Carolina Lords Proprietors

Ann Amy & Nicholas Trott

Ann Amy (b? - d.1729) was the daughter of Thomas Amy and the sister of Thomas Amy, Jr. and Elizabeth Amy Moore. She married Nicholas Trott. Most historians assert that this Nicholas Trott was the man who became Chief Justice and Judge of the Admiralty in South Carolina - but, those same historians never mention Ann Amy as his wife. Beats me. Ann Amy Trott died just before the Crown purchased Carolina from seven of the eight Lords Proprietors, therefore, her name does not appear in those acquisition documents. However, her sister - Elizabeth Amy Moore - does appear in those documents.

Nothing more is known about the life of Ann Amy Trott.

Nicholas Trott (January 19, 1663 - January 21, 1740), the man named by the above-mentioned historians, was educated at Merchant Taylor's School in London. In part due to his family's connections, he was appointed Secretary to the Somers Isles Company and attorney general of Bermuda in 1693. He married his first wife, Jane Willis, in Bermuda a year later. In 1695, Nicholas Trott became a member of the Inner Temple, one of London's four Inns of Court, which served as a center of learning for training lawyers. Returned to Bermuda the following year, he took the office of attorney general and by all accounts served ably in that post.

Click Here for much more about this Nicholas Trott from Wikipedia online.

Click Here for a PDF document on this Nicholas Trott from Georgia State University online.

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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