Capt Thomas HEARN Snr 
- Born: 1721
- Marriage (1): Ann CLEMENTS  before 1744
- Died: 1766 aged 45
- Buried: 11 Apr 1766, St Nicholas Harwich ESS
Thomas is described as a Gentleman, Commander of the Packet "Prince of Wales" in the service of HM Post Master General.
Thomas Hearn 1721 - 1766.
Gentleman's Magazine - Volume 76, Part2 - Page 1098.
At the foot of the chancel door.
In memory of Thomas Hearn, gent, Commander of one of his Majesty's Packet-boats
who died April 7, 1766, age 45 years.
His son Thomas Hearn 1746 - 1806
Essex Record Office
MISCELLANEOUS DEEDS ETC. DEPOSITED BY GUILDHALL LIBRARY
Reference Code: D/DU 206/9
Dates of Creation: 1766-1811
Copy will of Thomas Hearn of Harwich, gent., commander of the packet ship 'Prince of Wales', bequeaths house on the north side of St. Austin Lane, Harwich, messuages occupied by Benjamin Carman and William Aldus on south side of Castle Gate Street, Harwich, messuages occupied by Thomas Beaston, Godfrey Boggis and William Wilkinson opposite the Ship Yard in Harwich, copyhold messuage of 33a. occupied by George Ward in Dovercourt to wife Anne for remainder of life, provided she does not remarry, and following her death or marriage bequeaths house in St. Austin Lane and messuages in Castle Gate Street to son Thomas Hearn, the three messuages opposite the Ship Yard to son William Hearn and copyhold farm in Dovercourt to daughter Anne, all clothes, watches and rings bequeathed to sons Thomas and William, sloop 'Prince of Wales' to be sold , bequest of £500 to executors, wife Anne Hearn and brother-in-law Robert Liveing to make quarterly or half-yearly payments to his daughter Mary Jackson, free from the control of her husband William Jackson and to her children until they reach the age of 21, £350 to son Thomas when 21, £700 to executors for the maintenance and education of son William and daughter Anne, £100 to wife Anne as fine for entry to copyhold estate, 7 January 1766 [will proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury reference May 181]; legal correspondence concerning the legacy left by Thomas Hearn to his daughter Mary Jackson, including a letter locating Craighton Jackson serving as a private soldier under the name William Hearn at Fort St. George, Madras, India and legal opinion on the terms of the will of Thomas Hearn of 1766, 1793-1811; copy will of Craighton Jackson, mariner [in the East India Company service], commander of the 'Royal Admiral Captain Joseph Huddert', bequeaths £500 entitled to receive on the death of his mother Mary Jackson, £6 6s. to Richard White, junior, of Coggeshall for mourning, the remainder to be divided between his uncle and executor John Jackson, his uncle Stephen Jackson and aunts Sarah Hayward, Elizabeth Jackson and Hannah Jackson, 2 January 1787, proved 5 January 1811, bond of indemnity between (i) John Jackson of Bridgewater Square, City of London, watch maker and Stephen Jackson of Ipswich, Suffolk, printer and (ii) Thomas Liveing of Harwich, mariner and James Saunders of Hand Court, Upper Thames Street, fish factor, for the sum of £2000 to transfer stock under the wills of Thomas Hearn and Craighton Jackson, 5 March 1811, with correspondence relating to the bond.
Date From: 1766 Date To: 1811
Essex Record Office
Reference Code D/DU 206/10
Dates of Creation1767-1830
Scope and Content Release of legacies under the will of Thomas Hearn of Harwich by Thomas Hearn of Harwich, mariner, eldest son, 8 August 1767, by William Hearn of Harwich, draper, 15 October 1770 and by Richard White, baize maker of Coggeshall and Anne his wife (formerly Hearn), 26 August 1774; release of legacies under the will of Robert LIVEING of Harwich, gent. by Robert LIVEING of Harwich, gent., 19 July 1785, by Thomas LIVEING of Harwich, gent., 24 August 1785, by Joseph Threadgill of Harwich, fisherman and Martha his wife, 25 August 1785 and by Richard White of Coggeshall, esq., his wife Anne, Thomas Hearn of Harwich and William Hearn of Coggeshall, 9 March 1786; probate, 21 January 1792 and copy of will of Thomas Harrold of Harwich, gent., appoints wife Deborah Harrold and son-in-law Thomas LIVEING of Harwich executors, bequeaths to wife Deborah all money in public stocks at his death for life, on her death to be divided equally between children Thomas Churchman Harrold, Edward Betts Harrold and Harriet LIVEING, with the condition that a sum not to exceed L300 can be advanced to any of the children by the executors during his wife's lifetime, 11 August 1791 [proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1792, reference January 25]; papers and accounts of Captain Thomas LIVEING, son in law and executor of Thomas LIVEING's will, 1791-1809; release of legacy under the will of Thomas Harrold of Harwich, gent. for L1000 invested in 3% consolidated bank annuities by Edward Bettes Harrold of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, surgeon and apothecary,
15 August 1809; attested copy of will [for registered copy see D/ABR 33/372] of Sarah Stow of Harwich bequeaths L5 and wood and coal in cellar to Ann wife of Jeremiah Durrant of Dovercourt, gardener, to Mrs LIVEING wife of Thomas LIVEING of Harwich, gent., her double chest of drawers, two large china bowls and the residue of her estate, to Elizabeth Thorogood LIVEING, daughter of Captain William LIVEING silver milk pot, locket and beads, to Robert LIVEING Fenn and Thomas Harrold Fenn, sons of Mrs Harriett Fenn a silver table spoon each, to Harriett Fenn two silver table spoons, to Elizabeth Mary Logan, wife of Thomas Logan of Harwich, surgeon two large china bowls, to Mrs Mary Sansum, wife of John Sansum of Harwich, gent. two china bowls, to Isabell Ann Kelly, daughter of Thomas Kelly of Harwich, mariner, six china cups and saucers, to her lodger Mrs Mann six silver teaspoons, 14 July 1830; account of executor of will of Sarah Stow, 1830.
Will of Thomas Hearn
7 Jan 1766
In the name of God Amen I Thomas Hearn of the parish of St Nicholas in the borough of Harwich in the County of Essex gentlemen commander of the Pacquet called the Prince of Wales in the service of his Majesty's Post Master General being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, praised be Almighty God considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I commend my soul to Almighty God my creator hoping through the mediation of Jesus Christ to obtain pardon and remission of all my sins and to inherit eternal life my body I commit to the Earth therein to be reverently interred according to the direction of my executrix and executor hereinafter named and as to the worldly estate where with it hath pleased, or shall please God to bless me, I order and dispose thereof as follows.
I give devise and bequeath all that my freehold Messuages or Tenement wherein I now dwell with the yard brewhouse and appurtenances situate lying and being on the North side of St Austens Lane in the said parish of St Nicholas and also all that my freehold Messuages or Tenement now in the occupation of Benjamin Garman? or his undertenant's with part of a yard and appurtenances and also all that my freehold Messuages or Tenement now in the occupation of William Aldice or his undertenant's with the other part of the yard last mentioned and appurtenances both which last mentioned Messuages and Tenements are situate on the south side of Castlegate Street and with the yard thereunto belonging are in the aforesaid parish of St Nicholas and also all that my freehold Messuages and Tenement with the outhouses yard privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging now in the occupation of Thomas Beaston or his undertenant's and also all that my freehold Messuages or Tenement with the yard warfsides and appurtenances now in the occupation of Godfrey Hoggis or his undertenant's and also all that my freehold Messuages or Tenement next adjoining unto the last mentioned with the yard warfsides and appurtenances now in the occupation of William Wilkinson or his undertenant's which three last mention Messuages or Tenements are situate opposite the ship yard and with there several outhouses yards warfsides privileges and appurtenances in the said parish of St Nicholas and also all my copyhold Messuages or Tenement and farm together with the houses outhouses edifices buildings barns stables lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging containing by estimation 33 acres of arable land and meadow or pasture being the same, more or less situate lying and being in Dovercourt in the said County of Essex and now in the tenure or occupation of George Ward his assigns or assigns unto my dear and loving wife Anne for and during the term of her natural life if she shall so long continue my widow she keeping all and singular the premises in good and tenantable repair and committing thereon no manner of waste or spoil and from and immediately after her decease or marriage with any other husband which shall first happen I give devise and bequeath the said freehold Messuages or Tenement wherein I now dwell with the yard brewhouse and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being on the North side of St Austins Lane in the parish of St Nicholas aforesaid, and also the said two freehold Messuages or Tenements situate on the southside of Castlegate Street with the yard and appurtenances unto the same belonging in the aforesaid parish of St Nicholas unto my son, Thomas Hearn his heirs and assigns for ever.
Also I give devise and bequeath from and immediately after the decease of my said wife Anne or her marriage with any other husband which shall first happen the said three freehold Messuages or Tenements situate opposite the ship yard with all and singular the outhouses yards warfsides privileges and appurtenances unto the same belonging in the parish of St Nicholas aforesaid unto my son William Hearn his heirs and assigns for ever. Also from and immediately after the decease of my said wife or her marriage with any other husband which shall first happen I give devise and bequeath the said copyhold Messuages or Tenement and farm with all and singular the houses outhouses edifices buildings barns stables lands and appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in Dovercourt aforesaid unto my daughter Anne her heirs and assigns for ever also I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel watches and rings unto my sons Thomas Hearn and William Hearn to be equally divided between them also I direct my executrix and executor hereinafter named with all convenient speed after my decease to sell and dispose of my sloop or vessel now called the Prince of Wales Pacquet with the masts sails sail yards anchors cables guns, ammunition tackle apparel furniture boat oars and appurtenances thereof whatsoever which are at the time of my decease shall belong or in any wise appertain to the said sloop or vessel and with it out of the produce thereof and my ready money and what can be received on such bonds bills or notes and mortgages or other securities for money as shall be in my possession or in trust for me at the time of my decease to pay all my just debts the charges of my funeral and of proving this my will and all other incident charges and the several legacies hereinafter given or bequeathed that is to say.
I give and bequeath unto my said wife Anne and my brother in law Robert Liveing their executors and administrators and assigns the sum of L500 of lawful money of Great Britain upon trust nevertheless that they do with all convenient speed after my decease place out the same at interest in such Government security as they shall think proper and pay the interest dividends and produce thereof by quarterly or half yearly payments which they shall judge most convenient unto my daughter Mary the wife of William Jackson to her sole and separate use during the term of her natural life free from the power control debts or encumbrances of her present husband, or any other husband or husbands she shall afterwards marry with, and her separate receipt and receipts to be a sufficient discharge and discharges for the same and from and immediately after her decease upon trust to pay and apply the said dividends interest and produce for and towards the maintenance and education of all and every the lawful child or children of my said daughter Mary until he she or they shall respectively attain the age of 21 years and on his her or their respectively attaining such an age or ages upon trust to pay or transfer unto them if more than one their respective equal shares of the principal or if but one to pay or transfer all the said principal unto such only child, but in case my said daughter Mary shall have no such child or children or in case all and every such child or children shall die before anyone of them, shall attain the age of twenty one years then upon trust to pay or transfer the said principal unto all equally among all and every my lawful issue which shall be then living also I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Hearn the sum of L350 of lawful money of Great Britain at his age of 21 years also I give and bequeath unto my said wife Anne and my said brother-in-law Robert Liveing their executors, administrators and assigns the sum of L350 of lawful money of Great Britain upon trust nevertheless, that they do with all convenient speed after my decease place out the same at interest on such Government security As they shall think proper and pay and apply the interest dividends and produce thereof for or towards the maintenance and education of my son William Hearn until he shall attain the age of 21 years and on his attaining such age upon trust to pay or transfer the principle unto him.
Also I give and bequeath unto my said wife Anne and my said brother-in-law Robert Liveing there executors, administrators and assigns the further sum of L350 of lawful money of Great Britain upon trust, nevertheless, that they do with all convenient speed after my decease place out the same at interest on such Government security as they shall think proper and pay and apply the interest dividends and produce thereof for or towards the maintenance and education of my daughter Anne until she shall attain the age of 21 years and on her attaining such age upon trust to pay or transfer the principal unto her.
Also I give and bequeath unto my said wife Anne the sum of L100 of lawful money of Great Britain to enable her to pay the fine and charges not only of her being admitted tenement for Widowhood of and in my said copyhold estate, but of taking up and securing the reversion and inheritanture thereof to my said daughter Anne her heirs and assigns for ever. Also I give and bequeath unto my said brother-in-law Robert Liveing the sum of £5 of lawful money of Great Britain and I give and bequeath unto my said wife Anne her executors administrators and assigns the remainder of the money arising by the sale of my Pacquet with the appurtenances of my ready money and of all other monies received or receivable by my executrix and executor as aforesaid, or by either of them, and also I give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture plate china linen and all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels and personal estate whatsoever unto my said wife Anne her executors and administrators and assigns and lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint my said wife Anne and my said brother-in-law Robert Liveing executrix and executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby declaring that my said trustees executrix and executor all shall each and every of them be answerable only for her or his own respective acts receipts and payments and not for the acts receipts or payments of any other of them. And that she he or they shall and may be saved harmless and indemnified and deduct to her him or themselves by and out of my personal estate all monies arising therefrom in her his or their trust or management from time to time all such rents and charges as she he or they shall pay sustain or commit to for or by reason of the trusts aforesaid or execution of this my Will or her his and their acting in consequence thereof and I do so declare these presents contained in 5 sheets of paper to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I the said Thomas Hearn the testator have to every of the said sheets subscribed my name and to the top of the first sheet where they are affixed together and to the last of the said sheets have put my Seal this 7th day of January in the year of our Lord Christ 1766. In the 6th year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord George III by the grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland being defender of the faith
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Thomas Hearn the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have here unto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto at his request and in his presence.
Katharine Fae Chas Coper H Didier
This will was Proved at London the 7th day of May, in the year of our Lord 1766. Before the right worshipful George Hay Dr of Laws Master Keeper or Commissioner of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Anne Hearn widow the relict of the deceased and Robert Liveing the executors 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 by commission duly to administer.
Thomas married Ann CLEMENTS  [MRIN: 2081], daughter of James CLEMENTS  and Unknown, before 1744. (Ann CLEMENTS  was born in 1721 and died on 29 Dec 1785 in Harwich ESS.)