In his will my 2nd great grandfather Henry Stanley Robert Pearce (1821-1868) leaves
all my estate and interest whatsoever in the lands and hereditaments called Gale Mount and Dunsinane in the island of Jamaica
to his sister Henrica Stanley Leger Pearce (1819-1893).
I watched David Olugosa's "Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners" on BBC2 and followed the link to the UCL database of compensation claims where I found Robert Pearce (1793-1861; my 3rd great grandfather) making a claim in 1834 for compensation for Farm Hill, Jamaica as executor & legatee of the will of Henry Stanley of Kennington. Farm Hill is not Gale Mount or Dunsinane but there is clearly a link here.
Henry Stanley's will mentions all the above 3 Pearces. He also names:
- Elizabeth Mary Pearce, Robert's wife, as his niece;
- Henry Turpin of Jamaica, nephew.
Robert Pearce's will make no mention of estates in Jamaica so presumably he had already passed it on to son Henry Stanley Robert Pearce.
My problem is tying Elizabeth Mary Pearce nee Wilkins (1793-1842) to Henry Stanley. Henry Stanley clearly had some influence (financial?) on Robert & Elizabeth as they name both their children after him.
I can find nothing about Henry Stanley other than his will & burial in 1826 at St Mary, Newington, Surrey giving his age as 60 yrs. There are also death notices in various newspapers (e.g. The Gentleman's magazine, Volume 96, Part 1) saying Henry Stanley gentleman of Kennington.
Any suggestions what their connection could have been? Where do I look for more information aside from the "usual ancestry subscription sites"?