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Cornelis Cornelisz VAN DER ZEE of Delft. [717]
Cornelia Jans CLOECK [123]
Henry GUSTERSON [124]
Constance HOLTON [2039]
Jacobus VANDERZEE [120]
(Abt 1688-1746)
Mary GUSTERSON [2071]

James VANDERZEE [126]


Family Links

1. Philadelphia MEAD [1041]

James VANDERZEE [126]

  • Born: 1737
  • Christened: 19 Jan 1736/37, Nayland Register.
  • Marriage (1): Philadelphia MEAD [1041] on 22 Jul 1765 in Gt Burstead ESS
  • Died: 13 Aug 1785, Billericay ESS aged 48
  • Buried: Gt Burstead ESS Churchyard

bullet   Cause of his death was inflammation of the bowels.


bullet  General Notes:

England Law Lists.
Admitted 14 Feb 1758 - James Vanderzee of Nayland Gent - Before Judges S Burroughs & Thos Law - Enrolled 13 Feb 1759.
James is recorded on the Chancery List
Ref: Dr Edward L Fenns book of notes pg 10

James practised as an attorney at Billericay & Rochford ESS, where in the late 18thC he had a large practice demonstrated by his advertising in the London papers of estate disposals, auctions etc.
Ref British Newpapers 1600 on, Burney Collection Gale digital collections - 2008

Essex Record Office D/DS 474/1
Dates of Creation11 June 1784
Scope and ContentArticles of agreement and partition Golden Prentice of Paglesham, gent., to James Vanderzee of Billericay, gent. Brewhouse, malting office, land (40a.) and Marlborough Head inn in Rochford, warehouse, woolchamber and land (12a.) in Lt. Stambridge, messuage called Bull and land (2a.) in Hockley Recites will of John Wright of Rochford, malster, died Nov.1783 Signatures of both parties Witnesses: Samuel Alston and J. Vaughton Cope

Level: SeriesD/DC 18/48-57 Manor of Greenstead: copyhold property called Freemans
Reference Code D/DC/20/6
Dates of Creation12 June 1755
Scope and ContentAdmission of Richard Alston [5266] (as in 20/5), on surrender, out of court , 21 November 1753, of Jn. Quilter, by hands of James Vanderzee, gent., instead of the lord's bailiff in presence of Edward Fox & Ste. Hobart Two cottages in Fordham, in occupation of Richard Lewis, and Tho. Tomlinson, in the manor of Great Fordham. [Court of Samuel Savill, esq. Steward: Charles Grey. esq.]

James Vanderzee attorney of Billericay Master, Apprentice Thomas Clubbe, date of Indenture 31 Aug 1768, date of Duty 27 Sep 1768, Term 5 years, Fee L105.0.0 Ref:The Genealogist IR 1/25

James Vanderzee attorney of Billericay Master, Apprentice Edward Benson, date of Indenture 17 Oct 1776, date of Duty 18 Nov 1776, Term 5 years, Fee L145.0.0 Ref:The Genealogist IR 1/29

James Vanderzee attorney of Billericay Master, Apprentice Harry Grover, date of Indenture 24 Feb 1780, date of Duty 1 Apr 1780, Term 5 years, Fee L105.0.0 Ref:The Genealogist IR 1/30

Essex Game Duty - Certificates Issued 25 Mar to 1 Oct 1785 - Vanderzee James of Billericay, gent.
Chelmsford Chronicle 27 Jan 1786

Chelmsford August 19.
Sunday morning died, universally regretted, Mr Vanderzee, attorney at law, Billericay.
Chelmsford Chronicle 19 August 1785.

Court Proceedings.
C 12/158/24 Vanderzee v. Willis 1788
C 12/1702/19 Greenwood v. Vanderzee 1788*
C 12/2427/42 Clarke v. Vanderzee 1788
It is uncertain to which Vanderzee's all these matters pertain

To be fold, purfuant to the decree of the High Court of Chancery, dated the 18th day of April 1788, made 1 Greenwood* againft Vanderzee, before Peter Holford Efq., one of the Mafters of the said Court, at his chambers in Symonds-inn, Chancery lane, London. Various houfes in the town of Rochford, in the County of Effex, viz. A houfe late in the refidence of Mr John Wright, deceafed; a houfe at joining occupied by Mr John Gallock, watchmaker; the Marlbro Head Inn, and a large range of wool warehofses adjoining; alfo 2 fields about 10 acres at Little Slambridge, near Rochford, and a cottage and two fields about five acres at Downham; and a Moiety of a cottage and two fields about two acres and an half at Ramfden Bellhoufe, in the faid County; the whole late the eftate of James Vanderzee deceafed.
For a particular thereof in choir at the faid Mafters Chambers, and of Mr Benifon, No 19, Lincoln's Inn.
Ref: News London Gazette 24 June 1788.

To be fold, purfuant to a decree of the High Court of Chancery, before Peter Holford, Efq; one of the Mafters of the faid Court, at his chambers in Symons-inn, Chancery lane, London; in divers lots, three several freehold houfes and a large range of buildings, in the town of Rochford in the County of Effex, in the occupation of Mrs Cope, Mr Gullock, and Mr Newman; and two fields of land at Little Stembridge, near Rochford, in the occupation of Mr John Harriot; and a cottage and garden, and two fields of land, at Downham about 5 miles from Billericay, in the occupation of William Rivers; and a moiety of a cottage, with a garden and two fields, at Ramfden Bell House, about a mile from Downham, in the occupation of . . . . . Bundock, owner of the other moiety. The whole the estate of James Vanderzee, late of Billericay, in the faid County of Effex, Gentleman, deceafed. For a particular of the faid premifes enquire at the faid Mafters Chambers; and of Meffrs Wildman and Smith, Lincoln's Inn.
London Gazette March 14 1789 Issue 13077.

Purfuant to a Decree of the High Court of Chancery dated the 18th April inftant, made in the Caufe Greenwood againft Vanderzee, the Creditors of James Vanderzee late of Billerica, in the County of Effex, Attorney, deceafed, are forthwith to come in and prove their refpective Debts before Peter Holford, Esq., one of the Mafters of the faid Court, at his Chambers in Symonds-inne, London, or in Default thereof they will be excluded the Benefit of the faid Decree.
London Gazette Sat April 19 1788 Issue 12983

Chelmsford Chronicle. Page 1.
February 7, 1786.
All perfons who ftand indebted to the Eftate and Effects of James Vanderzee, late of Billericay, in Effex, gent, deceafed, are defired forthwith to pay their refpective debts to Mrs Vanderzee, of Billericay, aforefaid, his executrix: and It all perfons who have any claims on the faid eftate and effects, are requefted immediately to fend an account of their refpective demands to the faid Mrs Vanderzee.
Chelmsford Chronicle Friday, 17 February 1786.

Frances Brennan writes in 2012 that James cause of death is recorded in the Death Register of Gt Burstead.

bullet  Research Notes:

See attached sources.


bullet  Other Records

1. James Vanderzee: Will, 29 Mar 1780, Billericay ESS.
The Will of James Vanderzee of Billericay Gent.
Dated 29 Mar 1780
This is the last Will and Testament of me James Vanderzee of Billercay in the County of Essex Gentleman.
I give devise divest and declare all and every my customary and copyhold messuages, farms, lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever unto and to the use of my loving wife Philadelphia her heirs and assigns for ever to whom I give and bequeath all my goods chattles moneys effects whatsoever and wheresoever and appoint her sole executrix of this my will which I declare to be my last In Witness hereof I hereunto sett my hand and seal this 29th day of March 1780
James Alston
4 Nov 1785
Appeared personally Thomas Emmanuel Mayott, . . . . . and George Hatton . . . . . who were acquainted with the manner and character of James Vanderzee's handwriting testified to the authenticity of the Will

Proved London PCC 7 Nov 1785 on the oath of Philadelphia Vanderzee widow and relict of the deceased
Ref ESS Nov 579 PROB 11/1136.

It appears the Will was inadequately witnessed.


James married Philadelphia MEAD [1041] [MRIN: 67], daughter of George MEAD [12739] and Margaret [12740], on 22 Jul 1765 in Gt Burstead ESS. (Philadelphia MEAD [1041] was christened on 29 Dec 1737 in Gt Burstead ESS, died on 28 Oct 1802 in Billericay ESS and was buried on 3 Nov 1802 in Gt Burstead ESS Churchyard.)

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