TOTHILL, Hester (1739-1813). Gold mourning band, 18ct, with black and white enamel inlay, named: HESTER TOTHILL . DIED 7 JAN 1813 AGED 74. Hallmarked London 1813 with maker's mark WH. Internal diameter 17mm.
Hester Tothill lived at Tottenham, Middlesex at the time of her death in 1813. She had married William Tothill in 1779, under the name of Hester Collard, which may have been her maiden name, unless she was already a widow (she was 40 when she married William Tothill). William Tothill, born in Plymouth in 1754, was in the navy, but died whilst serving as purser on board HMS Lion in the Far East in 1793 after a short illness. Hester’s only daughter Susannah, married the London based merchant Hieronymus Burmester in 1796, by whom she had at least six children. Hester Tothill’s will is preserved in the Public Record Office (a copy of which is supplied with the ring) and contains a significant amount of additional detail relating to family and friends.