John Heatherly

(before 8 November 1773 - 13 December 1839)
The Library on Eastbourne's seafront was in the hands of John Heatherly (1774-1839) from 1817
     John Heatherly was born before 8 November 1773 in Eastbourne, Sussex. He was the son of Robert Heatherly and Ann Smith? John Heatherly was christened on 6 January 1774 in St Mary, Eastbourne. He had been privately baptised 8 November 1773.
     A guide to all the watering and sea-bathing places ... 1813 by John Feltham, noted: Among the amusements of East Bourne may be reckoned the Circulating Library, which was established here in 1795 by Mr Heatherly, which is most pleasantly situated, facing the sea. Here the daily papers and various publications of interest or amusement are to be read. There is likewise a billiard-table which is frequented by gentlemen only, and for mere amusement. He and Elizabeth Denman, Harriet Denman and Ann Denman witnessed John Denman and Ann Heatherly's wedding on 20 December 1796 in Eastbourne, Sussex.
     John Heatherly married Mary Norris on 14 November 1797 in St Marylebone, Westminster, London. John Heatherly of this parish, bachelor and Mary Norris of the same parish spinster, were married in this church by banns. Both signed in the presence of James Lay and Jane Norris.
     2 Nov 1801: By the same lords to John Heatherley of Eastbourne, librarian - in consideration of the surrender of a lease of 31 Dec., 1793 to Robert Heatherley the father of the said John, for 21 years and the costs of altering, repairing and amending of the messuage or tenement, shop and premises - of a messuage or tenement and shop with the ground and appurtenances belonging situate at or near the Sea side in Eastbourne, in the occupation of the said John Heatherley containing in front 48 ft. and in depth 47 ft., bounding to the High Road, E., to lands of Harriet Willard, W., to a messuage of Sarah Webb, N. and to a messuage of Abraham Wood, S. Term 61 years; rent £14.
     In John Heatherly's will dated 24 November 1813 in Willingdon, Sussex, John Heatherly was named as executor of the estate. He was an executor of John Heatherly's estate on 2 January 1815 in Lewes Archdeaconry, Sussex.
     John Heatherly lived at Sea Houses/Marine Parade, Eastbourne, Sussex, 1817. David Simkin wrote: By 1817, the Library on Eastbourne's seafront was in the hands of John Heatherly (1774-1839), the son of a milliner and haberdasher of Eastbourne.
John Heatherly was a bookseller and bookbinder by trade with a shop in Church Street. When he acquired The Library, Heatherly developed the Lounge into a Reading Room. The Reading Room was supplied with periodicals and daily newspapers which "arrive the same day by coach." Heatherly also added a Billiard Room and provided 'Apartments', consisting of 3 sitting rooms and 11 bedrooms, to accommodate visitors to Eastbourne.
In 1819, John Heatherly published " A description of East-Bourne and its Environs". In this early guide book, Heatherly gives an account of what The Library had to offer local residents and visitors to Eastbourne :
" ... a good library kept by Heatherly with an excellent lodging-house over it having the accommodation of the daily papers and periodical publications. The Library itself is a very spacious apartment, and for a small sum the subscriber has the benefit and amusement of reading as well as the room to lounge in if thought proper. This is a great accommodation to those who prefer lodging at a distance from the sea, yet wish occasionally to contemplate the grandeur of that element. In the adjoining room is an excellent billiard table kept quite select for the use of gentlemen only."
After John Heatherly died in 1839, The Library was run first by his widow and then by his three nieces - Ann, Caroline and Georgiana Lay - who were known as "The Three Misses Lay".
Ann Lay (born 1795 Marylebone London ) died 1870 Eastbourne, aged 75
Caroline Lay (born 1803 Marylebone London ) died 1888 Eastbourne, aged 84
Georgiana Lay ( born 1809 Marylebone London ) died 1888 Eastbourne, aged 78
The Lay sisters operated The Library until about 1845.
Around 1845, the "Three Misses Lay" were succeeded by another trio of sisters - Elizabeth Hopkins (born 1815, Newington, Surrey), Marian Hopkins (born 1821, Newington, Surrey) and Emma Hopkins (born 1824, Newington, Surrey). A younger sister Georgina Harriot Hopkins (born 1832, Newington, Surrey) worked as an assistant in the shop.
The Library passed to Frederick Hopkins in 1857 and finally to Thomas Stafford Gowland in 1862.
     By 1817 the library was run by John Heatherly, remarkable for his black suit, knee breeches, silk stockings and powdered hair.
In his guidebook of 1819, A description of Eastbourne and its environs, he describes it as ‘a good library, delightfully situated facing the sea, with one of the best lodging houses above, daily papers each day and periodical publications. The Library is very spacious, and in the adjoining room is an excellent Billiard Table kept quite select for the use of gentlemen only.’
Heatherly ran the library and a shop until his death in 1839, and his widow and nieces, the Misses Lay, continued to 1845 after which the Misses Hopkins kept the shop for another 12 years.
     30 Dec 1822 Lease: Signature, John Heatherley, and seal: By the same Lords and Trustee to Abraham Wood of Eastbourne, coal merchant, of a messuage or lodging house at the Sea Side in Eastbourne abutting to a messuage in the tenure of John Heatherley, N. to land late Willard's, W. partly to a leasehold messuage late of Mrs. Susannah Gilbert and partly to a leasehold messuage holden by the said Abraham Wood of the said Inigo Thomas, S. and partly to the said messuage held of the said Inigo Thomas and partly to the highway, E; which premises were formerly devised by the Lords to Wm. Webb for 40 years which expired on 29 Sep., 1821. Term 21 years; rent £20. He was listed in a directory dated 1823 as John Heatherly, bookseller; John Heatherley, Librarian of Eastbourne; J. Heatherly, Fire &C. Office Agents of Eastbourne; John Heatherly, Toy & Tunbridge Warehouse of Eastbourne; John Heatherly, Bookseller, Binder & Stationer of Eastbourne at binder & stationer, Sea Houses, Eastbourne, Sussex, England.
     John Heatherly made a will dated 25 May 1830. His will mentions his wife Mary, his nephew Arnold Denman of Willingdon, his half brothers - James Lay of South Moulton St, Middlesex, Thomas Lay deceased & William Lay deceased, his half nephews and half nieces - the children of James Lay - Ann, Caroline, Henry, Louisa, the wife of James Hunt of Upper York St, Bryanstown Square, Mdx, Georgiana; the children of Thomas Lay - Matilda Ann, William Henry; the children of William Lay, Frances Heatherley, wife of Arnold Denman, Mary Ann; the only children of my sister Ann Denman, widow - Mary Ann Dempster, the wife of Robert Dempster of Willingdon, Louisa Denman; executors - Arnold Denman, Mary Heatherley, James Lay; witnesses - William Head of Eastbourne, baker, John Head of Eastbourne, baker, Samuel Putland of Eastbourne, shoemaker.
     John Heatherly was mentioned in the manorial court roll dated 11 November 1831 Court Roll dated 11 Nov 1831: Of the Manor of Eastbourne Nether Inn of a Court Baron of George Henry, Earl of Burlington, and Davies Gilbert, esq., lords of the said manor, of the Admission of THOMAS JAMES BREEDS as devisee in trust under the will of ABRAHAM WOOD dated 6 June, 1829 and proved at Lewes, 2 Dec., 1829, to a piece of ground lying behind the messuage, tenement or lodging house late of the said Abraham Wood at the Sea houses in Eastbourne containing from N. to S. at the W. end 43 ft. 3 in. and at the E. end 39 ft. 6 in. and from E. to W. at the N. end 41 ft. 9 in. and at the S. end 40 ft., abutting to the said messuage, E., to a piece of ground of James Thorncroft, S., to a new carriage road W., and to a piece of ground of John Heatherley, N; rent 2d by apportionment, of which premises Abraham Wood senr., who survived his wife Sarah Wood, died seised. Fine £2.
     John was registered as John Heatherly, Eastbourne Town, freehold house at Eastbourne, Sussex, on the 1837 electoral roll. He was listed in a directory dated 1839 as John Heatherly, at Church St & Sea Houses, Eastbourne. He was listed under Libraries: with the note that he was also a bookseller with reading & billiard rooms.
     John's death was registered in the quarter ending on 13 December 1839 in Eastbourne SD, Sussex. He was buried on 20 December 1839 in Eastbourne.
     His will was proved on 25 February 1840 at Lewes Archdeaconry, Sussex.
     John Heatherly was assessed under the Tithe Commutation Act of 1836 in 1841. John Heatherly (landowner) & John Heatherly & others were listed as occupiers of 2 plots in Eastbourne.
     Manor of Eastbourne Nether Inn - Court of William, Earl of Burlington and the Hon. Ann Dorothea Gilbert, guardian of Carew Davies Gilbert, esq., a minor. Admission of Leonard Kilham Willard, esq., brother and devisee under the Will of Nicholas Willard dated 11 Jan., 1845, to a piece of land containing 2 ac. 15 p. enclosed near the Seaside Houses in Eastbourne, with a messuage, coach house and buildings thereon, late Burrells and before Thomas Willard's (except such parts of the said piece of land as were surrendered by the said Nicholas Willard to the use of John Heatherly and Mary his wife, Abraham Wood and Sarah his wife, James Thorncroft, Mary Chapel Turber, Charles Vine, Matthew Terry and Sarah Ann his wife and Sarah How) of which residue was held by the apportioned rent of 2s. 4d. Fr. Harding Gell, steward.
     The administration of his estate was granted to Henry Lay on 5 February 1862 Letters of administration with will (as HIL/5/12/2) annexed ... of John Heatherley of Eastbourne, Sussex, librarian, who died 13 Dec 1839 at Eastbourne, left unadministered by Mary Heatherly, widow, the relict and James Lay the brother by the half-blood two of the executors named in the said will were granted to Henry Lay, of Eastbourne afsd, gentleman, one of the residuary legatees substituted in the said will he having been first sworn. Former grant PCC Feb 1840.

Child of John Heatherly and Mary Norris

John Heatherly

(28 July 1733 - November 1799)
     John Heatherly was born on 28 July 1733 in London. He was the son of Rev Seawell Heatherly and Hester or Esther Beesly. John Heatherly was christened on 18 August 1733 in Christ Church, Newgate St, (Greyfriars).
     He is probably the Jacky Heatherly who subscribed to 2 volumes of the History of St Pauls in 1741 with his siblings. He took an apprentice: John Heatherly of Witham, Essex, surgeon; Edward Alston on 23 May 1765 in Witham, Essex.
John Heatherly was apprenticed on 5 August 1772 in Witham, Essex. Took an apprentice: Jno Heatherly, of Witham, surgeon; Archibald Douglas.
     His will was proved on 30 June 1781? At the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. He is not likely to be this John Heatherley: The will of John Heatherly of Rotherhithe was proved at London by Ann R..one. wife of John R...stone, the daughter of the deceased. The will was dated 19 April 1781: A John Heatherly of Saint Mary, Rotherhithe, Surrey, a carpenter & joiner made a will dated 19 June 1781. He mentions his son John and daughers Mary & Sarah both of the parish of Saint Mary, Rotherhithe, his son George and daughter Ann R.... who he appoints sole executrix.
This Jno Heatherly took an apprentice John Heatherly in 1766. He was listed in a directory dated 1784 as John Heatherly, surgeon & apothecary at Witham, Essex. He was a Freemason on 5 June 1785 in Colchester, Essex. being made a mason of the Lodge of Unity as John Heatherly, surgeon of Witham on 5 Jun 1785. He was a Freemason in 1786 in Bocking, Essex. John Heatherley, aged 21, surgeon of Witham, was admitted to the Social Lodge in Essex in 1786.
John Heatherly was apprenticed on 9 September 1786. Took an apprentice: Jno Heatherly, of Witham, surgeon; Saml H Sterry.
John Heatherly was declared bankrupt in December 1790. John Heatherly of Witham, Essex, apothecary, druggist, dealer and chapman.
     John died in November 1799 in Witham, Essex, aged 66. Died. At Witham, Mr R Heatherly, surgeon and apothecary.
     His will was proved on 3 June 1803 at Essex. 1803 John Heatherly, surgeon, Witham.

Children of John Heatherly

John Heatherly

(16 February 1678/79? - )
     John Heatherly was christened on 16 February 1678/79? In Christ Church, Newgate St, (Greyfriars), London. A John Heatherley aged 2, was buried 12 June 1769 at St Botolph, Bishopsgate.. He was the son of William Heatherly and Elizabeth Unknown (Heatherley). John Heatherly was listed as a Freeman of the city of London, in 1738. John Hetherly, son of Wm Hetherly citizen and plaisterer of London.... by patrimony in the said Company of Plasterers, because he is leigitmate and was born after the admission of his fther into the said Freedom. The admission of his father is entered in the book marked with the letter and bears the date 26 July in ... 1700. Similar entries for Joseph & Richard.

John Heatherly

(circa 1797 - before 27 March 1840)
     John Heatherly was born circa 1797. A John Heatherley was baptised 24 June 1797 and bp 1 May 1798 at the Independent/Baptist church at Foleshill, Warwickshire, son of Wm & Ann.
     John died before 27 March 1840 in Goulston St, Whitechapel, London. The death appears to have been registered in the St Olave Southwark district 4/343 but in the third quarter of 1840, so possibly two events?. He was buried on 27 March 1840 in St Mary, Whitechapel, London.

John Heatherly

(13 August 1784 - )
     John Heatherly was christened on 13 August 1784 in St Botolph Aldgate, London. He was the son of Richard Heatherly and Jane Collins.

John Heatherly

     John Heatherly married Mary Unknown before 1782.

Child of John Heatherly and Mary Unknown

John Heatherly

(circa 1699 - 6 October 1719)
     John Heatherly was born circa 1699. He was the son of Unkown Heatherly.
     John Heatherly made a will dated 5 October 1719 in St Botolph Aldersgate, London. Will of John Heatherly or Heatherley, Tailor of Saint Botolph without Aldersgate, City of London mentions his brothers William & Richard and sister Katherine leaving them 1 shilling, his master William Brookes with whom I now live ....[all]
     John died of smallpox on 6 October 1719 in London. He was buried on 8 October 1719 in Bunhill Fields, London. John Heatherly aged 20 of St Botolph Aldersgate, 6 Oct 1719; John Heatherly, late servant to William Brooks, of the parish called St Botolph Aldersgate, aged about 20 years, dyed the sixth day of October, 1719, Searchers Report of the Small Pox, and was buryed near Bunhill Fields, on ye 8th of the same.
     His will was proved on 10 October 1719 at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

John Heatherly

(circa 1739 - 1784)
     John Heatherly was born circa 1739. He was buried in 1784 in Witham.
     John died in 1784 in Witham, Essex.

John Heatherly

     John Heatherly was also known as Heatherley in records.
     John Heatherly married Mary Pain on 23 June 1743 in the Fleet, London. John Heatherley of St Leonards Shore Ditch, widower and Marey Pain of St Andrews Holborn, widow.

John Heatherly

( - 11 December 1736)
     John was buried on 11 December 1736 in St Andrew, Holborn, London. John Heatherly, of Shoe Lane.

John Heatherly

( - before 30 June 1781)
     John Heatherly made a will dated 19 June 1781 in Rotherhithe, Surrey. John Heatherly of the parish of St Mary Rotherhithe, Surrey, carpenter & joiner ... my son John Heatherly my chest of tools and one shilling and thereunto my daughter Mary & Sarah both of the parish of St MaryRotherithe one shilling each and to my son George one pound one shilling and my wearing apparel ... to my daughrer Ann ... [whetsonte?] whom I nominate institute and appoint my sole executrix ... 19 June 1781 John Hatherly.
     John died before 30 June 1781 in St Mary, Rotherhithe, Surrey.
     His will was proved on 30 June 1781. John Heatherly or Hatherly, Carpenter and Joiner of Saint Mary Rotherhithe , Surrey.

Children of John Heatherly

John Heatherly

     John Heatherly was the son of John Heatherly.

Lucinda Heatherly

(13 April 1770 - )
     Lucinda Heatherly was christened on 13 April 1770 in All Hallows Wall, London Wall, London. She was the daughter of James Heatherly and Elizabeth Whitehead.

Mary Heatherly

(1 October 1671 - 24 November 1671)
     Mary Heatherly was christened on 1 October 1671 in Christ Church, Newgate St, (Greyfriars), London. She was the daughter of William Heatherly and Elizabeth Unknown (Heatherley).
     Mary was buried on 24 November 1671 in St Lawrence Jewry, London.

Mary Heatherly

(3 April 1687 - )
     Mary Heatherly was christened on 3 April 1687 in St Botolph Bishopsgate, London. She was the daughter of Edward Heatherly and Faith Unknown (Heatherley).

Mary Heatherly

(3 December 1773 - )
     Mary Heatherly was born on 3 December 1773 in Shoreditch. She was the daughter of James Heatherly and Elizabeth Whitehead. Mary Heatherly was christened on 19 December 1773 in St Leonard, Shoreditch, London.

Mary Heatherly

(8 February 1756 - )
     Mary Heatherly was christened on 8 February 1756 in St Mary, Rotherhithe, Southwark, Surrey. She was the daughter of John Heatherly.

Mary Ann Heatherly

(December 1788 - )
     Mary Ann Heatherly was christened in December 1788 in St Botolph Aldgate, London. She was the daughter of Richard Heatherly and Jane Collins.

Patriarch Heatherly

     A Mary Heatherleay was buried at Christ Church Newgate on Nov 24, 1671. William Heatherly was buried in 1673 at St Ethelburga, Bishopsgate, London..

Children of Patriarch Heatherly

Richard Heatherly

(15 March 1752 - before 14 August 1825)
     Richard Heatherly was christened on 15 March 1752 in St Botolph without Aldgate, London. He was the son of Richard Heatherly and Elizabeth Gibson Briton.
     Richard Heatherly married Jane Collins on 3 May 1779 in Christ Church, Spitalfields, Stepney, Middlesex. Richard Heatherly was insured as Richard Heatherly, 3 Cock Court Horse Shoe Alley Petticoat Lane, gent on 12 June 1819 at London.
     Richard died before 14 August 1825 in 3 Cock Court, Whitechapel, London. He was buried on 14 August 1825 in St Mary, Whitechapel.

Children of Richard Heatherly and Jane Collins

Richard Heatherly

     Richard Heatherly was the son of Unkown Heatherly.
     Richard Heatherly married Elizabeth Gibson Briton on 26 January 1750/51 in Fleet Prison Chapel, London. Richard Heatherley, cordwainer & Elizabeth Gibson Briton, both of St Botolph's Aldgate, by J Tarrant. They were both widowed.

Children of Richard Heatherly and Elizabeth Gibson Briton

Richard Heatherly

(28 December 1791 - May 1798)
     Richard Heatherly was christened on 28 December 1791 in St Botolph Aldgate, London. He was the son of Richard Heatherly and Jane Collins.
     Richard died in May 1798 in St Botolph Adgate, London, aged 6.

Richard Heatherly

(26 July 1797 - )
     Richard Heatherly was christened on 26 July 1797 in St Botolph Aldgate, London. He was the son of Richard Heatherly and Jane Collins.

Richard Heatherly

(16 August 1684 - )
     Richard Heatherly was christened on 16 August 1684 in St Botolph Bishopsgate, London. He was the son of Godfrey Heatherly and Mary Unknown.

Richard Heatherly

     Richard Heatherly married Mary Unknown.

Child of Richard Heatherly and Mary Unknown

Robert Heatherly

(13 November 1736 - before 12 February 1814)
     Robert Heatherly was born on 13 November 1736 in London, England. This connection is assumed because he should have been born before Feb 1736 and the lack of other evidence, the report on his medical condition supports this. He was the son of Rev Seawell Heatherly and Hester or Esther Beesly. Robert Heatherly was christened on 26 November 1736 in Christ Church, Newgate St, (Greyfriars), London. Robert, son of the Revd Mr Seawell & Hester Heatherly, born 13th.
     He is probably the Bobby Heatherly who subscribed to 2 volumes of the History of St Pauls in 1741 along with Betsy, Jemmy & Jacky Heatherly.
     Robert Heatherly, son of the Reverend Mr Heatherly, late minister of Clavering in Essex, formerly Master of the School in Christ's Hospital, London, aged 23 years, was an out-patient of St Bartholomew's Hospital for the King's-Evil, had the second joint of his thumb so affected, that the bone was digested cout, and many other sores healed up and seemed cured; not long after, the disorder fell into both his eyes, with some small unbroken tumors in the neck and under both ears, and had been blind some months. He came to me with both his eyes covered; has been well some years, and is now in the Excise. I gave this man a Root as usual, and ordered him a gentle purge of half manna and half syrup of roses in think milk, once a week for three months, and to leave off all covering of his eyes, and wash them often with cold spring water, and dropping it into the eyes, this restored him perfectly to his sight.
     Ann Lay married secondly Robert Heatherly on 9 September 1770 in St Mary's, Eastbourne, Sussex. Married by licence. She may have been married previously from the evidence of her husband and son. The witnesses were B Penny & Ann Penny. He was insured and described as a gent on 1 January 1778 at Eastbourne, Sussex.      
Robert Heatherly paid land tax on a house occupied by Henry Carter worth £3 rental, his salary £48 and his own house valued at £2 rental in 1785 in Eastbourne, Sussex. He and Ann Smith? were listed in a directory dated 1791 as Heatherly R and A (F) Milliners and Haberdashers at Eastbourne. Robert Heatherly was insured as a shopkeeper on 10 September 1792 at Eastbourne, Sussex.
     The land tax redemption of 1798 records Thos Heatherley, self, 7/-; late Denman's Robert Heatherley 5/-; and 4 others under contract #70479; also Robert Heatherley, his library 4/-.
     Robert Heatherly made a will dated 24 November 1813 in Willingdon, Sussex. The will of Robert Heatherly, gentleman, mentions his grandson Arnold Denman who received his silver watch, his wife Ann Heatherly, his son in law James Lay of Oxford St Middlesex, hatter & hosier £300, his daughter Ann Denman wife of John Denman of Willingdon yeoman, £500, Bowes John, Matilda & William Lay the three children of my late son in law Thomas Lay deceased £30 each, my son John Heatherly all the residue, property in Eastbourne... It was witnessed by James Vine, butcher of Willingdon, William Smith, taylor of Willingdon & William Thomas, blacksmith of Willingdon.
     Robert died before 12 February 1814 in Eastbourne, Sussex. He was buried on 12 February 1814 in St Mary, Eastbourne.
     His will was proved on 2 January 1815 at Lewes Archdeaconry, Sussex. His effects were under £2000. Probate (Lewes) of will (24 Nov 1813) of Robert Heatherley of Willingdon, gentleman; refers to purchase money still unpaid by his son John for a freehold messuage in Eastbourne, by agreement of 1 Jan 1800.

Children of Robert Heatherly and Ann Smith?

Robert Heatherly

(29 June 1732 - 28 August 1732)
     Robert Heatherly was born on 29 June 1732 in London, England. He was the son of Rev Seawell Heatherly and Hester or Esther Beesly. Robert Heatherly was christened on 20 July 1732 in Christ Church, Newgate St, (Greyfriars), London.
     Robert was buried on 28 August 1732 in London.

Robert Heatherly

(6 December 1680 - )
     Robert Heatherly was christened on 6 December 1680 in St Botolph Bishopsgate, London. Robert, son of Edward & Faith Hetherly. He may be the Robert Hetherly aged 2, buried on 28 July 1681 at St Botolph, Bishopsgate.
. He was the son of Edward Heatherly and Faith Unknown (Heatherley).
     He may be the Robert Heatherly, taylor, who married at the Fleet, Mary Worth on 1 May 1721, both of the parish of Bartholomew, Magdalen.

Robert Heatherly

Child of Robert Heatherly

Robert Heatherly

(7 April 1657 - )
     Robert Heatherly was born on 7 April 1657 in Southwark, Surrey. He was the son of Robert Heatherly. Robert Heatherly was christened on 13 April 1657 in St Olave, Southwark, Surrey.