Needham Family

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Famous Needham's

George Nedham or Needham

Colonel George Nedham was the third son of Sir Robert Nedham of Pool Park Denbighshire; Sir Robert was the MP for the county. George was a royalist and fought for the Royal cause. After the fatal battle of Worcester in 1651when Royalist forces were crushed by Cromwell, Prince Charles barely escaped with his life and fled to France. With Prince Charles in exile in France , George left for Antigua . He lived happily on the island marrying Mary daughter of William Bryan of Antigua . Shortly afterwards he moved Jamaica and was given large grants of land on Jamaica by the King for his loyalty to the Crown during the troubles and the period of the Commonwealth. He settled on the estate of Shenton in Bog Walk, St Thomas in the Vale. Shenton was named after Shenton in Shropshire the ancient seat of the Nedham's; the estate in Bogwalk is still known by the name Shenton.

George was Colonel of the Militia and a member of Assembly and Speaker of the House for a short period in 1686 and a member of the Council in 1688. He represented St Mary in 1678, St George in 1675 and St Thomas in the Vale in 1677, 1678, 1686 & 1688.

After George's first wife died he married Mary the daughter of Sir Thomas Mollyford (Governor of the Island 1664-1671 and friend of the buccaneer Henry Morgan). With his first wife he had seven sons but only three survived infancy: Robert, William and Edward Winter; in addition he had three daughters Henrietta, Mary and Elizabeth Grace.

George was a Roman Catholic and a Non Juror. He returned to England after the Revolution and although it's not known exactly when George died, it possible he died in England around 1689. His will was proved in 1690, the same year his second wife, Mary, died in Spanish Town . Much of his large estate passed to the Ellis family through his daughter Grace, who married John Ellis.

George was the first Nedham on Jamaica and formed one of its oldest families. He took an active part in Jamaican politics as did his sons. The Nedham family remained on the island until the turn of the 19th Century, when the last of them left the island and settled in England .

Sources  

1.Frederick J. duQuesnay http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/fred05.htm#Nedham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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