Lucy Basset’s (Bassett) Marriage Settlement

Lucy Basset was born in 1717 the second daughter of Francis Basset of Tehidey and Mary Pendarves, daughter and heir of John Pendarves of Drewsteignton Devon and heiress of her uncle Alexander Pendarves. Lucy married John Enys (1710-1773) at Illogan in Cornwall on 18th of July 1745.
Lucy had eight children. Her first born was Dorothy (1746-1784) who was unmarried. John (1748-1750) Samuel (1749-1776) he married Sarah, daughter of Rev Henry Penrose of Berkshire. Lucy(1751-1757),Francis (1753-1821)also unmarried, Catherine(1754-)married to John Bassett Collins, Mary(1755-1775)unmarried ,and finally John (1757-1802)who did not marry either.

Lucy died in 1758 aged 39 years and was buried at St Gluvias.
This Marriage Settlement is very long, and I have written about just a few things included in it.

The Marriage Settlement of John Enys and Lucy Basset.

This Settlement was made between  firstly John Enys ,secondly William Gore Esq. of Saville Street in Middlesex, related by marriage to John Enys’ mother, Francis Bassett of Walcott in Oxford who was Lucy’s brother, Christopher Hawkins  Esq. of Trewinnard Cornwall who was a Barrister, Clerk of the Western circuit, vice warden of the Stanneries and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and John Collins of Redruth in the County of Cornwall ,Lucy’s brother in law, thirdly The Reverend Walter Borlase of Castle Horneck  Cornwall a Doctor of Law and Edward Collins of St Earth Cornwall and fourthly Lucy Bassett of Menininyn Cornwall  spinster sister of the late John Pendarves Bassett.
John Enys was the eldest son of Samuel and Dorothy so he had inherited all of his father’s personal estate in 1744 when Samuel Enys died. Lucy’s father and elder brother John Pendarves Bassett were both dead at the time of her marriage. The Bassett heir  John Prideaux being only five years old in 1745 so Lucy’s settlement  of £3,000 had been looked after by Trustees. John Enys was entitled to this money immediately upon the marriage. If Lucy was to survive John then she would be entitled to receive one full and clear Annuity of yearly rent charge of three hundred pounds for the term of her natural life for her Jointure. These payments were to take place four times a year at Feast days, these were ‘The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary,’(March 25th) The Nativity of John the Baptist,’ (June 24th)St Michael the Arch Angel ‘ (29th September)and ‘The Birth of our Lord Christ’.
After John’s death the Trustees would raise the £3,000 that Lucy brought with her to divide between their children should they have had any. If John is was still alive when his children reached the age of twenty one or get married then they would get their share at that time. If his daughters were to marry without his consent then they would forfeit two thirds of their share.
For the younger sons the Trustees after John’s death could give some of their money to help advance them in a Trade, Profession, Employment or Education at the University or Inns of Court.
John Prideaux Bassett died at age sixteen. The settlement stated that if this event were to happen then whatever he had left to his Aunt Lucy, her husband John Enys could not possess any of it. It was to be given to the Trustees to invest and then profits of these investments were to be given to John Enys.
This note is attached to the front of the settlement,
This Schedule of so much of Miss Bassetts fortune and Portion as is to be applied in Discharge of his Debts
Affecting Mr Enys Real Estate referred to by this annexed Deed viz
Eleven Hundred Pounds Capital Stock in Three Per Cent Annuities for the year 1743 now standing in the name of William Croft of London Gentleman which cost £1,000.00
Now remaining in the Hands of the said William Croft Bills of Exchange to the values or amount of £1.300.00
Capital Stock in the now South Sea Annuities now standing in the Name of Miss Lucy Bassett which cost £700.00
Total £3,000.00

Karen Tuplin



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