The Abdy baronets of Felix Hall
Abdy, Anthony (1579-1640). Seventh and youngest child of Roger Abdy (d. 1595) and his wife Mary, daughter of Richard White of Hutton (Essex), baptised at All Hallows, Bread St., London, 18 October 1579. Clothworker and East India merchant of London; appointed director of East India Co., 1617 and deputy governor, 1639; member of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers (master, 1632). Alderman of London; sheriff of London, 1630-31. He married, 14 August 1610 St Mary Aldermary London, Abigail (d. 1640), youngest daughter of Sir Thomas Campbell, kt., ironmonger, Governor of the East India Company and Lord Mayor of London in 1609-10, and had issue:
(1) Alice Abdy (1611-48), baptised at St Dionis Backchurch, London, 2 June 1611; married. 19 November 1635 at St Andrew Undershaft, London, Sir John Bramston, kt. (1611-69) of Skreens (Essex) and had issue six sons and four daughters; died in childbirth, 9 February 1647/8 and was buried at Roxwell (Essex);
(2.1) Abigail Abdy (b. & d. 1647), born October 1647; died in infancy and was buried at St Pancras, Soper Lane, London, 26 October 1647;
(2.2) Abigail Abdy (b. & d. 1651), baptised at St Andrew Undershaft, London, 7 November 1651; died in infancy and was buried at St Andrew Undershaft, London, 8 November 1651;
(2.10) Mary Abdy (d. 1740), married, May 1686 at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), as his second wife, Wentworth Garneys (d. 1712) of Boyland Hall (Norfolk) and Ealing (Middx), but had no issue; buried at Norwich, 17 January 1739/40; will proved 23 January 1739/40;
Abdy, Sir William (1689-1750), 4th bt. Third son of Sir Anthony Abdy (1655-1704), 2nd bt. and his wife Mary, daughter of Rev. Dr. Richard Milward, canon of Windsor and rector of Great Braxted (Essex), baptised at Kelvedon, 1 September 1689. His education is obscure as he does not seem to have attended either university or any of the inns of court. Barrister and legal agent; acted as London agent for the 3rd Earl of Ailesbury, who was the son of a prominent Jacobite exile, and this led to his being suspected of Jacobite sympathies himself. He succeeded his elder brother, Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy (1688-1733) as 4th baronet of Felix Hall in 1733. He married, 20 May 1714 at Westminster, Mary (1695-1743), only daughter and heir of Philip Stotherd of Terling (Essex) and had issue:
(1) Mary Abdy (b. 1715), baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster, 9 March 1715; married, 24 September 1748 at the Chapel Royal, Westminster, Ambrose Dickins (d. 1783) of Wollaston (Northants), barrister, son of Ambrose Dickins, sergeant-surgeon to Queen Anne and King George I, and had issue;
(2) Francis Abdy (b. 1717), baptised at St James, Piccadilly, 5 May 1717; died young;
(3) Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy (1721-75) (q.v.);
(4) Charlotte Elizabeth Abdy (1722-88), baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), 22 January 1722; married, 11 April 1752 at St Anne, Soho, Westminster (Middx), Rev. Dr. Thomas Rutherforth (1712-71) [for whom see below under 'The later Abdys'] and had issue two sons; buried at Barley (Herts), 12 December 1788;
(5) Priscilla Abdy (b. 1727), born 17 May and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, 4 June 1727; probably died young;
(6) Rev. Stotherd Abdy (1728-73), born 15 and baptised 28 July 1728; educated at St John's College, Cambridge (admitted 1745; BA 1748/9; MA 1752); ordained deacon, 1750 and priest, 1752; rector of Theydon Garnons and Stapleford Tawney (Essex); prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral, 1771; Archdeacon of Essex, 1771-73; married 1st*, 1752, Theodosia (d. 1758), daughter of Sir Robert Abdy, 3rd bt., of Albyns (Essex), and 2nd, 7 August 1759, Harriott (1727-92), daughter of Peyton Altham (1695-1741) of Mark Hall, Latton (Essex), but died without issue, 5 April 1773;
(7) Sir William Abdy (1732-1803), (q.v.);
(8) Ann Hester Abdy (1734-1805), baptised at Chobham, 3 January 1734/5; married, 1770, Charles Nalson Cole (1723-1804) of the Middle Temple, legal antiquary and registrar of the Bedford Level Corporation, and literary executor of his friend Soame Jenyns; lived at Edward Street, Cavendish Square, London and at Sunninghill (Berks); died at her home in London, 27 December 1805; will proved 1 February 1806.
He inherited the Chobham Place (Surrey) and Horselydown in Bermondsey (Surrey) estates under the will of Gaisford Thomas in 1721, but did not inherited the Felix Hall estate from his brother, as this was divided between his neices and later sold; in 1729 he was living in the parish of St James, Westminster.
He died 18 January and was buried at Chobham, 21 January 1749/50. His wife died 6 April 1743.
|Sir William Abdy, 6th bt.|
Image: National Maritime Museum.
The Abdy baronets of Albyns and Moores
* A series of account books of the East India trade, 1657-59 in the National Archives, catalogued as belonging to Richard Abdy, may perhaps relate to him. (TNA C107/20).
** The entry is given under the heading 1670 in the parish register, but Sir Robert's will, written on 28 April 1670, refers to them as husband and wife.
(2) Sir John Abdy (1714-59), 4th bt. (q.v.);
|Sir John Abdy, 4th bt.,|
by Thomas Hudson
The later Abdys and the second baronetcy of Albyns
(1) Thomas Rutherforth (b. & d. 1753), born 13 May and baptised at Barley (Herts), 21 May 1753; died in infancy and was buried at Barley, 26 July 1753;
He died 5 October 1771 at the house of his wife’s brother, Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy (c.1720-75) (q.v.) and was buried in the chancel of Barley church; a memorial slab placed over his tomb was removed in 1871 to the west wall of the south aisle. His will was proved in the PCC, 26 March 1772. His widow was buried at Barley, 12 December 1788.
He inherited the Albyns estate in 1775 under the terms of the will of Sir John Abdy (1714-59), 4th bt. of Albyns, and following the death of Sir Anthony Thomas Abdy.
* The (very faint) entry in the parish register for her baptism however appears to give her forenames as Maria Margaretta.
Abdy, Capt. Anthony Thomas (1780-1838). Second son of Rev. Thomas Abdy Rutherforth (later Abdy) (1755-98) and his wife Mary, daughter of James Hayes of Holyport (Berks), baptised at Stapleford Abbots, 17 November 1780. An officer in the Royal Navy (Lt., 1800; Commander, 1802; Capt., 1809; retired 1810). He became a freemason in 1814. After his retirement, he lived at Naples (Italy) for some years, but in 1821 the concerns of the British consul there about his mental health led to his repatriation to England and his being placed in the care of Dr. Burrowes at The Retreat, Clapham, and he remained there for the rest of his life; in March 1832 he was formally declared to be a lunatic. He married, 23 August 1808 at Sonning (Berks), Grace, illegitimate daughter of Admiral Sir Thomas Rich, 5th and last bt., of Sonning, and had issue:
(1) Sir Thomas Neville Abdy (1810-77), 1st bt. (q.v.).
He died in the Retreat Asylum, 9 June 1838 and was buried at Holy Trinity, Clapham (Surrey), 14 June 1838. His wife was buried at St Andrew, Plymouth (Devon), 28 March 1811.
(1) Mary Harriet Abdy (1842-53), born at Geneva (Switzerland), 28 September and baptised at the British chaplaincy there, 28 October 1842 and again at St George, Hanover Square, London, 26 July 1844; died young in Paris, 13 June 1853;
* On her marriage certificate she is described as a widow, but this was an error, as was explained during her divorce proceedings.
** Described as a gentleman on his daughter's marriage certificate but as a coachman at the time of her baptism.
Revision and acknowledgements
This account was first published 23 February 2013, and was updated 1 May 2014, 3 November 2015, 7 & 16 January, 13 & 16 February, 3 & 11 March, 25 April and 18 June 2016; 29 March and 16 July 2018. It was completely revised 7-15 September 2018 and further updated 31 October 2019 and 9 December 2021. I am grateful to John Venning for his suggestions and corrections to my account of Newton Ferrers and for further information about the Abdy family, and to Richard Garnier for corrections.