On my maternal side of the family there persisted this family legend for years and years, my mother always said that her grandmother, Suzanne Appollnaire Borel, who was the only daughter of Benjamin Borel and his wife, Rosela Clark Andres Borel, of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, United States, was left an inheritance by her godmother, Anne Ransford, who lived in London, England. In the years of the early 1920's, my mother always said that she remembered my maternal grandmother, Lelia Hebert Deslatte and her sister, Elmina Hebert Haydel, going to see a lawyer in New Iberia, La., because Neville Chamberlin, who was then serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer of England, had come to the State of Louisiana in the United States to search for either Appollnaire Suzanne Borel, who was the wife of Nicolas Mathurin Hebert, Junior, or her heirs, and the reason for the trip of Neville Chamberlin from England to the United States was due to the fact that the estate left by Anne Ransford to her godchild, Appollnaire Suzanne Borel was about to prescribe and the government of England was about to reclaim all the land, money, and other properties. This was the same Neville Chamberlin who served as Prime Minister of England during World War II. My mother always said that in the estate of Anne Ransford my maternal grandmother, Appollnaire Suzanne Borel, had been left money in the bank in England, property on Fleet Street in London, and other valuable things. My mother always concluded that her mother, Lelia, and her aunt, Elmina, always said that they did not have the money to go to England to see about the matter and then the plantation home where all the birth/baptisimal papers, marriage papers, and death records or last wills and testaments were stored had burned and all the vital legal papers were destroyed to prove the idenity that they were the true and legal heirs and representatives of the late, Appollnaire Suzanne Bore, who was the wife of Nicolas Mathurin Hebert. Suzanne Borel was born on August 31, 1835 and she was baptized in the year of 1835 at the Catholic Church in Opelousas, Louisiana or St. Landry Parish.
Then a few years later, a relative shows up with some old papers, in these papes was an old letter that was written to Lelia Hebert Deslatte, from a Camille Gary in Jennings, Louisiana, stating that news from London, England, that a reward will be paid for authentic information concerning the wedding of Anne Ransford (Rainsford) to GEorge Sharpe that occurred 1770-1780 circa or 142 yeas from the date of February 27, 1922, as attorneys in London, England, are attempting to find the heir to millions left by Frank Sharpe Batchelor of London.
Does anyone know anything about this? As like my deceased mother, I have always wondered what is the root of this legend and it would be interesting to find the will of Anne Ransford just to see what exactly her estate consisted of.
Any information would be greatly appreciated, thank you very much