Note: Dame Frances survived until 1746, out-living her two sons, as the matriarch of the family. Through the will of Walter Hamilton she acquired estates at Stoke Poges and Wexham in Buckinghamshire; she also owned a house in Cheltenham and rented one in Grosvenor Street, London. A rough draft of her will, drawn up in 1735 while her sons were alive, reveals her intention to bequeath the Stoke Poges estate and the plantation in St Christopher yo Sir William and the Wexham estate and her plantations in Nevis to James. But the death of her sons induced her to make a fresh will, in 1743, altering the disposal of the property. In this she confirmed her settlement of the plantations in Nevis on the heirs of James. But she now directed that her English estates, and her plantations in St Christopher, should be entrusted to her executors, and the revenue from them be used to pay the balance of the �11,000 settled on Sir William in 1724. When this had been settled, �8,000 was to be raised from the revenue of the Fountain plantation, to be divided among James' five surviving daughters and Sir William's three younger children. Thereafter these eight children were to own the Fountain plantation, as tenants in common, while the English estates went to Sir William's heir, Sir Thomas. The terms of the will, which did not become known until after the death of Dame Frances, came as a shock and a surprise to Sir Thomas and to his mother, Dame Catherine Stapleton. In spite of the English property he was to receive in lieu of the Fountain plantation, Sir Thomas, 5th Baronet, resented its loss.
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