Where there is a will, there is a way..or How an annuity saved a family.

William Roydhouse 1766-1825                                                                                     (my 4th great grand-uncle, son of Henry)
William Roydhouse was the third child born to Henry and Ann nee Appleby. He was baptized at Percys Chapel, St Pancras on the 20th February 1766.His father declared bankruptcy in that year and the family were living in the extremely poor area of Southwark by the death of Henry in 1778 aged 48.
William had a fishmonger business in Oxford Street, London.
He married Christiana Buckland on the 24th October, 1796 at St Annes, in Soho. The couple did not have children.
In William’s will which was probated in June,1825, he left everything to his wife.

Christiana passed away on the 10th May 1830 .
Included in her will was a bequest for Thomas Roydhouse, her husband’s brother ( and my direct ancestor)for an annuity of 20 pounds for the term of his natural life.


By the 1851 census when he was almost 80 Thomas ,Sarah and William seem to have depended on the annuity to supplement any incomes earned by them.

Author: gorcat28

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