1815 - 1871

Charles Bye Colchester

Charles Bye Colchester was born at Ipswich and baptised at St Nicholas Church, Ipswich on 17 March 1815, son of Charles Cornwell Colchester, a substantial candle & soap manufacturer, and his wife Mary née Bye, who married at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London on 14 February 1813. A member of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists from 1837, where he was tutored by Henry Davy. Of Milton Place, London when he married at Burnham, Norfolk on 27 June 1843, Hester Gwyn (1822-6 October 1902), fifth daughter of Anthony Gwyn, of Tours, late of Baron's Hall, Norfolk. In 1853, he applied for a migration passport and in 1861 was a 46-year-old Russian Broker, living at Treat Hill, Forest Hill, Lewisham, London with his 39-year-old wife Hester and kept three indoor servants, two of whom were born in Suffolk. In 1866, a director in the promotion of The United Discount Company and a partnership of Charles Cornwell Colchester, Charles Bye Colchester, Henry Sparrow Colchester, Charles Edward Colchester and Thomas Scarman, Russia brokers of South Sea House, City was dissolved in September 1870. He was of South Sea House, Threadneedle Street, London when he died at Cannes, France on 24 November 1871 and his will was proved in London in 1873 by his widow Hester Colchester, of 1 Champion Terrace, Denmark Hill, Surrey, he had no issue. The minutes of the Ipswich Society of Professional & Amateur Artists 1832-1840 only mention a Charles Colchester, and this may have been his father Charles Cornwell Colchester.

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