Colonel Dowding Thornhill

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Colonel Dowding Thornhill, son of Henry Thornhill and Alice Dowding, was born about 1689, as he appears to be the first born son per the wills of his grandparents, but certainly before 25 August 1694, when he was mentioned in the will of his grandfather, Thomas Dowding.1 He died at St. Lucy's Parish, Barbados, before 19 January 1732/33, when his will was proved.2

Dowding married Jane Terrill, daughter of Capt. Michael Terrill and Cornelia Walrond, at St. Lucy's Parish, Barbados, say 1714.3,4

Dowding left a will dated 2 November 1732, and proved 19 January 1732/3:
To my wife Jane, two negro wenches with their issue for her life, also one half of my household stuff, plate, jewels, etc. Also one half of my estate real or personal which I am possessed of or which may fall to me on my mother's death or otherwise, for her life.

To my daughter Mary two negroes and the other half of my household stuff, jewels, plate, etc. together with the residue of my estate and the reversion of my wife's half thereof. If my wife shall have a child, if a boy my Will is that my estate bequeathed to my daughter, except the negroes and household stuff, shall be for such male child at 21, allowing £1,500 for Mary out of my estate at 18 or marriage; if a girl child, £500 for her at 15 or marriage.

In case of failure of issue I give my estate to my nephew Henry Thornhill.

To my mother and mother-in-law 40/- to by two mourning rings.

To my nephew Henry £100 at 21, and to my other two nephews, Timothy and Dowding and my neices Elizabeth and Judith £25 each at 21 to buy a negro.

I empower my executors to sell as many acres of the outscirts of my estate for payment of my debts especially that of grandmother Dowding's in the parish of St. Peter, bounding on Matthew Grey Esq. and others and whereon Charles McCarty now lives as tenant, and of 16 acres bounding George Hannay and John Poyer and Thomas Gilkes, and of 13 acres whereon Nicholas Chandler now lives and John Hollingsworth lived as tenant, and to sell as much sugar and rum crops off my estate over and above my wife's one-half as must feit.

I appoint Reynold Alleyne senr. and Major John Alleyne esq., Lt. Col. Wm Sandiford, John Poyer and Hurdis Jordan esqurs. and Mr. John Trent executors, and my wife Jane (during widowhood) executrix.
(sd) D. Thornhill, wit: Charles McCarty, Daniel Yates, Samuel Beron

Proved 19 January 1732 before President James Dotin.2


Jane Terrill b. say 1695, d. bef. Oct 1739
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  1. [S410] Joanne McRee Sanders, compiler, Barbados Records: Wills and Administrations (3 vols., Houston, Texas: Sanders Historical Publications, 1979-1981), 2:96, further cited as Sanders, Barbados Wills.
  2. [S829] "Thornhill of Barbados," Genealogies of Barbados Families From Caribbeana and The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, James C. Brandow, editor (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1983, 515-526, at 517; Originally published, The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society IX (1942): 90-101, further cited as "Thornhill of Barbados."
  3. [S829] "Thornhill of Barbados," 515-526.
  4. [S413] Joanne McRee Sanders, Barbados Records: Marriages 1643-1800 (2 vols., Houston, Texas: Sanders Historical Publications, 1982), 2:509, further cited as Sanders, Barbados Marriages.