Carolina Lords Proprietors

Thomas Amy

Thomas Amy (b.?, d.1704) was very likely a relative, by marriage, of one of the original Lords Proprietors, Sir John Colleton, who married Katherine Amy, daughter of William Amy of Exton, Devonshire. Little is known about the life of Thomas Amy other than official records documenting certain aspects of the Lords Proprietors' interests in Carolina. In 1682, he was described as a London "drugster" when the Lord Mayor appointed him to examine lists of the livery companies. In 1700, he was mentioned as one of the "chief managers" of the Bahamas for the Proprietors of that colony.


In December of 1683, a little more than six (6) years after the death of Sir William Berkeley, Lady Frances Berkeley sold her inherited share of Carolina to four living Lords Proprietors - Christopher Monck - 2nd Duke of Albemarle, William Craven - 1st Lord Craven, Sir George Carteret - 1st Baronet Carteret, and Sir Peter Colleton - 2nd Baronet. These four Lords Proprietors collectively created a trust for this share of Carolina and appointed Thomas Amy to manage the said trust.

Upon the death of Thomas Amy in 1704, his eldest son, Thomas Amy, Jr. claimed ownership of this share. He died in 1707 before perfecting his claim, which he subsequently left to his two sisters - Elizabeth Amy Moore and Ann Amy Trott (who was married to Nicholas Trott).

However, the surviving Lords Proprietors, heirs to the four mentioned above - John Grenville - 1st Baron Granville of Potheridge; William Craven, 2nd Baron Craven; John Carteret - 2nd Baronet Carteret; and Sir John Colleton - 3rd Baronet - decided that since Thomas Amy had only been appointed trustee and manager for this share of Carolina, in 1705 they sold this share to John Archdale. In 1708, John Archdale gave this share to his daughter, Mary Archdale Danson and her husband John Danson. In 1724, John Danson died and Mary Archdale Danson sold this share to Hugh Watson, trustee for James Bertie and Henry Bertie. Ultimately, this share was assigned solely to Henry Bertie, and he claimed full ownership.

The alleged various ownerships were never settled and when the Crown purchased Carolina in 1728/1729, they provided consideration to all parties involved in this share and all those named above ceded their rights to the Crown.


 


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