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The text appears to refer to the "Island of Demarara" - note spelling. The "e" occurs in various places (beginning of 3rd line in "equal", end of 2nd line in "transfer"). After the "e" there are 3 verticals of the "m". The "a" is fairly clear. The "r" is in "fourth" in 3rd line, and "property" on 2nd line. Can't see a capital "D" anywhere else but it ...


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Somerset wills were sadly kept with Devon wills. See the page on the Somerset archives site where it says "The story of Somerset's wills is a sad one. Having been centralised at Exeter, most of the county's original probate records before 1858 were destroyed by German bombing in 1942, as were those for Devon." The link goes on to list options for finding ...


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Not a direct answer but may provide you with additional leads. There are numerous references to "Yorkshire Hall" and William Chichester (as chichester, chionester, and chishester) at this website: vc.id.au (Van Cooten Voices), in the Guyana Colonial Newspapers section The best method for searching the site is to use Google's site search, for instance: ...


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Re the possibility of India - this seems unlikely not just from a chronological viewpoint but also from the term Commissary. That was a rank /appointment in the East India Company's or British Indian Army. At that time the word was used with qualifiers like Deputy or Assistant. Such people worked in that part of those armies responsible for procuring ...


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I first read the place name as the Island of Jemarara, but can't find any online reference to such a place. I found several contemporary references to the "island of Demarara", such as a London Gazette chancery notice for a Reverend Benjamin Thomas Williams who died at St Mattthew in the island of Demarara, in the West Indies. I am not sure which of the ...


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The concept of next of kin has no definition in English law except in terms of the relatively recent Mental Health Act. So I would suggest some caution before attaching too much importance to this use of "only". I understand letters of administration would have been used if there was no will, or if the named executors of the will had died or were not able ...


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Using Adrian's answer as a springboard, I searched for possible resources. The Devon Wills index formerly at British Origins has now been released at Find My Past. A list of the courts (including the PCC) whose records were used in compiling the index references courts in Dorset and Wiltshire but I don't see anything in the list specifically related to ...


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From the England, Wales National Probate 1858 - 1966 probate record that you added to your question, I searched FindMyPast for an Edward Chichester born within 10 years of 1810 (as a bit of a guess) and came up with an 1861 Census Record for Edward Chichester at Cradley which said that he was born in Somerset. This greatly interested me because my ...


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I am not sure where the graphic below comes from originally but I clipped it from page 2 of 9 at http://spotidoc.com/doc/53190/menu---mccormick-and-schmick-s. I think that the newspaper clipping (that it appears to have come from) requests that it be copied to Demerara (then part of British Guiana) papers rather than Indian papers because he (and she) was ...


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One of the other UCL pages notes that in 1826 Yorkshire Hall was: "In lawful possession of Thomas Skelton by his attorney William Chichester". That suggests to me that William did not (then) own plantations, but was heavily involved in their management. He may later have acquired the land from the Skeltons, as Jared does appear to be an owner. Additionally,...


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I have now made contact with Tikwis Begbie who has sent me the notes held offline from the site on the name Chichester. From those it appears that the Robert Chichester mentioned on the site is my 4th great grandfather, but he is mentioned there, not because any evidence places him in British Guiana, but instead because he is recorded as being the father of ...


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I have just been contacted by a descendant of Giles Chichester from Demerara in Guyana, and for the first time I expect to be able to assemble evidence that he was living in Demerara like his two brothers (Jared and Thomas) and uncle (William). My distant cousin from Demerara has not been able to locate the Will of Giles either but I am hoping she/he will ...


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Updated information on Islands of Demerara (Guyana) from Wikipedia: Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region 3) is a region of Guyana, split in two by the Essequibo River. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, the region of Demerara-Mahaica to the east, the region of Upper Demerara-Berbice to the south and the regions of Pomeroon-...


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