British Connection – 3

Background:  Francis McCulloh was the brother of Eleanor McCulloh who married her cousin, Samuel McCulloh

Will of Francis McCulloh

This is the last will and testament of Francis McCulloh of East Guntster in the County of Sussex, Esquire.  I desire that I may be interned in the family yard at St. Charlton in the County of Kent.  And whereas on the marriage of my sister Frances Browne with George Boone Roupell, Esquire, I settled a moirty of my one third part of Certain Estates in the Counties Kent and Leicester on the said George Boone Roupell and Frances Browne and their issue in the event of my dying without issue, reserving to myself a power to make a provision for any wife I might marry and whereas I have since charged all my said Estate with a jointure for Susan my wife, I do therefore confirm the said settlement and jointure and provision which I have made for my said wife and subject thereto and to the payment of all my debts and bequeath and dispose of my real and personal estate in the manner following:

That is to say, I give and devise the unsettled moiety of my said one third part of the said estates in the said county of Kent and the money produced by the sale of the said estate in the said county of Leicester of which I have power to dispose or if the said estate in the said county of Kent shall be sold in my life time then I give and bequeath the money to arise from such sale unto George Boon Roupell.

Upon trust to sell and dispose of my said real estate or such part as shall not be sold at the time of my death and to give receipts for the purchase money which shall be a discharge to the purchaser who shall not be bound to see to the application of the purchase money and to lay out and invest the money arisen or to arise from the sale of my said estates in the Purchase of Stock in public funds or on real security and to pay and apply the interest to dividends thereof and the rents and profit until sale of the said estates to or to the use of my sister Eleanor McCulloh for and during her natural life and from and after her death to pay or transfer such money or stock unto an amongst my nephews and nieces, the children of said George Boone Roupell and Frances Browne his wife who shall be living at the time of my decease and to whom I give and bequeath the same in proportion and in the manner following:

That is to say, I give and bequeath unto my niece Ann Susan Roupell and to my nephew Francis Pooley Roupell the sum of 1500 pounds sterling each and the rest and residue of my real estate and money arisen or to arise from the sale thereof I give and bequeath the same unto and to be divided amongst my nephews and nieces the nine children of said George Boone Roupell and Frances Browne…

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 179

British Connection – 2

20 April 1798, London – George Boone Roupell to John McCulloh

Dear Sir,

I feel very little difficulty in addressing you as an old acquaintance and friend because I am persuaded we are no strangers to each other…  The connection of our families too, has brought us nearer together for since your brother married my sister and I married your neice, I think I may well consider myself one of your family and relation.

Elen received your kind and passionate letter containing the account of the death of your brother James and of his having appointed you one of his executors.  This last circumstance has revived a hope that in the investigation of your brothers affairs and in considering them up, you may be able to assist us in a cause which Elen and Mrs. Roupell had on a W. George Sanderson of Baltimore for a small debt due from him & for which we were informed your brother James had (as he himself wrote me) taken security.  It arose thus –

When Frank [Francis McCulloh] came from America about the year 1787 – W. Sanderson a friend of W. James McCulloh’s came in the same ship and having letters from W. James McCulloh to your brother Robert recommending W. Sanderson to your brothers particular attention & notice.  Your brother Robert invited him to his house where for a great many months W. Sanderson remained as a home and received every possible hospitality and kind attention.  When he was leaving England he said he had outrun the money he had brought with him to England and being a stranger here, he requested Mr. Robert McCulloh to lend him 8 ct to pay his passage back to America & promised faithfully to remit the amount as soon as he arrived in America.  He received the money, gave a note bearing interest for it – but never has paid any attention to his promise.

Upon the death of your brother Robert, I wrote to W. James McCulloh about Sanderson’s debt, conceiving him bound in honor and justice not to suffer your brother Robert’s family to lose any thing by W. Sanderson whom he had recommended for all the attention and kindness he had received.  Your brother James by his letter to me of the 1 November 1789 (now before me) says, “I have repeatedly applied to G. Sanderson for the money borrowed from my brother in vain.  At last however I have succeeded so far as to get him to mortgage his house for 800L worth of goods which will be turned into money as soon as possible, the first fruits of which will be applied to the discharge of that debt.”

After this it was thought unnecessary to resort to W. Sanderson any further since W. James McCulloh had actually got a mortgage to secure the payment of the money.  He alone was considered as liable to your brother Robert’s estate, at least to the value of the mortgage and therefor no further applications were made to W. Sanderson on the subject.

At the distance of about on and two years & since not hearing anything more from your brother James about it & no remittance made, I wrote him, but I never received any answer to any of those letters.  And in this situation the matter rested for several years.  You as one of the executors will have an opportunity of investigating it and we rely upon your rendering us that assistance which we ask to promote our just claim.  The principle and interest must amount to 50L sterling and you who live in a cheap country must yet know that nothing can be spared where there is a…

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frame 338