Family money up for grabs
Some of the monies from the sale of the Blencowe Breweries and hotels went into consolidated revenue when a relative died intestate without a proven heir coming forward within a given timeframe. One wonders how many other family inheritances have gone begging.
We have covered the Blencowe /Everard connection in previous newsletters BFA NL Vol 20 No 4 Dec 2005 and Vol 21 No 1 May 2006 and Vol 23 No 4 Nov 2008 showing that Elizabeth Blencowe had married James Everard in 1794 at Lowestoft. Elizabeth's brothers, Henry Prescott Blencowe (2) married Rebecca the daughter of Edward Everard Snr and John Prescott Blencowe married Rebecca's youngest sister, Pleasance.
John became very involved with the Everard's shipping business. Henry became head of the Thoby Priory branch of the family; it was he who sold Blencow Hall to the Duke of Norfolk in 1802. Blencowes and Everards were important citizens of Kings Lynn in Norfolk. After London, it was the most important east coast port. The Everards were one of the more influential traders with interests in brewing along with shipping.
Some generations on it seems they too had an inheritance up for grabs. When Henry and Rebecca's grandson, Henry Prescott George Blencowe (1858-1922) died in Tunis, the family had to advertise worldwide for his brother Edward Everard Prescott Blencowe who it is thought went farming in South Africa but never surfaced to claim his fortune.
The following newspaper articles tell the story.
The Register (Adelaide, S.A) 17 Jan. 1922
The Queenslander ( Brisbane) 22 April 1922
I found several replies from people trying to claim the inheritance like this from
The Brisbane Courier (Qld.) 16 Feb. 1923
Our database records that Everard Blencowe was never located so I guess Hannah Blencowe, the wife of the departed Henry, eventually enjoyed her increased inheritance. Henry and Hannah did not have children.