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John JULIUS of St Kitts West Indies [691]
(Abt 1640-Abt 1671)
Mrs HIBBALS [692]

Capt William JULIUS R N [689]


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Capt William JULIUS R N [689]

  • Born: 1665
  • Marriage (1): Unknown
  • Marriage (2): UNKNOWN [25609]
  • Died: 3 Oct 1698 aged 33
  • Buried: 6 Oct 1698, Westminster Abbey London

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Biographia Navalis or Impartial Memoirs of the lives and characters of Officers of the Navy of Great Britain:
"William Julius was on the 10 June 1693 appointed Captain of the Chester of 42 guns, at that time in the West Indies, under the Command of Sir Francis Wheeler. He continued on the same station after the principle part of the fleet had returned to England with the Admiral, being left behind, together with some of the smaller ships, for the better protection of commerce.
In the month of April 1694 while cruising off Dominica, he fell in with and drove on shore a large French privateer mounting 18 guns. The vessel took fire and blew up, the crew unhappily perished but for a very small number which were saved by the Chester's boats.
Captain Julius had a short time after this the great fortune to take several valuable prizes, and with his success returned to England about the close of the same year.
Early the following spring still remaining in the Chester he was employed to cruise in the Channel under the orders of Sir Cloudsley Shovel, but does not appear to have met with any opportunity to distinguishing himself worth recounting. In 1696 he was promoted to the "Colchester" a large fourth rate, and again sent to the West Indies under the command of the Admiral's Neville and Mees. He was concerned in various land enterprises under Mees, which took place and were rather numerous during this expedition. Remaining behind in the Colchester after the rest of the fleet returned to England, he unhappily fell victim the following year to the climate, which had in the preceding one been so remarkably fatal to such a number of his contempories. His body was brought back to England and interred in Westminster Abbey,

Westminster Abbey records him as follows:
"In the south choir aisle of the Abbey is a small marble tablet for Captain William Julius. The border is decorated with flowers and cherub heads with a winged death's head at the base. The coat of arms was re-painted in the 1960s when the tablet was cleaned. The inscription reads:
"Near this place lyeth interr'd the Body of Capt. William Julus [Julius] late Commander of His Ma. Ship the Colchester who departed this life ye 3d of Oct. 1698 Aged 33 years"
The name is definitely Julius in the Abbey burial register so the painter of the inscription made a slight mistake. The arms are "argent, a fess azure between three mullets of six points gules, a crescent for difference or" (ie. a silver ground with a blue horizontal bar across the centre and three red six-point stars). The crescent, which indicates a second son, was re-painted red instead of gold. These seem to be the arms of the family of Julius of Richmond in Surrey. William served in the ship Chester on the West India station and had an illegitimate son William, of the island of St Kitts, and an illegitimate daughter Jemima, of the island of Nevis. They were provided for in his will and the rest of the estate was left to his sister Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Westcott of St Kitts."

Notes on Westminster Abbey Monuments pg 243 says "His monument states that he was Commander of HM's ship the "Colchester" and died 3 Oct aged thirty three. His remains were transferred to the New Vault, St Pauls, Covent Garden, on the 26 Sept 1771."
Ref St Pauls Burial Register Covent Garden.

A little farther Weftward there is a neat white Marble Monument erected to the Memory of William Julius, Commander of the Colchefter Man of War, who died October the 3d, 1698. aged 33.
St Peters Westminster - page 73.

Where William actually died is unclear, the dates of his death and burial, and the list of beneficiaries in his will would indicate he was ashore, and in England. His will was dated the day before his death, and proved the day before his burial, by his friend Archibald Hutchinson of the Middle Temple Esq.

William's will indicates he did not marry and his children were from separate liaisons.

Dated 2 Oct 1698
I Capt William Julius Commander of HM Ship Colchester being sick and weak in body but of perfect sense and memory do make my last will in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping for eternal salvation through the merits of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ and touching the disposal of all such temporal estate as it has pleased Almighty God to bestow on me I give and dispose thereof as followeth:
To my negro man Cory his freedom and L10.
To my man Edward Stevens all my woollen apparel.
To the nurse that now attends me L5.
To the landlord & landlady where I now lodge L10.
To the servants of the house who attend me in my sickness L5.
To John Pearne of ? German St Westminster L20.
I give and bequeath to my natural son William Julius of the Island of St Christophers in America L200.
I give and bequeath to my natural daughter Jemima Julius in the island of Nevis in America L200, to be paid to my said natural son and daughter at their ages of 18 yrs, and my will is that my natural son and daughter shall be maintained out of my estate by my executors hereinafter named until they attain the said ages of 18 yrs.
To my good friend Roger Elrington L100 and all my linen and wearing aparel woollen excepted.
To my good friend Col. Nathan Blackstone L100.
To my good friend Archibald Hutchinson of the Middle Temple Esq. L200.
To my good friend Richard Hayes of London, merchant L50.
To my worthy and honoured friend Col. James Kendall L50 for mourning if he will accept it.
To my sister of the half blood Elizabeth Hibbals L500.
To charity L50 at the discretion of my executors.
All residue to my sister Elizabeth Westcott wife of Thomas Westcott of the Isle of St Christophers and sole executrix in America.
Estate in Europe in trust for Elizabeth Westcott.
Executors in Europe Archibald Hutchinson and Richard Hayes.
Revokes all other wills.
Made 2nd Day of Oct 1698.
SIGNED Witness . . . . . presence of John Stewart, Danll Combes, Jo Coombes Admiralty Officer, ( and one more illegible).
Probate details illegible. Proved 5 Oct 1698, London Prob. 11 447 fol
Will on file, PRO11/447

England: Canterbury - Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1694-1700 Calendar Of Wills In The Prerogative Court Of Canterbury 1694 - 1700 County: General Country: England Julius, William, Capt. and commander, H.M.S. "Colchester" 1698 216.

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Admiralty records - The National Archive Kew 2009
ADM 106/490/130 Captain William Julius, the Chester, Plymouth Sound. Reports his arrival with four merchant ships bound for London from St. Christophers, has sent books to Clerk of the Cheque, a list of clothes sold laid in by Captain Samuel Horne and Thomas Long, merchant at Antigua, and requests provisions and stores to proceed to the Downs. 20 Mar 1696 ADM 106/490/131 Captain William Julius, the Chester, Plymouth Sound. As directed he will set off clothes in a separate column of books and explains why they were so dear. 29 Mar 1696
ADM 106/490/132 Captain William Julius, the Chester, Sheerness. He arrived at the buoy of the Nore on the 11th, was ordered to Sheerness by Captain Gother, turned over all his men to the Katherine and requests whether he should give them tickets. 15 Apr 1696
ADM 106/490/133 Captain William Julius, the Chester, Sheerness. He hopes to get his powder out today and will take the ship to Chatham to moor if he can get men. 19 Apr 1696
ADM 106/484/145 Captain William Julius, the Chester, Plymouth Sound. Reports his arrival with four merchant ships bound for London from St. Christophers, has sent books to Clerk of the Cheque, a list of clothes sold laid in by Captain Samuel Horne and Thomas Long, merchant at Antigua, and requests provisions and stores to proceed to the Downs. 21 April 1696
ADM 106/490/134 Captain William Julius, the Virgin Prize, Sheerness. He has got all his powder, guns and part provisions on board, is having to go to Chatham to get water, has only 60 men, hopes to get his full complement soon and requests paper. 8 May 1696
ADM 106/490/135 Captain William Julius, the Chester, Sheerness. He needs a couple of cables and as he is bound to the West Indies at the time of storms his small bower cable is not strong enough. 10 May 1696
ADM 106/490/136 Captain William Julius, the Chester, Sheerness. He awaits a warrant for his purser to survey the eight jars of oil thought unfit, he is to go to Spithead and requests a pilot and surgeon's necessaries. One of his men, Edward Humphries, was taken at Sheerness and has been made run, he is a good man and requests the R. 12 May 1696
ADM 106/490/137 Captain William Julius, the Virgin's Prize, the Nore. He is grateful that the R against Edward Humphries is removed and about the survey on oil. Note: Survey given to Mr. Waters, the purser's execr. 15 May 1696 ADM 106/490/138 Captain William Julius, the Virgin's Prize, the Downs. He is sailing for Spithead and needs 45 men to complete his complement. 25 May 1696
ADM 106/490/139 Captain William Julius, the Virgin's Prize, Spithead. He has orders to sail to Barbados, has not met Captain Gother, has delivered tickets for men turned over from the Chester to the Royal Katherine to the Portsmouth Commissioner with muster books to be sent up. 29 May 1696
ADM 106/490/140 Captain William Julius, the Virgin's Prize, Spithead. He will make enquiries about the books and tickets sent to the Portsmouth Commissioner. 14 Jun 1696
ADM 106/490/141 Captain William Julius, the Virgin's Prize, St. Helens. He has delivered muster books to the Portsmouth Commissioner to be sent up. 1 Aug 1696
ADM 106/490/142 Captain William Julius, the Virgin's Prize, St. Helens. On Admiralty orders he encloses list of turned over men from other ships (not now attached), requests an order for careening his ship on arrival at Barbados and a new boat. 2 Aug 1696
ADM 106/490/143 Captain William Julius, the Virgin's Prize, St. Helens. He sailed with the Newfoundland convoy but has returned due to wind, will get stores and a new boat. 8 Aug 1696

State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, Volume 16, 1697-1698
6 November 1697 .
Captain Julius's sailing orders, 6 Nov., 1697. To sail to Barbados, touching at Dominica on the way in order to embark the English prisoners brought by the flag of truce from Martinique.
21 December, 1697.
Deposition of Captain William Julius, of H.M.S. Colchester. That it was at his proposal that Tankard was sent to Martinique, to fetch prisoners, on her way to Barbados. The said prisoners were to have been transferred to the Colchester at Dominica, and Julius had begged Tankard to give out that he was going back to Antigua, lest the released prisoners, on learning that they were to be shipped on the Colchester, should mutiny and run away with the ship. 21 December, 1697.

6 May 1698.
431. VII. Deposition of Henry Walrond. Towards the end of September last a French flag of truce arrived at Antigua from Martinique. I was then a volunteer on board H.M.S. Jersey, Captain Edmond Bugdon, then lying in St. John's Harbour. I was ordered to attend the Captain in his pinnace to board and search the flag of truce, when finding a quantity of French wine and brandy on her the Captain seized her and reported as much to Governor Codrington. The Governor ordered him to restore the sloop and goods. The Captain answered that he could not discharge her except by due course of law and asked that she might be brought to trial. I myself saw the letters that passed. Soon afterwards the Governor sent a second order in writing to discharge the ship, which the Captain refused to do, and some days later the Governor came down to St. John's and sent for Captain Bugdon. I was present at the meeting, and heard the Governor say, "Sirrah, I wonder how you can have the impudence to "look me in the face after being such a rogue to seize "a flag of truce and disobeying my commands." He added that Bugdon was a rascal, saying, "Get you "gone and discharge her, or I will take care of you,' or words to that effect. Bugdon thereupon left him but refused to discharge the ship. A few days later the Governor sent a message on board the Jersey to summon Captain Bugdon before himself and Council. Captain Watts and Captain Julius were both with him, and I also was present. The Governor commanded Captain Bugdon to discharge the flag of truce, and on his refusal threatened to turn him out of commission. He complained to his Councillors and the two Captains that Bugdon ought to be tried and said that he only awaited the arrival of Captain Simmonds at St. John's in order to try him. He said that the flag of truce should not be tried; and a few days afterwards she was discharged by his order and sailed away. Captain Hartman, late commander of Governor Codrington's sloop Barbuda, taken by the French outside St. Christophers, was a prisoner on board the flag of truce, and informed me that no harm could be done to him for the goods brought down in the flag of truce without doing harm to the Governor, who was concerned in them; for several of the goods in her belonged to the Governor and were bought for him. Sworn as No. III. 2 pp.

6 May 1698
About four years ago James Weatherhill of Antigua, commander of the privateer sloop Charles of Jamaica, took a Spanish merchantman of great value. It is credibly reported that several Spaniards were killed in defending their ship against these pirates, and those who survived were inhumanly abused. Happening to discourse with our Lieutenant-Governor, John Yeamans, I mentioned that I had heard that Captain Julius of H.M.S. Jersey and John Perrie, now Provost Marshal of the Leeward Islands, went down in a little sloop (which Julius commanded) to a Spanish town where Weatherhill was lying with his prize, that there Julius had traded with the pirate, and that I wondered why Governor Codrington had not prosecuted Weatherhill for piracy and Julius and Perrie for trading with them. Mr. Yeamans replied that he had advised the Governor to prosecute them and that he drew a general warrant for their apprehension, which Governor Codrington promised should be executed. But he never did so, and instead thereof afterwards preferred Julius to the command of H.M.S. Chester, though he had sworn in the company of Lady Stapleton and others that Julius should be hanged. He even refused to eat some bacon which Julius had bought of Weatherhill. I had this account from Mrs. Katharine Fenton, who was present, but is now dead. Lady Stapleton, who is in England, could doubtless confirm it. When Weatherhill committed this piracy John Perrie kept a tavern in St. Johns, Antigua; and Perrie harboured Weatherhill in his house until Perrie could assure him that he might safely appear. Weatherhill has since been so impudent as to bring on his own trial at the Grand Sessions, at the same time as when Robert Arthur was tried, but the Court would not permit Weatherhill's trial to be brought on. Perrie was shortly afterwards promoted from his tavern to Governor Codrington's service. This incestuous person has married his own brother's widow, for which he was prosecuted by the Assembly of Antigua, but the proceedings were obstructed by Governor Codrington. Perrie is his prime vizier who manages the most important affairs of this high and mighty sultan, as well in relation to civil authority as to secret trade with foreigners. If such actions correspond with the character which the Council and Assembly of Antigua have given to Governor Codrington, with intent to invalidate my statements as to Captain Arthur, then vice triumphant is esteemed virtue, but their partiality is explained by their combining with him to trade with the French during the war, for which see John Clarke's deposition annexed. Colonel Rowland Williams admitted that he was concerned in the ship bought by Martyn and Roe at Martinique, and Edward Byam acknowledged that he had received excise for the brandy which they bought at Martinique. The foregoing will shew you how faithfully the King's interest has been promoted by those entrusted with the Government here. These and many other abominable practices of Governor Codrington have induced me to prefer all my complaints against him. I have had frequent solicitations from his favourites to dissuade me from proceeding therein, but I have not gone with the multitude to flatter a man whose will is law, though I have suffered much since I had my difference with Governor Codrington, but I had rather forego all I possess than submit to arbitrary power. I expect great opposition in the undertaking, but am comforted to think that my judges are men of honour and integrity. Signed, Edward Walrond. 5 pp. Endorsed, Recd. 6 May, 1698. Annexed,

12 April 1697.
Warrant of the Deputy Governor of Antigua for the Provost Marshal to bring John Lucas and his son-in-law, John Austin, before Council. 12 April, 1697. Inscribed, I [Lucas] appeared to this warrant and had no other comfort by the Governor's passion, who, when I demanded attestations of Julius's usage, shook his cane and threatened to break my head, calling me villain and rascal; but incestuous Perrie is a very honest fellow in the Governor's esteem. p.

14 April 1698.
616. I. Deposition of Walter Quarme before the Governor and Council of Antigua. 14 April, 1698. That he heard John Lucas say that the Governor had not done him justice in not signing a warrant against William Julius.
Deposition of John Perrie. John Lucas being summoned before Council to answer certain matters, withdrew without orders and afterwards sent in a request for admission, when he asked the Council for attestations that the Governor refused him a warrant of arrest against Captain Julius. Among other words reflecting on the Governor he said that the Governor had not done him justice in refusing the warrant, for he was going to England to prosecute Captain Julius for assaulting him. p
Warrant of the Deputy Governor of Antigua for the Provost Marshal to bring John Lucas and his son-in-law, John Austin, before Council. 12 April, 1697. Inscribed, I [Lucas] appeared to this warrant and had no other comfort by the Governor's passion, who, when I demanded attestations of Julius's usage, shook his cane and threatened to break my head, calling me villain and rascal; but incestuous Perrie is a very honest fellow in the Governor's esteem. p.

25 April 1698.
605. I. John Lucas to Robert, Lord Lucas, Governor of the Tower. Antigua, 25 April, 1698. Your justice, goodness and love of liberty embolden me to lay my case before you. I contracted with one Robert Edgcomb, master of the ship Dolphin of Plymouth, to bring me and my two sons to England, shipped the goods that I required for the voyage, and took out my ticket to leave the island as the law requires. The master, however, by Governor Codrington's order refuses to take me on board, and I am imprisoned upon suspicion of having written a letter of complaints to Admiral Nevill, on which jealousy and suspicion Captain Julius, of H.M.S. Colchester, assaults me in the street and treats me very evilly, to the endangering of my life. I sought all ways and means to have reparation but could obtain nothing but menacing language from Governor Codrington, who in the Council Chamber threatened to break my head, calling me villain and rascal. I am a person of good fame and honest reputation always; I was for some years Speaker of the Assembly and have suffered much by this war, and now I am detained of my liberty in view of the world, which cries out shame on such proceedings. My family is put under great distractions, my estate exhausted, my person like to be destroyed by a withering durance; unreasonable bail is demanded-500 at a time is nothing-my friends are encumbered with high bonds, and no crimes expressed but mere notions. I desire to be heard before the King and Council, and desired Governor Codrington to let me go, and if he had anything to object I would appear before the King in Council. The Council commanded me to give 500 security for good behaviour and then I might go for England, but it was impossible for me to perform the voyage according to the time fixed for Sessions. I submitted to all this, though I am still detained and sorely oppressed. I beg you to procure me an order to come to England with my children, that I may leave this Colony where I have suffered wrongs and injuries for many years. Signed
, John Lucas. P.S.-Since I wrote the above, 5,000 bail is demanded or else close imprisonment, so must be forced to make over my estate. 1 pp. Endorsed, Recd. Read 27 June, 1698.

22 Apr 1698
The same (John Lucas) to Samuel Proctor. 22 April, 1698. I enclose a bill of lading and invoice for goods shipped in the Dolphin. I was bound home, ready to depart, and had given every security imaginable when the master refused to take me. Tell Mr. Walrond of it and make application to the King and Council, for I am sorely oppressed. Captain Julius assaulted me with intent to murder me; Governor Codrington and Council threaten to beat me, and abuse me for demanding attestations against Julius. My usage is cruel. I dare not express it. Produce this letter before the King and Council.

1698 July 1
A number of papers as to John Lucas's case were presented. Order for a letter to the Admiralty asking that Captains Julius and Edgecombe may attend on Monday

House of Commons 28 Feb 1699
A Petition of Captain Edmund Bugden was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That the Petitioner was Lieutenant of the Colchester, and Captain of the Jersey: and, as such, was concerned in the taking several Prizes about the Leeward Islands; which Christopher Codrington Esquire wrested from the Petitioner, in Wrong to him, and the King; which the Petitioner is ready to prove; and, on the 5th of October 1697, the Lords of the Admiralty sent, by Captain Symonds, an Order for the Petitioner, and Captain Wm. Julius, to return, with his Majesty's Ships under their Command, to Europe, in 60 Days after, unless the General should think fit to detain them longer, for sending his Packet; which he did, for 15 Days; and that Time being also expired, the said General, and Captain Julius, refusing to give the Petitioner any Order for his longer Stay, he returned to England; and gave in his Deposition of the said Frauds to the Commissioners of Trade; after which, the Petitioner was tried by a Court-Martial, for returning home without Order; where Captain Julius producing another Order than what Captain Symonds brought, which was shewn the Petitioner; and falsly deposing, That it was the same; the Court-Martial thereupon sentenced the Petitioner's Pay, amounting to about 260 l. to be forfeited to Greenwich Hospital, and he to be incapable of his Majesty's Service, and to be imprisoned for 12 Months: And praying, That the said Matters may be referred to the Examination of a Committee; whereby the said Frauds may be made appear, and the Petitioner justified.
Ordered, That the said Petition do lie upon the Table.

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England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior to 1800, parts 3 & 4 Obituary Prior to 1800 (as far as Relates to England, Scotland, and Ireland), Compiled by Sir William Musgrave, 6th Bart., of Hayton Castle, Co. Cumberland, and Entitled by him "A General Nomenclator and Obituary, with Referrence to the Books Where the Persons are Mentioned, and Where some Account of their Character is to be Found." County: General Country: England Julius, Wm., Navy. 03 Oct 1698 , aet. 33. (Westm. Abb. 90; View London, 525.)


William married.


William next married UNKNOWN [25609] [MRIN: 9235].

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