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Francis Smith

Martha (Smith) Seager

03 Feb 1778 Halesowen, WOR

Penelope Frances Smith  03 Oct 1780 - 09 Mar 1865

Evidence confidence: Confident - LDS M022961 374928: Penelope Smith m. John James Grove on 9th July 1811 in Lindridge, England.

John and Penelope brought four of their children to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1832. Two more joined them a year later. The reason for leaving England is unknown. John's occupation listed on the manifest was Farmer. Evidence confidence: Confident - see John James Grove page. 

John James Grove is buried 'at Trinity in Philadelphia' according to his wife's headstone, although the family has yet to locate his burial site.

IN MEMORY
OF
PENELOPE
Widow of John James Grove
of Wolverly Worshishire England
Who lies Burried at Trinity Church,
and Daughter of Francis Smith Esq.
of the Feild near Whiltshire England

Died March 9 1865
aged 88

Penelope (Smith) died in 1865, christened on Oct 10th, 1780 in Dodderhill, Worcester, England
Evidence confidence: Confident - IGI batch: P018081 PARENTS MARTHA AND FRANCIS. Date of death confirmed by headstone.

 Daughter of Martha and Francis Smith Esq. of the Field near Whiltshire England. In order for her to be 88 in March of 1865, she had to have been born in 1777. In 1858, when the Journal was being written she would have celebrated her 81st birthday. Beside the entry"Dear Mother"is written:"3 Oct 81". The ship manifest in 1832 listed her and John as 45 years old (which is quite unlikely as stated here), which means that John might indeed have been 72 during that trip (if as I am now beginning to suspect that he was the John James Grove born in 1760 in Wolverly). Incredibly, all of this means that she started having children at age 34 and her last was born when she was 44 (and her husband was 61).

 Their seven children were born in England, possibly all christened in the parish of Weston Under Lizard, Staffordshire.

An Elizabeth ADAMS left in her will (dated 08 October 1840) some money"...unto my neice Penelope GROVE widow, of late John GROVE of Philadelphia in the United States of America...". She also left some money to..."Penelope GROVE, youngest daughter of the said Penelope GROVE widow..." Numerous other names are mentioned in the will including one that I'm using to justify the connection to Penelope's Mother. The recent finding of Penelope's maternal grandfather William Seager's  will connects Elizabeth Adams to the family as Penelope's maternal aunt. The will assigns funds to a William SEAGER Wheeley. At this point I have not discovered the relationship with the Bodenham's and Ames' families mentioned in Elizabeth (nee SEAGER) Adams will although at least the Bodenham name can be connected by way of Mercy (Mary) Adams who married David Bodenham on 17 Oct 1804; However, this does not show how Mary Adams is related to Elizabeth Adams' husband George.

The will can be downloaded from documents online at the UK national archives by searching for ADAMS.

Here's the transcript of Elizabeth Adams will:

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Elizabeth ADAMS of the Woodlands in the parish of Lindridge in the County of Worcester widow first. I do hereby order and direct that all my just debts funeral expenses and the expense of proving this my will shall be fully paid satisfied and discharged by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as conveniently can be after my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my nephew William Seager WHEELEY all my farming stock implements and utensils of farming household good and furniture plate linen and china and all other my goods chattels personal estate and effects of what nature or kind so ever and wheresoever to hold the same unto the said William Seager WHEELEY his executors or administrators upon trust that he the said William Seager WHEELEY his executors or administrators do and shall with all convenient speed after my decease in his or their direction sell and dispose of collect and get in and convert into money so much and such part thereof as shall not at the time of my decease consist of money and I do declare and direct that the said William Seager WHEELEY his executors or administrators do and shall stand possessed of and interested in the monies which shall arise or be made by or from my said personal estate as aforesaid or of which the same shall or may happen to be composed at the time of my decease upon trust that he the said William Seager WHEELEY his Executors or administrators do and shall in his or their own name or names lay out and invest the same in or upon some or one of the public stocks or funds of Great Britain or upon Government or real securities in England to be from time to time altered varied and transposed for or in lieu of stocks funds or securities of a like nature when and as often as he or they shall think proper and as to and concerning one moiety or equal half part of the said trusts monies stocks funds or securities upon trust to pay for interest dividends and yearly produce thereof unto Mary AMES the wife of John Green AMES of Stourport in the said county of Worcester and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her decease upon trust to pay or transfer and assign the said moiety or equal half part of the said trust monies stocks funds or securities unto Elizabeth AMES daughter of the said John Green AMES and Mary AMES and Mary BODENHAM wife of David BODENHAM of the parish of Lindridge aforesaid to be equally divided between them share and share alike and as to and concerning the other moiety or equal half part of and in the said trust monies stocks funds or securities upon trust to pay the interest dividends and yearly produce thereof unto my neice Penelope GROVE widow, of John GROVE late of Philadelphia in the United States of America deceased and her assigns for and during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her decease upon trust to pay or assign and transfer the said last mentioned moiety or equal half part of and in the said trust monies stocks funds or securities unto Penelope GROVE youngest daughter of the said Penelope GROVE widow to and for her own use and benefit and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said William Seager WHEELEY sole Executor of this my will provided always and I do hereby declare that the said William Seager WHEELEY his Executors or administrators shall not be charged or chargeable with or answerable for any more monies than what he or they shall actually receive nor for any  administration in the said trust monies unless the same be occasioned by or through his or their willful neglect or default and I do further declare that it shall be lawful for the said William Seager WHEELEY his executors or administrators by and out of the money which shall come to his or their hand or hands by virtue of this my will to deduct retain or reimburse himself and themselves all costs charges damages and expenses which he or they shall or may sustain disburse or incur in or about the execution of the trusts aforesaid or in creation thereto or the executorship of this my will the allowance of which costs shall be regulated as between attorney and client and not as between party and party and lastly hereby revoking all former wills by me heretofore made I do declare this to be my last will and testament by witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament contained in two sheets of paper to the first sheet thereof thereof act my hand and to this sheet and last sheet thereof my hand and seal this thirteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty.[Signed Elizabeth ADAMS] {Seal} Signed sealed acknowledged and declared by the above named Testatrix Elizabeth ADAMS as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us present at the same time was at her request and in her present and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witness hereto [Signed William BARNBROOKE & Richard MORRIS]

PROVED at London 8 October 1840 before the judge by the oath of William Seager WHEELEY the nephew the sole executor to whom [admin] was granted having been first sworn by everyone duly to administrator.   

  

 

Siblings

Elizabeth C:13 Nov 1779    William Seager C:19 Aug 1781    John C:07 Mar 1784   Thomas C:18 Apr 1785

Children

Elizabeth Penelope
21 Apr 1812 - 26 Jul 1879
Anne
15 Aug 1813 - 12 Feb 1899
Helen
23 Jun 1815 - 29 Jun 1902
Penelope Elizabeth
23 Dec 1816 - 26 May 1906
William
5 Nov 1818 - 23 Sep 1870
James
8 Dec 1820 - 14 Feb 1890
Edmund
1822-??

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