Philadelphia MEAD 
- Christened: 29 Dec 1737, Gt Burstead ESS
- Marriage: James VANDERZEE  on 22 Jul 1765 in Gt Burstead ESS
- Died: 28 Oct 1802, Billericay ESS aged 64
- Buried: 3 Nov 1802, Gt Burstead ESS Churchyard
James Vanderzee of Gt Burstead gent aged 26 to Philadelphia Mead aged 25 of the same, dated 1765.
Colchester Public Library ; ESS Mar Lic E 929.3 u-y Pg c12.
James Vanderzee batchelor & Philadelphia Mead spinster both of this parish . . . . . the church by Banns this 22nd day of July was by me Rev . . . . . this marriage was solemnised between us J Vanderzee P Mead
Extracted from a partly illegible print of film of the Gt Burstead Register ref ERO D/P 139/16
Ref: Rosie Flower 2008
Monday Mr Vanderzee, Attorney at Law, of Billericay in Essex, to Mifs Mead of the fame place.
Ref: London Evening Post 23 Jul 1765, also the Public Ledger 25 July 1765 & Ipswich Journal 27 Jul 1765.
Dated 8 Apr 1788.
Between Philadelphia Vanderzee and James Vanderzee her son involving James Vanderzee her husband deceased
Search and photograph with C12/158/24 11 Jun 1788
Country House and Land at Billerica, Essex.
To be sold by private contract, in complete repair, and may be entered on immediately, a capital house, containing two large and one fmall parlour, kitchen, wafh house, dairy, five chambers, light clofets, and three garrets, with coach houfe, ftabling, barn, and other outbuildings, and a garden three quarters of an acre, walled and well cropped.
Alfo a handfome building adjoining, confifting of two fpacious rooms: also two fields of rich paft Done byure-ground near adjoining, containing between five and fix acres, well fenced with quick, and planted.
Alfo to be fold, a neat cottage, and three fields of arable land, containing eight acres, about half a mile diftant, now on lease for 21 years, at 10/- per annum, clear of every defection, and the tenant to keep all repairs.
For further particulars enquire of Mrs Vanderzee, at Billerica; or of Mr Benifon, Number 19, Lincoln's Inn.
Gazette & New Daily Advertiser June 3 1788 Issue 18558
Chelmsford November 5.
On Thursday the 28th ult. died, in the 65th year of her age, Mrs Philadelphia Vanderzee, of Billericay, widow, and relict of the late Mr James Vanderzee of the same place.
Ref: Ipswich Journal Saturday 6 November 1802.
1802 Nov 3. Philadelphia Widow of Mr James Vanderzee Attorney at Law, buried in a vault in the church yard 3rd day aged 64 yrs. Fee paid - the vault being not a Faculty one. D/P 139/1/4
Ref: Gt Burstead Burial Register.
Will Philadelphia Vanderzee
16 June 1802
This is the last Will and Testament of the Philadelphia Vanderzee of Billericay in the County of Essex widow I direct that all my just debts funeral expenses and the expense of providing this my Will shall be paid and discharged by my executor hereinafter appointed as soon as conveniently can be after my decease out of my personal estate and whereas by an Indenture made subsequently to my marriage with late husband James Vanderzee deceased bearing date on or about the eighth day of November in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy six (1776) and made or expressed to be made between Peter Harvey Clark and Margaret his wife and said James Vanderzee and the said Philadelphia Vanderzee of the one part and George Ward gentlemen of the other part and by a fine duly levied in turn in the year of the reign of his present Majesty King George III and by declaration of the uses of that fine contained in the said Indenture certain freehold feoffments, messuage, land's grounds meadows pastures tenements hereditaments and promises situate in the several parish is of Lavor Magdalen otherwise Magdalen Lavor High Lavor North Weald otherwise North Weald Bassett and Moreton in the County of Essex and then in an tenure or occupation of John Shipman his under tenants or assigns and in the said Indenture particularly described and hereinafter appointed and devised were settled limited and assured as to one undivided moiety or full half part thereof (the whole into two equal parts to be divided) to certain uses therein intentioned and as to the other undivided moiety or full half part thereof the whole into two equal parts to be divided To such uses as the said James Vanderzee and the said Philadelphia then his wife should during our joint lives appoint in manner therein mentioned and in default thereof and subject thereto to the use of the said James Vanderzee and his assigns for his life with the remainder to the use of me the said Philadelphia Vanderzee and my assigns for my life with remainder to such uses as the said James Vanderzee should appoint by Will in manner therein intentioned and in default thereof and subject thereto the use of all and every the child and children as well daughters and sons of me the said Philadelphia Vanderzee by the said James Vanderzee then lawfully begotten or to be begotten for such estate and estates and in such shares or proportions and in such sort manner and form as I the said Philadephhia Vanderzee in case I should survive the said James Vanderzee by my last Will and Testament to be by me duly executed in the presence of three or more credible witnesses should give devise order or dispose of the same and for default thereof to other uses therein instituted and whereas in pursuance of the covenant and agreement contained in the same indenture and under or by virtue or medus(?) of a survivor or survivors thereof made in due form of Law certain customary or copyhold lands tenements and hereditaments holden of a Manor of North Weald otherwise North Weald Bassett in the said Indenture particularly described and herein after appointed were settled limited and assured in equal undivided moieties or half parts to for and upon the same uses and for the same estate and estates and upon the same person or persons and in such manner or form as one therein before by the said Indenture limited appointed expressed and declared of and concerning the said freehold messuage lands grounds meadows pastures hereditaments and promises and to and for no other use or uses intents or purposes whatsoever and whereas the said James Vanderzee hath departed this life without having joined with me in exercising the power of appointment given or reserved to us jointly as aforesaid and without having exercised the power of appointment by Will given or reserved to him solely as aforesaid and whereas there are nine children of my marriage with the said James Vanderzee namely James, George, John, Daniel, Philadelphia, Mary, Felton, Ann and Charles and they are all now living and whereas I have already made some provision for all my said sons except the said Felton and Charles and the said Charles is a minor now I the said Philadelphia Vanderzee by virtue of and in exercise and execution of the power or authority powers or authorities given limited or reserved to me in or by virtue or means of the said herein before in part writed Indenture and fine surrender and other appurtenances and also by virtue as in exercise and execution of all and every other power and powers authority and authorities enabling me in this behalf do by this my last Will and Testament executed by me in the presence of three credible witnesses and to be attested by the same witnesses by their severally subscribing there names at the foot of the memorandum of attestation written on the last sheet of this my Will give devise order and dispose of direct limit and appoint the said moiety of the said freehold messuages lands grounds meadows pastures and hereditaments and the said moiety of the said customary or copyhold lands tenements hereditaments and premises over which I have any such power of appointment as aforesaid unto all the children of my marriage with the said James Vanderzee their heirs and assigns for ever to be equally divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants I authorise and appoint my said two sons George and John or the survivor of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor and to give to him or them full power and authority to sell my said copyhold house in which I now reside situate in the hamlet of Billericay in the County of Essex and fined of the Manor of Gt Burstead with Gurnards (?) and Clewsdon (?) and which hath been duly surrended to the use of my Will at such time or times due in such manner as he or they in his or there discretion shall think proper to any person or persons who shall be willing to become the purchaser or purchasers of the same and for the most money and best price or prices that can be reasonably had or gotten for the same and to take and receive the intermediate rents and profits of the same copyhold hereditaments and I direct that he or they shall stand possessed of interested in and entitled to the money which shall arise or be produced by or from such sale or sales and the intermediate rents thereof in trust for my said daughters or such one or more of them as shall be living at the time of my decease to be equally divided between them if more than one share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and my Will is and I do hereby direct that the person or persons respectively who shall become the purchaser or purchasers of the said copyhold messuage and hereditaments his her or their heirs executors or administrators shall not be obliged or required to see the application of the money to be advanced or paid by him her or them respectively as the consideration of such purchase or purchasers or be answerable or accountable for the misapplication or non-application of the same money or any part thereof after the same shall have been paid to or to the orders of my said sons George and John or the survivors of them or the executors or administrators of such survivor and that every receipt which shall be given by my said sons George and John or the survivor of them his executors or administrators for such purchase money or any part thereof shall be a good valid and sufficient acquittance and discharge for the sum or sums of money which therein or thereby respectively shall be acknowledged or expressed to be or to have been received I give and bequeath unto my son Felton the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds of lawful money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland current in Great Britain to be paid to him at the end of eighteen months after my death in case and upon condition that my said son Felton his heirs and assigns shall at the cost and Charles (sic) of my said daughters their heirs and assigns within eighteen months after my death and before the receipt of the same legacy release convey surrender and assure his share of the said freehold and copyhold hereditaments and premises hereinbefore appointed as aforesaid and do all such acts and make and execute all such deeds conveyancers and assurances in the law whatsoever as shall be adduced requisite by my said daughters their Heirs Assigns or their council in Law for conveying settling and assuring the same share to the use of them my said daughters their heirs or assigns for ever to be equally divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants I give and bequeath to my son Charles the sum of four hundred pounds of lawful money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland current in great Britain to be paid to him when and as soon as he shall attain his age of 21 years and in case he should attain his age of 21 years before my decease then to be paid at the end of 12 months after my decease or sooner if my executors shall think proper incase and upon condition that said son Charles his heirs assigns shall at the costs and charges of my said daughters before the receipts of the same legacy or in case he shall die under his age of 21 years then his heirs shall within three calendar months after my death release convey surrender and assure his share of the said moiety of the said freehold and copyhold hereditaments and premises which is hereinbefore appointed as aforesaid and so all such acts and make and execute all such deeds conveyancers and assurances in the law whatsoever as shall be deemed requisite his said sisters and their heirs and assigns or their council in the Law for conveying settling and assuring the same share to the use of them their heirs and assigns for ever to be equally divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and I give and forgive unto each and every of my said sons James George John and Daniel all and every sum and sums of money which shall be to and owing from them respectively to me at the time of my decease incase and upon condition as to each of my said sons respectively that he or his heirs do and shall at the costs and charges of my said daughters there heirs and assigns within six months after my decease and before the same legacy release shall be delivered or considered as released forgiven or discharged covey surrender and assure his share of the said freehold and copyhold hereditaments and premises hereinto for appointed as aforesaid and do all such acts and make and execute all such deeds conveyances and assurances in the Law whatsoever as shall be deemed requisite by my said daughters their heirs and assigns or their council in Law for conveyancing settling and assuring the same share to the use of them my said daughters their heirs and assigns for ever to be equally divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and subject to the payment of my legacy just debts funeral expenses and the expenses of proving this my Will I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder of my real estate and all my money's and securities for money and estates vested in me as mortgage goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or quality so ever unto my said three daughters their heirs executors administrators and assigns or such one or more of them as shall be living at my death to be equally divided between them if more than one share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants and I nominate and appoint my said three daughters to be executors of this my last Will and Testament and I give and commit to the said George and John my son's and the survivor of them the guardianship custody care tuition and management of my said son Charles and the management of his estates real and personal until he shall attain his age of 21 years and I direct that from and after my death and thenceforth during the minority of the said Charles my son interest not exceeding five pounds per cent per annum shall be allowed to him on his said legacy of 400 pounds in full and final satisfaction of his share of the rents of the said hereby appointed moiety of the said freehold and copyhold hereditaments and that the same interest may be paid to the said George and John my son's and the survivor of them all the executors or assigns of such survivor and applied by him or them in for or towards the maintenance and education of my said son Charles in such manner as he or they shall think fit and I revoke and make void all and every Will and Wills Testaments and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and declare that this present writing contains the whole of my last Will and Testament
In witness whereof I the said Philadelphia Vanderzee the testator have to this my last Will and Testament contained in six sheets of paper set by hand and seal in manner following did direct to the first five sheets my hand and to the sixth and last sheet by hand and seal this Sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two
Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunder subscribed our names as witnesses The words "Manor of " between the fourth and fifth lines in the second sheet and the word shall "be respectively" his heirs or assigns between the 6th and 7th, 12th and 13th and 14th and 17th and to lines in the 4 sheet and what in the 5 sheet being interlined previous to
Barnabas Flacke Prittlewell, H William Whale Southend Daniel Marsfield South End Essex
This Will was proved at London the 11th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three (1803) before the worshipful William Terret Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Hon Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Philadelphia Vanderzee spinster Mary Hand formally Vanderzee wife of the Rev John Staples Hand Clerk and Anne Vanderzee spinster the daughters and executrix named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.
Copy of Will on this file
Miniature of Philadelphia in the possession of E L Fenn Auckland NZ 1998.
Baptism IGI Film No1471966 Batch No102544/8.
Philadelphia married James VANDERZEE  [MRIN: 67], son of Jacobus VANDERZEE  and Mary GUSTERSON , on 22 Jul 1765 in Gt Burstead ESS. (James VANDERZEE  was born in 1737, christened on 19 Jan 1736/37 in Nayland Register, died on 13 Aug 1785 in Billericay ESS and was buried in Gt Burstead ESS Churchyard.). The cause of his death was inflammation of the bowels.