Mary Bell Ruthven

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Mary Bell Ruthven

Birthdate:
Birthplace: probably at Trelawney, Jamaica
Death: 1897 (84-85)
Australia
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dugald Malcolm Ruthven and Mary Virgo
Wife of Captain Envidale Savage Normal Campbell
Mother of Madeline Gertrude Campbell; Reginald Shadwell Campbell; Malcolm Myddleton Campbell and Alfred Anderson Campbell
Sister of James Virgo Ruthven; Anna Rebecca Ruthven; George Robert Ruthven; Dugald Malcolm Ruthven and William Henry Ruthven

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About Mary Bell Ruthven

MARY BELL RUTHVEN

Slave Owner in Jamaica

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY

Baptised in Trelawney, Jamaica, 30/06/1812, daughter of Dugald Malcolm Ruthven and his wife Mary nee Virgo. Her father died in 1813 and the family moved to England. When writing her will in 1824, her mother described herself as late of Great Coram Street in Middlesex, now of Brighthelmston in Sussex. Inherited a quarter share in a group of enslaved people in Trelawney from her mother as residuary legatee.

In his last will and testament dated 2 November 1829 her cousin John Malcolm of Argyll in Jamaica left her fifty pounds: "I bequeath to my dear Godchildren David Corrie, Cuthbert Malcolm, John Malcolm Corrie and Mary Bell Ruthven £50 sterling each to buy a ring in remembrance of me." The Last Will and Testament of John Malcolm of Argyll

Marriage and Children

Married Envidale Savage Norman Campbell, an army captain, in Trelawney, 22/09/1832. Living in Trevor Square in London in January 1836 at the baptism of their first child. A second child was baptised in Jamaica in 1842 and a third in Chelsea, London, in 1848. By 1851 the family had moved to Adelaide in South Australia where their twin boys were born 18/07/1851. Mary Bell Campbell died in Ardale, Victoria, 1897 at the age of 85.

The Last Will and Testament of John Malcolm of Argyll

I John Malcolm of Argyll in the parish of Hanover County of Cornwall and Island of Jamaica do make this my last will and testament...and to the intents and purposes following make liable all my estate. Whereas I own many of the Negroes and other slaves on Argyll estate and pen and a number of mules and horses stock not under any mortgage and I also own as heir at law to my mother some slaves of which my late dear father was the tenant by the curtesy during his life and were mortgaged to my dear cousin Neil Malcolm Esquire which appear in the list annexed with an X after their names and I shall not wish that any of the above mentioned slaves or stock should be removed from the properties. I bequeath all the above mentioned slaves and stock to Neil Malcolm his heirs and assigns on the express condition that he shall pay to my housekeeper Mary Johnson an annuity of £2,000 [sic - original states £200] Sterling during the term of her natural life. And to each of my reputed children George Malcolm, Sarah Johnson Malcolm, Mary Ann Malcolm, Edgar Corrie Malcolm and Neil Malcolm the sum of £2,000 money of Great Britain when they attain the age of twenty one years or the day of their marriage if sooner In the meantime the interest of such sums is to be paid to their mother Mary Johnson for their education and support Should my dear cousin not accept to these conditions then I bequeath all the above mentioned slaves and stock to my reputed children their heirs and assigns for ever on the condition that they allow Mary Johnson an annuity of £250 during her natural life taking as tenants in common and not as joint tenants I bequeath to Mary Johnson all my draft and riding horses and mules and carriages and all the silver and other plate, jewels, trinkets, monies, Island . . . . . linen, cutlery and glassware, liquors and furniture and every description of chattels in my house. I bequeath to my dear Godchildren David Corrie, Cuthbert Malcolm, John Malcolm Corrie and Mary Bell Ruthven £50 sterling each to buy a ring in remembrance of me. All the remainder of my estate I bequeath to my dear cousin Neil Malcolm Esquire his heirs and executors I nominate the said Neil Malcolm and Neil Malcolm the younger, Samuel Hibbert, Richard Chambers, Henry Chambers and Edgar Corrie Esquires to be executors of this my last will. Signed by John Malcolm 2nd November 1829 Witnesses, H. Chambers, F.J. Welch, Percival Burton [PRO London, PROB 11/1834]