francis Enys Esq. Age 69 years. He retired to rest, apparently in good health, and was found quite dead by his servant the next morning. Mr Enys was most deservedly esteemed by his numerous friends, and respected by all who had the happiness of his acquaintance, or who knew his character.’
Lucy Anne Enys died in 1857 and is buried in St Gluvias churchyard.
Picture of Lucy Anne Enys ( CRO DG/116)
Marriage Settlement for Lucy Anne Enys and Samuel Oliver Hunt, 12th July 1794
This Indenture was made between Samuel Oliver Hunt Esq. of Stratford upon Avon, Lucy Anne Enys of Brompton Middlesex, Francis Enys of Truro (Lucy’s uncle) and Charles Henry Hunt (Samuel Oliver’s brother).
Lucy had reached the age of 21 and was now entitled to, by virtue of her father’s will, a legacy of £3,000 which with interest was now £3,745 11s 9d.She also had a legacy of £2,000 and £200 three per cent consols left to her by her mother. These sums of money were given to the trustees Francis Enys and Charles Henry Hunt to be held in trust upon her marriage.
Lucy and Samuel were allowed £1,000 of the funds to dispose of how they wished for their own use and benefit. It was agreed that all legacies, sums of money and other personal estate which might be given to Lucy in the future should be dealt with in the same way.
Power of attorney was given to the trustees to invest the £3,000 and £2,000 in stocks or government stocks or funds, the interest from these investments to go to the children of the marriage to pay for their maintenance and education should Lucy and Samuel both die.
If Lucy and Samuel did not have any children and should Lucy have died before Samuel then he would get all the funds. Should Samuel have died before Lucy then the funds would go to the trustees. The stocks could only be sold if written consent was given by Lucy, Samuel or the executors or in the purchase of any freehold lands, tenements leaseholds or messuages.
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Letter to Francis Enys Esq. of St James’s Square Bath from Houndshill the home of Lucy Anne and Samuel Oliver Hunt, 14th January 1801
Samuel Oliver Hunt died on January 4th 1801, this letter shows just how quickly Lucy Anne and her children had to leave the marital home. It is not clear who actually wrote it as it is not signed.
‘My dear Sir,
This is accompanied by an exact and literal copy of Mr Hunt’s will the same goes to Mr Enys and H Sandys(trustees)Sandys has been asked to confirm Mrs Hunt of the steps necessary for her to take to in power her to dispose of the Personal, and to pay the debts, which is in her most earnest wish to accomplish before she leaves this neighbourhood, for if she can act alone, it will save much trouble to the executors, for she, as well as myself will think it long before we see Bath. I have also asked Mr Sandys all the questions that Mrs Hunt wished, for information relative to their other affairs, and have instructed him to hasten all the business as much as he possibly can. I have also told Mr Enys that all these steps have been taken and this Mrs Hunt hoped that both you and he will approve. Last night nights post brought this lady the kindest letter in the world from Mrs Enys, which she herself will acknowledge when we get to Stratford as she rightly judged. Everything is in train for our removal on Monday which I sincerely hope nothing will prevent. The little indisposition I mentioned in my last is quite removed, and Mrs Hunt and her babes are in perfect health. I hope you will be able to say as much for yourself and Colonel Enys am sure you are never far from my thoughts, but remember you are to tell the truth, and I shall very soon expect a letter, Mrs Hunt sends duty and love,
I am with every sentiment of gratitude and respect Dear Sir your and Colonel Enys’s Humble Servant.’
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Will of Samuel Oliver Hunt, December 1st 1800
I, Samuel Oliver Hunt of Houndshill in the County of Worcester. I desire to be decently buried in Stratford churchyard in the burring ground belonging to my family, and to have my just debts, mortgages and Bonds, as well as private debts as soon as convenient to my Executors who are here after named to be discharged. The furniture of my house at Houndshill and farming stock and implements of Husbandry on the same to be sold either by private consent or public auction, except what books my wife wishes to keep and what plate she chooses ,at the direction of my executors, the surplus(if any) I desire to be placed out at interest under the direction of my executors for the benefit of my dear wife Luce Anne during her life or until she marries again, in which case, either on her death or marriage, I leave both principal and interest to be divided equally between my dear daughters, Jane and Frances Anne. I also leave to my wife all the interest that many be due to me of £2,800 mortgage to my brother Charles Henry Hunt and interest of money the funds to be given after her death. £400 to my son John Samuel and £200 to each of my daughters be equally divided the £500 on Bond due to me from my brother Thomas Hunt. To my mother Catherine Hunt and my sister Maria Catherine Hunt, to Catherine Hunt the wife of my brother John Hunt, I leave each 10 guineas, also to Susan Sarsons one year’s wages. Meaning all the above legacies, and all my Debts to be paid out of what my property sells for, and the difference if any to be paid out of the £840 interest due on the mortgage. I appoint my wife one of the executers of this my will I also request my brother-in-law John Enys of Enys and Hannibal Sandys of Crane Court Fleet Street also Francis Enys Esq. and Col Enys if they chose to accept the trust assist My dear wife in the execution of my will and I do hereby appoint them joint executors and Guardians with her to my children in witness whereof I put my hand to this my last will and testament.
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Counterpart of Marriage Settlement, December 17th 1827
This document between is Lucy Anne Hunt then living in Bath, a widow, John Samuel Enys Esq. of Cornwall, Jane Enys and Francis Anne Enys of Bath, (Lucy and Samuel’s children).
‘The trustees of Luce Anne and Samuel Oliver Hunt’s marriage settlement raised by sale of part of the trust funds the sum of £1,000 and paid it to Samuel for his own use. Francis Enys, one of the original trustees, had died in 1821 and Samuel had died in 1801 leaving the three children without having exercised with his wife over the said trust funds in favour of the children. All the children have now reached 21 years. The trust funds, monies and investments were now £684 17s three per cent consols,£4,194 15s 2d Life Bank Annuities and £1,816 10s new four per cent Bank Annuities.Luce Anne now wanted to assign the interest of the trust funds to her children instead of herself.’
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Letter to Mrs Enys (Lucy Hunt nee Enys) from Hannibal Sandys of London, July 17 1827
Your favour of the 15th reached me by yesterdays post together with one for Mr Warren which will be delivered to him on his arrival in Town from France. I shall most readily co-operate with him in putting all your affairs in a satisfactory state for you but will not delay setting you right as to the £4,194 15s 2d which was purchased with £2,800 received out of the Court of Chancery in April 1808 and is subject to the trusts of your marriage settlement and this brings me to the subject of that settlement under which I think it will be prudent for you to appoint a new Trustee or Trustees if Mr Thomas Hunt who is the survivor and with whom I apprehend your family have never kept up any intercourse should be willing to resign as I apprehend would be the Case if applied to and if on consideration of the matter you decide upon it I will open a correspondence with him on the subject –at all events a new Trustee should be appointed and I suppose you would propose your Brother Mr Enys to whom Mr Thomas Hunt could have no possible objection, or if he should wish to decline(as I think he would)then Mr Enys and Mr Howell already a Trustee for your son would I suppose be approved of by you-at all events I think it right to call your attention to it.
I have not your husbands will at hand, but I believe you have the power of giving the Trust Funds under your marriage settlement in such shares as you think fit and if so your children are all adult and can release if your mind is made up on the subject the trusts of the marriage settlement may be done away with by a proper Deed to be executed by you and your children.
Taking an interest in the welfare of your family I shall be glad to hear that your daughter’s proposed marriage is perfectly satisfactory to you. I shall of course not mention this subject in any way.
[The daughter referred to is Frances Anne who married Otho Cooke.]
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Copy of Codicil to the will of Francis Enys Esq, December 14, 1814
Whereas I have this day disposed of my house in St James’s Square in Bath for £2,000 I do hereby give the said sum of £2,000 to my niece Luce Anne Enys to supply the interest thereof during her life with the disposal of the said £2,000 to both or either of her daughters Jane and Frances in such proportions as she thinks proper-Francis Enys.
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Probate of the Will of Lucy Anne Enys deceased, April 22 1857
I give and bequeath £2,000 left to me by my late uncle Francis Enys by a codicil in his will to enjoy interest thereof during my life with disposal of the said £2,000 to both or either of my daughters, Jane and Frances Anne in such proportions as I may think proper in the following shares the said £2,000 has been laid out in the purchase of £2,627 5s 2d stock in the three per cent consolidated bank annuities and is now standing in my name, I give and bequeath one equal moiety of the £2,627 5s 2d unto my daughter Jane Enys for her own absolute use and I give the remaining of the said £2,627 5s 2d unto John Samuel Enys and Frederick Lane the trustees of the settlement of my daughter Frances Anne( now Cooke) on her marriage with Otho Cooke Esq. Or to the survivor of them and to the survivor and to the executors and administrators of each survivor in trust for her benefit nevertheless and for interests and purposes and with under a subject to the powers provisos declarations and agreements in the said settlement expressed and contained of a concurring my said daughters personal property ,but in case my daughter Frances should die leaving a child or children by her husband Mr Otho Cooke, then I give and bequeath the said moiety of £2,627 5s 2d stock to the said such child or children equally to be paid to them at the age of 21,but in case my daughter Francis should die without having any child or children by Otho Cooke her surviving then I give and bequeath the said remaining moiety of the said £2,627 5s 2d stock to my daughter Jane Enys- her executors and administers but should my daughter become a widow without having any child or children by Otho Cooke then I give and bequeath the said moiety of £2627 5s 2d to herself for her own and absolute use, and in her own power to dispose of as she pleases. In consequence of my son John Samuel Enys being excluded by the will of my late Uncle Francis Enys from any share of the said £2,000 I give him £750 standing in my name in the three per cents for his own absolute use. I also give to him my looking glass in my drawing room at Gwarder also all the plate which I received from him and which has his crest on. I also wish the wardrobe in my bedroom at Gwarder to be given to my son’s wife Catherine Enys as a remembrance of my regard and affection for her, I give to daughter Jane all the furniture, linen, books, china and all the plate and plated articles except John’s ones, also all the wine in my cellar at Gwarder at my decease. I also wish that my trinkets and wearing apparel shall be divided between my daughters. Should there be any money at my Bankers after all the expenses of my funeral and any outstanding debts I wish it to be divided equally between my 3 children. John Samuel Enys (Luce’s son) is executor. Actual will made in 1840 with codicil added in 1844.
Having purchased in the 3 per cent consols the sum of two hundred pounds stock in January 1843 and the same sum in the same funds in July 1844.I give and bequeath the sum of £200 stock to my daughter Francis Anne Cooke for her own and separate use and the other sum of £200 stock to my daughter Jane Enys.
Sworn under £4,000.Luce died on the 18th of March 1857.
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In 1802 when Lucy Anne’s brother John died her left her £8,000 three per cent consols in the name of his trustees to pay her the dividends until she died. After her death the capital sum was to be divided equally between her three children.
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Mylor Bridge March 26th 1857
The Executors of Mrs Luce Anne Hunt Enys Deceased Late of Gwarder in the Parish of St Gluvius Cornwall To Arnold Drew as undertaker
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|Paid Mr S Poad Mason for opening and closing vault||3||7||6|
|To Self a stout shell lined throughout with Best Flannell||2||10||0|
To Self a stout coffin covered with good Black Cloth having stout Handels And Plates Black
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|Paid Mr S Poad for a lead coffin as per bill||10||10||0|
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Paid Mr Richard Sowell for 3 Hat Bands, 1 Scarf, 2 pairs Gloves for Mr J Bennetts, Clerk and Sexton as per Bill
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Paid Mr Job for Crapes gloves as per bill at Truro
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