Tempest Margaret Hughes was born at St Marylebone, Westminster, England, on the 20th August 1780, the daughter of Simon Hughes and Isabella Marshall.
Tempest's father, Simon Hughes was butler to Sir John Hill, 3rd Baronet (1740–1824), of Hawkstone Hall (whose second son and fourth child was General Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, GCB, GCH).
Tempest (mistranscribed as male) was christened on the 25th September 1780, at Saint Mary's church, St Marylebone Road, St Marylebone, London.
Tempest, makes mention of "Sir John Hill, Lord Hill and the whole family" being well in a letter she wrote in December of 1822) to the then Governor of the Colony of New South Wales.
Tempest and her daughter Isabella Tempest Bird (née Paul; later Rich) were leading lights in the Society of early Sydney Town, offering musical evenings and entertainments; sometimes assisted by Tempest's sons George and John.
In the letter Tempest wrote to the then Governor of the Colony in December of 1822 after arriving on the William Shand as a Free Settler, she mentions her sons, one of whom had travelled with her husband and herself as part of a family unit; and the daughter she and her husband had lost in 1820, the death of whom at the age of fifteen had sent John into a depressive state. She explains that they travelled on medical advice, to "alleviate his mind". She does not mention her other daughter, seemingly because she, newly married earlier that year (in March), was presumed settled in England.
Tempest Margaret Paul née Hughes passed away on the 25th April 1857, in Regents Park, Millbrook, HAM (formerly of Sydney, New South Wales), aged 76 years.
This is the last will & testament of me Margaret Tempest Paul of Regents Park in the parish of Millbrook in the County of Southampton widow I bequeath to my granddaughter Sarah Charlotte the wife of Charles Capon Durham my gold mourning brooch my diamond mourning ring my pearl and emerald ring and my gold diamond and emerald ring. I give to William Blake Lambert the husband of my granddaughter Margaret Isabella Lambert*, all the wearing apparel and all the plate and plated goods and the jewels jewellery, trinkets and ornaments of the person not actually so far(?) disposed of (unreadable) respectively I shall die possessed I give to each of my friends the said Charles Capon Durham, William Clarke Esquire and Fanny Marior widow ten pounds for a mourning ring I give the following other pecuniary legacies. To my granddaughter the said Sarah Charlotte Durham three hundred and fifty pounds to Tempest Isabella Lambert the daughter of the said Margaret Isabella Lambert two hundred pounds which two legacies shall be paid free from legacy duty which duty shall be paid out of my residuary personal estate to my friend (unreadable) Richard Withers fifty pounds to Archibald Walker of number 19 Bishopgate Street (unreadable) Esquire and Charlotte Dalton of Sydney New South Wales spinster nineteen pounds nineteen shillings (unreadable) Meagle widow if she shall survive me but if not to her son William Meagle one hundred and fifty pounds I give all my real estate and all the residue of my personal estate unto the said William Blake Lambert his heirs executors and administrators absolutely I appoint the said William Blake Lambert and Archibald Walker executors of my will in witness whereof I have hereunto (?) set my hand and seal this twenty second day of November one thousand eight hundred and fifty five T M Paul (?)——Signed sealed published and declared by the Testatrix last Will and Testament as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us present at the (?) who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto at her request subscribed our names as witnesses attesting the same.———Thomas Goater solicitor Southampton———Alfred B Randall———John Bloomfield his clerks———.
*Marginal entry: My gold watch and chain I give to my said granddaughter Margaret Isabella.
Proved at London(?) 15th of May 1857 before the Worshipful (unable to decipher) @ Surrogate by the oath of William Blake Lambert and of the (?) to whom (?) was granted (and, again, I cannot decipher the rest)
(I think whoever transcribed this record didn't see "female".)
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