18thC 'Merry' Islington
My thanks to AlanT who first sent me a copy of Thomas' Will, and to DeirdreT who transcribed it and sent me this resume.
Thomas TILBURY of Falcon Street and Clougesley Square, Islington, Attorney and Solicitor.
My dear wife Catherine sole executrix in token of my great affection and regard and for the great kindness and attention shown to me during my severe illnesses, all my personal estate and effects:
20 June 1827
Proved 25 November 1833
Thomas mentions "my brother and sister and their families". His sister was Mary m. BARKER; his known brother (mentioned in other legal documents) was William. However, since Thomas married William's widow Catherine, another brother was living at the date of the Will (at least), and had a family, in June 1827. The list of baptisms from the IGI mentions a Robert, of whom no trace is apparent so far. Unless Thomas senior's wife Mary died (e.g. in childbirth) before the age of 40, or was an older bride, other children could have been born to the couple.
In a legal document concerning Thomas' sometime partner Philip LANGDALE (d. 1812-15), a James TILBURY appears. Whose son was he? Thomas the lawyer mentions his illnesses and seems to have had no children of his own.
A work of fiction, which used real people as secondary characters, included mention of "Mr. Tilbury" sometime innkeeper of the White Conduit House in London. Was this "Mr. Tilbury" a real character? Was innkeeping a family activity?
Thomas the lawyer d. June 1827; his Will mentioned John WOOD, his sometime clerk; this document is available from Norfolk Record Office:
PRESTON of Beeston: Manorial, Estate, Personal (Norfolk Record Office)
Letter from Messrs. TILBURY & WOOD
(ref.MC36/ 166, 481x1)
No month is given, so that the letter may have been written in 1827 and catalogued by the PRESTON family in 1828... however, it is also possible that it was written in 1828: then either the name of the law firm was carried forward (sight of the letter would be useful, did it just concern Thomas' death?) - or was there another TILBURY lawyer? William Harries TILBURY, Thomas' stepson, was acting on the London stage at least by 1830, and must have begun his career earlier still. Did he at first combine law and the theatre? It seems improbable.
SEWELL & BLAKE, Norwich (1767-1769)
(Lord HOME's estate and other documents)
Joseph SEWELL and John BLAKE of Norwich, gents. (1811-1832)
(indentures with the TRAFFORD family of Wroxham Hall, Wroxham, Norfolk)
SEWELL & BLAKE (1815-21); SEWELL, BLAKE & KEITH (& BLAKE) (1826-31)
(estate accounts of the FELLOWES family of Shotesham, Norfolk)
John BLAKE and SEWELL, BLAKE & Co., Solicitors, Norwich (1830-37)
(in correspondence with the PRESTON family of Beeston St. Lawrence, Norfolk)