Caroline Charlotte Townshend (5D19)

Date of Birth: 1838
Date of Death: 25 Feb 1868
Generation: 6th
Residence: Cambridge and London
Father: Reverend Chambre Corker Townsend [5D01]
Mother: Oliver, Eliza Wilmot
  1. Miller, Thomas
  1. John Chambre
See Also: Table VD ; Lineage ; Ancestors' Tree ; Descendents' Tree

Notes for Caroline Charlotte Townshend

When her father died in 1852, Caroline was 14 and her mother, maternal grandparents and aunt, Katherine Townshend [5D06], acted as guardians to her and her siblings until they came of age. Under the terms of her father’s will (1) dated 2 September 1846 she became entitled to an equal share of £2,000 devised to all the children, except her half-brother Horace Payne-Townshend [5D12] who inherited the entire Derry estate.

Married 14 December 1865. Rev Thomas Miller, Fellow of Queens' College, Cambridge.

Caroline’s grandfather, Major General Oliver died on 11 January 1854. In his will, dated 25 February 1853 (2), he devised his personal estate to his trustees who were to invest the same and pay the interest to his wife, Marianne, during her lifetime and after her death to his daughter Eliza Townshend (Caroline’s mother). After her death the residue was to be divided equally amongst her surviving children share and share alike.

Likewise he devised his real estate in Suffolk and Kerry to his trustees who were to pay the yearly rents to his wife during her lifetime and after her death to Eliza. After her death when the children came of age, or if the daughters married before then, they were to receive their share of the real estate or the rents thereof, or if the real estate was sold they were to receive their share of the principal or the interest of the proceeds.

Page 554 of The Calendar of Wills and Administration 1858-1922 in the National Archives of Ireland records that Letters of Administration of the personal estate of "Caroline Charlotte Miller late of 67 Torrington Square London", who died on 25 February 1868 at latter place were granted at the Principal Registry on 19 February 1890 to “Thomas Miller of 7 Hainholzweg Gottingen Germany Reader in the Gottingen University the Husband.” Effects under £220 0s 11d. Torrington Square is close to Birkbeck College, University of London, suggesting that Caroline's husband might have been associated with the college.

Caroline’s mother died on 17 August 1906 and thus her share (£2,672) of the Oliver estate passed to the trustees of her estate – her son John Chambre Miller (3).

In 1911 John Chambre Miller was appointed the first housemaster of Farfield, (which in 2011 celebrated its centenary) at Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk. John's cousin Janet Gray Townshend [5D46] taught mathematics briefly at Gresham's in 1919.

(1) Derry Papers 5D01/6. Will of Chambre Corker Townsend dated 2 September 1846 with codicil dated 5 April 1851. Probate 9 Sep 1852.

(2) Derry Papers OL/8, 8A, 8B, 9, 9A. The wills of Major General Oliver and his wife, Marianne, and the disposal of their estates.

(3) The London Gazette records that he was commissioned into 3rd Volunteer Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment on 21 December 1901 and was transferred in July 1909 from the 5th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment, to be Captain in the Gresham School Contingent, with seniority as from the 24 January 1903.