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Andrew DurnfordAge: 54 years17441798

Name
Andrew Durnford
Occupation
first mayor of St. George

Residence
Alt. Birth
Hundred Windowed House
April 4, 1744 (Age )
Birth April 24, 1744 24 28
Birth April 24, 1744 24 28
Christening April 29, 1744 (Age 5 days)
Birth of a brotherClark Durnford
July 24, 1748 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Arthur Durnford
1765 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a son
#2
George Durnford
about 1767 (Age 22 years)
Death of a brotherThomas Durnford
1768 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a son
#3
Augustus Durnford
1769 (Age 24 years)
Death of a brotherThomas Durnford
1769 (Age 24 years)
Cause: killed in active duty
Christening of a sonAugustus Durnford
about 1769 (Age 24 years)
MarriageJemima Margaret IsaacsonView this family
July 6, 1771 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#4
William Durnford
1771 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a son
#5
Andrew Montague Isaacson Durnford Sr.
June 24, 1773 (Age 29 years)
MarriageElizabeth LucasView this family
after 1773 (Age 28 years)
Christening of a sonAndrew Montague Isaacson Durnford Sr.
January 1, 1774 (Age 29 years)
Death of a fatherElias Durnford Sr.
May 22, 1774 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a son
#6
Anthony William Durnford
January 24, 1775 (Age 30 years)
Christening of a sonAnthony William Durnford
February 21, 1775 (Age 30 years)
Death of a motherMartha Gannaway
April 26, 1780 (Age 36 years)
Burial of a motherMartha Gannaway
1780 (Age 35 years)
MilSvc
Chief Engineer, Captain-Lieutenant, R.E., at Catham
1784 (Age 39 years)

MilSvc 1788 (Age 43 years)
Birth of a daughter
#7
Elizabeth Durnford
February 10, 1790 (Age 45 years)
Birth of a son
#8
John Durnford
April 25, 1791 (Age 47 years)
Birth of a son
#9
Thomas Durnford
August 19, 1792 (Age 48 years)
Christening of a sonThomas Durnford
August 23, 1792 (Age 48 years)
Death of a sonThomas Durnford
August 24, 1792 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a son
#10
Henry William Durnford
1793 (Age 48 years)
MilSvc 1793 (Age 48 years)
MilSvc June 29, 1793 (Age 49 years)
Christening of a sonHenry William Durnford
September 21, 1793 (Age 49 years)
Death of a brotherElias Durnford Jr.
June 21, 1794 (Age 50 years)
Cause: Yellow Fever
Birth of a son
#11
James Andrew Durnford
December 1, 1794 (Age 50 years)
Christening of a sonJames Andrew Durnford
December 27, 1794 (Age 50 years)
Birth of a daughter
#12
Martha Durnford
1796 (Age 51 years)
Marriage of a childAndrew Montague Isaacson Durnford Sr.Barbara Ann SheaView this family
February 17, 1796 (Age 51 years)
Death of a daughterMartha Durnford
1796 (Age 51 years)
Christening of a daughterMartha Durnford
October 12, 1796 (Age 52 years)
Burial of a daughterMartha Durnford
November 4, 1796 (Age 52 years)
Death of a wifeJemima Margaret Isaacson
August 29, 1798 (Age 54 years)
Will September 1, 1798 (Age 54 years)
Shared note: WILL FOR JEMIMA
Will September 1798 (Age 54 years)
Death September 10, 1798 (Age 54 years)
Burial
Durnford House
September 11, 1798 (1 day after death)
Baptism of a sonAndrew Montague Isaacson Durnford Sr.
October 25, 1969 (171 years after death)
Baptism June 11, 1982 (183 years after death)
LDS endowment June 16, 1982 (183 years after death)
Burial
Title
Colonel

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: April 15, 1738Rockbourne, Hampshire, England
4 years
elder brother
Thomas Durnford
Birth: January 26, 1741/42 CE (February 6, 1742) 21 26Ringwood, Hampshire, England
Death: Fort Onor1769Honavar, Karnataka, India
7 years
younger brother
-4 years
himself
-5 years
elder brother
Family with Elizabeth Lucas - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: after 1773Bermuda
22 years
son
James Andrew Durnford
Birth: December 1, 1794 50 29Saint George, Bermuda
Death: September 19, 1867Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA
2 years
daughter
-6 years
daughter
Elizabeth Durnford
Birth: February 10, 1790 45 24Saint George, Bermuda
Death: August 15, 1883Auburn, Cayuga County, New York, USA
14 months
son
John Durnford
Birth: April 25, 1791 47 25Saint George, Bermuda
Death: 1867Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA
16 months
son
Thomas Durnford
Birth: August 19, 1792 48 27Saint George, Bermuda
Death: August 24, 1792Saint George, Bermuda
16 months
son
Henry William Durnford
Birth: 1793 48 27Saint George, Bermuda
Death: September 22, 1863Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, USA
Family with Jemima Margaret Isaacson - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: July 6, 1771St Andrew, Holborn, London, London, England
6 months
son
4 years
son
-9 years
son
5 years
son
5 years
son
-6 years
son

MilSvc

Brevet Major, Royal Engineers

MilSvc

Major arrived from England. Re-built Paget Fort.

MilSvc

The Governor of Bermuda directed him to build a new Barbette Battery on the height of the land above Paget Fort.

MilSvc

First mayor of St. George

Will

WILL FOR JEMIMA

Extracts from the will of Captain Andrew Durnford, Royal Engineers, resident of St. George Bermuda, signed September 1, 1798 and probated January 16, 1799. WITNESSES: Frederick Augustus DeButts, Robert Kelly, George Gaines, Esq.

EXECUTORS: Two sons, Andrew M. I. Durnford and Anthony William Durnford.

Property devised; Personal and Real Estate owned and held in Great Britain only.

FORMER WILL: dated 1788 having been drawn and published in Great Britain; revoked absolutely.

PRESENT WILL: Devises; Wife Jemima Margaret Durnford, sons, Andrew M. I. and William Anthony Durnford.

PERSONAL ESTATE: To beloved wife, Jemima, all household goods and furniture (other than special requests below) in Great Britain; also all plate, linen, china, also all her and my watches, jewels, rings and such articles as are worn by her as ornaments for her person and which at my death shall be in Great Britain, all these for and during her life and no longer.

To my son, Andrew, all my books and all my professional drawings, plans, and instruments; also my drawing table, bureau, boxes, and other furniture belonging to my room or study in Great Britain and which shall be there at the time of my death to and for his own use absolutely.

INVESTMENTS: To my beloved wife Jemima for her life and no longer all my annuity or yearly rent charge of 160 pounds sterling which is payable to me during the life of her sister, Hannah King, out of and chargeable upon certain estates in the county of Northumberland, called Fenton, Fenton Demesne and Nesbitt farms and all deeds, bonds, and Instruments whereby the same is secured unto me.

In case Hannah King shall predecease Jemima Durnford, I do devise unto my sons Andrew and William Anthony the policy or policies of Assurance whereby the principal money paid by me for the purchase of the said rent charge or yearly sum of 160 pounds is assured to me, my executors and administrators upon the decease of the said Hannah King by the Society for Equitable Assurances on lives, survivor ships and all sum or sums of money which shall or may be received or recovered thereon or by virtue thereof in trust to invest the money and interest which shall arise therefrom in some of the public funds and to pay the dividends and interest accruing on the same as it shall accrue and become due to the said Jemima Durnford for her life.

DOWER: "It is my will" that my wife shall accept these foregoing bequests absolutely as her dower third, or free bench out of any part of the Real Estate which I may die seized of or entitled to.

RESIDUE OF REAL AND PERSONAL ESTATE IN GREAT BRITAIN: To my sons, Andrew M. I. Durnford and Anthony William Durnford, to be divided between them in equal portions, share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants....forever....in case either die under age without lawful issue such residue to go wholly to the survivor forever.

WILL COVERING THE BERMUDA ESTATE

This will was drawn at the same time the above will was drawn and the same witnesses were used. Signed September 1, 1798 and probated in Bermuda on October 29, 1798.

EXECUTRIX: Elizabeth Lucas; Property devised; Personal and Real Estate owned and held in the Islands of Bermuda only.

Imprimis within one year of death an appraisement and valuation to be made of all real estate held in Bermuda, two copies to be made, one for the executrix and one to be recorded in the Secretary's office.

DEVISES: My dear friend Elizabeth Lucas resident of the Town of St. George, Bermuda, and the following children of Elizabeth Lucas, that is to say; Elizabeth Durnford, Henry Durnford, John Durnford and James Durnford.

Under certain circumstances "the two executors named in my will covering my property in Great Britain, as executors thereof in manner as I have therein devised to them all the real and residue of my property in Great Britain....." and under certain different circumstances "my friends Simon Frazer, Esq., storekeeper of H. M. Ordinance at St. George and Robert Tucker, Esq. of Rivers Island."

PROPERTY DEVISED: Personal Estate; Outright to Elizabeth Lucas all money, plate, linen, china, household furniture, implements of husbandry, cattle, goods, and description which may belong to me or be possessed by me at the time of my death, and which shall be within the Bermuda Islands.

REAL ESTATE: In trust until each of the four children mentioned above or the survivors of them arrive at the age of 21 years; "all my lot or lots of grounds situated at a place known as Style Hill in the town of St. George together with the dwelling houses, buildings, out buildings, and the appurtenances, wharfs, wharehouses (sic), storehouses, also all the lands which I have purchased from John Grove Palmer Esq., at Mullett Bay in the Parish of St. George. Also all the lands and grants of lands granted to me by H. H. the Governor, Sir Henry Hamilton, which bear date on or about Sept. 25, 1794, also all my estate and interest in the glebe lands sold by authority of an act of the Legislature of these Islands, lying and being in the Parish of St. George. Also certain small island called Rushy Island which I purchased from John Grove Palmer Esq. and is situated in the harbour (sic) of St. George at the entrance of Town Cut.; Together with the rents, issues and profits of all said premises.

TO ELIZABETH LUCAS: To have and to hold (for such period as stated above) on trust nevertheless and on special confidence and to the interest and purpose that the said devised lands, etc. may be kept up and managed in the best possible manner for the benefit of the devisees herein mentioned and during the continuance of the said trust, all rents, issue and profits to and for her own use to enable her to educate and support said (four children above) for the residue and continuance of the trust. In the event that Elizabeth Lucas should die before the determination of the trust all these lands are immediately from the time of her death, devised unto my friends, Simon Frazer and Robert Tucker (mentioned above) for the residue of the term and time and on the trusts before mentioned and declared respecting the same in the devise thereof to my dear friend Elizabeth Lucas....particularly request, two friends to have and take a fatherly interest and care and attention to the education and bringing up of the said (children), to be particularly attentive to the management and improvement of the lands, etc. and:

TERMINATION OF TRUST: On the attainment of the age of 21 respectively and severally be them the said (four children) or only the youngest of them who shall live to attain such age.

FROM AND ON THE DETERMINATION OF THE TRUST: I do devise the said lands, etc., to John Durnford, his heirs, etc., forever, subject to the provisions and conditions hereafter expressed; To Elizabeth Lucas; annual rent charge of 40 pounds for life (paid quarterly or half yearly as she wishes). The first payment to be made at the end of the first quarter or half year as she requests, after the determination of the trust estate; also shall have and enjoy the free, full use and occupation of my dwelling, outhouses, buildings (except wharfs and storehouses) and gardens at Style Hill for and during the term of her life, UNLESS it shall please John Durnford to sell or dispose of Style Hill....in which case the entire estate "shall stand charged (in lieu and satisfaction to Elizabeth Lucas of the aforesaid 40 pounds and as an equivalent and recompense to her for the loss and use, etc., of Style Hill) with payment of one annual sum of 120 pounds current Bermuda money for life, first payment to be made at the end of the first quarter or half year following the sale of Style Hill, (as she shall direct to: Elizabeth Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford, within eighteen months after coming into possession, John Durnford shall to each of these or their heirs pay one quarter of the value of the devised lands, etc., according to the appraisement and valuation (at the time of my death).

IN DEFAULT OF THIS PAYMENT: "I devise all my said estate etc. to (the four children) their heirs and assigns forever equally to be divided between them share and share alike each one fourth part as tenants in common and not as joint tenants, subject to the aforesaid annual sum or yearly rent charge of 40 pounds and subject to the same conditions and provisions....for Elizabeth Lucas regard her occupance of Style Hill or annual allowance of 120 pounds as mentioned above.

FURTHER: In case of default of payments as set out above: In event any of them shall die without having (lawful issue) or without having legally devised his or her share or shares, I devise that their quarter share shall also die and go to the survivors or survivor, of them (at the determination of the trust and subject to the limitations and provisions already set out concerning Elizabeth Lucas. In the event all of them die without lawful issue since or intestate with regard to this estate (having no lawful issue) I do devise the estate subject to the provisions for Elizabeth Lucas to the two executors named in my will respecting my property in Great Britain, etc. (as set forth in the beginning of this will. "I will and direct that no timber be cut from any of my estate or lands in Bermuda before the termination of the Trust Estate) unless as so much as may be necessary to pay and discharge the quit rents due from the estate; provided the same cannot be in any other way discharged...

Will

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF MAJOR ANDREW DURNFORD FOR HIS BERMUDA PROPERTY

Dated: September 1st, 1798

In the name of God, Amen. I Andrew Durnford Esquire, Captain of His Majesty's Corp. of Royal Engineers having duly made and published my last will and testament respecting my property in Great Britain bearing equal date herewith, and being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding do for the purpose of settling and disposing of what property I have within the Bermuda Islands, make this my last will and testament of and concerning the same in manner and form following, that is to say, I will and desire that within twelve months after my decease a just and true appraisement and valuation be all my real Estates within the Islands of Bermuda, and that two exact copies of such appraisement and valuation be fairly made , one whereof to be lodged with my Executrix hereafter named, and the other to be recorded in the Secretary's Office for these Islands; and I do hereby give and bequeath unto my dear friend Elizabeth Lucas late of Great Britain, but now a resident in the Town of Saint George and known that name only, whatever name she may hereafter be known or choose to assume, to her, her Executors, Administrators and Assigns all the Moneys, Plates, Linens, Chairs, Household furniture, Implements of Husbandry, Cattle, Goods, Chattels and Effects whatever, and all the personal estate of every kind and description which may belong to or be possessed by me at the time of my death and which shall be within the Bermuda Islands. I do give and devise to my said Dear Friend Elizabeth Lucas all my real Estate in the aforesaid Islands, that is to say, all my lot or lots of ground situate at a place called or known by the name of Style Hill in the Town of St. George together with the dwelling houses, buildings, outhouses, wharfs, warehouses, storehouses and the appurtenances, also all the lands which I have purchased of John Grove Palmer Esquire at Mullet Bay, in the Parish aforesaid. Also all the lands and grants of lands granted to me by his Excellency, Governor Hamilton, which grants were dated on or the twenty-fifth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand, seven hundred and ninety-four. Also all my estate and interest in the glebe lands sold by authority of an Act of the Legislature of these Islands, lying and being in the Parish of St. George aforesaid, also a certain small island called or known by the name of Harney Island which I purchased of John Grove Palmer Esquire and is situated in the Harbour of Saint George at the entrance of old Town Cut together with the rents, I give and present singular the said provisions to have and to hold the said devised Estates, lands and tenements here delivered and possession until the following children of the said Elizabeth Lucas, that is to say, Elizabeth Durnford, Henry William Durnford, John Durnford and James Andrew Durnford or the Survivor Successors of them shall have respectively attained the age of twenty-one years, and if but one survivor until he or she shall attain the said age of twenty-one years, if she the said Elizabeth Lucas shall so long live, in Trust nevertheless and in the special confidence and to the intent and purpose that the said devised lands, tenements before mentioned may be kept up and managed in the best possible manner the benefit of the Services hereinafter mentioned; and during the continuance of the said trust, I do devise to my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas (in use she shall so long live) all the rents, issues and profits of the Lands, Tenements, Stores, Warehouses, Wharfs, and premises aforesaid to and for her own use to enable her to educate and support them the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford during the continuance of the said Trust, and from and after the determination of the said Trust that is to say, on the attainment of the age of twenty-one years respectively and severally by them the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford, only the youngest of them who shall live to attain such age, I do them give and devise the said lands, Tenements aforesaid to the said John Durnford, his heirs and assigns forever, subject to the provisions and conditions hereafter aforesaid and subject to the payment of one annual sum or yearly rent charge of twenty pounds Current money of these Islands to be paid to my dear friend Elizabeth Lucas for the term of her natural life by quarterly or half yearly payments as she shall appoint and direct, the first payment thereof to be made at the expiration of the first quarter or half year, after the determination of the aforesaid Trust Estates, as my said dear friend shall please to elect. And I do paying devise the aforesaid lands, Tenements and premises to the said John Durnford on condition of his paying (within eighteen months after his coming into possession of the same on determination of the aforesaid trust Estate) unto each of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford or their heirs one fourth part of the value of the said devised lands, tenements, premises according to the appraisement and valuation, to be made thereof as is herein before directed. Provided nonetheless and on this further condition, that my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas shall have enjoy the free, full and perfect use and occupation of my before mentioned Dwelling House, outhouses, the buildings (excepting the Wharfs and Warehouses) and gardens, at Style Hill aforesaid, for and during the time of her natural life unless it shall please the said John Durnford to sell and dispose of the same. which case I do devise, direct and appoint that the said dwelling house, outhouses, buildings, Wharfs, Warehouses and all other my Estates, lands, tenements and within the Bermuda Islands and herein before devised, shall be and stand charged (in lieu and satisfaction to my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas of the aforesaid annual sums or yearly rent charge of Forty pounds a year and as an equivalent and recompense to her for the loss of the use and occupation of the dwelling house, outhouses, buildings and gardens at Style Hill aforesaid) with the payment of an annual sum or yearly rent charges of one hundred and twenty pounds current money of the Bermuda Islands to be paid unto my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas for and during the time of her natural life, either by quarterly or half yearly payments as she shall appoint and direct. The first payment thereof to commence and be made the expiration of the first quarter or half year after the sale of the said dwelling house, outhouses, buildings and gardens at Style Hill, aforesaid as my said dear friend shall please to elect. And in default of payment by the said John Durnford of the one fourth part of the value of the said before mentioned and devised Estates, lands, tenements and according to the appraisement and valuation to be taken as aforesaid) unto each of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, Henry William Durnford, and James Andrew Durnford. at the time and as I have all my said estates, lands, tenements and to the aforesaid Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford to be divided between them, share and share alike, each one fourth part in common and not as joint tenants subject to the aforesaid annual sum or yearly rent charge of forty pounds, and subject to the same conditions and provision favour of my dear friend Elizabeth Lucas respecting the aforesaid dwelling house, outhouses, buildings and gardens at Style Hill, and to the payment of the aforesaid annual sum or yearly rent charge of one hundred and twenty pounds in manner and in lieu and satisfaction as aforesaid in case the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford shall and dispose of the same. But if it shall so happen that any of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford shall die without having issue lawfully begotten or without having duly and legally disposed of his, her or that fourth part or share of the lands, tenements and this my will relating to my Bermuda property in case of default in the payment herein before appointed to be made to them by the aforesaid John Durnford then and in such case I do will and devise that the share or shares of each of them who shall so die shall go to the survivor or survivors of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford to equally divided between them , share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants; case the said John Durnford shall chance to die without issue lawfully begotten before the expiration of aforesaid trust estate and before payment of the said fourth part in value of my estates aforesaid (according to the appraisement and valuation aforesaid) shall be due and payable, then I do give and devise all my aforesaid estates, lands, tenements and within the Bermuda Islands (at the expiration of the said trust estate) unto the survivor or survivors of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford their heirs and issues forever share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants subject herewith to the aforesaid limitations, conditions, provisions and covered and mentioned in favour of my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas and subject to the aforesaid annuities of forty pounds and as payment charged in the aforesaid lands, tenements and in manner aforesaid; And in case all of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford shall die without issue lawfully begotten or without having legally and duly disposed of his, her or their interests and estates in the herein before devised lands, tenements and within the Bermuda Islands then and in such case I do devise the same (subject nevertheless to the use, occupation and amenities aforesaid in favour of my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas) to the two manner Executors named in my will respecting my property in Great Britain, as the Executors thereof in manner as I have herein directed to them all the rest and residue of my property in Great Britain after specific bequest in the said will made; but if it shall chance to happen that my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas die before the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford shall have attained their respective ages of twenty-one years or before the youngest of them of them who shall live to attain such age, shall have attained the same. I do then and in such case hereby devise all my lands, tenements and within the Bermuda Islands immediately from and after the decease said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas unto my friends Simon Fraser Esquire, Storekeeper of His Majesty's and Ordnance at Saint George's aforesaid and Robert Tucker of Island Esquire for the residue of the term and time and on the trusts before mentioned and devised respecting the same in the devise thereof to my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas and I do hereby particularly request my two said friends Simon Fraser and Robert Tucker Esquires in case of the death of my said dear friend Elizabeth Lucas) to have take a fatherly care and attention to the education and bringing up the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford and to be particularly attentive to the management and improvement of the lands, Tenements and herein before devised. And I will and direct that no timber be cut off from any of my estates and lands in these Bermuda Islands before the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford shall have respectively attained their several ages of twenty-one years, and in case any of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford shall die before he, she or they shall attain such age then not until the youngest survivor of them the said Elizabeth Durnford, John Durnford, Henry William Durnford and James Andrew Durnford shall attain her or his said age of twenty one years unless as much as may be necessary to pay and discharge the just rents due from the said estates provided the same cannot be in any other way discharged; And I do hereby nominate and institute and appoint my dear friend Elizabeth Lucas my executrix in these Islands and of this my will respecting my Bermuda property; In witness whereof I have to this writing contained in this and the two preceding sheets of paper set my hand and seal, to wit, my hand to the bottom of the two preceding sheets my hand and seal to the last sheet and my seal at the top of the first of the said sheets all the said sheets are fixed together and on this first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight.

Andrew Durnford L.G.

writing mentioned in this and the two preceding sheets of paper and signed and sealed by the above named Andrew Durnford and by him published and declared as his Will and Testament respecting his Bermuda property in the presence of us who have herewith subscribed our names as witnesses this in presence and in the presence of each other. The word Durnford being first underlined in the forty fourth line of the second sheet of paper.

Aug. De Bretts Rob Kelly Geo. Crivis

Bermuda alias Somers' Islands By His Excellency George Beckworth, Governor, Commander-in-chief, Vice Admiral.

Shared note

Born in the "Hundred-windowed house"

Was commissioned into engineers Jul 28, 1769.


"A gentleman in the audience, who is an expert on Lowestoft porcelain, said he was so interested in the Durnford connection because he has a Lowestoft sugarbowl which bears the arms of Durnford and Isaacson and was obviously made for Andrew Durnford and Jemima Isaacson. He & his wife had to rush off for their train, but he has promised to send us the paper he wrote about it, so I will send you a copy if/when it arrives.

"P.S. ...Lowestoft is a small seaside resort in Suffolk, England"

from Maureen (&Jimmy) Beasley, 56 Smithy Lane, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth, Surrey, ENGLAND, KT20 6T4


"We now know that a sucrier of Lowestoft porcelain was made for Andrew Durnford, surveyor; also that one of his brothers, Clark Durnford, was a London dealer in Lowestoft wares and that another of his brothers, Elias, married Rebecca Walker, who was the daughter of a Lowestoft china factory partner."

  • from Bevis Hillier: 23 Doods Place, Reigate, Surrey, England, RH2 0NI, Tel. 017372-41805

Last Will and Testament is located at: d:\Personal\Cynthia\genealogy\Andrewburmudawill.doc


Died before his court martial


Died of yellow fever?


St George's Parish

Taken sometime between 1783 and 180

Freeholders Persons in Possession Acres Estate Value

Tucker, Col Geo.(dec) Durnford, Capt Andrew L 1,154


"A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland states that he is the youngest son of Elias Sr.

"Captain Andrew Durnford wrote two wills in Bermuda in September 1798. One was proved in Bermuda 29 days later, leaving property in Bermuda to his "good friend" and a string of children, and the other was also proved in Bermuda but three months later, leaving property in England to his wife and children there.

"Brother of Elias Durnford, he was born at the "Hundred Windowed House," Fordingham, Hants on April 4, 17744. He obtained his commission in the Royal Engineers on July 28, 1769 and the next year he was appointed Assistant Commissary to superintend the demolition of the fortifications and canal of Dunkirk, according to the terms of the Treaty of 1763. He was selected for this office from his well known talents as draftsman and engineer, having been employed for some years at the Tower under Colonel Desmaretz. On leaving Dunkirk in 1774 he was next engaged for 2 years on the defenses at Plymouth, and in 1776 he sailed for America, where he served throughout the War beginning with Burgoyne's Expedition of 1777 where he served with his cousin Desmaretz Durnford. Then he worked for his brother in 1779 as the Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General in Georgia and West Florida until 1783. He visited Bermuda on his way back from New York on 1783 and made a survey and report on the islands. From 1784 to 1787 he was Chief Engineer at Chatham, with the rank of Captain-Lieutenant. In 1788 he was selected to fortify the forts of Bermuda. He was the first British engineer sent to the station. He was promoted to the rank of Captain and later to Major. He remained at Bermuda till his death in 1798. (19th Century British Magazine "Notes & Queries" www.rootsweb.com/~bmuwgw/notesandqueries.htm)

"While in Bermuda (10 years) he was much involved in politics and was the first mayor of St. George's. He built a fine home and warehouse on the western edge of the town. He ran afoul with Governor Henry Hamilton's replacement, Crauford. Governor Crauford dismissed Durnford in 1795 after disagreements. His last three years were spent under "Suspension from Rank & Pay...Promotion stopt in the Corps of Engineers, & every Mortification that can be accumulated on the head of a Military Man-I have felt.' The matter was only resolved on Durnford's death. [Bermuda Forts; Edward Cecil Harris]

"Unfortunately in 1796 he was suspended for padding his payroll and held for court martial. Specific charges were that he and diverted funds to build Queen's Warehouse (still in use) and a house in St. George's Town, of which was the first Mayor. He did on 10 September 1798 still awaiting trial and protesting his innocence. [A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland; Sir Alec Skempton, Mike Chrimes]

"From 1789 until 1791, Durnford lived in Stewart Hall with his mistress Elizabeth Lucas, with whom he had six children. In 1791 he purchased land on Stile Hill and set to work the following year building a grand house of his own design now known as Durnford. Durnford's parish assessments suggest that it took two years to complete the house. His assessment leaped from 750 pounds in 1792 to 1,490 pounds in 1794 and climbed further to 3,565 pounds the following year. With its perfectly symmetrical layout, the massive square two story structure was a model of Georgian design. If original, the house has the oldest documented use of keystones over the windows....below the cliff to the south, Andrew Durnford built a wharf, storehouse, fishpond and bathing house. Many of the Captain's contemporaries were more than a little suspicious about the source of the building materials used in the house and wharf, since Durnford was in charge of rebuilding the island's forts. The stone in the walls of Durnford, far thicker than any other private residence, was probably intended for public use, so it is not surprising that Durnford's enemies referred to this house as the colony's "Fifth Fort." In October 1797 Andrew Durnford became the first Mayor of the newly incorporated Town of St. George. He died shortly before his term expired and left two wills. In the first he left his house and land in England to his wife Jemima and two sons, while in the second he gave his new house and land in Bermuda to his "good friend" Elizabeth Lucas and their four surviving children. Lucas who took the name Durnford after Andrew's death, tried repeatedly to rent or sell the huge house with little success. After her children had come of age, in 1814 Elizabeth Lucas Durnford purchased a small lot to the east of the house and built a cottage where she lived. Three of the children moved to the United States while the fourth, merchant James A. Durnford, mortgaged his share and eventually lost it through foreclosure. In 1844 and 1845 merchant John Davenport, the alleged hoarder of gold who owned the Esten House, bought each child's share and reunited the property after 30 years. [Bermuda Architectural Heritage: St. George's]" -- www.durnfordfamily.com