Transcriptions of a Notebook of Amy Oliver Jackson Pt1
Research by Amy Oliver Jackson on the DARE family.
This document is shared with the permission of Pat Roberts - only for the use on this site.
 NOTE: This is now in the voice of Amelia Lydia DARE, although it has been written down by her daughter Amy Oliver LLOYD..
 NOTE: This sems incorrect. It does not mean that there is not a familial link, but William Leslie Hamilton married Hon. Isabella Erskine, daughter of Henry David Erskine, 10th Earl of Buchan and Agnes Steuart, in 1770. He died in 1780. William Leslie Hamilton held the office of Attorney-General [Leeward Islands] http://thepeerage.com/p18720.htm#i187197
He was supposedly related to the HAMILTONS of Monkland. He was a son of a Dr. William HAMILTON and brother of Andrew HAMILTON.
 Frances NISBIT née Frances Herbert WOOLWARD, born at Nevis in 1761. Her uncle was John Richardson HERBERT of Montpelier, Nevis. He was the President of Nevis.
Frances was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis in 1761, and had been baptised Frances Herbert Woolward in St. George's Church in May that year. The Woolwards were members of the colonial elite, her mother, Mary Herbert, was one of three sisters of John Richardson Herbert, a descendant of the fourth Earl of Pembroke, [NOTE: This would be Philip HERBERT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Herbert,_4th_Earl_of_Pembroke ] and Mary and John's uncle had been President of the Council of Nevis until his death in 1768. Fanny's father, William Woodward, was a senior judge on Nevis, and a partner in the firm of Herbert, Morton and Woolward. The Woolwards lived in comfort, and Fanny herself owned a black manservant named Cato.
Fanny's mother died while Fanny was still a child, with her father succumbing to tetanus in February 1779, at the age of 53. Fanny inherited most of her father's possessions, but was forced to sell most of them to creditors. She raised a tablet to her parents' memory in the local church, and on 28 June 1779 married the 31-year old physician Dr Josiah Nisbet. Josiah had connections with the political elite of the island, and was probably fairly wealthy. The couple moved to England and lived briefly in the close at Salisbury Cathedral. Josiah Nisbet became seriously ill shortly after arriving in England and died on 5 October 1781, leaving Fanny with their seventeen-month old child Josiah, but with no other provision. Fanny raised a plaque in her dead husband's memory at the church in Stratford Sub Castle, and spent some time in England acting as the guardian for another Nevis planter, John Pinney. Pinney returned to England in 1783 and did not recognise his children, prompting Fanny to exclaim 'Good God! Don't you know them? They are your children!' Pinney's wife was so surprised that she set her headdress alight on a nearby candle.
Fanny and her infant son returned to Nevis and lived with her uncle, John Richardson Herbert at his house Montpelier. Herbert was by now himself President of the Council of Nevis, and one of the frequent guests to his house was a young naval captain who was stationed off the island, Horatio Nelson. The widowed Fanny was described as being young and pretty, while her availability and position as likely to inherit a substantial portion of her uncle's estate made her an attractive match for Nelson. In addition to this she painted watercolours, embroidered, and spoke excellent French. Nelson's friend, Prince William Henry wrote that she seemed 'pretty and sensible', while William Hotham, then serving as a midshipman aboard HMS Solebay recorded that she was 'pretty, attractive, and a general favourite.'Another midshipman reported that though she had 'some beauty, and a freshness of countenance not common in that climate', her intellect was distinctly unremarkable
Miniature of Lady Francis "Fanny" Nelson, watercolour on paper, painted in 1798 by Daniel Orme, the year of her husband's victory at the Nile.
Nelson made frequent visits to Nevis after meeting Fanny for the first time, and by June 1785 had decided to ask her to marry him. By August Nelson had proposed, and Fanny had accepted, but there was still the question of obtaining the blessing of the relatives, and of raising money. Fanny's uncle promised them money on his death but could give them little in the short term, but Nelson's relations could not provide anything in the immediate future. By early 1786 Nelson had been moved to Barbados, where he engaged in legal struggles with the prize courts and other distractions, though he wrote often to Fanny on Nevis. He was able to return to Nevis in early 1787 while touring the islands with Prince William Henry, and there determined to marry Fanny.
 NELSON – note he was born in Norfolk, so may have already known the JULIUS family.
 This is Amy Oliver LLOYD’s grandmother.
 “Julius Jottings” Nos 1 and 2 privately distributed notes on Rockhampton diocese and particularly the Parish of North Rockhampton, 1898, Julius family, 1898). SOURCE: http://library-resources.cqu.edu.au/thesis/adt-QCQU/uploads/approved/adt-QCQU20031117.164918/public/02whole.pdf
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