The Kings Candlesticks - Family Trees
Crane COMPLIN [20932]
Catherine CORNISH [20933]
Cornish COMPLIN [20927]
Ann BUCKNELL [20928]
William COMPLIN Apothecary [14618]
(1729-Abt 1808)


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1. Esther WAGG [14619]

William COMPLIN Apothecary [14618]

  • Born: Dec 1729
  • Christened: 6 Jan 1729/30, All Saints & St John Hertford HRT
  • Marriage (1): Esther WAGG [14619] on 20 Sep 1755 in St Mary Whitechapel MDX
  • Died: Abt 1808 aged about 79

bullet  General Notes:

At a Court meeting of Christs Hospital school, of Thursday 30th June 1737, the Court was acquainted with the fact that Cornish Complin had died, leaving two children, and agreed to admit them to the school; Cornish Complin aged about ten, and William Complin, aged about seven. Both boys were admitted to the school 1st July 1737. 'that the petitioner's husband, Cornish Complin, citizen and vintner of London, is lately dead and hath left her with the charge of three children unprovided for'.
Both William and Cornish appear to have done well at school. William was chosen to draw winning tickets in a lottery, something that appears to have been a special privilege reserved for successful students. There was a mania for lotteries at the time.
William's apprenticeship papers show that he was admitted from All Saints and St John Hertford by order of court September 7, 1744 to Thomas Sandford of London merchant (named a Sheriff for Somerset/Shropshire in 1752) to serve Silvester Gardiner (1707-1786) of Boston, New England surgeon and apothecary. (from Child Apprentices in America by Peter Wilson Colfham) William was 14 years old. There is documentation of William's continuing presence in Boston late in his apprenticeship when he, along with his Master Silvester Gardiner, acted as witnesses to two separate wills in Boston dated July 1748 and August of that year. William completed his apprenticeship in September 1751.
Ref: G C McAdam

Will William Complin
26 May 1806
This is the last will of me William Complin of Spital Square, London, and late of Enfield in the County Middlesex.
To my daughter Ann Complin, spinster, 1000 pounds and after her death to my son Edward Complin and after his decease to his children, share and share alike.
I give to Elizabeth Dorey, widow of Thomas Dorey of Union Court, Broad Street, 200 pounds, and after her decease, the 200 pounds to her children.
I give to my granddaughter Esther Hammond, daughter of John Hammond late of Enfield in County Middlesex, surgeon, but now in Brighton in County Sussex, 300 pounds (in trust till she be 21 years of age).And in case she die before 21 years, to my daughter Ann.
To my son Edward, my largest silver tankard, and my gold watch and seal.
To my daughter Frances Birch, my silver cruet stand and cruets.
To Mr. Nathaniel Martin, of St. Dunstans, Stepney 20 pounds
To Mr. Nicholas Birch, my son-in-law, all my books of physick and surgery
I give to my son Edward all books of Herbals and dispensarys (sic)
To my daughter Ann, the rest of my books, plate, China, household furniture.
I appoint William Crawley, druggist, of Spital Square and Richard Birch of Mansell Street, Goodmans Fields, surgeon, to be executors.
Dated 26 May 1806 William Complin
Witnesses, John Richard Fane 33 Spital Square. J.W Springwake , 82 Spital Square.
Probate 23rd February 1808
Ref: Transcribed G McAdam 2014


William married Esther WAGG [14619] [MRIN: 5196], daughter of Thomas WAGG [24506] and Frances BUCKELL [24507], on 20 Sep 1755 in St Mary Whitechapel MDX. (Esther WAGG [14619] was born on 9 Feb 1731/32 and died in London.)

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