I have veered away from the Campbell family for this post as the prompt this week, “where there’s a will” fits perfectly with this ancestor. I was fairly new to researching, maybe a couple of years in, when I’d heard the story from my grandmother that her grandfather Adam Lymburner, had changed his name and if he didn’t he would not inherit some money. Well, not being sure what all that meant, I started digging. Where would I find out about a name change? Let alone find a will of someone I have no idea about. So I pulled out some library books and started reading.
Back in those days, the internet was just being born and all our research was done by snail mail, letter writing on paper and waiting for the postie to deliver your letters. However now, many of these sources are available online. I’ll never forget the day the postie arrived with a letter and inside was a photocopy of the London Gazette giving the details of the change of name due to an injunction in a will.
The London Gazette, Tuesday, March 1, 1836
Whitehall, February 17, 1836.
The King has been pleased to grant unto Alexander Delisser, of Woburn-place, in the parish of St George, Bloomsbury, in the county of Middlesex, surgeon, His royal licence and authority, that Adam Lymburner Delisser, his eldest son, a minor, may (in compliance with an injunction contained in the last will and testament of his maternal great uncle, Adam Lymburner, late of Bernard-Street, Russell Square, in the said county, Esq deceased) relinquish the name Delisser, and henceforth take and use the surname of Lymburner only.
And also to command, that the said royal concession and declaration be registered in His Majesty’s College of Arms, otherwise to be void and of none effect.
I now had proof that his name was changed, but what was that all about. So the next step was to order a copy of the will of Adam Lymburner who had died in January 1836.
The request for Adam to change his name from Delisser was from his great grand maternal uncle Adam Lymburner. Adam snr. died in January 1836 and his great grand nephew changed his name two months later, in February 1836. There was no waiting around to inherit that money. Below is an excerpt from the WILL OF ADAM LYMBURNER, that explains the change of name and why it happened so quickly. Note that this will, which is 4 pages of old English handwriting, took 3 solid days to decipher and even then, I haven’t been able to get every word. Much of it is repetitious.
“I give and bequeath to my great grand nephew Adam Lymburner Delisser the sum of sixteen thousand pounds three percent consolidate annuities of the stock standing in my name in the Books of the Governor and a Company of the Bank of England and as my said great grand nephew is an infant the said sum is to be held by my Executors hereinafter named or any two of them and or any two trustees to be then appointed by them by a deed or writing under their hand and seal signed before and attested by two witnesses to hold that said sum in Trust for the benefit of my said great grand nephew until he attains the age of twenty one years and to receive the interest or dividend of the said sum of three per cent consolidated annuities when and as they become but due and I authorize my said Trustees to pay out of the dividends as they receive them such sum and sums as they may seem proper and necessary for the maintenance and education of my said great grand nephew until he shall attain the age of twenty one years and the surplus of the dividends after the allowances for the maintenance and education of my said great grand nephew to be invested in the Consolidated Government Annuities but this bequest to and in favour of my said great grand nephew Adam Lymburner Delisser is made on the express condition that within twelve months after my decease or within twelve months after this condition is notified to him my great grand nephew and to his father Alexander Delisser that they or either of them shall apply to the King and obtain his permission that he my great grand nephew shall be permitted to use for himself and his heirs the sole surname of Lymburner but if he or his father shall refuse or decline or neglect to apply for and obtain the Kings permission for my said great grand nephew to have and use for himself and his heirs the surname solely of Lymburner within the time specified or if my said great grand nephew shall happen to die before he has attained the age of twenty one years in either of these cases I desire and order that the said sum of sixteen thousand pounds three per cent consolidated annuities and all of dividends which may have been added thereto by the Trustees aforesaid shall be transferred and paid to and in favour of the children of my niece Agnes Mathie wife of Hugh Mathie Merchant in Liverpool that are then alive share and share alike……
(Wouldn’t you like to have been a fly on the wall when this will was read out!?)
Source: Public Record Office of London. (PROB 11/1856)
Great-great-grandfather, Adam Lymburn Delisser was born 10 May 1824, the eldest son of Alexander Delisser and Deborah Crawford and was baptised in the Parish of Saint Pancras, in the County of Middlesex, England, 9 June 1824.
Source: London Metropolitan Archives, St Pancras, Register of Baptism, p90/pan1, Item 014. Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906.
Original data: Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1906. London Metropolitan Archives, London