John TORLESSE 
- Born: 24 Jun 1738, Hamburg
- Marriage (1): Anna Maria ROBINSON  on 8 Apr 1782 in Bombay India.
- Died: 1810, Great Stanmore aged 72
John Torlesse, Merchant Taylor School, served for 30 years in the Civil Service of the East India Co, (possibly as a Judge?) retired in comfort about 1784 to Queens Sq London, a fashionable address. He then, in 1800, moved to Great Stanmore in Middlesex (a large white stone house by the church).
Nothing whatever is known about the life of John and Rachael Torlesse in Hamburg. John, their son, born 1738, entered into the Civil Service of the East India Company, and the following extract is from their records:
"This is to certify, that my son John Torlesse was born here, in the city of Hamburg, the 24th June 1738; and was baptized by the Rev : Mr Rucker, Lecturer of St. Michael's Church ; but by a violent and surprising flash of lightening, which happened the 10th March 1750, set fire to the church and steeple which were consumed in so sudden and small a space of time, that they were not able to save the Register, or any of the writings belonging to the Church. "
As witness my hand this 4th day of July 1754. "
(Signed) JOHN TORLESSE. "
His Godfathers and Godmother were
"George Christian Luders, deceased.
"Anne Elizabeth Lohmanns."
The next notice of John is of his marriage at Bombay in 1782 to Anna Maria Robinson ; at this time, I believe, he held the position of Judge. He had also made a considerable fortune, and he retired from the E.I.C.S. somewhere about 174 and with his wife settled in Queen Square, London-then a some-what fashionable part. Before continuing the story of John and Anna Maria, I must turn to the Robinsons.
Alternative birth date Feb 1739 at Hamburg.
Picture Bygone Days.
1. John Torlesse: Will, 13 Nov 1809, Gt Stanmore MDX.
Will of John Torlesse 1809
In the name of God Amen.
Being of sound mind and perfect memory after having duly reflected seriously weighed considered and reconsidered on all my worldly concerns and matters in all and every point of view I have come to the full determination and resolution for many just reasons which I in my conscience am fully and internally satisfied with namely First to revoke and annul all and every former Will and Testament that I may have heretofore made previous to this my now last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke and annul all such Wills and Testaments wheresoever and whensoever made found or produced Secondly after having duly reflected on and religiously considered of the most material point in view I have come to the full determination and resolution of endeavouring to make my family happy and for which purpose I have fully resolved without hesitation to invest give and bequeath unto my dearly and justly esteemed and beloved wife Anna Marie Torlesse to be the sole heiress of all my property both real and personal wheresoever it may be found and I do accordingly hereby make her the above named Anna Marie Torlesse the only whole and sole proprietor of all my monies effects all estate both real and personal to be hers for ever from the moment of my decease this resolution I have entered into after some years serious reflection and think I have reason to be more and more satisfied with my determination and more convinced hourly that she will better distribute and provide for our four children than I could in any way do both for their and her satisfaction which has thus been the cause of throwing the whole burden upon her and I know she will do them all impartial justice But here I must break a little into the above arrangement in favour of my poor daughter Mary Barton I hereby direct that my wife make good to her what sufficiency may arise in her means so as to make it full one hundred and thirty pounds Sterling per annum which she has now at this present time for herself and an infant daughter but this encumbrance not to remain longer if her husband Captain Bond of the Bombay Artillery Service allows her a sufficiency or give her a proper proportion as a husband ought to do: As my brother John Henry Torlesse is just now arrived from Spain and as I find him to be completely and entirely destitute without employ and without sources of any kind and without a place to shelter and put his head into and is in very distressed circumstances I have determined as I ought to do to give him due countenance and protection and have therefore for the present sent him to live at my expense with Mrs Rachel Jackson who lives now at number 7 Park St Remimgton Cross but in case of my demise which now cannot be far distant I hereby order and direct that the sum of one thousand five hundred pounds be paid to him by Mrs Anna Marie Torlesse as a legacy from my estate to which he has not any other legal claim and as my sister Rachel Jackson will also by my death be left destitute and divested of what allowance I now give her I give and bequeath to her the sum of one thousand pounds Sterling to be paid her by my wife Anna Maria Torlesse I order and direct that my body be decently interred without pomp or unnecessary expenditure into such place as may be chosen by my beloved wife Anna Maria Torlesse also that no acknowledgement or hatchment may be put up on my house or elsewhere and that none but my wife and children may go into mourning for me but that none of my servants go and be put into mourning for me Lastly I hereby appoint my aforesaid dearly beloved wife Anna Marie Torlesse to be my whole and sole executor of this of this my last Will and Testament dated at Stanmore Magna Middlesex this 13th day of November one thousand eight hundred and nine 1809 and written and signed by my own hand and family seal affixed hereto:
Signed and sealed in the presence of us Arthur Robinson Shauvel Rector of Great Stanmore Middlesex Sam Martin of Osyth Middlesex.
Probate granted 2 August 1810 to Anna Marie Torlesse. Estate sworn "Under 35,000 pounds"
John married Anna Maria ROBINSON  [MRIN: 531], daughter of Martin ROBINSON  and Mary ELLITHORNE , on 8 Apr 1782 in Bombay India. (Anna Maria ROBINSON  was born on 18 Oct 1765, baptised on 6 Nov 1765 in St George Queen Sq Camden and died on 3 Jun 1834 in Ipswich, SFK.)