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Terminology 0-5

1      Introduction 1-1

2      The Maitlands & Rebecca & Ann Wright 2-1

2.1      JOHN MAITLAND 2-1




3      PATTY PENFORD 3-1

1/2. Margaret Forbes. 3-5

Forbes Information 3-6

4      WRIGHT FAMILY 4-1

Wright Summary 4-1

Wright Deed Timeline 4-1

4.1      RICHARD WRIGHT 4-3

4.2      ANDREW WRIGHT – died 1712 4-3


4.4      FRANCIS WRIGHT - B 1715 4-11

Chambers Family: 4-14

4.5      ANDREW WRIGHT - 1752 4-15

RUTH SINCLAIR - 1764 4-21

Summary 4-21

Slave Compensation - Mitcham 4-24

Early 17thC Wrights 4-25


Sinclair Summary 5-1

Sinclair Deed Timeline 5-1

Other Contemporary Sinclairs in Jamaica 5-2


5.2      JOHN SINCLAIR 5-5

Summary 5-5

John Sinclair’s Dealings 5-7

John Sinclair’s main holdings 5-9

Priscilla Hayle - 1707 5-13


Judith Burton 5-18

Sinclairs of Caithness, Notes 5-24

SINCLAIRS of CAITHNESS - Bckground 5-24

6      BURTON FAMILY 6-1

Burton Summary 6-1

Burton Time line 6-1


Barbados 6-4

Virgina Connection 6-5

Jamaica 6-6

Judith Burton 6-13

6.2      BENJAMIN BURTON - 1674 6-21

Elbeatha Maskall 6-22

1/4. Thomas Burton – D 1763 6-22

Unknown Burton/Witter/Swabys etc of this Generation 6-28

6.3      Thomas & Benjamin Burton Lands Transactions 6-30

6.4      BENJAMIN BURTON - 1703 6-31

Dorothy Rochester 6-33

Hannah Mendez 6-34


Burton/Arundell Connection 6-37

Robert Burton of Barbados 6-40

Jacob Burton of Barbados 6-40

Ellacott/Ellicott 6-41

Thomas Ellacott snr: 6-41

Burtons Plantations - Rose 6-42

7      BOOTH FAMILY 7-1

Booth Time line 7-1

Booth Introduction 7-4

The George Booth Conundrum 7-5

Henry Booths 7-6

Booth Land 7-7

Booth Land on Maps: 7-7

7.1      George Booth – D 1676/8 7-8

Inventory 7-10

Frances Booth: 7-10

Issue of George Booth 7-11


7.2      George Booth – 2nd – D 1702/5 7-20

Land Transactions: 7-22

1/1.        Thomas Booth – AM11/21. 7-25

1/2.        Eliza Booth 7-25

1/3.        George Booth – “GB3” 7-26

1/4.        Samuel Booth – D 1733 7-28

1/5.        Simon Booth – D bef 1764 7-33

1/6.        William Booth (<21 1702). 7-41

1/7.        Sarah Booth (<15 - 1702) 7-41

1/8.        Henry Booth – D 1738-9. 7-42

7.3      Thomas Booth – D. 1729 7-45

1/1.        Henry Booth – AM10/11 7-47

1/2.        Thomas Booth – D 1747 7-47

1/3.        Benjamin Booth – D abt 1730?? 7-48

1/4.        Mary Booth 7-48

7.4      Henry Booth – D 1743 7-49

1/1.        Anna Mary Booth 7-54

1/2.        William Thomas Booth 7-54

1/3.        Peter Gravett Booth. 7-54

7.5      The Gall Booths 7-55

17thC Booths in Barbados: 7-59

Modyford’s Barbados Settlers 7-60

Booth Shipping 7-60

7.6      Capt George Booth – D 1695: 7-62

Land Transaction: 7-62

2/1. George Booth, 1707-1769 7-70

1/1.        Booths of St James 7-87

George Booth from Jonathan Bennet 7-87

7.7      Golding: 7-89

Unknown Booths: 7-97

Landholders – Booth 7-99

8      HAYLE FAMILY 8-1

Hayle Summary 8-1

Property Locations & Maps 8-2

Hayle Deeds Time Line 8-2

8.1      WILLIAM HAYLE 8-5

1/1.        John Hayle of whom later. 8-6

1/2.        Thomas Hayle, died before 1691: 8-6

1/3.        William Hayle ch 1638 8-10

1/4.        Richard Hayle, died before 1693, 8-10

8.2      JOHN HAYLE snr. – Died 1717 8-17

1/1.        John Hayle, (jnr) died 1712 8-22

John Hayle Shickle 8-27

1/2.        Neville Hayle – see below. 8-29

1/3.        Alice Hayle, M Mar John Anderson 8-29

1/4.        Priscilla Hayle, Mar Mr Allen 8-30

1/5.        Margaret Hayle, Mar Thomas Biggs 8-30

1/6.        Elizabeth Hayle, mar Dr James Smith. 8-30

8.3      NEVIL & SARAH HAYLE 8-31

Later Hayles 8-35

William Pusey Hayle 8-35

Thomas Hahnemann Hayle senior 1808 – 1886 8-37


9.1      Wint & Pusey 9-1

Samuel Wint 9-1

9.2      Dunston Family 9-5

Dunston Deeds 9-5

Henry Dunston – 1710 9-6

Dunston Wills 9-6

9.3      ANDERSON 9-7

Lewis Anderson – D 1703 9-7

9.4      DOWNER & SMART FAMILIES: 9-14


9.5      COHENS 9-16

Parish Records, St Elizabeth 9-16


David Robeson to Mary Wright - 1750 10-1

St Elizabeth Wrights: 10-1

Barzilla Wright of St Elizabeth 10-1

Land Grants 10-1

Nathaniel Wright of St Elizabeth 10-1

Nathaniel Wright & Isaac Fouro - 1716 10-1

Nathaniel Wright & Margaret Andriess - 1715 10-2

1/1.        Cooper Wright 10-2

1/2.        Bazill Wright 10-6

1/3.        Brooks Family 10-8

11        BARBADOS RECORDS 11-1



12        ROBERTS FAMILY 12-1

12.1         GEORGE ROBERTS 12-1


Ruth Angell 12-1

13        Patty Penford Act of Privilege 13-1

Heading: 13-1

Body: 13-1

14        Slave Compensation Records 14-1

Slave Compensation – Booth 14-1

Slave Compensation – Burton: 14-1

Slave Compensation, Hayle: 14-4

Slave Compensation - Sinclair 14-5

Slave Compensation- Wint 14-6

Slave Compensation – Wright: 14-6


Maps, Land Grants etc 15-1

Land Grants 15-1

Maps of Jamaica and Place Names 15-1

Biographical Databases 15-1

The New Jamaica Magazine: 15-3

Vere 15-3

Laws of Jamaica 15-3

Bibliography 15-3

Memoirs of William Hickey vol 2 (1775-1872) 15-4

Sugar and Slavery: Economic History of the British West Indies, 15-4

Sugar Prices 15-4

The Sugar Barons 15-4

Currency 15-4

Married Women & Property 15-5

16        Illustrations 16-1

16.1         John Pusey Wint, abt 1807 by J Fruman. 16-1

16.2         Eliza (Bailey) Wint, abt 1807 by J Fruman. 16-1

17        Changes: 17-1





Details of Richard & John Maitland are to be found in their own volume.


     Like many Jamaican families, the men, usually white, formed relationships with coloured women, both free and enslaved; these relationships were often long lasting and stable (Rebecca Wright was described as a widow in her will). However, under Jamaican law of the time, whites and people of colour were forbidden to marry so the couples concerned co-habited. The word partner is now used in this case, but the use of that word is anachronisitic for the era; the women also did not fit the definition of common law wife. There is a word which, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, accurately describes the status of women in this sort of relationship. It is concubine (“a woman who cohabits with a man, not being his wife” OED). Under this definition, this is the noun I will use, in spite of the rather Biblical implications.

From From Oral to Literate Culture: Colonial Experience in the English West Indies,  By Peter A. Roberts:

1        Introduction

    The general impression of Jamaican planters is that they were all rich sugar producers: many were, but not all. Some of the very early planters were indigo producers, which was an extremely profitable crop in the late 17thC until the emphasis by government moved indigo to the Carolinas and sugar to Jamaica. By 1740 sugar had replaced indigo as the main crop of Jamaica. Some of our early Booth and Hayle ancestors were working plots in the 10’s of acres on the Clarendon plains, growing amongst other things, indigo and ginger.
    When the British landed in Jamaica in 1655, there was a relatively small Spanish population of about 2500, mainly concentrated in Spanish Town (I use the modern name throughout), with some farmers elsewhere. Jamaica to the Spanish was of use only as a victualling stop for the fleets going to and from the Central American mining colonies. By 1660 when the last Spanish left, the English had an island virtually empty except for a few escaped Spanish slaves, who had probably interbred with the remaining Taino natives of the island: these fled to the Cockpit country and became the Maroons.
    The island was populated by the granting of land by Letters Patent to planters as a means of settling the country. The granted land was technically lease hold, with a small rental payable to the Crown. A small effect of the 1692 earthquake was that the rental account books were all lost, so that those landholders who were in arrears (probably most) escaped payment. The areas granted varied from less than 10 acres up to 1000 or more, although most were up to 300. There were still grants being made into the 19thC; if a new owner failed to cultivate the land within a specified period or failed to pay the rent, they lost it, and it was re-granted to others. Land soon began changing hands by mortgage, sale etc.
    The Letters Patent usually included a plat or plan of the area; plats would define the area by its neighbours sometimes with some description of the land. In some cases, the plats show a geographical feature which can be identified on later maps. One grant to a George Booth (a relative of our ancestor George) can still be positioned by the river, the mountains and an existing track along its southern boundary.
    Our more recent Jamaican family were livestock farmers, “pen keepers”. They did not make the fortunes that the sugar growers made (& lost), but provided livestock for the estates, both draft animals stock for meat and milk. They supplemented their income with indigenous products like Pimiento (All spice) and logwood (for dyes) and sometimes coffee. One of our ancestors, Andrew Wright had a coffee estate in St Elizabeth (later Manchester): estaes like these probably did not produce especially good coffee, but before other areas of the world came into production it was saleable. Pens were usually independent farms, but some were attached to sugar estates; they tended to be on land unsuited to more intensive cultivation. Over the decades, pens ticked along quietly in the background and made a steady if not spectacular income. To quote one source, they became the squireocracy of Jamaica. Many were, as in our case, free people of colour.
    The Maitland male line was a late arrival in Jamaica, but they intermarried with families ancestors of whom had been very early immigrants to the Island and became pen-keepers in St Elizabeth. There was also a Richard Maitland who was in St Elizabeth around 1740, but returned to live in London, leaving one or two mixed race offspring, probably dying in 1763 in England.
    Captain John Maitland, our ancestor, first landed in Jamaica as master of a merchant ship (the Atlantic) sometime around 1774, sailing in and out of the Island until August 1781 when his ship, the Hope, was wrecked off Black River Bay in a hurricane. He had a concubine, a free quadroon woman, Rebecca Dunstan Wright, and had 2 sons by her before he died in late 1786. John’s father, Richard, was also a merchant master, with a long sea fairing career from 1740 until his death in 1778. nothing is known of his origins except that he was a native of Ireland.
    John & Rebecca’s surviving son, Francis, married Ann Wright, “reputed white” in the parish registers, whose father was probably Rebecca’s ½ sibling, making Ann and Francis ½ 1st cousins. Ann’s parents came from well established Jamaican families, 2 of whom were very early immigrants from Barbados. Francis, son of John & Rebecca is variously described as “1” or senior to differentiate him from his son and grand son Francis.
    Rebecca Wright was the daughter of Francis Wright, son of William & Elizabeth Wright, (although her baptism does not name a father, she was bought and manumitted as a baby by him, making it almost certain that he was her father); John’s son, Francis snr’s wife, Ann, was the daughter of Andrew Wright (son of Francis Wright & Anna Maria Booth) and Ruth Sinclair (the daughter of John Hayle Sinclair and Judith Burton and a mestize or octoroon), so Francis Maitland’s mother and his wife’s father were half first cousins.
    Our earliest known ancestors on the Island were George Booth and Francis Burton, both of whom migrated from Barbados in the 1660’s as Jamaica opened up after the English invasion of 1655 and the Spanish departure in 1660. George Booth refers to Barbados in his will, but there is no reliable evidence of him in Barbados, unlike Francis Burton whose children appear in the Barbadian records. They married members of the Hayle and Wright families; the former being in Jamaica by about 1670, and the Wrights soon after, with John Sinclair of Caithness in Scotland the latest arrival. The families were concentrated in Clarendon, Vere and St Catherine and later in St Elizabeth and briefly in Westmoreland. They appear in the parish records of birth, marriages and deaths from the beginning of the records (about 1710). The entries in the early days are probably not complete: baptisms were most frequently recorded, but the couples often did not marry (particularly where the woman was of mixed race, when it was largely illegal) and burials were carried out very quickly, more often than not without a priest present.
     The origins of the Booth, Burton and Wright families is not known, but can be presumed to be English of unknown origins. A speculative origin for the Hayles of St Albans is suggested, and the Sinclairs definitely being from Caithness, probably Thurso.
    They were also connected by marriage with the Roberts, Cohen, Brooks, and many other early families.
    The tree below shows the ancestors of Francis Maitland, the 2nd, the last Jamaican born: his wife was English, from Devon. He disappeared at sea in 1842, and she later remarried.


2        The Maitlands & Rebecca & Ann Wright



   John Maitland was a mariner who settled in St Elizabeth Parish as a merchant (although he bought several parcels of land) probably after being shipwrecked in Black River bay in a Hurricane in 1781. John Maitland’s father was a merchant seaman, Captain Richard Maitland of Shadwell in London, but a native of Ireland. John died between October 1786 & January 1787.
   Details of him and his father are to be found in their own volume.
   He had 2 sons by Rebecca Dunston Wright.




   The mother of Francis Maitland snr, Rebecca Dunston Wright was born in slavery in 1749 of Patty (later called Patty Penford), a mulatto slave; she was sold by Thomas Forbes 25 August 1749, to Francis Wright, who manumitted her 25 October 1749. For that reason, that Rebecca called her son Francis, and her 2nd name was Dunston (Francis Wright’s brother’s name) makes it highly likely that Francis Wright was her father. As Francis died in 1758 and made no mention in his will of Rebecca, it is likely that she then returned to, or was already with, her mother.
   This Francis Wright was also the father of Andrew Wright, and grand father of Ann & Rebecca Wright who married Francis Maitland and George Roberts. Rebecca and Andrew would thus have been half siblings. This might explain the curious restriction in Andrew’s will on his daughters marriage in England; as a man of colour, Francis Maitland was also not allowed to marry a white woman at this time.
    Rebecca’s mother, Patty became a woman of substance in her own right, as described in their privilege act in 1784. Rebecca had a (half) sister by Patty, Margaret Forbes. Margaret became the concubine of Hyem Cohen, a rich man of St Elizabeth who died about 1804, leaving a substantial real and personal estate, which included a large portfolio of debtors. According to Rebecca's inventory, he owed her about £680.
    Rebecca had real estate in Westmoreland and St Elizabeth in addition to a significant personal estate by the time of her death in 1805 which she left to Francis. The largest of property was referred to as “The Cove” (see below) at Scott's Cove on the Westmoreland & St Elizabeth boundary; according to her will, it was 214 acres. Francis Maitland was "of Westmoreland" when he bought Giddy Hall in 1809, so he was still resident there. Some of her St Elizabeth property looked to have been rental property in and around Black River (5 tenants renting houses were listed in her inventory, so probably at least 5 dwellings), but her will described her as a widow of Black River when she died in Bristol and mentioned her dwelling house on Black River Bay, so some of it must have been for her own use. This latter may have been the property bought by John Maitland in 1784 just west of the town centre, on the shore. The dimensions are those of a town property: there still some handsome properties along the road west out of town - let's hope it was one of these, although they are probably much too recent! She was left a dwelling house on the Black River by her mother, so that is probably the one left to Francis.
    There is no indication that she had any other relationships after John Maitland's death in 1787, particularly as she was called a widow in her will. She probably lived off the property left by him or she may have had property left by her mother who did not die until 1795. The name Pentford appears on the 1804 map on the west side of Scott's Cove. She must have been close to the Cohen family, who were substantial land holders and bankers in the area on the 1804 map. At some stage she and presumably Francis sailed to England as she died there in the winter of 1804/5; he was married there July 1806. The Cove was not sold until about 1808 by Francis, to pay for Giddy Hall.
    She must have been of some status to judge by her gravestone in Black river churchyard and the fact that she was buried there in spite of having died in Bristol, England (according to her will). Her inventory totalled £8328 (£600,000P, 1.8MW), £7000 of which was in the value of her 80 slaves, a number of which seem to have been in John Maitland’s inventory. It shows her as having 5 tenants owing house rent; the household utensils values indicate that The Cove was a less equipped property than her other residence and so was not by then her principal abode.
    She would have been on good terms with Andrew Wright, father of her future daughter-in-law and half first cousin, as he was an executor of her estate. He in fact died shortly after her, also in England. It may be assumed that she was on close terms with Hyem Cohen of Black River and surrounds, her brother-in-law (except that nobody was married!).
   The property referred to in her will as The Cove was Cove Pen, on the Westmoreland side of Scott’s Cove, listed in later Almanac in the Bluefields area. It was originally purchased by her mother, Patty.

John Maitland is recorded as buying property in Westmoreland in the 1780's.
Her Cohen nephews and nieces, (Alexander & Henry, Catherine & Caroline) to whom she made bequests were the children of her sister, Margaret Forbes by Hyem Cohen of Black River (ref HC will).

Rebecca had a sister, Margaret Forbes who had a daughter 3 children by Clayton Littlehales, and 4 by Hyem Cohem.

BornPR: St Elizabeth, May 1749, St Elizabeth PR.
Ch: 12/11/1752, St Elizabeth
Parent: Patty Penford, mulatto & probably, Francis Wright.
Died: 1805, Bristol, buried Black River, St Elizabeth although not recorded in the parish records (but confirmed by her gravestone & will).

Will & Inventory held.

Issue by John Maitland:
1/1. Francis Maitland, ch. 25/2/1784, St ElizabethPR.

1784 May 23: Francis Maitland baptised, reputed son of John Maitland by Rebecca Wright. Born 25 Feb 1784. (Listed under Non White).

1/2. Richard Maitland, ch. 4/8/1786, St ElizabethPR.

1788: Richard Maitland baptised, reputed son of John Maitland by Rebecca Wright. Born 4 August 1786.
Presumed died between 1789 and 1806 – mentioned in grandmother Patty Penford’s will but not in mother’s

St E PR has following entry
Rebecca Dunston Wright, daughter of Patty, a mulatto, lately a slave belonging to Mr. Roderick Rose, three years old last May and baptised Nov 12 1752. Thus born 5/1749. (St E V1F8)
(Patty later shown to be Patty Penford – manumission records show nothing about Roderick Rose)

Reference in Hyem Cohen's Will to Patty Penford as mother of Rebecca Wright

1754: Rose, Matthew, St. Elizabeth 126
      Rose, John, St. Elizabeth 1105


MI of Jamaica: Gravestone @ Black River church (#1658):
(Re)becca Wright, 29/?/1805, aged 56. (seen by A Maitland in April 1998, less legible, even less so in 12/2006).

There is no record of her burial in the St Elizabeth parish records, according to her will, she died in Bristol.
Her will was dated 14/11/1804, and proved in Canterbury in 28/6/1805. From the gravestone, it may be assumed that she died early in 1805.

Privilege Bill:
PRO CO 139/39 (Jamaican House of Assembly minutes)
Courtesy of Dan Livesay Jan 2008 (see notes).

23 December 1784: “…Patty Penford of the parish of Saint Elizabeth a free Mulatto woman and Rebecca Wright and Margaret Forbes her Daughters and Francis Maitland the Son of the said Rebecca Wright and Elizabeth Littlehales the Daughter of the said Margaret Forbes to the same rights…”

They are listed as having been baptized, Christian, and having received communion. Patty is possessed of “real and personal Estate in this Island to a very Considerable value which she intends to bestow on the said Rebecca Wright and Margaret Forbes and their Children."

Leah Wright & Cohen Connection

Parish records show Leah Wright baptised 7/7/1791, a free negro aged about 43.
2 sons recorded, reputed sons of David Cohen by Leah Wright
Hyman Cohen, b 25/12/1788, ch 1791, St Elizabeth.
David Cohen, b 12/12/1792, ch 14/4/1793, St Elizabeth.
who became a big property owner.
See end of this section for Cohens.
A Leah Wright bur 4/12/1812, at churchyard, free negro, aged 47. Probably the same person, in spite of the age difference.

A slave, Maria Wright bapt 8/6/1794, belonging to Rebecca Wright St E (she is mentioned in Rebecca's will).

Her Will[1]
Dated 14/11/1804, proved 28/6/1805. Full Will Text
"Late of Black River .. but now of Bristol ...
left some specified slaves to nephews Alexander & Henry & nieces Catherine & Caroline Cohen ... (see Cohen family later in this file).
left the remainder to son Francis Maitland: land of about 214 acres in Westmoreland named "The Cove" (Difficult to read, but confirmed by the will inventory), Dwelling house on land adjoining Lowerworks Estate on or near the Black River called "the Ground" (again best guess), a tenement or property lying behind the Church on Black River Bay, (Lowerworks just north of Black River town centre)
tenements in or near the Logwoods on Black River Bay
The remainder of her slaves.
The remainder of her estate.
Executors Andrew Wright, Francis Maitland both of Jamaica, and Christopher Henbury of Bristol and Thomas Hogg of Jamaica.
A study of the 1804 map of Jamaica shows no suitable property entries for her, either in Westmoreland or St Elizabeth.

Jamaica inventory Date 7 September 1805, Ent 20 September 1805.

A possible nephew:
Henry Cohen was born 1796, and died December 1846, Age: 50 years
Burial: December 17, 1846, New burial ground, Black River, St. Elizabeth
Occupation: 1846, Domestic
Residence: 1846, Black River, St. Elizabeth

The Cove
A property called Cove listed to Letellier, Ann, Cove, 13/2 in 1817 Almanac. 1818, 11 slaves and 2 stock. 11 in 1831.
1829 Cove Pen listed to Thomas Tate, 36 slaves, he also owned Old Shafston & Rotherwood, both significant pens. in 1831, Cove listed as 33 slaves.
In 1891 & 1910, a property called Cove listed to William Hogg, a pen post office Blue Fields. Was this the same family as Thomas Hogg, one of Rebecca Wright's executors.




Parents: John Maitland and Rebecca Dunston Wright.
His story and those of his descendants, is told in the Jamaica Maitland section.





    The wife of Francis Maitland snr and daughter of Andrew Wright and Ruth Sinclair (see below), was born in 1788 in St Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica, probably at Mitcham Pen in the East of the Parish. Her father was Mitcham's owner in 1793 when he was advertising for a runaway slave. She and her sister, who later married George Roberts of Jamaica, were taken to England with her father and step-mother, Elizabeth Wint. Their father imposed a curious condition to their inheritance that his daughters should marry before returning to Jamaica on pain of losing their inheritance. Hence their marriages in England! She seems to have inherited Mitcham pen and her surviving sister, Rebecca, Silver Grove; the properties are contiguous and were operated together between about 1810 and 1840.
    She returned to Jamaica after the birth of her first daughter, ch 1807 in Camberwell. Her next 7 children were baptised in Jamaica. She and Francis returned to England where he died in 1824. After that event, her movements are unknown, but it is likely that she at least visited Jamaica again, having become the owner of Giddy Hall, before dying in London in 1833. It may be significant that some of the children of her sister, Rebecca Roberts, were baptised around Camberwell and Kennington, where Ann's last child was baptised in 1825, after Francis' death.
    Ann & her sister, Rebecca’s legacy from their father’s estate was conditional upon their not returning from England unmarried without the permission of his executors. It is quite possible that this restriction was to prevent Francis & Ann marrying, Francis being Ann’s half first cousin, and a man of colour. Ann & Francis circumvented this by Francis going to England and marrying there.
    Ann Wright’s grandfather, Francis, was very likely also Francis Maitland’s and George Roberts’s grandfather. Ann and Francis would thus have been half first cousins, with Francis being born coloured. This may explain the curious restriction in Andrew’s will on his daughters’ marriages in England.


MT: b. 8/2/1788  m.29/7/1806  d.23/10/1833 (ref will: in London).
MB: departed this life October 23rd 1833 aged 45 years at Giddy Hall. (not correct from will).
(1) St Elizabeth PR: Born: Feb 1788, ch 18/12/1789, St Elizabeth
Parents: reputed dau of Mr. Andrew Wright by Ruth Sinclair, a free Mestize, child reputed white.
"Residing in Chester Place, St Mary Lambeth" in her will of 1834, but no record of her burial in St Mary at Lambeth PR.
Chester Place not found in "Sewer Rates" Records for Lambeth 1834.

Chester Place, Lambeth, became 233-291 Kennington Rd:
“Nos.233–291 form a balanced terrace of three storeys with basements and attics. A number of houses have ground floor windows set in round-headed openings of the same size as those of the entrances. Extending above the parapets of the three houses slightly set forward at the centre of the terrace is a weakly-designed pediment.”[2]

This seems the most likely wife of Francis Maitland.
a) their first born son was called Andrew Wright, their first born, a daughter being Frances Ann.
b) the baptismal entry for sons George, Alexander and Septimus refers to Francis as being a person of colour, but his wife as being reputed white (this implies some negro ancestry).
c) geographically more likely: why were they married in London? Probably Andrew Wright's will specifying that Ann must be married before returning to Jamaica. The record at St Clement Danes almost certainly refers to them.
d) the baptism of 6 "slaves belonging to the estate of Andrew Wright" at Giddy Hall when Francis's slaves were baptised (12/4/1814).
e) Andrew Wright was the proprietor of Mitcham pen, which came into the Maitland family. This Ann Wright is mentioned in Andrew's will.
f) Ann's sister, Rebecca, married George Roberts, co-owner with Francis of slaves at Mitcham & Silver Grove.

Will found by Jackie Ranstone:
Ann Maitland, Supreme Court Wills 114/172 entered 22/5/1834.  "Ann Maitland of parish of St Elizabeth, county of Cornwall, but at present residing in Chester Place in the parish of St Mary Lambeth in the County of Surrey in the Kingdom of Great Britain, widow, I give and bequeath unto Wm. Wilson of London, Merchant and John Salmon of the parish of St Elizabeth, esq. all that my Plantation and Estate called Giddy Hall situated in St Elizabeth with slaves, cattle and stock, Plantation utensils and effects ... in Trust for all and every or such one or more of my sons Andrew Wright, John, Francis, George, Alexander, Septimus and Octavius and daughter Emma Rebecca living at my decease..."
Three pages follow about trustees duties etc.
A codicil dated 10 May 1826, (date as report, but prob of original will: Emma married 1832) London says:
" I revoke ... my appointment in said will of Wm Wilson of London as Executor and in his place appoint my son-in-law Samuel Sherman of the parish of St Elizabeth, planter.  As soon as convenient after my decease ... - Giddy Hall and slaves cattle etc and other estate valued and ??? to be paid to my daughter Emma Rebecca Sherman or to her heirs one eighth part or equal moiety."

inventory found in Jamaica Archives totalling £6882, of which £3550 was in slaves. Copy Held. [=£760,000 2014]





    Patty Penford was a mulatto, born as a slave, of unknown origin, belonging to the Forbes family of Westmoreland: she had several children by at least 2 men, Wright & Forbes between 1749 and 1769. She was manumitted in 1756 and became a woman of substance, owning substantial assets by her death in 1795. She was granted the Rights & Privileges of Whites in 1784. In her will she mentions the Cove Pen, Little Culloden, a house on Black River Bay and a small plot by Lower Works Pen; an estate plan for 1792 shows Patty’s Cow pasture of 42 acres[3].

Buried: 10/7/1795, in the Church Yard, St Elizabeth (prob Black River).
Will of 1789, proved 1795, she was of St Elizabeth, free mulatto.

    Nothing has been found so far of her birth in St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Vere, Clarendon, St Catherine & St Andrew Indices, as Penford, Rose or Forbes. St Elizabeth & Westmoreland registers checked for other similar names to about 1760, none found. If she had Rebecca in 1749 and a son 1769, she was probably born between 1725 and 1734. The practice of recording the baptism of slaves was not evidently common before late in the 18thC. Unless she appears in a will, deed or inventory, there is not much chance of establishing her origins. As there was a 10 year gape between Rebecca & Margaret and John (if he was her son), it is highly probable that there were other unrecorded children, but they did not survive.
    In daughter Rebecca’s baptism record of 1752, Patty is described as “lately a slave belonging to Mr Roderick Rose”. There are a few deeds for Roderick Rose about 1752[4] where he is the owner of over 1000 acres in the Santa Cruz mountains – the slaves on the estate are listed and do not include Patty; if she was at one time owned by Rose, she had moved on by then.
     Rebecca was bought as a baby by Francis Wright from Thomas Forbes, of St Elizabeth, and freed August 1749. It is therefore probable that by 1749 Patty also was owned by Thomas Forbes. The surname Penford only appears after she was freed with the first deeds in her name. As Patty was manumitted by Alexander Forbes in 1756, it is likely that the reference to Roderick Rose may have been false. A tavern is described in Journal of a West Indian Proprietor of 1816, which tavern was probably owned by the Forbes.

It is noticeable that illegitimate children bore a variety of surnames, not always related to the mother’s name.

She was manumitted 25 May 1756:
“...Know ye that I the said Alexander Forbes (Tavern Keeper [of St Elizabeth]) for and in consideration of the good will which I have and bear to my Mulatto Slave named Patty and for and in consideration of the many good services done and performed by her to me and other good causes and considerations me hereunto moving...”

    Patty’s first recorded transaction was in 1766[5] when she bought a mulatto slave named Sam from Lewis Vassall of St Elizabeth; she was then a spinster of St Elizabeth. The Vassal family had extensive lands granted in the Black River area.
   She is recorded as buying 3 properties in Westmoreland, the first of which was purchased from Alexander & Mary Forbes (planter of St Elizabeth) in 1769: 12 ½ acres on the sea[6], and as described in the deed, looks on the Sloane 1707 (& Bowen 1747) to have been a little way west of Scott’s Cove, Alford & White Savanna being marked there. J£60 sell to Patty Pentford 12.5 acres of ground in Westmoreland, part of 23 acres of land patented to Morice Rowlinson, bound South East on White Savannah Gulley, South West on the Sea, Northerly on Lewis Alfoand? (probably Alford), and Westerly on Derrick Durrant.
    In 1770[7], Patty Penford of St Elizabeth sells to Lewis Vassall esq of St Elizabeth mulatto man slave called Sammy for £90.

   The next was Little Culloden, bought 1778[8] from Thomas Taylor of Hannover, practitioner of Physic and surgery of Hannover for J£200 .. convey Little Culloden containing 96 acres and one half .. bounding southerly on the sea easterly on Great Culloden Westerly on Ankerdown (Ankendown?). She left this property to daughter Margaret Forbes. This property was on Parker’s Bay and Little Culloden was a guest house in 2010.
    The last and biggest was the Cove Pen bought[9] in 1785 from Thomas Hogg for J£1000 (2016 sterling: £100,000P, 350,000W). The boundary of the Pen begins on the road from Black River to Sav-la-Mar on the eastern edge of Scott’s Cove. She granted to Thomas Hogg 15 feet square around the grave of Thomas George, the owner in 1775; nothing has been checked, but the assumption would be that Thomas Hogg inherited the Cove from Thomas George. This is the property marked as Penford’s in the 1804 map. She left the Cove to Rebecca who in turn left it to Francis Maitland. The Pen bordered Easterly on Major General James Bannister[10] Now Font Hill Estate Northerly on Thomas Parris and Benjamin Heath formerly Griffith Jenkin and Westerly and Southerly on the Sea. The “Journal of the Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society of British Guiana, 1919” has a good description of the settlement of this area by Bannister with the Surinam settlers (PDF held).
    This image shows the plat superimposed on a google earth image; the fit of the coast is good when rotated by a few degrees (maps were drawn to magnetic north). The boundary line NNW from the SE corner follows closely a fence line which can be seen on the earth image.

     In addition to these 3 main purchases, in her will, she had a house on Black River Bay and 3½ acres adjoining the Lower Works Pen. An estate map of 1792 shows “Patty’s Cow Pasture” being 42 acres adjoining on its Eastern side the Church land. This was probably the land referred to in Rebecca’s will as being “behind the Church”, and was probably land mentioned in Rebecca’s will, as was “The Grounds”.
     She also had a property called the Grounds adjoining Lower Works Pen on the northern edge of Black River. I suspect that this was her “retirement home”, with Margaret Forbes occupying Little Culloden and Rebecca Wright the Cove with her 2 boys, Francis and Richard Maitland.

Named fully in Hyem Cohen's will: subsequently found in Privilege Bill.

    In 1784, she was the subject of a Privilege Bill[11], granting her, her daughters and grand children the rights of whites: she seems to have been a woman of substance, and baptised etc. These were relatively unusual, only about 650 cases being recorded in Jamaica. They were necessary to enable persons of colour to own more than £2000 worth of property.

    In her will[12] of 1789, proved 1795, she was of St Elizabeth, free mulatto.
No inventory found.
To Rebecca Wright, free quadroon… Cove Penn abt 214 acres… for life and then to her 2 sons, Francis & Richard Maitland...
18 slaves and their children to Rebecca Wright
Half of my mares at the Pen of Mr Andrew Wright to Rebecca...
Daughter Margaret Forbes. Land called Little Culloden 96.5 acres, or if sold before Patty’s death the resulting sum.
11 slaves and their children to Margaret Forbes
To grand daughter Elizabeth Littlehayes 2 slaves and my black mare
To Francis Maitland 2 cows one mare and the remaining half of the mares at Andrew Wrights pen.
To Rebecca and Margaret
house etc on Black River bay ..
& also land adjoining Lowerworks Pen called the Grounds 3.5 acres.
Remainder to daughters Rebecca & Margaret.

Margaret Forbes by the time of Patty’s will was probably a concubine of Hyem Cohen, a rich man, and may have been the younger of the 2 daughters mentioned. As she was probably supported by him, she would have received rather less than Rebecca, whose good friend John Maitland was by this time dead.

Journal of a West Indian Proprietor  - Forbes Tavern

The following extract very probably refers to the Tavern once owned by the Forbes. There were very few in the area, and while Lewis’s visit was in 1816 some 50 years after Patty probably left, the description gives an idea. Patty had bought property from the Forbes’s in 1769 and 1778, the latter in Bluefields Bay. She later bought the pen at The Cove, described below.

From: Journal of a West Indian Proprietor by MG Lewis, published in 1839[13]. Page 157, 1 February 1816. (also briefly referred to by Cundall in his 1915 History of Jamaica)

Between eight and nine we reached a solitary tavern, called Blue-fields, where the horses rested for a couple of hours. It had a very pretty garden on the sea-shore, which contained a picturesque cottage, exactly resembling an ornamental Hermitage; and leaning against one of the pillars of its porch we found a young girl, who exactly answered George Colman's description of Yarico,
"quite brown, but extremely genteel, like a Wedgewood teapot." She told us that she was a Spanish creole, who had fled with her mother from the disputes between the royalists and independents in the island of Old Providence[14]; and the owner of the tavern being a relation of her mother, he had permitted the fugitives to establish themselves in his garden-cottage, till the troubles of their own country should be over.
She talked perfectly good English, for she said that there were many of that nation established in Providence. Her name was Antonietta. Her figure was light and elegant; her black eyes mild and bright; her countenance intelligent and good-humoured; and her teeth beautiful to perfection: altogether, Antonietta was by far the handsomest creole that I have ever seen.
February 2: ...Yesterday the only very striking point of view (although the whole of the road was picturesque) was "the Cove," situated between Blue-fields and Lakovia, and which resembled the most beautiful of the views of coves to be found in "Cook's Voyages"...

White House & Vicinity (Jamaica, A Visitor’s Guide; Harry S. Pariser)

The ruined 19thC castle in the grounds of Auchindown Farm is rumoured to have been built by one Archibald Campbell to house Napoleon. Its two towers are, rather absurdly, connected underground. The 300 room Sandals South Coast is slated for construction near here. See the early morning fish market at Whitehouse, where dugout canoes are still constructed. At now nearly landlocked Scott’s Cove the Spanish once unloaded munitions and supplies for the colonists who remained to fight off the British. Vendors sell fish and bammy here.
   Accommodations: Basic rooms in White House are available above the fast food place. White House Beach Villa is to the right after the town. The Jamara Villa... Dine at the Auchindown Restaurant. .... Attractive Natania’s Guest House (969-2513; Whitehouse PO) at Little Culloden has a garden, pool and beach; ... The Little Culloden Villa (979-9200) offers five a/c bedrooms, including two in a gingerbread-style cottage. It comes with cook, housekeeper, and satellite TV.

Sandals South Coast appears to be just to the NW of New Hope (Culloden), between there & Auchindown.

25/1/1794: Jamaica Gazette, ....Alexander Forbes of

Roses Valley,

in St Elizabeth, is named after the first owner, William Rose (Jamaica Almanacs, 1811) of this now defunct estate. Roses Valley is now a village in the centre of which is a Baptist Church, There is also Roses Valley Post Office.                 DPNJ.
Rose Hill is only about 2 miles from Giddy Hall.


1/1. Rebecca Dunston Wright. B 5/1749

1/2. Margaret Forbes.

From  (Hyem Cohen will & PRIVILEGE Act)
Margaret the base child of Patty a free mulatto about 1 year old baptised 13 June 1759, St ElizabethPR. No surname or father given, but deduced from later documents.

As Patty was owned by Alexander Forbes until 1756, it is probable that Margaret was his daughter.

Described as a free quadroon in Hyem's will of 1803, and Margaret already deceased.
Mrs Margaret Forbes buried 21/8/1797, White, Northampton (PR) – this may have been her, but may have been another.
Will not found but many other Forbes about.
Hyem Cohen died about 1803 (ref will & inventory)

of Mr Clayton Littlehayes by Margaret Forbes, St ElizabethPR:
Of these, only Elizabeth is mentioned in the Privilege Act, so John & Martha probably died before 1784.
2/1. John Littlehayes, b 2/8/1777, ch 12/10/1777, non white.
2/2. Martha Littlehayes, b 28/12/1778, ch 4/3/1780, non white.
2/3. Elizabeth Littlehayes, B 21/9/1779, ch 3/3/1779, non white

Of Hyem Cohen, from his will and Rebecca’s will as nephews & nieces:
These are not mentioned in the Privilege Act, so were probably born after 1784, but the Jewish connection may have excluded them.
2/4. Catherine Cohen, aft 1778
2/5. Caroline Cohen, aft 1778
2/6. Alexander Cohen aft 1782
2/7. Henry Cohen, aft 1778

1/3. John Pinford, son of Patty Pinford,

The Illeg Son of Patty PInford a free mulatto, b 1767 bap 28/11/1769PR St Elizabeth. No other mention of him in wills or otherwise. Assumed died early.

Pinford, Charles, bapt St Elizabeth 12/6/1795 aged 65, Negro belonging to Rebecca Wright.

Penford, Martha, A free mulat? Ch. 16/12/1784PR, Westmoreland.

An Act to Entitle Patty Penford of St Elizabeth a free Mulatto woman and Rebecca Wright, Margaret Forbes her daughters and Francis Maitland the son of the Rebecca Wright and Elizabeth Littlehouse the daughter of Margaret Forbes to the same Rights and Privileges with English Subjects born of White Parents under certain Provisions---
...Patty Penford, Rebecca Wright, Margaret Forbes Francis Maitland and Elizabeth Littlehales have been Baptized Educated and Instructed in the principles of the Christian Religion and in the Communion of the Church of England. Patty Penford is Possessed of real and personal Estate in this Island to a very Considerable Value which she intends to bestow on Rebecca Wright and Margaret Forbes and their Children Francis Maitland and Elizabeth Littlehales in such manner as to raise them above the level of people of colour in General but for the Unfortunate Circumstances of their Birth the said Patty Penford being a Mulatto and her said daughters being Quadroons, and their Children Mustees they may be subject and liable to the same pain and penalties as free Mulattos who have no property altho' the Children of the said Francis Maitland born of White Women and the Children of the said Elizabeth Littlehales begotten by White Men will be entitled to by Law to all the Rights and Privileges of White People. ...shall henceforth be deemed and taken for and free and natural born subjects of this Island ... and that they ... shall be entitled to have ... all the  Rights Privileges humanities and Advantages whatsoever as if they ... were born of White Ancestors ... Provided that nothing in this Act Shall ... confer upon (them) any Power Capacity of Ability of giving Testimony against any White Person or Persons in any Trusts or Lower Court or Criminal Except in Criminal prosecutions for Robberies Assaults Batteries Breaches of the Peace or any ?? Committes against them or either of them. also that nothing in this Act .... confers upon Francis Maitland any Power ... of voting either in the Council or Assembly of this Island or of holding or enjoying any Office Civil or Military or Serving as Jurors or Vestrymen or of Voting at any Election whatsoever
fifteenth November 1784.

Forbes Information

The Forbes are of interest because Patty Penford was manumitted by Alexander Forbes, tavern keeper, of St Elizabeth in 1756 and Rebecca, her daughter was sold in 1749 by Thomas Forbes of St Elizabeth to Francis Wright.

MI St Catherine’s:

Arms (As Forbes of New hall), Azure on a chev. between three boars' heads erased argent, as many unicorns' heads erased, gules. Crest, A cubit arm grasping a snake, gules.

Alexander Forbes will of 1727 of St Catherine has wife Christian, son David, brothers William & John, cousin William. Plus a son mentioned in a codicil made very soon before his death in late 1729 early 1730. This could have been the Alexander who had children in St Elizabeth in the 1760’s.

Scots in West Indies, 1707-1857, SWI
He was born in Edinburgh 27/7/1689. son of Sir David Forbes of Newhall, died 15/11/1729 (re MI Spanish Town)SWI

Alexander Forbes born 17th December 1733, bap Kingston 13th February 1733-4, son of Margaret Edwards by Alexander Forbes. He died in Kingston in 1770.SWI

It is possible that this Alexander was the father of Patty’s Forbes children.

Issue of Alexander Forbes & Mary, St Elizabeth
Helen Forbes, b 7 11/1759, ch 2/2/1761 P22
Ann Forbes, b 27/6/1761, ch 6/11/1762 P23 died Kigston 14/11/1842
Mary Forbes, b. 19/12/1762, ch 19/12/1765 P27
Alexander Forbes b. 27/4/1766, ch abt 10/1767 P28

Alexander Forbes born 1761, late in Jamaica, died in Aberdeen 15/2/1814
Alexander Forbes, born 1800, died in Kingston, 17/7/1833.
William Forbes, Jamaica, PRO 1773 will – Nat Archives show merchant of London.

Planters from North East Scotland often gave their Caribbean properties names that reminded them of home. In St Elizabeth’s Parish, Jamaica, Alexander Forbes named his large sugar plantation Aberdeen. This was near Accompong Town in the north of St Elizabeth.

Also Dorothy Forbes, dau of Alexander Forbes & Hannah Prince, b 8/12/1758, ch Kingston 14/6/1761, p154. HP free negro.




Wright Summary

    There were a number of Wright families appearing in the early days of Jamaica, in particular our line whose earliest confirmed member was Andrew Wright of Vere, who died about 1712, the father of William Wright and grandfather of Francis Wright mentioned in the introduction; there is no hard evidence of where he came from, either as an immigrant or perhaps the son of one of the earlier Wrights. Francis’s son, Andrew had his 2 daughters by Ruth Sinclair, grand-daughter of a first generation Scottish immigrant, John Sinclair; one daughter, Ann, married Francis Maitland. Francis Wright was also the father of Rebecca Dunston Wright, mother of Francis Maitland. Andrew seems to have established himself in Vere, althought the family later moved west to St Elizabeth.
     There was also a long established Wright family in St Elizabeth who were not obviously related to our Wrights; they descended from Bazil Wright, an early grantee in that Parish, whereas ours first appeared in Vere/Clarendon; Vere was formed in 1673 in the southern part of Clarendon. Nathanial Wright was a patentee in Westmoreland in 1672 (although this seems an anachronism as Westmoreland was not separated from St Elizabeth until 1703).
     Other 17thC Wrights are noted at the end of this section.

Information has been gleaned from parish records, the Jamaica Almanacs, the 1804 maps and Vere Langford Oliver's work (see below). Property information can be found under the
Jamaica General volume.

Wright Deed Timeline

1664: Richard Wright & Phillip Edmonds granted land in Guardeboca.
1668: John Wright sells land in St Catherine.
1670: Landholders: Robert Wright 100 acres Clarendon
1674: John Wright granted 300 acres Clarendon, 100 in 1686.
1675: Elizabeth Wright Grant in Vere.
1686: Robert Wright leases 25 acres in Vere + negroes
1693: Robert Wright takes mortgage on in St Elizabeth
1693: Andrew Wright, bricklayer, leases land in Vere for 7 years
1694: Robert Wright buys land in St Jago
1695: Philip Edmonds will.
1696: Robert Wright will.
1699: Andrew Wright leases land in Vere (probably same as 1693)
1703: Andrew Wright & Phillip Edmond granted land

1709: Andrew Wright re common land devision. 12.75 + 22 acres.
1710: Phillip Edmond dies about here.
1711: Rev George Wright leases Glebe land (ref 51/49).
1712: Andrew Wright leases land in Vere from Ben Booth – Indigo.
1712: Andrew Wright dies, widow Rachel.
1713: Rachel Wright, widow of Andrew, discharges debts
1714: John Wright of Clarendon will, to son John.
1714: Nathaniel Wright of St E sells 2 acres in Lacovia
1714: Robert Wright sells 300 acres to buy back in 1 yr.
1714: Nathaniel Wright buys plot in Lacovia
1725: Willof Sarah Wright, widow of John 1714.
1739: Andrew, son of Andrew, sale of slaves
1740: Nathaniel Wright Will
1741: Andrew, son of Andrew, buys land
1742: John Wright will, son of John 1714.
1742: Robert Wright passes land in Clarendon to dau. Judith Theobald?
1744: Barzilla Wright buys land originally pat to John Chambers snr.

1745: Robert Wright granted 600 acres in St Elizabeth.
1746: Robert Wright sells land in St E – mortgage or estate settling?
1747: Andrew Wright, son of Andrew 1712 will.
1748: Barzilla Wright will
1748: Robert Wright bur St Elizabeth.

1748: Robert Wright of St E will & Inventory – is this the correct one??.
1749: Robert Wright & Peter Sinclair in Chancery Case.
1749: Francis Wright of St Elizabeth, planter sells to John Wallen 1 negro.
1749: John Chambers & Francis Wright enter into partnership.
1749: Francis Wright of St Elizabeth, sells 1 negro.
1749: John Chambers to Francis Wright.
1750: John Wright of Clarendon buys land in Smoakey Hole (Pat John Hayle)
1750: Mary Wright, widow of Nathaniel, will.
1750: Mary Wright (of Vere, wid of Humphrey Styles) buy slaves.
1752: John Chambers dies (ref to his will in 1749 deed).
1752: William Wright, son of Barzilla, sells land in Westmoreland.
1752: Andrew Wright born.
1753: John Chamber will.
1754 Landholders:

Wright, John, St. Mary 700
Wright, Mary, Vere 88
Wright, Joseph, St. Elizabeth 550, Vere 27, Tot 577
Wright, Barzilla, Westmoreland 75
Wright, James Cooper, St. Elizabeth 776
Wright, Francis, Vere 26
Wright, Robert, St. Elizabeth 550, Clarendon 100, Vere 44, Tot 694
Dunston, George, Westmoreland 1200
Dunston, John, St. Catherine 300, St. Andrew 65, Total 365
Chambers, Jacob, Westmoreland 158
Chambers, Ephraim, Westmoreland 525
Chambers & Pinto, Hanover 500
Chambers, Edward Senr., Hanover 920
Chambers, William, Hanover 400
Chambers,  Edward, Hanover 20
Chambers, John, St. Catherine 582, Westmoreland 888, St. Thomas in the Vale 790, Total 2260

1755: 161/130 John Howell to Francis Wright Lease
1756: Peter Chambers & Francis Banks sell negroes to Francis Wright
1756: Francis Wright & Susannah convey lands to Robert Clark, FW use for life.

1758: Francis Wright will
1758: Francis Wright Inventory.

1760: Francis Wright 2nd Inventory due to wife’s death.

1766: Joseph, s of Robert s of Andrew, will & inventory
1765: John Dunston Will.
1766: Joseph Wright of Vere will & inventory.
1782: Andrew Wright to Susannah Rose, Sa Neg – no copy
1783: Andrew Wright to Peter Neath et al, Mortgage – no copy
1785: Andrew Wright to George Netherwood, Con Slaves – no copy

1790: Andrew Wright marries Elizabeth Pusey.
1806: Andrew Wright dies England.

1766: 228/181 Lewis Vassall to Patty Penford
1769: 249/116 purchase of 12.5 acres of land dated 5/9/1769 Ent 8/8/1772.
1778: 291/73 purchase of Little Culloden Date 19 January 1778 Ent 27 May 1778
1784: 15 November 1784 Privilege Bill.
1785: 339/116 Purchase of the Cove Date 1/12/1784 Ent 4 March 1785
1785: Patty Penford Will
1793: Andrew Wright appears in newspapers
1795: Patty Penford Inventory
1798/99: Ruth Sinclair Will.
1799: Andrew Wright & “lady” lands in Jamaica.
1800: Andrew Wright re road maintenance in St Elizabeth
1801: Andrew Wright re new road from Mitcham to Wilderness
1806: Andrew Wright will.

Buried Vere, James Wright esq, of Stretton Hall estate, died 14/9/1806, bur day following. Stretton Hall is in the East of Vere (1888) just inland from Salt River Bay.
Sept 1798, Vere, James Wright M Miss Redwar, Ygst dau of Henry Redwar Esq (VLO V4 P296) – PR of the Cockpitt Vere, Sarah Tull Redwar OTP, 29/7/1798.
Robert Lancashire, 1/2009:
have you come across a James Wright Esq who married Miss Redwar in Vere in Sep 1798? She is the daughter of Henry Redwar and brother of William Gale Redwar and sister of Mary Gale Redwar, Ann Elizabeth Redwar and Harriet Gibbons Redwar.
Dept of Chemistry


    Two grants involving a Philip Edmonds in partnership with Richard Wright in 1664 and with Andrew in 1703 make it possible that Andrew Wright (d 1712) was a son of Richard Wright.
    1664: Richard Wright (Write) and Philip Edmonds were granted 60 acres of land in Clarendon (Vere) on the Dry River at Guardabecoa, N no claims, WSW Savanna, SSW John Budge, E Mountain Land

it is probable that the Philip Edmonds in 1703 was the son of the Philip in the 1664 grant.

Philip Edmonds snr (will of 1695/6) was the husband of Catherine Booth, daughter of George Booth 1st & had, inter alia, a son Philip. See under George Booth 1st for the Edmonds family.

4.2    ANDREW WRIGHT – died 1712


     Andrew Wright, who died about 1712 and probably born about 1665, was our earliest confirmed Wright ancestor. He may have been an original immigrant from England, or a descendant of one of the several earlier Wrights in Southern Jamaica who are have already been noted. The connection by land grants shared with Philip Edmonds make Richard slightly more likely than the rest. Andrew’s son William & his wife Elizabeth had Francis Wright, b 1715 (Andrew's and Rebecca’s father) and his brother Dunston, b 1713. He was described as a bricklayer in the deeds of 1693. Bricklayers seemed to have been the contractors who constructed forts etc, they were not necessarily the manual labourers actually laying bricks.
     His wife named in his will was Rachel, surname unknown, no will or inventory found, but she must have been born before about 1673 for son Robert to have been over 21 by 1712. Andrew’s supposed first born son, William, seemed to have been treated differently in his will, so may have been the son of an earlier wife. William’s mother or more probably William’s wife Elizabeth could have been a Dunston as the name appears in succeeding generations. There were some Dunstons in St Andrew in the latter part of the 17thC, one of whom, Robert, was a bricklayer[15] in about 1680 as was Andrew, although a later deed has Robert of St Elizabeth. Some Dunston wills are on file in the wills collection.
     By the time he died, he seems to have been in possession of over 300 acres, maybe as much as 500 in the Brazilatto mountains in Eastern Vere. While this was not in the best sugar land, it would have been productive of other crops.

Land Transactions:

     Bochart & Knollis 1684 map shows Wright with an indigo farm on the east bank of the Rio Minho, about 1.5 miles upstream of Goodwin, with Ivy between them. The land referred to in the deeds with Arthur Goodin was probably somewhere between their two indigo farms.
     A Wright sugar estate is also shown in the same map in the northern area of the Braziletto mountains. The 1703 grant was probably in the south end of the mountains. Edmonds are shown in 1684 on the west bank of the Rio Minho opposite Goodwin. This estate is still shown on Moll 1720, on the Vere/Clarendon border, towards St Catherine; it is one of the few shown on this map, so was either very notable or a friend of the cartographer!

1693[16]: Arthur Goodin of Vere allows so much land (adjoining to his Arthur Goodwin Pen) as Andrew Wright Bricklayer of Vere with his negroes can manure for and during the 7 years .. and for every 2 negroes Andrew Wright shall put on premises Arthur Goodin shall put one
Arthur Goodin to have half the Cassada (Cassava), half the stock raised (Fowles only excepted)
and half the benefits and profits.
Costs of a well/s or Indigo works to be born by each equally.

1699[17]: Henry Napier as Guardian to Thomas Goodin, son of Arthur Goodin decd of Vere, Lease to Andrew Wright for 5 years land bounding east west north & south on Common land near Arthur Goodin Penn. 25 Shillings per acre per year.

1703/4 Grant.

    Philip Edmonds and Andrew Wright were granted land that may have bounded the north side of Philip Edmonds 1681 patent E of Calabash Pond in Vere which bounded to the north on the Brazilatto mountains, probably near the modern day Calabash Gully.
    The supposed plat for this patent is a square, but the text implies a more complicated shape. In particular, the “own land” probably refers to Phillip Edmonds to the South West. This grant being “IN” the Brazilatto mountains fits with an earlier grant to Phillip Edmonds in 1681. The NW boundary could fit with the combined Ivy plats 34F52 & 54. The known George Ivy does not fit.
     This land devolved onto Andrew Wright on the death of Phillip Edmonds.
300 acres was left by Andrew to his son Robert, who mortgaged it in 1714.

500 acres in the Braziletto Mountains.
In partnership with Phillip Edmonds.
Letters Patent[18] of 1703/4 to Phillip Edmond & Andrew Wright:
....All that parcell of land meadow pasture or whatever kind of Land ye same Situate Lying and being in Brazillatta Mountain in the parish of Vere Containing five hundred acres, Bounding South West upon the said Philip Edmonds West on Coll George Ivy North western on Coll Valentine Mumbee and East and South East on waste Land & rocky mountain cockpit....

Ivy Plat 1B/11/2/34f42, ref deed under son Robert.

In 1664, Richard Wright and Phillip Edmonds were granted land at Guardebcoa – if related, these must be an earlier generation. (Guatiboca in 2015, East side of the Rio Minho mouth).

1709[19]: Division of common land at Salt Savanna in Vere. Andrew Wright granted 12¼ acres lot 52 profitable land & 22 acres unprofitable land lot 28. Neighbours listed.

1712[20]: Benjamin Booth planter of Vere leases to Andrew Wright, bricklayer, of Vere 12¼ acres, East on Andrew Wright, west on John Bosley, North on Francis Moore esq, South on John Turner a miner. £20 pa for 10 years.

Mentions Indigo.
Witness inter alia Jonathan Facey. William Wright & George Jenkins.
Probably Benjamin Booth, son of Benjamin died 1686.

1713[21]:  Rachel Wright of Vere widow of Andrew Wright planter, Andrew Wright by deeds 10/2/1709 for divers slaves from Richard Thompson late of Kingston now of GB, to Andrew Wright owes penal sum of £330 on £165 owed on slaves if not paid by 10/8/1709.
Rachel Wright discharges debt by 5 negro men, 3 women, 2 boys 1 picanny all branded “AW”.

Will of 1712/3[22]
planter of Vere,

... I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rachell Wright two negro girls named Bella and Hagar and my white horse her side sadle and all the household goods which I now have for and during her naturall life and after her decease to be equally divided between my two sons Robert Wright and Andrew Wright ... as soon as my said son Andrew Wright attains the age of eighteen years
I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Wright and his heirs three negro men and three negro women to be bought from on board a Ship out of the produce of my Estate two years after my Decease.
all the residue of my Estate as well as all as personall I give and bequeath unto my Beloved sons Robert Wright and Andrew Wright ... Equally to be divided between them But if it should happen that either of my sons die without heirs .. then it is my will that my said Estate descend to the survivor of them,
Lastly I appoint my beloved wife Rachell Wright my executrix and my Loving Friend John Morant Esq Executor ... and Guardian my children
and further it is my will that my said son Andrew Wright shall be maintained and educated until he shall comes to the age of eighteen years out of the produce of my whole Estate
it shall be in the power of my said Executrix and Executor to ??suffer my said Estate to be divided until my son Andrew Wright attains to the age of eighteen years only my son Robert to have his respective share of the neat produce my said estate shall make every year until that time...

In his inventory[23] of 1712 shown by Rachell Wright, he left 9 adult negroes and 6 negro children. His personal belongings were modest, except for 3 lbs of indigo. (valued at £2/lb = £350/lb 2015)
Total value was £J318/10/2d. [£45KP, £145KW]

Issue of Andrew & Rachel Wright Ref will of 1712.
Age order guessed from the will: William is treated differently in his will, and was probably the eldest who already had his legacy or was the son of an earlier wife.

As they were sponsors to each others children, it is probable that Robert and William Wright were brothers.

1/1. William Wright

It is possible that he was the product of an earlier marriage from the way he is treated in his father’s will.
Married Elizabeth
2/1. Francis Wright (confirmed by uncle Andrew’s 1747 &

uncle Robert’s 1749 wills) B 12/10/1715, ch 15/11/1715, VerePR

1/2. Robert Wright, probably born before 1694 (inferred from father’s will)

Bur Robert Wright, St Elizabeth 14/12/1748PR.

Robert was left half of Andrew’s real estate, although he seems to have had 300 of the 500 acres of the 1703 granted land, his brother probably had the other smaller plots; by the time he died, he had substantial holdings in the Sugar area of north central St Elizabeth. His inventory total was about £2.2MW/£700Kp.
At some stage, he bought some land in St Elizabeth, the conveyance for which has not been found; he was also granted 600 acres in that parish in 2 lots with Christian Christian. He also had some land in western Vere, some of which he gave to his daughter, Judith Theobald. Again, it is not apparent where this came from, Andrew’s transactions being further East.
There are no deeds relating to Robert Wright between 1714 and the 1740’s, so it is not clear what happened to the land in the East in the Brazilatto mountains and the land he left in his will: there are a couple of deeds indexed, but not available, in the 1740’s selling land. Maybe these were selling the Brazilatto lands.
He was also an overseer for John Sinclair, whose land was on the Vere St Elizabeth boundary. A subsequent court action involved two Burton brothers. An explanation of what can be deduced from the case is given in John Sinclair’s section.

1754 acreage: Wright, Robert, St. Elizabeth 550, Clarendon 100, Vere 44, Tot 694

1714[24]: Takes mortgage on 300 acres.
Robert Wright planter of Vere & John Morris & Edward Pratter of Kingston merchants. Letters Pat 4 Sept 1703 to Philip Edmond & Andrew Wright father of Robert Wright in Vere of 500 acres West on Col George Ivy, SE in waste Land,
Andrew Wright survived Philip Edmond and in his will left to Robert Wright 300 of the 500 acres bounding east on the heirs of John Golding and John Mooore esq, west on Col George Ivy lately decd & SE on waste land with option for Robert Wright to buy back in 1 year.
Sell to Robert Wright for £236-7-6 (£42K price inflated, 100K wage inflated).

Also 26/7/1714 2 more deeds
Dated 19 July 1714, Sells for 5/- the 300 acres in Vere E on heirs of John Golding & John Moore esq, W on Col George Ivy lately decd, SE on Waste land. Peppercorn rent of 1 year. 2 other deeds

Ivy Plat 1B/11/2/34f42, but this does not fit.

(copy held)
Robert Wright, planter of St Elizabeth sells for 5/- to Judith Theobald, wife of Henry Theobald, planter of Clarendon, 100 acres near Cartwheel, Clarendon butting and bounding west on Milk River south on the heirs of Edward Pennants esq deceased East on lands belonging to Robert Wright north on Edward Barker Sampson Vale and others being part of a larger parcel belonging to Robert Wright.
Judith was his daughter.

This land was south of Toll Gate, Clarendon.

Granted 2 plots[26] Land in St Elizabeth of 300 acres each: one in 1740, the other in 1745, both in the Nassau area, in the One Eye River area between Island Estate & Appleton, the latter on the road from Island (Estate) to Foster’s Run, probably just south of Balaclava, maybe Phoenix Park & Union: the road appears to fit roughly right.

Robert Wright To Peter Christian – 1742
113/145 Date 1/7/1742 ent 21/9/1742
Robert Wright of St Elizabeth planter sells to Peter Christian OTP planter for £5 1/2 of 600A in St Elizabeth named Broadleaf Valley patented by Robert Wright & Christian Christian E on Rocky Broadnut Mtn S & SE on Christian Christian & Thomas Masey, N on u/s Mtn & W on other half - 2 stone water cysters to remain in other half, - is this Robert Wright as execc for Christian Christian?? PHOTO 58
NB, the only joint patent with Chrisian Christian & Robert was for 440 acres in Clarendon in 1717., copy held.

1744 (about), Robert bought some land from Bernard Andreas Woodstock in St Elizabeth, named as Hope in his will. There is a property called Woodstocks just west of Lacovia on Browne’s map published in 1755, but based on a surveys between 1730-49, so would have had the property as Wooodstocks.
The reference to Two Mile Estate and Francis being involved in it is not clear, but it was probably the one between Nassau mountains, and the Horse Savanna. Browne also marks several Foster properties in the immediate area.

Two Hopes shown in 1842 Arrowsmith, both in what was Eastern St Elizabeth, then in Manchester.

Will 1748-9[27]:
Of St E planter.
Grand son John Pridie ref his land at Milk River
G/daus Judith & Elizabeth, Mary & Rebecca Theobalds, daus of Henry Theobalds and his wife Judith
Refers to 100 acres given to them some years ago (1742).
To son Joseph Wright all land etc in St Elizabeth named Hope bought off Barnard Andrias Woodstock[28] and land I patented named the Crawl if no heirs, to Joseph’s sisters:
Ratchell Evans, Mary Hunt, Judith Theobalds
And all land in Vere
the money that Mr Florentine Vassal owes me on Messrs Foster’s account and all the money that Messrs Thomas & Benjamin Burton owes me and what John Sinclair’s estate owes me shall be raised and also stock sold to pay debts for the pens.
The pens to go to 4 children, Joseph, Ratchell, Mary & Judith.
If all die & grandchildren, then to nephew Francis Wright.
Joseph Cremer & Nephew Francis Wright attorneys to Samuel Foster’s estate called Two Mile Wood.

Inventory[29] of Robert Wright, 1749. He left £4922-6-8 1/2d, including a lot of clothes, wigs etc! The debtors in his will do not show up on the inventory – maybe settled before the inventory date.

The reference to moneys owed by Burton & Sinclair was the subject of a suit in Chancery[30], see under John Sinclair.

Two mile wood was in the East of St Elizabeth, below Don Figuero’s mountains, probably north of modern day Gutters and was a water powered sugar estate. Did this end up with Robert Wright’s estate?

Issue of Robert & Judith Wright, Vere PR & Robert’s will:
Will mentions grandson John Pridie with land at Milk River.
2/1. Joseph Wright – inherited land in St Elizabeth from his father.

Possibly “my kinsman Joseph Wright” in Francis Wright’s will of 1758
1754 acreage: Wright, Joseph, St. Elizabeth 550, Vere 27, Tot 577

In his will, Andrew Wright, son of Francis (son of William 1/1 above) refers to Andrew Wright Booth of Vere as his cousin and relation. It seems likely the "late Andrew Wright Booth" was probably the one referred to in Andrew Wright's will and is likely to be an unrecorded son of John Gaul and Rachel Judith (Wright) Booth, who were breeding in Vere between about 1773 and 1796. Rachel Judith Wright was christened 8/8/1756 in St Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph & Elizabeth Wright. Joseph & Elizabeth had earlier had children christened in Vere. Andrew Wright Booth would then be a 2nd cousin of Andrew Wright.

This Joseph Wright appears as an executor & in inventories. He is referred to by Francis Wright in his will as “kinsman”.

2 deeds were indexed in 1748 where Robert Wright sold land to Joseph, but the volume was missing.

There are few later deeds relating to Joseph Wright, so it is not clear what land he had and how he acquired it, but the following would appear to be the land in the 1754 survey.
1761[31]: Joseph Wright & Elizabeth planter of Vere for £65 from Henry Beal planter of Vere ..sell that parcel of land being part of 100A sold by Jane to Joseph Dunston near Kemps Savanna cont 27 ½ a E on former Henry Lord now heirs of Thomas Alpress S on heirs of Joseph Dunston, W on called Hilliards now in the possession of Edward Maxwell.
This was probably part of the land left by GB2 to Jane, but may have also been part of the land settled by Supreme Court in 1713.

Joseph Wright From John Anderson – 1760

186/47 Date 18/2/1760 ent 17/2/1761

John & Elizabeth Anderson of Vere, planter, for £250 from Joseph Wright of Vere sells land formerly in St Elizabeth but now in Vere in Carpenters Mtns 1st piece of 500A patented 3/6/1718 by Henry Lewis planter of Vere, then N, E , S , W on u/s land ROCROP as on plat, the other piece 100A patented by Henry Lewis 29/10/1718, N on u/s rocky Mtns E on Paul Barrett S on road from 16 mile gully to Milk Savanna W on Henry Lewis. 2 Photos 2 Photos. Plat for 100A shows Henry Lewis plat St Elizabeth 16F220 & 16F199 to NE survey date 1718, Plat for 500A, shows Henry Lewis 16F199 to west
Plats in Wills File.

Will - 1766[32] .
planter of Vere
To wife Elizabeth half of estate during widowhood, but if she intermarry, then the half to daughter Rachell Judith Wright. This is in place of any claim for Dower by wife.
To daughter Rachell the other half.
If Rachell predeceases mother who remains unmarried, then Rachell’s half to Elizabeth for life. In that case the estate to his nephews and nieces John Priddie, Thomas Henry Hogg, Judith Jack [maybe Thoebalds], Elizabeth Bird [Theobald], Mary Osborne [Theobald], Rebecca Dunstone Swinhoe [Theobald], Elizabeth Hog and Rachel Hog
Exec John Priddie

Hogg’s & Jacks nor found, bap or marriage.

Joseph Wright Inventory
... Of Joseph Wright late of the parish of Vere .. Planter deceased according as they were shown unto us by Elizabeth Wright his sole executrix....
Left £2564/19/6  [£1.2MW/325KP]

Left daughter Rachell Judith & wife Elizabeth in his will. Presumably the first 2 recorded children did not survive.

Joseph Wright was also producing children about the same time in Westmoreland & St Elizabeth.
3/1. Rachel Judith Wright 8/8/1756 of Joseph & Elizabeth,

St Elizabeth. She probably married John Gall Booth (see end of Booth section).

These 2 are much earlier in Clarendon, were they the same family?
3/2. Joseph Wright ch 22/8/1742 of Joseph & Elizabeth.
3/3. John Phillips Wright 13/8/1744 “son of Elizabeth” (no father).

2/2. Rachell Wright – from father’s will. M Mr Evans

Francis Wright’s will of 1757-58 refers to John Pridee, son of Rachel Turner, dau of Robert Wright dcd.
Married, 1st, Henry Pridie, Clarendon, 6/6/1734PR.
Married 2nd, John Evans of St Catherine, she of Vere, 7/6/1740, St CatherinePR. No mention of any issue of this union.
Married 3rd as Rachel Evans, St Catherine, John Turner, 28/12/1749.
Issue, as mentioned in wills – maybe not all?
3/1. John Pridee

St Catherine burial 2/6/1776PR, John Priddie, planter, consumption, maybe him.
Issue of John Pridee & Elizabeth Alpress, St Catherine except noted.
4/1. Mary Alpress Priddee 20/1/1760
4/2. Elizabeth Wright Priddie 30/11/1760.
4/3. Judith Pridie 29/3/1764PR Clarendon
4/4. Henry Priddee b 11/11/1766, ch 11/2/1767PR.
4/5. John Pridee b 25/1/1769, ch 17/5/1769PR.

2/3. Mary Wright, b 18/8/1716, ch 9/11/1718,

sponsors Mary & Thomas Wilkinson, & Mary Savny.
From father’s will, married Mr Hunt.
Francis Wright’s will of 1757-58 refers to the heirs of Thomas Hogg and Mary his wife, daughter of Robert Wright deceased. Hunt & Hogg may be 2 different husbands, or may be 19th C transcription errors.
Nothing found of Hunt/Hogg – with 2 references to Hogg, it is probable that Hogg it was.
Brother Joseph refers in his will to Thomas Henry Hogg, Elizabeth & Rachel Hogg as nephew’s & nieces: they must have been the children of Mary Wright & Mr Hogg. Nothing found of their marriage or the children.
A deed in 1744 listed as Robert Wright selling land to Thomas Hog, but volume not available (123). Mary’s husband probably Thomas Hog.
3/1. Thomas Henry Hogg
3/2. Elizabeth Hogg
3/3. Rachel Hogg.

2/4. Judith Wright, b 4/11/1718, ch 6/1/1719,

sponsors Rachel & Elizabeth Wright, Simon Booth & Wm Wright.
Died bef 1757 (ref Francis Wright’s will dated 1757).
From father’s will, married Henry Theobalds
Henry Theobald married Judith Wright, 22/3/1739, ClarendonPR.
Will refers to 100 acres of land given to these daughters.
Francis Wright’s will of 1757-58 names these 4 girls.
3/1. Judith Theobalds Bap Clarendon, 10/7/1740PR.

Perhaps married Mr Jack – Uncle Joseph has niece Judith Jack

3/2. Elizabeth Theobald, ref Uncle Joseph’s will:

Married Benjamin Bird, Vere 6/5/1760PR.

3/3. Mary Theobald, re Uncle Joseph’s will.

Married George Osborne, Vere 30/12/1762PR, both of Vere.
No issue in Vere of George & Mary, but George & Jane had Elizabeth, 1769.

3/4. Rebecca Dunston Theobald.

Mentioned as Theobald, daughters of Judith, daughter of Robert Wright in Francis Wirght’s will of 1758
Vere PR: Samuel Swinhoe, planter married Rebecca Dunston Theobalds 10/6/1762, both of Clarendon.
4/1. Grizzel Swinhoe, bap Clarendon, 28/7/1763.
4/2. John Swinhoe, b 3/12/1766, Bap Clarendon, 18/4/1768

This was probably the same Henry Theobald after Judith died.
Henry Theobald was producing children in the 1760’s by Elizabeth:
A daughter, Kitty, was baptised the same day as John Swinhoe (18/4/1768), having been born 17/2/1768.
Joan, natural daughter of Henry Theobald by Elizabeth Parkins Bap 28/6/1764, ClarendonPR.

1/3. Andrew Wright, B aft 1694 (father’will), married Mary

1739[34]: Andrew Wright & wife Mary planter of Vere & William Hicks planter of Vere sell for 5/- 3 slaves.
1741[35]: Richard Franklin of Vere planter, sells to Andrew Wright of Vere, planter:

2/3 part of plot of 33 acres in Vere, N on land of George Clark dcd, E on land formerly of George Downer dcd S on Kings Rd, W on Capt Humphry Mumbee for 11 years at £9 pa. If rent 40 days behind then Richard Franklin takes over.

died Nov/Dec 1747 (will[36]).
Sick and Weak of body
To wife Mary for life, then nephew Francis Wright, if no heirs then to brother Robert, Executors wife & honourable John Gale
Inventory, April 1749[37]:
Shown by Mary Wright. Left total of £467.
Mary had died by Francis Wright’s will of 1758.



      William Wright has left almost no trace, except for the baptism of his children, but it is certain that he is the correct line from Andrew to Francis Wright: he is mentioned in his father’s will of 1712, when he was left a few slaves, and his son Francis is named by William’s brothers, Robert and Andrew jnr as their nephew. No will, inventory or Administration have been found. A number of contemporary deeds naming William Wright relate to a son of Barzilla Wright of Westmoreland, unrelated to our family.
      The most likely explanation is that he was born sometime before 1690, and died early, maybe soon after his 4th child’s borth. As son Francis, the probable only survivor was “of St Elizabeth” in 1749, his family were looked after by William’s brother, Robert, also of St Elizabeth.
      His father’s will treats him differently from his brothers Robert & Andrew, Andrew certainly being younger: “...I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Wright and his heirs three negro men and three negro women to be bought from on board a Ship out of the produce of my Estate two years after my Decease...” William was probably the eldest, and already had his own place. His mother was probably Rachel, but may have been by an earlier wife of Andrew.
      Elizabeth may have been Elizabeth Dunston, as they christened their first son Dunston, and son Francis gave Dunston as a 2nd name to his son and to Rebecca. If this were the case, she could have been an unrecorded daughter of John & Joane Dunston, maybe baptised St Andrew about 1690. The alternative would be for William’s mother, Rachel to have been a Dunston.

Issue of William & Elizabeth Wright, Vere PR, of these, Francis was the only one mentioned in their uncles’ wills and so seems to have been the only survivor:

1/1. Son Wright: b. 6/12/1712, ch. 8/1/1713 Vere.

PR: “the whole of the register for the year 1711 wanting”.
The few entries for 1711/2 appear to have been done from memory.
Last Bapt with full date 19/11/1710, one with 1712, but no month, then:
Wm & Eliz Wright had a son born Dec 6th 1712 & bapt 8th Jan following.

1/2. Dunston Wright, ch. 6/12/1713.
1/3. Francis Wright, b. 12/10/1715, ch. 15/11/1715,
1/4. William Wright, b. 21/8/1718, ch. 2/10/1718,

Sponsors Simon Booth, John & Sarah Fisher

4.4    FRANCIS WRIGHT - B 1715


Born: 12/10/1715, chPR. Vere, 15/11/1715, Spon: Sarah Booth,
Parents: William & Elizabeth Wright.
MarriedPR, 1st: Ann Mary Booth, St Catherine, 30 October 1749, he of St Elizabeth, she of St Catherine (Ann Maria), burPR 31/1/1754 St Catherine
MarriedPR, 2nd: 12/8/1755, Kingston, Susannah (Trusler) Chambers; he a planter of St Catherine, she a widow of Kingston. She died between 1759-60 (Francis’s inventories).
BuriedPR: Francis: 15/5/1758 St Catherine.
Will of 1757 & Inventory held.

Issue of Francis & Anne Marie Wright:
1/1. John Dunstone Wright, ch 25/9/1750 St Catherine

(of Ann Maria), bur Joseph Dunston Wright 8/6/1754, an infantPR.

1/2. Andrew Wright, b. 18/2/1752, ch 6/3/1752, St CatherinePR.
1/3. Susannah Wright, b 23/10/1753, ch 10/1/1754, St Catherine,

bur 30/4/1755, an infantPR.

     Francis Wright was the father of Andrew Wright, by his first wife Ann Mary Booth, and the grandfather of Ann Wright who married Francis Maitland; he was also almost certainly the father of Rebecca Dunston Wright, the mother of Francis Maitland. There is no doubt that he was the grand-son of Andrew Wright who died in 1712, his father is inferred. At the time of his 1st marriage, he was described as of St Elizabeth.
    He was the ultimate heir of his uncle, Andrew (d 1747), who was the joint heir of Andrew (d 1712), Francis’s grand father; there is no clue as to what he might have inherited from his father, William: not a great deal one suspects. Uncle Andrew’s estate appears to have included 200 acres (from the 1703 grant of which Robert seems to have had 300 acres) in the Brazilatto mountains a one or two smaller plots in Vere.
     In 1754 Francis Wright owned in Vere 26 acres, probably the remains of the legacies originally from his grand father, Andrew.
     In 1749[38], Francis Wright entered into a partnership with John Chambers whereby Francis agreed to farm 600 acres of land in St Thomas-in-the-Vale belonging to John Chambers. They each provided slaves and livestock for a share in the profits. The deed is a long document describing the exact arrangements, account to be kept etc. John Chambers’s wife Susanna, and his brother Peter, are mentioned. The same year[39] Francis Wright of St Elizabeth, planter sells to John Wallen 1 negro.
     After John Chambers’s death in 1753, and Francis’s 1st wife’s death in 1754, Francis married Susannah Chambers, she being the major legatee of John Chambers. In 1756, there were a couple of deeds moving slave ownership about for a nominal sum – this was presumably part of unravelling the partnership arrangement. In the first deed[40], Peter Chambers of St Thomas in the Vale, planter, & Frances Banks a widow of St Catherine (John Chambers’s brother & sister) sell to Francis Wright 9 negroes for 10 shillings. Then Francis Wright sells 3 slaves to Peter Chambers for 5/- same dates and to Frances Banks 6 slaves for 5/-. This probably sorting out John Chambers’ estate: Peter Chambers and Frances Banks were legatees & siblings of John Chambers.
     Another deed of 1756[41] states that John Chambers in his will left land at Red Hills in St John which he purchased from Foster March of St Catherine containing 302 acres & 13 negroes and also half of remaining estate in lieu of dower to Susannah Chambers as she also possessed several other properties especially land in St Jago de la Vega. Francis & Susannah Wright, planter of St Catherine, sell to Robert Clarke of St Catherine, gent, land at Red Hills for 10/- and also the ½ of John Chambers’s estate left to Susannah Chambers, but with Francis Wright to use for his life.
     As of March 2016, no trace has been found of Robert Clarke; the Clarkes as legatees in Francis’s will appear in the Vere baptisms, but no marriage, so what the connection was, is unknown. For Robert to have been passed such substantial assets, he must have been closely connected to John Chambers or Susannah (Trusler) Chambers. The Daniel Clarke connection in Francis’s will, and the Christians, may well have been close friends as they were born in Vere about the same time as Francis.
     By an indenture in 1756[42], Francis and Susannah Wright let to John Howell, gent of St Catherine... “all that parcel of land in Saint Thomas in the Vale commonly called Chamber’s Plantation containing seven hundred acres, and also all negro and other 18 slaves valued at £825, 13 mules 19 cattle” for five years at a yearly rent of two hundred pounds to begin  on the first day of January 1757, and one third of the net proceeds of the first crop of Ginger. This property is about 5 miles East of Bog Walk, along the Rio Pedro.
    At his death in 1758, he had substantial assets, leaving an inventory including 31 slaves (men, women & children), with an inventory value of £1662 (2016 stlg: £755000W, £325000P). There was also 329 lbs of coffee and some pimiento. Susanna, his wife, was his executor, and she submitted his first inventory, but a second one was submitted a little later by John Anderson, jnr, the acting executor as Susanna had by then died. He would have inherited a few cattle and £300 from his first wife, Ann Mary Booth, left to her by her father.
    From a later deed, John Anderson of St Elizabeth became son Andrew’s guardian.

parish records, will references to nephews & nieces; Andrew Wright of 1747 will refers to nephew Francis Wright – a purchase by Andrew Wright from Franklin refers to the land mentioned in Francis’s will (although this land appeared to be leased for 11 years); Robert Wright 1749 refers to nephew Francis Wright: Grandfather Andrew Wright’s will of 1712 refers to all three, William (Francis’s father) and Andrew & Robert Wright.

Lands of Francis Wright:

All devolved onto son Andrew.
Craskell has only one relevant Wright entry for Vere in 1763: just NE of Chesterfield, East of The Alley on the modern map. This could have been Franklin’s.

In Vere from will:
Bemecary – no information. This may be a combined name with Franklin
Franklins, no relevant Franklins on maps.

Gibraltar, bought from Thomas Harper, might have been in Vere, but the will is not specific.

Gibralter is shown on Senex 1715 map in St John at 18N 76W54 square, to the west of the Rio Cobre, perhaps 10 miles NW of Spanish Town.
Liddell shows this Gibraltar a mile or so west of the Ochio Rios road from Spanish Town a couple of miles south of Bog Walk, in the district of St John. This is probably the most likely candidate.

Franklins was bought by uncle Andrew in 1741 – 22 acres in Vere

The fate of John Chamber’s lands left to Susanna is unclear in that she died soon after Francis Wright. Land in Red Hills from Foster March is shown below.

Other Gibralters are:
Gibraltar shown on St Elizabeth 987 estate plan, with 600 acres in 1787, on the shore south of Ballards Valley also shown on Liddell 1888. In view of the fact that Andrew Wright, son of Francis, was granted land just north of this area, it seems likely that the Ballards valley Gibraltar was the one in Francis Wright’s will.

There was also a Gibraltar adjoining Hope Pen[43] in western Vere on the east side of the Baldwins River whee it flows into the Milk River: Hope Pen was a John Gall Booth property, and was part of the negotations over the Incumbered Estates Commission.

A Hope in St Elizabeth was left in the will of Robert Wright, son of Andrew, to his son Joseph, whose daughter married John Gall Booth.

1749 Executor to uncle Robert Wright’s will.

His Will[44] of 1757/8:

To well beloved wife Susanna Wright ½ of all my estate real & personal likewise the ½ of the estate of (uncle) Andrew Wright decd bequeathed unto me after the death of his wife Mary Wright
for and during her natural life and after her decease unto my loving son Andrew Wright, likewise the other ½ of my real & personal estate and the ½ of estate of Andrew Wright afsd when 18 years of age. (to son Andrew)
His Costs maintenance education to be paid out of the estate.
If he dies before 18 and before Susanna, then all to Susanna and after her death bequeath to kinsman Joseph Wright 5 negroes and lands in Vere called Bemecary and Franklins or the half part of my lands called Gilberalter which I bought of Thomas Harper which he shall choose for his life and after his death to heirs etc. In case of failure of such heirs, this bequest goes back to the estate
Rest & residue then between John Priddee, son of Rachel Turner, dau of Robert Wright dcd and also the heirs of Thomas Hogg and Mary his wife daughter of Robert Wright decd and Judith, Elizabeth, Mary & Rebecca Dunston Theobald, daughters of Henry Theobald & Judith his wife dau of Robert Wright dcd.

If all die, all estate to the heirs of Daniel Clark and Rebecca his wife the heirs of William Goss & Catherine his wife dcd the daughter of Christian Christians and also the heirs of Thomas Alpres decd and Rebecca his wife
if anyone attempts to disbar another legatee, they will be disbarred with 5/-
Execs Susanna Wright & guardian of Andrew, after her decease, John Anderson jnr, John Turner snr & William Anderson executors & guardians.

Catherine Christian dau of Christian (& prob Rebecca) Christian, b  5/2/1702, ch 5/1/1707 Vere.
Charles Clark, b. 15/1/1736, ch Vere 20/2/1736, son of Daniel & Rebecca
Elizabeth Clark, b 3/1/1739, ch Vere 26/1/1739, spon, Edward & Elizabeth Beal, Cornelius Christian.

First inventory[45] 1758-9:
Francis Wright late of St Catherine, planter, shown by Susannah Wright
A second inventory[46] was carried out in 1760-1 after Susannah’s death:
To Joseph Wright of Vere, planter … of Francis Wright decd un-administered by Susannah Wright his late exec deceased according as they shall be shown unto you by John Anderson junr his acting Execr of the Goods un-administered or which you know did belong to the said ...
“An appraisal of the negroes belonging to Francis Wright dcd.”
This second inventory was only of the slaves, which had reduced since the earlier one.

In his estate inventories he is described as a planter of St Catherine.
The inventory of 1758 was shown by Susannah Wright, and was valued at £1662/13/2d and included 13 men 12 women and 6 children.
A second inventory was carried out after Susannah’s death when the estate was referred to as being “unadministered”: Joseph Wright, planter of Vere was named as an administrator and the property to be shown by John Anderson junr
“An appraisal of the negroes belonging to Francis Wright dcd.”
This second inventory was only of the slaves, which had reduced since the earlier one from £1330/5/- to £1030 in the late one.

Chambers Family:

There is no evidence that the Westmoreland/St Elizabeth Chambers were connected with our Chambers from St Thomas in Vale except for the entry in the 1754 landholders list:
Chambers, John, St. Catherine 582, Westmoreland 888, St. Thomas in the Vale 790, Total 2260.
I suspect that the entries for John Chambers have been put as one entry, particularly as at least 2 John Chambers, one of whom was the younger, were still alive in deeds after our John Chambers had died..

St Thomas in the Vale/St Catherine:

Chambers shown on the 1747 Bowen map in St Thomas in the Vale on the Rio Cobre, in the area of what is now Bog Walk.

A probable family line:
Peter Chambers & Frances issue, St Catherine:
1/1. William Chambers ch 22/8/1669

1/2. Mary Chambers ch 27/2/1672

1/3. Elizabeth Chambers ch 13/5/1674

1/4. Peter John Chambers ch 20/10/1679, of St TiV

John Chambers married Jane Vesey 1/8/1703, St Catherine, but both of St Thomas in the Vale. This John Chambers was probably Peter John Chambers above.
2/1. Jane Chambers ch 24/9/1706 St Catherine.
2/2. John Chambers ch 17/7/1709 St Catherine.

John Chambers of St Thomas in the Vale married Susanna Trusler? Of St C 26/4/1739, St Catherine. She married Francis Wright as a widow.
No apparent issue.
1752[47]: Peter Gravett Booth of St Catherine for £J45 from John Chambers of St Catherine for mulatto girl named Sally, dau of negro woman named Coobah.

2/3. Peter Chambers ch 30/9/1711 St Catherine.
2/4. Frances Chambers, mar Mr Banks who d bef 1756.

1/5. Rosanna 20/10/1679, of St TiV

John Chambers snr to John Chambers jnr – 1738[48]
of St TiV planter, for natural love and affection & 5/-, sells 2 negros.
(this deed seen by chance!).

John Chambers Jnr letters patent 1740 for foot land in St Catherine.

John Chambers From Foster March – 1752

146/144 Date 1/12/1751 ent 10/4/1752.
Foster March of St Catherine sells to John Chambers, planter of St Catherine, for £575 302 acres in St John. Foster March owns it by will of William Sanders dcd W road leading to the Bogg, S on Hon Palmer, N road from Freemans to Town, E on Christopher Shed. 
Plat in Wills Volume.

John Chambers will[49] 1753:
of St Thomas in Vale planter
To wife Susanna Chambers that piece of land in the Red Hills in St John lately purchased from Foster (March) of St Catherine 302 acres
Brother Peter Chambers horse & 20 acres where he lives in St Thomas in the Vale
Sister Frances Banks.
God dau Elizabeth Howell dau of John & Elizabeth Howell
Cousin William Powell of St Thomas in Vale
Bill in chancery exhibited by me against Frances Wright if not determined before my decease shall be forwarded and prosecuted by my execs.

St Elizabeth/Westmoreland:

The name Mary Chambers Wright appears twice in the Wright baptism records, born 5/5/1758 St Elizabeth of Edward & Ann Wright, and in 1799, dau of Edward Wright & Elizabeth Sables.
John Chambers executor of Andrew Wright’s will.
Barzilla Wright of Westmoreland referred to Jacob Chambers as his uncle and land bought of John Chambers in his will of 1747. John Chambers an extensive grantee of land (plats).

1759[50]: John & Sarah Chambers the elder of Westmoreland sold to John Chambers yr esq of St Elizabeth Red Ground in Surinam Quarters 16 acres & 384 acres of land. For 5/- John Chambers yr sells it to Elizabeth Chambers for her life and then to her son John Chambers.

2nd Deed[51]: John Chambers yr & John Chambers son of Ephraim Chambers re land patented to John Chambers yr 300 acres in Essex Valley.
Chambers, Ephraim, Westmoreland 525
Chambers, Jacob, Westmoreland 158

4.5    ANDREW WRIGHT - 1752


BornPR: 18/2/1752, ch 6/3/1752, St Catherine.
Parents: Francis & Ann Mary Wright.
Concubine: Ruth Sinclair, mestize, in Jamaica.
Married, 1st: Mary bef 1772 (from deed references), but no marriage, burial or issue found.
MarriedPR 2nd: Mary Elizabeth (Pusey) Wint, 28/12/1790, Clarendon, she a widow.
DiedVLO: 18/2/1806, Great Tower St, London, 24/2/1806, buried Mitcham, Surrey, England, "Andrew Wright esq aged 54 years late of the Parish of St Elizabeth & Mitcham Penn in the Island of Jamaica." (ref PR from VLO) – this must be the burial record.
Died... On Tuesday the 18th instant (Feb 1806), after a long and painful illness, in Great Tower-street, Andrew Wright, esq. of St Elizabeth’s, Jamaica.[52]


    Andrew Wright, the father of Ann Wright by Ruth Sinclair, was a white Jamaican born in St Catherine in 1752, son of Francis & Ann Mary (Booth) Wright and died in Mitcham, Surrey, England 24 February 1806. Both his parents had died by 1758, so he became the ward of John Adnerson younger of St Elizabeth. He was of a family of substantial planters in the South and South West of Jamaica. His legacy from his father and step mother must have been large; it probably included some 500 acres of land in Clarendon/St Thomas and 25 slaves.
    Two early deeds refer to his wife Mary, but there is no evidence of any offspring, so she was probably dead by the late 1770’s. He had a mestice (octoroon) concubine, Ruth Sinclair, by whom he had 4 daughters, only 2 of whom seemed to have survived to adulthood, between 1785-90. In 1790 he married Elizabeth Mary Pusey, born about 1743 and daughter of Benjamin Pusey of Cherry Hill and Cherry Garden Estate in the Parish of St Dorothy, Jamaica and widow of Samuel Wint, of Spanish Town, Jamaica. She was buried at Brompton Church, London, 6/8/1821 (tablet in Nave) aged 78. She had a son John Pusey Wint, by her first husband, a legatee of Andrew’s will. Benjamin Pusey was a Member of Assembly for St Dorothy’s in 1751 (JFS, Almanac 1751). A William Pusey was a member of Assembly in 1776/82 for Vere; he was also a magistrate, in 1782, a Col in the Midlands division of the Militia, and died aged 42 11 June 1783, his wife Elizabeth died 8th June 1780, in her 40th year[53].

    In the course of his life, he built up a large holding of land in St Elizabeth and western Vere, in excess of 1500 acres, a mix of pens and coffee estates. The locations of three of these are known, Mitcham a pen of about 700 acres, Silver Grove, a pen and coffee estate of about 600 acres at the time and Single Rock, a smaller pen on the coast east of Aligator Pond; the first two shared a common boundary and were for a period operated as a single unit.

   He first appears in 1761[54] when as a minor, he and his guardian, John Anderson, both of St Elizabeth, lease 6 negroes for £35 pa to Edward Aldred of St Catherine, a practitioner in physic.

John Anderson To Thomas Fearon – 1763
193/171 Sep-16 Date 10/12/62 ent 13/12/1762.
John Anderson jnr executor of Francis Wright & guardian of Andrew Wright. Whereas Francis Wright dies possessed of land & 31 slaves value £1294/10/- John Anderson agreed to lease land & slaves to the Hon Thomas Fearon of Clarendon, gent. Now this indenture leases 700A in St Catherine called the Crescent N on Rio Cobre, S on land of Beaumont Pestell W on land formerly of Beaumont Pestell & Gibraltar EN & ES on land heretofore of Peter Beckford esq dcd for 10 years for annual rent of £130/4/7.5d. 

1772/6[55]: Andrew Wright of St Catherine & Mary wife gent
James McDuff Gent of St Elizabeth
Whereas Francis Wright late of St Catherine father of Andrew Wright ½ to Susanna etc Andrew Wright has whole
And whereas Andrew Wright in order to dock barr and destroy all estates tail and remainders over of in and to all estates etc of Francis Wright and devised to Andrew Wright, Andrew Wright has agreed to convey all to James McDuff
Ind sells foot land in St Jago for 10/-to James McDuff and also ½ of 700 acres in St C formerly prop of Thomas Harper known as the Crescent N on Rio Cobre S on land formerly of Beaumont Pestell W also on BP and Gibralter EN & ES on Peter Beckford dcd.
Alnd also ¼ part of land in St Catherine lately in possession of Mrs Booth on Peter Gravett Booth 135’ & ½ on the path to the river etc
And also in Vere at McCary Bay 26 acres & ½ part of a run by pat Wallascott & Cobb

In Trust to sell back tomorrow.

Which is done.

Andrew Wright To Henry Beal – 1775

268/193 Sep-16 Date 10/11/1775 ent 24/7/1775.

Andrew & Mary Wright of Vere, millwright, for £55 fro Henry Beal of Vere planter, 27 1/2  acres part of 100 acres in Kemps Savanna sold by Jane Booth to Joseph Dunston E on Thomas Hercey Barrett, W John Rodon, S & N on Henry Beal


Andrew Wright To Abraham Corea – 1775

271/20 Sep-16 Date 2/2/1775 Ent 4/4/1775

Andrew Wright & Mary of St Catherine, gent  for £1175 sell to Abraham Corea merchant of St Catherine 350a 1/2 of 700 aces formerly property of Thomas Harper in St Catherine known as the Crescent N on Rio Cobre S on formerly Beaumont Pestell W on  Beaumont Pestell & Gibraltar S & E on Peter Beckford dcd Also foot land in St Jago & 7 slaves

1775[56]: Andrew Wright and wife Mary gent of St Catherine for £26 from Frances Bendicks free mulatto woman of St Catherine plot of land in St Jago  3 roods divided in 1757 Booth ve Booth
WSW Peter Gravett Booth N path to river, ENE John Edwards & Thomas Booth SSE Road to River.

1776[57]: Andrew Wright gent of Vere & Mary
Henry Parker esq of Vere
Andrew Wright & Mary inherit in fee simple called Wrights 33 acres
They agree to sell to Henry Parker for £2000 E of Betts Gully in Vere WNW & SW on Betts Gully & land late of Benjamin Mumbee esq now heirs of Henry & Edward Goulbourn S on road from Church to Salt Savanna Common E on George Downer now William Pusey N former George Clark now Henry Parker
33 Acres formerly in possession of Mrs Mary Wright dcd and laid down by a scale of 5 chains to an inch
Plat in Wills File – exmine for position.

Andrew Wright From William Robinson – 1790

382/5 Sep-16 Date 8/7/1779 ent 6/1/1790

William Robinson late of St Elizabeth now GB, attorney James Dunkley sell Andrew Wright of St Elizabeth for £865 11 slaves

1779 316/114 Mortgages. Full copy held.
Andrew Wright, planter of Vere, bought from John Heath and John Pierce both of St Elizabeth planters, two pens on the 20th April for J£1200. This was financed by assigning several bonds owed to Andrew (subject to penal sums double the conditioned sum, with interest due at the end of the period):
from Henry Lord of Vere esq 3 bonds:
two dated the 20th February 1776 for £142/11/2d due 20 February 1780 and for £142/11/2d due 20 February 1781.
and one dated 21 February 1776 for £1188 due on 20th February 1781
from Archibald Simpson of Vere esq dated 20 June 1775 for £31 due on the 12th June 1780
As the bond interest was not due until maturity, AW gives Heath & Pierce a bond for £53/9/5d due 20th February 1781 to cover the interest.

Total owed to Andrew Wright = 1504/2/4d
As Securtiy of the payment of the 4 bonds, AW conveys the 2 pens back to JH until 21st April 1786. The indenture noted as cleared 26th February 1790

called Castle Hill and Peru containing together ... 700 acres... bounding Westerly on land patented by William Perkins Easterly on John McCorqudale southerly on Goshen Penn and northward on unsurveyed mountains as by the plat or scheme thereof hereunto annexed and particularly mentioned and described together with all messuages ... and also (9) negro slaves named.
1800’s: Crop returns for Mitcham.

1782 312/221 Andrew Wright sold slaves to Susannah Rose (original deed withdrawn, Jan 2016)

1785[58]: Andrew Wright planter of St Elizabeth sells for 10/- to George Netherwood & William Dawson both merchants of Kingston a negro woman named Frankie & her sambo child in trust for Elizabeth Waters, wife of William Waters, Talyor of Kingston, for her life then back to Andrew Wright.

1789[59]: Granted 120 acres at Callabash Bay mountains in Vere in on Spotts Savanna; the only neighbours shown are Rankins, two of whom are shown on Robertson north of Aligator Pond, and J Read also on Robertson, to the west of Canoe Valley. On balance, Andrew’s property looks to be on the coast road between Aligator Pond & the Round Hill, about at Rocky Point where Robnertson shows A Wright. The road is said to be through the Spots Savanna, which is not mentioned on any maps, but this road, the original leeward road does go through a small savanna area as it leaves Aligator Pond to the East. It is probably Single Rock, left in his will to John Pusey Wint. In modern times, this is a dry sparsely populated area, and not very productive; it would have been a stock pen.

1790[60]: Thomas Hogg of St Elizabeth for £50 sells to Andrew Wright of St Elizabeth 1 negro slave.

1790[61]: Henry Waite, planter of Clarendon and surviving Great (great?) grand son & heir of Raines Waite the elder of Vere dcd
Andrew Wright of St Elizabeth planter
John Wait patented 80 acres in St Elizabeth by will 16/6/1694 ½ of estate to son Thomas & other ½ to son Raynes Wait etc & Raines Wait grand son of testator father of Henry Waite sold 40 A to James Powell snr & jnr and now in poss of James Powell of St Elizabeth planter, Raines Wait g/s not having docked and barred the tail created by g/f will is entitled to all estate and by conveyances btw Henry Waite & George Bunell 19 & 20 Jan 1784 Henry Waite docked and barred and destroyed all estates tail made and created under his Great Grand Father will took an estate in fee simple and James Powell being well assured that he has no sufficient title to the land applied to Andrew Wright to procure from the said Henry Waite a title in his own name and to sell back to James Powell
½ of 80 acres between Devil’s Race & Aligator Pond.

1791[62]: Andrew Wright buys from Henry Goulbourne 24/3/91 1 1 negro man named Poledore for Taxes due the parish of Vere by James Powell up to 30 Dec last for sum £80 red at the same time the contents in full Henry Goulbourne CC for the parish afsd. Personally app before me Henry Goulbourne and ack. Andrew Wright bt of Henry Goulbourne

Andrew Wright From John MacFarlane – 1791

390/190 Date 28 June 1791 Ent 12/7/1791

St Elizabeth Black River  Andrew Wright esq bought slave man Marlborough belongjng to estate of Mrs Elizabeth Witter in trust to Simon Facey esq and Rev Thomas Warren in Distraint of arrears in Roads Tax due from estate. John MacFarlane collector of Road Tax

1801-2: Andrew Wright and others were petitioning for money from the House of Assmebly for the repair of roads, one from Mitcham to Wilderness, which passed through Silver Grove; this still appears as a track on the map & Google Earth. The other was from Cocoa Walk, now in Manchester, to Calabash Bay, of which there is now no trace; there is a road marked on Liddell and Robertson which also shows on the 1789 patent. One of the petitions refers to the group of planters as “sundry coffee-settlers”.
     In 1793, he appeared in print in three times, as a vestreyman for St Elizabeth, as the owner of a horse racing at Lacovia, and as the owner of a slave who "ran" from Mitcham (marked AW) - history does not relate any subsequent recapture!

    Mitcham (which Langford Oliver said he named after the town in Surrey, although in fact it had the same name when owned by Earl Balcarres in 1763) & Silver Grove, in the latter part of the 18thC. His property in Vere, the 200 acre estate of Single Rock, near Calabash Bay was granted to him in 1789[63] (not to be confused with Calabash Bay, St Elizabeth, both of which bays are on the 1804 map, but with A Wright shown on the 1804 in the west of Vere, south of the Plowden Hills). From the wording of his will, it would appear that Mitcham was his principal residence in Jamaica. His inventory shows it to have been well furnished by the standards of the area and time.

His estate also had an overseer's house and another property called Ramsgate in his inventory. Crop accounts for Mitcham in 1806 refer to “...Mitcham Penn, Sliver Grove and Cedar Mount Plantation and Ramsgate Cotton Plantation in the parish of St Elizabeth ... Late the property of Andrew Wright esq dcd from the day of May 1806 when the came into the possession of John Chambers his exec to the 31st Dec.”

He landed in Jamaica in March 1799: Andrew Wright esq and lady (a Mrs F Facey was also in the list).[64]

He came to England (probably after November 1804, re Rebecca Wright's will) with his daughters by Ruth, his wife was probably still in Jamaica at the time of his will. His inventory showed him with substantial personal estate of £21557, about £13700 of which was the value of his slaves and £5700 livestock (77 cattle and 137 horses and mules). It details, in addition to the effects under his own name, household effects at Silver Grove and Ramsgate and the overseer’s house.

He left Single Rock, some named slaves (also specified in his inventory) and £5000 to John Pusey Wint, his stepson. Most of the remainder he left to his daughters Ann and Rebecca, stipulating that they would forfeit their inheritance if they returned to Jamaica unmarried: this perhaps explains Francis & Ann's marriage in London soon after his death, and Rebecca and George Roberts marriage somewhat later! He did not appear to have had any children by his wife, Elizabeth Pusey, who he married in Jamaica, in 1790. It must have taken some time to sort his estate as slaves belonging to his estate were baptized in 1814 at Giddy Hall.

He also refers to a relation and cousin Andrew Wright Booth of Vere (not yet 21 in 1804) in his will. An Andrew Wright Booth was ch 25/11/1813, son of the late Andrew Wright Booth. The "late Andrew Wright Booth" was probably the one referred to in the will and is likely to be an unrecorded son of John Gaul and Rachel Judith (Wright) Booth, who were breeding between in Vere about 1773 and 1796. See under Francis Wright above.

On the 1804 map, "A Wright" is shown as the proprietor of estates at Single Rock, Mitcham and Silver Grove pens. The Earl of Balcarres still owned property around there: he had been a Governor of Jamaica. Was there any connection between him and the Wrights?
    An estate map[65] from early 19thC shows Mitcham as 807 acres (as in the Almanac of 1840), bounded by Goshen to the south, Mount Alta to the East, with Silver Grove on the northern end of the eastern boundary, Cabbage Valley to the north and Peru Pen to the west. The lane to the house can still be seen on the 1952 air photo. At that time, the remains of the negro houses could still be seen.

Much information was from Oliver's Carribeanea (quoting Mitcham PR).

Will & Inventory held.

An estate map[66] shows Andrew Wright with 225 acres called Mahogany Grove a couple of miles north of Junction in St Elizabeth. This map does not fix with great precision as there are no roads shown; it is supposed to be by T Harrison, although looks earlier than his mid 19thC style. Chocolate Hole is shown as a property on the map: the estate map can be placed over this settlelement marked on the modern maps. This may be the property called Ramsgate in Andrew’s will.

Granted 300 acres in 1786[67] in St Elizabeth. This was the southern half of Sliver Grove.

Estate Map Manch 209 shows Mitcham & Sliver Grove – looks like Andrew Wright had a grant of 300 acres on 1786. The track between the two agrees with the modern map.

He acquired Mitcham, then called Castle Hill and Peru plantations, in 1779 by way of mortgage[68] on 3 bonds he held on Henry Lord and one on Archibald Simpson, from John Heath and John Pierce for £1200J. The deed of this purchase was the 2nd of two, but the first one was not found, it did not seem to have been recorded. The first deed conveyed the property to Andrew and the 2nd then conveyed it back to them as security on the bonds that Andrew held which he used for the purchase.

....called Castle Hill and Peru containing together ... 700 acres... bounding Westerly on land patented by William Perkins Easterly on John McCorqudale southerly on Goshen Penn and northward on unsurveyed mountains.

Manch 209 SW boundary of George Ogilvy fits onto Goshen (as copied from Jamaica Surveyed). The 700 acres was Mitcham, comprised of 300 acres of Thomas Powell, 100 acres of William Blake and 300 acres of George Ogilvy.

Silver Grove reached 1400 acres in 1845, 1200 in 1840: it was probably Silver Grove (604a), JP Wint (300 acres, Galway) & Hewitt (300a, Wilderness).
George Roberts doubled the number of slaves between 1831 & 1832 (90 to 180). Was this extending the holding? Probably extending from the original 604 acres to the extra 2x300 to the east.

JP Wint had an estate at Ryde, south of Mandeville in the southern May Day Mountains.




Ruth Sinclair was the mother of Ann Wright, by Andrew Wright. The parish record shows her being born about 1764 the daughter of Judith Burton; her father was not given, but John Hayle Sinclair mentions her in his will. The Parish Record  describes her as a "free mestize" (octoroon) at daughter Ann’s baptism. She died about 1799, her will being proved in July of that year.
She had three daughters by Andrew Wright (Ann, Mary & Rebecca, Mary dying between 1799 and 1806). Her will implies that she had two further daughters by  John Read, who was mentioned in her will.
Her father was the son of a 1st generation planter from Caithness. Her grandfather had siblings still in Scotland when he died about 1740.
It appears that the phrase “reputed white” in the baptismal records indicates 1/16 black.

St Elizabeth PR a free "mestize" in children's record:
Born[69]: abt 1764, ch April 1768 age abt 4 yrs.
Parent: Dau of Judith Burton (Mulatto?) in PR. Father John Hayle Sinclair deduced from his will.
See later section for the Sinclair family.
Had children by: Mr Andrew Wright & John Read.

Died: probably late 1798, early 1799, but no record of death found (3/2008) – she may well have died as a result of Ruth Read’s birth in 1798.

Will 1798/99[70]: (no inventory found).
Ruth Sinclair of... Vere,... spinster... poor in health and weak in body... To my well beloved daughter Ann Wright, Mary Wright and Rebecca  Wright....3 negroes (named)
To my beloved daughter Isabella Read who I make and nominate as my heir of this my last will and testament... slaves...To my well beloved daughter Ruth Read....To my well beloved friend John Read of.... Vere......my dearly beloved brother Alexander Sinclair of St. Elizabeth and Thomas Read of Vere appoint as executors...  My wench Camilla and Camilla is to serve Isabella Read till she is 15 years....
From the way in which the will is phrased, it is probable that Ruth had children by John Read after those by Andrew Wright, who had married Elizabeth Pusey in 1790.

Deeds Grantor:
1783 314/57 Judith Burton to Ruth Sinclair Sa Neg
1798 449/139 Ruth Sinclair to Thomas Read S Slaves

Francis Wright, ch Kingston of Andrew & Mary 9/10/1782 P316

1/1. Ann Wright (2/1788).
1/2. Rebecca Wright died bef 1830.

No record of her in the St Elizabeth PR, but mentioned in Ruth's and Andrew's wills.
Married: George Roberts, 2/11/1816, St John's, Hackney.
George Roberts was a co-owner (with Francis Maitland) of slaves and eventual proprietor of Silver Grove pen: presumably through inheritance by Rebecca. Silver Grove visited by AM 4/2002. A brief study of the Roberts family is included with the Jamaica Maitlands.
2/1. Edward Maitland Roberts, b Giddy Hall, 15/8/1817,

D Silvergrove 12/4/1888.

2/2. William Allen Roberts, born England, 23/11/1818.
2/3. Rebecca Roberts, born England, 13/7/1820.
2/4. Georgeanna Roberts, born Silvergrove, 8/4/1822.
2/5. George Roberts, b abt 1824-5

George married, 2nd, Ruth Angell at "Lookout", Balaclava, Manchester, 27/1/1830 and died between 1840 & 1845 (ref Almanac), leaving issue.
PR: GR of Manchester, Gent, & RA of St Elizabeth, spinster, person of colour by licence.
PR: Also found marriage of Benjamin Angell & Sarah Reed of Manch, 18/12/1833

1/3. Mary Wright b 9/1790, ch 22/12/1792[71].

dau of Andrew W by Ruth Sinclair, free mestise, child reputed white.
Mentioned in Ruth's will of 1799, but not in Andrew's of 1806: probably died in this period.

1/4. Sarah Wright, Reputed dau, by Ruth Sinclair, a free mestice

b. 22/9/1785, ch 22/12/1785 (quite probably died soon after) (V1 f50)
St Elizabeth PR.

1/5. Mary Wright, 9/1790, d of Andrew W by a negro, St Elizabeth.

Of Ruth Sinclair, by John Read:
1/6. Isabella Read, daughter, from will.
1/7. Ruth Read rep dau of John Read by Ruth Sinclair, a free quadroon, bap 27/11/1800, St Elizabeth, born 1798.


From Caribbeana by Vere Langford Oliver (1910). Vol 1/P227 (CU Library)

"He has a high stone tomb, formerly enclosed with iron railings to the east of the church and on the top there is the inscription: "Here lies interred the body of Andrew Wright esq formerly of this Parish and late of the Parish of St Elizabeth and of Mitcham Pen, in the Island of Jamaica, who departed this life on the 18th February 1806, aged 54 years. For his great partiality to this place (ed: Mitcham Surrey) he named his Pen in Jamaica Mitcham".
(AM: in fact, the property was known as Mitcham in 1763).
The iron railings were removed from his tomb in 1883 by order of the Mitcham Burial Board. His baptism is not recorded in the register.      Caribbeana also gives a short précis of his will.

1792, Spanish Town Workhouse:
John Jackson, creole mulatto, to Andrew Wright, 5ft 3½ high. 4-18.

Votes of the House of Assembly,

The sum of 100/. to the order of Thomas Anderson, John Pusey Edwardes, Robert Porter, Francis Badley, and Andrew Wright, or any three of them, towards repairing the road from the king's road, at Cocoa-Walk, to Calabash-Bay, in the district of Carpenter's Mountains, in the parish of Vere.
Cocoa Walk is about 8 miles East of Alligator Pond and the road is shown on Liddell 1888 map. It leads direct towards Andrew Wright’s Single Rock property on the old leeward road.

The sum of 250/. to the order of John Pusey Edwards, Alexander Schaw, Caffillis Schaw, Robert Porter, David Hutchinson, and John Pusey Wint, or any three of them, towards repairing the road from the king's road at Cocoa- Walk, to Calabash-Bay, in the district of Carpenter's Mountains, in the parish of Vere.

The sum of 150/. to the order of Alexander Schaw, John Pusey Edwardes, Robert Porter, John Pusey Wint, and Andrew Wright, or any three of them, towards repairing the road from Calabash-Bay to the interior of Carpenter's mountains.

6 March 1801:
The sum of £100 to the order of James Stewart, John Chamber, William

Kellit Hewitt, Robert Muschett, Andrew Wright, and Richard Boucher, or any

three of them, towards making a new road from Mitcham pasture in the parish of St. Elizisbeth, through sundry new settlements, to Mr. Hewitt's Wilderness, in said pariah.

The sum of £5. to the order of James Stewart, Matthew Smith, John Chambers William Kellit Hewitt, Robert Muschett, Andrew Wright, and Richard Boucher, or any three of them, towards carrying on the road from Mitcham pasture, in St Elizabeth, through sundry settlements to Mr Hewitt's Wilderness, in said parish.

A petition of sundry coffee-settlers in St. Elizabeth was presented to the house, and read, setting forth, "That the sum granted by the house last year, on the road from Mitcham pastures to the Wilderness, has been duly and economically worked out; but the same is insufficient for completing said road."

This looks as though it passes through Silver Grove to Mitcham, the remains of which are on the 1:50K 1950’s map as dotted.

Royal Gazette Jamaica, 1794, the following advertisement:

Mitcham Pen, 13/11/1793:
Runaway slave from the subscriber about the latter end of August last, a new negro man named Jamaica, about 5 feet high: has filed teeth, country marks on both temples and right shoulder and breaks down back, marked on right shoulder AW rather small; had on when absconded a blue baise frock and took with him an afnhurgh(?) one, Reward £2-15s. Andrew Wright.

St Elizabeth Vestreyman: Andrew Wright

On Tuesday the 22nd a subscription purse, for two years old, two mile heats, was run for over the Race course at Lacovia, by Mr. Andrew Wright’s Bay Colt, and Mr. Salmon’s Pepper Filly, Brunettes. The first heat was won by the Colt, but in the second he ran out of the course and was distanced ...

His Will
His will (PCC, 265 Pitt), was signed 21 January or February 1806, Proved to "Charles Grant of King Street Southwark" at PCC in London, 5 March 1806 and 28 July 1806.
The will fills 13 pages in the register, probably the lawyer on piecework! Full Will Text
His estate took time to finalise: slaves baptised 1815 at Giddy Hall were described as belonging to the estate of Andrew Wright.
He is described as Andrew Wright of St Elizabeth co Cornwall, Jamaica, esq, but now residing at Great Tower St, London.

“of the Parish of Saint Elizabeth in the County of  Cornwall in the Island of Jamaica Esquire but now residing in Great Tower Street in London”


Trustees and Executors:
"my friends John Chambers of Saint Elizabeth, esquire, Jeremiah Snow of Broad St, Ratcliffe Highway, Middlesex, hatter, John Pusey Wint and James Cross of Southwark, Surrey, Gentleman, They were also guardians of Ann & Rebecca until 21 or marriage.
of .. my pen and plantation in Saint Elizabeth called Mitcham with the slaves, cattle, plantations, utensils and effects .. and all other my lands, tenements, slaves and real estate in Jamaica or elsewhere ..and ...to "cultivate manage and improve the (pen & plantation) to the best advantage and consign the produce thereof from time to time to Great Britain to be sold" and .. use the income towards the £5000 and mortgage payments and repairs and other outgoings for the estate.
To son in law John Pusey Wint: about 30 slaves, Single Rock Estate, near Calabash Bay, Vere (about 200 acres), and 5 £1000 annual payments from Mitcham pen.
to "relation and cossin" Andrew Wright Booth of the parish of Vere £1000 when 21 years old.
to pay an annuity of £300 sterling "to my dear wife Elizabeth Mary Wright" for life (if she makes further claims, she may forfeit the whole), with a further £300 single payment if she moves from Jamaica to GB.
£100 to each Trustee.
to pay .. for the education and benefit of my reputed daughters Ann Wright and Rebecca Wright born of Ruth Sinclair, until aged 21 or married, whichever is the sooner.
..the residue of the income shall, until the last daughter is 21 or married, be added to .. the residue of my personal estate
The residual estate left to Ann and Rebecca Wright and their issue, failing that to John Pusey Wint and Andrew Wright Booth. If either Ann or Rebecca returned to Jamaica unmarried, their share would pass on "were she virtually dead without issue of her body"
"And I direct my said executors to devise to Ann and Rebecca Wright respectively as soon as conveniently after my decease copies of this my last will and testament to the intent that they may be fully acquainted with the contents thereof and particularly the clause prohibiting their return to Jamaica under the circumstances aforesaid"

Note: JPW the son of Samuel & Elizabeth Wint – this legacy probably reflected his wife, Elizabeth’s, inheritance from Samuel Wint.

Inventory: date 18 November 1807, Ent 27 October 1808.
Shown by John Pusey Wint, acting executor

Slave Compensation - Mitcham

Jamaica St Elizabeth 764 (Mitcham)
Claim Details & Associated Individuals
14th May 1838 | 66 Enslaved | £1222 7S 0D
Claim Notes
Not listed in Parliamentary Papers.
T71/870: adjudged (with Manchester claim no. 224) £792 9s 11d to John Pusey Wint; the residue went to John Salmon etc. John Salmon claimed as executor of Ann Maitland; John Pusey Wint counterclaimed 'under the will of the late Andrew Wright'. Under Andrew Wright's will, dated 21/01/1806, John Pusey Wint is shown as his 'son-in-law' (in fact he was his stepson). John Pusey Wint was a trustee under the will. Reference to the reputed daughters Ann Wright and Elizabeth Wright, born of the body of Ruth Sinclair: 'if the said A & E Wright go to Jamaica unmarried they should forfeit all benefit under the will'.


Early 17thC Wrights


17th & early 18thC Patents

     Several Wrights had land granted in the late 17thC and early 18thC, mainly in Clarendon/Vere & St Elizabeth; the western grants are not connected with our family.
     The early maps of Jamaica show Wrights in a number of places in Vere/Clarendon, the earliest being in 1684 with an indigo farm on the east bank of the Rio Minho and a sugar estate on the eastern flank of the Brazilatto mountains. By 1763, Only one Wright property is shown in Vere, a pen a few miles east of the Rio Minho.
     Lands granted in Vere & Clarendon before 1684 were to Richard, Robert and John Wright. Of these, John had 2 patents which probably conjoined to the west of the Round Hill at the mouth of the Milk River, and were probably no connection to our family. Both Richard and Robert had early patents on the Rio Minho; the 1686 map show a Wright an indigo farm on the east bank of the Rio Minho, but there is no indication whose this was. There was also a sugar property shown on the eastern flank of the Brazilatto mountains. This may be the Edmonds/Wright 1703 property.

Wright is a common name so it is not unexpected to find several apparently unconnected Wrights in the early days of Jamaica. More for background and elimitation, some have been researched.

William Wright - 1655

A William Wright was a soldier under Venables 1655 (Carabbinaea V 2 P209)
A William Wright appears in deeds etc late 17thC.
William Wright & Dorothy Allen were married, St Catherine, 8 April 1669 at Guanaboa (Carbeannea Vol 1 p12 & PR). (Guatiboca is on the eastern side of the mouth of the Rio Minho on the modern map – in this context it probably refers to the Alley Church).
Stephen Penniston & Dorothy Wright at Guanaboa 5 May 1670.
9 April 1677: William Wright m Susanne Wheterall St Catherine.

Elizabeth Wright - 1675

Whose wife was she?
A plat dated 1675 granted one Mrs Elizabeth Wright 65 acres in Vere – who was she?? There is no indication of this land being in any way related to Andrew Wright’s land.
This land is mentioned in a deed of 1687[72]: Henry Beck sells to George Booth jnr of Vere for £50 26 acres patented[73] to Elizabeth Wright for 26 acres (& 2nd plot of 39 acres), sold in 1677 to Henry Beck. N (Vere) Common, Derunt John E & S, W Francis Welliscott

John Wright - 1714


John Wright sold to William Rouce in 1668[74] land in St Katherine. For £5 stlg, 35 acres, moiety of land pat 3 March 2C18 (1667) at Milk River at Black Stump
John Wright granted 300 acres in Clarendon in 1674, and 100 acres in Clarendon, in 1686. The later grant was to the west of the Round Hill, and probably connected on its western boundary with the previous grant.

Will of John Wright - 1714[75]:
Planter of Clarendon,
To dau Sarah J£100 when 21 of married
To dau Mary Garbrand wife of Joshua Garbrand 3 negro women 1 boy and 2 girls
To wife Sarah remainder for life and after her decease To son John Wright
Executrix wife Sarah, Trustees John Read and John Morant of Clarendon

Wife Sarah will of 1725[76].
Of Clarendon, widow, sick
To son John Wright land at Salt Pond St C, NW on Samuel Barrett, all rest on Capt Samuel Hemmings. If he dies
To grandson Robert Bonner he to pay £J100 to grand child Joshua Garbrand
To g/dau Sarah Garbrand 5 slaves in possession of Caleb & John Garbrand. After her death To Grand son Joshua Garbrand
Mentions foot land in St Jago.
Execs Caleb Garbrand, Thomas Barrett esq & Col Rule.

Deed 74/108 27/6/1726: John Wright late of Vere now of St George, buys land in St George from Thomas Walker.

Joshua Grabrand married Mary Wright, Clarendon, 31/12/1708.
Joshua Garbrand esq died 17/7/1720.
Mary Garbrand died 20/3/1721, no indication if this was mother or daughter.
Issue of Joshua & Mary Garbrand, St Thomas in East:
Joshua Garbrand, bap 11/6/1717, aged 17
Caleb, 16/12/1719
Mary, 11/3/1721, of Joshua & his relict Mary.

Robert Bonner, ch 12/1/1725 of John & Sarah Bonner.
John Bonner December 1723, Clarendon.

John Wright mid 18thC, probable son of John & Sarah.

Deed 101/198 abt 1738, re land near Caymanas in St C. William Stoddard sells to John Wright. 4 parcels of about 50 acres each.

John Wright – will of 1742[77]

Of Clarendon, planter, in certainy of death
All my land in Clarendon mountains to be sold to pay debts
To son John 2 negroes
Free negro man London & 40/-
To loving friend Sarah Castears rest & residue and after her death divided between my mullato children
Execs Henry Bonner of St Dorothy & Major Robert Burberry of Clarendon.

George Manning junr to John Wright – 1750

George Manning jnr of Vere planter sells to John Wright of Clarendon land in Smoakey Hole in Clarendon for 5 shillings 100 acres (plat says 10 acres) bounding north on part on same Run, the rest? Patented by John Hayle.
Signed by George Manning Junior & Mary his wife[78]. Mary Manning was probably daughter of George Hayle, son of John Hayle.

John Wise to John Wright – 1750

141/27 Date 24/5/1743 ent 5/12/1750:
Sale Land - John Wright of St Cat gentleman, land in Kingston of John's Lane bought from John Wise, peruke maker & Elizabeth his wife of Kingston.

Probably not relevant.

Robert Wright - 1694

These all look to be the same Robert: wife’s name Isabella & Sibella are near enough the same. The only obvious issue relates to “daughter in law” Mary Tragarne. This man could be the father of Andrew because of the name Robert, but there is no other evidence and Andrew is not mentioned in Robert’s will!

1666: granted 85 acres in Clarendon by the Dry River (Rio Minho) at Guadabacoa (about the Alley in Vere).

1670: Robert Wright owned 100 acres in at Guadabacoa in Clarendon[79] (shown on the 1:50K modern map as Guatiboca a couple of miles inland from Carlisle Bay). This is the land patented to him in 1666.

1671: patented 290 acres in Clarendon with Nathaniel Sheen, split 140 to Robert and 150 to Sheen.

Robert Wright of Vere and wife Isabella gives in 1674[80] to dau in law Elizabeth Soares, a widow, 1 brooding mare 1 negro woman one pickany boy, 40a land at Dry River in Vere N on the river & William Harrison S & E on John Gale E on Ed Gale? By bill of sale from William Lord OTP

John Downer & wife Rebecca of Vere sell in 1675[81] for £40 to Robert Wright OTP 180a in Piggs Bay OTP N on Christopher ?? NW & SW on the Salt Savannah, E & SE on morass & Robert Franklyn (Piggs Bay same as Salt River Bay).
The Downers made a further sale in 1675[82] for £60 to Robert Wright OTP 300a in Vere N on mountain land unpossessed, E on unpossessed lands SE on Capt Christopher Deac...? & S & W on Valentine Mumbee.

Robert Wright planter leases to Richard Cargill planter in 1686[83], fallow & planted land 25 acres in Vere. Bounding on Christopher Hirkins Gully and Mr Alvarez Land. Also 6 negroes Horton, Jack, Whanito, Mingo, Peggy, and Hannah.
Let to Richard Cargill for Indigo. Richard Cargill has rights of timber on adjoining land. Discusses joint premises for Indigo production.
7 years, 1st year £45, rest £50

Robert Wright lends Jonathan Jerom bricklayer of Vere in 1693[84] by way of mortgage on land: Robert Barrisse? Senr & wife Elizabeth 17/7/1689, granted to Jonathan Jerom ½ of his plantation and 50 ft of Carlisle Bay also 11 acres of Comon Land and 60 acres in St E. Jonathan Jerom sells to Robert Wright for £120. If Jonathan Jerom pays £123-4 by 22/6/1694 he gets it back.

1694[85]: Robert Wright of Vere planter buys from Francis Whittall of St Catherine, planter, & Mary wife land in St Jago which John & Margaret Shrewsbury 28/10/1692 sold to Francis Whittall 100 ft Front land in St Jago.
Francis Whittall sold for £400 to Robert Wright. Location given.

[86]: Will of Robert Wright
Planter of Vere, well
dau in law Mary Tragarne ½ of my estate
wife Sibella other ½ for life and then to Mary Tregarne
if Mary Tregarne dies without issue to Richard and Robert Sevaston? Children of ye parish of Vere (looks as if there is a line missing in the 19thC transcript here) If they die, then to the poor children of Vere.
Exec wife Sibella.


    Ruth Sinclair's forebears can be traced to her grandfather, John, who was born into the Sinclair clan of Caithness, NE Scotland. He had property in Clarendon when he died. It has not been possible to identify his direct Scottish ancestors: there are too many with similar Christian names and no parent has been found with the correct combination of offspring: maybe the supposed siblings were not from the same mother? By 1811, Ruth's brother, Alexander, owned Prospect pen (85 slaves) in St Elizabeth.
    Some Sinclair Graves found at Pinnock Shaftson greathouse, north of Bluefields bay, Westmoreland.

Sinclair Summary

    Our Sinclair ancestors begin with John Sinclair who died in 1740, and was an emigrant from Caithness in NE Scotland, probably from Thurso (“last resort” beneficiary of his will was Thurso Parish). He had a number of siblings still in Thurso listed in his will. A John Sinclair, gent, first appears in 1724, when he was of St Catherine. He made a number of deeded transactions over the succeeding years, including a rental arrangement for several hundred acres of land which seemed to be getting him in trouble in the late 1730’s.
    His son and heir, John Hayle Sinclair, was the father by Judith Burton of Ruth Sinclair, mother-in-law of Francis Maitland. John Hayle Sinclair seems from the tone of his will to have fallen out with his family, either the Hayles, or more probably with his uncle Peter, perhaps because of his, probably as a young man, cohabitation and production of many children by a woman of colour, Judith Burton.
    A search of the internet for Sinclair/Caithness/Jamaica gave no relevant finds, but showed that there were Sinclairs either migrating to the Colonies, including Jamaica or being transported there. A little later than this, many Scots emigrated after the Jacobite rebellions. There is no indication that our family was involved in this however.

    There were other Sinclairs about in Jamaica in the 18thC, one of whom, George, was a priest. Another was the Hon Archibald Sinclair, who appears in various official posts.

Falmouth died William Sinclair, shopkeeper Sept 1797. P271

Sinclair Deed Timeline

1712-13: George Sinclair of St James & St Andrew land deeds.
1724: John Sinclair buys slaves & plate from John Bloss.
1724: John Sinclair buys slaves & foot land in Port Royal from Samuel Diggins.
1730: JS takes mortgage on a slave from Peter Rowe
1730: John Sinclair esq of St Elizabeth buys 30 acres from Hump Styles
1730 abt: John Sinclair rents from Mathew Tennant – subject of deed to Peter Sinclair.
1731: John Sinclair buys slave from Zacharia Gaultier
1732: John Sinclair granted 300 acres in Carpenter’s Mountains in St Elizabeth (adjoins Joshua Tennant).
1732: Nevil Hayle sells land in Vere to John Sinclair of St Elizabeth.
1733-42: John Sinclair buys 330 acres from Josiah Bennick
1736-9: Deed with brother Peter re lands 5 parcels of land – 1750 acres
1739: John & Priscilla Sinclair sell 400 acres in Vere to Samuel Biggs.
1740: John & Peter Sinclair & Patrick Adam, deed of trust re lands.
1740: John Sinclair sells 300 acres to Peter Sinclair.
1740: John Sinclair buys 500 acres from Smiths
1740-41: John Sinclair dies.
1745: Nevil Hayle to Peter Sinclair sa negroes

1750: Thomas Durrant to JHS planter 300 acres of land.
1754 Landholders:

Sinclair, Peter,  Vere 300
Sinclair, John Hayle, St. Elizabeth 437
Sinclair, John Hayle, Vere 1580
Sinclair, Priscilla, St. Catherine 25, Vere 200, St. John 20, Tot 245
Anderson, John, St. Andrew 250

1755: John Hayle Sinclair buys land from Thomas Durrant
1764: Priscilla Sinclair dies
1765: JHS rents 21 slaves to JJ Swaby for £5 for 7 weeks
1765: JHS sells land etc to Burtons & Sinclairs. Part of land from Thomas Durrant.
1765: JHS dies.
1783 314/57 Judith Burton to Ruth Sinclair Sa Neg
1798 449/139 Ruth Sinclair to Thomas Read S Slaves

From the Royal Gazette:
Hanover vestreyman: William Sinclair.

April 6, 1793, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies
Mar 20  Archibald Sinclair, St. Thomas in the East
Apr 3 Robert Boyd, Westmoreland
   “  Alexander Burton, Kingston

10/12/1822, Richard & Elizabeth Sinclair, £00, by James Sinclair
8/8/1823, Alexander Sinclair, £00, by Walter Sinclair.
21/10/1823, Margaret (Mary) Sinclair & 2 children, Constantine & Mary Sinclair, £00, by Joseph Sinclair.
25/10/1824, Chance al Rebecca Sinclair, 10/-, Richard Sinclair.

Under will:
Eliza Wander & the child with which she is enceint, by Thos Sinclair, probate, 23/2/1824.

Most of this information was supplied by Robin Downie of Salt Lake City, Dec 2000. For Will data see Will Text.

Archibald Sinclair:
A number of deeds etc were noted as being the Hon Archibald Sinclair in the 1750’s; this was probably him:

Other Contemporary Sinclairs in Jamaica

William Sinclair, vestreyman, Hannover, & Trustees of the Free School 1/3/1793
Archibald Sinclair of St Thomas in East leaving Island 30/3/1793
Alexander Burton of Kingston leaving Island 3/4/1793
William Sinclair of Hannover leaving Island, 26/4/1793

Caveats entered 1794:
Sep 12 Sinclair, Joseph by Lazarus Hyman
Sep 20 Currie, C. Doug by Robert Sinclair & Thomas Kaylett
Oct 17 Sinclair, Edward by Susanna Sinclair

1st battalion of the Royals. Lieutenant James Sinclair, from an independent company, to be Lieutenant, vice Duncan, who exchanges

Misc Sinclair:
Spanish Town Cathedral:
Alexander Sinclair 31/12/1854, aged 52, floor slab
Margaret dau of Mary Sinclair d 1845 aged 30
Spanish Town Parish Cemetary:
Lewis Edward Sinclair of Eusen, 29/5/1874
William Cecil Sinclair oe LE and Lucy Sinclair d Torrington, Santa Cruz 7/9/1895 aged 23
Winchester, Salt Spring, Hannover,
William Sinclair esq, d 15/7/1795 in his 36th year.

Archibald Sinclair

He appears in various deeds in the mid 18thC. He was probably the son of Sir James Sinclair of Dunbeath (see at the end of the Sinclair Section).
Archibald Sinclair, son of Archibald Sinclair by Sarah Jones, St Catherine, Jamaica, b 24/12/1772, ch 28/2/1773PR.

From Henderson’s Caithness Family History, 1884:
Archibald Sinclair, the 4th son of Sir James Sinclair of Dunbeath. Archibald died unmarried in Jamaica mid 18thCP89. Probably buried Kingston, 14/3/1747PR.
Sir Alexander Sinclair, IXth baron of the Sinclairs of Dunbeath and Latheron, died at sea en-route from Jamaica to Hailfax in 1786P91
Alexander Sinclair, 3rd of Achingale and Newton, died in Jamaica after 1768P143.

Acts of Assembly:
CO139/27 (225) An act for making free a mulatto man Will, belonging to the estate of William Jones and paying to the Hon. Archibald Sinclair & Richard Welsh the value of the said mulatto man. 16.12 1772. (He discovered the murderer - a mulatto, Sam - of a white man. The murderer was burnt alive.)

Lieutenant William Sinclair

A Lieut William Sinclair, later Captain, was granted lands in St Elizabeth about 1675. He appears in various references in Jamaica, but is not thought to be related to our family. Deeds for William Sinclair appear about the same time.
William Sinclair listed in John Ogilby’s 1671 map of Jamaica with a Farm in St Elizabeth Precinct, about where Treasure Beach is now, presumably on the flat ground round Great Pedro pond.

Sinclairs transported to Jamaica:

From the Internet, 4/2001:
SINCLAIR, DUNCAN. Covenanter in Argyll's rebellion. Prisoner in the Laigh Parliament House, Edinburgh. Banished to the Plantations 31 July 1685. Transported from Leith to Jamaica by John Ewing, August 1685
(PC=Register of the Privy Council of Scotland)
SINCLAIR, JAMES. Age 19. Husbandman. Dunbeth, Caithness. Jacobite in Cromarty's regiment. Prisoner in Inverness and ships. Transported from London to Jamaica or Barbados by Samuel Smith, 31 March 1747. (P=Prisoners of the '45) (RM=B. Ransom McBride, "Lists of Scottish Rebel Prisoners...1746" The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal (May 1980)

John Camden Hotten, ed.,
The Original Lists of Persons of Quality: Emigrants; Religious Exiles;
Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices;
Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went From Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600-1700 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1983).
Barbadoes - Alphabetical List of Landowners in St. Michael’s p. 458 – Allex: Sinklaire, 10 acres of land, 1 hired servant, 7 negroes
David Dobson, The Original Scots Colonists of Early America 1612-1783 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1989).

6153. Sinclair, Archibald, res. Stempster Thurso Caithness, d. 1778 Jamaica. (SRO.SH.9.12.1778)
6154. Sinclair, Archibald, merchant, res. Greenock Renfrewshire, sh. Pre 1781, sett. Kingston Jamaica (SRO.RD2.235.39\RD2.236.651
6155. Sinclair, David, mariner, parent George Sinclair of Barrack, d. pre 1733 Jamaica, Edin pr1733 CC8.8.95.
6156. Sinclair, Duncan, Covenanter, transported Aug 1685, fr. Leith to Jamaica. (PC.11.136)
6162. Sinclair, James, b. 1728, husbandman, Jacobite, res. Dunbeath Caithness, transported 31 Mar 1747, fr. London to Jamaica, in St. George or Carteret, arr. Jamaica 1747. (P.3.315)(PRO.CO.137.58)(MR87)
6171. Sinclair, Margaret, res. Caithness, parents Sir James Sinclair of Dunbeath, sh. pre 1778, sett. St. Catherine, Middlesex Co., Jamaica. (SRO.RD4.232.906)


Issue at Caithness (from John's will -  all died after 1741 therefore):
Implied in John’s will is that he was from Thurso Parish.
1/1. John Sinclair of Clarendon, died abt 1741, Jamaica.
1/2. Peter Sinclair, Planter (following from JSF)

of Clarendon in John's will, of Vere in John's inventory, Jamaica.
His naming a son Thomas Biggs Sinclair makes it possible that his wife, Elizabeth may have been the daughter of Thomas Biggs, born in 1715. In the Clarendon records, she is the daughter of Mary, but on either side of her, the children are the daughters of Margaret, daughter of John Hayle senior. If Mary was a mis transcription of Margaret, her brother would have been Samuel, who bought land from John Sinclair in 1739, when John seemed to have been in financial difficulties.

Executor of brother John's will. Gentleman in 1741.
1754: Peter Sinclair owned 300 acres Vere.

A Peter Sinclair Bur Kingston 31/3/1750 by Mr Samuel BiggsPR: was this him? If so, Samuel would have been his brother in law.

Was this her after Peter’s death in 1750?
Lewis Anderson married Elizabeth Sinclair, widow, both of Vere, 16/2/1762.

Nevil Hayle to Peter Sinclair – 1745[87]
Between Nevil Hayle of Vere, planter and Peter Sinclair, of Vere, planter.
Nevil Hayle for £500J from Peter Sinclair sells 6 male slaves and six female negro slaves, their offspring etc ... subject nevertheless to a certain indenture of mortgage made by the said Nevil Hayle to John Sinclair and which was by the said John Sinclair assigned over to the said Peter Sinclair and by the said Peter Sinclair to Francis Smith ...
In presence of Francis Smith & George Burrell

Will not found.
Issue of Peter & Elizabeth Sinclair:
2/1. Peter Sinclair, bap 12/7/1735 in KingstonPR.
2/2. Alexander Sinclair b 14/1/1736, bap 24/3/1736, Kingston.

He was left and annuity of £20 pa by his uncle, John. His cousins John Hayle Sinclair bought him out of this annuity for £100 in 1761[88]. He was a planter of Vere at the time.
A will of 1770/76 of Alexander Sinclair leaves all to kinsman Thomas Biggs. Burial not found in PR St’s Elizabeth & Catherine, Vere, Kingston or Clarendon.

2/3. Thomas Biggs Sinclair, b 20/3/1737, bap 19/9/1740 in KingstonPR
2/4. John Sinclair, b 29/5/1740, bap 19/9/1740, KingstonPR.
2/5. Margaret Sinclair, dau of Peter & Elizabeth,

Born 3/1/1741-2, ch 14/11/1742, KingstonPR

2/6. Robert Sinclair ch Vere 9/6/1747 of Peter Sinclair –

prob. the samePR. Liguanea Robert Sinclair M Mary Heriott Sept 1799 (VLO V4 P361)

1/3. Robert Sinclair in Caithness, gent.
1/4. Francis Sinclair of Caithness
1/5. William Sinclair of Caithness
1/6. Margaret Sinclair: John mentioned her eldest son;

maybe she was dead by 1740?

1/7. Elizabeth Sinclair of Caithness.

married Alexander Sinclair. Of Lybster in John's will.
OPR: Elspeth Sinclair married Alexander Sinclair, Thurso, 25/2/1726
No baptism found on Scottish OPR’s.

John, William, Robert & Francis found in Caithness, Thurso issue of Donald & Elizabeth (Elspeth Cogill). No Peter or Elizabeth




    John Sinclair was a first generation planter from Thurso in Caithness, Scotland; he still had siblings there when he died. He probably arrived about 1720 and during the decade from the the late 1720’s, he built up a large collection of sugar estates, probably with borrowed money: towards the end of his relatively short career, it looked as though it was all unravelling. By the late 1730’s, a number of complicated deeds show him moving his property between himself and his brother, Peter. He was probably not unusual in this. He might still have had assets in Caithness when he died, leaving this to JHS.
     As he only mentioned one son, John Hayle Sinclair, and a daughter, Elizabeth in his will and his wife outlived him by 24 years, it is likely that he was still a comparatively young man when he died. His wife names a daughter, Elizabeth in her will, who married John Anderson in 1744. Elizabeth was not yet 18 in John’s will so was born after 1722, but at the latest by 1726 to be married in 1744, so John Sinclair must have been born by 1705. He died between April 1740 and June 1741, probably earlier in that period.
    A timeline of deeds is shown elsewhere in this paper but he was first described as of St Catherine, but soon became “of St Elizabeth”, then, in 1739, he was “of Vere”, while his will describes himself as “of Clarendon”: his lands were on the borders of what was at various times, St Elizabeth, Vere and Clarendon. These latter apparent residence changes reflect this rather than major moves.
      John Sinclair became a substantial land owner, having at least 1750 acres by 1736, much of this was under sugar. The majority seems to have been on eith side of Sixteen Mile Gully in the Carpenter’s Mountains of eastern St Elizabeth/Western Vere and Clarendon. The “home farm” was probably up the Gully somewhere about the position where the main road turns more south west by Warwick: this was probably Tophill as mentioned in his will. He also had a small plot on the east side of the mountains down to the Milk River. The records of how he acquired the land are somewhat inconclusive. However, he seemed to have built up his holdings at a period of low sugar prices (see graph towards the end of this volume); the recovery in prices did not really happen until about the time of his death, rising by 50% between 1735 and 1740 and doubling by 1747.
      Whilst his son John Hayle Sinclair was the main legatee after various bequests and his mother’s lifetime use, the estate would only pass the John Hayle’s legitimate heirs: he did not have any. This may explain the rather sour reference to his relatives in John Hayle Sinclair’s will! It appears in the event that John Hayle Sinclair retained little or nothing inherited from his father: whether this was of Peter Sinclair, and JHS’s brother-in-law John Anderson depriving him, or whether the estate was so encumbered with debt there was nothing to pay out is not clear.
     Note: at about this time, it seems from the old maps that the boundary of St Elizabeth & Vere was revised. St Elizabeth Precinct on Ogilby was show as extending East to what became the Swift River: Browne (published in 1755, but probably from 1730’s information) shows a similar position for the boundary, but Craskell 1763 shows the boundary in the Aligator Pond area. Thus the location of land in this era must be taken with a bit of care. In the case of John Sinclair’s land, the early boundary seems to prevail. This Carpenter’s Mountains & Long Bay Mountains, which seem to be part & parcel the same, are described as in St Elizabeth, but later maps put them in Vere.
    Only one crop account has been found, that for 1742[89] for “John Sinclair, dcd”, filed by Peter Sinclair. It purports to be for his entire estates in Clarendon and Vere and lists 31 hogsheads of sugar and eleven puncheons of rum (average production was about 1 hogshead/acre [16 cwt]); it was therefore probably the small estate by the Milk River and the land by the Rio Minho. The definition of hogshead and puncheon seems to be variable: a hogshead seems to have been 63 gallons and a puncheon rather larger, between 80 and 100 gallons. One source[90] gives a sugar hogshead as about 1800 lbs. The sugar would have been partly processed on the plantation and was a brown colour – this type of sugar is called ‘muscovado’. The sugar was shipped to England where further processing would produce pure white sugar. At this time, sugar was about 10d/lb, making the estate’s production about £830. Rum seemed to have been in the region of 2/- per gallon, thus John Sinclair’s output would have been about £110. 2.7 lbs of molasses from 100 lbs of sugar, or 40-100 gals per hogshead.
   A case in the Court of Chancery in 1749 show that Robert Wright was an overseer for John Sinclair, and had dealings with Benjamin & Thomas Burton in St Elizabeth. It is thought that Benjamin Burton was the father of Ruth Burton, John’s son, John Hayle’s concubine. A further connection was that Robert Wright was Francis Wright’s uncle, and great uncle of Andrew Wright, whose concubine was Ruth Sinclair, John’s grand-daughter.

    In his will[91] of 1740/1, he leaves an annuity of £20 pa and a heifer from Tophill to his nephew, Peter Sinclair’s son, Alexander, and £500 to his brother Peter. His daughter, Elizabeth, was left £1500 in 3 tranches between the age of 18 and 24, subject to not marrying without her mother’s consent. His wife, Priscilla, has the use and occupation of their home and farm at Tophill and the use of the Dixon’s estate until it comes into sugar, when he gives her in lieu the “Ruinate” land at Milk River. She also is entitled to a puncheon of rum and 500 lbs of sugar.
     The rest and residue (in Jamaica and Caithness) was left to John Hayle Sinclair and his “lawfully begotten” issue. If JHS dies without lawful issue, Elizabeth gets another £1500 and the remainder of his legacy goes to Peter and then Peter’s sons. He also lists his siblings in Caithness (see them ealier in this section): the final legatee would be the churchwardens of Thurso to build a school. Amongst others, his executors were Peter Sinclair and Patrick Adam.
     It looks as though the family used these provisos on JHS’s inheritance to disinherit his descendants. Probably they disapproved of JHS’s many children by Ruth Burton. It is notable that Priscilla leaves Tophill as if it were her own, half to JHS and half to Elizabeth; John’s will appears to leave Tophill to Priscilla for her use, not ownership, in which case it should have belonged in its entirety to JHS. John Hayle Sinclair must have had ownership of the lands as he was shown as having 1580 acres in Vere in 1754.
     His inventory, taken in late 1741[92], lists 49 slaves (value £1337-10s), livestock (mules, horses, cattle and sheep to the value of £813) and sundry other, mainly household, items (value about £70). His debtors amounted to £207, including Solomon Hart (£74), from whom he had bought land. There were no creditors listed. His personal estate totalled £2420.

John Sinclair’s Dealings

    Two long deeds give much information on John Sinclair’s holdings, the first, dated 1736, filed 1739 between John and his brother Peter, and a later deed in 1753 between Peter Sinclair and Edward Smith regarding the Nevil Hayle transactions. Several other deeds survive, but there are a number of references to John Sinclair in the mid 1730’s but unfortunately, few deed books for this decade are still accesible.

6 deeds listed which are not available:
John Sinclair from Henry Dawkins, abt 1730, this is probably the lease on the Joshua Tennant land.
John Sinclair from Solomon Hart, abt 1733[93], referred to in later deeds as being 300 acres in Carpenters Mountains
John Sinclair from Philemon Dixon, abt 1735[94], presumably for land in JS’s will. (Philemon Dickson ch Clarendon 1/5/1712 of George & Mary)
John Sinclair to Peter Sinclair, abt 1736, “sale land”.
John Sinclair to Edward Manning Assignement 1739 107/53

John Sinclair to Peter Sinclair Assignement 1740 108/51

    In an early deed of 1724[95], John Bloss & wife Elizabeth, a Tavern keeper of St Catherine sells to John Sinclair, Gent of St Catherine, slaves & plate to £200 for debts by John Bloss to his wife’s 1st husband. John Bloss married Elizabeth Picking 26 August 1722, St CatherinePR, and John Pickering married Elizabeth Bassett 14 February 1711, St CatherinePR. There is no further idea of the reason for this sale.
   Later in 1724[96], John Sinclair (still “of St Catherine”) rented some footland, a house and some slaves in Port Royal for a year from Samuel Diggins (for 5 shillings) and from his mother, Anne Erasmus, who was resident there at the time. The house was next to Diego Luis Gonzales. Was this soon after his arrival in Jamaica?
    By 1730[97], John Sinclair was described as “of St Elizabeth” when he loaned money to Peter Rowe, a watchmaker of Kingston, secured on a negro woman.
    In the same year of 1730 comes the first mention of his acquiring land, in this case, 30 acres bought from Humphrey Stiles, part of Henry Hilliard’s “Ruinate” plantation in Clarendon; this was probably part of Hilliard’s patents between the Milk River and the Round Hill[98].
    In 1731[99], he bought a creole boy from Zacharia Gaultier, with Peter as witness. Gaultiers had property to the west of John’s later St Elizabeth lands.
    In 1732-3[100] he gave a mortgage for 79 acres on the Dry River in Vere to Nevil Hayle of Vere, his father-in-law, for £850: the remainder of the deed was lost in transcription, but is referred to in subsequent deeds, in particular in 1753[101]. The title passed through Peter Sinclair’s hands after John’s death. The land or mortgage passed from John to Peter Sinclair, then on to Francis Smith and Edward Smith. It is not clear if this 79 acres was the same as or another parcel contiguous with the 75 scres of land sold in 1739 by John & Priscilla to Samuel Biggs, known as “Thomas Hayle’s Land” and may have been part of the early acquisitions by the Hayle brothers. The mortgage probably included some slaves, mentioned in a deed between Nevil Hayle & Peter Sinclair[102].
    Somewhat later in 1739[103], John & Priscilla Sinclair sold 400 acres to Samuel Biggs for £500. At the same time, he also sold Biggs 75 acres “known as Thomas Hayle’s” in Vere on the river Minho which he had bought from Samuel Neil Smith. The latter was probably land once owned by Thomas Hayle, one of the 3 settler brothers, but was this the land bought from Nevil Hayle in 1732? Samuel Biggs was probably the son of Margaret Hayle, dau of John snr, who married Thomas Biggs. The estate plan Manchester 255 shows Samuel Biggs with 500 acres, with a (later?) pencil name “Nonpareil” which appears on Liddell 1888 to the north of sixteen mile gully. It is possible that John’s brother, Peter, was married to Elizabeth, Samuel Biggs’s sister.
    A deed of 1736[104] between John Sinclair & Peter Sinclair, merchant of Kingston laid out the terms of a lease between John Sinclair and Henry Dawkins for land in St Elizabeth, and the consequences of default.
    The deed says that in July 1732 John Sinclair rented land from Henry Dawkins esq & John Mitchell, planter, both of Clarendon, (as executors of Joshua Tennant of St Elizabeth & guardians of his son Mathew, a minor) with Jonathan Gale & John Anderson as Surety’s (guarantors). The lease was for 6 years at £600 pa with a penalty of £10000 on default (this probably refers deed 85/171, not yet found) and included stock and slaves.
    By March 1736, John Sinclair was sick, the lease had not expired and the rent was in arrears, a state which could worsen before John’s possible death. On his death, Jonathan Gale & John Anderson would be liable for any shortfall in rent which was not covered by the negroes and stock in hand. In the deed of this time, John Sinclair for 5/- from Peter Sinclair, Peter Sinclair indemnifies Jonathan Gale & John Anderson from liability resulting from their agreement in 1732.
    Additionally, John Sinclair also sold to Peter Sinclair 5 parcels of land in Carpenters Mountains, St Elizabeth, for the specific use: to pay Dawkins/Mitchell or Mathew Tennant any arrears of rent and stock listed in the original lease and to indemnify Gale/Anderson from any liability under that lease. When these conditions were met, the assets would be disposed as specified in John’s will. However, if John Sinclair in his lifetime satifies the debts and liabilities to Dawkins/Mitchell/Tennant and indemnify Gale/Anderson, the deed becomes null and void. In the case of John Sinclair’s death before the expiry of the lease, Peter Sinclair may sell such land as required to settle the arrears. The indenture excludes the dower of Priscilla, his wife.
    From the description of the five parcels of land in this deed, they all seem to be, if not connected, at least in the same area. An estate plan[105] of 1810 may cover this area, with William Turner/John Booth patent & Henry Lewis patent of 1718 shown: there is 500 acres of Francis Smith surveyed 1759, there are indications that some Sinclair land went to Francis Smith. The lands were probably astride the sixteen mile gully, at the eastern end before it turns south towards the sea, probably on the western side of Pusey Hill. The deed also mentions 80 slaves and livestock. One parcel of 500 acres, purchased from Henry Lewis included a set of Mill works, 4 coppers and a still ready to be erected.
    In 1740[106], John bought a sugar estate of 500 acres from the Francis & Edward (& Katherine) Smith for £1800, still in Carpenter’s mountains,.
    Immediately after the last purchase in February 1740[107], he and his brother Peter (involved because of the earlier deeds) convey the Smith land (here specifically called Smithfield) and the other 5 plots to Patrick Adam, a merchant of Kingston, in trust for John’s debts to Adam and others for 3 years to May 1743. Patrick Adam was one of John’s executors.
    At much the same time[108], John Sinclair sells to Peter for £150, 300 acres of land which he bought from Solomon Hart. This probably is one reason for Peter Sinclair’s involvement in the deed of trust with Adam.
    A later deed in 1745[109] makes reference to a mortgage for £500 by Nevil Hayle to John Sinclair for some slaves, which was subsequently assigned to Peter and then to Francis Smith. This was probably related to the earlier mortgage with Nevil Hayle.
    Priscilla, his wife, mentions Dodson’s Pen in St Catherine, in her will of which there is no mention on the maps or deeds.
    1742 Crop Return[110] for the estate of John Sinclair, esq, dcd in Vere shows:
31 Hogsheads of Sugar and eleven puncheons of Rum, shown by Peter Sincalir, one of the executors.

   Three estate maps, (Manchester 255, 257 & 269) cover the area in which John Sinclair’s land lay. Sinclairs are not shown on these maps, but Tennants and Turners are. 269 and 257 overlap, 257 being the westernmost, while 255 adjoins to the north and can be aligned with 269 by the sixteen mile gully and the road to Warwick. Some original patents are also plotted. Joshua Tennant & Henry Beck patents south of 16 mile gully agree with 255: Harrison & Clark rectangular patents, both of 1676, fit well to the west of Tennant, but do not appear on 269 and are overlain by John Anderson of 1710 and an undated Joshua Tennant plot. Sinclair’s 1731 patent bounds on south on Tennant & Clark and north on Turner. This puts it on or slightly north of the gully; the possibility is that Tennant acquired the Harrison land and Clark retained some of the land to the north of the later Prater & Anderson patents. The later purchase from Bowerman was probably also in this area. A check of the patents for Prater & Anderson is needed to help clarify this. The Sinclair, Clark & Harrison patents are all rectangular or square, unlike many others which follow adjoining patents or geographical features, but seem to fit well together: the locality is fairly level, so they, particularly the earlier two, were set out on unused land.

John Sinclair’s main holdings

30 acres bought from Humphrey Stiles[111] in 1730, part of Henry Hilliard’s “Ruinate” plantation in Clarendon; this was probably part of Hilliard’s patents bounding on the sea between the Milk River and the Round Hill[112]. It is not entirely clear if the ruinate[113] was the name of the plantation or a description of the vegetation; ruinate is often seen on plats as a description of an area of unclaimed land. He left this land to Priscilla for life after Dixon’s came into sugar.

75 acres in Vere: sold in 1739[114] by John & Priscilla to Samuel Biggs, known as Thomas Hayle’s and bounding all round on the land of Sarah Cannock  William Holloway decs and the River Minho and land of Richard Hayle decd which he had bought from Samuel Nevil Smith. Was this the land referred to bought by Thomas Hayles (one of the 3 settlers) in 1681 from Thomas Perry at Kettle Spring and sold to James Smtih? Samuel Nevil Smith, ch 13/4/1710, Clarendon, son of James & Elizabeth, sold this land to John Sinclair.

Land rented from Dawkins/Mitchell as execs of Joshua Tennant: although the deed does not describe it, this is probably the 468 acres of land patented by Tennant in 1711 just to the south of the 16 mile gully[115]. Lease[116] was 1732 for 6 years. Referred to in the 1736/9 deed.

300 acres ...bought by John Sinclair (about 1733[117]) from Solomon Hart E on Blue Hole and land of Pratter and Anderson, S on Waste Rocks adjoining the Morass, W on Tennants plantations, north on Rocky mountains adjacent the estate of said Pratter & Anderson.
There is some confusion over Pratt & Anderson and Pratter & Anderson. This Anderson was the wife of Alice Hayle, daughter of John Hayle snr (see her entry for the reasons). The way in which Pratter and Anderson are linked, both in this deed and on Craskel indicates that the two families properties, of which there were several in the 16 mile gully area, were operated as one in this period.
Manch 269 probably clarifies this. This parcel of land looks to have been the grant to Henry Beck, between Tennants & Anderson.

Edward Partter died Kingston 8/1735 aged 52 (findagrave).

330 acres 1733[118], John Sinclair bought land from Josiah Bennick for £100 on the coast between the Swift and Gutt rivers on Long Bay, 1st N on morass E on Swift River S on Long Bay and W on Gutt River, 2nd on Long Bay NW on the Mountains E on mangroves WS on Mangroves. These descriptions do not fit the map, the distance between the Swift and Gutt rivers being too great. This general area would be to the south of the Land bought from Hart. However, these lands are not mentioned elsewhere and the deed, while dated 1733, was not filed until 1742, well after John’s death, presumably during the tidying up of his estate, and do not appear again.

Most of the following seem to be on Manch 255 and 269 and were decribed in the 1736 deed, repeated in a later deed of 1740:

300 acres (2nd parcel) patented in 1732[119]
to John Sinclair bounding:
Easterly on the said John Sinclair
Southerly on John Clark
Westerly on William Cockburn and
part Northerly on land purchased by said John Sinclair of Kyrle Bowerman of the parish of St Catherine Esqr
1731-2[120] grant describes 300 acres of land in Carpenters Mountains, north on William Turner, East on himself, South on heirs of Josuhua Tennant dcd & Jane Clark, West on heirs of William Cockburn, dcd. This land can be positioned from and estate map, Manchester 255, which aligns well with John Anderson, 1712, and Joshua Tennant: John Sinclair’s eastern boundary is shown as Francis Allen’s patent of 1718, not “his own land” as in the later Sinclair patent.

650 acres (1st parcel) where John Sinclair dwells, bounding:
Southerly and part South Easterly on Edward Paxtten (Paatten? – Pratt(er)) and John Anderson
Southerly on the said Joshua Tennant
Westerly on unsurveyed land and
North on William Thomas?? and John Booth
It appears that this was probably on the north side of sixteen mile gully. John Booth appears on estate map Manchester 255 sharing with William Turner. It looks to have been the land patented by Francis Allen in 1718, several mentions of the boundaries point towards this and, although Manch 255 shows it as 300 acres, it measures nearer 600 in comparison with other plots: he must have acquired it before the 1732 grant.
At least part of this may have been the 300 acres patented to Francis Allen, S on Joshua Tennant & John Anderson, E on unsurveyed land, west land unknown, n on William Turner & John Booth.

500 acres (3rd parcel) of land lately purchased by John Sinclair from Henry (surname blank, but Lewis from later documents) of St Elizabeth planter adjoining to the land of John Sinclair together with four Coppers one large Still and Sett of Miln (Mill??) work on the premises shortly to be erected and affixt?
This was probably Henry Lewis: Manchester 255 estate plan has Henry Lewis, 1718, shown as 300 acres, but measures more, and with an unmarked southern boundary on the west of the probable 650 acres of Allen land.

200 acres (4th parcel) of land lately purchased by John Sinclair from Philemon Dixon, partly in the parish of Clarendon and adjoining to the land of the said Henry Lewis containing 200 acres (deed 96/71, 1735 not available). Manch 255 shows a Dr James Dixon property, but this is probably not the one: this was probably to the east of Lewis’s, and using the boundary line on Browne, probably was across the line between St Elizabeth and Clarendon. A sale[121] by John Sinclair’s daughter and son in law, John and Elizabeth Anderson in 1765 included a parcel of land in the Carpenters Mountains containing 160 Acres patented by Peter Vallandry & known as DIXONS E on Figuary Mountainns all other side unsurveyed. This was probably part of the 240 acres to Vallandry shown on Manchester 257, and the Dixon’s referred to in Sinclair’s will The rest of the land was around the Milk River).

200 acres (5th parcel) purchased by John Sinclair from Kyrle Bowerman and adjoining the land of John Sinclair and William Turner (& by association John Booth); this was probably to the north of John’s 1732 patent and east of the William Turner 1718 patent. There is a 1731 patent for Kyre Bowerman for 400 acres in St Elizabeth.

The five parcels in the 1736 deed also included:
together with 22 mules, 10 Mares, 1 ass, 13 Horses, 74 head of neat Cattle all marked J*S and the following negroes and other slaves (80 listed in original text).

The 1739 deed land: 400 acres in Carpenters Mountains in Vere. Written 3 several runs but only 2 mentioned.
one of them butting E on the logwood fence from 16 mile Gulley Hill to the land of William Turner decd & N on William Turner & partly on land purchased by the said John Sinclair of Kyrle Bowerman esq and W on John Sinclair & S on 16 mile Gully Hill.
also land purchased by John Sinclair from Samuel Neil Smith and Ann his wife gent 75 acres known as Thomas Hayle’s and bounding all round on the land of Sarah Cannock William William Holloway decs and the River Minho and land of Richard Hayle decd.

500 acres in Carpenter’s Mountains E on estate of Anderson & Pratter dcd  S on road leading to MR Powell’s, W on unsurveyed and N on George Clark’s land. Bought in 1740[122] from Francis Smith & Edward & Katherine Smith of Vere Gent by John Sinclair of Vere esq for £1800 from John Sinclair.
A subsequent deed between Patrick Adam and Peter & John called this Smithfield. An estate map Manch 155 refers to Hoghole, Asia and part of Smithfield: Asia and Hoghole on the modern maps are within the area covered by Manchester 255 & 269 and coincide roughly with Thomas Anderson & Richard Brown patents. On 257 & 269, Smithfield is shown as 500 acres with the house on one and Smithfield on the other. John Sinclair’s Smithfield was most likely here. Manch 269, 1720, refers to Francis Smith & 500 acres.
Modern day Smithfield is between Warwick and Grove Town as marked on Manch, west of sixteen mile gully, towards Aligator Pond. AM drove through Smithfield in November 2014. It did not look like the best sugar country, mountainous and broken ground, but more rain being in the hills and open to the South towards the sea. Smithfield is close to Grove Town on the road from the Gully towards Cross Keys. An estate plan[123] of 1842 showed Smithfield and part of James Biggs on the north side of the road to Aligator Pond, with a cocoa walk to the East


    There are a number of Tophills around: a Vassall sugar estate, probably just north of Black River, and another (pen) just south east of Lacovia on Robertson. Neither of these look geographically correct for John Sinclair’s property: his Tophill probably referred to his main land on the north side of 16 mile gully which ran up to Gully Head. Priscilla’s will referes to Tophill in Carpenter’s Mountains.
    Gibraltar is shown to the South east of Ballards Valley, just to the north west of Little Pedro point on both Liddell and the modern map. Neither Craskell, Browne nor Robertson show anything significant in these positions, although Browne shows the old Leewood road passing through this area. Tryall does appear from satellite views that this is lower lying, alluvial ground and could have grown sugar. Gibraltar (JHS) on Lidell looks to be pretty rough pen country.

Owed Robert Wright, son of Andrew Wright, in Robert’s will of 1749.

Southern Manchester from 1927 Map[124].

Sinclair ad Wright – Answer 4 July 1743 & Burton

Peter Sinclair, his brother & executor, was sued in the Court of Chancery by Robert Wright[125]. Unfortunately, only the answers by Peter Sinclair are available, so the detail of the case can only be arrived by deduction.

A complicated set of answers to tbe Bill filed by Robert Wright seems to show that Robert was overseer to John Sinclair, and was involved in bonds between the Benjamin & Thomas Burton and Sinclair.

Notes on the case:
Peter Sinclair: Peter Sinclair of the parish of Vere planter one of the Defendants to the Bill of Complaint of
Robert Wright: of the parish of St Elizabeth planter Complainant
John Sinclair: John Sinclair, Peter Sinclair his executor.

It appears from this case that Robert Wright owed Benjamin & Thomas Burton money, and that Robert Wright entered into bonds for this debt. At the time, Robert Wright was overseer for John Sinclair.
Robert Wright claimed he was owed back wages and drew up an order for the debt owed to him by John Sinclair in favour of Benjamin Burton and he bought 2 horses from John Sinclair against John Sinclair’s debt to him. Robert Wright sold these horses to Thomas Burton, who accepted them in satisfaction of the bond and that John Sinclair took up the bond supposedly discharged and that Thomas Burton gave the bonds to John Sinclair.

Peter Sinclair saw John Sinclair with the bonds uncancelled and that John Sinclair had paid money for them.
When Benjamon & Thomas Burton’s accounts on the bonds were settled with John Sinclair, John Sinclair than became indebted to Peter Sinclair by bond ie John Sinclair borrowed from Peter Sinclair to pay the bonds.
On 4/7/1740, Benjamin & Thomas Burton assigned the bonds & the moneys due on them to Peter Sinclair (John possibly having just died). Peter Sinclair then discounted the value of the bonds and gave John Sinclair credit for the amount.
Peter Sinclair denies that John Sinclair put the bonds in trust, but that John Sinclair appears to have sued Robert Wright for the value of the bonds.
Peter Sinclair received £40 part of the money essigned to Robert Wright about 2 years before from Francis Wright.
Peter Sinclair did not know John Sinclair was indebted to Robert Wright until this bill. Peter Sinclair has found a judgement by Robert Wright against John Sinclair.
Peter Sinclair claims that he was owed £66/12/11¾ on the original bonds, which Robert Wright denied.

This case must have gone on for many years as Robert Wright made reference to it in his will of 1749. He claimed that there were debts owed by the Burtons and John Sinclair’s estate. From the foregoing, it might appear that the Burtons were paid off by John Sinclair, having already had compensation from John to Benjamin and 2 horses to Thomas.

Benjmin & Thomas Burton were the sons of Benjamin Burton, b 1674.

There was another claim in 1743 in the Court of Chancery by Nevil Hayle on Peter Sinclair, but the records do not show the details of the claim[126] - this may relate to the land bought by John from Nevil in 1732.

Married: Priscilla Hayle (assumed from son John Hayle Sinclair).

Priscilla Hayle - 1707


ch: 7/10/1707 born 5/9/1707, Vere (PR)
Parents: Neaville & Sarah Hayle.
Died: Abt 1764.

     In her will, she mentions, in addition to Tophill, 2 other properties, Dodsons Pen in St Catherine and Red Hills in St John. Neither of these appear in John’s papers, so were probably purchased in her widowhood or possibly were part of her Dower from her father. Both properties were left to her daughter, Elizabeth Anderson. They also do not appear in any gazetteer of Jamaica, but Red Hills does appear in 1817 Almanac: Le Ray de la Clartais, John, Red Hills and Devany's, 10/9. There is no sign of Devany, but Craskell has Dehany in central St John; this does not look like any Hayle land area. In any case, from the slave & stock numbers, Red Hills & Devany’s looks to be quite small.
     There are two documented alternatives for Priscilla’s parents, John snr’s son Nevil or John junior.
     Her daughter, Elizabeth (Sinclair) Anderson was married in 1744, so Elizabeth must have been born by say 1726 (and after 1722), so that Priscilla was probably born by 1710.
     John jnr’s daughter Priscilla was alive in 1714, the date of John senior’s and her mother’s will. She was, however, not mentioned in her faher’s will of 1712/3: perhaps she was born after the drafting of his will. If so, she would have been too young to fit Elizabeth’s marriage & deduced birth date.
    Priscilla, daughter of Nevil, is recorded as being born 1707, a date which fits well with her daughter’s marriage, and also of John Hayle Sinclair’s birth which must have been about 1730 or earlier. There is a John Nevil Sinclair baptised in December 1731 (but with no birth date shown), daughter of John & Priscilla. This points the probability of John Sinclair’s wife being the daughter of Nevil. It is a moot point whether the recorded baptism of John Nevil Sinclair is a misprint for John Hayle, of if John Nevil died early and John Hayle was a later son. As John Hayle Sinclair had 12 children by Ruth Burton at his death in 1764, his first born must have been born by about 1750, making his birth no later than about 1731-2. The balance of probablility is that John Hayle Sinclair’s mother was the daughter of Nevil Hayle; additionally, John Sinclair loaned Nevil Hayle £850 in 1732 by way of mortgage, showing a connection between the two of them.

1754: Priscilla Sinclair owned St Catherine 25, Vere 200, St John 20

Will of 1764[127]
Widow of Vere.
She cancelled a mortgage on slaves and cattle for £500 to John Anderson.
...To daughter Elizabeth Anderson wife of John, estate Dodson's pen in St Catherine's and half of Tophill in Carpenter’s Mountains, & slaves Cynthia & dau Mary Rose, Cornwall Corridon Richard a mulatto boy Neptune and Hannah, Also to Elizabeth Joe and Quamina, and to purchase 2 negro men of £40, to give to John Hayle in addition to other slaves, Molly & her 2 sons, James, and Nassaw, Chloe & her 2 children, Ian, Betty, Nanny and Little Tommy a Boy, with one silver cup and one silver tankard to him.
To Elizabeth Anderson piece of land called Red Hills in St Johns occupied by Mr William Thomas.
to John Hayle Sinclair other half of Top Hill
Remainder to Elizabeth.
John Anderson sole executor,

Inventory[128] 7/10/1765 totalled £J1104, almost entirely slaves, shown by John Anderson, her sole executor.


1/1. John Hayle Sinclair.

He is specifically called John Hayle (Sinclair) in parent’s wills.
A John Nevile Sincklair ch Clarendon, 14/12/1731 of John & Priscilla, looks  a bit young for a spelling error for John Hayle.


1/2. Elizabeth Sinclair

B aft 1722.
Married John Anderson, planter, Kingston, 3/5/1744, both of Vere (re mother’s will & PR).
See under Anderson section.

Was John a son of John & Alice (Hayle) Anderson?? Their lands were next door to John Sinclair’s (re case in Chancery).
B aft 1722, but probably before about 1726.

Prospect estate was in Vere, close the the sixteen mile gully, north of Devil’s point on Browne.
From a suit filed in Chancery in 1743 by Elizabeth Smith, widow and executrix and sole devisee of Alice’s will, she married John Anderson, a planter, who was in partnership in 1720 with Edward Pratter in the 500 acre Prospect Plantation in the Clarendon mountains and an unspecified other holding of 200 acres in Clarendon. Pratter evidently put the majority of cash into the partnership for sugar works etc, to be paid back by John Anderson out of income. The suit lays down the facts of the debts owed by John Anderson, and the relatively low income awarded to his widow. Elizabeth Smith contested this, and made representation over the use and fate of slaves brought into the partnership by Alice Anderson. By the date of the suit, Edward Pratter, John Anderson and Alice Andersom had all died; the Pratter share went to his nephew in England.
It must be assumed that Elizabeth Smith was Alice’s sister. Pratter & Anderson appear in Vere in Craskell.
The suit makes interesting reading of the financing of an estate, which seemed to have been making about £1000 pa.

Died between Priscilla’s will in 1764 and deed 1765 (210/126)
Issue from PR:
2/1. Lewis Anderson, son of John & Elizabeth, Clarendon, 19/4/1745.

Lewis Henry Anderson bur St Dorothy, 26/3/1771, aged 27 – probably this one.

Are these 2 the same family: a long gap?
2/2. William Thomas Anderson, Vere, b 16/10/1761, bap 2/12/1761

William Thomas Anderson married Vere 16/1/1781 Mary Anderson.

2/3. Elizabeth Ellis Anderson, ch 29/12/1765 ClarendonPR.
Note: Vere for 1759 & 60 missing.


Henry & Joshua Tennant

The wills of Henry Tennant and his son Joshua[129]:

Henry Tennant, 1685: Merchant of Port Royal
To son Henry Tennant 1100 acres in St Auga Clarendon
Daus Mary & Sheeby??, son Joshua Tennant, Wife Elizabeth
Also Right & Title of Rectory of Patrick Brunton in diocese of Chester in Yorkshire in possession of mother Ann Hather (near Rippon?)

Joshua Tennant – 172
8: Of St Elizabeth
Wife Cordelia, Dau Cordelia Jackson, wife of Thomas, grandson Adam Jackson their son, Dau Jane Tennant when 21, Son Mathew Tennant
Ref English Estates at Brunton & Rippon



A John Nevile Sincklair ch Clarendon, 14/12/1731 of John & Priscilla.
On line above the ch of Samuel Nevil s of Nevil & Elizabeth Hayles (PR).
Several Hales breeding about this time.

Parents: John & Priscilla Sinclair.
John Sinclair's will of 1741 makes JHS his heir. JS names his wife as Priscilla, who left much to JHS in her will in 1764. There was a condition in father John’s will that if son John died without legitimate heirs, the estate reverted to the family of Peter Sinclair, father John’s brother. This proved to be the case, John Hayle Sinclair probably leaving only the land he had acquired in his own right in St Elizabeth.

In his will, he lists 12 children. If they are in age order, and it appears so from the baptisms of the majority of them in the 1760’s; the oldest named child, Elizabeth, no baptism record, had a daughter in 1769, making her born no later than 1752; this ties in with roughly one a year in the later series. His son, Alexander, was either the major beneficiary of his real estate, or a better business man: in either event, he left the biggest paper trail, and a large family. Other members of this family can be seen in the 19thC Almanacs.


In 1754 John Hayle Sinclair owned 437 acres in St Elizabeth, & 1580 in Vere. Of this most if not all of the Vere land would have been from his father. The St Elizabeth land was probably acquired himself: father John did not seem to have had any land west of where the Vere/boundary was drawn on Craskel (surveyed in the late 1750’s).

Thomas Durrant planter of St Elizabeth sells to John Hayle Sinclair planter of St Elizabeth  for 10/- 300 acres of land called Manatee Valley commonly called the Ovens. Unknown land all round. The next deed by Durrant sells some land on the Kings Rd to Aligator Pond.
This is shown in 1683 & 1717 between the Ste Cruz Mountains and the May Day Mountains; it was probably what is shown as Spanish Quarters on Craskel, which has Sinclair marked on the west side of the road, just NW of Gutters and SE of Pepper.
This may have been the land subsequently left by JHS’s son, Alexander as Prospect estate, but the estate map Manch 76 fits very well on the road at modern day Prospect, Mulatto pen on some old maps.

John Hayle Sinclair was an executor of Thomas’s will of 1764 and he also showed Thomas’s property on inventory.

1757[131]: Letters patent to John Hayle Sinclair for 300 acres in Carpenters mountains, Vere, East on Samuel Biggs, west on John Anderson; laid out at the same time as John Anderson.

1758[132]: Ind Btw John Hayle Sinclair planter of Vere & William Mathews of Kingston, Gent
Whereas Patent to John Hayle Sinclair 10/5/1757 for 300A in Vere, W on John Anderson, E on Samuel Biggs, all other u/s.
William Mathews pays £150 to John Hayle Sinclair for the land. Outright – seems so.

1759[133]: John Hayle      Sinclair sells 1 negro to Samuel Murray S Neg £65

1761[134]: Alexander Sinclair planter of Vere & John Hayle Sinclair of St Elizabeth planter – Alexander being the son of Peter Sinclair and JHS’s 1st cousin. JHS buys out the £20 pa annuity left to Alexander, son of Peter, by John Sinclair for £100.

1762[135]: Richard Huggins Read sells 117 slaves to John Hayle Sinclair 117 slaves on 17 December, sold back again 18 December.

John Anderson From John Rocke – 1762

195/1-14 Sep-16 Dated 19/7/1762 ent ?. 
John Roche & Catherine Isabellla of St Elizabeth to John Anderson for £200 726A at or near Aligator Pond known as Rockford Pen part of 3 runs patented by William Parker and Richard Hyson and by Jury allotted to John Chambers and sold by him to John Morse esq, and now belonging to John Roche NW pat William Harris, E on patent of Henry Fleming W on John Rochester N & NE Bernard Senior and James Phillips see 199/79 PHOTO 64
John H Sinclair From John Rocke – 1763

199/79 Sep-16 Date 18/5/1763 ent 28/6/1763.
John & Catherine Isabella Rocke Practitioner of Physic & Surgery of St Elizabeth sells to John Hayle Sinclair planter of St Elizabeth for £65/15 153 1/2 acres at Aligator Pond Bay part of greater run patented by William Parker & alloted by a jury to John Chambers esq and then conveyed to John Morse esq now owned by John Rocke NE on Bernard Senior esq, E on Aligator Pond river, S on sea, all other sides rocky mtns - see 195/1 Photo

1763: JHS & JJ Swaby patent 1B/11/1/30F81 60 acres in St Elizabeth at Hunters Stantion, formerly owned by William Watts dcd, but in arrears on quit rents ad therefore vested in JHS & JJS. This was probably a mile or so west of Gully Head: probably the Hunterston in Liddell. Swaby had a 1758 patent to the west of Hermittage, and Sinclair would have had his father’s lands in that area.

Alexander had an estate between Aligator Pond and Gutters: it is assumed that this was called Prospect from his entries in Jamaica Almanacks; there were at least 2 Prospects in that part of Vere which became Manchester, but this Alexander’s Prospect was initially in St Elizabeth, moving to Manchester and therefore was in the west of the parish. There is at this time (8/2016) no indication of this was originally JHS’s land. Later deeds may reveal. More details under Alexander.

These deeds need more examination! (2/2016).
JH Sinclair – Burton – 1765 – was this part of Thomas’s estate?
210/126 April 1765.
Note that JHS will was also dated April 1765.
Indenture (selling part plot of land) between JHS and Judith, Thomas & Francis Burton and Sophronia Sinclair all of St E. £8 from Judith, £150 from Thomas, £48 from Francis, £50 from Sophronia Sinclair, 2 slaves to Judith Burton, 2 to Thomas Burton & 10 acres in Alligator Pond Savannah, being part of 350 acres conveyed (by JHS?) to Thomas Durrant in and about the place the place he dwelleth on. To Francis Burton one slave, to Sophronia Sinclair one slave.

A deed (210/126) of 1765 involved JHS and Thomas’s children.
Thomas (Francis, Benjamin) mentions in his will of 1764 sons Thomas Christopher & John Francis and daughter Judith, inter alia. One of his executors was John Hayle Sinclair. The deed between JHS & Judith, Thomas & Francis Burton & Sophronia Sinclair might refer to the 3 issue of Thomas Burton and to Judith’s daughter Sophronia; the deed in 1765 would tie in with sorting out Thomas’ estate.

Whilst John Hayle Sinclair was his father’s main legatee after various bequests and his mother’s lifetime use, the estate would only pass the John Hayle’s legitimate heirs: he did not have any. This may explain the rather sour reference to his relatives in John Hayle Sinclair’s will!

Will of 1765-6[136]
Inventory held.
Property called Bernuda Castle.
Of Clarendon.
I  John Hayle Sinclair... give devise and bequeath unto Sophronia Sinclair, Nicholas Sinclair, Susannah Sinclair, Sarah Sinclair, Thomas Sinclair, James Sinclair, Patrick Sinclair, Edward Sinclair, Joseph Sinclair, and Ruth Sinclair, the children born of the body of Judith Burton (and also John Sinclair born of the body of Sarah Bonner) all my whole estate real and personal or mixed...
In case the surnames hereby expressed should be disputed and Exocotions? Taken on there unto by any person or persons claiming or to claim by right of consanguinity or otherwise any part of my said Estate or the whole thereof as I can find none of my relations ready to do me the least kindness nor did one of them assist me to get money or wealth/ my will and desire is and I do hereby to all intents and purposes give devise and bequeath the said estate real personal or mixed to the above mentioned identical devisees... and in case they attain the age of 21 years without white children... it is my will that Judith Burton shall reside in my home called Bermudas Castle in order to take care of my children during her natural life as she pleases (as long as she doesn't marry or cohabitat) (then all is denied her)

I appoint my dear and trusty friends Thomas Wastnoys? and Joseph James Swaby executors and guardians
Inventory valued at £J2033, of which £1735 was 37 slaves, £220 in livestock and the remainder as household goods.

Inventory: total of £2033-5s, including 43 slaves.

1783: Act for the rights & priviledges for Bonners: Sarah & Grace, free quadroons, & Mary, Elizabeth Frances & John Bonner, & Frances Wilson, free mustees.
Elizabeth Bonner, ch St Andrew 9/8/1771 P86
Sarah Bonner, ch St Andrew 31/1/1773 p88 of Francis & Sarah
Grace Bonner, ch St Andrew 23/5/1774 P89.

A Robert Sinclair was an attorney at law 1790 Jamaica.

A John Hayle Shickle appears in the Deeds and Crop Records in the 1780-90’s. Who????

While trying various searches in Google, in this case for Sinclair Jamaica, your post on genforum came up dated about a year ago.


I am descended from John Hayle Sinclair via one of his many daughters. I wondered where you got the possibility of his being a son of Earl Sinclair and the Westmoreland connection?


My evidence so far is that my JHS was in Clarendon & St Elizabeth. I have copied of the salient points of his will, and that of a John Sinclair who died in about 1740, and mentions his son, John Hayle Sinclair, as does John snr's wife Priscilla. John snr seems to have been an immigrant, and could well have been a son of the Earl.


There was also a Captain William Sinclair in Jamaica about the same time, and I believe he was from the Clan Chief family.


What is your connection with the Jamaica Sinclairs?


Antony Maitland
Hello my maiden name is Sinclair and my grandfather came from a family of 12 from Westmoreland. Last year I went to Scotland to see if I could trace our lineage and it was surprising to see my family deep connections. I found some gravestones in Roslyne Scotland that made some references to Westmoreland/ Jamaica. Could u give me some more info. I also pulled some file from numerous archives ...at this point trying to piece together our history.
Hope to hear back

Had Issue by:

Judith Burton


    From children’s dates, she must have been born before 1735. Her parents are uncertain but were probably Benjamin Burton & Dorothy Rochester. If their daughter she was probably born before June 1730[137] and baptised St Elizabeth 4/4/1734. She was alive in 1794[138].

    As she was not married to JHS (white) and the wording of his will, nearly white as JHS refers to his children’s ability to produce white issue (by definition less than an eighth black). At Ann & Rebecca Wright’s births their mother, Judith’s daughter, Ruth was referred to as a free mestize (octoroon): as JHS was probably white, Judith must have been a quadroon. There is no real doubt that she was a product of the family of Francis Burton, but via which of his sons is open to question.
    The most likely father was Benjamin Burton (son of Benjamin, son of Francis) who had issue with Dorothy Rochester (mulatto), who were baptised 1734, one of whom was Ann Judy Tervier Burton (who would thus have been a quadroon). The use of Judy in her baptism was probably Judith, but known as Judy. As a quadroon of the right sort of age, she is the most likely candidate for the concubine of John Hayle Sinclair. The fact that her father was acknowledged gives her some status. There is no direct indication of her birth date, but that all three of the children were baptised together in 1734 indicates that their ages varied, typically in these cases, from 1-5 years. JHS was involved with this family as he was an executor of Benjamin’s brother, Thomas in 1764, Benjamin having died intestate about 1760.
    Another Judith Burton of the time was a daughter of Thomas (brother of Benjamin, son of Benjamin, son of Francis) & his wife Mary (Moore) Burton; it had been thought that this Judith was of a later generation than the concubine of John Hayle Sinclair, but Barbados records show that Benjamin was baptised in Barbados in 1674. Thomas would have been born about 1700, about right for daughter Judith to be born about 1730. She is mentioned in her father’s will of 1764 and appears unmarried, additionally, Thomas & Mary did not marry until 1740, making any children much too young to be Judith, concubine of JH Sinclair. However, as suggested above, Judith (or JHS) must have been quadroon to have produced Ruth Sinclair as a Mestize (1/8th black), but Thomas & Mary Burton were almost certainly white.

1: Judith dau of Sarah Witter (see under Nicholas for explanation)
ch 5/9/1755, but no surname given in the PR entry. Suggested by one source, but looks unlikely and too young.

Judith Burton, coloured, bap 18/9/1774, about 16. Other issue of Nicholas Burton same day.

Judith Burton to Ruth Sinclair

1782[139]: Judith Burton for 5/- & natural love and affection sells to dau Ruth Sinclair 1 slave both of St Elizabeth. Mark of Judith Burton.

314/139 22/8/1783 ent 4/9/1783 Elizabeth Sinclair to James Taylor Elizabeth Sinclair spinster of St James & James Taylor merchant of St James for £700 lot land in Mo Bay. Probably not ours.

1784[140]: Alexander Sinclair planter of St Elizabeth, for £70J from Judith Burton 1 man slave named Jack. Judith then in another deed of the same date sells Jack to Sarah Sinclair for £70.
Alexander Sinclair may be her son or the son of Peter Sinclair, JHS’s uncle.

1794[141]: Robert Hugh Munro planter of St Elizabeth bought slaves to give to Sarah Sinclair who resided and lived with him as his housekeeper, but died before a deed could be made. He gives them to her mother Judith Burton free woman of colour for her life and then to her grand children of Elizabeth Sophronia Sinclair & Ruth Sinclair.

Issue of Judith Burton, ch St E, no father in the PR, but all in JHS’s will except Priscilla, so there is no real doubt that they were his children.
In summary:

Elizabeth Sophronia Sinclair – JHS will
Nicholas Sinclair – JHS will
Susanna Sinclair – JHS will
Sarah Sinclair – PR of JB b 1755 – JHS will
Thomas Sinclair – PR of JB b 1758 – JHS Will
Priscilla Sinclair – PR/JB b 1759
James Sinclair – PR/JB b 1760 – JHS will
Patrick Sinclair – JHS will
Edward Sinclair – PR/JB b 1762 – JHS will
Joseph Sinclair – PR/JB b 1763 – JHS will
Ruth Sinclair – PR/JB b 1764 – JHS will
Alexander Sinclair – Ruth’s will, his will re Francis M.

1/1. Elizabeth Sophronia Sinclair, will entered 20/6/1806 of St 

Elizabeth, dated 10/9/1786, John Swaby and Judith Burton executors.
In JHS’s will and deed 210/126 of 1765.
Information from other sources was that she had issue with John Rotton, but the PR shows Edward (1/2014).

An Edward Rotton was ch 9/4/1734, Duffield, Derbyshire, son of John Rotton (LDS IGI). This is the only Edward Rotton of the period.
Robert Joseph Rotton, ch 4/3/1730, Duffield, Derbyshire, son of John.
Other Rotton researchers think that this a likely candidate: John mentions Edward in his will, but he appears to have been a less favoured son.
It is thus quite probable (better than evens?) that this Edward was dispatched off to Jamaica to make his own way.

There is nothing more immediately obvious in the Jamaican records of these individuals (1/2014).

Issue of Edward Rotten (John R died at sea 1795) & Elizabeth Sinclair:
There is no obvious trace of these 2 after ESS’s will date of 1786 (although proved unchanged in 1806).
2/1. Arabella Rotten, b. 10/8/1769, bap 25 April 1772PR.

The illegitimate daughter of Edward Rotton & Elizabeth Sophronia Sinclar. D aft 1786 re ESS Will.

2/2. Robert Munro Rotton, b. 17/8/1774, ch 12/8/1792, St ElizabethPR.

Reputed white, being the reputed son of Edward Rotten, Decd, by Elizabeth Sophronia Sinclair, a free mestice.
D aft 1786 re ESS Will.

Emails from Samantha Hoy 7/05.
She descended from Ambrose and Bridget (nee Smalbroke) Rotton, who are her 10 x great grandparents. They were also John Rotton's 4 x great grandparents and she is researching all the Rottons from the family who originated in Kings Norton, Worcestershire in the 13th Century. Ambrose and Bridget built Stratford House in Birmingham in 1601 and it still stands today, a lovely old half-timbered house.

1/2. Nicholas Sinclair,
1/3. Susannah Sinclair, renounced executorship of Edward's will 8/9/93.

This looks unlikely as administration was granted to Judith Burton for her daughter, Susannah’s estate in 1773[142]; she was a spinster of Kingston.

1/4. Sarah Sinclair, b abt 1755, ch April 1768 Natural child age about 13PR.

Sarah Sinclair from John Smith
1783[143]: John Smith, planter of St Elizabeth sells for 10/- Sarah Sinclair Spinster of St Elizabeth, 300A in Vere known as Gully Head and patented in the name of John Smith on the Kings Rd from Knockpatrick to Green Pond E NE and N on New May Day Rd. S & E on land patented by John Dunkan and NW on land patented by Jean Blinshall.
She was dead by 1794 from a deed between Robert Munro and her mother: according to this deed, she lived with Robert as his “housekeeper”, but there seem to have been no surviving issue.

1/5. Thomas Sinclair, b abt Oct 1758, ch April 1768,

Natural Child abt 9 & 6  months - St E PR V1 P29.
Issue by Judith Powell:
There is a deed[144] between Judith Powell & Susanna Burton re land in 1786.
2/1. Mary (Ann?) Sinclair, b. 3/4/1803, ch 18/5/1813 St Elizabeth.

1/6. Priscilla Sinclair, b 17/10/1759, ch 23/12/1759,

Base Child of Judith Burton. No age given and not mentioned in will, probably died early. (PR) no father (V1/19)

1/7. James Sinclair, b abt 1760, ch April 1768, illegitimate of JB aged 8.

Slave return, 28 June 1826 Manchester: 2 males, 2 females, no change.
Issue of James & Fanny a sambo belonging to Judith Burton, child freed:
2/1. Thomas Sinclair, ch 21/12/1792.

1/8. Patrick Sinclair,
1/9. Edward Sinclair, b abt 1762, ch April 1768, illegitimate of JB aged 6.

Died about 1793 of St Elizabeth.
Will St Elizabeth, planter, 1793, It 1#38.
Concubine: Susannah Harriott, who made deed of gift to Sarah Sinclair 20/9/1796.
2/1. Sarah Sinclair, b 9/8/1793
   (Susannah also had child Catherine Ann Malcolm b abt 1795.

1/10. Joseph Sinclair, b abt 1763,

ch April 1768, illegitimate child of JB abt 5PR.
Executor of Edward's will 1793.
Issue of Joseph Sinclair & Ruth Million (PR: Mellin):
2/1. John Hale Sinclair, b 1790, ch 23/12/1794PR.

Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 2 males, 1 female.
by gift from Judith Burton,
Slave return 28 June 1826, Manchester:
3 males, 1 female, same as last return.
Owned a pen, Somerset, in Manchester, 20 slaves in 1829, up from 8 the previous year.
There were more than one Somerset, one was owned by a receiver in 1845. In 1818, Ruth “Milsom” owned Somerset with 6 slaves.

2/2. Joseph James Sinclair, born 1792, ch 23/12/1794PR.

Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 2 males, 1 female.
Slave return, 28 June 1826 Manchester: 2 males, 1 females, no change.
He was probably a (part?) owner of Prospect with about 54 slaves when he was dead by 1831, although there is some confusion over the James Sinclairs etc in the Almanacs of the period.

2/3. Ruth Sinclair, born abt 1800.

1/11. Ruth Sinclair b abt 1764, ch April 1768,

Illegitimate child of Judith Burton abt 4 - St E PR V1 P29.

1/12. Alexander Sinclair

Mentioned as Ruth's brother in her will - not in John's will.
It is possible that he was a posthumous child of JHS.
Of Manchester. From ages of childrern, probably born abt 1766.
Alexander Sinclair at Prospect, St. Elizabeth, with 85 slaves in 1811.
The slave returns for Manchester 1823 & 1826 list many of his children and their slaves appearing by inheritance.

Alexander Sinclair at Prospect (St Elizabeth) with 85 slaves 1811. 1812 41/30, 1816 53/60, 1817 68. 1820 Manch 73/8 1821 75/6 1822 77/6

There were at least 2 Prospects in that part of Vere which became Manchester, but this Alexander’s Prospect was initially in St Elizabeth, moving to Manchester and therefore was in the west of the parish.

His land (585 acres) is delineated in an estate map of 1827 (Manchester 76) with his heirs portions. The property is astride the “Kings Road” from Pepper to Aligator Pond, the modern road from Gutters to Aligator Pond: Prospect is shown on this map and the road and mountain land marked on the plan are a good fit the modern map and is about 2 ½ miles south of Gutters; this still is agricultural land, in a broad valley: they had some “mountain” land. Prosect is not show on any older maps here, and Sinclair is on Crascell between Gutters and Pepper.

The Slave compensation records names the property as Prospect Estate, there is little doubt of the position of the estate in the Manchester 76 plan with the road named. This is close to Mulatto Pen, Burton and Anderson properties.

This plan lists his heirs as Jos Sinclair 51A7R, Miss Bessy 71A7R, Mr Thos 71A7R, Miss Sarah 71A7R, James Sinclair 20, Joseph Sinclair not given, Miss Susan 71A7R, Miss Priscilla 71A7R, Jos Sinclair 51A7R.
Mountain Land – cont 12A1R28P each
Miss Susan, Mr Thomas, Mr Joseph, Miss Priscilla, Miss Sarah, Miss Bessy, Mr James
Slave return 1823 show 47 slaves
Slave return, Manchester 28 June, 1826 by John Lea, executor to Alexander Sinclair, senior:
Males: 23 (23 last return) Females: 29 (25 last return)

His will[145] of 1822. ... To Sarah Sinclair, daughter of my brother Edward Sinclair...  To the heirs of Francis Maitland...  To my housekeeper Lucy Facey a negro named Jane.... To my sons; Thomas, Joseph, James, and Alexander Sinclair.... To my daughters Sarah, Susannah, Priscilla, and Elizabeth Sinclair...  To my granddaughters Caroline and Mary Bowes...  To my two nephews John Hale Sinclair and Joseph James Sinclair...

Slave Compensation:
Jamaica Manchester 379 (Prospect)
Claim Details & Associated Individuals
18th Apr 1836 | 56 Enslaved | £1010 11S 3D
Parliamentary Papers p. 294.
T71/915 p. 115: claim from John Lea, of Manchester, as executor of Alex. Sinclair senior.
T71/73 p. 375: enslaved persons registered in 1832 by John Lea.
Further Information
Colony Jamaica
Parish Manchester
Claim No.379
Estate Prospect
Contested Yes

Issue (ref will, & Downie, probably of Lucy Facey):
2/1. Thomas Sinclair.

Will entered 28/1/1824 probably his, of Manchester.
Slave return, 28 June 1826 Manchester: 2 males, 4 females.
by Ralph Segree, executor to Thomas Sinclair.
He appears in the later Almanacs with 4 slaves.
Issue in will (by Sarah Brown??):
3/1. Edward Sinclair, ch 31/10/1826
3/2. George Horatio Sinclair, b. abt 1820, ch 31/10/1826.
3/3. Judith Sinclair, born 1819, ch 27/9/1820.
3/4. Archibald Sinclair, ch 31/10/1826.
3/5. Possibly the issue of Elizabeth Wander

(ref will codicil).
Manumission: Eliza Wander & the child with which she is enceinte, by Thos Sinclair, probate, 23/2/1824.
Priscilla Sinclair, dau of Eliza Wander appears as a slave in the June 1826 return, aged 2½.

2/2. Joseph Sinclair, b abt 1794, ch 4/9/1813

Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 1 males, 3 female.
Slave Return, 28 June 1826, Manchester: 0 males, 1 female.
Issue of Joseph Sinclair & Mary Ann:
3/1. Andrew Sinclair, b 10/8/1834
3/2. Rudolph Sinclair, b 14/6/1839.
3/3. Louisa Sinclair, b 8/8/1843.

2/3. James Christopher Sinclair, born 1791, ch 7/5/1826.

Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 3 males, 2 female.
Married Grace Powell, 27/10/1839,
3/1. Alexander Sinclair, b 8/3/1810, ch 19/5/1833?
3/2. James Sinclair, b at 1811.
3/3. Catherine Sinclair, b abt 1815
3/4. Annie Sinclair, b abt 1819.

2/4. Alexander Sinclair of Manchester, Jamaica.,

b abt 1796, ch  4/9/1813.
Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 2 males, 2 female.
Probably dead by June 1826, from reference in slave returns.
Will entered 19/12/1829 mentions mother Lucy Facy, siblings Joseph, James, Sarah, Susannah, Priscilla, and Elizabeth. (all still living 17/11/1824)

2/5. Sarah Sinclair, b abt 1797, ch 3/12/1817.

Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 3 males, 2 female.
Slave return, 28 June 1826, Manchester:
4 males, 2 females, increase of 1 males since last return.
1838 she is shown with 24 slaves at Pullet’s Hall and 80 acres at Canonbury, both years in Manchester. There was also a Sarah Sinclair with property at content in St Elizabeth.

2/6. Susannah Sinclair, Spinster of Manchester

Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 2 males, 3 female.
Slave Return, 28 June 1826, Manchester: 3 males, 3 female.
Susannah appears in the later Almanacs with 8 slaves in 1828, rising to 18 in 1831: in 1840, she has an estate, Tryal, of 800 acres.
Slave Compensation, possibly her:
Susannah Sinclair AWARDEE
Jamaica Manchester 26 £204 16S 9D [12 Enslaved]
Will Ent 23 Nov 1841 probably hers:
"My property call? Toy? Ball?". Dau 5 acres each.
Issue (by "good friend Ralph Segree"?):
3/1. Isabelle Sinclair, m. Mr Strupart?... her children
3/2. Esther Facey Segree,
3/3. Adeline Segree, ch 25/10/1826.
3/4. Susannah Sinclair Segree,
3/5. Rachel Segree, ch 25/10/1826. Not in will.
3/6. Sarah Victoria Segree, b 28/2/1836, ch 10/6/1838.
3/7. Lucy Facey Segree, b 18/4/1832, ch 28/9/1835.
3/8. Rebecca Fernandes Segree 5 acres each...
3/9. Matthew Segree, ch 5/10/1826.
3/10. Augustus Segree, b 6/3/1830, ch 28/9/1835.
3/11. Abraham DeSouza Segree, b 3/4/1834, ch 28/9/1835.
3/12. Rebecca Fernandes Segree, ch. 1842:

not in will - mother died at or just after birth??
My good friend Ralph Segree... executor and guardian

2/7. Priscilla Sinclair, b abt 1805, ch 7/5/1819.

Issue with John Lea:
3/1. Alexander Sinclair Lea, ch 25/10/1826.
3/2. John Sinclair Lea, ch 25/10/1826.
3/3. William A. Sinclair Lea, ch 25/10/1826.

2/8. Elizabeth Sinclair. Of Manchester,

mentions Prospect Plantation and father and brother Alexander.
Will dated 1/11/1827, ent 29/8/1833.
Issue with Jacob Segree:
3/1. Ralph Sinclair Segree, ch 25/10/1825.
3/2. Abraham Facey Sinclair Segree, ch 25/10/1825.

2/9. Judith Sinclair, born abt 1786, ch 21/12/1792.

(in land deed for 14 acres of mountain land adjoining Providence plantation from Robert Bowes 29/6/1815, ent 5/11/1821 names daughters; Alexander names grandaughters with same name).
Issue of Robert Bowes & Judith Sinclair:
3/1. Henrietta Bowes, born 9/10/1806, by Judith Burton Powell.

There was a Judith Powell Burton born of Elbeata Burton in 1778; she was daughter of Thomas, Benjamin, Francis.

3/2. Caroline Sinclair Bowes, b 24/3/1810, ch 10/5/1813.
3/3. Mary Magelina (or Sinclair) Bowes, b abt 1814, not found PR

Issue of John Sinclair & Sarah Bonner:
1/13. John Sinclair.

Sinclairs Slave Compensation awards:
James Sinclair 5 slaves £105/9/1
Joseph Sinclair 1 slave $75/6/2
Joseph James Sinclair 2 slaves £47/3/7
Sarah Sinclair, 11 - £173/17/10
Susanna Sinclair, 12 - £204/16/9
St Elizabeth:
Sarah Sinclair: 1 - £12/16/2; 5 - £96/10/9

Sinclairs of Caithness, Notes


Full copy held of Henderson’s 1884 work.

...Reverting to the succession to the estate of Dunbeath, it appears that on the death of William Sinclair, his fourth son, James, got from his mother a renunciation of her liferent of Dunbeath, at that time worth 200 per annum, and then he ejected her from possession, a step which led to a complaint at her instance to the Privy Council, Next he bought up the family provisions and the debts due by his brother; and finally, in 1720, he adjudged Dunbeath for 48,000 Scots, and was infeft in 1722. In the same year his mother's liferent ceased by her death, and he entered on possession of Dunbeath. In 1704 he was created a baronet,[146] and he died in the Abbey in 1742. and

Sir James Sinclair appears to have been a man of a violent and somewhat unscrupulous character. In 1734, as Baron of Dunbeath, he held a Criminal Court and adjudged one William Sinclair to death for the crime of theft. But the proceedings were quashed, and Sinclair having raised an action against Sir James, obtained large damages. In 1739 one George Sutherland raised an action for wrongous imprisonment against Sir James, in which the latter was subjected to a fine and damages, and declared incapable of public trust in time coming. Sir James was twice married first, to Isabel, daughter of Sir Archibald Muir of Thornton, Provost of Edinburgh, by whom he had four sons and a daughter:

1. William, afterwards Sir William.
2. Alexander, to whom his brother, Benjamin, was served heir.
3. Benjamin, afterwards Sir Benjamin.
4. Archibald, who died in Jamaica, unmarried.
1. Margaret, who married William Sinclair of Achingale and Newton.
Sir James married, secondly, and shortly before his death, Isabel, daughter of John Lumsden, shipmaster in Aberdeen, by whom he had a daughter

SINCLAIRS of CAITHNESS - Bckground[147]

      The following article by George Banks on the history of the Sinclairs in the northeastern most reaches of Caithness, Scotland, is reprinted from "The Highlander."

"The lordly line of high St. Clair."

       Thus did Sir Walter Scott, recounting the legends of the 15th century Roslin Chapel on the River Esk in Midlothian, where many of the name lie, set his seal on the Sinclairs. Some may recall that a Sinclair was among the Scots killed by the Moors in Spain while carrying the heart of Bruce to the Holy Land.
      It is not the Lothians, nor Fife, nor even Orkney that is usually associated with the name of Sinclair, however, but Caithness. It was on the northeast tip of the Scottish mainland that this once-Norman family, at long last back among Norse kith and kin, took root and flourished. This triangle of Caithness, lying away beyond the northern peaks and glens, is so different from the Highland country. It is often dismissed as a bleak, treeless plateau; but this is to overlook the quiet valleys, the sheltered burns, the scores of lochs inland, and the sandy bays.
       It is a country of wide horizons where the sun rises out of the sea, and the sunsets, seen from flame-coloured cliff-tops, are unforgettable. Night, also, has its splendors, as when above the shoreline of Orkney, where the lighthouses flash their warnings, the aurora borealis weaves in fantastic rhythm across the northern skies. And, in the long days of mid-summer, the afterglow is still there to challenge the sunrise.
       The Caithness coastline is magnificent: mile upon mile of layered precipices, bold headlands, caves, geos, and isolated sea stacks. Nowhere does the sea display so readily to the landsman its awesome strength as in the tormented waters of the Pentland Firth. The headlands and bays of Caithness are studded with ancient towers, and every valley and moorland slope seems to have its broch, cairn, "Pict's house" or standing stone.
       Such was the impact of the Sinclairs on the history of Caithness that it is possible to devise a tour of the county taking note especially of places and events in which they were involved.

       Here, then, is my Caithness for the Sinclairs:

       On the southern border the Ord, a 1,000 feet high granite ridge thrust down from the inland hills, stands like a bastion against invaders. The Ord has helped in many ways to preserve the separate identity of the country, and the distinctive character of its people. "Over the Ord" has a special significance for the native of Caithness. To the exile it unlocks the memories of early years; to too many young people it represented opportunity which did not exist at home.
       The Ord was a place of terror for early travelers who, making their way along the face, high above the sea, were often grateful for the hand- holds provided by the heather that bordered the path. A fire swept the hillside early in the 18th century, it is said, and this spurred Sir James Sinclair of Dunbeath to cut a track wide enough for three horses abreast, The 19th century roadmakers chose a new route, and this, now further improved, is the modern gateway to Caithness.
       There is a superstition that it is unlucky for a Sinclair to cross the Ord on a Monday wearing green, This had its origin in the march southward. in 1515, of William, 3rd Earl of Caithness and 300 men on their way to Flodden Field. One returned. He appears to have left before the battle carrying a “drum- head charter" granted to the Earl by James IV. The Sinclairs were invariably unlucky in their military expeditions beyond the county. Their invasion of Orkney in 1529 was another disaster. John, 4th Earl, set out to aid William, Lord Sinclair whose family held the Crown lands of Orkney and Shetland, and who had been driven out by a strong faction headed by Sinclair of Sanday. Earl John, with 500 men, landed at Orphir on the shore of Scapa Flow and met the Orkneymen at Summerdale near Stromness. He and his men were slain, many being stoned to death by the islanders as they tried to hide among the rocks on the shore. Another disastrous expedition was that organised in 1612 by Colonel George Sinclair, natural son of Sinclair of Stirkoke, whose force of 900 mercenaries, raised in Caithness, vas ambushed in the mountains of Norway.
       Next lies the wooded valley of Berriedale. The descent and the climb on the far side were notorious hazards in the early days of motoring but these too have been tamed. A way up the pleasant strath of Berriedale are the three mountains of Caithness: Mor ven, Scaraben and Maiden Pap. All are under 2,400 feet.
       The Master of Berriedale, despite the pleas of his father, William, Lord Berriedale, and his grandfather, the Earl of Caithness, that he would bring ruin on the Sinclairs, in 1638 signed the National Covenant in Greyfriars' Kirkyard, Edinburgh. Caithness did not escape the conflict between the king and the Covenanting Government which was the sequel to that act of protest. John, Lord Berriedale was a major in the 76th (MacDonald) Highlanders. He was wounded in the siege of Charlestown in 1779 and died soon after returning to Britain to inherit the earldom.
       Near Dunbeath, where the road again drops to cross a burn, Dunbeath Castle, a Sinclair stronghold, stands on the cliff-top. When Montrose with a fighting force of some 2,000 Orkneymen landed at Duncans - by up the coast in 1650 in a bid to conquer the country for the exiled Charles II, Sir John Sinclair of Dunbeath galloped south to raise the alarm. Lady Sinclair was left to face the king's men. She surrendered the castle on condition that “person and property be respected.” Montrose left a garrison and hurried south to defeat and his death on the scaffold. General Leslie and the Earl of Sutherland, with a Government force besieged the castle until the garrison, their water supply cut off. were forced to surrender.
       Leslie was the Covenanting general who, three years before. at Dunaverty near the Mull of Kintyre, ordered the Royalist garrison to be butchered after they surrendered. This time, with no wild prophet of a churchman at his elbow, he did not repeat that atrocity, alhough at least one of Montrose's staff was captured and shot in Caithness.
       A reprisal raid against some Mackays by Sinclair of Dunbeath and Sinclair of Murkle first brought John Campbell of Glenorchy to Caithness in 1667. He came in the cause of justice bearing a commission of fire and sword as his authority. The Sinclairs defied him and he returned south with his mission unfulfilled. But what he saw he evidently liked, for, 20 years later, he came back to stay.
       The quiet harbour of Dunbeath sets the pattern for a whole string of havens on this coast: Latheronwheel, Lybster, Scarclet and Staxigoe, "ghosts" of the boom years of the herring fishing industry last century.
       At Latheron a cross-country road to Thurso breaks away inland over the lonely, peaty Causeymire. This route was the first large-scale attempt at road-making in the county. Sir John Sinclair, best known for the Statistical Accounts compiled by the parish ministers, a developer even at the age of 18, called out 2,560 men to labour on it. Tradition has it that this road was completed in one day. At Spittal Hill on the Causeymire Sir James Sinclair of Latheron mustered 100 men to fight for Prince Charlie. Where they went, and what they did, is not recorded. The “harrying" of Latheron by 200 Sutherland men was a grim incident in the long feud between the Earls of Caithness and the Earls of Sutherland.
       Lybster was a major herring port last century with 248 boats and over 1,000 fishermen using it as their base. Lieut. General Sinclair of Lybster built the pier. He was one of several "improvers" who, stimulated by the writings and work of the dynamic Sir John Sinclair, did so much to improve the economy of Caithness.
       Another fishing village, Whaligoe, is unique in that its landing place is reached by 365 steps down the cliff-face.
       Wick, the old county town, owes its charter of 1389 to the influence of the Earl of Caithness who obviously felt the need of royal protection after the town had been destroyed and he had been besieged in Girnigoe Castle by the Earl of Sutherland. The construction of the harbor was an engineering triumpth in its day, and, at the peak of the Caithness herring boom, a fleet of 1,100 boats were fishing from this port. Monuments in the Sinclair Aisle at Wick recall some of the great names of the family.
       The battle of Altimarlach outside Wick in 1680, was an unhappy day for the Sinclairs. Campbell of Glenorchy had bought the estate, title, office of sheriff and all, from the 6th Earl of Caithness. He later married the widowed countess, a kins-woman, and then claimed the earldom, His right to the title was disputed by Sinclair of Keiss, who claimed his patrimony the lands of Northfield and Tister. Sinclair had the support of the locals especially Sinclair of Broynach and Sinclair of Thura. They helped him in an attempt to demolish the Castle of Thurso East. Campbell marched north with 1,100 men, and. near Stirkoke, north of Loch Hempriggs, the two forces sighted each other late in the evening. Glenorchy's men were weary and he withdrew to the hills of Yarrow. The Sinclairs marched back to Wick and spent the night in celebration. Next morning, up the river, the Campbells, perhaps reminded that it was "a far cry to Loch Awe," in a brief but bloody charge, swept the Caithnessmen off the field. Sinclair and his friends escaped and retaliated by taking Castle Sinclair. They were declared rebels. After six years, however, Sinclair secured his inheritance. After an uneasy possession the Campbell lands were sold in 1719, most coming into the hands of Sinclair of Ulbster.
       On a narrow platform on Noss Head the ruins of Castle Sinclair and Girnigoe Castle look down on the curve of Sinclair Bay. In the dungeon the 4th Earl imprisoned for six years his son who had plotted his death. The prisoner also managed to strangle his brother who came to visit him. He was later starved to death. His son, who succeeded his grandfather to the title, became known as the "Wicked Earl." He killed the two jailers responsible for the death of his father. In 1623, when the king ordered his arrest, he fortified Ackergill Tower around the bay, then escaped to Orkney where, after surrendering keys of his castles into the hands of Lord Berriedale, he ended his days peaceably.
       Keiss strikes a new note in this bloodthirsty tale. Its castle, new in 1750, had the first Baptist chapel in Scotland, its pastor, Sir William Sinclair.
      A straight road leads to John o' Groats and the last house in mainland Scotland. Within easy reach is Duncansby Head and some superb cliff scenery. Canisbay Church, beautiful in its simplicity, stands near Gills Bay. Beyond, among trees, is the Castle of Mey, the Scottish home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The earldom of Caithness fell to the Mey family in 1789, and the last of the line, the 15th earl died in 1889. The old house of Barrogill, as it was originally called, was rescued from the hands of the demolishers by its royal owner.
       The great promontory of Dunnet Head, rising 346 feet above the sea, the most northerly point on the mainland, stands aloof from the tourist route. The main route passes close to the sand dunes of Dunnet beyond which is Castletown the harbour from which the flagstones were shipped for pavements in towns and cities of the south.
       Thurso is the surprise packet of the North. The atomic developments at Dounreay have transformed it: new houses, new schools, new people. Thurso River which flows through the town has always been famed for its salmon. In one day in 1743 from one pool were taken 2,560 salmon. Thurso was the birthplace in 1736 of Arthur Sinclair, a merchant's son, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, friend of George Washington, President of Congress and Governor of the Northwestern Territory. Around the town are many places with Sinclair associations: Thurso East Castle, now in ruins, rebuilt by Campbell of Glenorchy and again by the Sinclairs of Ulbster; Murkle, home of Sir James Sinclair, a Covenanter; Broynach, whose owner resisted Glenorchy; Ormelie, once owned by Sinclair of Greenland, and Brims. Sinclair of Brims was one of the few Caithness gentry to support Montrose.
       Across the Forss Water the eye is held by the great scale of the Dounreay atomic complex. Dounreay's castle was one of the Earl of Caithness's "lodgings." The Sinclair story can be traced along roads that lead into the interior. Scotscalder, on the railway, was the home of a Jacobite hunted by a party sent north. He took to the hills while his wife entertained the soldiers and they went away leaving him to end his days in peace. Sinclair of Assery north of Loch Calder was also in hiding at the same time. Sinclair of Brabsterdorran fought for the Stuarts at Sheriffmuir, Thurso is the home of the Sinclair who opposed Glenorchy. Barrock, to the northeast, is the ancestral home of another branch. South of Loch Watten was the home of Sinclair of Soutdun, an exporter of bere and meal from Staxigoe. He had a chapel at Scouthal where strangers and unbaptised children were buried. A neighbour was Sinclair of Dunn who in 1745, having been prevented from aiding the Stuart cause by his mother, shot himself.
       The Sinclair story did not end with the centuries of feuding and fighting. In the political and economic life of Caithness Sinclairs continue to play a leading part.



Burton Summary

    Our direct Burton ancestor was Judith Burton, concubine of John Hayle Sinclair. It is not absolutely certain who she was, but she was must have been one of the great grand daughters of Francis (died 1690) & Judith (died 1712) Burton. A fuller explanation is under Judith Burton’s entry later in this paper.
    Francis & Judith Burton appear to have come from Barbados – 3 of the children mentioned in their wills were baptised in Barbados, where Francis was a Captain in the militia and a landowner and a final legatee in Francis’s will was of Barbados. There were a number of Burtons in Barbados in the latter part of the 17thC, but it is not clear if or how they were related, see below.
    The most likely scenario is that Francis was English born, and came out, perhaps with a brother, John sometime in the 1650’s. It is just possible that a John Burton, who died in Barbados in 1669 was related to Francis, as speculated in a later paragraph at the end of this section on “John Burton snr & Ann”. Francis in his will makes reference to Thomas Ellicott of Barbados, who may have been related to John & Ann Burton of Barbados: Ellicotts appear as landowners in the early Barbados Maps.
    Francis left his estate to his wife and children. The major landholdings were dispersed by the succeeding generations; his son Benjamin had a number of children, one of whom, another Benjamin, was probably our ancestor. The former had by this time moved to St Elizabeth, in the same general area as the Sinclairs in western Vere (later Manchester.
     There was also a Samuel Burton in Westmoreland, whose deeds appear in the records[148], but there is no obvious connection with our line.

Samuel Burton to Samuel Say – 1758

170/76 20/8/57 6/2/1758
Samuel Burton Carpenter of Westmoreland & Samuel Say OTP planter
Samuel Burton has ¼ of a parcel of land cont 25A formerly conveyed by Thomas Macktt and James Tomlin 23/12/1702 in Ragged Savanna part of pat by John Wilmot N Capt Olive Foveat, E on part of same run, S on part of same run now owned by George Williams W on late Col Hymes. Samuel Burton sells 5 acres for £25.

Samuel Burton from Graves – 1759

178/179-432 13/8/1759, ent 22/11/1759
Jon & Bathsua Graves of St James for £500J from Samuel Burton of Westmoreland sell 600 A in Westmoreland pat by Charles Graves (pat 6/314) N on pat of Thomas Scattergood & Hieron Westopp, E Henry Parsons and Edward Wotten E on Richard ___ and EW W on U/S and part of Thomas Scattergood.
Plat in Wills File

Samuel Burton Richard Deeble – 1759

182/99 30/12/1759, ent 12/7/1760
Samuel Burton of Westmoreland buys land from Estate of Richard Deeble 4 acres in Sav la Marr £300.

Burton Time line

1635: Mention of Jo Burton arriving as a prisoner in Barbados, aged 17[149].
1649: John Burton witness to will in aged 24[150]
1660: July 10, Francis Burton witnessed a will in Barbados (Sanders/Ancestry).
1668-79: Issue of Francis & Judith Burton, Barbados.
1679: Francis B in St Michaels, Capt FB in St James, Barbados. Both the same??
1680: Capt Francis Burton still in Barbados

1661: A Jno Burton was granted land from Lord Windsor.
1664: Peter Burton granted land St C, left to John Garrett in 1669. Prob N/A.
1664: Elisha Clark granted land in Withywood (Nicholas’s in-laws?).
1670 Census: Peter Burton owner of 18 acres in St Catherine.
1670: Capt John Bourden 2225 acres
1670: William Burton owner of 40 acres of land in St Catherine.
1683: Capt FB buys 150A (Rob Hippisley plat). 1714 to Rich Treherne.
1682: Granted Land, 18/12/1682 St John’s & St Thomas.
1685: Francis buys 172 acres in St Catherine from Anne (Ash) Cunningham.
1686: Francis Burton of St Jago acquires 400 acres from Harbottle Wingfield.
1686: Francis Burton sells 200 acres.
1688: Francis Burton, and Judith his wife mortgage re Stoneland Plantation,
1689: transactions on Stoneland – FB repossesses.
1690: Francis Burton buried St Catherine.
1690: Francis Burton Will.
1693: A Francis Burton, bachelor, leased 7 acres: who was he? (24/16)
1693: Francis, s of Nicholas & Mary ch.
1694: Judith Burton buys land in St Jago.
1694: Richard Burton, Bricklayer, buys foot land in Kingston Also debts (25/63)
1695: Ann Burton, dau of Benjamin married William Hunt
1697: William Hunt jnr buried. Also another same year.
1701: William Hunt snr will.
1700: John Burton, son of Francis, dies about here.
1700: Benjamin Burton marries Elbeata Massall.
1700: Jno Burton, carpenter, buys footland in Port Royal.
1700: Nicholas Burton eldst son of FB sells slaves.
1701: John Burton, son of Benjamin & Elbeata ch.
1701: Nicholas, Benjamin & Judith sell 50A to Nicholas Philpot. Poss Wingfield.
1703: Benjamin Burton, son of Benjamin & Elbeata ch.
1703: Ann Burton, dau of Benjamin, marries Richard Treherne.
1705: Mary dau of Nicholas & Alice ch.
1707: Nicholas Burton gives land to nephew Francis Trehern
1707: Judith Burton buys town land, prob in St Jago.
1708: Nicholas Burton sell land to nephew Francis Treherne
1709: William Burton s of Nicholas & Alice, ch.
1710: John Burton rents land in Port Royal from Peter Beckford
1711: Jno Burton, carpenter of PR buys land in Lime St, Port Royal.
1712: Judith Burton’s will makes a number of bequests.
1713: Judith Burton buried (13 March).
1714 before: Nicholas Burton dies intestate.
1714: John & Mary Burton of Port Royal, sell negroes – not our line? (51/87)
1714: Burtons to Richard Treherne 150A land re purch by FB 1682.
1714: Francis, s of Nicholas, sells ½ of 150a at Mount Diabolo.
1716: Francis, s of Nicholas, sells 1/3 of 874 acres.
1718: Benjamin Burton & Elbeata let slaves to David Idana.
1718: Benjamin Burton & Elbeata sell ½ 874 acres & 150 acres.
1720: Benjamin Burton Will & inventory.
1720: John Burton will (son of Nicholas above)
1723: Thomas Burton son of Benjamin & Elbeata buys 100 a in St Elizabeth.
1724: A John & Dorothy Burton merchant, Port Royal sell a negro girl. (70/179)
1726: Mary Burton married Richard Ragg – possibly dau of Nicholas.
1728: May Burton of Port Royal will proved.
1728: Benjamin Burton (2) buys land from Zacharia Gaultier. 1767 to Hannah M.
1730: Benjamin & Thomas Burton sell negro to Judith Burton all of St E.
1732: John & Dorothy Burton gent of Kingston, son of Mary leases land (88/83)
1737: Thomas Burton, son of Benjamin & Elbeata, given slaves by Francis T.
1741: Thomas & Mary Burton buy land in Carpenters Mountains.
1741: Benjamin Burton of Vere gives away slaves in St Elizabeth.
1741: Benjmain Burton jnr sells land in St Jago (Hunt land)
1742: MI St Catherine: Miss Elizabeth Burton ... 13 July 1742 in her 18th year.
1743: Thomas & Mary Burton sell slave to Henry Hudson.
1747: Thomas & Benjamin Burton manumit slave.
1749: Francis Treherne sells slaves his daus & Thomas Burton.
1749: Burton brothers case in chancery.
1749: Thomas Burton, son of Benjamin & Elbeata, debtor in Robert Wright will.
1750: Benjamin Burton to dau Elbeata a slave.
1750: Benjamin Burton & Thomas & Mary Burton sell 50 a land in Vere.
1750: Thomas & Mary Burton gift slaves to Benjamin Burton.
1750: Thomas & Mary Burton manumit slave.
1751: James Burton, millwright of Westmoreland – N/A.
1753: Thomas Burton lets land to Richard Ragg
1754: Land: Thomas Burton: St. E 158, Clarendon 271, St. John 25, Total 454
1754: Land: Benjamin Burton, St. Elizabeth 155
1754: Thomas Burton & Francis Smith - land transaction Aligator Pond.
1755: Thomas Burton to Hannah Mendez Sale Negro.
1755: Thomas Burton ref wife Mary Moore – deed – sale land.
1761: Thomas Burton, s of Benjamin & Elbeata granted land Aligator Pond.
1764: Thomas Burton will
1765: JHS conveys to Burton & Sinclairs land & slaves
1767: Mendez/Burton sale of land bt by Benjamin Burton 1728.
1783: 314/57 Judith Burton to Ruth Sinclair Sa Neg
1784: Thomas Christopher Burton sells land in St Elizabeth.
1799: January: A Mr Burton arrived in Jamaica.[151]
1799: May: Mr Horace Burton died Kingston.[152]
1806: Deborah Burton granted 2 runs of land of 300 acres in St Elizabeth & Clarendon 11/2/1806 (JFS)
1847: Rev William Godfrey Pollard Burton d Spanish Town 29/7/1847 after being rector aged 57 otp 31 yrs.



Wife Judith
Nicholas (F & J will, ch Babados),
John (F only, ch Barbados) &
Benjamin (F&J will, ch Barbados)
Ann (F&J Will)
Francis & George (ch & bur Barbados)

     Whilst the origins and birth date of Francis Burton are not known, he was probably born before 1642 as he witnessed a will in 1660[153], the earliest mention of him in Barbados, and his first recorded son was born there in 1668. He was probably English born and came out to Barbados, perhaps with a brother, John sometime in the 1650’s, before moving to Jamaica about 1680 (he referred in his will to property in Jamaica and elsewhere, and a final legatee was Thomas Ellicot of Barbados: see notes below). There were a lot of Francis Burton’s born in England in the first half of the 17thC; without more information, one cannot narrow down the options, although the possible Virginia connection speculates on the branch coming from near Shrewsbury.


     He, his wife Judith, sons John, Benjamin & Nicholas, dau Ann (mentioned in the will of Ann Aldworth) and 2 other sons Francis and George (who died young) appear in the Barbadian records. There are a number of mentions of Francis Burton in Barbados in addition to the baptisms of his children. In 1680, Francis Burtons had 130 acres and 60 negroes in St Michaels and Capt Francis Burton 15 acres in St James[154], that year Captain Francis Burton was in the Militia and a resident of St James[155]. It seems probable that there were 2 Francis Burtons in Barbados at this time, one in St Michaels, the other in St James; from the baptism of his children, our ancestors, in St Michaels, our Francis might have been a resident of that parish, but as he is consistently referred to as Captain Francis, and that there are no extant records for St James before 1678, it is probable our Francis was the resident of St James and a relatively small land owner.
    He was described as a Lieutenant at his first son’s baptism in St Michaels in 1668, and at later baptisms as Captain. In Jamaica in all cases bar one, he is referred to as Francis Burton, the exception being in a deed of 1714[156]  when he is called Captain, referring to his will: there is no doubt that the Captain Francis is the same as the one we regard as our ancestor.
    The military ranks adopted by many of the early settlers in the west were in the militia. Most able bodied men were members of militia troups as regular troops did not seem to be based in the colonies. In the returns for January 1679-80, Francis Burton was a Capt in Colonel William Bate’s Regiment of Foot[157]:
Capt Francis Burton’s company, Officers & Private Soldiers: 92
Wanting in appearance Capt Burton’s co 17
John Burton, Sergeant.
The returns show several other Burtons, but with no indication of who they were.
     The last mention of Captain Francis Burton in Barbados was in 1680[158], when he and his daughter Ann are mentioned, and his first appears in Jamaican records in 1682, when he bought 150 acres in St Thomas in the Vale, close to where he was granted 874 acres very soon after. There are later entries for Francis Burton (ie not Captain) in Barbados.
     One of the pressures that pushed the Barbadian settlers towards Jamaica was the reducing proftability of the smaller sugar estates as the first flush of fertility disappeared. There was then a trend towards fewer, bigger estates. For the owners of the small estates, there was a considerable attraction in the undeveloped and unclaimed lands of Jamaica. Captain Francis Burton was probably one of these; from his commercial activities on arrival in Jamaica, he must have arrived with some financial resources, perhaps from selling his Barbadian estate.

1675 Map[159]: Burton appear to the NNE of Bridgtown (wind & cattle mill) and also SE of Charles town, Christ Church Parish (cattle mill). The Ellacotts were neighbours. NB MAP WEST UP!

Barbados Parishes

Virgina Connection

    American sources have had discussions that Francis was one of 3 Burton brothers, 2 of whom, Thomas & John settled in Virginia, and the 3rd, Francis, a tobacco trader, settled in Barbados. This could make the St Michael Francis the tobacco trader referred to by Virginia researchers. By 1722, Burtons had disappeared from Barbados. Just to confuse the issue further, the Francis Burton claimed by the Virginian idea also had a wife Judith Allen, but there is some variations over which generations in this case are being discussed by the internet chat rooms. The purported father of these 3 was Richard Burton, maybe from Yourkshire or possibly Longner in Shropshire. Whilst this seems a little unlikely, there were strong trade connections between the Caribbean and American colonies.



     There were several other Burtons in & from Barbados. One of whom was a carpenter in Port Royal.
    Francis Burton first appears in Jamaican records in 1682, when he bought 150 acres in St Thomas in the Vale[160], close to where he was granted 874 acres in St John’s on the Town River (Rio Cobre) in 1682. Over the next few years he acquired several more plots of land totalling about 1600 acres. One of these was a large sugar estate in St Thomas in the Vale called Stoneland, acquired by a series of mortgage transactions. On later maps this is shown as Burton’s or Old Burton’s on the south of the Rio Magna while on the north side earlier maps show Burtons New Works, abbreviated on modern maps to “New Works”. In his will of 1690 Francis left his estate between his three sons, Nicholas, Benjamin and John (who died intestate soon after Judith), with bequests to his wife Judith and daughter. In later life, as a widow, Judith bought land in Spanish Town, presumably a town house for her old age.
    He may have made land in St Thomas-in-the-Vale his principle residence (re deed in 1700 where he is described as of St Thomas, probably Stoneland Plantation, presumably a sugar estate. Burton appears on the 1684 Bochart & Knollis Map in this general area.
     He was buried in St Catherine, Jamaica, 10 July 1690: “Captain Francis Burton in the Church”PR; being buried in the church indicates he was a man of some importance. His will was proved later that year.
     Judith’s will of 1712 also made bequests to her children and grand-children. Subsequent wills of the family give a good description of the family.

Upper Rio Cobre or Black River Land

    Burton is shown on the 1684 Bochard & Knollis map on the eastern end of the Maggoty Savanna, to the east of a river which is probably what is now the Rio Magna, but the orientation is strange but one can count the tributaries up the Rio Cobre! This must therefore be the Stoneland plantation. The date of this map seems a little uncertain in that it was bound with the laws of Jamaica 1684 and has been assumed to be that date, but there seems no actual binding date: 1684 seems a little early for Burton’s land to have made it to the cartographer. Burton is also marked on Sloane’s map of 1707 in the same position. Read is shown on the flank of the Mount Diabolo. Burton’s is also shown by Craskell in 1763 on the Rio Magna.
   In 1682, Francis bought 150 acres of land from Geoffrey Reaves in St Thomas in the Vale, formerly St John. The original 1682 deed is not available but is referred to in a later deed[161] so it is not possible to say where the 150 acres part of the Hippesley patent was.
    The land was part of a patent[162] to Robert Hippsley “late of St Catherine”, for 590 acres in St Thomas in the Vale, N on the Black/Blue Mtn, E&S on Maj George Reid, W on the King's land. Robert Hippsley on 10 June 1682 sold it to Jeffrey Reaves late of St Thomas in the Vale 150 acres of the 590 acres, the 150 acres being sold alomost immediately to Francis Burton[163]. The plats for Hippesley, Francis Burton and George Reid appear to connect well, with Francis Burton’s 95 acres (part of the grant in 1683) between them. The patents for Read and Hippesley show a boundary to the north of Hippesley on Mount Diabolo, and west on Bleu Mountain: Read also bounds west on Blue Mountain. Liddel 1888 shows both these mountains in their correct position to the North & north west of Ewarton. The boundary of the Reid patent as the “foot of the bleu mountains” seems to follow the 2000 ft contours of the mountains west of Ewarton. A second Read patent bounds south on “the town river” and near the Magotty Savanna could put it on the north bank of the Black River. This puts the 95 acre plot a mile or 2 to the north west of the bigger areas south of the river. Bochart & Knowllis, 1684 map shows Read in roughly this position.
     This land went to his sons Benjamin & Nicholas, John having died soon after his father. Nicholas Burton’s ½ went to his son Francis, who sold it to Richard Treherne. Benjamin’s half was sold by his son, Benjamin, to Robert Tredaway in 1718[164].

    In 1683, Francis Burton was Granted 874 acres of land[165], of which 779 acres were in St John’s on the Town River (River Cobre) and 95 in that part of St Thomas in the Vale which was formerly St John’s (St Thomas was carved out of St John precinct between 1670 & 1675). The plat only shows 2 plots, 344 acres and 95 acres but the patent[166] gives text descriptions of all the plots, but with no plats. From that, it is clear that the remaining 435 acres are to the west as indicated on Edward Hilliard’s plat; it was probably a rectangular plot similar to the others there.
    The fate of this land is not immediately obvious, but a deed[167] of 1753 with Thomas Burton as guardian to William Dunbar as a neighbour to the east, indicates that by then the land was owned by Henry Savage, but no conveyances have been found.
    The 344 acres borders north on the “alias the Town River” (Rio Cobre), South & east on Rocks & West on Edward Hilliard (his plat fits to this one and describes the “Rio Cobre alias the Town River”). Hilliard & Burton (344) show the Rio Cobre. Hilliard borders on Francis Burton to the West along the south bank of the river. This is were the remaining 435 acres lay. The Burton plat has no north, and that on the Hilliard plat shows the river flowing west-east. From the description in the patents, this land was definitely in St John and must therefore have been on the south bank of what is now called the Black River, which is the northern St John boundary, by Robertson 1804, and what Craskel, 1763, shows as a westward, un-named tributary of the Rio Cobre just north of the St John boundary.
     The 1747 Bowen map shows “Bourden” on a westward tributary of the Rio Cobre. This may be the place; the rivers and parish boundaries north of Bog Walk are very inconsistent between the various 18thC maps: the 1804 map is probably the most reliable.

The modern 1:50,000 map shows the upper reaches of the Rio Cobre as the Black River, roughly from Linstead upstream. Just north of Linstead, it turns West: there is a fairly distinctive bend in the river which could fit that shown on the 1682 plats. The western part of the patent has no plat, so its boundaries are simply from the description: they are shown on the modern map in the best fit postion for the river shape in the 2 eastern plats. The pronounced loop in the river is at 18º09’10” 77º05’30”, visible on Google Earth, now appearing to be partly wooded with small paddocks.

    Neither of the next two properties can be located on any maps, but they were both to the south of Spanish Town.

    The first of these was bought in 1684 by Francis Burton and was 172 acres in St Catherine. ½ of this land went to Francis’s son Nicholas, who gave it to Francis Treherne in 1707 (the original deed is not available, but the later conveyance[168] between Nicholas Burton & Francis Treherne, Francis Burton describes the earlier purchase. The woodland was patented[169] in 1675 to Ann Ash (she later married David Cunningham of St David), in St Catherine 172 acres near the Kepe (? Page torn) Savanna,  NE on Thomas Andrews SE on Mrs Ann Netts SW on Wasteland NW on Edward Bolt. In the deed dated 2nd March 1684[170] she sold it to Francis Burton of St Catherine.
    Then in 1685[171], Francis Burton “of St Jago” bought for £170 400 acres  patented[172] in 1674 by Humphrey Knollis in St Catherine south of St Jago town (NE on small mountain, at lower end of St Jago Savanah, S on Gt mountain & John Eubanks, SW on William Butler & WN on unpossessed land). In 1681 Knollis sold the land to Harbottle Wingfield of Port Royal who then sold it to Francis Burton. This was a lease for 7 years to Francis in actual possession.
1686: Mortgage? With Harbottle Wingfield for land in St Jago Savannah
    This land must have been south of Spanish Town, on the northern edge of the Hellshire Hills.
    The next parcel of land was sold in a 1686 deed[173]: it was 200 acres of land, recently bought, to George Needham & John Archer, for a profit! The land was at Two Mile Wood in St Catherine which was a short distance SW of Spanish Town on Harper 1683. The land passed through 3 other owners between 1679 & 1686. Francis Burton was probably financing the deals.
George Needham & John Archer planters of 16 mile walk
Ref Patent to Edward Seammon 2C22 for land at 2 mile wood in St C 165a woodland & 35a savannah NW&W on Richard Hemming, SE on Thomas Pitt, E on Thomas Pitt & Joseph Silver. Edward Srammons & wf Eliz sell 25/4/1679 to Francis Rooks. Francis Rooks sell 20/7/1680 to Joseph Smallwood of St Jago. Joseph Smallwood sells 9/6/1682 to Robert Norris? of St J. Robert Norris sells by indenture and bargain to sell to Francis Burton esq of St C for £250 30 Jan 2C thirty (blank) (is this correct – 2C30 = 1678 – perhaps 2C36 = 1684). Francis Burton sells by Ind to George Needham & John Archer for 20/- at date of deed all 200a, then £150 next 1st May, and £150 1 May 1687
Two Mile Wood in St Catherine was a short distance SW of Spanish Town on Harper 1683.
16/4/1686 £320 paid to FB.

Stoneland Plantation.

    Burton appears on the Rio Magno from Bochart & Knollis’s map of 1684 and was still shown on Liddell’s 1905 issue of 1888 (listed as 1927) although by the 1950’s, only New Works is shown. This what was called Stoneland and probably became the Francis’s principal holding, though by 1724 seems to have passed out of their hands (The Burton sugar estates appear in the will of Thomas Rose in 1724, so was out of the family by then); it became “Burtons” & Burton’s New Works to the East of Linstead. In the 1900 Jamaica Handbook, New Works was in Clarendon and owned by FW Aris as a banana & Cocoa plantation. Craskel of 1763 shows Old Burton & New Burton cattle sugar mills on either side of the Rio Magno Gully.
     Francis Burton acquired 1065 acres of this estate with a mortgagge from Captain Robert Hewitt. He defaulted but the mortgage was taken over by Roger Elletson in 1686 for £3000 who then sold it to Thomas Ballard jnr in 1688. The Burtons paid it off for £3500 in 1689.
     An estate plan of 1785 shows Burton’s Great House, Burton’s Works & “New Works”, a plan of 1811 ahows similar. The 1785 plan of the river agrees very closely with Google maps and the 1:50,000 1950’s map, almost within the limits of river bed changes over 200 years. The junction of the Rio Magno and the Black River/Rio Cobre at the SW corner of the extracts shown below is on the NW edge of Linstead. The 2 estate maps seem to be drawn to establish the boundaries and areas of the estates, probably by new owners.

Craskell 1763                         Estate Plan St Catherine 1043 1785

Modern satellite image shows some sign of buildings on the site of the Old Works, but probably recent structures. There is no sign of the Great House or the New Works where marked in the estate maps.

The Hilliard land on the Estate Plan is described as in the Maggotty Savanna, on the north side of the Rio Magno.
Most of the areas shown on this plan are mid to late 1660’s surveys, and are in St John.

Deed 1701[174]: ...Francis Burton, gent, in his lifetime bought land in Maggotty Savannah in St Jago now in Clarendon, 50 acres South on Maj George Reid, West on Robert Nelson & Camp? Gully....
Probably up river from St Jago towards Ewarton. This land was sold by Judith, Benjamin & Nicholas in 1701 to Nicholas Philpot of St Thomas in the Vale, planter for £40 (£20K 2015) 11/11/1701.
   The Magotty Savanna is up river from St Jago towards Moneague on one old map (Bowen 1747). Capt George Reid’s Plat[175] for 149 acres was on the north side of Town River (Rio Cobre), therefore probably NW of Linstead, where the river turns west and becomes the Black River.

Several deeds give the history of Stoneland Plantation in St Thomas (in the Vale):
1688 Deed[176]: Francis Burton, Gentleman of St Jago and Judith his wife had mortgaged to Captain Robert Hewitt late of Jamaica 1065 acres in St Thomas in the Vale called Stoneland Plantation, complete with Boiling House, Curing House, Still house, Mill House & 67 negroes, 5 Coppers and 2 Stills.
21 men, 10 boys, 28 women, 7 girls, 12 mules, 2 horses, 35 cattle, 6 coppers, 2 stills and worms. Hewitt was an original grantee of the eastern part of the Stoneland Estate. Francis repossessed this as Hewitt was in arrears and resold it to Roger Elletson for £3000 (£1.35M 2015), for reasons not immediately apparent, the property was sold to Thomas Ballard Junr and then back to Francis in a Deed[177] 9/1689. Thomas Ballard was a grantee of substantial lands on the Eastern boundary of Hewitt/Stoneland.
2 Estate maps show the Burton plantations, the first in 1785 at the desire of Charles Price, and the other covering the same area, and confirming changes in 1811 at the desire of Francis Graham.
In an estate plan of 1785[178], Burtons was measured as 1146, but mortgaged as 1281. Wallens were to the north, but it appears from the Almanacs that John Chorley and then John Blackburn had taken over Burtons and surrounding land.

Bog Walk (Hakewill, A Picturesque Tour of the Island of Jamaica)

Francis’s Will[179]:
of St Catherine’s Dated 11/8/1690
To wife Judith 1/3 of estate in lieu of her dower for her natural life. After her decease to my three sons Nicholas John and Benjamin.
To wife one negro woman and her 2 children, one horse and decent furniture for one chamber
To dau Ann £100 when 16, £50 for maintenance and education to 16 years and one negro woman
Wife to have the privilege of one negro for her and Ann
Remainder to sons Nicholas, John & Benjamin.
If sons die without issue, estate to go to Ann. If Ann dies without issue, goes to Thomas Ellicot son of Thomas Ellicot, in Barbados.

As his son John died soon after the granting of probate of Francis’s will, all the property devolved onto Nicholas & Benjamin; this is confirmed in several deeds.

Thomas Ellicot son of Thomas & Judith (Burton) Ellicot. Se intro for Ellacotts of Barbados.

No inventory found for Francis.

At his death, Francis appears to have owned:
172 acres in St Catherine, patented to Ann Ash, on a Savanna, but unreadable.

½ sold in 1707 for 2/- by his son, Nicholas Burton to Francis, son of Richard & Ann Treherne.

789 acres on the south side of the Black River (Rio Cobre).

1804 has Stanhope in the supposed position

95 acres on the south side of Mount Diabolo, by patent.

½ of 874 acres to Nicholas inherited by son Francis, who sold it in 1716.
the other half inherited by Benjamin sold in 1718.

150 acres on the south side of Mount Diabolo, by purchase.

½ to Nick, to Francis to Richard Treherne
the other half inherited by Benjamin sold in 1718.

1065 acres in St Thomas at Stoneland (east of Linstead), name confirmed by 1688 deed.
50 acres on the Magottty Savanna. Sold whole in 1701.
2331 acres in total.

Jamaica Almanac:
1811 (1809): Burton’s: John Chorley, 62/0, New Works: John Blackburn, 213/20
1812 (1811): Burton’s: John Chorley, 60/0, Blackburn: Wallen’s etc, 437
1816 (1815): John Blackburn: Wallens, 234/156, Burton’s, 55/69, New Works, 204/184
1817: John Blackburn, Wallens, 234/144, Burton’s & New Works, 260/361
1818: John Blackburn, Wallens, 213/167, Burton’s & New Works, 219/286
1820: John Blackburn, Wallens, 241/9, Burton’s & New Works, 253/97
1821: John Blackburn, Wallens, 239/2, New Works, 342/74
1822: John Blackburn, Wallens, 237/184, New Works, 350/306
1823: John Blackburn, Wallens, 239/185, New Works, 310/286
1824: John Blackburn, Wallens, 313/175, New Works, 308/323
1833: John Blackburn still.
1838: Henry Lowndes: New Works 220, Wallens 220.
1840: Henry Lowndes, New Works 2060 acres, Wallens 1760
1845: A Sutherland, New Works, 2000 acres.

Sir Charles Price appears to have been the owner of Stoneland in Estate Map 1043, he was a Member of the Assembly for St Thomas in 1751 & 1785.

Judith Burton

Bur St Catherine 13 March 1713, widow.

    Her origins and maiden name are unknown, but she and Francis were married before they left Barbados.
    After Francis’s death, she lived in St Jago; from a later deed, her son-in-law, Richard Treherne took over the house, presumably with his wife, Ann. He bought an adjacent property in 1731.
    In her will, she specifically left her books to her son Benjamin, indicating she (and Benjamin) was literate and had some education.

    Grandson John (ch 1701), son of Benjamin, refers to a legacy from his late grandfather Elisha Clark of Vere. As John’s other grandfather was very probably Maskall, the reference could have been to John’s Great Grandfather: if so, this makes Judith a Clark. An Elisha Clark was ch Vere 19/8/1716 of George & Joan. Jane & Elisha Clark were landowners about the turn of the 18thC from a grant[180] in 1665 for 240 acres in Clarendon (in what became Vere). The Booths had land around this plot.
    In a deed[181] of 1694, Thomas Rowland sells Judith Burton, widow of St Catherine 90’x44’ of land for £5 (probably in St Jago de la Vega, although not specified), and in a later deed[182] of 1707 she buys town land, again assumed to be in St Jago – as her retirement home; probably the house & land where she now lives in mentioned in her will, left to her grand daughter, Sarah Treherne.
    In 1701, Judith and her 2 sons Nicholas and Benjamin sold the 50 acres Francis had bought in the Magotty Savanna.

Her will[183] of 1712 makes a number of bequests:
A Widow of St Catherine, “weak”.

First to my son Benjamin Burton one negro boy by the name of Jack also one small feather bed and bolster and two pillows
I give to my daughter Ann Trehern one negro woman by the name of Moll also a negro boy by name Dick
I give to my grand son John Burton the son of my son Benjamin Burton one negro man by the name of Tom
I give to my grand son Francis Trehern the son of my daughter Ann Trehern one mulata man named Sambo but if he should dye before the age of 21 then I give to his mother Ann Trehern
I give to Mary Burton the daughter of my son Nicholas Burton one negro woman by name Maddam and her daughter by name Hannah also my bed and furnishings but if she should die before the age of eighteen years or day of marriage then the negroes to go to my son Benjamin Burton, the bed furniture to my daughter Ann Trehern
I give to Ellbaton Burton the daughter of my son Benjamin Burton one negro girl by name of Black Sarah but if she should dye before the age of eighteen or day of marriage then to go to her brother Thomas Burton
I give to Sarah Hunt the daughter of my daughter Ann Trehern six slaves by name Jobo and her three children by name Jesse Castor and Page also Mary her son a mulata by the name of Tom but if she dye before the age of twenty one or marriage then to be to go to her mother with her three children aforenamed with all their increase and as to Naney her son and all her increase beside to go to my son Benjamin and his heirs
I give to Sarah Hunt the daughter of my daughter Ann Trehern my house and land that I doe now live in but if the said Sarah Hunt should dye before the age of twenty or day of marriage then to go to Mary Burton her heirs but neither of her brothers neither Francis nor John Burton but to go to Ellbaton Burton.
I give to Sarah Hunt the daughter of my daughter Ann Trehern one English down bed and bolster two pillows of the same down, curtains, and vallins?? Of Garlickow Dimmite counterpain fringeround about now in the hands of her mother. I give her two pair of Garlick sheets two pairs of pillows on dozen of fine Osbrig napkins work with Blew thread and mark with the same thread with three letters EBI one diaper table cloth five towels but if she should die before the age of one and twenty years or day of marriage then to go to her mother Ann Trehern
I give to Francis Burton and his brother John the sons of my son Nicholas Burton to each of them a shill apiece for their disobedience to me
I give to Benn Burton and his brother Thomas six silver spunes between them marked with IB also two silver forks marked IB also two sliver forks marked IB
I give old Bess to Sarah Hunt and Mary Burton
I give my books to my son Benjamin Burton
As to the small quantity or goods and linen that doth belong to my house I do give it to my daughter Ann Trehern
As to my wearing clothes I give them to Sarah Hunt & Mary Burton my grand children
And as to my funeral charges it is my desire that I may be laid in my grave with as little charges as may be,

The name Trehern is spelt various ways in the original text, a file copy of the original.

Son Benjamin Burton, Richard & Ann Treherne, were directed to look after the estate, but were not formally decribed as executors, so Administration deeds[184], appointed them, and then Benjamin renounced his executorship.

Inventory of 1713[185]:

...widow late of the Town of St Jago de la Vega  .. Shown by Richard Treherne, Cooper her administrator - at the end he is only named as Richard Treherne (no Cooper – which was his trade).
Left 14 slaves and a good list of household goods, a few chickens and a gold ring – presumably her wedding ring, total £592-14-6d.

Issue of Francis & Judith Burton:
(JB will 1712)

1/1. Nicholas Burton (FB & JB Will)

Ch St Michaels Barbados of Mr Fra: Burton 4/6/1670
Eldest son of Francis & Judith Burton.[186]
Specified in mother’s will.
Died: 1712-1714 – no trace of will or inventory – died intestate[187].
He Inherited 1/3 of his father’s and seems to have inherited a further 1/3 on the death of brother John by 1701 as the eldest brother.
From a deed where Nicholas’s son, Francis, sold some of the 874 acres “inherited from his father”, it would appear that Nicholas took the 874 acres of the original grant, however, a deed of Benjamin’s refers to ½ of the 874 acres, which he sold.

1700 Deed[188]: sells 6 slaves for £70 to John Dove. He is referred to as son of Francis Burton late of St Thomas, planter.

In 1701, Nicholas, Benjamin and their mother Judith sold the 50 acres Francis had bought in the Magotty Savanna for £40.

1707 Deed[189]: gives ½ of 172 acres of Ash land to nephew Francis Trehern, bought by Francis Burton 1684.
Ann Ash plat of 1675: Near the Kepe? Savanna, Woodland; SE Mrs Anne Bills; NE Tho Andrews; NW Edward Boult; SW Waste Land

From a deed between his son Francis, he must have inherited all of his brother, John’s, share of their father’s estate.

Mentioned in parent’s wills,

Deed[190]: His share on his death of 150 acres of Hippesley land went to son Francis. That deed sold ½ of 150 acres to Richard Treherne in 1714 for 15/-.

Married Mary & Alice, from the reference in son John’s will, one of these must have been a Clarke.

    Their son John, refers to “his late grandfather, Elisha Clarke late of Vere” in his will of 1720. It is very unlikely that this refers to a great grandfather therefore, Alice or Mary could have been a daughter of Elisha and Elizabeth Clarke (Elizabeth died as a widow about September 1722), or possibly a sister of Elisha, and daughter of Elisha & Jane.
   Elisha & Jane Clark had land granted at Withywood 10/3/1664[191]. Mrs Jane Clark had land granted in the Carpenters Mountains in St Elizabeth in 1676, implying that Elisha was dead by then. The Elisha referred to by John Burton knew of his existence, therefore died after about 1700, making Mary or Alice’s parents Elisha & Elizabeth, son of Elisha and Jane (note that Elizabeth Clark in her will mentions a daughter Jane).
   An Elisha Clark was ch Vere 19/8/1716 of George & Joan, and had a daughter, Joan, in 1735. George was probably a son of Elisha & Elizabeth as mentioned in her will. A deed[192] of John Wright in about 1722 makes reference to Elisha Clark and his wife Elizabeth and refers to land sold by Elisha Clarke before 1718.

Will of Elisha Clarke not found 10/2013. Vere burials do not start until 1753.

Will[193] of Elizabeth Clarke, 1722:
Widow of Elisha of Vere, weak.
To dau Jane 3 negroes Membo, Dido & Quamelo
To son George a boy & heifer.
Dau Mary Pitcairn wife of David Pitcairn 14 negroes, pen of cattle.
Elizabeth, dau to David & Louise Ann Pitcairn b 10/3/1753, VerePR.

Issue from Judith’s will:
2/1. Francis Burton (left a shilling disobedient in Judith’s will!)

As Francis appears to have been the eldest, and his father died intestate, he would have inherited all his father’s real estate.
Ch 30th October, 1693 St Catherine of Nicholas & Mary BurtonPR.
1714: A joyner of St Catherine in 1714[194] when he sold (for 15/-) his half of the 150 acres at Mount Diabolo to Richard Treherne, his uncle.
A Francis Burton bur Kingston 11/4/1732PR.
Francis Burton (of St Thomas) sells by indenture[195] in 1716 to Lawrence Dowdall, planter of St Thomas, 1/3 of 874 which he inherited from his father, Nicholas, for £100.

2/2. Mary Burton, b aft 1694 PR: St C ch 18/11/1705 of Nicholas & Alice

Left by grandmother Judith one negro woman by name Maddam and her daughter by name Hannah also my bed and furnishings. If she dies before 18 or marriage, then negroes to uncle Benjamin, and furnishings to aunt Anna.
Also shared Judith’s wearing clothes with cousin Sarah Hunt.
Marriage Mary Burton & Richard Ragg, St Catherine 13/12/1726PR – possibility.
The only issue found in the parish records:
3/1. Thomas Ragg ch St Catherine 29/12/1738 of Richard and MaryPR.

2/3. John Burton (left a shilling, disobedient in Judith’s will!).

Will[196] of 1720: of St Catherine, mariner.
This must be of this general family with the Treherne reference.
.. All that bequest legacy or sum of money devised to me in and by the last will and testament of my late grand father Elisha Clarke late of the parish of Vere dcd and all my estate ..
to my cousin Francis Treherne son of Richard Treherne of the parish of St Catherine Gent …

There is a possibility that this John Burton could have been the son of Benjamin, but the “grandfather Elisha Clarke” fits with a son of either Benjamin or Nicholas with the relationship with Richard & Francis Treherne and it is certain that Benjamin’s wife was a Maskall.

2/4. William Burton.

Ch 25/8/1709 St Cat of Nicholas & Alice (PR),
not in Judith’s will, so maybe d. young.
A William Burton bur Kingston 16/10/1745, bur by his wife.

1/2. Francis Burton,

Sanders: ch St Michael’s, Barbados, 5/9/1668, son of Lt Francis Burton.
Hotton (St Michael):
Bap March 6 1678-9 Francis ye son of Capt Francis Burton & Judith his wife, buried August 6 1679 “Francis ye son of C Francis Burton & Judith his wife”.

1/3. John Burton,

Sanders: b 6/12/1672, ch St Michael’s, Barbados, 5/3/1673-4, son of Capt Francis Burton. Baptised with his brother, Benjamin. Died about 1700 or earlier as a deed in 1716 says “soon afterwards (FB’s will)” and he was mentioned in his father’s will but not in Judith’s, so died without issue bef 1712, and probably before 1701 when the 50 acres in Magotty Savanna was sold, his interest in 150 acres devolved to Benjamin & Nicholas. This is confirmed by a deed of 1716[197]. He must have died intestate as his 1/3 devolved onto the eldest brother, Nicholas.

1/4. Benjamin Burton died 1720

Ch. 5/3/1673-4, St Michael’s Barbados, son of Capt Francis Burton
Married Elbeata Massall (spelling??) St Catherine 4/6/1700
(FB & JB will), died 1720
Sanders: Ch St Michaels Barbados 5/3/1673-4, son of Capt Francis Burton. Baptised with brother John.
Mentioned in father’s will, alive 1714.
See Generation 11

1/5. George Burton

Sanders: Ch St Michaels, 12 Sept 1679 George son of Capt Francis Burton & Judeth his wife. (p20) (Hotton also has this).
Hotton: Bur 24 September 1679 Georg ye son of Capt Francis Burton & Judith his wife


1/6. Ann Burton

There is no record of her birth, but it must have been in Barbados after 1674 as she appeared unmarried in Francis’s will of 1690, under 16, and as Ann Treherne in Judith’s will of 1712 with Sarah Hunt as her daughter: Judith left her a negro woman named Moll and the remaining goods and linen from Judith’s house. She is mentioned as the daughter of Francis Burton in a Barbados will of late 1680[198], but the transcript notes do not give the context.

Ann married 1st:
William Hunt at St Catherine 2/10/1695PR (written as “Anne Bur...” – must be the one, he would have been junior in subsequent deeds). See later for his family. Their issue:
2/1. William Hunt, bap 22/12/1695, St Catherine of William & Ann.

William Hunt was buried St Catherine 15/9/1697 – was this him?

2/2. Sarah Hunt.

As Sarah Hunt in Judith’s will, and unmarried and under 20 in 1712. She was baptised 16th May 1697 in St Catherine. She married Thomas Biggs, a Merchant, 8th November 1717 at St CatherinePR.
Margaret Hayle, dau of John snr, also married a Thomas Biggs, probably rather earlier, say about 1710.

She was left by her grand mother, Judith:
six slaves by name Jobo and her three children by name Jesse Castor and Page also Mary her son a mulata by the name of Tom
“My house and land that I doe now live in” (Judith bought 2 plots of land in, it is assumed Spanish Town, one in 1694, the other in 1707).
one English down bed and bolster two pillows of the same down, curtains, and vallins?? Of Garlickow Dimmite counterpain fringeround about now in the hands of her mother. I give her two pair of Garlick sheets two pairs of pillows on dozen of fine Osbrig napkins work with Blew thread and mark with the same thread with three letters EBI one diaper table cloth five towels
Also shared Judith’s wearing clothes with Mary Burton (prob dau of Nicholas).
As Richard Treherne seemed to be in possession of this house in 1731, Sarah may have died before then, but no burial record has been found in Kingston or St Catherine.
Issue (probably theirs):
3/1. Sarah Biggs, b 4/6 & ch 19/6/1724, KingstonPR.

Sarah Biggs bur Kingston 8/5/1727 aged 6yrs too young?

3/2. Frances Biggs, b 9/2 & ch 10/3/1727-8, KingstonPR.


Ann Burton Married 2nd
Richard Treherne, a Cooper, 15/4/1703 St CatherinePR
various spellings – Traharn in Benjamin Burton’s inventory of 1721. He probably died 7/12/1731 or 12/11/1737 (bur St Catherine PR).
A cooper in 1707 and a joyner of St Catherine in 1714.
A Samuel Treherne was ordered to be transported to the West Indies (Jamaica) 1664 – it is not immediately evident if they actually reached there[199].
Richard Treherne granted 300 acres in St John, 20 September 1715, but plat not found. In the same book, he was granted foot land in St Jago[200], there were also patents for church appointments, so it may not have been the same one.
The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607-1776 (online transcription for “English” one name).
20 February 1677.
The following apprenticed in Bristol: Henry Williams to Dennis Lond, 7 years Nevis or Antigua by Exchange; William Whiteacre to William Bradly, 4 years Barbados by Gabriel; Giles English to same, 4 years Barbados by Gabriel; William English to same, 4 years Barbados by Gabriel; Thomas Lawrence to Richard Treherne, 7 years Jamaica by Isabella, Mr. Dennis Tayler. (BR).
It would seem possible that this was our Richard Treherne’s father as an agent in Jamaica.

1714: ½ of the 150 acres Mount Diabolo land sold to Richard Treherne by Francis, son of Nicholas Burton for 15/-.

1731[201]: Thomas Meacham & his wife Grace for J£10 from Richard Treherne, both planters of St Catherine, sells land in St Jago butting E on land of the late Judith Burton now in possession of Richard Treherne etc.

2/2. Francis Treherne, bap 4/2/1704 St CatherinePR,

He was mentioned by his grand mother Judith in her will where she left him a mulatto named Sambo, to revert to mother Ann if he dies. He was also a legatee of cousin John Burton, son of Benjamin, will of 1720.

A planter of St Catherine in 1737.
A Francis Trahern buried St Catherine: 27/2/1771 (an earlier burial in St C of 1744 seems too soon). Looks old for the era.

1707[202] Nicholas Burton (uncle) sells him for 2/- 86 acres in St Catherine, land inherited from Francis Burton (the Ann Ash land).

A 1749 Deed[203] lists his daughters:
Francis Treherne planter of St Catherine, sells for 5/- to Thomas Burton, planter of St Elizabeth 2 negro girl slaves named Little Whamnia and Fatherless .. and one moiety ... of 2 negro women and 4 girl slaves (named in document)
The other half of same to Francis’s eldest daughter Jane Treherne
another part to Susannah Bennet Treherne, the second daughter of Francis Treherne
Ann Treherne, the third daughter of Francis Treherne
Bridget Elizabeth Treherne, the fourth and youngest daughter of Francis Treherne.

All less than 21 in 1737
3/1. Jane Treherne
3/2. Susannah Bennet Treherne
3/3. Ann Treherne
3/4. Bridget Elbeatha Treherne,

ch St Catherine 19/9/1739 of Francis & AmyPR.
Bur Bridget Treherne 11/3/1739-40

A Peter Sladford(?) Treherne bur St C 18/6/1745 – one of these?

William Hunt’s Family

He and his father, also William, were goldsmiths in St Jago: he was buried (as “jnr”) in St Catherine 9th September 1697PR. A 1741-2 deed[204] which describes the sale and title of a piece of foot land in Jt Jago, says that William Hunt snr goldsmith of St Catherine owned 28 ft of land facing negro market in St Jago, which he passed in a deed 6 April 1692 to his son William Hunt jnr, goldsmith; William Hunt jnr in his will left the land to Benjamin Burton snr his brother in law, who “it is said” died intestate so Benjamin Burton jnr inherited. Benjamin Burton jnr sells this plot to Samuel Gabay for £30. The deed seems to be incorrect in that Benjamin Burton snr left a will in 1720.

William junior’s will[205] of 1697 descibes him as a goldsmith of St Jago, with a wife Ann, to whom he left 1 negro, and a house in front of old negro market in St Jago, but m-in-l Judith Burton to live there for life (this is probably the land sold in 1741-2. He also mentions his brother John Hunt, Son William & dau Sarah and B-in-L Benjamin Burton.

Will of William Hunt in 1701/3[206], the father of William jnr:
Goldsmith of St Jago
To son John Hunt house were I dwell & all lands etc
The White house where John Hunt dwells to him
John Hunt to pay Mrs Joane Enseme, Mar George Williams, & Mr Edward Puresy such sums of money I owe them
The house where John Hunt lives to my son Richard Hunt for life, then to his son my g/s William Hunt. If g/s dies, then to heirs of Richard Hunt.
Richard Hunt to pay to my dau Mary Cousens, wife of Charles Cousens £20.
To daughter Mary Cousens £50.
Wife Sarah & son John executors.
Bur William Hunt, St Catherine 16 Jan 1701-2.

William & Sarah Hunt:
1/1. Elizabeth Hunt, ch St Catherine 27/12/1680.
1/1. John Hunt, ch 6/2/1696, St Catherine
1/2. William Hunt, married Ann Burton, d 9/1697 (jnr).
1/3. Richard Hunt

William Hunt, of Richard & Frances ch 20/10/1700 St Catherine.

1/4. Mary Hunt, Ch 9/11/1683, abt 2 years St Catherine.

Married 31/12/1699, St Catherine Charles Cousens, bap 29/12/1676, St Catherine, son of William & Ann who had another 8 children between 1673 & 1681. William Cousens snr probably buried St Catherine, 24 September 1693.
Issue of Charles & Mary, ch St Catherine:
2/1. Ann Cousens, 17001101
2/2. Sarah Cousens, 17020423
2/3. Mary Cousens, 17031210
2/4. Matthew Cousens, 17041130.

William Hunt – Will[207] 1710
No obvious connection with us.
Millwright of St Catherine
Eldest dau Elizabeth Hunt Dwelling house at 16 or marriage.
Dau Ann Hunt land in St Jago
Wife Elizabeth
Son Richard land in St Thomas in the Vale.
mar Elizabeth Johns, 12/7/1700, St Catherine
Bur 22/9/1710, St Catherine
Elizabeth ch 25/10/1701
Ann ch 5/3/1707

Who were John & Ann Hunt who were both buried St Catherine October 1702?

Unknown Francis’s/Frances’s:
1693: A Francis Burton, bachelor, leased 7 acres on Liguanea for 7 years – who was he? Was he the one from Antigua?
Bur Francis Burton, 14/7/1694, St Andrew.
Bur St Catherine Frances Burton, 20/9/1702 (PR) – may be him?
Marriages of Francis Burton:
19/5/1687 Mar St A Mary Grace. (PR)
Mar St Andrew 20/8/1691 Anne Murrell (PR)

    There are deeds relating to a Richard Burton, bricklayer in Kingston 1694.
   A Peter Burton or Burten left a will in 1669. A Peter Burton was also listed as owning 18 acres in St Andrew in 1670 (St Catherine in Sketch Pedigrees of Jamaica 1670); this does not tie in with the area mentioned in the will of 1669 – this refers to the 120 acres in the 1669 grant. Neither of these were probably connected with our family.

Mrs Elizabeth Burton 938 – St Cathedral wife of rev WG Burton d 22/5/1823
Rev William 1284

6.2    BENJAMIN BURTON - 1674


Ch. 5/3/1673-4, St Michael’s Barbados, son of Capt Francis Burton
Married: Elbeata Massall (spelling??) St Catherine 9/6/1700.
Died: about 1719.

    As one of his father’s heirs, he was a landowner, but little else is know about him: he mentions his nephew, Francis Traherne and his “brother”, Richard Treherne in his will confirming that he was indeed the son of Francis Burton of St Thomas. He was of St Elizabeth in later life, but there is no evidence of how or where he moved there.
    There are no extant records for St Thomas Parish Church until 1816 although it was founded about 1705[208], therefore much of the Burton generation who might have been born there are not recorded – those who do not appear in deeds and wills are unknown.
Th earliest tablet recorded is:
Linsted St Thomas in the Vale Church, Floor 1287:
Miss Elizabeth Burton, cousin to William & Elizabeth Thomas of this Parish, died 13 July 1742 in her 18th year. She was thus born 1725.
    Benjamin was left by his mother Judith one negro boy by the name of Jack also one small feather bed and bolster and two pillows and her books. He was also left land in St Jago by his brother-in-law, William Hunt jnr who died in 1697, husband of Ann Burton, which in turn went to Benjamin jnr, who sold it in 1741. This deed suggested that Bejmain snr died intestate, which was not correct.
    In 1701, Nicholas, Benjamin and their mother Judith sold the 50 acres Francis had bought in the Magotty Savanna for £40. A Deed[209] of 1707 implied that he was still the owner of ½ of 172 acres in St Catherine patented to Ann Ash when his brother Nicholas sold the other half. Similarly, a 1714 deed[210] implied he was the owner of share of 150 acres of Hippsley land.
     In May 1718 Benjamin Burton & his wife Elbeata rents[211] some slaves to David Idana for 10/- to retreive 20/-. In July of that year, Benjamin Burton of St Elizabeth planter & Elbeather his wife sold[212] to Robert Tredaway of St Catherine for £300 his half of the 874 acres and the 150 acres in 3 parcels. A very similar deed has a sale price of £330.
     Benjamin Burton was witness to the codicil to the will in 1706 of Archer Martin of 16 mile Walk, St Thomas in the Vale[213]. A neighbour perhaps?

Will of 1720[214]:
of St Elizabeth, planter, sick of body, perfect memory.
I bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth my land during her natural life and eight negroes (viz) Quasheba, Frank, little Tom, Coffey, Tony, Maria, Margatret, Rose with all my household goods and silver plate
Item I bequeath the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal to my three sons:
To my son John Burton six negroes (vzt) Sampson, Gloster, Meriano Quashe Cudio Black Cetty with fifty pounds in money when twenty one years
To my son Benjamin Burton six negroes (vzt) Joan Nadrea Floran Lazera Ceason Esshck David with fifty pounds in money when twenty one years
To my son Thomas Burton six negroes (vzt) Jack, When, Mumbo, Quaco, Arobel with fifty pounds when twenty one years
...shall be equally divided between the survivor or survivors
If all my sons should dye before twenty one years and without heirs ... then my whole estate real and personal to my wife during her natural life and then after her death to my nephew Francis Treherne
I nominate my wife my sole executor... and my dear brother Richard Treherne overseer to this my last will (must be brother in law).

Inventory[215] of 1721:
An inventory of ...  Benjamin Burton of the parish of St Elizabeth Deceased
20 slaves & household goods & 8 cattle.
Shown by late wife Elbaton Burton, total £1469 11s 1/2d (£670K 2015).

Richard Traharn signed his extensive, detailed inventory (copy held). It included 19 slaves, 10 cows and some horses, £400 in cash and “at interest”, in addition to normal domestic items.

Elbeatha Maskall

    She died after Benjamin but before his inventory was entered 6 July 1721, but was an administrator in his will of 1719. As she was married by 1700, she would have been born before 1680.
    Benjamin Burton’s marriage to Elbeata Massall (probably Maskall) is shown in St Catherine 9/6/1700PR. This ties in with the birth of their children and the use of Maskall as a second name by their granddaughter, Susanna Maskall.
Elbeata was a daughter of George & Susannah Maskall.
George Maskall married Susanna Campion St Catherine, 8/6/1676.
1/1. Albeater Maskall, ch 16/10/1678, St Cat of George & Susanna Maskall.
1/2. Charles Maskall ch 1/3/1679-80, St Catherine, of George & Susanna.
1/3. Catherine Maskall ch 13/4/1681.

There is no information on where George & Susanna originated, but they were unlikely to have been Jamaican born. A George Maskall was christened in Bristol, 2nd January 1650LDS, son of George & Martha. Bristol would be a likely origin for an emigrant to Jamaica and this is about an appropriate age, but this is pure speculation. A will[216] of George Maskall, shipwright of Bristol, of 1660 mentions son George and daughters Ann & Maria; he makes George his executor so the likelihood is that this was the grandfather of George baptised 1650, who would have been too young to be an executor in 1660.

Issue of Benjamin & Elbeata Burton:
1/1. John Burton

Ch 17/12/1701 St Catherine of Benjamin & ElbethaPR.
He was left by grand mother Judith Burton one negro man by the name of Tom; as he was not named in his father’s will, be probably died before January 1720.

1/2. Ellbaton Burton b aft 1694 (JB Will).

She was left by her grandmother Judith one negro girl by name of Black Sarah, in the event of her death before 18 or marriage, then to her brother Thomas Burton. Elbeatha Burton married Joseph Rolins, St Catherine, 22/10/1722PR. No further information.

1/3. Benjamin Burton ch St Catherine, 23rd March 1703.

father of Judith (Ann Judy Twier) Burton see later in this section.

1/4. Thomas Burton – D 1763

Probably Thomas in Judith Burton’s will of 1712, who shared spoons with his brother Ben, and mentioned in his father’s 1720 will.
A Thomas Burton buried 28/7/1713 St Catherine – who??

He was of St Elizabeth between 1723 and 1737, and of Vere by 1741: his principle residence must have moved to the Richard Marks land in Canoe Valley, south-west of 16 mile gulley. Later, he was of St Elizabeth again, probably resident on the 600 acres he had granted to the north west of Aligator Pond as shown on the Manchester 203 map. The boundary between St Elizabeth and Vere moved substantially west between Browne (called 1755, but in reality an earlier survey) and Crasekll 1763.

He was claimed debtor with Benjamin in Robert Wright’s will of 1749 (son of Andrew); John Sinclair is also mentioned in this will and refers to a suit in Chancery in 1743[217] where bonds from Robert to Benjamin & Thomas Burton were passed between John & Peter Sinclair. There is no indication of any detail of the Burton brothers’ involvement, but the Burton’s may already have received compensation for their debt from Robert Wright, but also had been paid by John Sinclair.

A planter with substantial holdings in St Elizabeth & Clarendon, with a small acreage in St John (probably remaining from grandfather Francis’s holding in that parish). St Elizabeth was probably a pen, and Clarendon sugar. It would seem that he increased his holdings during his life, perhaps by purchase in St Elizabeth.

Thomas and his brother Benjamin seem to have worked together as there are several mentions of Thomas & Mary and Benjamin in deeds implicitly as partners. The case in Chancery over John Sinclair’s debts also supports this theory.
Thomas was probably very much the senior partner here, and left nearly 100 slaves and a large flock of sheep in his inventory. He owned 454 acres total: his holding in St Elizabeth was similar to brother Benjamin.
1754: Thomas Burton: St. Elizabeth 158, Clarendon 271, St. John 25, Total 454

His brother Benjamin pre-deceased him intestate so that Benjamin’s assets devolved onto Thomas.

1723[218]: Samuel Bevis for £10 sells to Thomas Burton 100 acres called the Indian Ground; both planters of St Elizabeth.

1730 Deed: Benjamin & Thomas Burton of St Elizabeth gave a negro boy to Judith Burton spinster of St Elizabeth, see under Benjamin Burton, Thomas’s brother.

1737 Deed[219]:  between Francis Trahern, a planter of St Catherine, gives (sells for 5/-) to Thomas Burton, a planter of St Elizabeth, half a parcel of 2 women & 4 girls. The rest to Francis Trahern’s children. Deed not entered until 1749.

1741[220]: Thomas Burton & his wife Mary of Vere, planter, sell to Francis Treherne of Vere, planter, for 5/- 250 acres being ½ of a lot of 500 acre patented by Richards Marks in Vere Carpenters Mtns known as Canie Valley & 20 slaves. This was a deed of trust for 1 day, reversed the following day.
There is no indication found how Thomas came into possession of this land. Probably 2/18F321 Richard Marks 450 acres Canoe Valley, between Aligator Pond & Milk River on the coast road).
This conveyance reversed next day[221]. In this case, it was Francis Treherne and his wife, gentleman of St catherine.
Thomas Burton was a neighbour of Richard Marks patent of 1708 to the north of Aligator Pond – this does not look to be the same.

1743 Deed[222]: Thomas Burton & wife Mary, planter of Vere sells 1 slave to Henry Hudson of Vere.

Manumission[223]: 1747
Benjamin & Thomas Burton, of Vere, planters, manumit boy Tom son of negro woman Qualinor?? Property of Benjamin.

1750 Deed[224]: Thomas & Mary Burton to Benjamin Burton gift of slaves.

1750 Deed[225]: Benjamin Burton & Thomas Burton & his wife Mary planters of Vere sold to James Powell 50 acres. Where was this? Prob sold to the brothers in 1741.

1750 Manumission[226]: Thomas Burton & Mary his wife, of Vere, manumitted mulatto girl named Nancy dau of Abengebah.

1752[227]: George Raxstead jnr of St Elizabeth sells to Thomas Burton of Vere planter for £35 land above Ashes Valley in St Elizabeth 300A NW deep rocky gully, NW on heirs of George Brooks esq dcd and all other sides prop unknown.
This may be the Burton’s Mountain marked on the Cadastral map of St Elizabeth, copy of which we hold: it is a mile or 2 SE of Lacovia; the Brooks’s had several properties in the area.
Raxstead appears in Browne well NNE of Gutters, but this seems to be too far away, and no Brookes’s seem to be there.

1753[228]: Thoms Burton of Vere planter guardian of William Dunbar, a minor, lets to Richard Ragg, bricklayer of St Catherine, 240A in St John for 7 years at £10 pa
Plat W Land pat by Francis Burton dcd now belonging to Henry Savage, S John Wilkins esq, E Williamm Goffe Pat now Mrs Ellis & Halhead “road from Savages to Ellis Chambers. Plat photographed.

1754[229]: Ind Btw Francis Smith planter of Vere & Thomas Burton same
Whereas Thomas Burton & wife Mary dated day before
sells to Francis Smith land at Aligator Pond 75 acres ½ of patent for 150 to Nicholas Stephens & 12 slaves, This deed sells it back to Thomas Burton for 5/-.
The first deed Thomas & Mary Burton sell the land, and the second deed sells it back to Thomas solely.
This land is on estate map Manch 203.

1755[230]: Thomas Burton of Vere planter for 5/- each sells to Hannah Mendez a free negro woman at Aligator Pond in St Elizabeth 2 slaves and to Thomas Burton mulatto son of Hannah Mendez a slave.

1755 Deed[231]:
Thomas Burton of Vere to Richard Ragg of St Cat, Sale of Land for £50:
Wife Mary, late Mary Moore one of the daus of John Moore of St Catherine, planter. Land in St John’s 51 acres in John Moore’s will 1/5/1723 split between daus Margaret & Mary, bounding on Wm Brice and Alger Pestell.
Richard Ragg is thought to have been married in 1726 to Thomas’s cousin, Mary Burton, daughter of Nicholas Burton.

1756[232]: Thomas Burton planter of Vere sells for £30J to Thomas Durrant planter of St Elizabeth, land pat by Samuel Beeves whole 300 A 1st run 293A E on Thomas Chapman N on Jonathan Harrison, 2nd 7A situated in the Indian Ground N on rocky Mtn all other u/s.

1759 Patent 21/12/1759 300 acres St Elizabeth – 9/2016 copied wrong pages!

1761 Patent:
300 acres in St Elizabeth, Aligator Pond, to the north of his own land and Richard Marks patent. This patent bounds on land already patented by Thomas Burton and fits to the north of his land on estate map Manchester 203.

Thomas Burton To Hannah Mendez – 1764
204/12 Dated 16/12/1761 ent 20/6/1764.
Thomas Burton planter of St Elizabeth for £10 from Hannah Mendez, free negro of St Elizabeth on behalf of Nicholas Francis John Benjamin George William James Joseph Sampson & Richard  and daughters Hannah & Mary, all mulattos Thomas Burton conveys to Hannah Mendez 1/3 of 300A patented by Thomas Burton at Aligator Pond Rocks N on another parcel of 300A to Thomas Burton & Capt Richard Marks WN & E on land u/s for her life and after to daughters Hannah & Mary remaining 2/3 to sons. Also 1/3 of 146A in Carpenters Mountains called Mamme gully Near Plowden Hill W on Francis Smith of Vere S on land patented by Jonathan Harrison E on heirs of Zacharia Gaultier N land patented by Nicholas Coleman for life and after to Nicholas & Francis remaining 2/3 to Nick & Francis. And 300 A pat by Thomas Burton at Aligator Pond Bay NW & S on rocky Mtns E on a rocky corner to Capt Parker & Richard Marks on land patented by Richard Marks owned by Thomas Burton to all sons.

Manumission 6/158 (abt 1758):
Thomas Burton planter of Vere for 5/- paid by Nicholas Burton, free mulatto of St Elizabeth a negro woman Phyllis.

1765 Deed[233]: JH Sinclair – Burton – 1765 – was this part of Thomas’s estate?. Note that JHS will was also dated April 1765.
Indenture (selling part plot of land) between JHS and Judith, Thomas & Francis Burton and Sophronia Sinclair all of St Elizabeth, £8 from Judith, £150 from Thomas, £48 from Francis, £50 from Sophronia Sinclair, 2 slaves to Judith Burton, 2 to Thomas Burton & 10 acres in Alligator Pond Savannah, being part of 350 acres conveyed (by JHS?) to Thomas Durrant in and about the place the place he dwelleth on. To Francis Burton one slave, to Sophronia Sinclair one slave.

Thomas (Francis, Benjamin) mentions in his will of 1764 sons Thomas Christopher & John Francis and daughter Judith, inter alia. One of his executors was John Hayle Sinclair. The deed between John Hayle Sinclair & Judith, Thomas & Francis Burton & Sophronia Sinclair might refer to the 3 issue of Thomas Burton and to Judith’s daughter Sophronia; the deed in 1765 would tie in with sorting out Thomas’ estate.

Will[234] of 1763/4:
Thomas Burton of St Elizabeth, sound mind etc.
Abreviated version. Deceased by 22/12/1763. Ref to Simon Facey of St Elizabeth in preamble.

The issue of Hannah Mendez are now thought to be mostly by brother Benjamin Burton.

Item: Whereas I did manumise one negro woman Hannah (alias Hannah Mendez) and two mulatto boys named Nicholas & Francis (alias Nicholas Burton & Francis Burton). It is my will they be declared free.
Item I bequeath unto the said Hannah Mendez, one negro woman slave named Arrabellas Sary one negro man slave named Quashibah sister to (Madam) one girl named Sambo Nancy daughter of the said Madam & Maria’s son Jack during her natural life & after her decease
Then I bequeath unto Thomas Burton son of Hannah Mendez the negro woman slave named Quashibah
Item: it is my will after the decease of Hannah Mendez that the negro boy named Maria’s Jack be & is bequeathed unto Joseph Burton, son of Hannah Mendez
and further it is my desire after the decease of Hannah Mendez that the negro girl slave named Arabella’s Sary be bequeathed to Richard Burton son of Hannah Mendez
and further it is my desire after the decease of Hannah Mendez that slave named Sambo Nancy be bequeathed unto Edward Burton son of Hannah Mendez
Item I bequeath unto Nicholas Burton son of Hannah Mendez one negro man slave named Cudjoe
Item I bequeath unto Francis Burton son of Hannah Mendez one negro man slave named Jacob to be by him kept as his slave untill some slave of equal value be purchased & delivered to Francis Burton in exchange & lieu of Jacob by my son Benjamin Burton
Item I give bequeath unto John Benjamin Burton son of Hannah Mendez one negro man named Dussee alias Ceason
Item I give bequeath unto George William Burton son of Hannah Mendez one negro boy slave named Adam
Item I bequeath unto James Burton son of Hannah Mendez one negro woman named Maria
Item I bequeath unto Sampson Burton son of Hannah Mendez one negro man named Cuffee to him and his heirs for ever
Item I bequeath unto Hannah Burton Daughter of Hannah Mendez one negro woman slave named Margaret
Item I bequeath unto Mary Burton Daughter of Hannah Mendez one negro woman slave named Esther
Item I bequeath unto my Daughter Elbeatha Burton one Girl slave named little Judy
Item I bequeath unto my Daughter Judith Burton the following slaves, vizt Aubah, Eboe, Grace, Eboe Sally, Beniba, Lucia, old Arabella & little Sally
Item I bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Burton the following slaves, vizt Betty, Queen, Judith, Ruth & Plowden Sary.
Item I bequeath unto my Daughter Susanna Burton the following slaves, vizt Fidelia Catalina, Mimbo, Whania, Sabella, & Jone
Item I bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Burton the following slaves, vizt Nanny, Pica, Venis, Diane, Creole Grace & Leah
Item I bequeath unto my son Thomas Christopher Burton Cromwell, Davy Whan Ebo Sapmson, Fortune & Cornwall
Item I bequeath unto my son John Francis Burton Mars, Frank, Manuel, Josswell, Old Jack & Young Lot
Item I bequeath unto my son Benjamin Burton all the remainder of my estate already devised.
Lastly I nominate my well beloved friends Francis Smith of the parish of Vere and John Hayle Sinclair of the parish of St Elizabeth as also my dearly beloved son Benjamin Burton executors

Inventory: 44/107 Ent 13 August 1764
Planter of St Elizabeth shown by John Hayle Sinclair
Total £5753-11-3d
98 slaves, about 350 sheep and 5 horses.

Married Mary Moore
dau of John Moore, planter of St Catherine’s (deduced from a later deed[235]).
Mary Moore, dau of John Moore, ch St C 25/7/1719.

Vere PR: Thomas Burton mar Mary Dunbar, widow, 10/8/1740 – this could be them, but seems a bit late. She probably predeceased Thomas as she was not in his will.

Will of John Moore, 1723[236]:
Planter of St Catherine
Estate to daus Margaret & Mary when 21 or married
If daus die to
Wife Dorothy, sister Mary Harding & her 2 daus Mary & Elizabeth
Refers to land in St John with 6 slaves.

Mary, from the deed below must have been previously married to William Dunbar. Their daughter, Dorothy would have been named after Mary’s mother.

Deed[237] 1753-73:
Thomas & Mary Burton of Vere
for love and affection for
Dorothy Dunbar dau of William Dunbar dcd surveyor & sd Mary Burton
5/- to Francis Smith for Dorothy Dunbar 2 slaves
Note date year written as 1753. In spite of the long gap, these dates were probably correct as Dorothy must have been born before 1740.
no will or burial indexed for William Dunbar.

Benjamin, Thomas Christopher & John Francis shown as having land in Manchester[238], about 2½ miles SE of Spur Tree at Oldbury. Benjamin & Thomas had 300 acres each, John’s is not shown. Benjamin’s survey date was 1787; it is not clear if this was a grant. Some patents on file (1/2016)

Issue of Thomas & Mary his wife as listed in his will with St Elizabeth records where found:
2/1. Benjamin Burton – will only.

Residuary legatee of father’s estate, and thus probably the eldest.

Possible issue:
Reputed children of Mr Benjamin Burton by Hannah Powell, free mulatto (St E PR):
3/1. Mary Burton, bap 26/9/1788, b 28/12/1772
3/2. Francis Burton, bap 26/9/1788, b 2/9/1775
3/3. Joseph Burton, bap 26/9/1788, b 18/12/1777
3/4. Susannah Turner Burton, bap 26/9/1788, b 26/12/1785
3/5. Biddy Burton, bap 26/9/1788, b 19/8/1787
3/6. Sarah Burton - born 1 Apr 1789, ch 27/11/1800 St E
3/7. Hannah Powell Burton - born 26 Feb 1792, ch 27/11/1800 St E
3/8. Benjamin Burton - born 17 Nov 1794, ch 27/11/1800 St E
3/9. Elisha Powell Burton - born 31 Jul 1796, ch 27/11/1800 St E
3/10. Rachel Burton - born 5 Apr 1799, ch 27/11/1800 St E


2/2. Susannah Mascal Burton B: 10/7/1748 Ch: 23/12/1753 St Elizabeth

Susannah Burton From Edward Bendall – 1761 She was the only known Susanna Burton of the time.
189/15 Date 1/8/1758 ent 7/10/1761
Edward Bendall merchant of Kingston, Susanna Burton spinster of St Elizabeth, Susanna Burton buys 1 slave for £50
3/1. Mary Booth Burton, ch: 27/7/1769 Vere

of Susannah Masclen BurtonPR.
Bur 16/10/1770 aged 2. Probably her.

2/3. Mary Burton, born 16/12/1750 Ch: 23/12/1753 St Elizabeth
2/4. Thomas Christopher Burton: B. 26/12/1753 Ch: St E 26/1/1754PR.

Married St Catherine Rachel (Rodon) Jackson, he of St Elizabeth, she OTP a widow 29/3/1783 by licence.
She married 1st William Thomas Jackson, 31/10/1762 St Catherine, he a widow, she a spinster. He was buried St Catherine 14/8/1779 as a Practitioner in Physic – decay.
No indication of her birth, but the Rodons appear in land records in Vere. James & Susanna Rodon were having children in the 1730’s & 40’s in Clarendon.
Deed[239] 1784-5:
Thomas Christopher Burton & wife Rachell of St Catherine &
Joseph Williams of St Elizabeth
For £50J sells 150 acres of land on W side of May Day Mountains in St Elizabeth, part of run of 200 acres pat by sd Thomas Christopher Burton in Jan present year
S on Benjamin Burton, W on unknown, N of John Rome. Plat in deed.

Possible issue, ch St Elizabeth: (note ch date same as Ben & Hannah Powell)
3/1. Hannah Burton, reputed dau of Thomas Burton by Bessy James,

Ch: 26/9/1788, abt 11 years old.

2/5. John Francis Burton b. 15/1/1756, Ch: 7/8/1756PR.

1787: shown as adjoing the grant of 300 acres to Benjamin Burton (his brother) in the May Day mountains.
1790[240]: Granted 300 acres near Spanish Quarters on the road from there to Mulatto Pen. Robertson shows S Burton on the west side of the road a mile or 2 south of Gutters and J Burton to the NE of Nain. Spanish Quarters in Lidell 1888 was NE of Nain, and Mulatto Pen on the eastern side of the Aligator Pond-Gutters road. The roads do not align well with the modern ones, either on the plat or the estate map of 1811.
in 1811, an Elizabeth Burton was at Content, St Elizabeth with 50 slaves (65 in 1816): there is a Content a mile or so east of Nain on the modern 50K map – was this the one?
ch 27/10/1794 St Elizabeth reputed children of John Fr Burton by Ann Burton (negro belonging to John Fr Burton, ch same day, aged 18).
3/1. Mary More Burton abt 3 years (b abt 1791)
3/2. William More Burton abt 8 months (b abt 2/1794)

ch 27/06/1800 St E (JFB & AB as above):
3/3. Elizabeth Lockhart More Burton, b 24/11/1795
3/4. Jane More Burton, b. 16/11/1797
3/5. Thomas John Burton, b. 25/1/1800.

2/6. Elbeatha Burton – will only.

Joseph John son of James Powell and Elizabeth Burton about two years of age bap 1768.
Francis Biddy Trehern, dau of JP & EB, bap 25 April 1772, about 2 years old.

Possibly ch St E PR reputed children of James Powell by Elbeata Burton:
James Powell a free mestize, EB white, children reputed white
Note ch date as for Benjamin/Powell & Thomas/Bessy above.
3/1. Ann Treherne Burton, b 12/7/1776, ch 26/9/1788

Simon Booth to Ann Treherne Burton
276/30 23/9/1767 enr 11/8/1775
Simon Booth planter of Vere for 5/- from Ann Treherne Burton spin of Vere sells land called Robinsons 10 acres E on heirs of Lawrie, S&W on Kings High Rd, N on the Spring

3/2. Judith Powell Burton, b 10/12/1778, ch 26/9/1788.
3/3. Mary Burton, reputed dau of James Powell & Elbeatha Burton,

b 1/12/1771, bap 1 Aug 1773, non white (V1 P35)

Also ch 26/9/1788 Hannah Powell aged 35 free mulatto

2/7. Judith Burton – will only.
2/8. Ann Burton – will only.

Rose dau of Thomas Burton by Kelly, a slave of Benjamin Burton, born 7/1/1759, bap 28/3/1761, St Elizabeth PR.

Unknown Burton/Witter/Swabys etc of this Generation

Who was this? Probably of the family of John & Mary Burton from Barbados:
5 children of Thomas Burton & Elizabeth Neif, bap July 1770 St Elizabeth.

Sarah the property of S Burton bap St E April-Aug 1768 abt 30 years of age.

Children of Sarah Witter assumed initially to be connected to the Burtons, but probably not as father not named. Birth dates not given, but probably young as adult baptisms usually done together:
1/1. Nicholas Gilbert (Witter) - bapt. St E 29 Dec 1751 – son of Sarah Witter.

1/2. Ruth (Witter), bap St E 5 Sep 1755 – base dau of Sarah Witter (PR V1/14)

1/3. Judith (Witter), bap St E 5 Sep 1755 – base dau of Sarah Witter (PR V1/14)

Westmoreland: Administration
1B/11/17/6F122 17450718 John Burton Burton Samuel John B of Wmoreland gent, Samuel Burton  millwright of W heir & bro.
29/177 James Burton Ent 9/7/1754 of Westmoreland gent, purchase from Mr William Ricketss negro named Phibah alias Grace & her mulatto child Sarah & manumit them; then to them some slaves. R & R to nephew Samuel Burton Millwright of Westmoreland he also exec & guardian.


Mary Booth Burton, dau of Susaanna Masden, ch Vere, 27/7/1769.

A Sarah the property of S Burton baptised at 4/1768 aged 30.

Dickleburgh, Norfolk,
Judith Burton, dau of Thomas & Margaret, bap 11/4/1788
Caroline Swaby, dau of Joseph James Swaby and his wife, late Ann Wilson, widow, b Jamaica 9/10/1785, bap 11/4/1788.
The Burtons show up in the area in previous generations, and in the absence of any better information, I believe that they are not connected with the Jamaicans.

Children of Ruth Burton – there is no indication which Ruth this is.

2/1. Joseph Swaby - born 16 Mar 1755, ch St E 22/4/1759

no father, but likely to be Joseph James Swaby. No further information.

2/2. John Swaby,

son of Joseph James Swaby by Ruth Burton (ref JJS will),
B abt 1758, bur 17/11/1825 Manchester (Jam PR) aged 67. His son, James, was probably Francis Maitland’s executor in 1824.
Marries Frances King, free mulatto.
3/1. James Swaby, b 1787, married Elizabeth Sutton

Granted Rights & Privileges of whites, 1823. A source refers to him as mulatto, but no certainty.

3/2. Ruth Swaby, 1791-1853, married Thomas Oxley
3/3. George Swaby, MD, 1800-1859

married 1822, Scarborough, Ann Robertson, 1804-1887
Ann dau of John & Caroline (Swaby) Robertson – Caroline dau of JJS by his wife, Ann Wilson
4/1. John William Swaby, 1830-1854, married 1851 Hamersmith Everilda Jane Hamer

Family moved to Yorkshire via Norfolk, England.
Ref Alison Powell, Genesreunited.
Also V1/15 St E: Sarah dau of Catherine Swaby wife of Dr Swaby ch 26/12/1756, b 2/4/1756.

David Wood email 5/2016:

Prior to this the only possible reference that I had found to a Joseph James Swaby before him turning up in Jamaica was in the records of the Old Bailey in 1750 when one Joseph James Swaby pleaded guilty to highway robbery and was sentenced to 7 years transportation, which would have been the American colonies at the time.


< http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/browse.jsp?div=t17500530-1>


Swaby is not that common a name and both Christian names are correct. Given that (The Honorable) Joseph James Swaby was b. abt. 1733 (based on his reported age at death in Jamaica), the date could fit.


Peter Durbin and I are investigating as to whether (The Honorable) JJS Snr. of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica is the same person as JJS the highwayman and whether “Dr. Swaby”, husband of Catherine Swaby, father of Sarah Swaby, bap. 1756 is the same person who had a child Joseph Swaby, b. 1755, by Ruth Burton. [While JJS specifically is not named as the father of Joseph Swaby b. 1755, we know from his will that JJS had another son, John Swaby, by Ruth Burton.] You then have to ask, could JJS the highwayman, Jos Jas Swaby, “practitioner of physic and surgery of St Elizabeth”, “Dr. Swaby” and (The Honorable) Joseph James Swaby, Plantation owner, JP, Custos of St. Elizabeth and Colonel Commandant, all be the same person?


I note that the surname Burton appears all through the Maitland documents and we know that Ruth Burton was the mother of Joseph Swaby and John Swaby, father (The Honorable) Joseph James Swaby. To add another twist, JJS Snr. had 2 of his children baptised in Dickleburgh, Norfolk (these were in the 1788’s). Why did he have them baptised in England versus Jamaica and why Dickleburgh of all places? If you look at the Dickleburgh baptismal record for Caroline Swaby, the very next record is for Judith Burton, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Burton. If we look at early maps of Jamaica, we see property owned by JJ Swaby and J Swaby in the area of Spur Tree to the south west of Mandeville. We also see property owned by the Burton’s in the same area. From this, one might believe that there was a Swaby – Burton family connection both in Jamaica and in England. I am not sure of the Maitland – Burton connection, that’s your area.

6.3    Thomas & Benjamin Burton Lands Transactions

    Benjamin & Thomas Burton appeared to work together and had interlinked land transactions, expecially as Thomas inherited Benjamin’s estate as the latter dies intestate with no legitimate offspring. Their deeds are summarised:

Estate map Manch 203 shows what is probably “his own land” in his 1761 grant of 300 acres and that grant in the foothills of Little Pedro mountains, up the road from Aligator Pond. This 600 acres is now pretty rugged country, staddling the road down from Bull Savanna into Aligator Pond.

Deeds etc:

1723: TB of St E from Bevis 100A Indian Ground – sold in 1756
1728: BB buys 146A Anderson land from ZG, on death goes to brother TB
1730: BB date unk, bought 35A from ZG/Harrison close to this 146 acres.
1741: TB re FT ½ of 500A Marks land Canoe Valley Plat 18F321?
1741: BB of Vere sells 15A at Aligator Pond to Elizabeth Bradford
1741: BB of Vere sells Hunt land in St Jago called jnr in deed.
1741: BB & TB buys 40 A in Carp Mtns from Creamer, part of Powell Land.
1750: BB & TB sells to Powell 50 A Vere
1752: TB buys 300A in St Elizabeth from George Haxstead – Burton’s Mtn??
1754: BB 155 acres St Elizabeth
1754: TB St E 158, Clarendon 271, St. John 25, Total 454
1754: TB & FT re land at Aligator Pond – Stevens 150a Pat Manch 203.
1755: TB sells land in St John (25 a?) to Richard Ragg.
1756: TB of Vere sells 300A at Indian Grounds land to Durrant.
1755: BB snr of St E sells 10A of Harrison land bt from Z Gaultier.
1760: TB sells 146 A Anderson to Hannah M
1760?: TB granted 300A Aligator Pond on Manch 203.
1761: TB granted 300 A Aligator Pond on Manch 203.
1763: TB of St E dies.
1767: HM sells 146 A Anderson to Francis Smith, TB’s exec.
1776: BB snr of St E sells rest ZG 35A to Margaret Simpson, Free Quad


The cadastral map of west central St Elizabeth shows Burton’s Pen (180A) & Burtons Mountain (360A) on the east side of the road from Lacovia south, with a note that they belong to Kilburn: Robertson has Kilburns in this postion. These are shown on Liddell, but Craskel has nothing marked there. A guess is that this is where Benjamin Burton, son of Francis first took up residence in St Elizabeth.
This might have been the land bought from George Raxstead in 1752[241].

Robertson shows:
J Burton:

on the west of the Gutters-Aligator Pen Road: this is probably the grant to Jno Ch Burton in 1790. The plat shows the road from Spanish Quarters to Mulatto Pen to the south. Spanish Quarters on Liddell is NE of Nain. This may be Claremont on Liddell.


just south of Blakes (Pen on Liddell), east of Downs, but Matthew Burton at Blakes Pen on Almanacs, but Blakes & Burton on Robbo shown as 2 places.

Z Burton:

east of Mulatto Pen – Lucky Valley on Liddell & Almanacs, 1811, lucky Valley Daniel Austin

J Burton: SW of Lucky Valley, E of Mulatto Pen.

W Burton,)
Simpson, ) in the rough position of the 146 acres east of Plowden hill
J Burton )
1815: James Burton, estate of, Plowden, Vere

Estate Plan at Oldbury (btw Mandeville and Guttters) shows sons Benjamin, Thomas Christopher & John Francis - Manchester 201.

1817 Clarendon: Chisholme, James, attorney, Trout Hall, 252/154
...Same, Mammee Gully, 24

6.4    BENJAMIN BURTON - 1703


Ch 23/3/1703 St Catherine, of Benjamin & Elbetha Burton.
Probably ”Benn” in Judith’s will who was left 6 spoons to share with his brother, Thomas.

    There is no record of his having been married or having any legitimate issue, but he had children by Dorothy Rochester baptised in St Elizabeth in the early 1730’s. He may also have had issue by Hannah Mendez, whose children are listed in by his brother Thomas’s will. Thonas Burton, having inherited Benjamin’s estate by itestacy, gave the 146 acres of Benjamin’s land to Hannah and confirmed the manumission of her and her sons, Nicholas & Francis, referred to as boys in 1763 making the relationship between Hannah & Benjamin probable. It would seem possible that Nicholas & Francis at least were sons of Benjamin by Hannah Mendez, and the some of the remainder were by Thomas, although only Edward is specifically named as Thomas’s son, born at or soon after Benjamin’s death. There is some doubt about Sampson’s father in that most of the word has been rubbed out.
    Benjamin probably died about 1760, intestate. In this case, his assets devolved onto his brother, Thomas: the deed of 1767 states that Thomas granted the 146 acres to Hannah Mendez in December 1760, giving a latest death date.
    He was variously described as of St Elizabeth and of Vere: his lands were right on what was then the border of the two parishes. Benjamin was a relatively small landholder, with 155 acres in 1754. He had bought 146 acres in 1728, and must have inherited some from his father. The boundary between St Elizabeth and Vere moved substantially west between Browne (called 1755, but in reality an earlier survey) and Crasekll 1763, this would make the 146 acres firstly in St Elizabeth and then in Vere, so this may have been his only substantial holding. He may have had a little land around Aligator Pond as well from some deeds.
    Benjamin and his brother Thomas seem to have worked together as there are several mentions of Thomas & Mary and Benjamin in deeds implicitly as partners. There was also a case in Chancery, basically between Peter Sinclair and Robert Wright over unpaid debts by John to Robert (probably wages amongst other things). Involved in this was a dabt by the Burton brothers, which may or may not have been paid by John; maybe this was part of a wider disagreement between the Sinclairs and Burtons, which might help to explain the evident spilt between John Hayle Sinclair and the rest of his family as mentioned in his will.

The following deeds refer to land on the south coast between Milk River and Aligator Pond.
Thomas Burton has a couple of deeds “bed & breakfasting” land in a similar area in 1741.

A debtor with Thomas in Robert Wright’s will of 1749 (son of Andrew)
This debt mentioned in a suit in Chancery with Petere Sinclair in 1743

Land at Hillberry, Aligator Pond, St Elizabeth:
1728[243]: Zachariah Gualtier of St Elizabeth, esq & his wife Mary sell for 5/- land at Aligator Pond mountains, St Elizabeth, 146 acres, (N Richard Marks, E Capt Anthony Storror dcd, W on Jonathan Harrison dcd, S on Waste land), let to Benjamin Burton on a peppercorn rent for 1 year. A second deed on the same page, dated a day later, decribes the land as patented by Thomas Anderson 3/10/1719 & sold to Joseph Cromer & Martha 13/7/1720, who sold it to Zachariah Gualtier. Zachariah Gualtier sells it Benjamin Burton for £78, with Benjamin Burton in actual possession. The land was part of a patent[244] to Thomas Anderson in 1719. This land went to brother Thomas when Benjamin died intestate, who passed it to Hannah Mendez and sons, it was then sold to Francis Smith.
Deducing from Estate Map Manchester 203, this plot was north of Aligator Pond, probably on the junction of the Gutters Road and the road going on West to St Elizabeth: on the Anderson patent, this is referred to as the Leeward Road, presumably before the “New Leeward Road” referred to in other papers. If this was the case, the land would have butted on that shown as Thomas Burton in Manchester 203.
This is probably the Burton Land shown on Craskell esat of Plowden Hill.

Other Deeds:
1730 Deed[245] Deed: Benjamin & Thomas Burton of St Elizabeth gave a negro boy to Judith Burton spinster of St Elizabeth. If she died the negro to Benjamin Burton, a minor. If both died, negro to the issue of Dorothy Rochester.
This must refer to Benjamin & his brother Thomas, both of whom were by this time of St Elizabeth. Judith here appears to be of full age, the same generation as Benjamin & Thomas, so who she was is open to question,
but not the concubine of JH Sinclair.
Benjamin minor was probably son of Thomas. The mention of the heirs of Dorothy Rochester implies that at least some of Benjamin snr’s issue by her were already born and that this Judith was Benjamin’s daughter by Dorothy.

1741[246]: Benjamin Burton of Vere planter, gives to Elizabeth Bradford of St Elizabeth 19 slaves and 3 parcels of land:
15 acres at Alligator Pond and 12 acres on the rocks in the same place, on land of Capt Richard Marks dcd 10 acres in Rockky Valley lying on Beckford and Gale for J£10. This would have been on or near the 146 acres bought in 1728, the tone of the deed implies some relationship between Benjamin & Elizabeth, but what is not clear.

1741[247]: Benjamin Burton jnr planter of Vere & Samuel Gabay of St Catherine
sells for £30 28 ft of land facing negro market in St Jago, inherited via his father, Benjamin snr (said to have died intestate) from William Hunt jnr, husband of Ann (Burton) Hunt.
wit Francis Treherne.
The deed seems to be incorrect in that Benjamin Burton snr left a will in 1720. This does refer to Benjamin born 1703, the snr & jnr differentiate in the text between father and son.

1741[248]: Joseph Creemer carpenter of Vere & his wife Mary sell to Benjamin & Thomas Burton of Vere for 5/- 40 acres in Vere Carpenters Mountains NE on deep Gully W the other part of the same land SW pat by James Powell, S & NE on William Dunbar. Creemer was probably a trustee.

1747 Manumission[249]: Benjamin & Thomas Burton, of Vere, planters, manumit boy Tom son of negro woman Qualinor?? Property of Benjamin.

1749: In a case in Chancery (see under John Sinclair), Peter Sinclair, John’s brother, was sued by Robert Wright for money’s owed. Part of the argument covered an amount owed by Robert Wright as overseer to John Sinclair: there was dispute over whether the Burtons accepted 2 horses in settlement of this debt.
It appears that Peter Sinclair settled with the Burtons and then claimed on John.
It would seem that the Burtons were either working for John Sinclair or had sold him goods, which had not been paid for. Perhaps this was part of a more extensive dispute between the Sinclairs and Burtons, with Robert Wright caught between.

1750 Deed[250]: Benjamin Burton gave 1 Negro to reputed daughter Elbeaton Burton
This is probably this Benjamin. (probably the daughter of Dorothy Rochester)

1750 Deed[251]: Benjamin Burton & Thomas Burton & his wife Mary planters of Vere sold to James Powell 50 acres.

1750 Deed[252]: Thomas & Mary Burton to Benjamin Burton gift of slaves.

1754: Benjamin Burton owned 155 acres in St Elizabeth.

1755[253]: Benjamin Burton snr of St Elizabeth planter sells to Benjamin Burton jnr & John Burton free mulattoes for 5/- 10 acres part of 35A bought from Zachary Gaultier exec of Jonathan Harrison E on Francis Smith (formerly Anthony Storers) N on John Ives, SW on residue 25A.
Probably sons of Hannah Mendez, although Benjamin does not appear in the will of Thomas.
This land must have been very close to or adjoining the 146 acres acquired in 1728.

Administration, maybe him with Powell connection with son.
15/90 17701101    Benjamin    Burton      Powell      Benjamin    BB planter late of Vere & BP principal creditor, planter of St E.

Dorothy Rochester

Issue of Benjamin Burton by Dorothy Rochester, mulatto, the children therefore quadroons, ch Clarendon:
No sign of where Dorothy Rochester came from.

From the 1730 deed 83/78, some or all born before June 1730:
1/1. Ann Judy Twier Burton ch Clarendon 4/4/1734.

As her daughter, Ruth Sinclair, was a mestice, Judith must have been a quadroon. This fits.
No sign of Twier name – it may well have been a transcription error. See under John Hayle Sinclair and Judith Burton for more on her.
There were several entries in St Catherine, late 17thC & early 18thC for Twiner: this could be a misprint for Twier, or the other way round; even so, there is no indication of any connection.

1/2. John Burton, ch Clarendon 4/4/1734.
1/3. Elizabeth Burton, ch Clarendon 4/4/1734.

Given a negro by her father 1750

1/4. Zachary Burton – a strong possibility to be a 4th child

as he called his children by 2nd name Rochester:

1789 granted[254] 300 acres in the May Day Mountains in St Elizabeth, SE on patent of Benjamin Burton and Thomas Christopher Burton, NW on land patented by John Swaby, and all other sides unkonwn.

Either he or more probably his son was listed on the Almanacs at Lucky Valley, St Elizabeth (to the SW of Nain on Liddell in the middle of the Essex Valley), first appearing in 1812 until 1825 and then at Fustic Grove, to the NW of Font Hill, west of Black River.
Ch at St Elizabeth:
2/1. Sarah Rochester Burton, dau of Zachary Burton & Hannah a slave,

ch St E btw April & Aug 1768, aged abt 4PR.

2/2. Bonella Rochester Burton dau of Zachary Burton & Hannah a slave,

ch St E btw April & Aug 1768, aged abt 3PR.

The reputed children of Zachary Burton (looks a bit like Burtoa in 19thC transcript, but must be Burton) by Nanny a negro belonging to Ruth Burton the children freed, ch 26/9/1788 – no birth date given:
2/3. John Rochester Burton. Ch 26/9/1788 St Elizabeth.
2/4. Joseph Rochester Burton. Ch 26/9/1788 St Elizabeth.
2/5. Zachary Burton, no parents given.

Ch St Elizabeth, Oct 14, 1787, aged 11, free Sambo.

William Rochester, son of William & Ann, ch 23 January 1697, Clarendon.
Ann, dau of Ruth Rochester, ch 4/6/1737, Clarendon
Ruth, dau of Ann Rochester, ch 26/12/1756, St E.
Also ch 26/9/1788 Mary Rochester, free negro.

Hannah Mendez

   Hannah Mendez was a negro woman, initially a slave, but free by 1755. The issue of Hannah Mendez are listed in the will of Thomas Burton, Benjamin’s brother, but their fatherhood uncertain, but most if not all are probably Benjamin’s. From the fact that Thomas Burton deeded most of his brother’s land to Hannah Mendez and two of her sons, Francis & Nicholas, and confirmed their manumission, implies that they were by Benjamin, although, even with the morals of the time, this seems unlikely.
    In 1755, Thomas Burton of Vere planter sells to Hannah Mendez a free negro woman at Aligator Pond for 5/- each 2 slaves and to Thomas Burton mulatto son of Hannah Mendez a slave (ref under Thomas.)
    In 1767[255], Hannah Mendez a free negro woman, Nicholas Burton and Francis Burton free mulatto men all of St Elizabeth convey 146 acres to Francis Smith for £81-5s. The land was granted[256] to Thomas Anderson[257], 146 acres near a place called Hilberry in St Elizabeth bounded North on Capt Richard Marks Easterly on Captain Richard Stoner, west on land of Jonathan Harrison. Thomas Anderson conveyed this land to Joseph Creamer and his wife who sold it to Zacharia Gaultier who in turn sold it 1st May 1728 to Benjamin Burton (See above). Benjamin Burton died intestate so Thomas Burton his brother inherited. Thomas Burton on 17th December 1760 granted it to Hannah Mendez, Nicholas Burton and Francis Burton.
It is possible that this land was in the area covered by Manchester estate map 203, with a northern boundary on Richard Marks.

Hannah Mendez Burton To Francis Smith – 1768

228/113 Sep-16 Date 1/11/1767 ent 5/4/1768.

Hannah Mendez a free negro & Nicholas, & Francis Burton, free muattos, sons of Hannah Mendez, of St Elizabeth Francis Smith esq. Whereas grant 146 acres to Thomas Anderson at Hilberry in St Elizabeth N on Capt Richard Marks, E on Capt Anthony Stoner and W on Jonathan Harrison .& Whereas Thomas Anderson by deed sold lands to Joseph Creamer and then to Zacharia Gaultier who 10/5/1728 sold to Benjamin Burton who died intestate, so Thomas Burton became owner. Whereas Thomas Burton 10/12/1760 gave to Hannah Mendez & her sons, Now for £81/6 they sell to Francis Smith


Nicholas Burton From Joseph James Swaby – 1768

228/175 Sep-16 Date 6/10/1764 ent 21/9/1768.

Joseph James Swaby gent sells to Nicholas Burton, a free mulatto carpenter 10 acres in St Elizabeth, part of arun of 430A patented to Robert Varney,  W on Kings Rd, S on Roger Wait, E on Mountains, N on Dunn, For life, no right to cut mahogany or other timber Also another deed to Sarah Witter, free mulatto on next line on same patent.

Issue of Hannah Mendez, who would have been mulattos, baptised St Elizabeth where dates given:

A probable son of Benjamin, maybe by Hannah as he was a mulatto:
1/1. Benjamin Burton,

appears as a mulatto in deeds in 1755 (the conveyance of 10 acres of Gaulitier land) as junior to Ben senior and later as Benjamin snr: this individual could not have been either by Dorothy Rochester (a mulatto) or the son of Thomas by Mary Moore, both white.

1776[258]: Benjamin Burton snr of St Elizabeth planter for 5/- from Margaret Simpson free quadroon woman sells
All that remaining part of land purchased from Zachary Gaulitier only exec of Jonathan Harrison dcd E on Francis Smith (formerly Anthony Stories) N John Turo S & W and the residue etc being 25 acres purchased from Zachary Gaulitier

1788[259]: patented 300 acres in the May Day Mountains (near Mulatto Pen), E on Thos Christopher Burton, S on Jno Frs Burton, SW Road to Barrs Crawl & Rocky Mtns, NW & NE unknown. He subsequently sold 100 acres in August 1796 on the NW corner of the patent, estate map[260] of conveyance does not mention purchaser.

All the following were in Thomas Burton’s will in this order:
A/1. Thomas, no Baptism recorded.
A/2. Joseph,

No father given, Joseph, b 17/1/1750, bap 23/12/1753 St Elizabeth
baptised the same day as Thomas Burton’s daughters Susanna & Mary.

A/6. Richard,

Richard, base son of Hannah Mendez b 10/4/1760 ch 8/11/1761 St E no father quoted.

A/7. Edward,

illegitimate son of Thomas Burton and Hannah Mendez, about 7 years of age. Bap btw April & August 1768, thus born abt 1761.

A/8. Nicholas

(in will manumission confirmation a boy alias Nicholas Burton 1763)
This seems the most probable line, although the reference to Nicholas as a boy in 1763 could be problematic – no other Nicholas Burtons have been found of this age.
Illegitimate dau of Nicholas Burton & Catherine Neif:
2/1. Elizabeth Trehern Burton - born 1766 – ch 4/1768 2 yrs.
Next line: illegitimate dau of Nicholas Burton & Sarah (no surname)(St E PR V1/30):
2/2. Johanna Marks Burton, ch 4/1768, abt 12 yrs old.
The following 2:
Illegitimate daus of Nicholas Burton & Catherine Neif
Ch St 18/9/1774, non white, reputed children of Nicholas Burton by Catherine Nief:
2/3. Lucy Burton - born Mar 1771
2/4. Ruth Burton - born Aug 1772

A/9. Francis will manumission confirms a boy alias Francis Burton 1763)
A/10. John Benjamin,
A/11. George William,
A/12. James Burton, from Thomas’s will.

Also mentioned in a deed of 1790 as Sampson’s brother, and by implication, son of Thomas Burton.

A/5. Sampson,

 “Sampson ye (blank - base?) son of T...s Burton & Hannah Mendlis, (birth date blanked out, but spacing of entry indicates it was the same year, 1757), bap 7 Aug 1757 St Elizabeth.
On line below & same date as Thomas Burton & his wife’s son John Francis.
1790[261] Sampson Burton free person of colour of St Elizabeth, to James Burton his brother of Vere, slaves to Sampson Burton’s children Thomas, Bonella & Ruth Burton.
2/1. Thomas Burton, ch 19/2/1792 aged about 7½ reputed son of

Sampson Burton a free mulatto by Eve Clark free negro. B 24/7/1783.

Reputed (non white) children of Sampson Burton by Eve Clark ch St E 28/10/1797:

2/2. Bonella Burton aged abt 10
2/3. Ruth Burton aged abt 7

A/3. Hannah,

No father given, b 14/12/1752, bap 23/12/1753, baptised the same day as Thomas Burton’s daughters Susanna & Mary
John James Fannin, reputed son of James Fannin by Hannah Burton, b 27/8/1783, bap 12/1/1785, non white.

A/4. Mary. base dau of Hannah Mendez, b 25/10/1754, bap 24/3/1755.

no father quoted, St Elizabeth

Workhouse Lists:
1792, St Mary’s: Tom to Anderson, 6/24.
1792, Spanish Town, Anthony, an Eboe, to Burton Estate, mark not plain, 5’5” high, 6/20, [CC].
1793, St Ann: Oxford, alia John Henry, a pioneer belonging to Capt. Burton’s Company of the 49th Regiment, quartered at Fort Augusta, 5’4” high, 7/6


   Early on in Barbados, several Burtons appear, none very convincing:

   The earliest are John (b abt 1618) & George (b abt 1612), both being transported to Barbados (on different ships in 1635), having taken Oaths of Allegiance & supremacy. This John is probably the one which is supposed to have gone to Salem, arriving in 1637. It is difficult to see where this idea originated, so I have no idea if it is correct! Sources quoted are: “Putnam's Month. Hist. Mag. Vol. VII, p. 302 et seq. See Pope's Pioneers, p. 83”; Pope’s Pioneers makes no mention of Barbados.
    There is some discussion on Ancestry forums that our Francis might have been one of 3 brothers in Longfield, Virginia who dealt in tobacco & his wife was Judith Allen. It seems unlikely that this is our Francis, although there are Arundell’s appearing in Virginia in Hotton’s Lists. There were, however, strong links between the early West Indian colonies and the New England ones, and the Governor of New England at the time, Winthrop, may have had some influence in the Indies.

An example of the internet discussions of the Burtons of Barbados & Virginia follows:
This has Francis Burton, brother of John Burton of Longfield, Virgina, possibly from Longner, Shropshire:-
“Francis Burton dealt in tobacco trade in Virginia and settled in Barbados with 2 sons (which died before him) and wife Judith Allen. He died there, also.

A John Burton came as an indentured servant from Bristol to Barbados from Fisherton Anger (Salisbury) Indenture dated August 9 1659 to James Bennet of New Sarum, Wilts, merchant.

One source has a John Burton "from London to Barbados in 1635 age 17. By 1637 to Salem, MA, to Long Island, and then back to Barbados."

     A William Burton is listed in Barbados in 1638 as one of a list of holders of more than 10 acres.

John Burton snr & Ann
planter of St Michaels, Barbados, will of 1669, proved March 1669/70,
wife Ann, eldest son John Jr, Thomas & Richard daus Elizabeth & Ann, Charles.

If John jnr was born about 1655, then he this John must have been born before 1635.

He may have been the one who was a witness to a will in 1649, then aged 24.

John snr bur Christ’s Church 13/2/1678-9.
John Burton jnr, bur Christs Church, 10/2/1678-9

The juxtaposition of John snr & John Jnr being buried 3 days apart in the same parish make it likely that they were father and son. The John in the Burton/Arudell connection was of St Michael’s Parish.

Thus this John-John line was not the one who married into the Arundell line.

Issue of John Burton snr & Ann:
All sons b aft 1650 (eldest john <21 in 1669).
1/1. John Burton jnr. – too young to be the one married to Frances A.
1/2. Richard Burton, 29/5/1659, son of John & Ann, Bap Christs Church
1/3. Ann Burton, 25/7/1665, dau of John & Ann, Bap Christs Church
1/4. Thomas Burton
1/5. Elizabeth Burton.

Joseph Burton & wife Mary in Barbados in 1709

Burton/Arundell Connection

John Burton,
married to Frances Arundell with 3 sons by 1668 must have been born well before 1650.
Arundell appear in 1675 map of Barbados, on the coast, east of Burton’s estate to the north to St Michaels (Bridgtown).

This John Burton cannot be the son of John & Ann Burton above.

A John Burton married to Frances Arundell, daughter of Robert & Frances Arundell (from RA’s Barbados will of 1668, no church record found; Capt Robert Arundell Bur St James, 14/10/1678).

Issue of John & Frances Burton, St Michaels, Barbados, (from RA will).
1/1. John Burton (jnr in RA will of 1668) – probably the John Burton died about 1720 in Jamaica.
1/2. Maudlin Burton

Probably too young – maybe the next generation.
Bap St M 1/1/1672-3 Maudlin Burton – no parents given, many like this here (Sanders P15)

1/3. Edward Burton

A possible line from this John, because of the son name Arundell, who was seen to have moved between Jamaica & Barbados:
This family appears to have moved between Jamaica and Barbados: both parents died in Port Royal, but son Arundel was married later in Barbados.

John & Mary Burton,
who died in Jamaica in 1720 & 1728, must have been born about 1665-80.

A Mary Burton buried St Andrew 15/7/1691.

As he had a son named Arundell, John must have been a son of Frances (Arundell) Burton, and was probably the John jnr in Robert Arundell’s will dated 1668.

1700 Deed[262]: buys foot land in Port Royal, a carpenter.

1710[263]: Peter Beckford lets land in Port Royal for 9.5 yrs to John Burton carpenter

1711 Deed[264]: John (a carpenter) & Mary bought foot land in Lime Street, Port Royal from Fabritius Smith (gent).

1714 Deed[265]: sells 4 slaves to John Lawrence, planter of Westmoreland. Maybe John & Mary traded in a small way in slaves?

From his will of 1720, John was a carpenter of Port Royal, and listed his children, most of whom were in Mary’s will.

Will of John Burton.
15/168 date 12/1/1718-9
of Port Royal, Carpenter, Ent 11/4/1719. SIck
Wife of Mary Burton – 1728, very probably originated in Barbados.
Son John Burton property “the Store warehouse ??” adjoining my dwelling house .. Daughter Mary, wife Mary,
Sons Charles, William (<16), Arundell, James.
Dau Sarah Dennis.

2 inventories were made, the first in 1719, the second in 1720 being for items not shown before. It is assumed that they are both for our John Burton: they show tools and trade goods which a carpenter might have owned.
.. Of Port Royal shown by Robert Buckingham & Mary Burton: £360-12-6 (£170K/2015)
A second inventory … John Burton .. Which were forgot and not shown unto us .. At the first appraisement. Total second £37-5-0

Widow of John Burton – 1719.
17/248 Ent 6/1/1728 dated 1 February 1725
Copy of Full Text on file

Widow of Port Royal
Son Charles Burton
Son Arundel Burton
Son James Burton
Dau Frances Lawrence
Dau Sarah Dennis
G/son Digby Dennis when 21
G/sons John Samuel & William Burton when 21

Married Mary (will[267] of 1725/8 Widow of Port Royal)

2/1. John Burton, eldest son.

Was this him? 23/6/1670 Jno son of Mr John Burton St Michaels Barbados (Sanders P13)
£5 left by mother Mary Burton in 1728.
Merchant of Port Royal (1724), of Kingston in 1732
Married Dorothy Foude
1724 Deed[268]: buys slave for wife Dorothy
1732 Deed[269]: as eldest son & heir of Mary Burton, leases in Port Royal inherited from mother Mary to Ignatius Duany
A possibility:
John Burton, merchant of Port Royal
7/2/1733-4  3/96 Admon.
John Burton died intestate
Admon to John Barton trustee for children: John, Samuel, William & Mary Burton, all under 21.

2/2. Mary Burton – b say 1710ish

Mary Burton & Mr James Dewsbury married the same day as brother Arundel in Barbados, 18/7/1731. No further trace of the Dewsbury’s.

2/3. Charles Burton – in Mary’s will
2/4. William Burton
2/5. Arundel Burton – in Mary’s will.

An Arundell Burton will in Jamaica about 1784 (50/190).
Arundell Burton who appears in the Jamaica Deeds in the mid 18thC was probably of this line. Most deeds have not been copied.
1762[270]: Arundell Burton of Kingston gent sells Sicely Thomas a negro for £20

Married Elizabeth Lee, Spinster, St Michaels, Barbados 18/7/1731[271]
3/1. John Burton ch St Michael’s Barbados 3/6/1732,

son of Mr Arundell & Elizabeth Burton b 3d last June. (p 99)

3/2. Edward Burton b 17/3/1738 ch 16/2/1739, Kingston, Jamaica,

of Arundel & Elizabeth spelt Borton in PR.

Edward Burton to George Henderson
314/155 dated 10/5/1783 ent 5/9/1783
Edward Burton merchant of Kingston sells for £300 to George Henderson merchant of Kingston 36 Acres 15 Perches in St Catherine, E part on branch of Lagoon River & part on road leading to Covenys, W on  Charles March esq, E Henry Dawkins esq, N on another branch of the Lagoon River & NW on Pat of Capt John Noy

Edward Burton – 1785
339/109 Dated 16/2/1785 ent 6/3/1786
Indenture btw Edward Burton of Kingston & William Lord of Vere
Edward Burton sells to WL a slave for £20.

2/6. James Burton – in Mary’s will

Was this him?
Deborah Burton, dau of James Burton by Sarah May, b 15/12/1771, bap 3/8/1773 (V1 P36)

2/7. Frances Burton, married Mr. Lawrence bef 1728. In Mary’s will.
2/8. Sarah Burton married Jonathan Dennis before 1719,

marriage not found, so b bef 1700.
3/1. G/son Digby Dennis when 21 in G/mother Mary’s will of 1728

Issue of Digby & Sarah (in one case Sarah Newby)
4/1. Digby William Dennis, Port Royal, 17530905
4/2. Digby Dennis, St Catherine, 17670212
4/3. Jonathan Dennis, St Catherine 17670212
4/4. Phillip Dennis, St Catherine 17641220
4/5. Pinnock Dennis, Kingston 17600531
4/6. Thomas Dennis, Port Royal 17541017
4/7. Catherine Dennis, Port Royal 17611206
4/8. Edwin Dennis, Port Royal 17560412
4/9. George Dennis, Kingston 17581125

Mary Burton also mentioned G/sons John Samuel & William Burton when 21
St Michaels, Barbados, Frances Lawrence god mother 12/6/1724. (p73)

Who was this? Probably of the family of John & Mary Burton from Barbados:
Ch of Thomas Burton & Elizabeth Neif, bap July 1770 (St E V1 p31)
Benjamin Burton, nine years
William Burton, seven years
Grace Burton, five years
Anthony Burton, three years
Joseph Burton, 9 months old.

During his residence in England, Theodore Palaeologus had, by Mary Balls,*~* the following issue: 1. Theodore, [buried in Westminster Abbey, in 1644?] ; 2. John; 3. Ferdinand [the Barbadian] ; 4. Mary, [d. unm.] ; 5. Dorothy, [wife of William Arundel, married 1656].

John Burton of Christ Church, will 1678/9, wife Agnis, sons Thomas & Richard, daus Elizabeth & Ann.
Elizabeth Burton, 22/1/1663-4, dau of John & Agnes, Bap Christs Church
Agnes Burton, widow St Georges 55 acres & 17 negroes

Mar Christ Church 5/12/1672 John Burton & Judith Griffin (p331).
Mar St Catherine, Jamaica, Frances Burten, 1684

28/11/1678 Charles ye son of John & Elizabeth Burton bur Christ Church.

Richard Burton buying land in Kingston 1694.

Robert Burton of Barbados

A Robert Burton’s will of 1675 seems to have had no family, but owned slaves formerly belonging to Francis Smith.
A Robert Burton given freedom by Francis Smith’s will of 1671
A Robert Burton witness to wills in 1652 & 1663

Jacob Burton of Barbados

9/9/1694 St M, Barbados, Mary dau of Jacob & Mary Burton (p34)
Will of John Spring St M 8/11/1698 Friends Jacob Burton of St M and Mary Burton his wf xtrs. (p330)

There is also a mention of a Cornet Francis Burton as Cornet as a member of a troop of horse of the Leeward Islands 1 July 1680, Nevis Calendar of State Papers.

Francis Burton in Antigua

A Lieutenant Francis Burton had 300 acres in Antigua in 1683[272].
VLO in his history of Antigua has a number of entries relating to Cornet/Lieutenant Francis Burton around 1680.

Langord Oliver documents a Burton tree descending from Capt Francis Burton. In the same section of his volume 1, there is an extract from Barbados parish records of Francis Burton, which we know of. These 2 together may be one of the causes of confusion between the various Francis Burtons in the West Indies and Virginia.


     The connection with Ellacott in Jamaica is via a Mrs Judith Burton who married Thomas Ellacott in 6/3/1678-9; she was very probably the widow of John Burton, who married Judith Griffin in 1672 in Christ Church, Barbados. Lt Thomas Ellacott was a deponent in a Barbados will of 1680[273]. Thomas Ellacott, husband of Judith, died abt 1692.
     Francis Burton makes Thomas Ellicott of Barbados an heir “of last resort” failing all others. It is probable that Francis Burton was closely related to this John, maybe a brother. No will or other evidence of a suitable John Burton has appeared (8/2013).
      In 1674, Ellacot appear a few miles North of St Michaels (Bridgetown) Barbados with a cattle mill, and still there in 1722, Also E & N of St James.
      This John Burton does not fit well with the 2 distinct John Burtons shown above; it is just possible that he was John jnr, son of John & Ann Burton, but wife Judith married Thomas Ellicott an indecently(!) short time after John’s burial. If that were the case, John Burton snr (will of 1669) might have been Francis’s brother, and John who married Judith, Francis’s nephew. All very speculative.

Thomas Ellacott snr:

Probably dead before 1679
1650, witness to will then aged 24.
1658 & 1669 Witness to wills
Ref Wills of Richard & Joane Vines (1651 & 1669)

1679: Widow Ellicott, 86 acres, 10 negroes, St Andrews. Hotton.

Married Margaret Vines, dau of Richard & Joane Vines[274] of St Michaels
Margaret’s will of 1680/4[275]

1/1. Thomas Ellacott (JV will & ME will) died abt 1692 (his will)

Married Judith Burton, St M 6/3/1678-9, probably the widow of John Burton who she married at St Michael’s Barbados, 5/12/1672 as Judith Griffin.
She remarried Mr Smith & her will of 1708, widow of St M. Alive 1692.
Mentioned in sister Margaret’s will.
Omitted Chapters from Hotten's Original list (Ancstry.com image):
Barbados: A list containing the Mrs & Mistresses of Plantations, Quantities of acres, Number of householders serving for themselves, tenants, freemen & servants within the Division of Capt Humphrey Waterman’s Company (6 Jan 1679):
Mr Thomas Ellicot 100 acres, 3 freemen.
A list of the troop of horse under Capt John Merricke
these persons doe not appear: Mr Tho Ellicott & 1 horse.

Thomas Ellacott witness of a will in 1688[276].
Issue (his will 1692)
2/1. Thomas Ellacott – final legatee in Francis Burton’s will of 1690

Mrs Susanna Ellacott (wife of Capt Thomas in birth in 1711) a godmother in a Barbados birth 1722.
Mentioned in sister Margaret’s will

Barbados St Michael’s Marriages: 1/1/1701-2 Mr Thomas Ellicott & Mrs Susana Butterworth.
3/1. Judith Ellicott, b & bur June 1703 (MI)

Died aged 20 hours (MI) PR: 12/6/1703.

3/2. Susanna Ellicot

Died 5/10/17?? Aged 20 days (VLO MI)

2/2. John Ellacott – alive 1708
2/3. Richard Ellacott
2/4. Judith Ellacott
2/5. Margaret Ellacott
2/6. Mary Ellacott – alive & unm 1708

1/2. Vines Ellicott (JV will) (b. bef 1657 re dep 26/8/1657, RV will)

Referred to as cousin to Thomas Lukumbe in the latter’s will of 1681
Vines had land in St Michaels 1685-6
Tickets granted ... for the departure off this Island ... (Hotton):
Vines Ellicott in the ship supply for Boston John Mellowes Commander – security. 24/5/1679.
A Vines Ellicott “MA St Davids” 1704 – JFS.

1/3. Dau Ellicot, d bef 1680 (ME will), M. Mr Jeffers/Jefferys

Vines Jefferys (ME Will) – in Antgoe in 1704 (JJ Will)
John Jefferys (ME Will) – d 1704 (Will)

Issue of JJ:
John Jefferys
Valentine Jefferys.

1/4. Henry Ellacott, b. aft 1659 (ME Will) – had issue – alive 1708.

Mentioned in sister Margaret’s will.

1/5. Richard Ellacott, b. aft 1659 (ME Will)
1/6. Margaret Ellacott, b. aft 1662 (ME Will) – her will spinster 1691[277].
1/7. Mary Ellacott, b. aft 1662 (ME Will)
1/8. Lucretia Ellacott, b. aft 1664 (ME Will)

Her will[278] of 1718, widow of St Michaels
Married Mr Croxon, died bef 1718.
John Nicholas Croxon

Burtons Plantations - Rose

The Rose family appear to have acquired the Burton Rio Magno properties by early 18th C.

See Caribbeanaea Vol V, P 130 (PDF 266).

Will of Fulke Rose, 1693, leaves inter alia, plantations in St Thomas in the Vale .. called Mickleton,... land at Maggatty called Warrens and Hipperslys..
Fulke Rose married Elizabeth Langley of Port Royal 11/7/1678 St CatherineVLO.
1670: Fulke Rose 380 acres in St Catherine.

If his daus all die, then Hipperslys goes to brother Francis Rose.

Fulke Rose’s brother was Francis Rose, who married Elizabeth Price. Francis’s will in Jamaica 15/222 might reveal how they acquired the Burton properties.

Thomas Rose leaves to his cousins, Charles & Thomas Price, inter alia, sugar estates in St Thomas in the Vale called Old Plantation, Burtons and New Works.

Will of Thomas Rose 1724 PCC Canterbury Prob 11/600

Thomas Rose was born in Jamaica about 1689 the son of Francis Rose from Mickleton Gloucestershire and Elizabeth Price. He married Elizabeth Fuller on 30 April 1713 in Spanish Town, Jamaica. She died in October 1722 and Thomas subsequently travelled to England with his mother, where he died in Red Lyon Square London in November 1724. Mother Elizabeth left will dated 1725, son Thomas already dead.


In the Name of God Amen
I Thomas Rose late of the parish of St Catherines and Island of Jamaica Esq but now of the Kingdom of Great Britain being of Sound and disposing mind and memory praised be God for the same doe make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following
Imprimis I commend my Soul to God my Creator hoping through the Mediation of my Saviour to be made partaker of life Everlasting as to what worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I will and dispose of it as followeth I will and ordain that all my just debts Legacies and funerall Expenses be first paid out of all my whole Estate real and personall whatsoever and wheresoever
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved Mother two Thousand pounds Sterling money of Great Brittain all my plate however in England or in Jamaica my Charriot and two Coach Horses
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Aunt Elizabeth Bush Fifty pounds Sterling money of Great Brittain yearly and every year during her Naturall life
Item I give devise and bequeath unto her son my Cousin Francis Bush the sume of two hundred pounds Sterling money to be paid him within twelve months after my death
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Cousin Elizabeth Snell twenty five pounds Sterling money yearly and every year during her naturall life
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my cousin Christian Price five hundred pounds Current money of Jamaica to be paid her within Six months after my death
Item I give devise and bequeath unto Mrs Anne Beckford the daughter of Peter Beckford of the Island of Jamaica Esq two thousand pounds Current money of Jamaica to be paid her within twelve months after my death
Item I give to Henry Byndloss the Son of Polnik Byndloss of the island of Jamaica one thousand pounds current money of Jamaica to be paid him at his age of twenty one years
Item I give devise and bequeath unto Jane Byndloss the daughter of the said Polnik five hundred pounds current money of Jamaica to be paid her at the age of twenty one years or day of Marriage which shall first happen
Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Friend William Cockburn five hundred pounds Sterling money of Great Brittain to be paid him within Six months after my death
Item I give devise and bequeath unto Capt Digby Gent five hundred pounds Sterling money of Great Brittain to be paid him in Six months after my death
Item I give devise and bequeath unto Collo Twogood two hundred pounds Sterling money of Great Britain and do Release unto him whatever sume of money I might claime of him for Commission as his Attorney Item whereas Jno Gregory is indebted to me upon Bond I will that the said Bond be released unto him cancelled and do remit and release to him the said debt
Item Whereas William Aikenhead is indebted to me upon Bond I will that the said Bond be delivered up to him Cancelled and do remitt and Release to him the said debt
Item I give devise and bequeath unto the Churchwardens of the parish of St Catherines in the Island of Jamaica for the time being one hundred pounds Current money of Jamaica yearly and every year for and during the space of ten years next after my death to be laid out by them and Expended in maintenance of poor Children of the Said parish and putting them apprentices to trades
Item I do manumise and make free my Negro Slaves Molly and Grace with their and each of their future Issue and Encrease and I do give and to each of my said two Slaves Six pounds a year yearly and every year during their Naturall lifes respectively
Item I do manumise and make free my Negro Saboe and I doe give unto him twelve pounds a year yearly and every year during his Natural life
Item I do manumise and make free his Wife Calia and all her Encrease Item I do manumise and make free Mimba and all her Encrease
Item I do manimuse my Slave Scotland Item I do manumise and make free my Slave Abba (alias Mary) from and after the decease of my mother to whom I will her during her naturall life/
Item it is my will and desire that all the money due to me in Jamaica be forthwith called in by my Executor in Jamaica and by him remitted to Great Brittain to Mr Samuel Bernard and Mr John Serocold of the City of London Merchants which with the money I have in their and each of their hands I will and desire may be by them laid out as Soon as conveniently may be in the purchase of Land in that part of the Kingdom of Great Brittain called England in the names of and to and for the use of my Cousins Charles Price and Thomas Price Sons of my Unkle Charles Price of the parish of St Johns in the Island of Jamaica Esq and the Heirs of their bodys equally to be divided between them and in case of the said Charles Price or Thomas Price death or either of them without Heirs of his body then to the Survivor of them and to the Heirs of his body lawfully begotten and for want of Such Heirs to my Said Unkle Charles Price and his Heirs for ever/
Item I give devise and bequeath my Plantan Walk and Land at the Megotty in the parish of St Thomas in the Vale and adjoyning to any of my three Plantations or Sugar works my Land in the parish of St Mary commonly called by the name of Bagnalls Tuket my pen and pen land at Cuthroath Gully in the parish of Saint Catherines to Such person and persons respectively as shall have and Enjoy my three Sugar works or Estates in the parish of St Thomas in the Vale commonly known and called by the names of the Old Plantation, Burtons and the new Works (later called Rose Hall) and that they respectively have such Estate and Estates in the Said Plantan Walk and Land at the Megotty the Pen and Penland and the Land called Bagnells Tuket as they Shall Respectively have in the said three Estates or Sugar works whether in Possession Remainder or Revertion it being my will and meaning that the said Plantan Walk and Land at the Megotty Pen and Pen Land and the land called Bagnalls Tuket should be deemed and taken as appendant and appurtenent to my said three Estates or Sugar works in the parish of St Thomas in the Vale for ever to go along and be Enjoyed occupied for the use and benefit of my Said three Estates/
Item all the rest Residue and Remainder of my whole Estate reall personall and mixt whatsoever and wheresoever I give devise and bequeath to my said cousins Charles Price and Thomas Price sons of my said Unkle Charles and to the Heirs of their body equally to be divided and in case of the death of Either of them without Heirs of his body to the Survivor of them and the Heirs of his body and for want of Such Heirs to my said Unkle Charles Price and his Heirs for ever/
Item it is my will and pleasure and I desire that what can be conveniently of the Sugar or other produce of the Jamaica Estate herein before devised to my cousins Charles and Thomas Price be yearly Shipd by my said Unkle Charles Price untill the Respective ages of my Said Cousins of twenty one years unto the said Samuel Bernard and John Serocold of London Merchant to be by them laid out in the purchase of Lands in that part of Great Brittain called England in the names of and for the use of my said Cousins Charles and Thomas Price and the Heirs of their bodys equally to be divided and in the case of the death of Either of them without Heirs of his body lawfully begotten then to the Survivor and the Heirs of his body and for want of Such Heirs to and for the use of my said unkle Charles Price and his Heirs for ever and
Lastly I Nominate and appoint the said Samuel Bernard and John Serocold of London Merchants Executors of this my last will and Testament for my Estate in Great Brittain and my said unkle Charles Price Executor for my Estate in Jamaica and I do give my said three Executors twenty pounds Sterling Each to buy them mourning and I do hereby revoke and [illegible] all former and other Wills by me heretofore made and declare this only to be my last will and Testament in Testimony whereof I have hereunto put my hand and Seale this Seventh day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred twenty and four. Tho: Rose Signed Sealed and published by the Testator (the paper being first duly Stampt) as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence Subscribed our names as Witness Tho Barrow Tho: Pickhavor Thomas Clarke

Probate was granted in London to Samuel Barnard and John Serocold on 23 November 1724

Thomas Rose
Profile & Legacies Summary 1689 - 12th Nov 1724 (UCL Slave Compensation)
Son of Francis Rose (1656-1720) and his wife Elizabeth nee Price. Born in Jamaica c. 1689. Inherited a life interest in the Jamaican property of his father - Burton's, Savanna (or Old Works) and Rose Hall (or New Works), Bagnall's Thicket (later The Decoy), land in Halfway Tree and two houses in Spanish Town. When Thomas died without issue, the life interest was passed to his mother Elizabeth and then the estates were inherited by his first cousin John Rose.
Thomas was married to Elizabeth Fuller (1699-1722) and described as of Red Lyon Square at his burial in St Andrew, Holborn, 14/11/1724.
Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) Vol. V pp. 130-135.

Michael Craton and James Walvin, A Jamaican Plantation. The History of Worthy Park 1670-1970 (W.H. Allen, London and New York, 1970) pp. 54-55.

Anne M. Powers, 'Descendants of Thomas Rose', http://aparcelofribbons.co.uk/wp-content/paf_files/roseofjam/pafg02.htm#175 [accessed 30/03/2015].
Ancestry.com, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online].
Further Information
Absentee? Transatlantic?Spouse: Elizabeth Fuller

Red Lion Square, London, Middlesex, London, EnglandDETAILS

7         BOOTH FAMILY

Booth Time line

1665: Capt George Booth granted 1200A St Jago by Cartwheel Savanna, Clarendon

This land partitioned between 4 sons in 1713, George, John, Simon & Thomas.
¼ to son Simon sold to Francis Scarlett 53/229-264 25/5/1717
¼ to son John. John sold ½ in 1717 to George Brooks[279]. Other ½ to John Bodle 1718 58/45.
George & Thomas retained their share after 1720.

1670: Deed, George Booth esq buys 100 acres at Withywood from John Hill on the Clarks. (GB1)
1672: Capt George Booth granted 140 acres Savannah land in Clarendon.
1674: Capt George Booth granted 187 acres in 2 plots, Clarendon. Adjoins 1665.
1676: George Booth 1 will.
1677: Frances Booth will, wife of GB1.
1678: George Booth & wife Mary sell small plot to Elizabeth Crosse: “GB2”.
1678: George Booth jnr as admon to Margery Booth, buys small plot of land similar to Elizabeth Cross’s. Ent 1686.
1678: Benjamin Booth & Jane Boulton married.
1678: Benjamin Booth & Nicholas Boulton re land use & partnership, re marriage.
1679: Benjamin Booth & widow Boulton deed.
1679: George Booth 1 Inventory.
1683: Grants:

GB Snr 300 acres in Clarendon, N of Poris Mountain.
GB jnr 500 acres on Pinders River area?

This land went to GB jnr’s sons: son George sold his 1/3 1718[280]. Wife Jane’s ¼??

Ben B 419 acres Clarendon, 3 plots – 340, 60 & 19 N of Poris Mtn.

1684: Benjamin Booth granted 800 acres Clarendon.
1686: GB jnr buys land from Cornelius Adams ref Margery Booth.
1686: George Booth snr buys 67 acres from Robert Varney (plat copied) in Vere, under Brazilatto Mountains.
1686: Benjamin Booth will & inventory, planter of Clarendon, son of GB snr?
1686: George Booth snr borrows £100 from John Ashley secured on 16¾ acres, probably land bt from John Hill, 1670.
1686: George Booth jnr buys 20 acres from John Downer. Vere, Brazaletar mtns.
1686: George Booth jnr buys 584 acres from Wellicott.
1687: George Booth jnr buys 5 acres from Peter Stiles.
1687: George Booth (snr) lets 16 acres in Withywood to Daniel Smith, similar to Ashley deed.
1687: George Booth jnr buys 17.5 acres from Stephen Jackson, pat to John Pusey.
1687: George Booth jnr buys 26 acres from Henry Beck. Plat to Elizabeth Wright.
1687: George Booth buys 40 acres in Vere from Hugh Gardiner.
1687: GB jnr admon to Margery Booth snr
1687: George Booth jnr buys 584 acres from Francis Wallascott in Vere.

FW adjoins Elizabeth Wright’s 26 acres. 18/172.
GB3 sells 98 acres of his share to Jane & Henry Booth, 1714.

1687: George Booth snr patent & plat for 20 & 3 acres in Vere & Clarendon on Henry Vizard et al.

Inherited by 4 sons.
1/2 seems to have gone to son John Booth. 1717 JB sells to George Brooks.

1688: George Booth snr partnership with Thomas Bull for 7 years.
1689: George Booth patented 5 acres in Clarendon, part of Downer land.
1694: Capt George Booth will, of Vere.
1697: Mr George Booth snr granted 23 acres Vere.
1702/5: George Booth will, son of “GB1”
1702: Aaron Vodry will, prob husband of Eliza of GB2.
1702: Benjamin & Thomas Booth let 12 acres St Jago Savanna.
1703: Mr George Booth granted 300 acres, Vere, Camps Savanna. Prob “GB2”.
1707: George Booth will, millwright of Vere.
1709: Cary Bodel & Jane sale of land ref Elizabeth (Booth) Bodle.
1709: Thomas Sutton will
1710: Thomas Booth & Jeremiah Downer re Varney land.
1711: Thomas Booth will & inventory, of St Elizabeth.
1711: Thomas Sutton will re Judith Booth, dau of GB1.
1712: John Booth sells land to George & Henry Downer.
1712: George & Rebecca Booth sell land to Robert Cargill.
1712: Benjamin Booth (unk) lets land to Andrew Wright.
1713: GB3 sells land to Peter Gravett
1713: GB3 sells land to Robert Cargill.
1714: writs against George Booth – probably “GB3”.
1714: writs against John Booth – probably son of Capt GB.
1714: Branker Booth sells land at Milk River.
1714: John Booth & Thomas Booth snr share agreement
1714: Thomas Booth mortgage on slaves.
1714: George Booth & Rebecca sells land to Peter Gravett.
1714: George Booth gives Peter Gravett a mortgage on land.
1714: Jane Booth lets slaves & stock to son Henry Booth.
1714: Henry Booth (GB2) & mother jane buy land from GB3.
1714: George Booth to Jane Booth re land in 18/172 above.
1715: Benjamin Booth will, of Vere.
1715: Thomas Booth (TB,GB2) lets land to Thomas Saunderson
1715: Jane & Henry granted 40 acres, Vere.
1716: Cary Bodle mortgages slaves & stock.
1716: George Booth sells to Jonathan Facey 22.75 acres of inherited land.

Not part of the Pinders River land.

1717: John Booth, son of Capt, sells ½ of 300A to George Brooks.
1717: John Booth & G&H Downer re legacies to GB minor.
1717: John Booth & Jasper Handasyd re JH’s wife’s land.
1717: Thomas Booth sells 80 acres St Elizabeth
1717: Simon & Rebecca Booth sell some of Capt GB’s land
1718: George Booth sells to Robert Fisher 1/3 of Pinders River land.
1718: Cary & Jane Bodle mortgage on estate in Clarendon.
1718: Thomas Booth (TB,GB2) sells 5.5 acres in Clarendon.
1718: John Booth sells ½ of Capt GB land to John Bodle.
1720: Branker Booth patented 250 acres in St Elizabeth.
1720: Mary Booth, widow of Kingston sells slaves.
1722: Simon Booth (GB2) sells land in Camps Savanna to Thomas Manning.
1722: Simon Booth (GB2) joint with Nat Shen.
1722: Simon Booth (GB2) buys Clarendon land from Thomas Sanderson.
1722/4: Samuel Booth (GB2) buys land from Downers re Facey 1717 deal.
1722: Benjamin Booth Inventory – who was this?
1723: Samuel Booth (GB2) mortgage with John Fisher, slaves & stock.
1723: Samuel Booth (GB2) sold 230 acres landing Vere to Jeremiah Downer.
1723: John Booth will, of Clarendon.
1724: Simon Booth (GB2) buys Salt Savanna Land from John Ashby.
1724: Samuel Booth (GB2) sell 100 acres to Thomas Taylby, Pindars River.
1725: George Vodry, son of Eliza (GB2) buys slaves from the Booths & Fishers.
1726: Kemble Booth patented 200 acres in St Elizabeth.
1727: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) buys Vere land from Thomas Samderson.
1727: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) buys Kingston land from Charles Long
1726/7: Simon Booth (GB2) buys 116 acres from Sanderson at Salt Savanna.
1728: Henry Booth jnr (GB2) buys Vere land from Thomas Vyse.

1728: Branker Booth will
1725-9: Thomas Booth will, of St Catherine Millwright.
1729: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) sell negro to William Dixey
1729: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) sells Vere land to Phillip Roberts.
1730: George & Catherine Booth of Vere to Richard Goulbourn sells land
1730: Simon Booth (GB2) buys McCary Bay land from Elizabeth Sutton.
1731: Simon Booth (GB2) ref land in McCary Bay.
1731: Benjamin Booth (TB,GB2) sells negroes.
1731: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) sell Kingston land to Marth Chaddock.
1733: Samuel Booth will.
1734: George Booth will, of St Catherine, joiner – unknown.
1737: Henry Booth jnr buys land in trust from John Read.
1738: Henry Booth jnr (GB2) land transaction with Jane.
1739: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) buys negores from Abraham Delon.
1738-9: Henry Booth (GB2) will.
1739: Mary Booth will, wife of Thomas 1729.
1739: Henry Booth will, of Vere, planter. Son of George 1705.
1740: Mary (Booth) Jackson dead – deeds sorting estate with her brothers.
1740: George Booth patented to plots of 300 acres in N of St Elizabeth.
1741: Simon Booth (GB2) sells Salt Savanna land to Ennis Read (re Sanderson 26)
1741: Henry Booth sells land to Thomas Roberts (Downer land).
1741: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) rents milk Savanna land from Rachel Priddie.
1742-3: Henry Booth (TB,GB2) sells Downer land to Charles Pescod.
1743: Henry Booth will, of St Catherine, millwright, son of Thomas 1729.
1744: Thomas Booth (TB,GB2) of St Catherine mortgages land in St Jago.
1744: George & Samuel G Booth buy land from Mary Dixey for 5/-.
1745: Simon Booth buys 20 A on McCary Bay from John Martin.
1745: Sarah (Booth) Fisher in action re father’s estate.
1747: Thomas Booth will (TB,GB2).

1751: Samuel Gravett Booth (SamB,GB2) marries Milborough Gravett.
1751: Peter Gravett Booth (HB,TB,GB2) sells 100 A in Vere to Edward Bathurst.
1752: Peter Gravett Booth (HB,TB,GB2) sells negor to John Chambers.
1754: Simon Booth (GB2) buys land from Dan Clark.
1754: Simon Booth snr sells 318 Acres McCary Bay to John Pusey.
1754: Rebecca Booth will, of Vere, widow (of Sam B).
1755: Sarah, widow of Henry Booth, gives negro to son Thomas Parker.
1755: SG Booth buys land to Jonathan Gale.
1755: SG Booth sells land to William Eve.
1755: Kemble Booth Will of St James.
1755: Samuel, Simon jnr & Simon min patented 300 acres each in Clarendon.
1756: Samuel Booth (SiB,GB2) sells Bogue land to Edward Goulbourne.
1756: SG Booth sells land Bogue, Vere, to Henry Goulbourne.
1756: Simon Booth jnr (SiB,GB2) sells McCary Bay land to Ennis Read.
1757: SG Booth sells jand to Grace Booth, wife of Norwood.
1757: Mumbee will re Mary Booth, wife of Samuel (SiB,GB2).
1760: John Gall Will
1760: Samuel Booth (SiB,GB2) died.
1761: Norwood Booth of Vere. – A Richard Norwood was a great Bermuda Surveyor.
1762: Capt Simon Booth buried.
1764: Simon Booth will, prob son of GB 2.
1765: George Booth snr sells slaves to Henry Ashbourne
1765: Thomas & Judith Booth of St James sells slaves & stock to William Pight.
1765: John Downer will, wife Elizabeth.
1767: Rebecca Booth (wf Simon, GB2) burial, Vere.
1769: Peter Gravett Booth will, of St Catherine, planter.
1769: George Booth will.
1773-1780: John Gall Booth issue.
1774: Simon Booth jnr (SiB,SiB, SiB, GB2) Sells negro to John Francis Burton.
1775: Mary Booth, wife of Samuel (GB2) & George Booth (d 1769) dies.
1775: John Gall Booth buys land from Barrett.
1776: Simon jnr patented 2 plots of 300 acres each St Elizabeth, Martin’s Mountain. G/s of GB2.
1792: JGB buys 600 acres west of Round Hill.
1795: JGB married Mary Page.
1799: JGB wife buried (Mary Page).
1801: JGB married Elizabeth (Ludford) Farquar.
1807: Thomas Booth of Trelawney, leaves to Booths in Lincolnshire.

Booth Introduction

    The paternal grandmother of Ann (Wright) Maitland, the wife of Francis Maitland (b 1784), was Anna Mary Booth whose family were some of the very early arrivals in Jamaica from Barbados. Her great grandfather was one of several George Booths in Jamaica in the 1660-80’s, the most probable being George Booth whose will was proved in 1676 (“George Booth 1”) and that he was a migrant from Barbados and became a planter in Vere and later in Clarendon.
    The only plausible way that the two early Georges fit together is for Capt George & GB1 to be (1st?) cousins: this explains Frances’s will reference to her cousin George Booth and for GB1’s son, GB2’s will reference to his uncle George. The ages and generations do not fit for GB2, will of 1702-5, to be a grandson of either GB1 or Captain George. A very tenuous support for this idea is that GB2’s will reference to uncle George’s grand mother as Jane Warren and his surviving daughter being named Jane.
    There are several mentions of George Booth senior & junior between 1686-93 (a number of deed books in this range have been destroyed). The sons of Capt George & George (son of George 1) would have been too young to have been making any of these transactions in this date range.
Therefore, the most likely scenario is that the references to George Booth senior in 1686-93 refer to Capt George, and junior to George son to George 1.

On this basis, our line runs from GB1,
his son GB2 (will of 1702/5),
his eldest son Thomas (connected by land in will of George and then in Thomas’s will, who mentions g/dau Anna Maria, and
Thomas’s son Henry, father of Anna Maria, mother of Andrew Wright.

   Although there is no direct trace of any contemporary George Booth’s being in Barbados or of their arrival in Jamaica, our George 1 had interests in Jamaica by 1670 when he bought 100 acres in Clarendon, and still had Barbados interests when he died in 1676. It is probable that his children were born outside Jamaica as they appear in his will to be adults and in the case of 2 or 3 of his daughters, married with children: their births must predate the invasion. Booths do not appear in the 1657 or 1675 maps of Barbados, although a Sir William Booth was known to be there as a merchant of “Black Jacks” by 1685 and was connected with the Alleynes, who do appear on the maps. The way in which GB1’s sons, George & Benjamin acquired land after their father’s death would imply a significant legacy, presumably from the Barbados assets. There was a Capt George Booth mentioned in a Barbados will of 1694.
    The latter half of the 17thC was a time when the effect of the early intensive sugar production became apparent in Barbados. The yields fell dramatically due to soil impoverishment. Economics drove the bigger planters to expand by buying up the smaller. This state of affairs would have made newly discovered Jamaica to be a very attractive proposition. George Booth was probably a relatively small producer, especially as he does not figure on the 1675 map, so he would have been a willing migrant to Jamaica.
    GB1 had several children, amongst whom was another George; in his will dated 1676, proved 1678, his then wife Frances was named along with his surviving issue and some grandchildren; he specifically mentions stock and negroes in Barbados. Frances only survived him by about a year, and describes the sons in George 1’s will as her sons in law. She also mentions her son James Garrett. Frances was therefore George’s 2nd wife. From the dates and implied ages of George 1’s sons, they were Barbados born, and that their mother probably died there.
   Our line continues from George 1’s son George to his son Thomas and then Thomas’s son Henry, father of Anna Mary Booth, Andrew Wright’s mother. The line through these sons is fairly clear, partly from identifiable land legacies and other family members mentioned. In the 1680’s a number of land transactions were made by George Booth(s): mostly, they were described as junior or senior. It is difficult to differentiate between who they were. It seems most likely that our George, son of George 1, was building up his land holdings.
    Another George Booth was also in Jamaica at the time, styled, at least initially as Captain George Booth: from his will he died late 1694 or early 1695. This latter George was granted a 1200 acre lot in Clarendon in 1665, and a further 187 acres in 1674. The title Captain was probably a militia title, although he could have been a seaman.
     Our George 1’s wife, Frances, refers to a cousin, George Booth and George, son of the our George, refers to his “uncle George Booth, whose grand mother was Jane Warren” (there were Warrens in Barbados in 1720’s & St Catherine in 1670’s). Capt George was probably a relative, maybe by marriage, of Frances Booth; the use of cousin encompasses a broad range of relationships, as would uncle. Capt George had a number of descendants: they can mostly be positively identified by their share in the 1200 acres.
        Around 1675 until 1689, a George Booth appears as a surveyor on the land grants. The duties of a surveyor were laid out in an act of 1682. They had to be certified by a panel of 3 other surveyors and were forbidden from surveying their own land[281]. This probably confirms that Surveyor George was not of the earlier George’s immediate family. Benjamin, son of George Booth 1 left surveying instruments in his inventory.

The George Booth Conundrum

    There were a number of George Booths in the Clarendon area between 1665 and 1700. They were probably all related, but divided into 2 main lines, and seemed to acquire land close to each other.

George Booth GB1 D 1676-7 – the eldest.

George Booth jnr, GB2, D 1702-5, father of our ancestor, Thomas.

Probable son of GB1, born about 1650-60
“GB2”, (will 19/9/1702, 29/3/1705),
This is George Booth jnr in the 1680’s. Wives Mary & Jane.
The 500 acres Pindars River land patented in 1683 to GB jnr is specified in his will, therefore, in 1683, he was GB jnr.
By the positive identification of George Booth Capt/senior and his son George, by elimination this George Booth must be the son of GB1 above.
He was probably too old to have been the son of Captain Booth.

From his will:

Issue by Mary Downer:
Thomas Booth, Died abt 1725, our ancestor.
Eliza Booth (b bef 1681)

Issue by Jane:
George Booth (GB3) prob D abt 1720-5
Samuel Booth (D 1733)
Simon Booth (D bef 1764)
William Booth (D bef 1714)
Sarah Booth
Henry Booth – not in GB’s will

George Booth “GB3”, son of GB2, born soon after 1681 (under 21 at father’s will, but an executor).

Also in the family were:
George Booth, son of Benjamin D 1715, poss son of Benjamin, son of GB1, b 1697-1715.
George Booth, B aft 1715, d aft 1754. Son of Samuel, son of GB2

Capt George Booth, snr D 1694-5, probably the 2nd oldest.

granted 1200 acres in 1665.

Capt George Booth (snr) (will 20/9/1694, 29/4/1695, the surveyor?);
George Booth “snr”
He may have been a cousin of George 1’s wife Frances and would have been born before about 1640 (land grant and Capt by 1665). His origins are not known, but if he wass connected to George (D1676), he may well also have come from Barbados.
This must have been the George Booth who was referred to as “snr” in the 1680’s.
Confirmed by the 3 deeds in vol 55A with John Booth, son of George Booth:

The first deed refers to the 1200 acres and the will of 1694
The second refers to land granted to George snr in 1688.
A deed with Thomas Bull, referring to land in Milk River, calls him GB snr. GB1 had no land at Milk River.
It appears that the land of Captain George was subject to partition rulings in the Supreme Court in 1713 – it is not know if these were the same action.

Jane Booth/Bodle
George Booth d 1707, son GB minor 1707-69
John Booth.
Thomas Booth.
Simon Booth.

George Booth, son of Capt GB, D 1707

son of Capt George, between 1674-1707
His will refers to Jane Bodle as his sister and brother John and by implication from deeds in 1717 referring to George Booth, a minor & Capt Booth’s lands. He would have been too young to have produced GB2’s children in the right timeframe.

George Booth, G/son of Capt GB, 1707-1769

A Mrs Booth died in Clarendon, Jan 1799[282]

A George Booth was listed as owning the Achilles, built in Bristol in 1820[283].

Henry Booths

Somewhat later, there were 3 contemporary Henry Booths:

Henry, son of Jane & probably GB2 probably born about 1705 died betwween 23/8/1738 & 29/11/1739. Prob wife Mary Bonny. Seems to be referred to as jnr

Henry, son of Henry & Mary (Bonny), b 1735.

Henry, millwright of St C, son of Thomas, millwright of St Catherine, son of GB2 Prob b abt 1700, Died between 11/1742 & 6/1743, this must be snr. While he was of a later generation than Henry son of Jane, his father Thomas was probably the son of GB2’s first wife. Thomas’s first born son could easilty have been born before Thomas’s youngest brother, born after GB2’s death.

Booth Land

Booths may have owned Enfield Estate in Vere in 1804. Not found on maps.

Booth Land on Maps:

1684, 1707 & 1747 only show Captain Booths original grant.
1755, Browne shows no Booths.
1763, Craskell:
Salt Savanna sugar estate, west of West Harbour, this appears on Robertson & 1:50K. It belonged to George Booth (1707-69) and passed to the Maxwells. It incorporated 600 acres in S Trelawney granted in 1740.

Carlisle: Sugar Estate to the west of Salt Savanna, “Booth” on Craskell, Carlyle on Robertson. 1707 has Collier, Varney & Wallascot here. On Senex, this is on the south side of what is shown as Common Savanna. Carlisle does not show on the modern map, but is marked as late as 1888 on Liddell: it was probably abandoned at the end of the 19thC, possibly amalgamated with Moneymusk. Reputed to be owned by the Gibb family in the late 18thC, but Lousadas from 1811. It ran down to the sea shore.
It looks as though this estate belonged to the George Booth 1 line as it is not mentioned by George (1707-69).

Booth pen, on the south side of the Alley Church – Robertson and Liddell have Moneymusk in this position but modern maps shows Moneymusk sugar factory to the east of Amity Hall, on the western edge of Lionel Town, not where Robertson had it, but this is a relatively (1901) new plant..
3 Booth pens shown on the SE flank of Camps Hill, with Gravett to the north,
a further Booth pen shown near the coast between the Rion Minho and the milk River. The Camps Hill estates look to be about where Paradise Estate is marked on Robertson.
1811: Carlisle Estate owned by Lousada dcd, in 1816 by Daniel B Lousada, probably son of Daniel. 906 acres.
Amity Hall owned by the Goulbourne family and was about 2000 acres in 1852, sold by them in 1861. The Lindo family owned Monymusk & Amity Hall before buying Wray & Nephew.

Booth shown several maps in this area:
By Craskell 1763 Andersons are in Capt Booth’s position, with a Pen. Booths are on the West bank of the Milk River a few miles further South.

Carlisle & Salt Savanna Estates

Craskell in 1763 shows 2 Booth sugar estates south of Alley and east of the Rio Minho: Robertson has the western one as Carlisle and the eastern as Salt Savanna Estate. Comparing both maps shows that the western Booth Estate on Craskell was probably Carlisle, although it could have been Greenwich: the river had moved significantly in the intervening years, as it continued to do.
Salt Savanna estate is south of Lionel Town, about half way to Carlisle Bay on the modern maps and on Robertson.

From later documents, there is no doubt that Salt Savanna Estate was owned by George Booth (1707-1768), g/son of Capt George Booth: it passed from him to the Maxwell family.
The Lousadas were handsome beneficiaries of George Booth (1707-69) in his will (£1000 = £350K 2015 each) and subsequently owned Carlisle, so Carlisle may also have been in the Captain George Booth family.

7.1    George Booth – D 1676/8



Wife Francis (will 24/12/1677, 22/5/1678), the eldest, came to Jamaica from Barbados probably in the 1660’s. Born about 1630-40.
Issue of George Booth 1:
1/1. George Booth (G will, s-in-l in F’s will)
1/2. Benjamin Booth (G will, s-in-l in F’s will)
1/3. William Booth – prob died bef 12/1677, father’s will only.
1/4. Ann Booth, married Mr Browne (G only).
1/5. Catherine, m (Philip?) Edmonds, with dau Ealse (G only).
1/6. Dau Sutton re Benjamin will

George & William Selby
Sarah Sutton

     In his will he was calls himself a Gentleman of Clarendon (or Vere, as he would probably have drafted his will at the time Vere was being created). He refered to negroes in Barbados in his will and so was from Barbados, possibly a planter but maybe a trader as he does not appear on the Barbados maps, who saw the opportunities in Jamaica after the 1655 invasion. He had land in Clarendon and at Withewood (Vere - Carlisle Bay); 1/2 to his wife, which went from her to her own children, the remainder to his sons.
     There is no direct mention of our George found so far (8/2014) in Barbados, the only George Booth, referred to as Captain, being on that Island in the late 17thC, when he married a widow, Elizabeth Dash[284]. There are several reports of 3 Booth brothers arriving in New England in the mid 17thC, Robert, Richard & John, sons of Richard Booth of Cheshire. It is suggested that one of them, John, spent some time in Barbados, and that another brother, William lived there.
     George was probably married at least twice as his wife at the time of his death, Frances, refers to George & Benjamin as sons in law in her will. She was probably previously married to Mr Garett as she refers to her son James Garett in her will. From a deed[285] in 1678, (see under son George), his first wife might have been Margery. The reference in GB2’s will to an uncle George may be to a brother of GB1’s first wife, GB2’s mother. If so, she could have been named Warren.
   GB1 left land to his sons, and their probable wills show them passing on the land. Frances Booth refers to her cousin George Booth in her will, and also a silver spoon to Elizabeth, daughter of George Booth (whose wife was Elizabeth). This George was probably a Barbados cousin, at least of Frances Booth and probably George 1, possibly Captain George by then of Jamaica, although the latter makes no mention of a daughter Elizabeth.

    From a mention in his will, George must have acquired some land at Withywood Common in addition to that he bought from the Hills. Son George describes land bounding on “Commones” in his will; the Common Savanna is shown in 1715 just on the south side of Pye Corner, in the area of The Cross, to the East of the Rio Minho. His son had a grant of 200 acres of “over plus land” within his own boundary in Camps Savanna, to the west of the Rio Minho; the implication of this grant is that the whole holding in Camps Savanna was significantly greater than 200 acres. These areas were, and still are, good sugar land. They were probably in what became Vere parish, in the south in Withywood.
    The only documented land acquisition by George Booth (“esq”) was in 1670[286] when he bought from John Hill & Hannah his wife for £50 & a cow calf 100 acres in Clarendon at Withywood[287] E on John Howden? N on Valentine Mumbee W on Robert Smith, & S & W on Jane Clark. The plat for Elisha & Jane Clarke, of 1664[288], shows Lt John Hill to the SE & North, (probably two separate plots); south Side of the Rio Mino, Cabuas Savanna (was this a transcription error for Common Savanna, which was marked on Senex in the area?). That for Valentine Mumbee is “near Salt Savanna”. Its southern boundary is marked as Christopher Horner. The likelihood is that this land was between the 2 plats. Being at Withywood, near the Salt Savanna and on the South side of the Rio Minho makes it to be on the south side the Ox Bow as on the modern map extract. The Bochart & Knollis map does not show this ox bow, but it appears as a complex area on Craskell; while the modern surveys show a simpler Ox Bow, now cut off.
    Several contemporary maps show Michael’s Hole about where the modern Carlisle bay settlement is shown. Son George sells a small plot of land near Michael’s Hole, east of the Rio Minho, just south of Alley/Withywood.
    This land was left to his wife, Frances for life, and then ½ to be disposed of by her, and the other half to his 3 sons (It is highly probably that son William died soon after as he is not mentioned in Frances’s will a couple of years later).

Mumbee is not shown in this position on the early maps, but does appear in 1927 to the west of the Rio Minho.
Craskell 1763 shows Mumbee in Vere at 17N48 77W06.

St Jago
    GB1 refers to land in St Jago in his will: from the sugar & rum left to his wife Frances; however, no sign of this has been found, either by patent or purchase. This was towards the north west in the St Jago Savanna, somewhere near Captain George Booth’s 1664 grant of 1200 acres. His son Benjamin was later granted substantial holdings in this area, maybe to extend holdings inherited from his father.
    Production of sugar might have been about ½ to 1 hogshead (16 cwt) of sugar per acre, Rum ½ puncheon to a hogshead, a puncheon being 70-100 gallons. Thus Frances’s amount, 1000 lbs of sugar and 100 gals of rum equated to the production of no more than 5 acres of sugar. As not all a holding would have been directly in sugar, this amount could have been produced from a plantation of 20 acres.
    Thus it seems that the land left by GB1 in St Jago was not very substantial: the 100 acres land in Withywood was acquired by purchase from the Hills, and appears in his will. GB1’s son, Benjamin became a substantial land owner in the North end of the St Jago Savanna: a 1684 grant bounds southerly in his own land, probably land he acquire via his wife, but possibly his share of GB1’s St Jago land. Either way, it is probably that this land was north of Captain George’s 1200 acre patent.
    His land was left to his sons George, Benjamin & William, the latter probably dying soon after his father and before his step mother.

Will[289] Dated 16/7/1676, proved 3/8/1678, of Clarendon
Left his wife Frances his plantation at Withewood of about 100 acres (this is the land bought from the Hills in 1670) for life: she could leave ½ to whomsoever she pleased. Also left to her were 4 negroes, 2 women and 2 men as well as ¼ of his negroes and stock in Jamaica and (specifically) Barbados. She was also entitled for life to 1000 lbs of sugar (from the Withewood plantation) and 100 gallons of rum from his plantation at Santiago, assuming that there was sufficient production at the plantations.
He left all his land in Clarendon, and the 1/2 of Withewood not owned by Frances to his sons George, Benjamin & William and ¾ of the negroes and stock in Jamaica and Barbados. This includes savanna land at Withewood Common (additional to the 100 acres).
He left to daughter Ann Browne one negro, to daughter Catherine Edmonds 2 good ewes, and to her daughter Ealse a heifer.
To his other grandchildren he left a heifer in calf to George & William Selby, and to Sarah Sutton a gold ring 20 shillings.
Execs Thomas Sutton & Phillip Edmonds


His inventory[290] of Clarendon, dated 9/2/1679, shown by George Booth administrator, and contains a good description of his belongings at death and shows him as having a mixed farm, with stock and sugar and includes livestock & mill equipment, including coppers and stills, no slaves listed: Total £J421-0-3d (£200K 2015)

45 Horned Beasts young and old att 200 p head
48 Sheepe young and old at 11 per head
4 Hamkers
1 Stone Jugg
1 Bedstead
2 Boxes on truckell bedstead & one chest
2 Tables and a little truncke
2 Feather Beds, 2 pairs of sheet and a couverled
1 small round box and 3 old bibles
1 Diaper Table Cloath and 12 Napkins
1 Oznabrig Table Cloath & 7 Napkins
2 Pillow cases and 4 Towells
1 Old Blanckitt
6 Stock Lockes @ 2d p lock
7 Pairs of hooks and hinges
3 Chains
6 Joynt Stooles
2 Old Chairs
2 Crosscutt saws
2 Parcels of old Iron
2 Iron Potts
1 Frying pan and one spit
3 Smoothing Irons and one Skillitt
3 pewter platters and Plattes on flagon one Salt
2 pewter basons and two old Chamber potts
2 pailes 3 kayes one Mortor
1 Great Jarre and two little ones
1 Pair of Scales and Stilliards
1 Brass Candlesitck
2 Copper Graters
3 Gunn locks and one hammer
1 Wayne
1 Grindstone
3 mares 3 colts
4 Hourses
24 Hoggs and pigs
4 Coppers one still and Worme and sett of mill works

Frances Booth:

    She was the second wife of George and died, from will dates, late 1677, early 1678. From her will, she had a son and daughter, James Garrett and Jane Garrett who married Thomas Roaden (Frances’s son-in-law). It is probable that she also had another daughter, Elizabeth Baldwin, whose daughter was a join heir of the Withewood plantation. She also mentions her cousin, Elizabeth Crosse, who, as Elizabeth Boulton, married Edmind Crosse in St Catherine, 1st October, 1669: Elizabeth Crosse was sold land by George 2 & Mary Booth in 1678. Frances may thus have been a Boulton: her step son Benjamin, married Jane Boulton. The only mentions of Garrets found are in the will[291] of one Peter Burden/Burton in 1669 where he leaves a bequest to John Garrett, nothing of them appears in the St Catherine and St Andrew records; the 1670 census has Edward Garrett & Mate had 30 Acres in Clarendon, and Edward on his own account, 25 acres.

Will 1677/8 of Frances Booth[292], of Vere widow.
Son James Garett, s-in-l Thomas Roadon & Ann Baldwin dau of Elizabeth Baldwin Withewood plantation. Also cattle etc now in St Jago to son James Garett, if he should arrive in Jamaica in indigent condition, give him £10 immediately.
A negro to Thomas Roadon, husband of daughter Jane Roadon.
God daus Milliner Edmonds dau of Philip Edmonds a heifer.
Refers stock in partnership with sons in law George & Benjamin Booth (has William died??). It appears from this that the plantations continued to run after George’s death, with his sons & their step mother in partnership.
Cousin Elizabeth Crosse negro boy
Cousin George Booth (who was this?? – this was often a rather vague term).
To Elizabeth Booth, dau of George Booth, silver spoon, presumably daughter of her cousin George Booth.
Exec Thomas Roadon & Phillip Edmonds.

A Thomas & Mary Rodon had a family, including a Jane, in Clarendon in the 1690’s – a grandson??
Ch Clarendon of Thomas & Mary:
Elizabeth Rodon, 11/2/1695.
Jane Rodon, 4/2/1696.
Thomas Rodon, 27/1/1697
Susanna ROdon, 11/9/1699.
John Rodon, 25/8/1701.
Sarah Rodon, 23/10/1703.
Gifford Rodon, 27/5/1705.
Catherin Rodon, 11/4/1709.
James Rodon, 15/10/1711.

No trace of relevant Baldwins.

Frances’s cousin George Booth may well have been Surveyor George Booth; George 2 refers to his uncle George Booth – these 2 references are probably to the same person.

Summary of issue from George & Frances’s wills:
Issue of George:
1/1. George Booth (G will, s-in-l in F’s will)
1/2. Benjamin Booth (G will, s-in-l in F’s will)
1/3. William Booth – prob died bef 12/1677, father’s will only.
1/4. Ann Booth, married Mr Browne (G only).
1/5. Catherine, m (Philip?) Edmonds, with dau Ealse (G only).
1/6. Dau Sutton re Benjamin will

George & William Selby
Sarah Sutton

Friends Thomas Sutton & Phillip Edmonds – G Will

Other’s mentioned in F’s will:
Anne Baldwin, dau of Elizabeth Baldwin
God dau Millinor Edmonds, dau of Phillip Edmonds

Issue of George Booth

It is probable that most, if not all, were born before arriving in Jamaica as they appear to be adult by 1676; even if George was in the first landings, he probably would not have had a wife there much before 1660. They were probably not by Frances, his wife in Jamaica, but it is assumed that George & Frances were probably married in Barbados.
His 2 surviving sons left a good paper record. Little has been found so far of his daughters.

1/1. George Booth 2 – AM13/81


1/2. Benjamin Booth - 1686

He was a planter of Clarendon and probably born bef 1660 (ref marriage date) in Barbados.
He married in 1678 Jane Boulton dau of Nicholas & Katherine Boulton.
Died 1686, in his inventory of 1686, he left Surveying Instruments.

    He was the son of George Booth 1st (mother not know – Frances in George’s will was his 2nd wife) – this is the only obvious Benjamin Booth of the period. Also he had as executors, brother George Booth and brother Thomas Sutton: George 1 also had Thomas Sutton as executor and named a grand daughter as Sarah Sutton. This must therefore be the son of GB1.
    From his will, he had 2 sons, but they were not named, unlike his daughter, Magdalen. There are Benjamin & Thomas Booth who left wills of an appropriate era, but are unaccounted for: they appear to have been brothers, so could be these 2.

   He Inherited ½ of his father’s land as brother William was probably dead before step-mother Frances’s will of 1677. This would include about 25 acres in Withywood and an unknown area elsewhere in Clarendon.

Benjamin’s major holdings came via marriage and grant, his probable son, Benjamin referes to 2 unidentified runs:
1702: 12 acres: Booths Clump in St Jago Savanna & joining on a part of a parcel of land belonging to Coll Henry Long in Clarendon
6 acres on one side on a pond in said Clump & 6 acres on the other side of the pond.
1712: 12¼ acres...Vere, west on John Bosley, North on Francis Moore esq, South on John Turner a miner.

1683 Grant
Benjamin was granted[293] land in 1683 in Clarendon:
340 acres, Clarendon, E N & W u/s Mountain Land, SE Mr George Booth snr
60 acres Clarendon, S & E on himself, N & W Sir Francis Walton
19 acres Clarendon, W & N on Coll Wm Ivy, S Mr Henry Tennant
The latter 2 plats were damaged, but probably were conjoined.
This grant was made the same date as one to George Booth senior and another to George Booth junior.
That for GB snr joins the south eastern boundary of the 340 acre plot, and itself joins John Moore: the probably John Moore grant is North of Porus Mountain. This is located by the Black, Thomas & Plantain rivers to the North of Porus by about 6 miles, and a couple of miles south of Frankfield. N18°07’ W77°23’, on Google earth now looks to be mostly unimproved bush.

The 340 acress for Benjamin & the 300 acres for George Booth are shown on estate map Clarendon 188, which agrees closely with the patents. The Booth plats are located on the 1:50000 map as being about 2.5 miles NE of Williamsfield (on the road from Porus towards Mandeville); the village of Banana Ground is about on the boundary between the 2 runs. In 2015, it appears to be well wooded, but with about 50% under cultivation. This land does not appear in later documents, but the implication of the the post 1751 map is that Booths were still owners.

Marriage Settlement deeds:

He acquired 600 acres from his father-in-law via marriage settlement at the north end of the St Jago Savanna.

Nicholas Boulton and Benjamin Booth, both planters of Clarendon made an agreement[294] in 1678:
At the marriage of Benjamin Booth to Nicholas Boulton’s dau Jane Boulton, Benjamin Booth paid 5/- and Nicholas Boulton gives to Benjamin Booth one moiety of all his land being 600a and houses stock negroes goods etc and belonging amd half the profits; after the death of Nicholas Boulton & his wife Katherine Boulton rest goes to George Booth.
In exchange Benjamin Booth is to cause a good mill house, boiling house, a good set of Mill Works and Cases, 4 good coppers and 2 good stills within 2 years. Benjamin Booth to bring into the partnership all his negroes neat cattle & sheep or what negroes may come from Barbados of his.
Benjamin Booth to pay to:
Anne Lug, dau of Nicholas Boulton in Bristol £200, £100 12 months after Nicholas & Katherine’s death & 6 months after that date.
Elizabeth Burlton dau of Nicholas Boulton £100 in 5 years
Katherine Burlton ygst dau of Nicholas Boulton £200
Wit inter alia George Booth

As deduced before, Benjamin died in 1686, and Nicholas between 1678 and 1679.

A deed[295] between Katherine Boulton to Benjamin Booth of 1679 secures Katherine’s share in the property in the 1678 deed for her life.

Katherine Boulton Widow of Clarendon administrator of Nicholas Boulton gent:
600 acres of Nicholas Boulton’s land North on Rock Mtns W on land not yet run, S on St Jago Savanna, SE on Col William Ivy to Benjamin Booth
Benjamin Booth to pay £15 annually for 2 years and then £80 to Katherine Boulton and to allow Katherine Boulton ½ house and goods for life and 1 negro and make up Katherine Boulton’s flock of sheep to 20 and 1 breeding mare.

This land is shown in a patent to Nicholas Boulton[296] for 500a, undated, with no compass: borders on the “St Auga” Savananah, probably the St Jago. Another (earlier?) plat for 100 acres was dated 1670-1[297]. The two plats could connect, so it may be the 500 acre one was in fact the earlier, particularly as these deeds refer to a 600 acre plot. The 500 acre plat shows a house in the SE corner.
This land is not marked on the 1684 map, but can be closely positioned by the marked Ivy holding and a mountain depicted to the north. It is probably only 2-4 miles from Captain George Booth’s original grant.
Plats grouped together as Booth Group D.

in 1670, “Widow Bolton” had 100 acres in Clarendon, and Nicholas Bolton 500 acres[298]. This might imply that the 100 acres, which was patented to Mr Nicholas Bolton, was to the father of the patentee of the 500 acres, Nicholas Bolton.

The Folly Pen 800 Acre Grant

     Benjamin Booth had a further land grant in 1684[299] for 800 acres. This grant has a southern boundary of a similar shape to the northern boundary of Nicholas Boulton’s 500 acres, which, by this time, Benjamin had inherited through his wife.
     This land appears in an estate plan, Clarendon 575, for Folly Pen in about 1784 (plan damaged at date) where it is described as Benjamin Booth.
The Folly Pen is shown some 3 miles NE of Clarendon Park on Liddell 1888, but with the Mammee Gully a couple of miles further NE: the estate plan confirms the Booth Patent to be as shown on the Mammee Gully (the estate plan seems to be oriented with west up).
     The Estate Plan and plats can be positioned with reasonable accuracy over Folly, to the north east of Clarendon Park, east of Scotts Pass on the main road from May Pen to Mandeville. The northern part of the Benjamin Booth plat fits well, but the south eastern corner is uncertain on the Estate Map. The exact position can be determined with reference to the fork in the road to the north west of the word “Folly” on the Map. Scaling & rotating to match the roads around this road junction puts (Osbourn) Store about ½ a mile north of its modern position. Robertson puts the leeward road to the north of the St Jago ponds, but the modern road has a long sweep to their south: this looks like a relatively recent road (20thC). There is little or no visible sign of an old road to the north of the ponds on Google Earth, but the new road must have joined the old at about Belle Plain.
Mamee gully does not appear on modern maps. Measuring the areas of the plats scaled to fit the moderen map shows them oversize by about 30% on the area, 15% linear.
     The Estate Map was drawn up for the Hon. John Henckell (1752-1802, MA Clarendon, Chief Justice 1801) to establish the bounds of Folly Pen in the late 1780’s: it was then measured at 906 acres. There was considerable variation between the several patents and the boudaries of a run of 1002 acres to the south, once owned by Alexander Crawford, but passed to Henry Dawkins in 1752; much of the Crawford/Dawkins land was over the Boulton patents. The major part of Folly covers Benjamin Booth’s 800 acres. By 1811, Folly was owned by Henry Dawkins with 102 slaves and 156 stock. So at sime stage the Booths must have either sold the patented land or abandoned it, but there seems little evidence of what happened to it. Later maps only show Dawkins here, so it may be that Dawkins either bought the ground, or Booths failed to work it and lost the grant.

“schituate upon the small mountain” and bounds East & East Northerly upon unsurveyed land Mr Henry Tennant and the Mamee Gully northerly upon the Little Mountain and South upon his own land (that inherited from Nicholas Boulton).

Benjamin owned some 1800 acres at the time of his death.

Will[300] dated 25/6/1686:
Execs brother George Booth & Thomas Sutton (Thomas Sutton also for George Booth 1st).
He left his estate to his 2 sons living, and the possible 4th child if a son. To his daughter Magdalen, he left £J400, £J200 at marriage and the same 4 years later: this reduced to £J300 if the unborn child was a daughter.
Refers to wife Jane.

Inventory[301] 11/1686: £593/3/7½, includes 6 slaves and livestock.
Catherine Boulton, administrator.
This early inventory does not tie in with the owner of 1800 acres, but was probably only for the immediate domestic area.

A couple of later deeds in 1714 concerning widow Jane Booth and her son Henry could relate to Benjamin’s wife Jane, but seem more likely to refer to an unrecorded son of George 2 & Jane. This more fully discussed with George Booth 2’s family.

From his will, he had:

2/1. Son 1. Possibly Benjamin will of 1714-15.

If these 2 sons were indeed Benjamin & Thomas, then the following 1702 deed must have been them:
1702 Indenture[302] between Benjamin Booth & Thomas Booth of Clarendon planters & John Campbell of Clarendon & his wife Ann. Let 12 acres to John & Ann Campbell commonly called Booths Clump in St Jago Savanna & joining on a part of a parcel of land belonging to Coll Henry Long in Clarendon 6 acres on one side on a pond in said Clump & 6 acres on the other side of the pond. To hold for the lives of the survivor of John & Ann Campbell. Rent one Turkey Cock annually.

The original Booth land was in St Jago Savanna.

1712 Deed[303], A Benjamin Booth, planter, leased 12¼ acres to Andrew Wright, bricklayer, both of Vere, west on John Bosley, North on Francis Moore esq, South on John Turner a miner. £20 pa for 10 years.

Mentions Indigo. This was probably an ancestor of the Wrights with whom the Booths later married.

From will[304] of 1715:
Planter of Vere.
To dau Elizabeth Booth 1/3 of personal estate when 18 or married and heirs, to son George Booth the remainder when 18, to wife Mary if both children die without heirs.
Execs Joshua Tennant, wife & Thomas Booth snr (probably Thomas Booth whose will was proved 1729). JT & TB renounced their execs 28/11 & 4/12/1719.

There is an “unattached” inventory[305] for a Benjamin Booth in 1722, but this seems very late for him.

Mary Booth, widow of Kingston, sold[306] in 1720 to Sarah Brown dau of Mathias & Rebecca Brown merchant of Kingston, a negro girl named Kettana branded BB on left shoulder for £16.

Wife Mary
3/1. George Booth (<18 1715).
3/2. Elizabeth Booth (<18 1715).

2/2. Son 2, possibly Thomas Booth.

This would fit if 2/1. was indeed Benjamin, who was still alive at this date. Then cousin Thomas would be our ancestor Thomas, son of George 2nd.

A will
[307] of 1710/1 of Thomas Booth:
Thomas Booth of St Elizabeth, Planter, sick
to 2 sons now living my whole estate when youngest 18
To brother Benjamin Booth and cousin Thos Booth a mourning ring
Admin by Thos Booth.

Administration 1/35: appoints James Lewis & Judith, widow.
Inventory[308] of 1711:
Of St Elizabeth
Shown by Lewis Jones & Judith his wife.
Assessed by Lichfield Bennitt & Gose? Gale

2/3. Dau Magdalen Booth.
2/4. Possible 4th child: Wife in child in his will of 1686.

1/3. William Booth – D 1677?

prob died bef 12/1677, not in Frances’s will.

1/4. Ann Booth,

married Mr Browne. A speculative idea that a son Thomas Brown was mentioned in a 1744 land transaction between the sons of GB3, son of GB2.

1/5. Dau married Mr Selby.

No relevant Selby’s in Jamaica or Barbados
Issue from grandfather’s will of 1676, so born before then:
2/1. George Selby, a heifer in calf from g/father George Booth’s will.
2/2. William Selby, a heifer in calf from g/father George Booth’s will.
They were left a heifer in calf by grandfather George Booth

1/6. Catherine Booth

Probably born before 1658.
LDS: Katherine Bouth, father George, ch 4 September 1652 SNAITH,YORK,ENGLAND
Other siblings do not match.
Married Phillip Edmonds (GB’s executor) bef 1676.
She was left 2 good ewes by father.

A Catherine Edmonds bur St Catherine 7/7/1718.

Will of Phillip Edmonds, 1695-6[309]

Planter of Vere
Daughters Alice Shin, Milborough Burrell, Charity, Sarah.
G/ch Milborough Shin, Son Philip Edmonds

Wife Catherine

Philip Edmonds, husband of Catherine Booth, was a joint patentee with Richard Wright of 60 acres in Vere in 1664.
Philip, son of Philip & Catherine, was a joint patentee with Andrew Wright in 1703.

Philip Edmonds listed in index 8/280, but not found, possibly a lost page in the original before transcription.

2/1. Easle (Alice) Edmonds – left one heifer by G/father,

thus born bef 1676.
3/1. Milborough Shin, from Philips will.
3/2. William Sheen (uncle Philip’s will)
3/3. Elizabeth Sheen (uncle Philip’s will)

2/2. Milborough Edmonds, bur 20/7/1733 Vere

Married Dr John Burrell, exec to Philip Edmonds will.
3/1. Deborah Burrell b 20/11/1707, ch Vere 26/11/1707
Probably George Burrell, with wife Mary & son, William Edmonds ch Vere 15/5/1735 & dau Deborah b 17370323 ch Vere 17371022.
Also Deborah Burrell & William Green 199/177 1763 Sale negroes - damaged pages.

2/3. Charity Edmonds
2/4. Sarah Edmonds

From Debrets:
Probably married Charles Price, son of Francis Price who came over with Penn & Venables. Charles Price became the owner of Rose Hall in St Thomas in the Vale.
FRANCIS PRICE, of Wales, is said to have gone out to Jamaica, a capt. in the army under Penn and Venables, which first reduced that island under English sovereignty 1655. He settled in Jamaica, and left a da., Mary, m. Thomas Rose, of Rose Hall, and three sons, Francis, Thomas, and

CHARLES, b. 1676, Sarah, da. of Philip Edmunds, of Jamaica, and had issue,
3/1. Francis, d, In England young.
3/2. Sir Charles, many years speaker of the house of assembly,

on his resignation of which office, 1763, his eldest son was immediately and unanimously elected in his stead. He was created a brt. 7 Oct. 1768  m. Maria Sharp, and d. 21 July 1772, leaving issue
4/1. Sir CHARLES, 2d bart., speaker of the house of assembly,

m. Elizabeth, widow of John Woodcock, but d. s. p. 1788, when the baronetcy became extinct.

4/2. Rose, d. an Infant.
4/3. John, d unm.
4/4. Rose, m. Lydia Fagan, but d. s. p.
4/5. Sarah.

3/3. Thomas, m. Anne Moor, but d. s. p.
3/4. JOHN, 4th son of Charles Price, m. 22 Jan. 1736, Margaret,

da. of Henry Badcock, of Penzance, by whom (who d. 8 Oct. 1765) he had an only son,
4/1. JOHN, b. 25 June 1738, m., 30 Aug. 1764, Elizabeth,

da. of John Brammar, of St. John’s, Jamaica, and d. at Penzance, 3 Jan. 1797, having had issue,
5/1. Charles-Godolphin, b.  June 1765, d. an infant, and
5/2. Sir ROSE, created a bart. as above.

2/5. Philip Edmonds will[310] of 1710, of Vere. Wife Esther.

He had purchased an estate at McCary Bay from Heny Vizard and his wife. His wife was pregnant at the date of the will, but there is no record of any child by her.

Legacies to cousins William & Elizabeth Sheen – they were probably children of his sister, Alice (Edmonds) Shin
3/1. Catherine Edmonds b aft 1694 father’s will.
3/2. Philip Edmonds, son of Philip Edmonds, ch Vere 21/5/1708PR

Philip Edmonds married Mary Barritt, 22/8/1734, both of St Catherine.
John Turner Edmonds son of Philip & Mary Edmonds, St Catherine 11/7/1736PR

Thomas Edmunds married St Andrew 22/5/1667 Sarah Holder.

Issue of William & Penelope Edmonds.
Charles Price St Catherine 23/4/1736
Edward Bonner 8/3/1740, St Dorothy
None relevant in Barbados records on Ancestry.

PRICE, Sir CHARLES (1708–1772), speaker of the House of Assembly of Jamaica, sometimes called the ‘Jamaica patriot,’ was born on 20 Aug. 1708, probably in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica. His father was Colonel Charles Price; his mother Sarah was daughter of Philip Edmunds; his grandfather had settled in Jamaica immediately after its conquest by England in 1658. He was sent to England, resided for a time at Trinity College, Oxford, whence he matriculated in October 1724, made the ‘grand tour,’ and returned to Jamaica in January 1730. On 23 May 1730 his father died, and he succeeded to the estates. At the same time he became an officer of the militia.

On 13 March 1732 Price was elected to the Jamaica assembly; on 17 April 1745 he was voted to the chair during the illness of the speaker, and a year later became speaker. During his long term of office many collisions occurred between the assembly and the executive [see Knowles, Sir Charles; Moore, Sir Henry]. By his attitude throughout, Price excited the admiration of his countrymen. Three times the house solemnly thanked him for his services—first, on 3 Aug. 1748, then on 19 Dec. 1760, and again when, owing to ill-health, he retired on 11 Oct. 1763; on each occasion it voted him a piece of plate. Price also at different times acted as a judge of the supreme court, and as the custos of St. Catherine, and became major-general of all the island militia forces. On his beautiful estates, Decoy Penn, Rose Hall (which was the finest of the old Jamaica houses), and Worthy Park, he spent most of his later years; many plants and animals of other countries were naturalised in the grounds. The Charley Price rat takes its name from him (Gosse, Naturalist in Jamaica).

On 7 Oct. 1768 Price was made a baronet of Rose Hall, Jamaica. On 26 July 1772 he died, and was buried at the Decoy, where a verse epitaph records his patriotism. He married Mary Sharpe. Their son, Sir Charles Price (1732–1788), matriculated from Trinity College, Oxford, May 1752, and subsequently took part in public life in Jamaica, becoming an officer of militia, and ultimately major-general. He first sat in the assembly in 1753, and on the resignation of his father, being at the time his colleague in the representation of St. Mary's, he was selected as speaker of the assembly (11 Oct. 1763); in the next assembly he was member for St. Catherine's, and was again chosen speaker on 5 March 1765; and on 13 Aug. 1765, after a new election. On this occasion a crisis was brought about by his refusal to apply to Governor William Henry Lyttelton [q. v.] for the usual privileges, and within three days the assembly was dissolved; he was chosen speaker once again on 23 Oct. 1770, and held the post till 31 Oct. 1775, when he was relieved of it at his own request, and left Jamaica for England for four years. He returned to Jamaica in 1779, and died at Spanish Town 18 Oct. 1788. Price married Elizabeth Hannah (d. 1771), daughter of John Guy, of Berkshire House, chief justice of Jamaica, and widow of John Woodcock, but left no issue.

1/7. Judith Booth

Prob born bef 1658 in Barbados.
She was not mentioned by name in her father’s will of 1676, but a grand-daughter Sarah Sutton was.

There is some indication from Thomas Sutton’s will that Judith may not have been Sutton’s 1st wife; she may also have been married before, with a daughter Elizabeth (possibly Moore), who married Edward Pennant, to become Thomas Sutton’s daughter in law.

Married Thomas Sutton (Benjamin & George’s executor and called “brother” in Benjamin’s will of 1686) – daughter Booth is not referred to by name, but called Judith in Thomas Sutton’s will of 1707, in which he also mentions a daughter Sarah, who is mentioned in Booth wills, which makes this Thomas the most likely individual.
This Thomas Sutton, born about 1639, may have been in Barbados and a brother of John Sutton who died in Barbados in 1664, and, from his descendants ages, would have been born 1630-40. A descent from John Sutton is to be found in the Wills Volume.
That makes John Sutton, to whom he was attorney in Jamaica, his nephew and Mary, wife of Henry Tennant his niece.

Issue from Thomas’s Will:
2/1. Sarah Sutton,

Left a 20/- gold ring in g/father George Booth’s will born bef 1676. Married Mitlthwaite.

2/2. John Sutton.

John Sutton married Eleanor Hewitt, Clarendon, 5/11/1708.
Issue of John & Eleanor Sutton:
3/1. Thomas Sutton, 17/9/1711, St Catherine
3/2. John Sutton no PR – Vere missing much of this period.

MI Jamaica: Vere, In memory of John Sutton, son of John Sutton esq, of this Parish ... he was cut off in the flower of his age, by the violence of a fever, 23 August, anno 1745.
Noted “He was the grandson of Col Thomas Sutton...”

3/3. Elizabeth Sutton ch 28/7/1720, Vere.

2/3. Anna Sutton, married Mr Cadwell.

A will[311] of Thomas Sutton dated 1707, probated 2/3/1711. Copies both in Jamaica and UK National Archives.

of Clarendon in good health
Beloved wife Judith, Edward Pennant and John Moore Execs
To wife sole produce of all my plantations at Withywood and of all negroes and slaves therewith used and occupied and are particularly mentioned in a schedule annexed ... and also the cutting and bringing away of all wood for building ... share of lands in McCary Bay.
Also 50 acres of land in Yarmouth Savanna for life if she will accept same in lieu of her dower jointure.
Son John all estate.
Dau Sarah Mitlethwaite £100 UK
Dau Anna Cadwell £100 UK
Dau in law Elizabeth Pennant £J50
God dau Judith Pennant & Sarah Pennant £UK100 each to be laid out these in plate at marriage or 21.
Friends Edward Pennant & John Moore £J50 each Edward Pennant extra £50 for managing the estate.
Thomas Pennant, son of Edward estate if his children die without issue.
Son John to be brought up in England.
47 Slaves.

Sketch Pedigrees of Jamaica[312] has him died bef 1710 and a Bill, Sutton v Moore, dated 29 July 1710 but with a footnote that he was buried 15/11/1710 Vere, 72nd year of life, which is confirmed in Archer’s MI of Jamaica.

A Thomas Sutton was with Penn & Venables as Sergt to BaynardVLO. His widow Amy applied for arrears 1656.

MI Archer:
Thomas Sutton was a Member of the Assembly for Clarendon 1677-79, 1686, 1691, 1698, 1701, Vere 1695, Speaker 1691-1693, 1698, Member for Port Royal 1703, 1706. Buried in (Vere) Parish Church at Vere ”Here lyeth inter’d th body of Coll Thomas Sutton who departed this life the 15th day of Novemebr in the seventy second year of his age and the year of our Lord God 1710”
John Sutton, grandson of above is also interred in the same Church. He died 23rd August 1745.

It was on his plantation in Clarendon, that the first serious servile revolt occurred in 1669. Sutton was a gallant soldier, and defended Carlisle Bay breastwork against the French, under Du Casse, in 1694. (Archer MI)

Deed 11/83:
Henry Tennant of Clarendon sells on 26th November, 1670, for 22 negroes and £80 sterling to Thomas Sutton, attorney for John Sutton of Barbados, 15 negroes, 30 head of cattle and 1100 acres of land, coppers, still, mill and mill house at St Augoe upon the Milk River in Clarendon. Document dated 29th June 1680. Suttons appear on Sloane 1707 to the south of Booths on the St Jago Savanna, but the patent of June 1670 shows the St Jago Pond, making it north of Captain Booth’s patent.
Henry Tennant probably married to Mary, daughter of John Sutton who died in Barbados on 1664, making him the “nephew-in-law” of Thomas and brother-in-law of John Sutton jnr).



Issue of Gifford & Elizabeth Pennant (Gifford Pennant had patents near Francis Burton), Gifford Pennant married Elizabeth Allwinkle, St Catherine 7/9/1669PR:
Elizabeth Pennant St Catherine, 29/1/1671-2

Probable father of:
Born about 1672,
Married Elizabeth, dau in law of Thomas Sutton (from TS will), whose wife was Judith Booth. The LDS submitted tree has Elizabeth as Moore.
Chapelton, Clarendon:
Here lyeth the body of the honourable Edward Pennant esq, who departed this life, the 11th of June 1736, Aetat 64.
He was Chief Justice, Custos Rotulorum of Clarendon and Vere, &c.; and father of Samuel, Henry, Smart, [a daughter], and ---- John, eldest surviving son, who married in St. Catherine's, 22d Oct., 1734, Bonella, daughter of Joseph Hodges, of Lacovia, Member of Assembly in 1711, and whose name survives in a large pen near Black River. Richard, their son, was created a peer of Ireland, on the 19th Nov. 1783, by the title of Lord Penrhyn. See "The Peerage."

Edward and Elizabeth Pennant issue (LDS) Clarendon:
1/1. Samuel 20/12/1709
1/2. Henry 29/3/1711,
1/3. John Pennant

A tree submitted to the LDS has children:

Edward, John, Sir Samuel, Gifford, Henry, Judith, Smart, Elizabeth, Sarah &  Mary.

Richard Pennant, 1st Baron Penrhyn (1737 – 21 January 1808) was a slave owner, anti-abolitionist Member of Parliament (MP) and Irish peer.
Richard Pennant was educated at Newcome's academy in Hackney and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]
He was MP for Petersfield from 1761 to 1767, then becoming one of Liverpool's members from 1767 to 1780, and again from 1784 until 1790 when he offered his seat to Sir Banastre Tarleton who continued his anti-abolitionist activities. He was prominent in the development of the Welsh slate industry. He was created 1st Baron Penrhyn of Penrhyn in the county of Lough in 1783. This did not disqualify him from standing for elections to the Westminster House of Commons as his peerage was Irish.
Pennant owned vast properties in Caernarfonshire and six sugar plantations in Jamaica, where he owned over six hundred enslaved workers. He inherited half of his Welsh estate from his wife, Ann Susannah Pennant nee Warburton; the daughter of General Hugh Warburton, the other half from his father, John Pennant (Warburton's business partner). On his death, Richard's entire estate was inherited by his second cousin, George Hay Dawkins (1763–1840), who subsequently adopted the surname of Dawkins-Pennant. Dawkins' daughter Juliana and her husband were named as co-heirs of the estate on the condition that they also took the surname Pennant (which they duly accepted). Dawkins' son-in-law, Edward Gordon Douglas, was later created 1st Baron Penrhyn of Llandygai.

George Hay Dawkins-Pennant was born in 1764.2 He is the son of Henry Dawkins and Juliana Colyear.2 He married, secondly, Elizabeth Bouverie.2 He married Hon. Sophia Maria Maude, daughter of Cornwallis Maude, 1st Viscount Hawarden and Mary Allen, on 25 June 1807 at Hawarden, County Tipperary, Ireland.3 He died in 1840.2
      He inherited the Penrhyn estates from his great-uncle Richard Pennant, 1st and last Baron Penrhyn, of Penrhyn, co. Louth.4 He lived at Penrhyn Castle, Caernarvonshire, Wales.

7.2    George Booth – 2nd – D 1702/5


“GB2, GB jnr”

   He was probably born 1650-1660 in Barbados and died about 1704: from the ages of her children, Eliza, his daughter, was probably born before 1680 so he would have been married 1st to Mary in the 1670’s. He was the son of George Booth (GB1) and his probable first wife. As with other families in Vere in this period, the detail will have been affected by the parish records between 1720-30 are missing.
    In later life, he had 2 main estates, one of 500 acres on the north bank of the Pindars River in northern Clarendon, the other of about 584 acres on Camp Savannah, midway between the Milk & Minho rivers. He also had several other, smaller plots, acquired either by purchase or inheritance.
    The home of George Booth elder dcd  was S on John Harris dcd & Thomas Wait dcd, E on John Benson N on sd William Booth dcd & W on Jonathan Facey (from a sale deed by his daughter, Sarah Fisher in 1745).

Married 1st: Mary Downer, (Downer, probable daughter of Robert & Dyana and sister of John[313]), she probably died abt 1685.

Issue by Mary Downer:
Thomas Booth, Died abt 1725
Eliza Booth (b bef 1681)

Married 2nd: Jane, from the number of children soon after 1686 and she would have been born no later than 1670, but there is no indication of her family.

Issue by Jane:
George Booth (GB3)
Samuel Booth (D 1733)
Simon Booth (D bef 1764)
William Booth (D bef 1714)
Sarah Booth
Henry Booth – not in GB’s will, but probably born after the drafting of George’s will, inferred from later deeds between GB3, Jane & Henry Booth, & Samuel Booth 3 will.

    It is inferred that he was the George Booth “jnr” in deeds & patents in the 1680’s, in particular a 1683 patent, land which appears in his will: this only fits if he was junior to Captain George Booth. It is assumed that he is the eldest surviving son of George Booth 1st of Barbados & Vere by elimination of the other George Booths, his deduced age and the land reference in deeds to Elizabeth Crosse, who appears in Frances Booth’s will. This was probably land from his father’s purchase from the Hills.
   He mentions in his will “my uncle George...his grandmother Mrs Jane Warren” (his will and deed 51/111, definitely correct transcription!); the Uncle’s family name is not specified in either document however. This Uncle George might have been a brother of his mother Jane. There is no mention of any relevant Jane Warrens in Barbados.
    He and his wife Mary are named in a deed[314] where they sell in 1678 of a small piece of land to Elizabeth Crosse who was described as a cousin in George’s mother Frances’s will. A similar piece of land is later sold in a deed[315] to George Booth jnr in 1686, having previously been agreed to be sold to Margery Booth, dcd. This deed is puzzling as it was dated 1678, but not completed until 1686/7. Was “Margery” Booth a transcription error for Mary, GB2’s wife? Edmund Crosse married Elizabeth Boulton, St Catherine, 1/10/1669: perhaps she was the sister of Nicholas Boulton, GB2’s brother Benjamin’s father in law.
    The rest & residue legacy in his will implies that Thomas & Eliza were not the children of Jane. They were over 21 in George’s will, and Eliza was married by then. The last mention of George & Mary Booth was in October 1686.
Land left to his son Thomas was the 20 acres sold to GB2 by John & Rebecca Downer in 1686[316].
   Mary must have died about this time as George & Jane had at least 5 children by 1702, all under age at that time, although George as an executor must have been at least in his late teens and looks to have been the first born by Jane.
   It is possible that sale of the land by the Downers was to regularise GB2’s holding after Mary’s death: this would tie in with the Margery Booth deed being in fact also a post mortem conveyance.
   He inherited about 25 acres in Withywood and an unknown area elsewhere in Clarendon as his share his father’s estate, probably near Capt Booth’s land in St Jago. He bought 20 acres of land from the Downers, which he left to his son, Thomas. He later purchased a small plot of Osborne land, which he left to Eliza.
    He made a large purchase of over 500 acres on or near the south coast, at Macary Bay, between the Milk & Minho Rivers. This land was left between his 2nd wife, Jane and their 4 sons. This would have been good growing land, it was his Camps Savanna land.

Land Transactions:

1754 Landowners:
Samuel Booth, Vere 129 acres (probably son of Samuel son of George 2)
Probably son & grandson of George Booth 2nd:
Simon Booth snr, Vere, 316 acres
Simon Booth, jnr, Vere 135

The land sales by his sons are for some rather odd areas, with fractions of acres; the arithmetic is complicated by ¼ being left to wife Jane and the remainder being split between his 3 surviving sons by her. It is difficult to see exactly what plots are involved. The identification is complicated by probable neighbour changes, or later grants on land shown as unsurveyed on the Booth plats. Resurveys may have come up with changed areas of the various plots.

The land left to Eliza is unidentified – perhaps it is part of the unidentified land left to George by his father, George Booth 1.

George Booth acquired a number of parcels of land:

1. 20 acres from the Downers.
This passed to son Thomas, and to his son Henry who eventually in 1741 sells it to Thomas Roberts for J£300[317] (£135K 2015).
1686 Deed[318] John & Rebecca Downer sell 20 acres to George jnr “for love of their sister Mary, wf of George Booth jnr” under Braziletto Mtns. (a later deed 110/62 in 1741 refers to this as 24¾ acres).
E on Richard Mare jnr, W on sd John Downer, Phillip Roberts N on George Kirkoff. This land may have been part of that patented[319] by Robert Downer in 1664, and inherited by John Downer; this patent was shared with Philip Roberts and was on the Callavas Savannah (not found on maps) and to the west of the Salt Savannah. This may be the western sugar estate of 2 marked marked on Craskell against the salt savannah in southern Vere.

2. 584 acres bought from Francis Wellicott.
This land was in Camps Savannah, perhaps midway between the Milk & Minho Rivers, a little way inland from McCary Bay, on the eastern boundary of the Hilliard land on the east bank of the Milk river and its junction with the Vere (later Hilliard’s) River. Several Booths are shown here in 1763 Craskell.

Deed[320]: Francis Wallascott sells in May 1687 584 acres to George Booth jnr, part of 814 acres granted[321] in 1674 to Henry Cobb & Francis Wallascott in Clarendon now Vere (patent: W Dr Hilliard, S&E Mr Fenwick, N John Atkins).
Deed: N on Sir Thomas Lynch, E&S on Mr Fenwick, W Doc Henry Hilliard for £J650 (Elizabeth Wright plat 39 acres bounds on Fenick).

Hilliard appears in the SE central area of Barbados in 1657.
Dr Henry Hilliard was granted 368 in 1664 acres on the Eastern flank of the Round Hill, bordering on the Main Savanna. The main savannah is between the Vere & Milk Rivers. The plat shows the rivers, but does not name them. Ogilby 1670 shows Hilliard on a road on the East bank of the Milk Savanna River. Henry Hilliard also was granted 1300 acres on the Milk River & Macary Bay, no date, but probably a similar era as the 1664 grant. These patents probably joined: the early one included the junction between the Milk and Vere (later Hilliard’s) Rivers. The later one had the Milk river running through the plat, the orientation of which looks certainly to be incorrect, and was probably immediately south of the 1664 plat. Lands bordering the East of these would be on Camps Savanna & Macary Bay.

In George’s will, this land was decribed as bounding on Wm Beck Raines Waite esq Mr Jno Harris Mr Jno Ashley Sr Thomas Lynch & Commoners.
Capt George Booth mortgaged land on John Ashley in 1686.

Deduced from an indenture in 1745 by Sarah Fisher, his daughter, this plantation was George’s residence.

This land was left ¼ (146 acres) to his wife, and the remainder to his surviving sons (3).
Son George disposed of most of this, some via deeds to Jane Booth & her son Henry (his mother and younger brother):
1713: George 3 sell 59¾ acres to Peter Gravett.
1714: George 3 sells 2 plots, totalling 97¾ acres to Jane & Henry Booth.
1723: Samuel sold 230 ¼ acres, adjoining Simon & William Booth.

Note: this is the land from which GB’s wife Jane was permitted to sell 100 acres by GB’s will: part of this was also subject to the action by GB’s son George in 1714.

1703: Mr George Booth, planter, was granted[322] 200 acres of “over plus land” in addition to that he already owned in Camps Savanna, surrounded by his own land. This must be GB2 as Capt GB was by this time dead. The grant was probably to regularise land he already occupied, the original title to which was uncertain.
This is probably the land shown in south Vere on Craskell.

3. 500 acres granted to him at Greazy Ridge, Pindars River.
Patent[323] in 1682-3 refers to him as George Booth jnr – this is confirmed by the 500a of land concerned appearing is his will. This patent was dated the same as one for George Booth senior and Benjamin Booth.
S Unsurveyed River(?) Land (Pinders River from later deeds), E Hammand Rules, N Unsurveyed, W John Moore.
Hammand Rules patent[324] adjoins this and gives a location as Greazy Ridge.
This land appears in his will: ¼ to his wife, Jane, the remainder to his sons by her.
Son George sold his share in 1718.
Son Simon sold his share to Thomas Tayby.
Son Samuel sold some of all of his share to the Fishers.

4. 17 ½ acres bought in 1687[325] from Osbourne/Pusey grant

 – not known where this went to. Land patented 290 acres in Clarendon to George Osborn & John Pusey[326], George Osborn dies & John Pusey sells 17.5 acres to Stephen Jackson, who sell to George Booth jnr, E on Michael Shauington, N on King’s Rd, W Richard Pusey S on Edward Bromfield for £50.
Caballes Savannah – location not known.
This plot and the 5 acres from Stiles are probably joined, to make 22 ½ acres

5. 26 acres bought from Henry Beck
not know where this went to. 1687[327]: Henry Beck sells to George Booth jnr of Vere for £50 26 acres patented[328] to Elizabeth Wright for 26 acres (& 2nd plot of 39 acres), sold in 1677 to Henry Beck.
Plat to EW: N on the Common, E & S John Derunt, W Francis Wellicot & Mr Fenick
Note similar neighbours to the slightly later purchase from Wallascott.

6. 25 acres inherited from his father,
 part of the land bought from the Hills.

7. a further unknown plot from his father,
probably in St Jago Savannah, near his brother, Benjamin and Capt George Booth.
Eliza’s bequest of 19 ¾ acres in Mccary Bay in Vere, E on William Beck, N on Richard Schofield & Wm Ibent, W on George Lee, S on Jno Crop.
also Capt George Booth’s land which he mortgaged with John Ashley,  bounded on John Ashley and that left by him to daughter Eliza bounded on John Cropp.

Other Transactions
The following two deeds refer to plots of land close to each other:

1678 Deed[329]: George Booth & his wife Mary of Vere for £5 from Elizabeth Crosse at Mitchell hole of 150’x50’ E on highway South on Mr John Butriclind W on Elisha Clarke & N on William Frame.
Both G & M Signed.
Elizabeth Crosse was referred to by Francis Booth as a cousin.

1687 Deed[330] (Dated 1677/8): Btw Cornelius?? Adams of Vere &
George Booth jnr of Vere being administrator to Margery Booth snr decd victualler at Port Royal.
Cornelius Adams agreed to sell for £3-10 land to Margery Booth.
Cornelius Adams now sells to George Booth as Admon (assumes that Margery Booth died between the dating and entering of the deed).
150’x50’ of land at Mireall Hole in Vere E on highway S on John Buteline? N on Elisha Clark, N on William Shaftsbury.
Wit Elizabeth Cross inter alia.
 – was Margery Booth’s wife Mary??

Mitchell Hole about 4 miles east of the mouth of the Rio Minho (Moll 1711)
This is probably part of the land at Withywood, bought by GB1 in 1670 from the Hills.

1686-7 Deed[331]: Peter Stiles sell 5 acres of his patented land to George Booth jnr in Vere for £12.
Plat[332] 1685. Vere, 5 acres; In the Longwood, Salt Savanna, N on Michael Lushington, E on Salt Savanna Common, S on Joseph Taylor.
An almost triangular plot.

Hugh & Elizabeth Gardiner to George Booth – 1687[333] - WHICH GB?
Patent to Joseph Gardner for 150 acres in Clarendon now Vere. Hugh Gardner sells 40 acres to George Booth of Vere for £300, S & W on River Minho E on Highway etc.
Plat 1B-11-2-8F155 4/2/1664-5:
Houses shown by river; Withywood S by the River Mino; S Anthony Barroughs, W River Mino, N George Pattison, E Henry Dannett
This plat is near Robert Downer’s of a similar date: the Downer plat bounds South on George Pattison, and also west on the River.
Ogilby shows a Gardner Indigo plantation in Clarendon:
Petteson (Pattison) on the coast at Michael’s Hole, Gardiner about 1.5 miles to the North, and Horner as far again to the north. However, the reference to the highway would put this further north, near Kettle Spring where the only road is shown on the early maps.

dated 1702, proved 1705. Planter of Vere.

To son Thomas: 20 acres in Wilkwood: E on Richd Muie, S S&W on Mr Thomas Roberts & N on Rodger Jacks; also a “shill” & full barr to estate. (deed 17/206 from the Downers).
to Dau Eliza Vodry: 19 ¾ acres in Mccary Bay in Vere, E on William Beck, N on Richard Schofield & Wm Ibent, W on George Lee, S on Jno Crop.
To wife Jane ¼ of land at Camps Savannah or Bay of McCary (Camps Savanna on West bank of Rio Minho) bounding on Wm Beck Raines Waite esq Mr Jno Harris Mr Jno Ashley Sr Thomas Lynch & Commoners abt 500 acres together with ¼ of 500 acres in Clarendon Greaze? Ridge W on Mr Jno Moore & sother upon Pinders River East on Capt Rule and N on unsurveyed (Pat 1-9/125 & 119 refer). (John Moore has land at Greazy Ridge, which fits).
To Jane negroes, horse & other domestic items
To Jane 100 acres for her to sell if needed S on Mr Ashly, N on Sir Thomas Lynch and rest on my land.
Remainder in Clarendon & Vere except “one negro boy names Essex which was given to my Uncle George by his grand mother Mrs Jane ??? (Warren)” to sons George Samuel Simon and Wm when 21. If they all die, to Jane, if she dies, to Thomas & Eliza.
To Daughter Sarah when 15, £200, £50 from each of sons.
5 children to be brought up on plantation charge.

Son George & Wife Jane as Execs.

In an indenture[335] of 1745, George Booth’s daughter, Sarah Fisher, then a widow of Vere, claimed as her share of her father’s estate 35 acres in Vere, which she gave (sold for 5/-) to her nephews George Booth & Samuel Gravett Booth minors and sons of Samuel Booth late of Vere dcd. The land was S on John Harris dcd & Thomas Wait dcd, E on John Benson N on sd William Booth dcd & W on Jonathan Facey & was the home of sd George Booth elder dcd. The deed makes it clear that GB2’s son William died before the age of 21 so that his estate was shared between sons Samuel, Simon and George.

2nd wife Jane
Jane died aft 1714 when she and her son Henry had dealings – see later under Henry. If the assumed connections are correct, she died after son Henry (1738/9). If so, she must have been an old lady having been born before about 1670, but by no means impossible. Son Henry referred to her as “honoured mother”, implying some age.

Jane Booth confirmed a sale to Joseph Dunston, by a private act of Jamaica in 1707. No further details[336].

1761[337]: Joseph Wright & Elizabeth planter of Vere for £65 from Henry Beal planter of Vere ..sell that parcel of land being part of 100A sold by Jane Booth to Joseph Dunston near Kemps Savanna cont 27 ½ a E on former Henry Lord now heirs of Thomas Alpress S on heirs of Joseph Dunston, W on called Hilliards now in the possession of Edward Maxwell
This was probably part of the land left by GB2 to Jane, but may have also been part of the land settled by Supreme Court in 1713.
This was Joseph, (Andrew, Robert Wright)

1/1. Thomas Booth – AM11/21.

Probably son of an earlier wife, maybe Mary Downer, see his own section.
His will dated 1725 specifically mentions the land in Withywood adj Thomas Roberts, left in George’s will.

1/2. Eliza Booth

Probably daughter of GB’s first wife, probably Mary Downer, in his 1702 will, she was a married woman, thus born no later than 1685, but probably before 1681 as not referred to as under 21 in 1702:
to Dau Eliza Vodry: 19 ¾ acres in Mccary Bay in Vere, E on William Beck, N on Richard Schofield & Wm Ubent, W on George Lee, S on Jno Crop.

Will of Aaron Vodry[338] 1702
Millwright of St Jago de la Vega
to sons George, Thomas & John when 18, If they die, to Wife Elizabeth
Father in law George Booth, & wife Elizabeth Execs

Aaron Vodry a witness on the will of George Booth, 1694.
A Margaret Vozey ch 26/1/1688 of Henry & Mary, St C – is this the same family as Vodry?

There seem few Church records of the Vodry’s, perhaps they were Jews?

PR St C – probably this Eliza:
Aaron Vodry bur St Catherine 16/4/1702PR.
2/1. Thomas Vaudery ch 23/1/1697-8 of Aaron & Elizabeth.
2/2. John Vodry ch 2/2/1700-1 of Aaron.

A John Vodry was party to a pair of deeds in 1759 where George & Elizabeth Booth (1707-69) conveyed lads to John Vodry one day who then coveyed it back to the Booths, presumeably securing title. It may be this John, or a later generation.

2/3. George Vodry – Aaron’s will.

1725[339]: Samuel, Simon, and Henry Booth & John Fisher & Sarah his wife in right of sd Sarah, devisees of will of GB their father. For £5 for 3 slaves to George Vodry.
This deed makes it pretty clear that George Vodry was the son of Eliza & Aaron Vodry.

From Thomas Booth’s will 1739-47
To William Vodry son of cousin George Vodry 1 negro & 5 heifers
Cousin George Vodry exec.

George leaves a will of 1744 naming sons John & William and daughter Ann: from a deed in 1761, only John survives.

John Vodry To Isaac Saa Silvera 1762
193/63 Sep-16 Date 9/11/61 ent 10/8/1762.
Whereas George Vodry's will of 27/7/1744 leaves to sons John & William & daughter Ann. William & Ann died without issue so John only one. To break entail, John Vodry planter of St Catherine sells to Isaac Saa Silvera gent of St Catherine 200A in St John for 5/-called Vodry's & 300A in St Thomas in the Vale called Moores upon trust that Isaac Saa Silvera may be hereby enabled to Regrant ... to John Vodry.

John Vodry To Moses Ameyda – 1762
193/66 Sep-16 Date 10/11/1761 ent 12/8/1762.
John Vodry for £670 from Moses & Daniel Almeyda merchants of St Catherine mortgage for lands from George Vodry, repaid 5/2/1776

Possible issue, ch St Catherine:
Robert Aaron Vaudery, of George & Mary, 25/8/1720.
Mary Vaudry of George & Mary 21/8/1721.
Thomas Vodry of George & Elizabeth, ch 31/5/1724
William Vodey, of George & Elizabeth, St C 14/3/1736

1/3. George Booth – “GB3”

Born aft 1681 (<21 1702), but not long as he was an executor of his father’s will.
Wife Rebecca Mayne, daughter of John (and probably Elizabeth) Mayne[340],
born 20/8/1694[341]. Her mother, Elizabeth probably remarried John Rhodon.
Jane Booth, 1715
Elizabeth Booth, b 1718.

George Downer From Samuel Percival – 1695

17/74 Dated 3/2/1J2, ent 6/3/1695.

Land in Port Royal granted to John Mayne, some sold to Samuel Percival who sells to George Downer son & heir of John & Rebecca Downer


Henry Downer From John Mayne-1695

17/82 date 6/2/1J2, ent 26/3/1696

Land to John Mayne elder to John Mayne & Mary the younger, sells some to Henry Thomas & Jeremiah Downer of Port Royal.


John Downer From John Mayne – 1695

17/75  date 1/2 1J2, ent 3/3/1695.

John & Mary Mayne of Port Royal sells land in Port Royal to John & Rebecca Downer of Vere  See deeds Vol 17.

    He inherited 1/3 of father’s residual estate with Samuel & Simon (William dies early), most or all of which he sold in the following ten years or so. The transactions confirm him to be the son of GB2. He seems to be the only known George Booth at this time of the right sort of age and for the tenuous reason of his taking action against his brothers, and must this have been an awkward customer, this may have been him! He was probably short of money at this moment.
    In 1713/4, he was sued[342] for debts by various traders (as well as a John Booth, probably of Capt George family); the traders were a couple of planters and a shopkeeper. The total was £J157 (about £70000 in 2015). These preceded his actions against his brothers by a few weeks, and were probably in fact concurrent. Speculatively, these actions may have been precipitated by the resolution of his father’s will.
    After a “writ of partition in the supreme court”[343] “last Tues (25) Nov 1713”, over partition of land (of George Booth’s Will) action by George Booth against his other 3 brothers, land awarded 19/4/1714. In the same deed, George Booth & Wife Rebecca for £205 sell to Peter Gravett 59¾ acres mostly woodland N on Col Edward Collier, S on Samuel Booth, W on heirs of Joseph Dunston, E on sd PG & NW on Sir Thomas Lynch. Signed for no apparent reason by Jane Booth, his mother still alive. A plat is on the wills file.
     At about the same time, he sold for 5/- 22 ¾ acres to Peter Gravett[344], in Vere savannah NE on William Booth dcd S on James Egan, E on Mrs Jane Booth, W on sd Jane Booth, Henry Booth & Henry Lorel (Plat on wills file). He also took out mortgage with Peter Gravett on some slaves at the same time. This land was probably George’s ¼ share of his father’s Camps Savanna land acquired from Wallascott, and bounds on his brother Samuel’s share. Then he & Rebecca sold it again in 1717[345] to Jonathan Facey, a  planter of Vere, for £90. It was part of his father’s Wallascott purchase. This land was sold on to Jeremiah Downer, who then sold it in 1725[346] to Samuel Booth, George’s brother, perhaps for George’s daughter, Elizabeth; this must have been a train of mortgages.
    In 1713[347] he and his wife Rebecca, one of the daus & coheirs of John Mayne dcd of Vere sell to Robert Cargill of Vere gent, for £300, 29 acres NE on Rio Mino SE on Thomas Cargill W on Elizabeth Mayne & now wife of John Rhodon NW on Richard Cargill esq. This must have been Rebecca’s dower.
    In a deed[348] in August 1714, George & Rebecca sold 2 plots of land in Vere of 75 and 22¾ acres, part of the Wallascott purchase of his father for £100 to Jane Booth, planter of Vere & her son Henry, 1st pcl 75a bounded E on Samuel & Simon Booth, W on heirs of Joseph Dunston dcd, N on Simon Booth, & S on Henry Lord; 2nd pcl cont 22¾ acres E on Simon Booth S on Jane Booth E on John Morant esq, SW on George Booth. This deed
This looks as though the land was going to George’s youngest brother.
    In 1718, he completed the dispersal of most of his land inherited from his father when he and Rebecca sold[349] to Robert Fisher, gent of Vere 1/3 of the 500 acres of land granted[350] to his father, George Booth junr, on the north side of Pindars River.

There are a few deeds in the late 1720’s relating to a George Booth, initially of Vere, but then of St James. A reference to a writ of partition relating to Captain George Booth’s land indicates that the deeds refer to Capt George Booth’s grandson, George. However, almost contemporary deeds refer to the latter as of Vere.

   There is no indication of his fate, although there is a will of 1734 for George Booth, Joiner of St Catherine, but this is probably not him as no children are mentioned: from the final deed of the 22.75 acres passed from him to Facey to Downer and on to Samuel in 1724, he died before 1724. He probably faded into obscure poverty, a view reinforced by his daughter, Elizabeth being probably the one brought up by Samuel Booth, his brother.

Christenings in Vere of George & Rebecca:
2/1. Jane Booth, born 14/11/1715, ch 15/11/1715.

with sponsors Samuel, Simon & Sarah Booth & Samuel Beck: Samuel, Simon & Sarah were this George’s siblings so maybe this Jane was his daughter – Sarah Booth would have been married to John Fisher by 1718.
Probably married Caswell Gravet, Clarendon, 5/5/1734.
Peter Gravet, ch St Andrew, 27/3/1674, son of Gilbert & Jane (P13)
He may well have been Caswell’s father. Judith ch 5/10/1679, dau of G&J.
No recorded Gravet’s between Peter & Caswell.
Isssue of Caswell & Jane Gravet, from Vere PR:
3/1. Caswell Gravet, ch 27/4/1735.
3/2. Rebecca Gravet, b 29/4/1737, ch 29/1/1738.
3/3. Peter Gravet, b 13/7/1739, ch 25/12/1738, wit Peter Gravet &c.

2/2. Elizabeth Booth, b 5/11/1718. ch 6/11/1718.

sponsors Judith Ranger, Sarah Fisher, Francis Ranger.
She was probably the Elizabeth who was brought up by her uncle Samuel (will of 1733).

1/4. Samuel Booth – D 1733

(<21 1702)
Born aft 1781, and bef 1696 (marriage min age) and died 1733. Planter of Vere.
He married Rebecca Gravett, 16/11/1714 Clarendon (dau of Peter Gravett – as father in law and executor in Samuel’s will).
Peter Gravett ch St Andrew, 26/3/1676 of Gilbert & Jane Gravett.

Issue from wills:
Samuel Gravett
Milborough (d young?)
Elizabeth, 1717,
Ann (Booth) Read,

Brothers & Sister tie his will to this Samuel.
Probably this Samuel with the Fisher connection (brother-in-law):

1723[351], Samuel Booth mortgaged 3 slaves, 30 cattle 28 sheep 1 horse
for 3 years, for £240 from John Fisher, a planter of Vere, probably his brother in law.

In January 1724[352], Samuel & Rebecca sold 230¼ acres of savanna land in Vere to Jeremiah Downer, probably his brother in law, a planter of Vere, for £80, N on Capt Fisher, Capt Thomas Cargill & John Morant esq S Simon Booth E John Morant esq W on Simon & William Booth. This is similar to land sold by brother George to Jane & Henry in 1714, and probably the remains of the Wellascott purchase.

Later in 1724[353], Thomas Taylby sold for £60 to Samuel Booth 100 acres, part of 300 (this was part of his father’s patent, and as such should be 500 a, copy text probably wrong) acres S on U/S & Pinders River, E Hammond Rule, W on John Moore, but if Samuel Booth holds the ten acres in Vere, this one does not happen: at the same time, Thomas Taylby sold[354] Samuel Booth for £15, 10 acres in Vere W on John Gale dcd, NW Raines Wait dcd N on lands said to be .. Dickinson, S William Talby

1724[355]: this deed relates to land previously owned by Samuel’s deceased brother, GB3.
Jeremiah Downer of Vere & Rebecca wife 1st part & Samuel Booth of 2nd part: George Booth, planter of Vere, dcd & his wife Rebecca on 19/6/1717 sold to Jonathan Facey of Vere dcd, 22 ¾ acres land in Vere; Jonathan Facey by will 3/1/1720-1 left it to his wife Ester, she sold to Jeremiah Downer 29/11/1722, Jeremiah & Rebecca Downer sell it to Samuel Booth.
NE William Booth dcd, S on James Egan, E on Mrs Jane Booth W on Jane Booth, Henry Booth & Henry Lord.

George Will 1702 mentions land at McCary Bay
¼ of father’s residual estate with William, Simon & George

Samuel’s will of 1733[356]:
Daus: Elizabeth, Jane, Rebecca, Cassell & Olive, all £300 when 21 or unmarried.
Dau Ann Read, alias Mathews, £J100. (no indication of the relevance of the Mathews name, but maybe a previous marriage).

Niece Elizabeth Booth who lived with him – no indication of who she was, but must have been daughter of one of his brothers, who died before their wills. The most likely one would have been his brother George’s daughter, born 1718, especially as her father sounds unreliable from his transactions.

Sons George & Samuel Gravett Booth.
Brothers Simon & Henry Booth & Sarah Fisher

Crop Accounts:
1743: Booth, Samuel Crop 1B-11-4-2f51

1749[357], but not filed until 14 August 1753, probably after Rebecca’s death:
Rebecca Booth widow executor of Samuel Booth dcd & guardian of Samuel Gravett Booth releaese George Booth from any claim by her as executor for her husband Samuel Booth.

Wife Rebekka
Her Will of 1751/4[358]
Sons George & Samuel Gravet Booth (a negro man in London)
G/children (R’s will only):
Jane Vesie Booth &
Priscilla Elizabeth Booth
John Gall Booth, son of George Booth
G/S John Gall Booth (R only)
Exec George Booth jnr of Vere (probably her son, George snr being g/s of Surveyor George) & Samuel Gravet Booth

Who was Mary Dixey, kin to George & Samuel Gravett Booth?? Nothing on LDS database. Very speculatively, maybe Thomas Browne was a son of Ann (Booth) Brown, dau of GB1. Henry Booth sold a negro to William Dixey in Kingston in 1729.
1744[359]: George & Samuel Gravett Booth from Mary Dixey widow of Kingston:
Henry Grey late of Vere planter by deed gave Thomas Browne & his wife Ann, dau of Henry Grey 20 acres in Vere part of a larger run of Henry Grey’s  N on land formerly of Henry Grey now Samuel Booth, E on land of George L? now of Tristam Ratcliffe, S formerly of Thomas Sutton now of Simon Booth, W on formerly Henry Grey now Simon Booth.
Thomas Browne and Ann his wife had issue Henry, Richard, & Frances Browne & Frances Browne married Richard Mann of Kingston bricklayer.
Mary Dixey buys the land of the Browne children.
Mary Dixey ... for 5/- from loving kinsmen George Booth & Samuel Gravett Booth sons of Samuel Booth late of Vere dcd.
Richard Brown ch 18/2/1714, Vere of Thomas & Ann Brown.
Richard Mann ch 27/11/1743, Kingston of Richard & Frances Mann.

Issue of Samuel & Rebecca Booth:
2/1. Milborough Booth, b 15/11/1715, ch 24/2/1716 Vere, of Samuel & Rebecca.

Spon Jane Groot, Rebecca & Nathnl Cohen of S & R. Prob died early, not in parents wills.

2/2. Elizabeth Booth,  born 9/8/1717, ch 19/11/1717, Vere.

privately baptised pr of Sam & Rebecca.

2/3. Samuel Gravett Booth (Parents wills), b aft 1722 Alive 1754.

Owned 129 acres in Vere in 1754. Left a negro in London by his mother.

Crop Accounts for his father’s estate 1742
Dec 25 By nine months rent of certain parcels of land slaves and stock being the property of Samuel Gravett Booth a Minor being his fourth part of the whole and rented to his Brother George Booth after the rate of one hundred and five pounds and Seventeen Shillings pr ann and ending this twenty fifth day of December value £79/7/9d

1754[360]: Ind Btw Samuel Gravett Booth of Vere planter & Milborough his wife sell to Phineas De Mattos of Vere for £45 10A E on John Yates now William Perrin, NW on Raines Waite dcd now Dr John Gray, WN on said to be Dickinson, S on William Talby now in possession of Tristram Ratcliffe dcd

These 2 deeds are for contiguous parcels of land:
1755[361] Ind: Samuel Gravett Booth planter of Vere sells to Jonathan Gale of Vere Esq for £478-5, 2 pieces of land in Vere:
1st of 129 acres formerly belonging to Elizabeth Dutton S on Sea N on Jeremiah Downs now in possession of Moses Alvares & Samuel Gravett Booth, E on land late of Simon Booth esq now in possession of John Pusey esq W on Samuel Booth dcd
2nd 10 acres being ½ of 20A N on Samuel Gravett Booth, S on John Pusey esq E on heirs of Tristram Radcliffe & Booth & Reid & W on John Pusey
(copy on file of plat).

1755[362] Ind: Samuel Gravett Booth sells to William Eve of Vere, for £234/10, 67A in Vere, N Jeremiah Downer in possession of Moses Alvares, S on John Pusey & Richard Brown, E on Kings Rd between Radcliff & Greggs, W on Samuel Gravett Booth now sold to Jonathan Gale.

1756[363]: Samuel Gravett Booth & Milborough planter of Vere sell for £550 to Henry Goulbourne esq of Vere, 40¼ A in Vere N&E on Kings Rd and heirs of Henry Booth dcd, S on John Gall Booth, W on heirs of Thomas Allpress.

1757[364]: Samuel Gravett Booth & his wife Milborough of Vere sell land to Grace Booth wife of Norwood Booth. 
Now 17/3/1755 Samuel Gravett Booth sold to Jonathan Gale of Vere his part of 2 pieces of land in Vere
1st 179.5A formerly belonging to Elizabeth Sutton S on the sea, N on Jeremiah Downer now in poss of Moses Alvarez and said Samuel Gravett Booth, E & Ely on property late of Simon Booth esq now John Pusey, W on Samuel Booth dcd
2nd 10A being ½ of 20A N on Samuel Gravett Booth formerly Grays, S on John Pusey, E on heirs of Tristram Ratcliff and Booth and Read & W on John Pusey
Milborough was under age at the first deed but now is 21 & Jonathan Gale died leaving all to wife Grace who remarried Norwood Booth. For £475/5 from George & Milborough Booth, sell remainder to Grace Booth.

1758[365]: Samuel Gravet Booth planter of Vere for £450J from Thomas Milson planter of Vere sells 8 slaves until 27/11/1760.

1761[366]: George Booth jnr & Samuel Gravett Booth planters of Vere for £30 from Daniel Nunes planter of Vere sell 10 acres in Vere W on Dr John Grey E on former Edward Francis dcd now Willima Perrin dcd N John Ashley S Maj Robert Burbery.

Samuel Gravett Booth To Jonathan Ranger – 1764
204/135 Sep-16 Lease 13/1/64 ent 13/6/1764
15A in Kemps Savanna for 7yrs £6 pa

Married Milborough Gravett Vere 6/9/1751PR. She was born about 7/7/1736 (1757 deed).
There was a will of Milborough Booth about 1772, but the book is not available.
No will seen for SGB.

2/4. George Booth, b aft 1715 alive 1754

Inherited ½ his father’s residual estate.
In John Gall’s will of 1760 “the younger” (to whom??)
Probable father of John Gall Booth, later of Manchester.

His mother Rebecca appeared to have blocked George making any claim on her estate by leaving him 5 shillings. She made provision for the upkeep of his children, as did John Gall (1760) so he was probably a bad lot!

Married Priscilla, probably daughter of John Gall.
Possibly the sister of John Gall, by inference from John Gall’s will[367] of 1759-60.
John Gall in his will made provision for Jane Vesey Booth to live in his house until she was 14 or married. He also made small bequests to Priscilla & John & Henry. He also mentions Savages – see extra issue of George & Prscilla below.

Was this him? Location of land bordering Henry Booth dcd makes it probable that he was this family branch rather than GB (1707), but this deed was filed the same day as one which certainly related to GB 1707.
George Booth From Samuel Clarke – 1753
162/31 Date 11/8/1753 ent 29/8/1755
Samuel Clark for £20 sells to George Booth of Vere 10A E on heirs of Henry Vizard, S on heirs of Henry Booth dcd, W Kings Rd, N in possession of said George Booth

1769[368]: George Booth jnr of Vere & David Perera Mendez of Vere merchant
George Booth jnr & John Gall Booth for £561/13/2 sell 61 acres in Camp Savanna E on Mary Schofield in poss of heirs of Samuel Booth dcd W on former Raines Wait now Samuel Alpress esq, N on heirs of John Durrant S on land formerly of James Piper now George Woullf

Also 30 A on Sedge Pond N on former Joseph Wright now Hervey Beale & part of same plot now Thomas Hercie Barratt esq
also 18 slaves. If repay by 7/2/1773 OK

1761: George Booth jnr & Samuel Gravett Booth planters of Vere for £30 from Daniel Nunes planter of Vere sell 10 acres in Vere W on Dr John Grey E on former Edward Francis dcd now William Perrin dcd N John Ashley S Maj Robert Burbery

Issue (Wills of mother Rebecca Booth & John Gall):
3/1. Jane Vesey Booth (re wills of Rebecca B. 1754 & John Gall 1760)

B 16/8/1748, ch 28/11/1748PR, Vere.
Left £J400 by John Gall in 1760 when reaching age 14.
Left £J200 by grand mother Rebecca when 21 or married.
Probably married Peter Clark 4/2/1768, VerePR.
Issue of P & JVC:
4/1. Rebecca Priscilla Clarke, ch St C 24/6/1773, b 4/5/73.
4/2. Christian Clarke, ch St C 22/6/1779, b 16/3/1779.
4/3. Peter Clarke b 19/9/1781 ch 16/10/1781, St Catherine
4/4. George Booth Clark

Probably son who m Mary Booth (probably dau of John Gall Booth), Vere 7/8/1792 and had issue see under Gall Booths

3/2. Priscilla Elizabeth Booth (R Will - <21 1751)

B aft 1730
Left £J200 & a negro by grand mother Rebecca when 21 or married.

3/3. John Gall Booth (R will).

1758[369]: John Gall sells 25 slave to Henry Gall for 5/-

1775[370]: John Gall Booth – 1775
John Gall Booth, Thomas Hercey & wife Eleanor Barrett: Thomas Hercey Barrett sells for £7 3.5 acres on new road to race course between land of George Booth dec & John Gall Booth (road E/W on plat, land to S with SW & SE boundaries).
Race Course settlement on modern maps is a couple of miles north of Alley: this is in the same general area as the Wellascott purchase.

Left the rest & residue of grandmother Rebecca’s estate (will 1751/4).
4/1. George Booth, b 14/12/1773, ch 7/4/1774 Vere of Rachel Judith.

Spon Simon Booth snr & jnr Mr Waites, Mrs Wilson (Simon Booths probably son & grandson of Simon Booth will of 1764)

4/2. William Wright Booth, ch Vere 24/1/1777 of JGB
4/3. John Gall Booth, ch Vere, 13/7/1780 of John Gall Booth
For the John Gall Booth descent, see at the end of this section.

3/4. Henry Booth

This series of baptisms possibly continue from the grandchildren in Rebecca’s will, but seem a long breeding period. The baptismal dates are all after Rebecca’s will date, but some are before its probate.

Issue of George & Priscilla Booth, Vere PR:
Andrew Savage Booth, b 1751, bur Vere, 21/6/1769 aged 18 – names indicate he was of this family. No PR Baptism.
Henry Savage Booth, b. 17/1/1752, ch 1/10/1752.
Rebecca Gavot Booth, b. 22/2/1755, ch 23/2/1755.
Olive Gall Booth. B. 25/11/1764, ch 22/11/1765.
Mary Grey Booth, ch 22/7/1769.

Olave Booth, spin married George Ranger, planter, Clarendon, 6/7/1783.

Mention of Savage family in John Gall’s will of 1760 & his natural son, Henry Gall Snowdon.

2/5. Olive Booth – married David Cunningham 10/1/1750, Vere.

A David Cunningham also married Elizabeth Clarke 8/7/1753, so Olive probably died before then. This explains her absence in her mother’s will of 1754.
No Vere, Clarendon, St Catherine Cunninghams
Dr David Cunningham had land bounding on land owned by George Booth (1769) when it was sold in 1761[371].

2/6. Ann Booth – in father’s will as Ann Read, alias Matthews

The alias Mathews was probably an earlier marriage of Ann.
John Read married Ann Booth 9/1731, Clarendon
3/1. Mary Read b 11/10/1734, ch 21/10/1734 Vere
3/2. John Read b 19/4/1737 ch. 8/5/1737 Vere
3/3. Samuel Booth Read, b 26/1/1738, ch 16/4/1738, Vere
3/4. Henry Booth Read,

who married Jane Caroll Clarke, spinster, both of St Catherine, 31/10/1768. This must be a son of Ann & John Read.
4/1. George Ivy Reid 7/7/1770 Henry Booth Reid & Jane Carr

St Catherine registers had some gaps between 1736 & about 1747.
There was a variation of spelling, but this family was usually Read.

Henry Booth jnr from John Read – 1737[372]
For 5/- from Henry Booth of Vere planter, John Read, of Vere planter, sells to Henry Booth (in trust for Ann Read wife of sd John Read party to these presents) a negro woman & child Quasheba & Patience. For Ann’s life and then to the children by John Read.
Ann dau of Samuel, son of GB2: Henry would be her uncle.

John Read b. 7/2/1707 ch 3/6/1707 of George Read Rebecca, Vere.
John Reid esq bur 27/3/1761, St Catherine

A number of Reads in Vere & St Catherine at this time.
George Ivy Reid 7/7/1770 Henry Booth Reid & Jane Carr

A Robert Higgins Read owned slaves in Vere about 1774, son of William Ruth, ch 1735, Vere. He died before 1782, by which date his wife Susanna was married to Simon Facey of St Elizabeth.

1/5. Simon Booth – D bef 1764

(<21 1702) alive 1739 (re brother Henry’s will)
Born aft 1681
¼ of father’s residual estate with Samuel, George & William

There is some confusion: there appear to have been 2 Simon Booths, both with wives Rebecca, the other being a son (probably died 1721) of Captain George, and thus quite a bit older than this one. It seems most likely that the following refer to Simon, son of GB2.

1722[373]: Simon Booth & wife Rebecca sell to Thomas Manning both planters of Vere for £320 60 acres in Camps Savanna E & NW Jasper Hanasyde NE Elizabeth Combe SE Ben Fisker SW & SE Mr Jonathan Beck, SW,E,SE,N,SE Katherine Swanne, E & NW on sd Jonathan Cock E John Barras decd N Simon Booth
Complicated plat on wills file. From plat, this is Manning to Booth, but it seems that the plat is incorrect – the deed is grantor, Booth to Manning.

1722[374]: Partnership on land owned by Simon Booth
Simon Booth puts in 8 slaves
1. Nathaniel Shen 12 slaves for 12 years
3. Nathaniel Shen not to mamange. Nathaniel Shen put stock on. Simon Booth to manage
4. Tools joint
5. Simon Booth to have all Indian provisions
6. ref deaths of slaves
7. £300 if they break agreement

1722[375]: Thomas Sanderson & wife Rebecca sell to Simon Booth for £90 105a in Clarendon, N heirs of Sam Vigars, E Milk River, S on George Booth minor, W Thomas Bryan formerly land of Robert Ridout.

1724[376]: John Ashby late of Vere now of New York & attorney sells to Simon Booth for £130 116 acres in Salt Savanna via mortgages from Ralph Rippon et al & John Ashby.
N Thomas Jackson minor, E Joshua Tennant W Varney Phipps esq (attorney as well), S David Gabay & George Pattinson.

1724[377]: Simon Booth & Rebecca of Vere sells to Thomas Taylby of Clarendon.
his share of the 500 acres of Pindars River land. For £250.
This must be son of George Booth 2nd, who was granted the Pindars River 500 acres.

1727[378]: Thomas Sanderson (of Vere and his wife Mary) party to this indenture & wife Catherine in 30/9/1718 sold to Ralph Rippon & John Ashley of Vere 116 acres of land at Salt Savannah N on Thomas Jackson, a minor, E on Joshua Tennant, W on Varney Philp, S on David Gabey? And George Pattinson a minor, a mortgate with Moses Sanego £126. Thomas Sanderson did not pay up by 1719. Thomas Sanderson sold the land to Simon Booth also of Vere. This voids the deed of mortgage with Ralph Rippon.

1731[379]: Charles Clarke relinquishes claim on 6 acres for £8 in MacCary Bay NE & SE on William Hodgins esq, and all rest on Sd Simon Booth. Both of Vere planters. Witness Henry Booth inter alia.

1741[380]: Simon Booth esq sold Ennis Read planter both of Vere for £390 160 acres in Vere,  N on Ennis Read, E John Gale esq, S on Samuel Gabay, W Wiliam Beckford.
Land conv to Simon Booth by Thomas Sanderson & his wife 8/1/1726

Simon Booth snr owned 316 acres in Vere in 1754.

Simon Booth snr & John Pusey 1754

1754[381]: Ind Simon Booth snr & Rebecca of Vere esq to John Pusey OTP
Whereas Elizabeth Sutton by Henry Dawkins her attorney, sold 10/2/1730 (85/15, Not available) to Simon Booth land McCary Bay 248½ Acres SW on sea & NW late John Sutton now Sammuel Booth, NE on heirs of Elizabeth Martin dcd & Thomas Brown SE on Capt Humphrey Manning Alexander McKenzie & heirs of Will Hodgkins dcd, E NE NW on Henry Beck
& John Martin & sister Mary sold to Simon Booth 2/4/1745[382] 20 acres on McCary bay E Henry Brown (being part of a large parel of John Ashley & sold to Henry Grey), S on heirs of Sutton now Simon Booth, W on Heirs of Sutton now Samuel Booth dcd.
& Dan Clark & Rebecca 2/9/1754 (158/119 not done 9/2015, not found 1/2016) sold to Simon Booth 6A formerly prop of Henry Beck dcd E on George Hogins, N on Richard Cargill, all rest on Sutton now Simon Booth
For £2272 from John Pusey to Simon Booth & Rebecca, sell 318A N on lately Samuel Gravett Booth, E formerly to Thomas Brown, SE on Richard Cargill, Ennis Read & Booth, S on Sea, WN on Samuel Gravett Booth,

Simon Booth jnr Simon Booth snr
165/40 15/1/1757 5/2/1757
Simon Booth jnr & Johanna sell to Simon Booth snr for £1000 300 acres with a large dwelling house, N on Geporge McKeand formetly heirs of ___ King, S on land called Swymmers & the Kings Rd,

Simon Booth snr 1767
222/169 Date 22/1/1759, ent 9/1/1768. Simon Booth snr of Vere he is about 60 or 61 years old swears that a stump tree was on Mr Ashleys land referes to 20 years ago Mrs Rawlings said her husband said...!

Simon Booth to Cuthbert Humphrey – 1762
194/90 13/9/62 ent 21/10/1762
Simon Booth planter of Vere for £20 from Cuthbert Humphrye Practitioner in Physick and surgery sells 10 acres in Vere called Barbeque Hill E on Rocky Gully W on Kings Rd to Milk River S & N on Simon Booth,

Was this Captain Simon Booth bur Vere 18/2/1762?

Issue of Simon Booth:
Mary Booth, b 12/10/1715, ch 12/10/1715, Spon. Thomas Booth, Mary Stafford

Probably Simon Booth will of 1764[383]:
Wife Rebecca.
Son Simon Booth jnr has had use of slaves & stock
so Simon Booth jnr to pay my wife Rebecca £30 pa
Until estate goes to g/son Simon Booth minor called Barbacue Hill in Vere as in a bill of sale entered.
Trust admin by Simon Booth jnr for
my dau Rebecca Beale wife of Henry Beal and her heirs
G/dau Elinor Booth dau of eldest son Samuel Booth decd & Mary his wife 5/- in full barr of their claims on estate.
G/son Simon Minor son of son Simon Booth & Johanna his wife
Execs Simon Jnr
Wits several Downers.

Pr: Rebecca Booth, bur 3/11/1767, Vere, widow.

The “full barr” of Elinor in Simon’s will probably reflects the fact that she was by this time married.

“Sons of brother Simon Booth” left £J20 by Samuel Booth will 1733.

2/1. Samuel Booth, died 1760,

Col Samuel Booth, bur 8/9/1761 “Of famine, in Bay McCarey” (West of Milk River)PR.

Administration granted[384] to his relict, Mary 5/12/1761: it is assumed that this is correct, as Mary seems to have married George Booth very soon after.
Eldest surviving son in father’s will.
re George & Simon Booth wills & Livingstone Early Settlers etc

Kingston December 13 1781:
Run Away, a young mulatto man named John, he learned hairdressing from Mr Dewdsney in this town, and attended his master, Lieut Simon Booth, formerly of the parish of Vere, on the Expedition to the Spanish Main; he endeavours to pass as a free man, under the pretence of having a manumission form his late master, and it is supposed he may attempt to get off the Island. All persons whatsoever are cautioned against employing him; and it is requested, if he is seen by anyone who knows him, that they will lodge him in any gaol, or get him sent if taken in Vere, to the Hon Hercey Barrett, or if in either Kingston of its neighbourhood, to Edward Ledwich, who will reward them for their trouble (Jamaica Royal Gazette, V142-5, P24).
This Edward Ledwich may have been the husband of Mary, daughter of George Booth, son of capt George Booth.

A reference in the will of George Booth (g/s of Captain George) to lands he had bought from Benjamin Millikin and Thomas Bond and which were purchased by them from Samuel Booth and Mary his wife and Thomas Wilson and Lydia his wife called “Millikin’s”
the first of the two pieces of land containing 320 acres
bounding to the lands of Robert Richard Suggin?? to the east
to the Lands of Lady Hine? to the south and west
and then to the King’s Highway there towards the north.
Probably this Samuel & Mary.

1752[385]: John Morris sells to Samuel Booth both planters of Vere, 2 slaves for £75

1755 Grant[386]: Samuel Booth 300 acres in Clarendon, N & NW Unsurveyed & Green Pond, NE Unsurveyed, W Thomas Sutton, W Simon Booth esq
This appears on Estate Map Manchester 260: Green Pond is about 5 miles west of St Jago, on the west side of the ridge.

1756[387]: Samuel Booth & & Mary of Vere for £478 sell to Edward Goulbourne planter of Vere
2 pieces of land at the Bogue in Vere
1st bt of Samuel Booth of George Walton of St James cont 68A E on the Bogue houses? N on Ben Mumbee part of land pat by Lloyd & Franklin W on Salt Savanna Common, S on former Cornlius Chicken? Now Edward Goulbourne as by deed 18/6/1746 (Samuel Booth & George Walton).
2nd bt by Samuel Booth of Christian Chicken of Vere 6A E on Moses Waverley, W on Samuel Booth, N on Samuel Booth, S on Christian Chicken .

Samuel Booth to Samuel/Simon Booth jnr
(Margin Title has Samuel, body has Simon
192/28 Daeted 17/8/1756 ent 22/4/1762
Samuel & Mary Booth of Vere planter for £1300 from Simon Booth jnr for land at Kemps Savanna 110A E on Simon Booth esq formerly of E Morant; N on John Gall Booth formely of Samuel Booth dcd; N on Peter Gravett dcd and Mrs Sarah Fisher and others S on Kings Rd. & 31 slaves (named) 20 mares 4 horses
Provided that if Simon Booth jnr pays £1300 17/8/1763
S Booth heir and son of Simon Booth jnr 12/3/1778 receipted.

Samuel Booth To Benjamin Mullikan – 1759
179/138 Date 27/6/1759 ent 19/12/1759.
Samuel & Mary Booth of Vere, planter sells to Ben Mulliken of Vere Deputy Marshall, for £589 for 1/2 of 329A at McCary Bay as by Writ of Partition recorded in the Office of this Island N on former James Piper E on land now in posession of George Booth esq, S on Rt Hon Cnts of Hume, W on the same land  Also the 1/2 of land called Black Walls cont 15A by writ of partition N on Kings Rd leading to McCary Bay, E on Ennis Read, S on mangroves, W on Cnts of Hume

Married Mary, dau of Benjamin Mumbee (mentioned in Benjamin Mumbee’s will of 1757 31/79).
Mary, wife of Samuel dcd married 2nd George Booth (son of George, son of Captain George; will 1769 & PR).

Benjamin Mumbee will of 1757 left her 22 negroes, her sister Lydia, wife of Thomas Mislon, 7 negroes. The rest & residue split between them.
He also had an illegitimate dau, Elizabeth.

GB 1707-1769:
two parcels of Land lately purchased of Benjamin Millikin and Thomas Bond and which were purchased by them of Samuel Booth and Mary his wife and Thomas Wilson and Lydia his wife called Millikin’s
This was just south of Alley Church on Craskell. Probably disappeared into Monymusk by 1804.

Administration for Mary Booth, widow of Vere to Thomas Hercey Barrett, 1775[388].

Sketch Pedigrees of Some of the Early Settlers in Jamaica
By Noel B. Livingston: (Google books & Archive.org), P 19.
Booth V Booth
Bill filed 2 July 1766:
Samuel Booth = Mary = 2nd George Booth
Of Vere Esq of Vere Esq
Died 1760
Of 1st m issue:
Simon Booth & Elinor Booth who M Thomas Hercy Barrett
George Booth was a Member of the Assembly for the Parish of Vere 1745,49,59,61.
TH Barrett was a Member for Vere 1773 & a member of the council 1775.

3/1. Simon Booth

Possible issue:
Eleanor Booth, natural daughter of Mary Thos by Simon Booth bapt 23/12/1763.
Anne-belle Booth (quadroon) natural daughter of Olive Winch (Mulatto) by Simon Booth bapt 23/12/1763.

3/2. Elinor Booth (in g/father’s will)

b. 3/11/1748, ch 28/11/1748, VerePR.
Died before 1796
Married Vere, Thomas Henry Barrett of St T in the East & Eleanor Booth, spinster of Vere, 23/4/1763PR. THB b. 1738.

George Booth From Thos Hercey Barrett – 1762
197/167 Date 23/4/1763 Ent lost. Marriage settlement btw Thomas Hercey Barrett & Eleanor Booth Thomas Hercey Barrett settles sugar plantation in ST Thomas in East called Garbrand on George Booth in trust for Eleanor Booth.

Thomas Barrett ch St Thomas in the East, 29/1/1733 of James & Mary BarrettPR. Probably the correct one, but does not agree with age at death.

1755 Map: Barretts inland from Morant Bay.
1804 Map: TH Barrett on the NW top section of the Milk River (Clarendon H3).

269/164 6/5/1775 ent 26/10/1775
John Gall Booth from Thomas Hercey & wife Eleanor Barrett
Thomas Hercey Barrett sells to John Gall Booth for £7 3.5 acres on new road to race course between land of George Booth dec & John Gall Booth

Frederick Maitland  to Thomas Hercie Barratt
232/206 dated 1/6/1769 ent 30/8/1769
Hon Frederick Maitland late commander of HMS Renown now of Great Britain by Malcolm Laing att,
Thomas Hercie Barratt of St Thomas in the East esq
For £7700J sells 130 slaves in Thomas Hercie Barratt’s possession

Thomas Hercie Barratt to Frederick Maitland
232/207 dated 1/6/1769 ent 30/8/1769
Thomas Hercie Barratt with Charles Spencer & George Paply mortgages sugar works in St Thomas in the East 624A called Garbrand Hall N Morant River E&S on Serge Island W & S on Mount Ida estate £7000

15/6/64 they sell mortgage to Federick Maitland
FLM & Thomas Hercie Barratt make void sale of 145 salves for £7000
estate to Thomas Hercie Barratt for 10/-
Frederick Maitland then remortgages for £7500 UK

1809: Springfield Estate, Paradise Est, Vere[389].
Kemps, TH Barrett 2100 acres, Paradise Est, Pipers & Blackmall.
Extends from Milk River/ Hilliards River jct to sea shore & Yarmouth & Haylesfield Pens. Haylesfield & Yarmouth both look abt 400A.
Springfield appears later to have been the property of William Prendergast.

On a ledger-stone in the floor of the old church tower (the only remaining portion of the former church) :-
SACRED To the Memory of
THO: HERCY BARRITT, Died Febry 3rd 1804 Aged 18 Months and 3 days.
Also LOUISA ANN BARRITT Died Febry 16th 1812 Aged 12 Years
Also TH Barritt esqr d Octr 28th 1817 aged 79

Mr. Leonard C. Price of Essex Lodge, Ewell, writes that there is a much worn stone with "Barritt Vault" on it, in the pathway leading up to the tower from Church Street.

4/1. George Booth Barritt,

b Vere 9/9/1768, ch 2/12/1769 of THB & EleanorPR
married Elizabeth Marriott Clarendon 9/1/1790PR.
Issue of George Booth Barritt & ElizabethPR:
5/1. Thomas Henry Barritt, ch Vere 14/9/1791, of George only.
5/2. Hercey Barritt ch 19/9/1792 Vere,
5/3. George Booth Barritt, b 1/3/1794 & ch 20/6/1795, Clarendon,

also listed with year only in Vere.
1851 Census, 8 Bectoun? Terrace, St Pancras:
GB Barrett (Hd, 57, Clerk Inland Revenue, Kingston, Jamaica), Eliza (wf, 46, Essex, Ingleton), Emma (dau, 13, Paddington), Geo B (son, 19, at home, Finsbury), Edward M (son, 17, Clerk in the Gas Co Wandsworth, St Pancras), Elizabeth (2, Islington).
1861 Census, 1 Earl St, Marylebone:
George B Barrett (Hd, 67, copying Clerk to a Surveyor, Kingston, Jamaica), Eliza (Wf, 55, Ingatestone, Essex), Eliza (dau, 10, Middlesex).

5/4. Sarah Garbrand Barritt, b 4/8/1794 ch Vere 14/2/1798
5/5. Edward Marriott b 22/1/1798, ch Vere 14/2/1798

Samuel Booth Barrett, ch Vere, 27/12/1807 – no parents given in this period.

1796, March 24 Thomas Hercy Barritt esq widower and Ann Mellas spr Lic (St George’s Hanover Square). His will dated 17 March 1817. He came from and old Jamaican family (Archer. 29 & 33). His first wife was Eleanor, dau of Sm. Booth of Vere, and I think Geo Booth Barritt of Lewisham in 1807 was their son.

Thomas Hercey Barritt of Marylebone, London, widower, placed banns for his marriage to Ann Mellas of Marylebone, spinster, aged over 21, in St Giles in the Fields, Marylebone, 22/03/1776. They had four children baptised in Marylebone: Eleanor (1798), Louisa Ann (1799), Thomas Hercey (1802) and Harriet (1803). A memorial inscription in Ewell church gives the death of Thomas Hercey Barritt junior as 03/02/1804, age 18 months and 3 days, and the death of Louisa Ann Barritt as 16/02/1812 age 12 years as well as the death of T. H. Barritt Esquire as 28/10/1817 age 79 years.

Issue of Thomas Hercy Barrett & Ann Mellas, ch St Marylebone:
4/2. Louisa Ann Barrett, b. 10/12/1799, ch 5/2/1800LDS.
4/3. Thomas Hercy Barrett, b. Aug 1802, ch 27/8/1802LDS.
4/4. Harriet Barrett, b 1803

2/2. Simon Booth (jnr), married Johanna (named in father Simon’s will)

Probably Junior to differentiate from his father who was still alive until abt 1764. Thus Simon jnr’s son Simon becomes minor.

Simon Jnr, 17/5/1755, 300 acres, Clarendon 26F153, N & NW Hon John Scott esq, NE Samuel Booth & Green Pond, SE Thomas Sutton execs?? Mumbee & Pattison. This appears on Estate Map, Manchester 260
The plats have the New Leeward Road shown, both on the Booth land and the Scott land to the west. This does not seem to tie in with any modern road, but agrees with roads shown on Craskel and Robertson; it would appear that the first line of this road was from a sharp bend to the South of “John Robinson” on the 1:50K map south west to join the modern road leading west to Windsor Forest. This part of the old road must have disappeared.

1756[390]: Simon Booth jnr planter of Vere & Johanna wife sell to Ennis Read of Vere 104A in McCary Bay for £78
Same piece sold by Edward Goulbourn to Ennis Read for £78

Ennis Read jnr married Simon’s cousin, Tamzin Roberts Booth.

Simon Booth jnr Simon Booth snr
165/40 15/1/1757 5/2/1757
Simon Booth jnr & Johanna sell to Simon Booth snr for £1000 300 acres with a large dwelling house, N on Geporge McKeand formetly heirs of ___ King, S on land called Swymmers & the Kings Rd,

Simon Booth from Edward Maxwell
180/79 3/11/1759, ent 2/2/1760
28/9/1759 Edward Maxwell of Vere bought from Anthony Langley Swymmer of StiE lands, which Edward Maxwell & Milborough mortgaged to Zach Bayly. Simon Booth the younger with agreement of Zach Bayly for £1400 buys 2 parcels from Edward Maxwell
1st 500A SW on Sea E on partition formerly to Thomas Sutton by now John Gall Booth, a minor, NE on Cobb & Williscott pat & George Manning, NW on Edward Maxwell,
2nd 72A N & NE on Simon Booth the elder & George Manning & all other sides by the Kings Rd.
Plat in Wills File

Samuel Booth to Samuel/Simon Booth jnr
(Margin Title has Samuel, body has Simon
192/28 Daeted 17/8/1756 ent 22/4/1762
Samuel & Mary Booth of Vere planter for £1300 from Simon Booth jnr for land at Kemps Savanna 110A E on Simon Booth esq formerly of E Morant; N on John Gall Booth formely of Samuel Booth dcd; N on Peter Gravett dcd and Mrs Sarah Fisher and others S on Kings Rd. & 31 slaves (named) 20 mares 4 horses
Provided that if Simon Booth jnr pays £1300 17/8/1763
S Booth heir and son of Simon Booth jnr 12/3/1778 receipted.

Simon Booth to Ann Treherne Burton
276/30 23/9/1767 enr 11/8/1775
Simon Booth planter of Vere for 5/- from Ann Treherne Burton spin of Vere sells land called Robinsons 10 acres E on heirs of Lawrie, S&W on Kings High Rd, N on the Spring

Simon Booth jnr owned 135 acres in Vere in 1754.
3/1. Sarah Booth, b 23/7/1750, ch 24/8/1750, Vere PR, of S&J.
3/2. Simon Booth, b 19/2/1753, ch 5/7/1753, Vere PR, of S&J.

(called minor in g/father’s will of SB 1764)

Simon Min 17/5/1755 300 acres Clarendon 26F156 NW Thomas Sutton .. By Mumbee & Pattison, SW Hon John Scott esq, SE on the New Leeward Rd, NE John Robinson

Simon Booth Jnr, 14/6/1776, 300, Elizabeth, 33F121 Martins Mountain, N & W Unsurveyed, E on the road to the New Ground, E Land surveyed for Edward Ellis esq, S on sd Edward Ellis, SW on land patented for Joseph Creemer (Edward Ellis patent held).

Simon Booth Jnr 14/6/1776, 300 acres, St Elizabeth, 33F124, S own Land, S Thomas Howard, N Unsurveyed, W Unsurveyed

These bound on the modern road from Shooters Hill to Christiana; Martins Mountain is now called Mile Gully Hill.

These plots became Barrett’s Pen, later Mile Gully Pen[391].

A possibility:
1774[392]: Ind, Simon Booth jun of Vere planter for £110 sells a negro man to John Francis Burton of St Elizabeth, carpenter.
James Hercey Barrett signed as well as exec.
JFB g/son of Benjamin Burton.

Was this the Simon Booth, looks a bit old to be Ensign in 1780?

           San Juan Expedition

Wikipedia & Kemble Papers[393].
A Simon Booth was a member of the Jamaica Volunteers, initially as an Ensign, later Lieutenant (17 May 1780), under Bigadeer General Kemble, and is listed as having died “on the Expedition to St John’s Harbour” (probably on Lake Nicaragua).

After Spain entered the American Revolutionary War in 1779, Major-General John Dalling, the governor of Jamaica, proposed a military expedition against the Spanish province of Nicaragua, belonging then to the Captaincy General of Guatemala, a dependency of the Viceroyalty of New Spain. The main objective of the expedition was to capture the town of Granada, effectively cutting Spanish America in half and giving Great Britain access to the Pacific Ocean.

The San Juan Expedition took place between March and November 1780 during the American War of Independence when a British force under the command of John Polson and Captain Horatio Nelson landed on the coast of the present-day Nicaragua, with the aim of sailing up the San Juan River to capture the strategically crucial towns of Granada and León, located on the northwestern shore of Lake Nicaragua.

Despite an initial success in the capture of the Fortress of the Immaculate Conception, Polson's force never reached Lake Nicaragua and, decimated by yellow fever, was forced to return to Jamaica. The campaign ended in total failure and cost the lives of more than 2,500 men, making it the costliest British disaster of the entire war.

3/3. Son Booth, b 9/10/1757, ch 1757, Vere PR.

2/3. Rebecca Booth, married Henry Beale (Simon Booth will 1764)

no further issue on LDS.
no Vere/StC/Clarendon/StE/StA marriages for Rebecca to a Reid.
Henry Beal & Rebecca Reid, widow married Vere 23/8/1759PR
The probability is that Henry Booth Reed was a son of Rebecca:
Henry Booth Reed of St C M. Jane Caroll Clark, Vere, 31/10/1668PR
George Ivey Reid, Ch 7/7/1770, St C of HBR & Jane CarrPR
Richard Durrant Reed, Ch 3/6/1774, Vere of HBR & Jane Carrol ReedPR.


1/6. William Booth (<21 1702).

Born aft 1781, in father’s will. From deed references, died bef 1714. No further information.
¼ of father’s residual estate with Samuel, Simon & George
Probably deceased by 1714 court actions[394]. Deed[395] of 1718 states one of George Booth jnr’s sons died before age of 21 & his share went to other 3.

1/7. Sarah Booth (<15 - 1702)

Born aft 1687 (father’s will), abt 1696 from burial.
Sarah Fisher buried Vere 6/12/1768, aged 72
Interest in GB’s estate re deeds in 1725[396].
In brother Samuel’s will of 1733 described as Sarah Fisher.
From brother Henry’s will 1738-9, probably married John Fisher (ref land from John & Sarah Fisher). As the daughters of her brother, George, have Sarah Booth as sponsor in 1715, and Sarah Fisher in 1718, she was married between these dates.

John Fisher dead by 1741 when Sarah as a widow transferred 25 acres to George and Elizabeth Fisher[397].

1745: in an indenture[398], George Booth’s daughter, Sarah Fisher, then a widow of Vere, claimed as her share of her father’s estate 35 acres in Vere, which she gave (sold for 5/-) to her nephews George Booth & Samuel Gravett Booth minors and sons of Samuel Booth late of Vere dcd. The land was S on John Harris dcd & Thomas Wait dcd, E on John Benson N on sd William Booth dcd & W on Jonathan Facey & was the home of sd George Booth elder dcd. The deed makes it clear that GB2’s son William died before the age of 21 so that his estate was shared between sons Samuel, Simon and George.
Wit Simon Booth jnr & John Reid.

John Fisher To Henry Booth Fisher – 1755
160/68 Date 5/3/1755 ent 7/3/1755.
John & Elizabeth Fisher of Vere for £125 from Henry Booth Fisher planter of Vere sell a parcell of negroes the property of Humphrey Roger Jackson by right of his wife Mary Ann fomerly the property of her father Samuel Jenners left by will to the said children.

Also found:
2/1. George Fisher, son of John & Sarah, b 8/9/1717, ch 30 Inst,

spon Simon Booth, Vere PR.
Probably married Elizabeth from conveyance of 25 acres in Vere from mother Sarah in 1741

2/2. Henry Booth Fisher.

Left money for apprenticeship by uncle Henry. Also mentioned in uncle Henry’s will of 1738.
Married Olive, probably Dixon:
Olive Dixon Fisher bur Vere 17/9/1793, aged 68
3/1. Jane Caswell? Dau of Henry Booth Fisher, bur Vere 9/6/1762
3/2. Henry Booth Fisher.

Vere PR: b. 1/10, ch 5/11/1762 of HBF & Olive.
Henry Booth Fisher bur 5/11/1762

3/3. James Dixon Fisher – probable connection from son’s name:

Henry Booth Fisher, ch Vere 31/7/1780 of James Fisher.
Frances Fisher, wf of James bur Vere 31/7/1780
Henry Booth Fisher, so of Jas Dixon Fisher, bur Vere 9/11/1781.
Olive Fisher, bur Vere, 12/12/1775 dau of James Dixon Fisher
James Dixon Fisher bur Vere 12/10/1784

2/3. John Fisher, from Henry Booths will 1738.
2/4. Milborough Fisher dau of John ch 16/9/1733 Vere maybe these parents.


1/8. Henry Booth – D 1738-9.

Of Vere, planter

He is referred to as Henry jnr in deeds of the 1730’s, often associated with his mother, Jane. His half brother Thomas’s son appears to have been called Henry snr.

Henry was not mentioned in George Booth 2’s will, but it seems probable that this Henry was a late son of George 2 & Jane, born after the drafting of George’s will or even posthumously, making him born btw 1704-5.
In his will of 1738/9, he refers to his “honoured” mother Jane (still living, but probably about 70), who will look after his children (all under 21 in 1738). He also refers to brother Simon (Samuel already dead), nephews Henry Booth Fisher, (son of Sarah Fisher) & John Fisher and Thomas, son of Henry Booth – it is not clear who this could have been, but was probably the son of his nephew Henry, son of brother Thomas.

Samuel Booth in his will of 1733, refers to his brother Henry.
From his inventory, he was a well off planter.

Wife Mary who probably died at the birth of the twin girls in 1738. She must have been Mary Bonny, as Henry referred to his mother in law Tamazen Bonny in his will:
Vere PR: Mary Bonny, dau of William & Thoma... (as in PR) B 7/1/1707, ch 4/4/1707.

In his will, he refers to Elizabeth Savoury. From a deed[399] in 1738, he was an executor of Thomasina Bonny late of Vere, whose daughter was then Elizabeth Savary of St James; Thomasina’s will dated 26/8/1726. No sign of Elizabeth in the PR’s. In this deed, Henry gives Elizabeth £160 in settlement of the £80 bequeathed in Thomasina’s will.

1714 Transactions[400]
Dated 30/7/1714:
Jane Booth widow of Vere for love & affection & £10 pa for her natural life, lets to son Henry Booth 1 negro woman, 2 horses, 5 new sheep, 8 head of neat cattle.
Dated 7/8/1714
Jane & son Henry buy land from George (wf Rebecca), son of George Booth, planter, late of Vere, being part of the land bought by the late George from Francis Wellascott; 1st pcl 75a bounded E on Samuel & Simon Booth, W on heirs of Joseph Dunston dcd, N on Simon Booth, & S on Henry Lord; 2nd pcl cont 22¾ acres E on Simon Booth S on Jane Booth E on John Morant esq, SW on GB.
The assumption being that this was Henry’s brother. As Henry was not mentioned in George 2’s will, he probably did not inherit any land from his father, hence the transaction between him and his mother.

1728[401]: Thomas Vyse & wife sells to Henry Booth jnr of Vere, for £50, 15 acres in Vere, E on the River W on the Parish Ground, N on Thomas Booth dcd S on Richard Pattinson. This parcel was sold by Henry Vizard 17/3/1724-5 to Thomas Vyse.

1737[402]: For 5/-, John Read sells to Henry Booth jnr, both planters of Vere, (in trust for Ann Read wife of John Read) a negro woman & child Quasheba & Patience. For Ann’s life and then to the children by John Read.
Ann dau of Samuel, son of GB3: Henry would be her uncle.

1738: a grant[403] gave 40 acres to Jane Booth & Henry Booth NW on William Booth dcd, S on Henry Lord E on George Booth W on John Ashby and the heirs of John Dunston and NE on Simon Booth relation being thereunto.
And George Booth & wife Rebecca sold certain parcels to Jane & Henry Booth. Jane Booth, widow of Vere conveyes to Henry Booth jnr, planter of Vere, for 5/- all claim to these lands.

1738[404]: Henry Booth gives Elizabeth Savary £160 in settlement of £80 left her by Thomassin Bonny in will of 26/8/1726. Elizabeth was a spinster of St James, daughter of Thomassin Bonny late of Vere widow dcd, Henry Booth was executor of the will of Thomassin Bonny.

In his will[405] of 1738-9:
His “honoured mother” Jane, life use of his house and 11 acres to maintain her and his, Henry’s, children, and then to son Henry.
Mother in law Tomazin Bonny (by then dead)
Son Henry Booth:
3 parcells of land in Vere:
40 acres patented by Jane & Henry Booth. (pat 1-16F67)
50 acres bought from John & Sarah Fisher.

House & land for mother for life.

Crop Accounts:
1742: Booth, Henry Crop 1B-11-4-2f51
1743: Booth, Henry Crop 1B-11-4-2f84
1752: Booth, Henry Crop 1B-11-4-2f137 St Dorothy.

Daus: Sarah, Johanna, Jane Beck Booth, Tamazen Roberts Booth & Henryetta Booth All <21 in 1739, “all other lands in Vere”.
Brother: Simon Booth, Planter
Nephew Henry Booth Fisher – his mother Sarah (HB’s sister?) money for an apprenticeship.
Nephew John Fisher.
Nephew Thomas Booth, son of Henry Booth
Ref to John & Sarah Fisher.

Crop accounts[406] for 1742 filed by Simon Booth, executor and mention Jane Booth having income from stock sales for household maintenance and of the children. £188/2/6 for 1742, incl £54 for cotton.
E.G.: 8 Weather Sheep to John Reid at £1-10 each the proceeds whereof were given to Mrs Jane Booth for house use towards the maintenance of the Children of the said Henry Booth Decd as per his rec't.

Henry Booth – dated 23/8/1738.
Of Vere, planter
Shown by Simon Booth, acting Exec
Includes about 45 slaves, sundry stock and timber, and several debts from:
A bond under the hand and seal of Matthew & William Jackson dated the 12th September 1738 for the sum of £78-12-6 a payment being made & principal & interest due thereon to the 10th October last abt which time the demanded debt £74/16/3
One ditto under the hand and seal of Thomas Booth dated the 23rd December 1737 for the sum of £80 a payment being made Principal and interest due thereon to ditto £86/10/11
One ditto under the hand and seal of George Manning dated the 12th February 1738 for the sum of £8? Principal and interest due thereon to ditto £86/13/11
One ditto from Jonathan Rynger? Dated 5th October 1739 for the sum of £43/14/3
A note of hand from Philemon Dixon for £48 still remaining £21/14/9
3000 ft of dark board at £8/1000 £21 and 300 ft of mahogany ditto at 1-10/100 4-10 the whole amounts to £24/10/0.

Issue from will (all daus <21 in 1739):
2/1. Sarah Booth – left negro girl by father.

Was this the Sarah Booth who married Henry Goulburn 27/4/1754, she a spinster (Vere PR)?

2/2. Henry Booth, PR has 2:

Most probable:
Vere 7/6/1735 of Henry & Mary.
Left land in Vere.

2/3. Johanna Booth
2/4. Jane Beck Booth

Spinster Married Thomas Blinshall Vere 14/8/1756 (PR).

Jane Booth to Ennis Read – 1757
165/151, 18/2/56 17/3/1757
Jane Booth Spin of Vere sells to Ennis Read planter of Vere 1 slave for £16.

Thomas Blinshall to Ennis Read – 1757
165/151 9/3/1757 17/3/1757
Thomas Blinshall & Jane Beck his wife sell 76 acres for £78 to Ennis Read in Vere, SW of George Booth esq

2/5. Tamazen Roberts Booth

Married, 1st, Edward Goulbourne 7/10/1752, Vere, she a spinster (PR – Thomasina Roberts). In spite of the spelling, this must be the same individual[408]. Edward had a brother, Henry, who died childless leaving a wife Sarah, who edministered the estate after Edward’s death.
No relevant Goulbourne issue Vere, St C, Clarendon
Munbee Goulbourne owned the Bogue & Amity Hall Estates, both in the region of Carlise Estate.

Married, 2nd, Ennis Reid (who appears as a witness at several baptisms), Vere 5/4/1768, she a widow.
Ennis Reid sold land by George Booth about 1750.
Ennis probably buried Vere, 11/11/1771 aged 52.
Within the wills, there was a variation in spelling of Tamazen.
No relevant Reid issue.

From the Goulbourne papers[409]:
She died about 1779.
3/1. Munbee Goulbourne

Of Amity Hall, Vere, (on the Eastern edge of Alley settlement), died 1793. Married Susanna (d 1818) Chetwynd 1782.
4/1. Henry Goulbourne.

Henry Goulburn (1784-1856), the main owner documented in these records, was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he made lifelong friends with contemporaries, such as the future Lord Palmerston, who were well connected in the upper echelons of British society. His adult life was mainly spent moving in such circles, though he never had the means to emulate the conspicuous consumption of some of his peers. He had lived in somewhat straitened circumstances after his father’s death and, for most of his adult life, he had no income other than from his Jamaican property. In 1811 he married Jane Montagu, the third daughter of one of his mother’s friends and of one of his political allies. (For their marriage settlement, see 304/J/Box 2. (Earl of Clonmell?)) The couple had four children – three sons and one daughter. Goulburn led a contented domestic life and purchased a fine family home at Betchworth, Surrey in 1816. He and his family lived there apart from some years during the 1820s when he was based in Dublin.
Goulburn had a long parliamentary career as a Tory and Conservative M.P. for various seats held in succession: Horsham (1808-12); St. Germans (1812-18); West Looe (1818-26); Armagh (1826-31); and Cambridge University (1831-56).....

4/2. Edward Goulbourne.

3/2. Sarah Goulbourne

2/6. Henryetta Booth, PR b 29/6/1738, ch 2/7/1738, Vere of Henry & Mary.
2/7. Barbara Booth, PR b 29/6/1738, ch 2/7/1738, Vere of Henry & Mary.

Latter twins sponsors John Aldred, Innis Reid, Eliz Fisher, Rebecca Booth.

7.3    Thomas Booth – D. 1729


Son of GB2.
Thomas Booth snr in 1714.

Millwright of St Catherine.
Died about mid 1729

Land at Withywood (as described in George’s (1702/5) will adjoining Thomas Roberts) left to him by father George – this provides the link from George to Thomas.

3 early deeds may refer to our Thomas Booth, but more likely refer to Thomas, son of Capt George Booth:
1708: Thomas Booth to Jeremiah Downer, re sale of Varney land.
1714: Betwneen Thomas & John Booth over share farming
1717: Thomas Booth & Ralph Rippon, Henry Beck land.

1714 Mortgage[410]: As Thomas snr, carpenter of Vere & his wife Mary, took out mortgage with John Morant for £144 at 10% pa for 3 years on 23 slaves. This smmes the correct one, carpenter & then millwright at death.

     At some time, probably in the 1720’s Thomas acquired some land in Red Hills in St John, which was mentioned in his will. This was subject of a further mortgage agreement[411] in 1739 by his soms, Thomas & Henry.
    Joseph Abeatha, planter of St Catherine & wife Rachel, takes out mortgage for J£150 on 100a land at Red Hills in St John formerly purchased by Thomas Booth father of Thomas Booth & Henry Booth (millwrights of Vere, party to these presents) and lately conveyed by them to Joseph Abeatha.
Due 1743, but signed off Thomas Booth’s share in 18/11/1742 & Thomas Booth exec to Henry Booth 3/9/1745.
     In the body of deed, reference is always to Henry Booth & Thomas Booth, no mention of Thomas Booth snr; they must be the brothers and sons of Thomas Booth snr, son of GB2. Thomas snr had died by the time of this deed, and Henry snr also died about early 1743. There is no record of the initial conveyance by Joseph to Thomas snr.

1741[412]: Henry Booth snr & Thomas Booth, millwrights of St Catherine by the will of their father Thomas have land in Red Hills in St John, 100 acres bought from Brice Grey, mountain plantation or pelinck. Thomas Booth appoints Henry Booth his attorney to sell his 1/2. They sell 100 acres for J£150 to Joseph Albiather planter of St Catherine.

Left his land:
To son Henry land at Withywood adjoining Thomas Roberts – this was land left to him by his father.
To sons Thomas & Benjamin lands & Plantations in St John lately purchased from Mr Brice Grey. No deed found 5/2013.

From Will[413], 1725-9.
The reference to land adjoing to Thomas Roberts ties him to GB2.
of St Catherine, millwright...
I give my daughter Mary Booth at 21 or day of marriage one negro boy named Fortune and two negro girls named Asinder and Sillinder
Each of my sons Henry, Thomas, and Benjamin Booth to pay her fifty pounds
I give to my wife Mary Booth all the rest and residue of my estate real and personal during her widowhood provided she maintains and brings up my daughter Mary Booth off the produce of the estate is 21 or marriage
I bequeath to my son Henry Booth my Withywood land joining to Thomas Roberts
I give unto my sons Thomas Booth and Benjamin Booth all that my land and plantation in the parish of St Johns which I lately bought from Mr Brice Gray I give to all my sons and daughter all my neat cattle and stock and penn lands to be equally divided between them
All the rest of my estate I give to my three sons Henry Thomas and Benjamin Booth
my wife Mary Booth sole executrix during her widowhood and no longer...
12th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty five.
Witnesses Wellin James, Richard Hoy Robert Mills
Proved 11th day of September 1729 by Wellin James.

His inventory[414] of 13 December 1729 is on file, with, inter alia, 23 slaves, carpenter’s tools to a total of £1257

Mary Booth will of 1737-9[415]
Full Copy held
.... Mary Booth of St Catherine’s being in health of body...
I give unto my beloved son Henry Booth one negro man named Jupiter
I give unto my well beloved son Thomas Booth three negroes named Phiscbo George Hamlet
I give to my grandson James Thomas Jackson one negro woman names Qubah & her childe Meriah
Item I give unto my beloved grand daughter Ann Mary Booth one negro girl named Cloe
All the rest of my estate I give to my son Thomas Booth & grand daughter Anna Mary Booth
I Do appoint my son Thomas Booth executor of this my last Will and testament.... this 27th Day of November anno dominy one thousand seven hundred and thirty seven.
The mark of Mary Booth
Wit Samuel Truslor, John James, Matthew Westerway.

I Mary Booth do make this codicil... the negroes given to my grandson William Thomas Jackson will not be in the possession of Thomas Jackson his father but shall be hired out to my son Thomas Booth my executor .. and the money thereby arising shall be kept my said son till my grandson shall arrive at the age of twenty one years and in case my said son Thomas Booth should die I do hereby lease the same forever to my son Henry Booth for my said grand son ... 27 November 1737.

Appeared 5th day of April 1739 .. Samuel Trusler

The bequest to daughter Mary was the subject of several deeds in 1740 between her sons, Heny & Thomas and son-in-law, Thomas Jackson ensuring that the negroes concerned be placed in trust for Thomas William Jackson.

Mother left him 3 negroes.

Issue T&M’s wills.

1/1. Henry Booth – AM10/11

Executor of Uncle Henry’s will of 1738 (Henry Booth, Millwright), also his son Thomas in the same will. Exec of brother Thomas’s will of 1739/47.

1/2. Thomas Booth – D 1747

Left by father share of Plantations in St John lately purchased from Mr Brice Grey with brother Benjamin.
Alive at mother’s will date 11/1737.

Left by mother three negroes named Phiscbo George Hamlet.

1715[416]: Indenture between Thomas Booth jnr of Vere, carpenter, & Thomas Saunderson tavern keeper 2nd pt: Thomas Booth lets 12 3/4 acres to Thomas Saunderson at McCary Bay Vere, E John Booth, W Thomas S snr, N Elizabeth Sutton a minor, S William Pusey esq, for 12 yrs at £12/6 pa

1718[417]: Thomas Booth jnr of Vere Carpenter £8 sells to George Roberts planter of Vere 5.5 acres in Clarendon, N on George Booth minor, NE on Phillip Roberts, all round elsewhere on barren mtns.
This might be the Varney land bought by George snr in 1686 or part of the Downer land sold to GB2.

Probably him:
1744[418]: Thomas Booth of St C planter & Ann Grundy widow £125 land from Thomas Farquar in St Jago 1741 mortage for £150 settled 19/3/44. 1754 Thomas Booth erected house or mansion.

Thomas Booth owned a house in town (Spanish Town?) which was built by Jacob Cohen Delon under a lease. (ref brother Henry’s will)

Named in a mortgage agreements of 1739, with his brother Henry which also mentioned their father, Thomas.

Maybe ours:
1744[419]: William Parker senr and Mary his wife and Robert Mills of St Catherine, gentleman, and Jane his wife, by indenture of 12/6/1744 sell to Thomas Booth planter of St Catherine, land in St Jago, sold to Robert Mills by George Wray of Bristol. Indenture sells the land back to Robert Mills for 5/-.

Will[420] 1739-47
No legitimate issue, But:
Ann Prudence Bannister mentioned in his will.
Will also mentions
Father Thomas Booth
Sister Mary Booth & her husband Thomas Jackson.
Nephew William Thomas Jackson
Brother Henry Booth
William Vodry, son of cousin George Vodry
Nephew William Thomas Booth, son of brother Henry
Niece Anna Maria Booth, dau of brother Henry.
2/1. Ann Prudence Bannister,

Ch St Catherine 18/4/1738 mulatto dau of Elizabeth Bannister, father Thomas Booth. Left 3 negroes by Thomas & £J50.

1/3. Benjamin Booth – D abt 1730??

(Thomas only)
PR: Thomas & Mary Booth, Vere
Benjamin Booth, b 23/9/1709, ch 9/10/1709
Left by father share of Plantations in St John lately purchased from Mr Brice Grey with brother Thomas
1731[421]: Benjamin Booth gent & Judith Ingram, a widow of St Elizabeth, sell to Thomas Wharton 2 negroes for J£45. How did Benjamin & Judith have joint ownership of the negroes? Was this him??
Not in mother’s dated 1737, so probably died 1725-37.

1/4. Mary Booth

(Thomas only, <21 in 1727-9)
“Molly” Jackson bured St Catherine, 26/12/1738, possible, but no means certain.
Married Thomas Jackson, St Catherine, 11/6/1730, both of the parishPR.
She married Thomas Jackson (ref brother Thomas’s will 1747, but was probably dead by then). She had died by April 1740, predeceasing her mother, when several deeds[422] set out her husband relinquishing any claim he might have had on some negroes left to her by her father and for them to be placed in trust for their son Thomas William Jackson until 21. Her mother, Mary in a codicil stipulates these negroes should be hired out for her benefit and not come into the possession of Thomas Jackson.

1741[423]: Thomas Jackson, planter of Vere, for £57 from George Booth esq of Vere, sells 57½ acres in Salt Savanna N on John Golding, W on William Jackson, S on John Morant & William Pusey and E on Thomas Jackson
This was probably George Booth b 1707-69, g/s of Capt George as GB3 seems to have moved to St James in the late 1720’s.

Father’s will left her 3 negroes when 21 or married. According to her brother Thomas’s will, there was a problem with this bequest, maybe because she predeceased her mother, Mary (there is no mention of her in Mary’s will). Mother Mary left 3 negroes to son Thomas which were probably the 3 bequeathed to dau Mary in her father’s will. Son/brother Thomas makes provision in his will to make this bequest good.
Grandchild William Thomas Jackson in widow Mary’s will of 1739

St C PR: Married Thomas Jackson 28/5/1730.

2/1. William Thomas Jackson (Mary only)

A doctor.
William Thomas Jackson ch St C 14/8/1732 of Thomas Jackson & Mary (From Family Bible transcribed into Reg - Birth dates only)[424]

G/mother Mary left him one negro woman names Qubah & her childe Meriah.
The negroes from grandmother will not be in the possession of Thomas Jackson his father but shall be hired out to my son Thomas Booth my executor .. and the money thereby arising shall be kept till William Thomas shall arrive at the age of twenty one years and in case my said son Thomas Booth should die I do hereby lease the same forever to my son Henry Booth for my said grand son

Legatee of Henry Booth’s will of 1743 (£J200) & Thomas Booth will 1747 (£J200). (<21 1747)

Bur Elizabeth, wife of Dr William Thos Jackson, Vere 7/11/1761.
Marriage William Thomas Jackson, MD Widower, & Rachel Rodon Spinster both of Vere 31/10/1762.
Sarah Jackson ch Vere 30/9/1752 of William & Elizabeth

Richard Jackson esq’s niece of Bushey Park, Vere died 1816.


7.4    Henry Booth – D 1743


Referred to as senior in deeds of the 1730’s, making him older than his father’s youngest half brother, Henry, son of Jane. This becomes clear from a mortgage deed in 1739[425] which included his father Thomas snr and his brother Thomas, the dates of the signing off tie in with the death of this Henry.

Of St Catherine, millwright. A Housewright in 1731.
The millwright trade ran from Henry’s father, Thomas.
John Gall (will 1759-60) also a millwright.

Son of Thomas Booth, will 1725/9: Thomas specifically names G/dau Anna Mary in his will & Anna Mary in Henry’s will, and in Thomas 2 son of Thomas, & brother of this Henry.
Henry Booth (Uncle, son of George 2, will of 1738/9) refers to him in his will as an executor.

Left by mother Mary Booth one negro man named Jupiter.
Mother Mary (will 1739) – she left him a negro.

Died between 11/1742 & 6/1743.

He was a well off man judging by his inventory, and seemed to play fair with his family as shown by the complications of ensuring that his daughter Anna Maria got her negroes etc inherited from her grand mother

Wife Sarah in will. From the parish records, he must have been married to Mary before, who probably died around the birth of twin daughters in 1738. This view is reinforced by the mention of “what was her (Sarah’s) own estate” in his will.
A Sarah Booth also died aged 90 in November 1794, from Jamaica Gazette 29/11/1794 (JFS).

He makes a proviso in his will relating to the expenses incurred when Thomas Parker, his “son-in-law” lived with him. It is probable that he was a son of his (2nd) wife Sarah.

Was there any relationship between Sarah Parker & the Parker/Goldings of George Booth (d 1769)?

On the tenuous evidence of a son Peter Gravet Booth (b 1730), it may be that Mary was a daughter of Peter Gravet: a Peter Gravet was ch St Andrew 26/3/1676 of Gilbert & Jane Gravet. Peter Gravet appears in an inventory for Benjamin Booth in 1722.

1755[426]: Sarah Booth widow of St Catherine sell for love & affection & 5/- to son Thomas Parker, gent of St Catherine 2 negroes

Sarah Booth & Susanna Chambers.
211/130 24/3/1759 ent 26/8/1765
note re 160/191 original mortgage Thomas Parker & Susanna Chambers.
William Bowles surveyor of St Catherine & Susanna wife late Wright formerly Chambers
Ind 14/6/1755 for £124 Thomas Parker sells to Susanna Chambers slaves & St Jago land for £120.
They sell to Abraham Solomons he sells to Sarah Booth widow of St Catherine 26/8/1765.

Sarah Booth to Charles Kelasll – 1762
196/55-111 dated 20/9/62 ent 29/11/62
Sarah Booth relict of Henry Booth for £40 from Charles Kelsall late of St Catherine now of Britain, Sarah Booth quits claim of Dower on land in St Dorothy purchased by Charles Kelsall from heirs of Henry Booth
Ref 183/89&90 where Henry & Thomas Henry sell land to Charles Kelsall.

George Booth from Thomas Parker – 1761

190/194-200 dated 8/5/1760 ent 13/2/1762
Thomas Parker gent of Kingston John Parker of St Catherine gent & William Parker of St Catherine gent & Mary his wife & Sarah Booth widow
George Booth esq of Vere
Parker’s & Sarah Booth for £180 from George Booth sell 97A in St John part of 790A E on Catherine Rugley, N unk, S&W on John & William Parker,

Sarah Booth – Thomas Parker
275/44 dated 5/12/1775 ent 10/1/1776
Sarah Booth wid of St John for love and affection of son Thomas Parker and rents etc from Thomas Parker gent of St Catherine sells 12 acres part of a run cont 50 acres which binds as in plat in St John Known as Red Hills 1 peppercorn
W land to Sarah Dove, NW Chaloner Arcedechner Road from Inians to Cocoa Walk
Land pat by Thomas Jawlands S Sarah Dove
SW corner Rogers to Peeke 50 a belong to Sarah Booth
Road to Town,
NW corner Mr Isaac Perura 100 a purchased from John Gardner 22/5/1713 formerly Rebecca Aguilar widow
NE cnr 77 ¼ acres part of 100 acres pat by Beamont Pestell 8 Nov Ann6 (1708) formerly Rebecca Aguilar.
Plat in Wills File

Thomas Parker to Susannah Chambers - 1755
160/81-191 Date 14/6/1755 ent 8/7/55
Thomas Parker of St Catherine, Susannah Chambers of St Catherine widow, that the securing of the principal sum of £120 with interest for the same and in consideration of the sum of 10/- from Susannah Chambers, for land in St John beside Frances Parker dscd if Thomas Parker pays Susannah Chambers full sum +6% by 14/6/1757 if not Susannah Chambers takes the proeprty. Mortgsge paid off 1796 to execs of Sarah booth re 211F131 Solomon Abrahams to Sarah Booth

Thomas Henry Booth to Charles Kelsall – 1757
183/90 1/12/1757 ent 26/8/1760
Thomas Henry Booth sells for £200J to Charles Kelsall 1/3 of ½ of lands as above, (183/89) subject to Dower rights of Sarah, widow of Henry Booth dcd

Ref 196/55. see also 171/19 Peter Booth.

Sarah Booth to Peter Peeke – 1757
185/39 24/7/1757 ent 14/1/1761
Sarah Booth widow of St Catherine for 5/- from Peter Peeke planter of St John, sells 1 woman slave named Dolly.

George Booth from Thomas Parker – 1761

190/194-200 dated 8/5/1760 ent 13/2/1762
Thomas Parker gent of Kingston John Parker of St Catherine gent & William Parker of St Catherine gent & Mary his wife & Sarah Booth widow
George Booth esq of Vere
Parker’s & Sarah Booth for £180 from George Booth sell 97A in St John part of 790A E on Catherine Rugley, N unk, S&W on John & William Parker,


A Sarah Booth also buried 23/3/1760, St Catherine

Land in Camps Savannah called Bensons. (Camp Savannah, inland from coast west of Dry River – Senex 1715 map).
Craskell has several Booth plots adjoining Fisher & Gravett on the south side of Camps Hill

Inherited land at Withewood from father.
Also some land in Town, left plot to Sarah for a house next to his brother Thomas’s.
Mentions land in St Dorothy to wife Sarah in case of death of all children: E on Coll Charles Price N on John Cope Freeman

1727[427]: Thomas Sanderson & Mary his wife of Westmoreland for £15 from Henry Booth of Vere, 4 1/2 acres in Vere, N on John Shuttleworth, E on River Mino, S on Thomas Wait, W on land of Thomas Sanderson, being ½ of 9 acres purchased by Thomas Sanderson of Thomas Paulfreeman

1727[428]: Henry Booth buys from Charles Long foot land in Kingston; E/W 150 ft, N/S 50 ft. W on East Street, E on CL, S on Charles Tilton, being the eighth lot north of Berry Street. £18.
Probably Henry snr.

1729[429]: Henry Booth senior & Mary his wife of Kingston William Dixey, carpenter. For £70 from William Duxey for one negro woman and her 2 children

1729[430]: Henry & Mary Booth, planter of Vere, sells For J$16 to Phillip Roberts of Vere, 4½ acres of Vere N on John Shuttleworth dcd E on River Mino, S & W on Phillip Robarts
Where these the same Henrys??

1731[431]: Henry Booth of St Catherine, housewright & Mary his wife For J£100 sell to Martha Chaddock mantua maker of Kingston, a lot W on East St on Charles Long, SE on Chalres Filton, 8th lot N from Barry St. This is probably Henry snr, son of Thomas, son of GB2: of St Catherine, housewright (later millwright).

1738: bought 2 adjoining parcels of land in St Catherine (later St Dorothy) from Morris, the deed for this conveyance is not available, but it is shown in a later transaction when son Peter sells part of it.

1739[432]: Henry Booth from Abraham Cohen Delon

3 pt Ind btw Abraham Cohen Delon planter of St Catherine & Abigail Henriques widow of St Catherine & Henry Booth snr of Vere millwright
Whereas Rachel Delon late of St Catherine widow dcd in possession in fee of parcel of mountain land & negroes sold to Abraham Cohen Delon but remain for life, Abraham Cohen Delon to settle her debts 12 months after her death. She owed Abigail Henriques £149-3-10d.
Henry Booth pays £53 to Abigail Henriques & 5/- to Abraham Cohen Delon for 1 negro woman & child.

1739: Named in a mortgage agreement with his brother Thomas and Joseoh Albeatha, which also mentioned their father, Thomas.
1741: Henry snr, sells his half of the Red Hills land and, as his attorney, brother Thomas’s portion to Joseph Albeatha. Both Thomas & Henry were millwrights of St Catherine.

In 1741, Henry Booth (the elder of St Catherine, gent) dealt[433] in 24¾ acres of land, originally given by the Downers to his grandfather, GB2 jnr, and eventually inherited by Henry. The first transaction was a sale and buy back to one Charles Pescod on the 12th & 13th May 1741. On the 29th, he sold it to Thomas Roberts for J£300.
“Henry Booth elder of St C gent & Charles Pescod otp gent
Whereas John Downer and wife Rebecca 209/9/1686 gave to George Booth jnr & Mary 24 ¾ acres then in George Booth’s possession E on Richard Maw jnr W on sd John Downer, S on Philip Roberts N on George Rickets. Henry Booth grandson of George Booth and eventual heir
Henry Booth sells to Charles Pescod for 5/-. Charles Pescod to return it to Henry Booth”

1741[434]: Rachel Priddie, widow & relict of Henry Priddie of Vere, lets to Henry Booth, of St Catherine, millwright, 54 acres & 2 rods in former Clarendon now Vere Milk Savanna NE Alex Henderson esq, W on a gully, S on John Turner, SE on road leading from Leeward to Spanish Town E on a road from Poris to Milkward and taken out of the land of the above John Turner. Also 106 acres in Little Carpenters Mountains NE Humphrey Stiles, SE & SW on Thomas Marchant, SE & S on Raines Wait W on Rocky land Nly on Alex Woods in the possession of Humphrey Manning for 17 years at £55 pa.
In 1804, Turners shown to the west of the Milk River, the 1st parcel was probably where the road south towards the mouth of the Milk river on its west side from the north meets the old south coast road to the west on the shore.

Henry Booth will 1743[435]
Full copy held
Of St Catherine, Millwright.
... Henry Booth snr of St Catherine Millwright...
I give to my daughter Anna Mary Booth:
the sum of forty pounds in lieu of her cattle by me killed and sold and also two cows a steer and a calf
(provided she lives virtuously and in good credit) the sum of three hundred pounds to be paid to her when my youngest son Henry Booth is twenty one but if she doth not live virtuously and in good credit then I give her in lieu of three hundred pounds before mentioned the sum of one shilling
& fifteen pounds a year for her maintenance till her fortune becomes due,
one negro woman slave named Aubah in lieu of some cattle of her as I sold

I give to my wife Sarah Booth:
all of her estate of what kind soever that was her own property together with a tea chest and silver spoons belonging to it
Also a looking glass also a Spanish Elm bedstead and one feather bed and also her choice of my books (except the great bible)
also the sum of forty five pounds to be paid to her eighteen months after my decease to buy her a horse and saddle
my riding horse called Wellin horse also a cow and heifer calf marked HB also a filly marked HB
and also the use of my dwelling house in Spanish Town during her widowhood

I give to my son Peter Gravitt Booth all that my parcel of land near Camps Savannah in the parish of Vere called Bensons.
All the rest of my estate both real and personal (which I now have or may hereafter purchase) I give to my three sons Peter Gravitt Booth Thomas Henry Booth and Henry Booth as they severally arrive at twenty one years

I will that my heirs or executors shall not come upon Thomas Parker my son in law for any expenses for his maintenance during the time he lived with me
And I give to my son in law Thomas Parker five pounds to buy him a filly

... Sarah Booth my said brother Thomas Booth my friends Henry Bonner and William Mathews senior my executors and guardians to my children hereby

twentieth day of November anno domini one thousand seven hundred and forty two
Wits John Chambers jun John Peeke Peter Peeke
... Codicil
I declare that the cattle within given to my daughter Anna Mary Booth to be the cattle that was her property and were given to her by her grandmother Mary Booth and that she shall have no other of mine and that the negro Obbah given her in my within will be to her and her heirs forever ..
Item it is my will .. that my dwelling house in Town be immediately finished as soon as possible after my decease
Item I give devise and bequeath to my wife Sarah Booth fifty foot in front and sixty foot in depth of my land in Town which land is to be next adjoining to the house that was my brother Thomas Booth’s which house was built by Jacob Cohen Delon who had a lease of the said land from my brother
Item in case of the death of all my children I then devise and bequeath to my said wife Sarah Booth twenty five acres of farm land in the parish of St Dorothy binding easterly on Coll Charles Price and northerly on John Cope Freeman ... 20 November 1742

Inventory[436]: June 1743
Shown by Sarah & Thomas Booth (execs, wife & brother) £1726/1/10½. He was described as Senior – there is no doubt that this is the correct inventory by the executors and being a millwright, but only other Henry about was his son, then aged only about 7.
Silver spoons not mentioned – sliver as a weight only.
His inventory shows him with property in St Catherine’s with an amount of livestock and 33 slaves and had debtors of over £200, including Thomas Jackson, husband of his sister Mary.

Crop Account for 1743[437]:
Millwright, of St Catherine, deceased
From 25 Dec 1742-31 Dec 1743
Shown by Thomas Booth
Cash Recd of his Outstanding Debts £134/4/10½
Cash Recd for Stock killed         £31/11/10½
Cash Recd for Negroes Work         £2/7/6

Issue, probably all of Henry & Mary, all under 21 November 1743:

1/1. Anna Mary Booth

who married Francis Wright.

Not found in PR – assumed to be an early child.
Born bef abt 1729, but aft 1725 (not in grandfather’s will).
Married Francis Wright, St Catherine, 30 October 1749, he of St Elizabeth, she of St Catherine (Ann Maria), burPR 31/1/1754 St Catherine.

Legacy from father Henry:
the sum of forty pounds in lieu of her cattle by me killed and sold and also two cows a steer and a calf
(provided she lives virtuously and in good credit) the sum of three hundred pounds to be paid to her when my youngest son Henry Booth is twenty one but if she doth not live virtuously and in good credit then I give her in lieu of three hundred pounds before mentioned the sum of one shilling
& fifteen pounds a year for her maintenance till her fortune becomes due,
one negro woman slave named Aubah in lieu of some cattle of her as I sold

G/mother Mary left her a negro, Cloe and the rest of her estate with her uncle Thomas.

Legatee in Uncle Thomas’s will of 1739-47.

1/2. William Thomas Booth

“nephew, son of brother Henry” in Thomas Booth’s will of 1739-47.
Not in Henry’s will of 1743.

Issue of Henry & Mary Booth, PR:

1/3. Peter Gravett Booth.

B 16/2/1729-30, ch 17/7/1730, Kingston (PR).
In father’s will.
Left land in Camps Savannah called Bensons by father, and share in his estate.
Several deeds of his on record in the 1750’s.
1750, about, PGB sells land to Harry Lord, deed N/A
1750, PGB buys land from Thomas Manning, deed N/A

1751[438]: Peter Gravett Booth Gent of Vere sells to Edward Bathurst of St Catherine for £300 ½ of 200A  rest damaged original shown as blanks in transcript.

1752[439]: Peter Gravett Booth of St Catherine for £J45 from John Chambers of St Catherine for mulatto girl named Sally, dau of negro woman named Coobah.

1757[440]: Peter Gravett Booth planter of Vere sells for £200J from Charles Kelsall esq of St Catherine, 1/3 of ½ of 2 pcl of land in St Dorothy 1st 200A 2nd 125A  subject to dower rights of Sarah Booth widow of Henry Booth. The plat from this deed is on the deeds file and notes that it was from an earlier deed (103/33) of Morris to Henry Booth, about 1738, when it was in St Catherine. The earlier deed is not available. Peter Gravett Booth son of Henry & Sarah.

The Plat in Wills File is drawn from the dimensions on the photograph of the plat, and gives and an area of about 260 acres on the larger part, and 100 for the smaller part (as the plat says).

There were some deeds indexed, but not available, between Peter Gravett Booth & Thomas Savage in about 1757. There were Savage connections with George Booth, g/s of GB2. It would appear that a Henry Savage bought the original Burton patents on the Rio Cobre (see Thomas Burton).

Peter Gravett Booth To John Noriston – 1768
227/167-340 Sep-16 date 6/2/1758 ent 15/8/1768.
Peter Gravett Booth & Frances sell to John Norriston 32'x22' for life on their plot in St Jago for his life

Bur St Catherine 10/12/1764.
Will of 1764-69[441]:
Of St Catherine planter, weak
To Mairer Reader, free mulatto, 2 houses for life.
To brothers Thomas Henry Booth & Henry Booth rest & residue
Free my mulatto girl named Rachel & sambo boy Ned her brother.

1/4. Rebecca Caswell Booth,

PR Clarendon: ch 28/1/1732. Not in father’s will

1/5. Thomas Henry Booth,

PR Clarendon: ch 9/3/1734.
Legatee in father’s uncle Henry’s will 1738/9. In father’s Will.

Thomas Henry Booth to Charles Kelsall – 1757
183/90 1/12/1757 ent 26/8/1760
Thomas Henry Booth sells for £200J to Charles Kelsall 1/3 of ½ of lands as above, subject to Dower rights of Sarah, widow of Henry Booth dcd

Ref 196/55.

1/6. Henry Booth, youngest (surviving) son of father Henry.

PR St C: ch 12/2/1738. In father’s will 1742/3 <21.

Henry Booth to Charles Kelsall
183/89 5/9/1759 ent 26/8/1760
Henry Booth planter of St Dorothy sells for £200J from Charles Kelsall esq of Clarendon Henry Booth’s part share being 1/3 of the ½ of 2 parcels in St Dorothy one cont 200A the other 120A S on a morass mangrove, W on Mr Freeman, NE on Charles Price senr esq, NW on Freeman and Willikin of howsoever the same is butted and bounded together with his the said Henry Booth’s part share and share alike etc


7.5    The Gall Booths

John Gall Booth was the probable son of George & Priscilla (Gall) Booth (Samuel, George Booth 1).

The Gall Booth estates were subject to the West Indian Incumbered Estates commission in the 1860’s, and the records in the National Archives contain much information on the transactions and land purchases.
There were debts (mainly mortgage and interest) on the properties of £4865/14/0 in 1844: when the Farm and Soho were sold in 1865, they raised on £2300!

1/1. John Gall Booth, died 14/1/1807, bur in churchyard in Vere.

1772: 249/217 Sep-16 Trustees for Vere Free school

Votes of the house of Assembly:
That they had also enquired into the allegations of the petition of sundry freeholders of the parish of Vere; and do recommend to the house to direct the sum of 300/. to be paid to the order of Thomas Anderson, Adam Smith, John Anderson, Francis Farquhar and John Gall Booth, or any three of them, for repairing the road from Milk River, over Plowdon Hill, in said psrish : Such order to be given as aforesaid.

The sum of 250/. to the order of John Pusey Edwards, Alexander Schaw, Francis Badley, John Gall Booth, John Anderson, and Thomas Alprefs Priddie, or any three of them, for repairing the road through Carpenter's Mountains, to Bossue pasture, in the parish of Vere.

The sum of 100/. to the order of Alexander Schaw, John Pusey Edwardes, Thomas Alpress Priddie, John Gall Booth, John Anderson, Francis Baddley, and George Husband, or any three of them, towards carrying on the road from the foot of the hill, by the honourable Thomas Anderson's, over Plowden-Hill, into St. Elizabeth.

Bought 600 acres on the coast to the west of Round Hill and Swift River in 19/7/1792 with a shore line. This is rough, rocky land away from a narrow coastal strip. Deed ref 414F76.

John Gall Booth – 1775
269/164 date 6/5/1775 ent 26/10/1775
John Gall Booth, Thomas Hercey & wife Eleanor Barnett: Thomas Hercey Barrett sells for £7 3.5 acres on new road to race course between land of George Booth dec & John Gall Booth (road E/W on plat, land to S with SW & SE boundaries).

269/164 date 6/5/1775 ent 26/10/1775
John Gall Booth from Thomas Hercey & wife Eleanor Barrett
Thomas Hercey Barrett sells for £7 3.5 acres on new road to race cousre between land of George Booth dec & John Gall Booth

John Gall Booth to William Pusey Hayle
387/21 18/6/90 ent 16/9/90
John Gall Booth & Rachel of Vere esq
William Pusey Hayle practitioner of physick and surgery of Vere
John Gall Booth for £824/11/1d from William Pusey Hayle sell 36 acres in Vere called Tweedside N on rd from Alley to race course, E on Lambert, N & E Paul Christian, SW & SE on Archi Simpson esq, W Tom Goulbourne And 10 acres called Cashew Grove N on Sam Jenner, E on land called Sandwells, N o Sam Jenner W on Kemps Penn
Plat in Wills File

John Gall Booth to William Pusey Hayle
John Gall Booth
387/23 16/6/1790 ent 16/9/1790
John Gall Booth indebted to William Pusey Hayle 5 bonds
£210/3/7 cond 105/1/9.5 by 16/6/91
£210/3/7 cond as a 16/6 92
also 1693, 94, 95.
John Gall Booth to William Pusey Hayle land in Carpenters Mtns Vere known as Rogers or Cotton Valley 700A Lately possessed by John Rodon esq dcd OTP and formerly held by Elizabeth Anderson OTP widow dcd. Lands conv by George Rodon of Vere day before
Provided always John Gall Booth pays back the bonds

The Farm Coffee Plantation was probably his (see son JGB below). JG Booth appears on the 1804 map at the Eastern end of Carpenters Mountains, Vere, towards Milk River – 2 pens, one by sixteen mile gully (this was Asia, later owned by his son, Samuel in 1817). The Farm was shown in 1804 to the north, marked as “Farm” settlement on modern maps, to the northwest of Hog Hole, owned in 1817 by Thomas Anderson. An estate plan, Manchester 129, shows this with, inter alia, 90 acres of coffee, and was 556 acres total, with 208 woodland & Ruinate.

Left the rest & residue of grandmother Rebecca’s estate (will 1751-54).

It is very likely that this was the 1st wife of JGB, who must have died around the birth of their last child in 1794.
Rachel Judith Wright born 8/8/1756 of Joseph & Elizabeth, St Elizabeth. Joseph was probably the son of William & Elizabeth Wright, grand parents of Andrew Wright (father of Ann (Wright) Maitland). That would make Rachel Judith Andrew Wright’s 1st cousin, and a son of hers Andrew Wright’s 1st cousin once removed – Andrew Wright Booth was referred to by Andrew Wright as his cousin.

She was probably the Rachel Judith whose 3 children by John Gaul Booth are included below: it is probable that the rest were also hers: for a possible connection with Andrew Wright see his entry.

John Gall Booth of Vere esqr married by licence Mary Page of Clarendon, widow, 16/9/1795.

Wife of John Gall Booth (no forename given) bur Vere 15/1/1799; this must have been Mary Page.
William Cooke Page married Mary Anderson, widow, Clarendon, 6/1/1787/8. She was the widow of John Anderson and had a son John (re 1796 deed 460/232)
this looks a little late for Rebecca’s marriage date, but just fits.

John Gall Booth esqr married Elizabeth Farquar, widow, Vere 24/1/1801.
Francis Farquar, esq, bur Vere 1/2/1799.
Francis Farquar, millwright, married Elizabeth Ludford, Clarendon, 16/9/1781
Son Francis ch Clarendon 17/2/1782. No other issue found.

Issue of John Gaul Booth, Vere PR:
2/1. George Booth, b 14/12/1773 - by Rachel Judith ch Vere 7/4/1774

Also in St John same Bth, ch 7/3/1774.

2/2. William Wright Booth, ch 24/1/1777
2/3. John Gall Booth, ch 17/7/1780

Married Rebecca Weakland Page, Clarendon, 1/1/1803, both of Vere. JGB jnr, gent RWP Spinster. She was his step sister by Mary Page.
Died 8/5/1823 at the Farm in Manchester, bur 9th at the Plantation called Hope. Clarendon PR.
Owned 64 slaves 28 June 1817 in his own right in Manchester. He also owned some as executor to his father.
On 21 June 1820, the return for his father’s slaves showed 3 remaining, 4 having died since the last return.
An Annabella Booth of Manchester owned 11 slaves at this date.
2 daughters buried at The Hope Plantation, Clarendon.

Booth, JG (yngr) will[442] 1823
of Manchester, planter
To my brother Henry Booth, wearing apparel
To brother Robert Wright Booth my watch
Brother Henry’s debts written off.
To George & John Brown, free mulattos £20 p.a. for life
To Olive Tabetha Brown, free quadroon £20 p.a. for life
To wife RW £J300 p.a. for life & my chaise and saddlery and 3 horses and the domestic servants usually attending them. And she shall have feed etc in full barr to dower.
To children remainder as tenants in common. My desire that the property be kept together by execs until son Charles is 21.
If all die to brothers Henry and Robert Wright Booth and nephews William Page Clarke and John Gall Booth Clarke, children of my sister Rebecca Mary Clarke Christian dcd
Execs Henry Lord Garriques of Kingston, merchant and Henry Rhodes of Manchester, esq

1824: 16 Feb, dau of Mr John Gall Booth buried at the Hope, Clarendon
1823: Rebecca as excr of JGB owned 23 slaves.
Slave Return, 28 June 1826, Manchester (execs): 49 males, 36 female.
1824: Inventory[443] of John Gall Booth shown by Henry Lord Galriques, merchant, his exec: 49 males, 37 female, £760 debtors, household furniture, cattle & mules to a total of £10152.
1826: Rebecca Weakland Booth owned 27 slaves in Clarendon.
1865, May 2, The Farm sold for £2000 and Soho for £300; 1845 judgement in favour of Henry Lord Garrigues for £4865 against Caroline Booth, assigned to claimant 1847, Mortgage by claimant 1844, £3622, so total incumbrances £8487!
Issue of JGB & Rebecca Weakland:
Of these, Josephine & Rebecca were born at The Farm Coffee Plantation, Carpenters Mtns.
3/1. George Hayles Booth b 6/1/1806, (F87), RW late Page

Vere PR: Son of John Gall Booth jnr & Rebecca Weakland, his wife (late Page spinster) was born Jan 6th 1806, publicly baptised Oct 25th 1806.

3/2. Josepha Wright Booth b 6/5/1808, ch 23/7/1811,

PR Bap for Jo & Rebecca: Daughters of John Gall Booth esq and Rebecca Weakland his wife, of the Farm Coffee Plantation in Carpenters’ mountains in this parish (Vere), were this 23rd day of July 1811 baptised by me Edmund Pope, Rector. Josepha Wright Booth was born 6th May 1808: her godfathers & mothers were Joseph Wright Booth, Thos Allprice, Ann Husband, Isabella Sarah Booth. Rebecca Mary Booth was born 8th July 1810: her godfathers and mothers were Doctor George Farquar, Robert Wood, Elizabeth Ann Booth, Sarah Collings.
Died at the Hope Plantation, 27/11/1813 & buried there 28/11/1813 dau of John Gall & Rebecca (? AM transcription) (all PR)

3/3. Rebecca Mary Booth, b 8/7/1810, ch. 23/7/1811
3/4. John Gaul Booth, b. 25/11/1813
3/5. Colin Booth, b 10/10/1814, ch Vere 13/1/1816

at The Farm Coffee Plantation.

3/6. Caroline Booth,

Caroline & Charles ch Vere 15/12/1818, of Manchester, wit Samuel Booth, Mr Davies, Miss Husband, Robert Wright Booth, Wotton Scott, Mrs Henry Booth. Died about 1865, no GB will.
West Indian Incumbered Estates sold the Farm & Soho in 1865, when it was owned by Caroline Booth.

3/7. Charles Booth.
3/8. Charlotte Booth, ch Manchester 8/12/1820PR of JG Booth & Rebecca

2/4. Samuel Booth, ch 19/2/1782

Married Isabel Sarah Farquar, 13/4/1800, Vere, she a widow.
A Samuel Booth of Vere owned 24 slaves on 24 June 1817, including 2 surnamed Farquar, so probably him.
1817: Samuel Booth owned Asia (on north side of 16 mile Gully) plantation – shown as JG Booth in 1804.
3/1. Samuel Booth, quadroon, b 5/6/1823, son of Samuel Booth esq.

2/5. George Booth, ch 28/12/1784
2/6. Henry Booth, ch 5/6/1785

Married 24/10/1810 Elizabeth Scott.
“.. both Of this parish were this 24th Janry 1811 joined together in holy matrimony at Serpentine River near Milk River, at the house of, & by consent of, Wotton Scott esq the Father of Elizabeth Scott, who gave her away...” Mentioned in brother John Gall’s will of 1822.
(a Sarah Wootton Scott married in Vere 1786)
3/1. Adah Jane Booth, ch Vere 7/10/1810 dau of Mary Reed by Henry Booth,

Of Watchwell, Carpenters Mountains. She married William McLeod, Manchester 2/5/1827, she of colour, both OTP.

3/2. Joseph Watton Scott Booth, ch 15/8/1819 Vere

& his wife Elizabeth Ann, wit John G Booth, Joseph W Booth, Mrs John Booth.

2/7. Robert Wright Booth, ch 2/10/1790.

Mentioned in brother John Gall’s will of 1822.
Slave Return, 28 June 1823, Manchester: 18 (20) males, 14 (16) female.
Slave Return, 28 June 1826, Manchester: 3 males, 8 female.
3/1. Robert Alexander Booth, mulatto, b. 1822, ch Vere 4/8/1823, father RWB (PR p 145)

2/8. Sarah Goulburn Booth, ch 8/8/1792 - by Rachel
2/9. Frances Wright Booth, b. 12/8/1794, Vere (F56)

ch 18/4/1796 - by Rachel Judith Booth

2/10. Rebecca Mary Booth – in JGB younger’s will of 1822

She probably married George Booth Clarke (son of Peter & Jane Vesey (Booth) Clarke), Vere 7/8/1792. She died bef 1822.
Ref Jane Vesey Booth (GB2, Samuel, George) above:
JGB Will: D after 1822, married Clarke & maybe Christian
3/1. Jane Vesey Clarke, ch Vere 4/2/1794, of George B & Mary
3/2. William Page Clarke, b 7/11/1795, ch Vere 18/4/1796.

Bur Joseph Gall Booth Clarke 18230124 Vere, Inf son of William Clarke of Spanish Town, died at Kemps Hill, Vere.

3/3. Samuel Booth Clarke, ch Vere 27/9/1801, no parents given.
3/4. Isabella Sarah Booth Clarke, ch Vere 27/9/1801, no parents given.

3/5. John Gall Booth Clarke.

Vere PR: John Gall Booth Clarke, son of George Booth Clarke & Rebecca Mary his wife (late Booth spinster) was born April 15th 1805, publically baptised October 25th 1806.

Probable further issue of JGB & Rachel Judith:
These do not appear on the LDS database, but may appear on wills:
Andrew Wright Booth

Not yet 21 in 1806, in cousin Andrew Wright’s will.
“Late Andrew Wright Booth” in son’s baptism in November 1813.
Issue, ch Vere:
Jonathan Wright Booth, mulatto, ch 23/7/1811 at the Farm, son of Andrew Booth esq. of Speck plantation in Carpenter's Mountains.

Andrew Wright Booth, child of colour, ch 25/11/1813, son of Mr Andrew Wright Booth, deceased, at Hope plantation, Clarendon.
Hope plantation came into the family via Rebecca Weakland.
NB Hope Plantation was where John Gall Booth was buried in 1823.
Hope Plantation mentioned in Robert Wright’s will 1748.
Hope plantation Manchester on Liddell 1888 south of road between Porus & Mandeville. And on the road above Gutters.
Clarendon to the east of Porus.

AWB might well have been another child of John Gall & Rebecca Booth, maybe born between 1785 & 1790.

Issue of Joseph Wright Booth:

He appears as god father in a number of case in the early 1800’s

Richard Batty Booth, ch 8/12/1798, of JWB & JB, Kingston 8/12/1798 F70
Caroline Alpress Booth b 6/11/1799 ch 22/5/1800 of Joseph Wright Booth & Jane Brown, Kingston (F93) – Jane Brown mulatto.
Several more found.

17thC Booths in Barbados:

    A Sir George Booth was prominent at the end of the Commonwealth when he took Chester for the Royalists, but was soon defeated. There was discussion at the time of deporting him to Barbados, but it seemed to have come to naught. He was a staunch Presbyterian. There is however no obvious connection with our George Booth(s).
    A Capt William Booth was listed in Barbados in 1638, part of a list of landholders of more than 10 acres.[444]
    There was a Sir William Booth as a prosperous merchant in Barbados in 1685 who received 100 convicts from the “Bloody Assizes” in Dorset that year from Monmouth’s rebellion. Sir William’s (of Black Jacks) wife was Rosamund Meynell dau of Littleton Meynell of Derbyshire, and their only daughter and heir was Elizabeth (1692-1746) who married Abel Alleyne in Barbados in 1713: Abel Alleyne bought the Booth estates from Dame Rosamund: 495 acres in St Peter, St James & St Andrew, 2 dwelling houses, 2 stone windmills & 2 boiling houses[445]. He was of a later generation than our George Booth. (ref Genealogies of Barbados Families: From Caribbeana and the Journal of the ... By James C. Brandow. – Google books). One source has Sir William as a former Naval Officer[446].
   A Sir George Booth was involved in an action in 1659 at Chester.

LDS: William Booth & Rosamund had children:
Mary, ch 21/2/1685, St Martin in the Fields.
Dorothy, ch 11/9/1688, St Olave Hart St, London

Black Jacks ako Sion Hill in St James & St Peter parishes, may not have been owned by Sir William for very long[447]. Suggested previous owners do not appear on the maps.

See Derbyshire Record Office D239 M/E 20468 for papers relating to Alleyne family in Barbados.
Allen appears in the SE central area of Barbados in 1657.
Alleyne appears in 1722 in St James parish, NE of the church, and extensively elsewhere.

A Booth family website has the following passage:
America.  Family tradition has it that three Booth brothers from Cheshire came to America in the 1630's; William to Barbados, John Booth who settled on Long Island, and Richard Booth who was one of the founding fathers of Stratford, Connecticut (Donald L. Jacobus's 1952 book Genealogy of the Booth Line recounts this family line).

Modyford’s Barbados Settlers

In 1664, when the new Governor, Sir Thomas Modyford, arrived in Jamaica from Barbados with 1000 settlers....[448]. It is said that these settlers went to the East end of Jamaica.

Samuel Booth bapt Barbados, St Lucy, 26/5/1679 of Robert Booth.

Booth Shipping

The Samudas had a long-standing trading relationship with Jamaica. “D. Samude” appears in Lloyd’s Register 1764 (London: Gregg Pres n.d.) as owner of the Esther, running between London- Jamaica. In Lloyd’s Register 1776, M. Samuda is listed as owner of the Judith, London-Jamaica; and Samuda & Co. as owner of the Withywood, the Susannah, the Esther, the George Booth, and the Princess Royal, all of them sailing between London-Jamaica. (Jews, Slaves, and the Slave Trade: Setting the Record Straight, By Eli Faber, Google Books).

From the Newspaper Archive & Lloyd’s List have numerous reports of a ship, the “George Booth”, between London & Jamaica, between 1768 & 1776. Perhaps this belonged to George Booth who died in 1769 as he appeared from his will to have been a rich merchant.

INTELLIGENCE From LLOYD’s  Oct 4 (1782)[449]
The Alert privateer of Alderney, Captain Falaise, has sent into Guernsey the St Francis, D’.Asise, a Spanish prize, from the Carraccas to the Canaries, with 60 tons of Cocoa, and 10 ferons of indigo.
The Jonge Maria, from Cadiz to Ostend, drove on shore two miles to the eastward of Rotterdam, on the 29th of September, in a hard gale of wind; the Captain and one man drowned;  the cargo, consisting of salt, entirely washed out, and it is feared the ship will be lost.
An American vessel from Guadaloupe to Nantz, with 100 hogsheads of sugar, some coffee and indigo, is sent into Guernsey, having been taken by Captain Durell of Guernsey, and Captain Gabourd, of Jersey, at anchor off  the Isle Dien.
The Withywood, Evers, from Jamaica to London, foundered in the gale, off the Banks of Newfoundland;  the crew taken up by the Thetis, arrived at Bristol.
Plymouth, 1. Arrived the Worcester, Stuart, from Jamaica, having loft her mizen-mast in a heavy gale Of wind, the 16th ult. She sailed from Jamaica, under convoy of nine ships  of the line, befides* frigates, with a fleet of about ninety merchantmen, but separated in the above gale, and saw no part of the convoy since.
The London, Obryen. from London to Jamaica, having received some damage, and being leaky, is put into Plymouth.
The Rodney, Luscomb, from Jamaica to Bristol, foundered on the 17th of September, off the Banks of Newfoundland.
Milford, 26. On the 23d, arrived the Surprize sloop of war, from Antigua, after seeing those vessels in safety, bound up St George's Channel.
Bristol. Sept. 30. The Thompson, Chapman, from St Thomas's
for Christiansand, is drove up to Lundy Island, in our Channel: the Captain sent his letters for this place, by a pilot skiff, and, in a letter to his friend here, says be left St Thomas's the 16th ult. and on the 21st ditto, lat. 29. 7. long. 60. 32. spoke the Arbuthnot privateer of New York, who the day before fell in with the ship Halifax, of and from Antigua for Hallifax; on the 19th, said privateer saw four sail of the line, steering N. N. W which Captain Chapman supposes to be the ships that had arrived at Martinico from the Cape, and destined for America. Two English letters of marque were carried into Guadaloupe, and two large French frigates were cruizing to the windward of Barbadoes.
Portsmouth, 3.  Yesterday arrived at St Helen's, the Canada, of 74 guns, under jury top masts, Captain Cornwallis, from Jamaica; parted with fleet in a violent gale, off the  Banks of Newfoundland. Also arrived the Truelove, Moulton, from Jamaica, by which we«learn  the fleet consisted of eighty-eight merchant ships, under convoy of nine men of war; on the 17th ult. they met a mostt violent gale, in which the Centaur lost her fore mast, bowsprit, and mizzen-mast; the Caton, of 64 guns, made a signal of distress and bore away for New York, in Company with the Pallas frigate; the Ardent being very leaky, returned to Jamaica. Three of the merchant ships foundered in sight of the Truelove ; and Captain Moulton, and the Parmassus, of London, and a snow belonging to Bristol, were taken by a large privateer. The Truelove saw no part of the fleet sjnce she parted on 17th; she came into the Channel alone.
Gravesend Oct 2.. Arrived the Toy, Archer, from Perth; Stirling, Dock; Glasgow, Walker, Furth, Henderson; and Paisley, Gardner, from Carron.

What is the connection with our Booth’s??

7.6    Capt George Booth – D 1695:

Elder 2 sons, Thomas & Simon, were, by implication, over 21 at his will date, so the first conceived say no later than January 1671. Assuming a minimum of 20 at marriage, he must have been born no later than 1651.

Died: 1694-5, Of Vere

Wife: Elizabeth
George b aft 1673
John b aft 1674
Jane b aft 1679
Will Witness Aaron Vodry et al
It is probable that he had a daughter Elizabeth who is mentioned in Frances Booth’s will; the other possibility is that this Elizabeth was the daughter of GB2.

Frances’s cousin George Booth may well have been Surveyor George Booth; George 2 refers to his uncle George Booth – these 2 references are probably to the same person.

He was probably the George Booth referred to ”my cousin” in the 1677 will of Frances, wife of GB1, and the same will mentions Elizabeth, dau of George Booth – she is not in George’s will of 1695, but was probably dead by then. His wife being Elizabeth lends weight to this idea.
GB2 makes reference to his uncle George Booth in his will.

There is no evidence of whence Captain George originated, but is is quite possible, like his namesake and probable relative, George 1, that he came from Barbados. Unlike George 1, he makes no reference to property outside Jamaica.
There is a reference to “Elizabeth Booth, now the wife of Captain George Booth” in the June 1694 will[450] of her father, Latimer Richards in St Michaels, Barbados. It is possible, but unlikely, that this may be the same George Booth. A later Barbados will of 1721 of Elizabeth Booth, widow, makes this look more unlikely, although there is a daughter, Elizabeth Shaw (MI shows she died 12/2/1721).

From references in deeds of 1717[451], he was the Captain Booth who was granted who was granted at least 3 plots of land in the 1660 & 70’s, and was later referred to as “senior”.
Capt Booth shown in Clarendon precinct in John Ogilby’s 1671 map of Jamaica, in a position consistent with the 1665 grant, and Booths remain in this position on Sloane’s 1707 map.

24 December 1792: 2,716. Minutes of Council of Jamaica. Colonel Peter Beckford re-sworn justice of the peace. Edward Darling appointed Clerk of the Market of Carlisle. Orders for payments; for George Booth, senior, to have leave to depart the Island; and for H.M.S. Guernsey to cruise about Cape Tiburon. Letter to the Earl of Nottingham (see preceding abstract). [Board of Trade. Jamaica, 77. pp. 233–235.][452]

Land Transaction:

Capt George Booth owned 1200 acres in Clarendon in 1670[453], making him in the top 10 owners at the time. This is the land granted in 1665.

Clarendon, St Jago Savanna:

Capt George Booth was granted[454] in 1665 1200 acres of land in at St Jago by Cartwheel Savanna in the parish of Clarendon ...: E on Ste Maria Gully N land not set out W on St Jago River S on savanna land not set out. House shown at west end, by the river.
In 1674, he was granted[455] in 1674 a further one hundred and eighty seven acres of land in Clarendon Parish in two parcels:
the first contains 150 acres bounding North on the land of the said Capt George Booth North East on the Milk River SE on land unsurveyed and SW on the ridge of the mountain. (The mountains come closer to the river to the south of the 1200 acre property).
the other parcel is thirty seven acres bounding NE on the Little River and East on Poros River South West on the Land of Capt George Booth
These 2 parcels are on the west side of the Milk River, and are probably conjoined. Although the orientation is inaccurate, the boundaries of the 2 1674 pacels fit with a bit of rotation; the river is called the Porus in one and the Milk in the other. It is probable that they are opposite, or slightly south of the 1200 acres on the East bank of the river.
They are a good fit with the river on the west side of the 1200 acre 1665 grant and the ridge of the mountains: it would be reasonable that he would have taken land opposite his existing grant; the river for much of the year would not have been difficult to cross.

This property is at N17°54 W77°21, and is now mainly scrub land, with cultivated savannah land to the north, which would have been the St Jago or Cartwheel savannah. There is a dirt road which probably still marks the southern boundary of the property. The modern map calls this “Cherry Hill”. The 1944 US 1:125K map show Cartwhell on the northern boundary of the property, as does Google Earth.

The St Jago river is probably what is marked as the Poris River in Senex 1715, later called the Milk River, and Ste Maria Gully is an easterly branch, which became the Rhymesbury Gully on later maps. Senex 1715 and Moll 1717 have an estate symbol between the 2 rivers. Robertson 1804 has Mrs Booth in this position (Cornwall South D7, north end of the square). The distance between the 2 rivers, about a mile, is the same order of magnitude as the width of the plat.

This land was left to his 4 sons in his will of 1697, and evidence of its dispersal is in the 1717 deeds, although the references are all to the 1200 acre grant.
1717: Simon Booth sold his 300 acres to Francis Scarlett.
1717: John Booth sells 150 acres to George Brooks, maybe a western part.
1718: John Booth sells ½ of his ¼, 150 acres to Cary Bodle, his brother in law, this seems to be the SE corner, and indicates that John had the Eastern quarter.
Thus it seem that George & Thomas retained their shares after 1717, from the boundaries of John’s sale.

Savanna land in Clarendon
Captain George Booth was also granted in 1672[456] 140 acres of Savannah land in Clarendon, location unknown, E Jonathan Ashurst & Mate, S unsurveyed, W Henry Bemant or Tennant. This may have been East side of the River Minho, in the area of Withywood.

It is also possible that this was on McCary Bay, as son John mortgaged and then sold 12 ½ acres on McCary Bay in 1717, bordering on Simon, Thomas & GB minor. In 1720, Simon mortgaged his 12½ acres. Simon later sells 60 acres in Camps Savannah, but evidently still owned more.

River Minho
In 1687[457], George Booth snr was granted 2 small plots totalling 23 acres: 20 acres bounds West upon the River Mino East upon the land of George Booth Senior and Northerly upon the land of Henry Vizard.
3 acres N on Robert Norris, SE Francis Sperry, SW Robert Norris
It is possible that the 20 acre plot was to the west of his, Captain, 140 acre 1672 grant.
1717: John Booth sells ½ of this land – 11 ½ acres, implying that, in spite of how the plat looks, was all one parcel.

There were subsequent grants and deeds to George Booth “snr”, thought to be him.

North Clarendon
February 1682-3[458]: George Booth snr granted 300 acres in Clarendon, probably in the north of the parish.
E & S Mr John Moore, NE & N on Cockpit Hills, W unsurveyed, NE Mr Ben Booth, S Rocky Mtns. The (probably contemporary, although undated) Plat for John Moore locates this “north of Poris Mountain”.
Benjamin Booth, son of George Booth 1, was granted on the same date, 419 acres, the major parcel of which shared a common boundary with George Booth snr. George Booth jnr was also granted land on the same date, on the north side of the Pindars River.
John & Simon Booth sell their shares of this land to Thomas Palfreman in 1719.

Varney Land – East Clarendon
In 1686[459], George Booth snr bought from from Robert & Barbara Varney 67 acres, part of a 1684 grant[460] for 2600 acres
“under Braziletto Mtns”.
The plat has the following boundaries:
NE Capt John Godard under Brazaletar Mtns NW John Bowman & Sam Gales
W on Coll William Ivy, the Kings Rd, Mr Arthur Turner Mr George Osborne, Mr Edward Green W Edward Brumfield Mr Robert Barise Mr Richard Barrett
E on Mr John Lory Cap Hornar the Sea & Morass Robert Wandell Peter Kilbe John Lloyd NE on Val Mumbee E Capt Henry Rimes

This land was probably bordering on its SE flank onto West Harbour, and running north to the foothills of the Brazilatto mountains. A Booth property is shown on Craskell in the southern end of this area.

In April 1686, George snr took a mortgage[461] for 1 year from John Ashley on 16¾ acres for £100, maybe to finance the Varney purchase, on 16¾ acres at Withywood, Vere, SW on the King’s Rd, E on Elisha Clarke, N on John Cropp & John Gates, W & NW on GB jnr & 5 negro slaves for 99 years annual rent 1 peppercorn. If George Booth pays £100 to John Ashley by 7/1 next indenture invalid.
Wit Johnson Gerrne, John Ashley jnr Henry Palmer.
Ref 18/51 below and also George Booth 2’s land from the Wellascott purchase also bounded on John Ashley and that left by him to daughter Eliza bounded on John Cropp. This juxtaposition is probably coincidental as this land at Withywood is East of the Rio Minho and the Wellascott land was to the west.

A few months later, George lets[462] the same land to Daniel Smith for 99 years, evidently having paid off the mortgage

In 1688[463]:, George Booth snr & Thomas Bull an agreement over the share farming of some land at Milk River owned by George Booth: Thomas Bull may continue to live for 7 years, where they would Share manuring & labour costs, and split the profits from:  Hogs & fowls, Rum & Rum punch.
George Booth’s livestock – Thomas Bull to make good at the end.

George Booth snr – Thomas Bull 1688

20/110 Dated 6/6/1688 ent 30/7/1688

Indenture that

George Booth has land at Milk River in Clarendon. Agrees that Thomas Bull can continue to live there for 7 years. Both parties to put same number of servants or slaves there and profits from manuring and planting or from selling stock to be split equally

Thomas Bull sells rum, profits to be split

Previous deed shows George Booth giving to Thomas Bull (to be returned at the end of 7 years) 13 Turkeys, 75 dunghill fowls 2 sows and 1 boar.

This must be the Capt Booth land grants. There is no evidence that GB1 had land at Milk River, although George Booth 2 bought land somewhat east of the river from Wellascott shortly before this deed.

Booth shown several maps in this area:
Ogilby 1671 as Capt Booth on a Sugar estate (17N54’ 77W18).
“Bochard and Knowllis” 1684 in the St Jago Savanna area (18N00 77W18).
Moll 1717 shows a Sugar estate in the same position.
Brown 1750/5 shows Sutton in this position.
Bowen 1747 also shows this estate, although somewhat nearer St Maria Gully, with Sutton to the SW.
By Craskell 1763 Andersons are in this position, with a Pen. Booths are on the West bank of the Milk River a few miles further South.
In 1804, Andersons is marked in the a similar position to the Southern part of the 1200 acres. Mrs Booth is marked slightly further south of the boundary road.

Hugh & Elizabeth Gardiner to George Booth – 1687 - WHICH GB?
18/69-51 Ent 25/2/1687
Patent to Joseph Gardner for 150 acres in Clarendon now Vere. Hugh Gardner sells 40 acres to George Booth of Vere for £300, S & W on River Minho E on Highway etc
Plat 1B-11-2-8F155:
Houses shown by river; Withywood S by the River Mino; S Anthony Barroughs, W River Mino, N George Pattison, E Henry Dannett
Snr or Jnr?? Close to the Downer land sold to GB2.

Surveyor George Booth

He appears as the surveyor of a number of plats, from 1675-1689 at least in St Elizabeth, Vere & Clarendon for, inter alia, The Booths & Sinclairs.
This ties in with him dying in the mid 1690’s.

Higman Jamaica Surveyed has a list of Surveyors from 1700

Duties of a surveyor were laid out in an act of 1682. They had to be certified by a panel of 3 other surveyors. They were forbidden from surveying their own land[464].
This probably confirms that Surveyor George was not of the earlier George’s immediate family.

George Booth will of 1694
People mentioned in will:
Wife Elizabeth – left maintenance out of estate while a widow.
Dau Jane b aft 1680
Sons George, John, Thomas & Simon. Joint legatees of his residual estate.
Friend John Parras.
Witness: Aaron Vodey – probably the husband of GB 2’s daughter, Eliza.

George Booth’s will[465] of 1694-5:
Weak & Sick, of Vere
To dau Jane Booth £J400 200 at 15 200 at 21. Maintenance out of profits until married or 21 which shall happen 1st.
To son George £20 annually for life from age 21 until John aged 21
Friend John Parras horse and bedding
To wife Elizabeth maintenance out of profits while a widow.
To sons George Booth, (a dash in the 19th C transcript “record torn” – must be John)_---- Booth, Thomas Booth, Simon Booth rest and residue of estate. Proviso about son John attaining 21, but not transcribed on original – record torn. – References to distribution before John 21. John must be youngest.
..appoint wife and friend John Parras execs in trust until son John is 21
wit Aaron Vodey, Thomas Bartlett & Edward Darling

1/1. Jane (<15 – 1695)

B. aft 1680.
Her father left her £J400, £200 at 15 £200 at 21 and her maintenance out of profits until married or 21 which shall happen 1st.
Mentioned in her brother John Booth’s will 1723.

Married Garry/Cary Bodle, son of John & Elizabeth Bodle, the granddaughter of Dorothy (Wait) Cary Christened 9/7/1683, of John & Elizabeth Bodle; they were probably of St Dorothy.

Jane Bodle – 1746
25/113 dated Ent 3/7/1746
Widow of Clarendon, weak,
To G/children Olive, Mary & Elizabeth daus of Robert & Jane Custin of Clarendon.

1709[466]: Cary Bodle & his wife Jane, the grandson of Dorothy Bodle dcd. Dorothy Bannister, widow, was granted 1100 acres in Clarendon; Dorothy Bannister sold it to Dorothy Wait since Cary of St Dorothy whose will of 1699 left “Rest & Residue” to Cary Bodle, son of her granddaughter, Elizabeth Bodle, widow of John Bodle. Cary Bodle sold it to John Stafford.

1716[467]: Cary Bodle planter of Clarendon, takes out a mortgage with Hugh Crawford & Deane Pyntz merchants of Kingston, for £355/3/6½ on 9 men, 7 women, 27 steers, 11 calves, 2 young bulls, 6 young cow calves, 3 bulls calves, 9 horses, 4 mares, 4 fillies and 130 sheep. £390/13/11 paid off 5/9/1718

1718[468]: John Booth (Cary’s his brother in law) sells for £95 to John Bodle (Cary’s brother) 1/2 of his 1/4 of 1200 ie 150 acres, N on John Booth, S supposed to be William Pusey, E on Ste Maria Gully W on Milk River. The deed refers to George Booth’s will of 1694. A plat is on the wills file.

Deed 1718[469]:
Cary & wife Jane of Clarendon & John Bodle of Vere take mortgage from Peter Beckford on their sugar estate in Clarendon called Bodle’s £3430. Inherited from Dorothy & Elizabeth Bodle. Cary & John brothers.

1723[470]: Cary Bodle exec & brother of etc for John Bodle & Mary widow of John Bodle.
Ref mortgage given by John Bodle to Ralph Rippon 1719 320 acres in Long Bay St E & 125 acres in Clarendon for £600.
Cary Bodle passes it on to Peter Beckford for £750. This land passed through Thomas Booth, son of George Booth 2.

Bodles shown as a pen on the west side of the Colebourne Gully, St Dorothy on Craskell Middlesex, 1763.

Crop return about 1770’s 7/176 Bodles Pen, Clarendon. Prop William Beckford esq 708 hhds, 326 Tierces 301 puncheons.

There are several other deeds around in the indexes, and also some land grants.

PR: Cary Bodle, ch St C 9/7/1683 of John & Elizabeth. 22
Elizabeth Bodle ch St C 9/7/1689, of John & Elizabeth, of St Dorothy.
ELizaabeth Bodle married Charles Harris 6/8/1686, St C, she of St D.
PR Bur St D Cary Bodle’s child 20/11/1722.
PR Bur St D Cary Bodle 25/3/1725.
Cary’s brother John:
John Bodle ch St C 17/3/1717, of John & Elizabeth.
Susannah Boudle, ch Vere 15/7/1714 of John Boudle

2/1. Elizabeth Bodle (John Booth will 1723)

Born abt 1708
Married John Thomas of St Ann

Cary Bodle to John Thomas – 1738
102/40 dated 4/5/1738 ent 5/6/1738
Cary Bodle & John Thomas planters of Clarendon
John Bodle, uncle of Cary Bodle in will left land to Elizabeth Thomas wife of John Thomas as Elizabeth Bodle when 21 or marriage. She now married and 20 years old.
For £10, Cary Bodle as heir at law of John Bodle sells to John Thomas 2 parcels of land in Clarendon, 1 at Cartwheel Savannah of 150 acres purchased by John Bodle from John Booth (in 1718, see deed under John), 2nd in Vere on the road to Withywood Bay & bounding on river Mino and was granted to John Bodle.

Child of John Thomas mentioned by George Booth (d 1769) in his will: probably this family: “Elizabeth Cole, wife of Thomas Cole of St Anns, planter and one of the daughters of John Thomas deceased”
3/1. Elizabeth Thomas, ch Clarendon, 22/8/1736,

married Thomas Cole of St Ann, re GB1769 will.

3/2. Mary Thomas, ch Clarendon, 6/12/1739

Maybe married Robert Cole with daughter in GB1769 will:
Mary Cole, dau of Robert Cole, g/dau of John Thomas

3/3. Jane Thomas, ch Clarendon, 15/3/1742, mar Mr Lloyd

2/2. Jane Bodle (John Booth will 1723)

Married Robert Cousin/Costin: Issue, Jane snr will & PR, Clarendon:
3/1. Olive Cousin, ch 17/6/1738.
3/2. John Cousin, ch 3/11/1739
3/3. Mary Cousin, ch 1/11/1740
3/4. Elizabeth Costin, ch 6/6/1742

2/3. Thomas Bodle – eldest son (John Booth will 1723, GB will 1707)
2/4. George Bodle (ref George will 1707)
2/5. Cary Bodle (<21 1723) (John Booth will 1723)

1/2. Thomas Booth – over 21 in 1694, prob alive in 1717.

The following deeds probably refer to him rather than Thomas Booth (son of GB2):

Thomas Booth to Jeremiah Downer
This may refer to our Thomas Booth because of the Downer connection: Jeremiah would have been Thomas’s 1st cousin’s son, but as GB senior bought part of this land in 1686, it probably refers to GB snr’s son, Thomas.
date 4/1/1708-9 ent 20/4/1710 45/190
Patent 34/79, 7/11/1684, 3365 acres to Robert Varney.
2600 pat on behalf of the inhabitants of Vere & held in common
deed 31/10/1708 ½ to Thomas Booth & wife Mary & they sell to Jeremiah Downer the half for £10.

1714 Deed[471]
John Booth of Vere planter, & Thomas Booth snr of Vere planter, all land of John Booth share agreement for 80 years, 1st 3 to Thomas Booth to work it, next 8 shared etc.

1714 Mortgage between Thomas snr, carpenter of Vere & his wife Mary and John Morant probably refers to Thomas, son of GB2.

Thomas Booth – 1717
The Bodle connection makes it more likely that it refers to Thomas, son of George Booth snr/Capt.
55/189 Dated 18/2/1717 Ent 22/3/1717
TB & wife Mary planter of Vere
& Ralph Rippon of Vere gent
Henry Beck pat 320A in St E on Long Bay Mnts & Jos Tennant
Henry Beck & Wife Ann sell 15/5/1717 160 acres to Thomas Booth NE & E on waste Land SE on Long Bay B Mntns W on Henry Beck.
Thomas Booth sells for £60 to Ralph Rippon
Appears to be an unencumbered sale. This land appears in a deed between Cary Bodle & Peter Beckford whereby Cary, as executor to his brother, passes the mortgage on to Peter Beckford. This deed implies the whole 320 acres passed to Ralph Rippon.

55/88 date 11/11/1717, ent 26/11/1717
Henry Beck sells the other half to Ralph Ripon for £60.

1/3. Simon Booth – over 21 in 1694

PR: Simon Booth bur St Catherine 21/9/1721.

There is some confusion: there appear to have been 2 Simon Booths, both with wives Rebecca! (p115)

1717[472]: George Booth late of Vere father of Simon Booth had land in Vere & Clarendon, esp 1200 acres ... refers to the will & writ of division.
Simon Booth of Vere planter & wife & Rebecca sell for £150 to Francis Scarlett of Clarendon, millwright all his 300 acres at Cartwheel

1719[473]: John Booth & Simon Booth 2 sons of George Booth snr late of Vere have 150 acres or ½ for £20. Noted in another hand “£900” & sell to Thomas Palfreeman, merchant of Vere.
Refers to patent to George Booth snr 300 acres in Clarendon E & S on John Moore EN & N on Road on Cockpit hills and NW on Benjamin Booth & N on unsurveyed & George Booth will 1695

1719[474]: Simon Booth & Rebecca of Vere takes mortgage for £100 from James Dickson of Vere on 12 ¾ acres in Macary Bay N George Booth a minor, E William Gibbons S Daniel Neatherwell land formerly belonging to William Pusey W Thomas Sanderson. If Simon Booth pays James Dickson by 18/2/1721 £100 + 10%pa.
This is probably adjacent to George Booth (d 1769) land.

There were deeds continuing on for Simon & Rebecca, but if the 1721 burial in St Catherine relates to this Simon, they must have been Simon, son of GB2.

1/4. John Booth (<21 – 1695)

The youngest son of George, by inference from GB’s will.
Planter of Clarendon.

1714 Deed[475]: A Thomas Booth snr, planter of Vere, drew up partnership with John Booth to farm John Booth’s land in 1714. It is doubtful of this was GB3, More likely a son of Capt George.

1712[476]: John Booth (uncle), planter of Vere, sells for £129/3/6 paid by George & Henry Downer, guardians to George Booth, a minor & son of George Booth dcd late of Vere 11 ½ acres in Withywood with house & 12 ½ acres on McCary Bay with 12 negroes, 28 sheep, 1 dun horse until 10/9/1715. Discharged 26/5/1719, signed George Vodry & George Downer.
The 11 ½ acres was part of the small 23 acre grant to GB snr. GB minor was John’s nephew.
A later deed (55/16) specifies George Booth’s will of 1694 and this land, confirming this family line.

1714: William Turner & John Booth granted 500 acres[477].

Deed 51/68: writs against George Booth & John Booth by various traders
This is the only John Booth of the right age known, but these are grouped with George Booth, and the only one at this time known was the son of “GB2”:
John Booth planter 5/5/1714 John Stafford shop keeper £26/10/- 5/0/1 ½ Costs
John Booth 2/9/1713, William Hayman surviving Cptner of Samuel Tudman £224 Debt& £4/3/7 ½ costs
John Booth rendition 2/11/1713 John Stafford Merchant, £81/16/3 debt £4/13/7 ½ Costs

1717[478]: George Booth father of John Booth owned 1200 acres of George Booth in Cartwheel Savannah left to 4 sons in will of 20/9/1694. Quotes will. Writ of partition from Supreme Court in 1713 into 4 parts. John Booth has 300A bounds in as in the writ.
John Booth for £86/8/6 sells to George Brooks ½ or 150 Sells 150 to George Brooks pract of Physic & surgery of Vere. W on Milk River, on Henry Tennant dcd on Thomas Brayne esq N on John Carmer esq S on sd John Booth

1717[479]: Tirpartite indenture between John Booth of Vere 1st part, George & Henry Downer, guardians of GB a minor 2nd part, & George Brooks 3rd pt.
From the will & partition of George Booth’s will (as above in 55/15) John Booth has land in Vere 11 ½ acres butting on SE on George Booth minor, W on the river, & Simon Booth, WN on Thomas Booth N Henry Vizard dcd.
John Booth sold the land on 10/9/1712 to George & Henry Downer as guardians to George Booth, a minor. If John Booth paid GHD 129/3/6 by 10/9/1715 +3% pa. John Booth paid this off. JB then sells to George Brooks for £160
This is part of the land in Patent to George Booth snr 11/151 & plat 8F24

1717[480]: John Booth has 12 ½ acres in MacCary Bay EN William Gibbons dcd, S on Simon Booth, W on Thomas Booth, N on George Booth minor. John Booth mortgaged to George & Henry Downer, guardians of George Booth minor, £129/3/6 + 10% pa until 10/9/1715. John Booth in default. Sells absolutely for further £110
George Booth, a minor, g/son of late GB 1696. Refers tp GB 1695 will & writs etc. Ref Deed 48/162.

1717[481]: Ind Btw John Booth of Vere planter & Jasper Handasyd & wife Sara. Arthur Deaners? Father of Sarah, left land & negroes to Sarah & her then husband Jno Harris: all sold to John Booth for £100. He sells back to John Booth for 5/-

1718[482]: Ind btw John Booth Planter of Vere & John Bodle planter of Vere. George Booth will of 1694 left 1200 acres divided between sons. John Booth sells for £95 to John Bodle 1/2 of his 1/4 of 1200 ie 150 acres, N on John Booth, S supposed to be William Pusey, E on Ste Maria Gully W on Milk River

1719[483]: John Booth & Simon Booth 2 sons of George Booth snr late of Vere have 150 acres or ½ for £20. Noted in another hand “£900” & sell to Thomas Palfreeman, merchant of Vere.
Refers to patent to George Booth snr 300 acres in Clarendon E & S on John Moore EN & N on Road on Cockpit hills and NW on Benjamin Booth & N on unsurveyed & George Booth will 1695

John Booth will 1723[484]:
No issue so legacies to sister (which defines who he was):
Sister Jane, married to Cary/Garry Bodle & nephews Cary & Thomas.

Inventory of 1725 amounted to £196, main assets were 7 slaves and was shown by Cary & Jane Bodle.
Mentioned in Brother George’s will.


1/5. George Booth (<21 – 1695)

B. aft 1674, d 1707.

There seems no doubt that George Booth born of George & Milborough Booth in 1707 is the only child of this couple as the George only mentions in his will the unborn child of Milborough. The names and dates tie in too well: the combination of sister Jane & brother John in the will puts this George as son of George above.

Will[485] 1707:
Millwright of Vere.
Wife Milborough (possibly Downer), in child in will 8/5/1706
Brother John Booth
Sister Jane Booth m Mr Bodle, her children Thomas & George.
Brothers George & Harry Downer.

Milborough was possibly the daughter of John & Rebecca Downer: John’s will of 1702[486] left inter alia, sons George & Henry and daughter Milborough, all under 21. It is therefore possible that Mary, 1st wife of GB2 was their aunt.
Their son, George (b 1707-1769) lists 2 nieces:
Milborough Maxwell, wife of Edward and their 2 sons, Henry and George Booth and
Milborough Elrington, wife of Robert in Ireland, and their son John and his sister,
and a sister Mary Letwich, wife of Dr Edward Letwich and widow of Rev Simon Mason.

     These individuals are explained by the mother of George (d 1769), Milborough Booth, who, if the daughter of George Downer, would have been a young widow, remarrying and producing more children, George (d 1769)’s ½ siblings. 
     From the tenuous idea that Simon & Mary Mason had a son, John Golding Mason, Mary might have been a Golding. This has proved to be the case from wills. There is a gap in the Vere records from early 1720 to 1730. There are 2 deeds in the 1730’s transferring land between John Golding and George Booth, reinforcing this idea.
    There is no record of a Mary Golding, but a half sister Mary Golding could well have existed and been married to Simon Mason and had a son John Golding Mason.
    This second family of Milborough Downer/Booth/Golding is laid out in a separate section after this family branch.

Issue of George & Milborough Booth:

   2/1. George Booth, 1707-1769

Vere, of George & Milborough,
b 23/1/1707, ch 24/1/1707. He is probably the child referred to in GB will 1707. His age at burial is correct for this George.
PR: Bur Vere 21/6/1769, aged 62, See his will (PCC 1769).

A George Booth was Member of Assembly for Vere, 1751.

George married Catherine, widow of Thomas Parsons, in the late 1720’s; then in the late 1750’s Elizabeth, widow of John Aldred and finally married Mary (Mumbee) Booth??.

Thomas Parsons in PR:
ch Clarendon 31/3/1706 of Edward & Elizbeth P19
ch Clarendon 31/3/1734 of Thomas & Elizabeth P69
ch St Catherine 10/1/1707 of William & Ann P50

Mary Booth, widow of Vere
20/4/1775  16/252
Mary Booth, to Thomas Hercey Barrett of Vere.
Wife of Samuel, son of Simon son of GB2

Norwood Booth was the son of George & Catherine.

It appears that this George Booth remained in or about Vere, but may have gone to St James for a short period about 1730. It is known from his will that he was a man of substance and could therefore have been a member of the assembly for Vere. No mention is made in his will of children, but it seems unliley that he remained celebate until his late marriage to Mary: no other children are mentioned in his will.
It seems likely that he was married before to a Catherine:

1st Marriage:
There is a deed between a George & his wife Catherine and John Golding in 1730. John Golding was George’s step-father, so this adds to the probablility that George’s 1st wife was Catherine, widow of Thomas Parsons, so these could be his possible issue:

3/1. Milborough Booth, ch 9/10/1732, Vere, of George
3/2. Edward Booth, ch 10/9/1734, Clarendon, of George & Catherine.
There is no further trace, either in the parish or in George’s will, of Catherine and these 2 children, so they probably died early:

Norwood Booth, will 1761, wife Grace of Vere.
Grace Booth, widow, mar The Revd John Lindsay both of Vere 6 May 1762 (PR).
Son of George & Catherine Booth (re deed 174/160).

1757[487]: Samuel Gravett Booth & his wife Milborough of Vere sell land to Grace Booth wife of Norwood Booth. 
Now 17/3/1755 Samuel Gravett Booth sold to Jonathan Gale of Vere his part of 2 pieces of land in Vere
1st 179.5A formerly belonging to Elizabeth Sutton S on the sea, N on Jeremiah Downer now in poss of Moses Alvarez and said Samuel Gravett Booth, E & Ely on property late of Simon Booth esq now John Pusey, W on Samuel Booth dcd
2nd 10A being ½ of 20A N on Samuel Gravett Booth formerly Grays, S on John Pusey, E on heirs of Tristram Ratcliff and Booth and Read & W on John Pusey
Milborough was under age at the first deed but now is 21 & Jonathan Gale died leaving all to wife Grace who remarried Norwood Booth. For £475/5 from George & Milborough Booth, sell remainder to Grace Booth.

173/62-150 Norwood Booth & William Ever date 13/7/1758 ent 4/11/1758 Release of judgement debt recovered against Norwood Booth as Exec of Jonathan Gale dcd £597/0/7d

Thomas Parsons – 1724
17/179 1724 24/1/1727 ent 11/6/1729
of Vere planter
To wife Katherine Parsons 5 negroes & horses for widowhood
to unborn child £600 at 21, if male ½ estste
Rest to son William Parsons.
If child dies then to kinsmen John, William & Henry Hicks, minors and sons of kinsman William Hicks.

The unborn must have been Thomas Parsons will of 1757.
Thomas Parsons – 1757
Will 30/220-206 1754. 24/3/1756 10/2/1757
Thomas Parsons planter of Vere
Wife Elizabeth if in child, all estate
Elizabeth £200 pa out of estate in lieu of dower

Mother Catherine Booth wife of George Booth esq negroes
“father-in-law” George Booth, brother Norwood Booth

Gale to George Booth – 1755
148/177-187 29/6/1752 18/11/1752
William Gale & Robert Sayers of Vere execs of late Hon John Gale of Vere esq, dcd, sell to George Booth esq of Vere for £250 140 A NW on Kemps Savanna, S on John Durrant, W on Carter, E on ________ which land was pat by Robert Bridgrove(?).

George Booth To John Aldred – 1755
159/152-375: 1/9/1755, 5/9 1755
9/11/1744: George & Mary McKenzie of Clarendon sells to John Alred, Practitioner of Physick & surgery, Richard Cargill & Robert Sayers planters all of Vere the 1st 2 parcels in 159-389,
Same date, Arthur & Mary McKenszie sells the 2nd 2 parcels in St James to Aldred, Cargill & Sayers
Same Date, Tristram Ratcliffe sells 2 parcels of 300 A in 389.. Alexander & Peter McKenzie and McLoed & Arthur McKenzie
All the lands as Joint Tennants in Common between the 3 and never divided. All 3 dead
13/5/1749, John Aldred & Elizabeth sold to Ennis Read 330 A in Vere, E on Robert Smtih & Richard Mugy, SE & S on U/S, N on John Durrant
Also 50 A in Vere, E on last parcel of land, E&N on Thomas Dickenson
Also ½ of 100 A on McCary Bay to Elizabeth Aldred from her g/parents Howard & Elizabeth Egan
Also 60A near Smokey Hole in Clarendon
14/5/1748: conveys back to the Aldreds.
16/8/1748: mortgage btw Aldred and William Dawkins esq of St Catherine, 600A in Vere, E on Richard Mugy & Kings Rd, S on Hon Jon Gale, called Knights, W on Lady Elizabeth Home, commonly called Laws, and John Durrant Pat, W on Pye Corner.
Aldreds took out anther Mortgage with George Booth,

John Aldred dies 10/8/1749 and leaves all to Elizabeth Aldred with George Booth as exec.
George Booth gives Elizabeth £5000 at this time.

George Booth to Elizabeth Aldred – 1755
159/389 Dated 2/9/1755 ent 5/9/1755
This indenture ...
George Booth of Vere esquire sells Elizabeth Aldred of Vere widow for £5000:
For her life:
50 acres at Kemps and half of 100 acres at McCary Bay with 11 slaves.
For ever:
his 1/3 share of 1200 acres in 4 lots of 300 acres in St James and
330 acres in Vere and 64 slaves.
600 acres in Vere (near Pye Corner) and 60 slaves, 100 mares & 2 asses; these subject to a £3000 mortgage dated 16/8/1748 (not available, but described in 161/299) between John & Elizabeth Aldred & William Dawkins, and a further mortgage 19/11/1748 (prob 134/163, not available) between George Booth & John Aldred (seems to be grantee, ie JA sells to GB).
All this land and stock were conveyed to George Booth by Elizabeth Aldred the day before this deed (158/152?).
George Booth to pay Elizabeth Aldred an annuity of £250 pa for her life: if he does so, the sale of assets in the body of the deed does not happen, but if he defaults, Elizabeth gains possession of everything.

The 50 acres at Kemps: easterly on George Booth, westerly on Benjamin Mumbee and the heirs of Samuel Booth northerly on John Durrant and southerly on George Booth

The 100 acres at McCary Bay: north west on George Lee east and south east on the said George Lee and south west on Thomas Sutton esquire

The St James land, 4 runs of 300 acres:
West northerly on Joseph Tichell north and east on unsurveyed land and south on Tristram Ratcliffe;
West and north on unsurveyed land east on the said Joseph Tichell west southerly on Arthur McKenzie & south on the said Tristram Ratcliffe and west on John McLoad north on unsurveyed land south easterly on the said George McKenzie and south on the Arthur McKenzie;
North on Arthur and George McKenzie east on unsurveyed land south on Alexander and Peter McKenzie and west on Archibald Minnies;
North on John McLeod and Arthur McKenzie east in the said Tristram Ratcliffe south on Thomas and Peter McKenzie and west on unsurveyed land;

The 330 acres in Vere: easterly on Robert Smyth and Richard Magg copartners south easterly on land unsurveyed southerly by the same west and north westerly on John Durrant;

The 600 acres in Vere bounding easterly on land patented by Richard Magg and his copartners and the Kings Road southerly in the land of the Honourable John Gale esq commonly called Knights westerly on land of the Lady Elizabeth Hume commonly called Laws Land and land patented by John Durrant and northerly on Pye Corner Common

Was this him? Location of land bordering Henry Booth dcd makes it probable that he was the “main” family branch (GB3) rather than this one, although the 2 deeds being entered on the same day points towards them both being the same George: the second deed relates to an estate that this GB had towards Portland point, east of Salt Savanna.

George Booth From Samuel Clarke – 1753
162/31 Date 11/8/1753 ent 29/8/1755
Samuel Clark for £20 sells to George Booth of Vere 10A E on heirs of Henry Vizard, S on heirs of Henry Booth dcd, W Kings Rd, N in possession of said George Booth

George Booth From Edward Morant – 1752
162/31 Date 1/8/1752 ent 29/8/1755 Philip Roberts 21/2/1734 sold to John Morant father of Edward Morant 2 parcels: 1 200A near Portland in  Vere N on Derrick Barr, W on Col Robert Varney, S on Philip Roberts, E on Richard Dumis dcd being part of 600 A on NW side of Portland, other 30A at Portland S on Said 600 Varney land W on Varney Phillips, N on Heathcote & Jackson. Edward Moran inherits and sells for £230 to George Booth.

George Booth from Thomas Parsons
163/47 21/4/1756, 8/2/1757
Ind btw Thomas & Elizabeth Parsons, planter of Vere esq & George Booth esq OTP
Now 13/11/1751, George & Mary McKenzie of Clarendon & Arthur & Mary McKenzie of 1st, William & Richard Beckford of 2nd & Thomas Parsons of 3rd pt. the McKenzies conveyed to Thomas Parsons with consent of Beckford lands.
Thomas & Elizabeth Parsons granted by ind of mortgage the lands to William Beckford
Principle not paid.
George Booth pays Thomas Parsons £1000 subject to Thomas Parsons paying the mortgage to William Beckford, for the lands
245 acres part of a pen near Carlisls Bay formerly bounding W on Roger Jackson by  line of division, N on Richard Ennis and Elizabeth Fisher, NE waste land, SW on William Cooke, which lands were formerly conveyed by John Heathcote to Peter Beckford
And ½ a parcel in Vere of 136 A N on Roger Jackson & ___ Moses Cardoso,

169/161-299 1757 George Booth Elizabeth Parsons
George Booth & Norwood sell slave as execs.

George Booth to Thomas Metcalf – 1758
174/159 5/8/58 15/12/1758
George & Catherine booth of Vere esq for £300 from Thomas Metcalf, schoolmaster of Vere for land called Cart Wheels in Clarendon S on Joseph Whetherby, E on Madam Carever in England, N on heirs of Edward Pennant W on Milk River cont 300 A
George Booth to Norwood Booth – 1758
174/160 5/8/58 19/12/58
George & Catherine Booth esq Norwood Booth of Vere planter.
Thomas Parsons will of 24/3/1756 left to his unborn child all his estate, wife Elizabeth £200, If child dies without issue, 2 slaves to honoured mother Catherine Booth. Norwood Booth described as Thomas Parsons’s brother in Thomas Parsons’s will.

Norwood Booth to George Booth – 1758
182/100 5/8/1758 11/7/1760
Norwood Booth & Grace of Vere planter
5/12/1756 George & Catherine Booth gave Norwood Booth ½ of estates negros stock etc for his life.
same date as this George & Catherine Booth convey to Norwood Booth all Thomas Parsons’s estate
Norwood Booth sells for 10/- ½ of Salt Savannah Estate (sugar) total 100 acres back to George & Catherine Booth.
E on Salt Savannah, Mary Wright, Thomas Parsons, John Golding, Messrs bayly & Co, S on Thomas Roberts esq dcd & John Pusey W on Ennis Read & Kings Rd N on John Pusey, Kings Rd & Laws. & 113 slaves.

Norwood Booth to Daniel Nunes – 1759
180/69 11/9/59, 17/10/1759
Norwood & Grace Booth esq of Vere for £50 from Daniel Numes, planter of Vere for 10 Acres on Carlisle bay.

George Booth to Thomas Marchant – 1761
190/55-126 dated 8/7/1761 ent 19/9/1761
George Booth esq of Vere 1st pt
Isaac Furtado of Kingston merchant 2nd pt
Thomas & Edward Marchant planters of Vere 3rd
Whereas John & Elizabeth Aldred Practitioner of Physick of Vere sold 16/8/17 48 by way of mortgage to William Dawkins 600A in Vere E on Richard Mugg pat & Kings Rd, S on Hon John Gale esq called Knights, W on Lady Elizabeth Home called Laws Land Pat by John Durrant, N on Pye Corner. John Aldred died 10/7/49 leaving to Elizabeth who by indenture 1/9/1755 sold to George Booth the 600 acres subject to the mortgage.
And Henry Dawkins heir of his brother James Dawkins dcd who was heir of William Dawkins by ind 13/4/1758 sell Isaac Furtado the mortgage.
Marchants agree to buy part of 600A for £682 to George Booth & 10/- to Isaac Furtado 102 acres at Bay McCary SE S & SW on road leading to Bay McCary W&S on TM N NW and NE on heirs of Ann Prance dcd N&NE on part of the same run sold at the same time to Robert Richard Huggins W on Hon Elizabeth Countess of Stone and NE on land in poss of Dr David Cunningham
Indemnified by mortgage 20/10/1757 by George Booth and William Gale and Edward Morant
Plat in Wills File

George Booth to Richard Robert Huggins – 1761
190/148 dated 26/6/1761 ent 25/9/1761
As for 190/126
Richard Robert Huggins planter of Vere for £572 to George Booth & 10/- to Isaac Furtado buy 81 acres W, N & NW Elizabeth Stone, N on George Booth esq, NW & N on heirs of James Huggins dcd S & SW on part of said run to Marchants & NE on Dr David Cunningham
Plat in Wills File

George Booth to Charles Kelsall – Aldred Mar Settlement – 1759
185/85 31/1/1759 ent 20/1/1761
George Booth of Vere esq Elizabeth Aldred of St Catherine widow and Charles Kelsall of St Catherine
Consideration of marriage intended to be btw George Booth and Elizabeth Aldred and jointure for Elizabeth Aldred
Settles Salt Savannah estate in trust for 99 yrs for Elizabeth Aldred’s life then reverts to George Booth’s estate.

Grace Booth Re Gale Estate – 1761
185/50 19/1/1761 20/1/1761
Grace Booth wid & exec of Norwood Booth dcd also acting exec & residuary legatee of Jonathan Gale late of Vere dcd the former husband of Grace Booth and which said Jonathan Gale was one of the joint legatees of his father John Gale of Vere and also one of the legatees of Elizabeth Morant of Vere widow
And William Gale of other part.
Ind 16/9/1755 btw William Gale & Elizabeth and Sd Jonathan Gale and Henry Dawkins and Edward Morant, all dcd by 1761.
Re lands in St Elizabeth Sarah Gale widow of John Gale. Complicated deed re lands of Dickenson in St Elizabeth.

ST Elizabeth Black River Church:
MI: .. Elizabeth dau of Hon John Gale and Elizabeth his wife, who died 30 April 1761 in the 34th year of her age, husband Daniel McGilchrist.

Jonathan Gale, grantee in St E
Jonathan his son (also wife & dau Eleanor)
Jonathan his son
Henry Gale his son (1737-1767) Custos & Col of St E.

Grace Bowman to Edward Smith – 1759
186/50 20/12/1759 20/2/1761
Grace Bowman spin of Vere & Samuel Nevil Hayle Bowman & Beathia planter of Vere and Edward Smith gent of Vere
Samuel Nevil Hayle left to Grace Bowman 300 acres in Smokey hole in Clarendon E on path S on Thomas Stone W on John Sutton N on John Hayle during her life and then to his sons Nevil and Samuel Hayle
Grace Bowman etc sell ½ to Edward Smtih for 20/- and next day Edward Smtih sells it to James Smith for £70 to Grace Bowman etc.

George Booth to John Vodry – 1759
186/148  2/2/1759 ent 17/6/1761
George Booth & Elizabeth of Vere esq for 5/- from John Vodry esq of St Catherine to reconvey several lands etc to George Booth, 121A called Two Mile Wood in St Catherine part of patent by Joseph Hicer? for 140A but found to be 173A, NW on George Hollowfileds, W on Hersie Barrett SE on Savanna not taken up,, E on a gully  joining the Town Savanna but now bounding E by the town gully, SE by Col Dawes 12 acres Thomas Potts and Edward Simmonds W by “Hersi” Barrett and Richard Hemmings now Gibberts Pen
Two Mile Wood St Catherine on Craskell Middx N17.54  W77.0
Reverses the next day, without detailed reading, it is not obvious why.

2nd has extra:
..it shall be lawful for George Booth & Elizabeth etc for ever peaceably & quietly to have and to hold use occupy possess and enjoy the said hereby granted bargained and sold lands slaves and premises ... without lett suit trouble hindrance denial eviction or interruption of the said JV etc or any other person etc claiming or deriving by from or under him them or any of them and that free and clear and freely and clearly and absolutely acquitted exonerated  and discharged of and from all former other gifts grants bargainbs sales leases .. whatsoever had made committed done or unwittingly .. by John Vodry etc

Simon Booth from Edward Maxwell
180/79 3/11/1759, ent 2/2/1760
28/9/1759 Edward Maxwell of Vere bought from Anthony Langley Swymmer of StiE lands, which Edward Maxwell & Milborough mortgaged to Zach Bayly. Simon Booth the younger with agreement of Zach Bayly for £1400 buys 2 parcels from Edward Maxwell
1st 500A SW on Sea E on partition formerly to Thomas Sutton by now John Gall Booth, a minor, NE on Cobb & Williscott pat & George Manning, NW on Edward Maxwell,
2nd 72A N & NE on Simon Booth the elder & George Manning & all other sides by the Kings Rd.
Plat in Wills File

Edward Maxwell to Zachary Bayly
188/141 dated 7/8/1761 ent 29/8/1761
Edward Maxwell planter of Vere & Milborough & Zachary Bayly of Kingston
Lord Ward & wife of Birmingham Emgland
Edward Maxwell mortgages land called Swymmers to Zachary Bayly on McCary Bay for £3000
They sell for £550 200A at Milk River to Lord Ward part of Swymmers Pen.

Grace Booth from Elizabeth Eve
188/113 dated 1/7/1761 ent 25/8/1761
Jonathan Gale esq of Vere by his will left to Elizabeth Eve, wife of Will Eve planter of Vere, £100
Now Elizabeth Eve of Vere widow has received from Grace Booth as exec of will £100.

Grace Booth to George Booth

189/1 dated 11/4/1761 ent 27/6/1761
Grace Booth widow of Vere
George Booth esq of Vere
Agreement 7/3/1761, Grace has estate of Norwood and agrees to convey to George all Norwood Booth’s estate escept therein excepted. Plantation or sugar works.
Indenture formalises the agreement.

George Booth from Thomas Parker – 1761

190/194-200 dated 8/5/1760 ent 13/2/1762
Assumes this George!!

Thomas Parker gent of Kingston John Parker of St Catherine gent & William Parker of St Catherine gent & Mary his wife & Sarah Booth widow
George Booth esq of Vere
Parker’s & Sarah Booth for £180 from George Booth sell 97A in St John part of 790A E on Catherine Rugley, N unk, S&W on John & William Parker,
Plat in Wills file.

George Booth to Henry Goulbourne & Mary Booth
190 93/198 dated 9/12/1761 ent 13/2/1762
George Booth esq of Vere
Mary Booth widow 2nd
Henry Goulbourne esq of Vere 3rd
Marraige shortly btw George Booth and Mary Booth for settling a jointure for her life
George Booth sells to in trust Mary Booth & Henry Goulbourne Salt Savanna plantation 1100 acres E on Salt Savanna, Mary Wright, Thomas Parsons, John Golding and Messrs Bayly & Co; S on heirs of Thomas Roberts esq dcd and John Pusey; W on Ennis Read and Kings Rd; N on Kings Rd John Pusey & John Lewis
Provisons and agreements:
If Mary Booth survives George Booth for life annually £300, subject to mortgage with Henry Parker

1762[488]: probably this George who was a trustee for Thomas Hercey Barrett & Eleanor Booth’s marriage settlement.

George Booth From Zach Bayly – 1762
197/167 date 17/6/63 ent 17/7/1763
re lands from estate of Lewis 37A in Salt Savanna sold by Zach Baily to George Booth

George Booth To Benjamin Bird – 1762
197/13 Date 22/5/1762 ent 18/12/1762
George & Mary Booth esq of Vere sells to Benjamin Bird Wheelwright for £200 100A near Portland, Vere, N on Salt Savanna E on late John Mackway & S on Thomas Jackson & W on heirs of John Morant dcd.

George Booth To John Vodry – 1763

202/107 Sep-16 Date 9/12/1763 ent 16/12/1763 George & Mary Booth sell to John Vodry slaves for 5/- 21, next deed 10th sells back to George & Mary Booth expressly saying that Mary shall have ownership of the slaves if she outlives George Booth.


George Booth From William Gale – 1764

204/95 Date 20/2/1764 ent 13/6/1764.

William Gale of Vere esq. By mortgage 15/11/1751 Thomas & Elizabeth Parsons of Vere & William Beckford Thomas Parsons for £6810 for 245A at Withywood & 2 plot of 82.5A  & 90A near Rio Minho, 23, 50, 41.75, 61.25 A & foot land at Mitchells hole & 1/2 of 136, 287, 64 & 200A. George Booth takes over lands 1757 Thomas Parsons dcd William Gale executor, George Booth pays off mortgage & gets lands.


George Booth To John Linday – 1764

204/139 Date 6/6/1764 ent 25/6/1764. George Booth esq & Rev John & Grace Lindsay of Vere for £1500 several parcels of land totalling 191 acres S side of road to Bogue Pen.

George Booth To Aaron Baruch Lousada – 1764

206/13 Sep-16 Date 23/6/1764 ent 13/7/1764.

Thomas Parsons 1756 conveyed 245A in Vere near Carlise Bay also 1/2 of 136A in Vere also George Booth has 1000A bounding E on Salt Savvanna etc, called Salt Savanna subjet to marriage settlement to Mary Booth for £300 pa. George Booth owes Aaron Lousada £4982/15/9; Aaron Lousada agrees to lend further sum of £17317/4/3. Carlisle Bay: 31 men £2130, 33 women £2310, 12 boys in field, £330, Child 5 for £150, works £3K, 30 horses £360, 10 mules £300, 24 steers working £288, 20 mares & jack ass £300, 50 head breeding cattle at Portland, 1/2 of the herd with Roger Jackson £300. At Salt Savanna: 70 slaves £3570, Large Boys 9 £370, Boys & girls 45 at abt £70 each, 15 smaller @ abt 30, 50 mules £1500, 80 steers £960, 40 mares £500, 50 head breeding cattle £180/£3140  Deed has fuller boundary description, but too much to copy!

George Booth From Olivia Ashburne – 1765

213/77 Sep-16 Date 4/3/1765 ent 31/7/1765 Olivia Ashburne of Vere for 5/- to George Booth 1/6th of 32 acres in Vere.


George Booth From Henry Smallwood – 1765

213/205 Sep-16 Re Henry Smallwood of St Mary, son of Thomas Smallwood of Vere.

Benjamin Booth To John Woolfreys – 1767

223/142 Date 2/1767, 5/11/1767. Refers to Benjamin & Elizabeth Booth of London, she the niece of Mary Smallwood widow of Kingston, will of 10/1760 left all to Elizabeth Booth.

George Booth To Aaron Lousada – 1765

213/189 Sep-16 Conv, 5/3/1766 ent 2/6/1766

Conveyance of lands in Vere refers to mortgage - long doc not copied.


George Booth To Aaron Lousada – 1765

214/2 Sep-16 Art Agree GB & ABL to work as mates. Refers to mortage for £7000.


George Booth To Aaron Lousada – 1765

214/6 Sep-16 Conv Land, mortgage for £7000 on 10+ plot of land in Vere & Clarendon - as usual too complicated to detail, 1765.


George Booth From Benjamin Bird – 1763

215/188 Sep-16 Date 4/6/1763 ent 8/4/1766

Benjamin & Elizabeth Bird  of Vere, wheelwright, sells to George Booth esq for £200 at Portland in Vere 100A N on Salt Savanna E on George Booth, S on Roger Jackson, W on George Booth.


George Booth To Grace Booth – 1761

215/191 Sep-16 Date  7/4/1761 ent 9/4/766.

Release, Norwood died owing George Booth substantial sums, Grace Booth inherits and settles the debts with slaves.

George Booth To Robert Richard Higgins – 1766

221/17 Sep-16 Dated 30/6/1766 ent 4/9/1766.

George Booth esq of Vere, Isaac Fuertado Merchant of Kingston & Robert Richard Huggins gent of Vere. Whereas 16/8/1748 Btw John & Elizabeth Aldred sell to William Dawkins esq 600A in Vere E on Richard Mugg and ptner and Kings Rd, S on Knights, W on Lady Hume & John Durrant N on Pye Corner Common. Whereas the equity of redemnption vested in George Booth and assigned to Isaac Fuertado & whereas Robert Richard Huggins agreed with George Booth fo absolute purchase of 172A part of the 600A vested to Isaac Fuertado. For £1000 to George Booth & 10/- to Isaac Fuertado, 172A to Robert Richard Huggins.

George Booth From Ennis Jnr Read – 1768

227/7-22 Sep-16 Date 16/10/1767 ent 26/11/1767.

Ennis Read jnr planter of Vere & George & Mary Booth esq of Vere. Whereas 14/9/67 Ennis Read Snr & jnr sold to George & Mary Booth 20A in Vere E on George Booth, S on Henry Goulbourne, W on Kings Rd, N on Henry Dawkins. This deed ratifies Ennis Read jnr.

George Booth To John Osborne – 1768

228/170 Sep-16 Date 29/9/1763 ent 22/9/1768

George Booth esq of Vere sells to George Osbourne planter of Vere for £20 4a at Salt Savanna E on William unn, S on Catherine Burcas & John Buckner W&N on George Osbourne & Mary Wright

2nd Marriage:
Vere, 10/12/1761 Booth George esq & Mary Booth (she a widow, both OTP)
Mary Booth, widow of Samuel Booth, who died 1760, son of George (will 1702).
Mary dau of Benjamin Mumbee.
Benjamin Mumbee bur Vere 24/9/1756, will 1757[489] confirms the legacies.
Bur 23/12/1774, Vere, Mrs Mary Booth.

He left £1000 to the Lousada’s in his will: they subsequently owned Carlisle Estate.


Mumbee’s, to wife for ever: ...those two pieces or parcells of Land in Vere 
the first twenty eight acres bounding on William Pusey esquire towards the east to the lands of Ennis Read?? Esquire towards the south to the King’s Highway there towards the west and to the lands of the heirs of Henry Goulbourn deceased towards the north.
and the other piece thirty five acres bounding to the King’s Highway there towards the East to the Lands of Ennis Read esquire towards the south to the Lands of the heirs of Henry Goulbourn deceased towards the north and to the lands of Henry Beal towards the west.
This is probably part of the land of Mumbee marked on Craskell south east of Alley Church.

Millikin’s to wife for ever: two parcels of Land lately purchased of Benjamin Millikin and Thomas Bond and which were purchased by them of Samuel Booth and Mary his wife and Thomas Wilson and Lydia his wife called Millikin’s
the first of three hundred and twenty acres bounding to the lands of Robert Richard Huggin (RH in deed 81/91) towards the east to the Lands of Lady Hume? Towards the south and west and then to the king’s Highway there towards the north
Blackwall: and the other pieces of land containing by estimation ten acres called Blackwall (no bounds given)
Milliken shown on Craskell just south of Alley church, between Booth & Mumbee. These probably disappeared into Moneymusk by 1804

Spanish Town to wife for ever: “my dwelling house” and pen bought from Archibald Sinclair. The pen may be Sinclair to the south of Spanish Town towards Compeach Gut.

Taylers Mention of in Vere (my other dwelling house) – contents to wife. Craskell shows this on the eastern side of the road north from Alley Church. This may have been part of Chesterfield.

land to Simon Partridge twenty acres bounding to my own lands towards the east to the lands of William Pusey esquire on the south to the lands of Ennis Read esqr towards the west and to the King’s Highway there towards the north 

George Booth from Ennis Read
190/93-196 7/8/1761 ent 13/2/1762
Ennis Read esq of Vere for £1320 from George Booth sell 70A NE&&S on George Booth; W on Kings Rd

Chesterfield – all to Henry Parker.
Legacies of British Slave-ownership: Biography of George Booth, d 1769:

Owner of Chesterfield estate in Jamaica, which he bequeathed to Henry Parker (q.v., died 1787). He was probably the uncle of Henry Parker - as Booth's will leaves a legacy to his niece Milborah [sic] Maxwell, mother of Henry Maxwell and George Booth Maxwell, and Henry Parker's will leaves a legacy to his nephews Henry Maxwell and George Booth Maxwell.

Kemp’s Savannah – half lands at KS to Henry Parker.
These 2 to Henry Parker for life and then his son.

Salt Savannah between Henry & George Booth Maxwell, life interest, then to their sons. This was all acquired by James Wildman, who remained there until 1840.
they also inherit ½ the Kemps Savanna Land.

Mentioned in deeds of 1717 as George Booth, a minor, son of GB dcd, referred to by his uncle John.

1712[490]: John Booth (uncle), planter of Vere, sells for £129/3/6 paid by George & Henry Downer, guardians to George Booth, a minor & son of George Booth dcd late of Vere 11 ½ acres in Withywood with house & 12 ½ acres on McCary Bay with 12 negroes, 28 sheep, 1 dun horse until 10/9/1715. Discharged 26/5/1719, signed George Vodry & George Downer.
The 11 ½ acres was part of the small 23 acre grant to GB snr. A later deed (55/16) specifies George Booth’s will of 1694 and this land, confirming this family line.

1717[491]: John Booth has 12 ½ acres in MacCary Bay EN William Gibbons dcd, S on Simon Booth, W on Thomas Booth, N on George Booth minor. John Booth mortgaged to George & Henry Downer, guardians to George Booth, a minor, the grandson of late George Booth (will of 1696) £129/3/6 + 10% pa until 10/9/1715. John Booth in default so sells absolutely for a further £110
Ref Deed 48/162.

A George Booth was a member of the assembly for Vere, 1751.[492]

1730[493]: This may be him.
George & Catherine Booth of Vere, planter sell to Richard Goulbourn planter of Vere for £5 32 acres Vere NE on Richard Higgins dcd & sd George Booth, ES on Valentine Barriffe & S George Iberly, W on Nevil Hayle, & WN on the King’s Rd & sd Nevil Hayle, also 13 negroes
For £10 the land sold back to the Booths dated 17/1/1729-30 Ent 7/4/1730.

1730[494]: Mary Hart of Vere widow & relict of John Hart of Vere, for J£5 sells to George Booth, planter of Vere, 48½ acres of land in Vere E on Thomas Johnson & Taylor Hart, S on David Olyphant esq, and sd George Booth, W on Richard Huggins cd and Robert Jerrom and N on the Kings Rd and the land of Elizabeth Collier widow.
This is probably him: Millikins in his will bounded on Richard Huggins.

John Hart – 1727
17/109 Date Ent 18/5/1727
Planter of Vere
To wife Mary Land E on William Dunn, S Taylor Hart, W on my land, N on Thomas Macey dcd. For Life, after to my sister Elizabeth Hart or my brother Taylor Hart or George Osbourne son of William & Mary Osbourne.

1730[495]: George Golding & Elinor of Vere, planter for J£300 sell George Booth of Vere 100 acres in Vere, N on John Hart dcd, S on Valentine Barriff & Thomas Johnson E on Salt Savanna, W on sd George Booth.
In 1763, Golding shown in Clarendon to the N of St Ann’s Gully.

The 2 1730 plots look to be conjoined and roughly where Salt Savanna Estate became.

1739[496]: John Golding of Vere, planter, For 5/- John Golding conveys 2 plots of land & some negroes to George Booth of Vere planter & wife Catherine, 1st parcel being 98 ¾ acres in Vere SE on No 1 N on Col Ivy dcd SW on Martin Golding & W on no 3. Other parcel 98 acres in Vere SW on Thomas Roberts, N on George Ivy esq dcd, SE on No 2 & a number of slaves.
Another deed a day later conveys these assests back to John Golding, who may have been his step-father.

1741[497]: Thomas Jackson, planter of Vere, sells George Booth esq of Vere for £57 57½ acres in Salt Savanna N on John Golding, W on William Jackson, S on John Morant & William Pusey and E on Thomas Jackson

This deed[498], 1757-65 may refer to him:
George Booth snr esq of Vere sells to Henry Ashbourne esq of Vere 71 slaves (named) to value £J2600

1740 George Booth granted[499] 600 acres at Spring Garden, then in St Elizabeth, probably later St James and in Trelawney by 1785. On an Estate Map (T273) described as being part of Salt Savanna Estate by 1785, indicating that this is the correct George. It can be located with good accuracy by the rivers, both on the patent and the later estate map in what is was later Trelawney.
Now looks to be rough cultivated land on Google Earth. It can be accurately positioned by reference to the rivers, and appeared to be mainly in a fairly cultivable area. Centered on N18°18’ W77°34’.
This land presumably was part of the Salt Savannah bequest to the Maxwells.
The 2 contiguous plots:
N on Unsurveyed, E on own land, S on Edward Francis, W on Mathew Gregory & Richard Mitchell.
N on unsurveyed, E on Mouth River & unsurveyed, S on Edward Francis & William Hicks, W on own land.

1816 Trelawney: Turnbull, Mark, Spring-Garden 58/17.

George Booth from John Golding
164/83 Date 21/2/1756 ent 24/5/1756
John Golding planter of Vere for £1500 from George Booth sells
Cedar Grove, Salt Savanna 100A N&W on George Booth, S on Kings Rd leading to Portland, E on Daniel Clark & George Booth.

Booth – Goulboure 1754
158/281 Deed 6/9/1754, probate 1/10/1754 ent 1/11/1754
George Booth to George Downer Goulbourn Release of all claims & demands
whatsoever consideration of 5/-

George Booth to Thomas Marchant – 1761
190/55-126 dated 8/7/1761 ent 19/9/1761
George Booth esq of Vere 1st pt
Isaac Furtado of Kingston merchant 2nd pt
Thomas & Edward Marchant planters of Vere 3rd
Whereas John & Elizabeth Aldred Practitioner of Physick of Vere sold 16/8/17 48 by way of mortgage to William Dawkins 600A in Vere E on Richard Mugg pat & Kings Rd, S on Hon John Gale esq called Knights, W on Lady Elizabeth Home called Laws Land Pat by John Durrant, N on Pye Corner. John Aldred died 10/7/49 leaving to Elizabeth who by indenture 1/9/1755 sold to George Booth the 600 acres subject to the mortgage.
And Henry Dawkins heir of his brother James Dawkins dcd who was heir of William Dawkins by ind 13/4/1758 sell Isaac Furtado the mortgage.
Marchants agree to buy part of 600A for £682 to George Booth & 10/- to Isaac Furtado 102 acres at Bay McCary SE S & SW on road leading to Bay McCary W&S on TM N NW and NE on heirs of Ann Prance dcd N&NE on part of the same run sold at the same time to Robert Richard Huggins W on Hon Elizabeth Countess of Stone and NE on land in poss of Dr David Cunningham
Indemnified by mortgage 20/10/1757 by George Booth and William Gale and Edward Morant. Plat in Wills file.

George Booth to Henry Goulbourne – 1762
194/37 datd 20/6/1762 ent 28/6/1762
George Booth & Mary Esq of Vere for £1170 from Henry Goulbourne esq of Vere sells 12 acres in Vere with ½ a dwelling house and office houses thereon known as Bett’s and is now in the occupation of Henry Goulbourne WS on Kings Rd from the Church to Salt Savanna; S on land of sd George Booth, E on John Pusey esq, NS&E on sd Henry Goulbourne particularly laid off from a large parcel of land lately belonging to Benjamin Mumbee esq dcd. Plat shows line through house, past negro houses and cook house. Plat in Wills File.

George Booth to Ann Ryves
195/52-107 dtaed 9/2/1762 ent 23/9/1762
George Booth 1st pt Ann Ryves of St Catherine wife of John Ryves in Britain 2nd Richard Welsh 3rd
For £2000 part of the separate money & estate of Ann Ryves to George Booth & 10/- by Richard Welsh to George Booth
sells 145 acres in St Catherine being part of a land pat by Joseph Slice and Joel While for 149A found to be 173A NW on George Hollyfield, W Hersie Barratt, SE not taken & S on gully joining to the Town Savanna and also 97A mountain land in St John part of 797A
Upon Trust for Ann Ryves with Richard Welsh for her use.

Sarah Booth to Charles Kelasll – 1762
196/55-111 dated 20/9/62 ent 29/11/62
Sarah Booth relict of Henry Booth for $40 from Charles Kelsall late of St Catherine now of Britain, Sarah Booth quits claim of Dower on land in St Dorothy purchased by Charles Kelsall from heirs of Henry Booth
Ref 183/90.

Salt Savanna Estate:
From a survey for the Assembly, sold btw 1772-1775[500], probably to the Maxwells as in George’s will, Henry Maxwell still of Salt Savanna (& Scotland) in 1830.

1811: Wildman, James, Salt Savanna 275/ 44
1812: Wildman, James, Salt Savanna 255/ 38
1816: Wildman, James, Salt-Savanna 262/ 122
1817: Wildman, James, Salt Savanna, 264/1TT
1818: Wildman, James B., Salt Savanna, 265/120
1820: Wildman, James B., Salt Savanna 265/ 31
1821: Wildman, James B., Salt Savanna 258/ 36
1838: Wildman, James B., Salt Savanna 205
1840: Wildman, J. B., 1148 acres
1838: Parker, Henry, deceased, Chesterfield 150

1840: Parker, Henry, Chesterfield,1089

James Wildman also had Papine Estate.

Votes of the house of Assembly:
Sugar estates:
Salt Savanna, sold since 1772 for the payment of debts, mortgages etc (1792)

Salt Savanna Crop Accounts have been noted 1770-1782. Later ones are listed in the index, but not copied to 1807.

Yarmouth & Chesterfield – in the hands of the proprietors.
1799 25    60          Chesterfield      Chesterfield & Brazialatto Ests prop Thomas John Parker 1798 £2169/12 Selling slaves cattle & sundries
earlier Crop Accounts for Chesterfield refer to St Elizabeth – only 1799 has been checked and found to relate to this family, but many others of a similar period may do so.

Jamaica Vere 38 (Salt Savanna)
Claim Details & Associated Individuals
19th Jun 1837 | 272 Enslaved | £5286 19S 5D
Parliamentary Papers p. 291.
T71/858: claim from James Beckford Wildman, of Vere, as owner-in-fee. Counterclaim from John Edward Collett and his wife, as tenants in tail. Counterclaim also from George Booth Maxwell ('Claims as tenant for life of 1/2'), under the provisions of the will of George Booth, dated 29/08/1768. He also denies the validity of assignment of 25 May 1791 and has instituted a suit in chancery against the claimant which is now pending. Adjudged to J. B. Wildman on 19/06/1837. 01/07/1837: 'Letter of Pyne & Richards giving notice of appeal on behalf of GBMaxwell'. 01/02/1839: 'Order of Council granting petition to withdraw appeal'.

T71/1606: letter, dated 20/05/1836, from Capron & Co., Saville Place, states that, in 1791, George Booth Maxwell (the counterclaimant) sold and conveyed his life interest in a moiety of Salt Savannah to the late Mr Wildman, who then bought life interest in the other half from another person, and the reversion in fee simple. In 1808, George Booth Maxwell brought a Bill in Chancery to have the 1791 deal set aside; no proceeding for 15 years in this suit: 'if the compensation Act had not been passed it is quite evident that no further proceedings would have been undertaken.' The Court of Chancery were asked to use discretion, and appear to have done so, and paid the award to the Accountant General but allowed James Beckford Wildman to make an application by counsel to them for further directions to make such award as to them shall seem fit. Letter, dated 08/06/1837, from George Booth Maxwell, George St., Hanover Sq., asking: at what time does the hearing take place? Memorial from James Beckford Wildman, dated 12/03/1836, as replication was late by 'an accidental and involuntary omission on our part.' The Memorial includes a description of John Edward Collett and Rachael Theresa (his wife) as 'of Enfield Wash, Co of Middx'. Their claim rested on overturning the 1791 sale. Parliamentary Committee decision, dated 13/02/1839: the withdrawal reveals G.B. Maxwell to have been in prison for debt at the time.

London Gazette Issue 16997, 25/03/1815 p. 566: shows the creditors of G.B. Maxwell, formerly of Bayswater and late of Thames Ditton, who was discharged from HM prison of the King's Bench, called together to consider a suit against James Wildman. 

George Booth from Mary Hart – 1729

81/91 dated 18/12/1729 ent 6/3/1729-30
Mary Hart of Vere widow & relict of John Hart OTP, George Booth planter OTP.
J£5 Mary Hart sells 48½ acres of land in Vere E on Thomas Johnson & Taylor Hart, S on David Olyphant esq, and sd GB, W on Richard Huggins cd and Robert Jerrom and N on the Kings Rd and the land of Elizabeth Collier widow.
Maybe GB died 1769

George Booth to David Oliphant – 1729
79/115 Dated 5/3/1728-9 Ent 1/4/1729
George Booth of St James, David Oliphant of Clarendon, Planters.
By Letters patent dated 8/2/1773?? 200 acres to Thomas Dean in Clarendon, N on Milk Savanna & waste Ebonies, E on Milk River, N Dr Hilliard, and W on Milk Savanna. 2-8F107 copied.
Piece of land became vested in Thomas, Simon & George Booth, party to these presents and John Booth.
By writ of partition of the Supreme Court of Judicature (of Jamaica) directed the Provost Marshal of the same and returnable on the last Tues in Feb 10th year of Q Ann (ie 1711), to George Booth 49 ½ acres N on Milk River, SW on Robert Rodon, E on part ass to John Booth, & w on Part for Simon Booth.
George Booth sells his piece for J£99.

Now this indenture witnesses that the said George Booth in possession? of the said agreement and in consideration of the sum of ninety nine pounds of like sum of money of the said George Booth in hand doth well and truly paid or soonest to be paid by the said David Oliphant at or immediatley before the sealing and delivery hereof the receipt of the sum George Booth doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and threefrom and of and from every part ?present thereof doth acquit exonerate and discharge the said David Oliphant his heirs and admons .. by these presents the sd George Booth hath ... sold... to David Oliphant all that said piece of land in Clarendon N on Milk River, SW on Robert Redient, E on part ass to John Booth and described in the return the same by number 4 and also W on another part... to Simon Booth and described as.. number 5 on the said writt for his part ... above recited piece of land and also ... other the part and parts pinspent? And pinspearts of him the said George Booth aforesaid every other part of parcels of the said first above recited piece of land belonging with reversions remainder and remainders rents issues ... .
George Booth sells his piece for J£99.

This probably him buying land in St James.
George Booth from Jonathan Bennet
78/53 dated 29/6/1728 ent 26/8/1728
Jonathan Bennet of St James for J£80 from George Booth, 95 acres N on Rocks W on William Fox & unsurveyed, E on Michael Thwait and the White Gutt.

George Booth to Elizabeth Aldred – 1755

This is unattributed at 9/2015 but has land in St James.

159/389 Dated 2/9/1755 ent 5/9/1755
This indenture ...
George Booth of Vere esquire sells Elizabeth Aldred of Vere widow for £5000:
For her life:
50 acres at Kemps and half of 100 acres at McCary Bay with 11 slaves.
For ever:
his 1/3 share of 1200 acres in 4 lots of 300 acres in St James and
330 acres in Vere and 64 slaves.
600 acres in Vere (near Pye Corner) and 60 slaves, 100 mares & 2 asses; these subject to a £3000 mortgage dated 16/8/1748 (not available, but described in 161/299) between John & Elizabeth Aldred & William Dawkins, and a further mortgage 19/11/1748 (prob 134/163, not available) between George Booth & John Aldred (seems to be grantee, ie JA sells to GB).
All this land and stock were conveyed to George Booth by Elizabeth Aldred the day before this deed (158/152?).
George Booth to pay Elizabeth Aldred an annuity of £250 pa for her life: if he does so, the sale of assets in the body of the deed does not happen, but if he defaults, Elizabeth gains possession of everything.

See wills file for land details.

George Booth et al to Simon Mason - 1755
160/55-138 Dated 10/2/1753, ent 21/5/1755
Ind btw Hon Thomas Fearon of Clarendon esq, Henry Lord of Vere, esq George Booth of Vere, esq & Robert Sayer of Vere esq one part
Rev Simon Mason other part of Vere
Whereas Act for vesting several parcels of land in Vere part of the estate of Milborough a minor wife of Richard Cargill esq only dau & divisee of William Hodgins esq dcd in trust to be by them sold to pay off his Majesty’s suits & the legacies of Edward and Gibbons Hodgin still due from said eatate due to her from father.
ref shares in Salt Savannah Common.
The 3 in trust sell to Simon Mason for £75 5 acres in Salt Savanna Common: S on John Golding the elder, W on late Thomas Millsen, E on Kings Rd, which parcel is one of those in the act.
See under Goldings & Mason for more details.

Richard Cargill – 1754
30/4 Dated 27/9/1754 Ent 4/11/1754
of Vere Esq – weak
Execs Henry Dawkins of Clarendon esq, Henry Lord of St Thomas in the Vale esq, Robert Sayers of Vere esq
To wife Milborough £50 for mourning
also a negro boy to value £20 for each of the sons of my brother John Cargill
Also £20 pa to a mulatto girl baptised Elizabeth dau of Sukey Fagan supposed to be my daughter until 18 or married then £100 to her
A ring of 5 pistoles value to be bought for Sarah Sayers, dau of Robert Sayers
Rest & Residue to daughter Elizabeth Cargill

Table of the Acts. 1747:
An act for vesting several parcels of land in the parish of Vere, part of the estate of Milborough, a minor, wife of Richard Cargill, esquire, only daughter and devisee of William Hodgins, esquire, deceased, in trustees, to be by them sold to pay off his majesty's quit-rents, and the legacies of Edward and Gibbons Hodgins, still due from the said estate; and for preserving the most improvable and profitable parts thereof for the said Milborough Cargill, and others who may be intitled thereto, under the will of William Hodgins, her father.

A Deed, noted because of the Booth & Mason connection with Antony Maitland):
This seems to imply that the Act of 1747 still applied to Milborough’s land, although she must have been of age by then.

Thomas Fearon et al to Benjamin Mumbee
195/72-143 dated 21/6/1751 ent 11/1/1763
Thomas Fearon the younger esq of Clarendon 1st
Henry Lord of St TiV esq George Booth of Vere esq & Robert Eyres of Vere of 1st
Ben Mumbee of Vere 2nd
Trust of estate of Milborough a minor wife of Richard Cargill and dau & devisee of William Hodgins dcd by Act of Assy sold off to pay quit rents legacies of Edward & Fibbius Hodgins ref shares of Salt Savanna Common is vested in Thomas Fearon, Henry Lord, George Booth & Robert Sayers by wills of George Hodgins and William Hodgins. They sell with consent of Richard Cargill to Benjamin Mumbee, but the act re Milborough not ratifed by date of Benjamin Mumbee conveyance so:
they sell for 10/- 25 acres to Benjamin Mumbee N on Benjamin Mumbee, W on Kings Rd E on Benjamin Mumbee & E & S on David (Lord) Oliphant.
Plat not copied. NS 4 EW 1 unit Rectangle.

George Booth to William Gale
161/299 dated 12/10/1757 ent 2/3/1758
Ind Btw George Booth of Vere esq & William Gale & Hon Edward Morant of Vere
By Mortgage 16/8/1748 btw 1st pt late John Aldred practioner of Physic & wife ELizabeth & 2nd Pt William Dawkins late of St C
John Aldred dead & George Booth bought land & stock from heirs subject to the mortgage
tripart 12/9/57 btw Elizabeth Parsons of Vere relict and execs of Thomas Parsons & William Gale of 2nd part & George Booth of 3rd part
That George Booth agree with William Gale for 3 bonds
2 for penal £2000 for the payment of principal £1000 1/5/1758
1 same but payable 1/5/1762. Sums paid to William Beckfrod to whom Gale & Morant assigned the mortgage
This on land at Kemps 600A 60 slaves 160 cattle
E on heirs of John Morant esq dcd no inposs of heirs of James Dickson dcd and on land belonging to John Barras and heirs of Peter Gravitt dcd, S on Hon John Gale, known as Kinghts, W on Lady Hume known as Laws & Ben Mumbee and heirs of Samuel Booth dcd, N on heirs of Francis Dickinson dcd
If paid, deed void.

1/1. Booths of St James

Probably George Booth 1707-69.

Kemble Booth – 1755
30/56-53 Dated 4/3/1751 Ent 24/7/1755
of St James, planter
To sons Thomas & Kemble Booth all land etc
To Mary Green £20
To Barnet Reyolds 2 mulatto children named Priscilla and Mary begotten of my mulatto wench Jenny their freedom (as written in original – sense a bit strange)
To eldest son Thomas £40 for freedom of mulatto child Phillis which is his property
Rest to all children, girls and boys.
Execs Maj John Reid & James Lawrence esq of this parish.
The connection of Kemble Booth to the others in this section is unknown at 8/2012.

This may be the correct George Booth – from the writ of partition reference, it looks as though this is at least a George of the Capt George Booth line:
In 1727, a George Booth of Vere sells[501] a small piece of land in Vere to Francis Byfield, a free negro 2 acres in Vere, E on George Booth, N on Francis Byfield, W on River Mino, S on the Kings Rd leading to the estate of Madam Dolores Knight, dcd.
A George Booth, gent of St James, sells[502] in 1729 an adjacent 10 acres of land in Vere to Mary Macey, bounding west of Francis Byfield and S on the King’s road.
The same George Booth of St James sells in 1729[503] for J£99 his share of 200 acres of land between the Milk River and Savanna, making it between the Round Hill and the river. This deed refers to a writ of partition in 1711 between Thomas, Simon, George & John Booth.

George Booth from Jonathan Bennet

78/53 dated 29/6/1728 ent 26/8/1728
Jonathan Bennet of St James for J£80 from George Booth, 95 acres N on Rocks W on William Fox & unsurveyed, E on Michael Thwait and the White Gutt.
Probably the son of GB2 who moved to St James.

George Booth to Mary Macey

79/90 Dated 13/2/1728-9 Ent 15/2/1728-9
George Booth of St James Gent & Mary Macey of Vere widow.
J£45 for 10 acres in Vere N on parish land formerly William Byfield, S Kings Rd, W Francis Byfield, a free negro.
& 2nd parcel of 4 acres S&E on Kings Highway, S & W on William Hodgkins.
Son of GB2??

George Booth to David Oliphant – 1729

79/115 Dated 5/3/1728-9 Ent 1/4/1729
George Booth of St James, David Oliphant of Clarendon, Planters.
By Letters patent dated 8/2/1773?? 200 acres to Thomas Dean in Clarendon, N on Milk Savanna & waste Ebonies, E on Milk River, N Dr Hilliard, and W on Milk Savanna.
Piece of land became vested in Thomas, Simon & George Booth, party to these presents and John Booth.
By writ of partition of the Supreme Court of Judicature (of Jamaica) directed the Provost Marshal of the same and returnable on the last Tues in Feb 10th year of Q Ann (ie 1711), to George Booth 49 ½ acres N on Milk River, SW on Robert Rodon, E on part ass to John Booth, & w on Part for Simon Booth.
George Booth sells his piece for J£99.

Now this indenture witnesses that the said George Booth in possession? of the said agreement and in consideration of the sum of ninety nine pounds of like sum of money of the said George Booth in hand doth well and truly paid or soonest to be paid by the said David Oliphant at or immediatley before the sealing and delivery hereof the receipt of the sum George Booth doth hereby acknowledge and thereof and threefrom and of and from every part ?present thereof doth acquit exonerate and discharge the said DO his heirs and admons .. by these presents the sd George Booth hath ... sold... to David Oliphant all that said piece of land in Clarendon N on Milk River, SW on Robert Redient, E on part ass to John Booth and described in the return the same by number 4 and also W on another part... to Simon Booth and described as.. number 5 on the said writt for his part ... above recited piece of land and also ... other the part and parts pinspent? And pinspearts of him the said George Booth aforesaid every other part of parcels of the said first above recited piece of land belonging with reversions remainder and remainders rents issues ... .
George Booth sells his piece for J£99.

Thomas Booth to William Pight – 1765 210/70 15/1/1765
Indent Thomas Booth & Wife Judith planter of St James & William Pight of St Elizabeth
Thomas Booth gives to William Pight for £500 12 slaves 3 horses & 100 acres in St James N on Matthew Frith E on John Wisdom & William Shane, S unknown, W on Stephen Gabordan & John Baily.

There is a Thomas Booth late of St Elizabeth and then of St James, admon re Chancery Court case in 1771. 29/8/1771  15/168

Joseph Booth to Francis Hinley
275/222 dated 31/5/1776 ent 19/6/1776
Joseph Booth of St James merchant for £140 from Francis Hinley of St John sells 1 negro slave

Thomas Booth from William Thain – 1758
174/117 10/2/1757, Ent 11/12/1758
William Thain esq of St James sells to Thomas Booth planter of St James for £225J N on Matthew Frith E on John Wisdom and S on prop unk W on Stephen Gabondan, and John Bayley. Plat in Wills File.

Thomas Booth, late of St James, planter
29/8/1771  15/168 Chancery
...and whereas a certain suit lately defended in the High Court of Chancery wherein James Baillei of St Elizabeth planter, was the complainant and the said Thomas Booth the defendant. And whereas by the decease of the said Thomas Booth, the cause is abated and there is not any proper response of him Thomas Booth, appoints Edward Badnedge of Kingston warfinger to the defend this suit.

7.7    Golding:

Thomas Golding - William Beckford – 1741
112/62-72 Dated 17/8/1740, ent 24/12/1741 dischrged 12/5/1753
Mortgage for £2000 from William Beckford for 500A in Withywood formerly belonging to Francis Moore.

Thomas Golding – 1758
31/134-157 Dated 10/6/1758 Ent 26/7/1758
of Vere, Gent, not well in body
To Aunt Mary Ailsbury £J300
To Sarah & Phebe free negroes all household furniture and annuity of £50 for life
Also they both & their 3 mulatto girls Frances Elizabeth & Mary Good and three sons Thomas, George & John Good to reside in my house as in my lifetime
Sarah free mulatto dau of Sarah Good above £J2000
To Peter Good free mulatto 500 acres in Clarendon known as St Jago
To Edward Good the same

31    32-41 1757  Benjamin    Golding           Dated 1/6/1755 ent 14/7/1757 Carpenter of St James, dau Elizabeth when 21, other bequests n/a

35    43-39 1764  Richard     Golding Of Kingston merchant dated 20/6/1763 ent 15/9/1763 sick & weak. To sister Elizabeth Golding of Whitchurch, Salop £100. To wife Mary R&R. Execs to settle affairs in Jamaica and remit to Enmgland

George Golding – 1737
21/123 Dated 11/5/1735 Ent 8/3/1737
of Vere, planter
Son John Golding. If he fails, to honoured mother Elizabeth Collier, after her death to kinsmen Thomas & John Golding
Allowance to sister Mary Ailsbury
Mother Elizabeth Collier & brother John Golding execs & guardians to Son John Golding until 21

John Golding – 1746
25/113 Dated 3/2/1744-5 Ent 30/6/1746
Planter of Vere
Wife Elizabeth Golding  6 bay horses, 3 black Horses, 1 Ball Horse, and 1 new England Horse; also all other R&R
Execs B-in-L William Banks of Vere Gent, & Elisha Clarke planter of Vere

170   51-90 1758        Thomas Golding    Caleb Davis Viewed      25/6/57 16/2/1758 Thomas Golding of Vere esq, brother & heir of John Golding the younger of Vere dcd 1st pt etc refers to land of John Golding dcd in Vere.

Thomas Golding To Phibba – 1753

154/21 Dated 6/11/1753 ent 14/11/53:
Thomas Golding sells for 5/- to Phibba free negro of Vere 7 acres of land.


Thomas Golding To Sarah Good – 1753

154/22 Dated 6/11/1753 ent 14/11/53:
Thomas Golding sells for 5/- to Sarah Good & 4 daus Sarah Frances Elizabeth & Mary free negro of Vere 19+ acres of land.in Vere


Thomas Golding To Sarah Good – 1753

154/72 Dated 19/10/53 ent 30/11/1753
Thomas Golding sells for £80 to Sarah Good a negro slave man & girl

These Goldings were probably people of colour.
1/1. Mary Golding M Ailsbury
1/2. George Golding, will 1737

George Booth from George Golding – 1730
81/174 dated 27/6/1730 ent 3/9/1730
Btw George Golding & Elinor of Vere, planter & George Booth OTP
For J£300 George Golding sells 100 acres in Vere, N on John Hart dcd, S on Valentine Barriff & Thomas Johnson E on Salt Savanna, W on sd George Booth.
In 1763, Golding shown in Clarendon to the N of St Ann’s Gully.
2/1. John Golding b aft 1716

1/3. John Golding will 31/117, married Milborough, widow of George Booth d 1707

John Golding to George Booth to – 1739
104/191 Dated 29/11/1739 ent 3/12/1739
George Booth of Vere planter, John Golding of Vere, planter.
For 5/- John Golding conveys 2 plots of land & some negroes to George Booth 1st parcel being 98 ¾ acres in Vere SE on No 1 N on Col Ivy dcd SW on Martin Golding & W on no 3. Other parcel 98 acres in Vere SW on Thomas Roberts, N on George Ivy esq dcd, SE on No 2 & a number of slaves.

George Booth to John Golding  - 1739

104/192 Dated 30/11/1739 ent 3/12/1739
George Booth of Vere planter & wife Catherine, John Golding of Vere, planter.
Conveys land in previous deed back to John Golding.
Maybe George Booth died 1769

John Golding – 1758
31/117-138 Dated 1/8/1758 Ent 13/4/1758
of Vere planter
To g/dau Milborough Maxwell, wife of Edward of Vere £J2000
To g/dau Dorothy Parker £J300 pa for life
To G/dau Milborough Battersby a minor of Kingston £J2000 when 21
To dau Mary Mason, wife of Rev Simon Mason of Vere annuity of £J250 for life
To Simon & Mary land near Dry River called Ashley’s & 31 slaves (named) for life.
and afterwards to 2 grandsons Henry Parker and John Golding Mason
To g/dau Milborough Battersby slaves now in service of her father Benjamin Battersby, merchant of Kingston
To sister Mary Ailsbury annuity of £J50
R&R to g/sons Henry Parker & John Golding Mason
Execs Son Thomas G & G/sons Henry Parker & John Golding Mason

John Golding Act 1733
1733 an act to give John Golding senior of the parish of Vere, planter, the rights and priviledges of Englishmen, born of white ancestors

2/1. Milbrough Golding

Born Vere 11/11/1712 ch 23/7/1713 of John & Milborough.
Married Benjamin Battersby aft 1737 name from PR
Milborough Battersby, wife of Benjamin, planter, bur Kingston 13/3/1753
Benjamin had children by Elizabeth, who was buried Kingston 10/12/1737:
Benjamin Battersby – 1753
153/19 26/7/1753 ent 9/8/1753
I Benjamin Battersby Of St Andrew, merchant
In mortgage btw Thomas Cammock & Sarah of Clarendon & John Hewitt & Sarah, for £1000 by me paid to them for 800A in St Andrew & 40 negroes. It was not my money but Milborough Golding Battersby, only in trust for her (she was a minor then). The mortgage was assigned to Robert Elrington and paid off 7/12/1763 mortgage to 1763 at 6% Deed 153/21 specifies the mortgage.

Their Issue, Kingston:
3/1. John Battersby b 24/6/1735 Ch 28/7/1735PR (ME Will)
3/2. Ann Battersby, b. 6/10/1736 ch 10/11/1736PR,

Hannah Battersby bur Kingston C/yard by her father, 28/10/1739PR

3/3. Elizabeth  Battersby b 6/12/1737 Ch 25/4/1737PR

Issue of Benjamin & Milborough, Kingston:
3/1. Milborough Golding Battersby b 30/10/1741 ch 14/7/1742PR

JG1756: dau of sister
JG1758 G/dau as a minor & dau of BB
GB1769 niece as Milbrough Elrington.

Death Spanish Town August 1796, Mrs E Elrington, wife of Major Francis Elrington (VLO Vol IV P205, Mag extract).

Milborough Elrington – 1796
61/206 Dated Ent 28/4/1796
Widow of Kingston
To S-i-L Charles Fry 20 pieces for mourning
To friend Milborough Brooks of St D widow
To friend Thomas Rees
To son Robert Elrington, a seal which was my decd brother with the Battersby Arms
To son John Battersby Elrington
To dau Milborough Elrington
To dau Elizabeth Ann Mead Fry, wife of Charles
Refers to claim on Moreland est in Vere from will of Aunt Mrs Mary Ledwich,
Ref son John Battersby Elrington
Ref land in St D inherited from brother John Battersby.

Married Robert Elrington, died bef 1789 (ML will, maybe 1774 see below)

Quote from “The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquarians of Ireland 31 March 1899 (Some residents of Monkstown in the 18thC, by Francis Elrington Ball), set in 1766:
At Monkstown Castle, still a habitable dwelling, lives, I think, Mr. Robert Elrington, who has recently arrived from Jamaica, and whose native servant is no doubt an object of much curiosity.*
* Probably Mr. Elrington was a descendant of Thomas Elrington, the well-known Dublin actor of the beginning of the eighteenth century. He subsequently went to reside at Miltown, and died in 1774. See Pue’s Occurrences, May 23-27. 1769, and Sept. 1—4, 1770; Dublin Grants, Intestacy, 1774, Robert Elrington; Monkstown Baptismal Register, 10 Nov., 1766.

Bought after 1758, described as a West India Merchant.
Irish Probate listing: Robert Elrington 1774, Dublin, late of Jamaica, L191. Other Elringtons listed in Dublin about this time.
Married 9/1798: Francis Elrington, major of the 6th West India reg to Miss Sophia Matilda Joselyn.[504]

Mention of Elrington’s in Barbados St Michael Francis Elrington Gent M Mrs Joannah Shuller, widow.

Captain & Mrs Elrington mentioned in Lady Nugents Dairy, June 1802: R Elginton Lieutenant in Vere Militia, 1801.

4/1. John Battersby Elrington (in ML, ME & GB1769 Wills) b aft 1747

Married Isabella Parker Maxwell, probable dau of Edward & Milborough Maxwell 24/8/1790, Vere,
Issue of John Battersby & Isabella Parker Elrington
5/1. Robert Edward Elrington, ch 20/6/1793, Kingston
5/2. Elizabeth Golding B 31/10/1791 ch Kingston, 17/4/1792


4/2. Dau Elrington (sister of JE in GB 1769)
4/3. Milborough Elrington (ML & ME will)
4/4. Robert Elrington (ML & ME Will)
4/5. Elizabeth Ann Mead Elrington, wife of Charles Fry (ML & ME Will)

3/2. Thomas Golding Battersby 17430601 17430731
3/3. Hannah Battersby 17460503 17460608, bur by father 12/6/1746 ch/Yd.
3/4. Martin Battersby 17480707 17481002, bur by father 9/10/1748
3/5. Benjamin Battersby, bur by father, 17/8/1750

2/2. Mary Golding,


1st Simon Mason,
Richard Cargill – 1754
30/4 Dated 27/9/1754 Ent 4/11/1754
of Vere Esq – weak
Execs Henry Dawkins of Clarendon esq, Henry Lord of St Thomas in the Vale esq, Robert Sayers of Vere esq
To wife Milborough £50 for mourning
also a negro boy to value £20 for each of the sons of my brother John Cargill
Also £20 pa to a mulatto girl baptised Elizabeth dau of Sukey Fagan supposed to be my daughter until 18 or married then £100 to her
A ring of 5 pistoles value to be bought for Sarah Sayers, dau of Robert Sayers
Rest & Residue to daughter Elizabeth Cargill

Table of the Acts. 1747:
An act for vesting several parcels of land in the parish of Vere, part of the estate of Milborough, a minor, wife of Richard Cargill, esquire, only daughter and devisee of William Hodgins, esquire, deceased, in trustees, to be by them sold to pay off his majesty's quit-rents, and the legacies of Edward and Gibbons Hodgins, still due from the said estate; and for preserving the most improvable and profitable parts thereof for the said Milborough Cargill, and others who may be intitled thereto, under the will of William Hodgins, her father.

A Deed, noted because of the Booth & Mason connection with Antony Maitland):
This seems to imply that the Act of 1747 still applied to Milborough’s land, although she must have been of age by then.

George Booth et al to Simon Mason - 1755
160/55-138 Dated 10/2/1753, ent 21/5/1755
Ind btw Hon Thomas Fearon of Clarendon esq, Henry Lord of Vere, esq George Booth of Vere, esq & Robert Sayer of Vere esq one part
Rev Simon Mason other part of Vere
Whereas Act for vesting several parcels of land in Vere part of the estate of Milborough a minor wife of Richard Cargill esq only dau & divisee of William Hodgins esq dcd in trust to be by them sold to pay off his Majesty’s suits & the legacies of Edward and Gibbons Hodgin still due from said eatate due to her from father.
ref shares in Salt Savannah Common.
The 3 in trust sell to Simon Mason for £75 5 acres in Salt Savanna Common: S on John Golding the elder, W on late Thomas Millsen, E on Kings Rd, which parcel is one of those in the act.

Edward Ledwick, of Kingston Doctor of Physick & Mary Mason of Vere widow, married 26 Jan 1768.

2nd Edward Leitwich

Edward Ledwick, of Kingston Doctor of Physick & Mary Mason of Vere widow, married 26 Jan 1768.

Edward Ledwich – 1784
50/122 Dated 12/12/1778 Ent 22/7/1784
Dr of Physics of Kingston
All negroes belonging to me and the negores I hold as mortagee in possession for life And after to Eliza Elrington my god dau
All plate & furniture to wife Mary

Mary Ledwick – 1789
53/202 9/11/1786 Dated Ent 26/2/1789 Codicil 29/5/1787
Mary Ledwick of St George Bloomsbury widow of Edward Ledwich late of Kingston
one moiety in 3 parts to Milborough Elrington & her dau Milborough Elrington
To nieces sons John & Robert Elrington
OTHER ½ TO grand niece Elizabeth Mead Elrington dau of Milborough Elrington widow

Codicil cash to nephews Henry & George Maxwell.
3/1. John Golding Mason, b 15/2/1749-50, ch Kingston 26/2/1749-50.

2/3. Dau Golding married Parker

3/1. Dorothy Parker
3/2. Henry Parker JG1758 & JG1756

Henry Parker, planter of Vere & Isabella Hornby of Kingston, married 12 Oct 1758PR.

George Booth to Henry Parker – 1761
195/159-307 dated 10/1/1761 ent 19/2/1763
George Booth & Elizabeth of Vere, Henry Parker esq of Vere
Where as George Booth & John Golding bonds to Benjamin Peraris in 18/4/1756 for penal sum of £3474 conditioned to £1737 due 18/4/1758
George Booth John Golding & Norwood Booth 20/12/1756 to Benjamin Peraris £2000 conditioned £1000 by 20/12/1758
George Booth & Henry Parker by bonds dated 1/9/1760 debted to Benjamin Peraris penal ££1078/12/4d conditioned £539/6/2d by 1/9/1762
and whereas George Booth bond 1/9/1760 to Benjamin Peraris penal sum £4700/12 conditioned to the principal sum of £2356/1 by 1/9/1763 John Golding died and left estate to Henry Parker & John Golding Mason. George Booth indebted to Henry Parker for £4072
So George Booth for the said sum sells Salt Savanna estate & slaves 1100 acres to Henry Parker as mortgage to 16/1/1766.

Andrew Wright to Henry Parker
278/13-11 1/3/1776 ent 4/4/1776
Andrew Wright gent of Vere & Mary
Henry Parker esq of Vere
Andrew Wright & Mary inherit in fee simple calle Wrights 33 acres
They agree ot sell to Henry Parker for £2000 E of Betts Gully in Vere WNW & SW on Betts Gully & land late of Benjamin Mumbee esq now heirs of Henry & Edward Goulbourn S on road from Church to Salt Savanna Common E on George Downer now William Pusey N former George Clark now Henry Parker
33 Acres formerly in possession of Mrs Mary Wright dcd and laid down by a scale of 5 chains to an inch. Plat in Will file.

Legacies of British Slave-ownership: Biography 
Inherited Chesterfield estate in Vere and one moity of Kemp Savanna estate from George Booth (who died in 1769). He was probably the nephew of George Booth - as Booth's will leaves a legacy to his neice Milborah [sic] Maxwell, mother of Henry Maxwell and George Booth Maxwell, and Henry Parker's will leaves a legacy to his nephews Henry Maxwell and George Booth Maxwell. In this case, Henry Parker's mother's maiden surname would have been Booth.
His son Thomas John Parker (q.v.) was baptised 09/07/1759 in Jamaica, and died 1823.
Clarendon PR: Thomas John Parker, ch 9/7/1759 (f126) of Henry & Isabella.

Vere PR: The remains of Thomas James Parker esq, proprietor of Hillside, Braziletto & Chesterfield Estates were interred in the family burying ground on Tuesday the 8th July 1823.

Will[505] of Henry Parker Esquire of Vere, 1787.

To wife Isabella Parker an annuity of £600 pa plus all my plate, jewels, household linen, furniture and provision of household, also my carriage horses and carriages and the saddles, bridles, harness and furniture belonging to the same.

To my executors an annuity of £200 pa for my kinsman Robert Elrington until he reaches the age of 23. "And my will is that he be then placed at the University of Edinburgh to study surgery and that he be afterwards placed at one of the publick hospitals in London until he shall arrive at the age of twenty three... and in case the said Robert Elrington... shall return to the Island of Jamaica then it is my will and request to my said son Thomas John Parker that the said Robert Elrington may be employed in his said profession on my Estates in this Island and that he be permitted to reside on Hill Side Estate."

To Louis Stanford "a free Mulatto Boy whom I intend shortly to carry with me to Great Britain" an annuity of £50 pa until he reaches the age of 21 - to be applied by my executors for his maintenance and education. Stanford "to be bound out apprentice to a merchant when of proper age" and that if he should afterwards return to Jamaica "then I request to my son that he be employed on my said estates".

All the residue to "my dear son" Thomas John Parker and his lawful heirs; otherwise to my nephews Henry Maxwell and George Booth Maxwell and their heirs with the payment of £2000 to their sister my niece Isabella Parker Maxwell.

Thomas John Parker to be my sole executor.

Codicil: annuity to wife in full barr and recompence and satisfaction of all dower and ??? etc.
4/1. Thomas John Parker

Married Rachel Stevens.
Thomas John Parker to George McKenzie
388/82 22/11/1790 ent 19/5/1791
Thomas John Parker esq of Vere, now residing in Epsom & wife Rachel Stevens
£128/11/6 British money from George McKensie esq of Clarendon sell 4 slaves owned in right of Rachel Stevens.
Crop account: 1799    25    60          Chesterfield    Chesterfield & Brazialatto Ests propThomas John Parker 1798 £2169/12 Selling slaves cattle & sundries

5/1. Henry Parker
5/2. James Craggs Parker

Married Mary (2nd husband Edward Lewis Pearse of Bodmin
Issue of JCP & Mary: 4 children (Slave Comp Awards)

3/3. Milborough Parker JG1756 jnr will only

Milborough Maxwell in JG1758, g/dau, wife of Edward Maxwell
Niece of GB1769 as wife of Edward Maxwell.
No relevant Maxwell wills found.
No marriage found.

Henry & his brother, George Booth Maxwell inherited a life interest in Salt Savannah estate from George Booth (d 1769), with an entail to their eldest sons. In 1791, George sold his share to Wildman, who it would appear acquired Henry’s life interest as well.
These 2 were sent to England for their education by grandfather (incorrect relationship in the claim) George Booth’s bequest.

Mary Maxwell From George Forth – 1753
153/176 Date 19/12/1753 Ent 9/1/1754
George Forth of Clarendon Planter sells for £40 to Mary Maxwell of Clarendon 1 slave.

Edward Maxwell from James Smith
211/49 12/4/1764 ent 27/2/1765
Edward Maxwell & Milborough planter of Vere sells for £150 from James Smith planter of Vere sell land at Milk River in Vere 49 acres & ½ reserving the ½ acre on the northernmost line and forming a square as near as the river and road to Aligator Pond will admit for the use of Daniel MGilchrist esq whereon he has a fish house bounding W on road  to Aligator Pond all other sides the River
Also land in Vere bounding on the Round Hill 31 Acres part of land originally pat Henry Hilliard E on Rd to Aligator Pond W on Round Hill N on Mrs Mary Scott.
Witness: Henry & Isabella Parker
Plat in Wills file.

Issue of Edward & Milborough Maxwell:
4/1. Henry Maxwell b Vere 14/12/1765 ch 19/01/1766PR (GB1769, ML1789)

Mentioned in George (d 1769) will.
Major Henry in the extract as follows maay have been his son, as Sohphia would have been born in 1813:
The Lady’s Magazine, 1830, P400:
Married, John Savage, esq, MD, Bernard St Russel Square to Maria Sophia, youngest daughter of Major Henry Maxwell, of Straquhaue, Dumfreeshire, and Salt Savanna, Jamaica.
1851, 26 Chester Place, Marylebone:
A.M. Sophia Savage, wid, 38 Edinburgh, Jno Maxwell Savage, 19, London.
Henry Maxwell married:
Isabel Christie, St Veagans, Angus 16/11/1805.
Elizabeth Russell, Kilsyth, Stirling, 17/6/1810.
Samuel Facey married Sophia Maxwell St E, 7/6/1861

5/1. Henry Maxwell, ch 4/9/1790, bur 7/9/1790,

Vere son of Henry.

5/2. Rachel Teresa Maxwell, bap privately Vere 17/10/1789.

(parents not given at this time) – probably this father – George probably not married by this time. Rachael Teresa Collett and her husband John Edward were involved in the claims on Salt Savanna in 1837. This was probably her, then of Enfield Wash, Co of Middx.

4/2. George Booth Maxwell b 25/10/1767 ch 29/10/1767PR

(GB1769, ML1789)
2 entries: both born Vere 25/10/1767, 1st has ch 29/10/1767, private, 2nd has bapt 22/5/1768 sponsors Daniel McGilchrist, Geo Booth, Ann Burrel.
The 2 baptisms might have been because of his being privately baptised, and then taken into the church at a later service.
Died: Prob Q4 1848, St Giles London. Not found in C1841.

Looks to have been a bad lot!!
Mr. Gorge BOOTH MAXWELL, a young Gentleman of Jamaica, was tried on the 31st of August last (1789), before the Supreme Court of Judicature at Kingston, on a charge of novel nature— BURGLARY with intent to Ravish. —It appeared in evidence, that the Lady of an eminent barrister at Spanish Town, young, beautiful, and of strict virtue, had made an impression on the heart of the unhappy youth;— the propriety of the lady's conduct gave him no room to hope that he should succeed in seducing her from husband; in his  absence, therefore, he secreted himself in the house, and broke into Mrs. -—-‘s chamber, after she had retired to rest. Awakened and alarmed by the irritation, the lady demanded who he was, and screamed for help; he replied, “Maxwell!" and behaved in a manner the most insulting and outrageous, but from her reiterated cries, he thought it prudent to desist, and make hie escape. The indictment was laid capitally, and he was found guilty, but recommended to mercy by the jury.[506]
THE Creditors of George Booth Maxwell, formerly of Bayswater, in the County of Middlesex, since of Thames Ditton, in the County of Surrey, Gent, afterwards a prisoner for debt in the King's Bench prison, and who was discharged therefrom at a Session of the Peace, holden in and for the said County of Surrey, on the 11th day of August 1811, by virtue of an Act passed in the fifty-first year of the present reign, for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors, are desired to meet at Brown's Coffee-House, Mitre-Court, Fleet-Street, London, on Thursday the 7th day of April next, at Six o'clock in tbc Evening, for the purpose of choosing an Assignee or Assignees of the estate and effects of the said George Booth Maxwell.[507]
London Gazette Issue 16997, 25/03/1815 p. 566: shows the creditors of G.B. Maxwell, formerly of Bayswater and late of Thames Ditton, who was discharged from HM prison of the King's Bench, called together to consider a suit against James Wildman.

4/3. Isabel Parker Maxwell, probably these parents.

b 18/10/1770, ch 22/5/1771, privately, Vere no parents given.
Married John Elrington 24/8/1790, Vere,  son of
Robert & Milborah Milborough Golding (Battersby) Elrington (ref GB will). See under his entry.



2/4. John Golding, Vere 17161025 17170311 d 1756

sp Henry & Mary Wilton, Martin Golding.
John Golding – 1756
30/159-149 Dated 10/11/1754 Ent 22/5/1756
Of Vere, planter Weak The younger
To Olive, Sarah & Katherine Smitely 24½ acres called the land of Moses Alvarez and ... Bosley’s the Butchers W on the Kings Rd leading to Withy wood N on Kings Rd leading to Pig Bay and S on James Dawkins esq and E on land called James Laws
R&R to to my sister Dorothy Baldwin
If that fails to my sisters children Henry Parker, Milborough Parker and Dorothy Parker, Milborough Battersby and John Golding Mason

2/5. Thomas Golding Vere b 27/6/1715, ch Vere 20/9/1715

sp Saml Barret, Martin Golding, Eliz Downer, Eliz Westhevil?

Unknown quotation:

MS1.2.1.1  Will of Milbrough Maxwell.  [Grandfather of Elizabeth Golding Elrington (Maxwell), who married Dr. Joseph Head Marshall.]  Money and jewelry is bequeathed to Elizabeth Golding Elrington Maxwell. Other family members promised money or property. Sketch of Maxwell-Elrington family tree. Ancestral notes.  1807.
MS1.2.1.2  Will of Milbrough Maxwell (abstract).
Majority of Milbrough Maxwell's estate bequeathed to grand-daughter, Elizabeth Golding Elrington (Maxwell) to be administered by trustees until her 21st birthday. Bequests to other family members. Will executor, George Booth Maxwell Esq.

Deed in 1723 has William Parker & Son John Parker bricklayers of St Catherine.


NB Vere PR missing 1720-30.

Unknown Booths:

Ancestry.com has a tree showing an Elizabeth Booth married to William Rose, with issue, amongst them Fulke Rose: he appears in St Catherine PR with issue.
Will of 1663 in Barbados refers to Thomas Rose, merchant sometime of London, now of Barbados.
St Michaels Barbados, Wm Rose M Eliza. George, 3/4/1659.

http://madjackfuller.blogspot.co.uk/2004/09/jamaican-plantations-and-slavery-i.html 6/2013:
...one of the original Jamaica settlers, Captain Fulke Rose, a landowner, merchant and physician. Rose became an important island personage: in 1675, 1677-9 and 1682-3 he was a member, for St Thomas in the Vale, of the Jamaica assembly; in 1680 he became a JP and was subsequently listed as among the 'fittest men in Jamaica to be Councillors' for the island. "

The Fuller Letters; Guns, slaves and finance 1728-1755, Crossley & Saville, pp xxiv
Hans Sloane:
... n 1695, he married Elizabeth Langley Rose, widow of the planter Fulke Rose, whose plantations brought his family substantial income. In 1707 and 1725, Sloane published his lavishly illustrated two-volume Natural history of Jamaica, and he enjoyed extensive correspondence with Caribbean planters and merchants throughout his life.
Fulke Rose will of November 1693 makes no mention of any Booths. All his children were daughters who were looked after by Hans Sloane.

Fulke Rose had lands adjoining Burtons Stoneland plantation in St Thomas in the Vale.

Jane Grant ch 2/5/1772, Kingston, of Patrick Grant & Milborough Booth.

Kemble Booth, will 1755 of St James.
30/56-53 Dated 4/3/1751 Ent 24/7/1755
of St James, planter
To sons Thomas & Kemble Booth all land etc
To Mary Green £20
To Barnet Reyolds 2 mulatto children named Priscilla and Mary begotten of my mulatto wench Jenny their freedom (as written in original – sense a bit strange)
To eldest son Thomas £40 for freedom of mulatto child Phillis which is his property
Rest to all children, girls and boys.
Execs Maj John Reid & James Lawrence esq of this parish.
The connection of Kemble Booth to the others in this section is unknown at 8/2012.

Kemble Booth mar Ann Riley, St James, Trelawney, 4/5/1772, no more info on PR.
Kemble Booth, B 27/12/1774, ch 10/1/1775, Trelawney of Kemble & Ann
Sarah Booth, B 27/12/1777, ch 25/3/1780, Trelawney of Kemble & Ann
Eleanora Frances Booth, ch 26/12/1784, Trelawney of Kemble & Margaret

Tabitha, wife of Joseph Booth, bur St James 12/8/1789, St James.

Branker Booth Will 17/244 Dated 28/8/1728, ent 18/11/1728, also inventory

Branker Booth & Thomas Wells - 1712

46/36, Date 20/3/1710 Ent June 1711?

Branker Booth & Thomas Wells  Att to Thomas Wells

Branker Booth of Oxford, but in Jamaica now Gent, Attorney to John Hubbard sailmaker of St C London, nephew of Thomas Lewen blockmaker of Jamaica. Re land in Port Royal.


Branker Booth & Thomas Macey - 1717

etc 55/183 ent 12/3/1717 Deed.

Branker Booth of St Dorothy gent attorney to Mary Fier

Inventories for
John Booth of St Ann, 3/7/1755
John Booth of Kingston, 20/1/1756, Gent
This latter has a number of scientific instruments listed.

Milborough Booth:
ch 23/6/1771 Shobdon, of John & Katherine Booth.

George Booth snr to Henry Ashburne – 1765

210/111 ent 5/6/1765 dated 19/10/1757
George Booth Snr of Vere conveys 71 slaves to Henry Ashburne of Vere esq £J2600.

Jamaica Gazette, 27/3/1813:
In the Agnes, Mr Samuel Booth, from Liverpool

Landholders – Booth

George Booth 1200

Samuel 129 Vere
Simon snr 316 Vere
Simon jnr 135 Vere
Henry, est of 280 Vere
George St E 600, Clarendon 376, Vere 294 Total 1270
Simon 812 Vere
George jnr 297 Vere
Peter Gravette 6 Vere
Thomas 6 Vere, 80 St D, StiV 166, total 252
Kemble 40 St James

Goulbourn, Edward, m 10/7/1752 in Vere to Thomasina Roberts Booth, spinster. B0063, I, p. 150
Goulbourn, Henry, m 4/27/1754 in Vere to Sarah Booth. B0063, I, p. 151

Kingston, Jamaica, 1896
M.A. Vere 1745. '49. '59, '61.
M.A. Vere 1757.  Died 1760.

(Will) Signed, William Samuells 26th September 1791
Witnesses: Robert Oliver of Stokes Croft, Bristol, Surgeon; Arthur Palmer Junior of Bristol, Attorney at Law; Thomas Booth Junior his Clerk

1751 George Booth Member of Assy

Barbados St Michael:
ELIZABETH BOOTH, WIDOW ....... OB. FEB. 12, 1721, AET. 67.

Gazette Nov 9 1794
In Spanish Town, Mrs. Sarah Dove, aged 92 years; and Mrs. Sarah Booth, aged 90 years

Vodry, George, St. Catherine 53, St. Mary 325, St. John 233, St. Thomas in the Vale 300, Tot 911


Hayle Summary

    Our Hayle ancestor was Priscilla Hayle, wife of John Sinclair. She would have been a grand daughter of John Hayle senior, by either John’s eldest son, John junior (mentioned in John Hayle senior’s will – no age indication), or his son Nevil, the preferred option, (from baptism record, b 1707); see under her section for more thoughts.
    Early patents and deeds indicate that there was a group of 3 Hayles: John, Thomas & Richard. It may be assumed that they were brothers; the only combination of brothers with the spelling HaYle were born in St Albans.
    These Hayles were planters in Clarendon with plantations on the Vere/Clarendon border and further north up the Rio Minho tributaries in Clarendon; the family may possibly have originated in St Albans, England. An estate plan has been constructed from the early 18thC land grants of the holdings north of modern day May Pen of John Hayle & his son John junior. The early holdings on the River Minho (also called Rio Minho & Dry River) were probably indigo production; they did not seem to be particularly large, but the crop was very profitable early on. The later holdings further north were in what was described as mountain land, and were probably more oriented to livestock and indigo – John Hayle jnr’s inventory contained indigo products and cotton and a deed in 1709 between his cousins Richard & Thomas refers to an Indigo works, probably on the early land on the Vere/Clarendon border.
    In the mid-late 17thC, indigo was a rare and very valuable dye (hence the royal purple etc): it was found to grow well in the Americas, and was the first export crop grown in Jamaica. Early settlers often started by working small plots of a few acres, expanding as they went on. Tax changes pushed its production to the American mainland colonies (the Carolinas & Georgia) about the turn of 1730’s, an effect exacerbated by the 7 years war. It is probable that by the mid 1715’s, indigo production had almost ceased (by 1774, Long estimated there were only 8 indigo farms remaining) and the owners of land unsuited to sugar reverted to being stock farmers with pimento, log wood and other local crops.
    Both cotton and indigo were labour intensive crops, 20 acres of indigo needing 17 negroes to work it. John jnr was the only one who showed these crops in his inventory, later ones seem only to have livestock.
    There seem to have been several families with similar names: Hayle, Hales & Hals. Spelling seems to be consistent through the indexes, so I have concentrated on “Hayle(s)”. In particular, not to be confused with Thomas Hals and descendants, one of the original group when the British invaded Jamaica in 1655. He and his descendants appear regularly in the Deed indices. Letters Patent were also seen. Many properties with similar names would have belonged to Thomas Halse and his descendants, the most important one being “Hales Hall”, now on the southern outskirts of May Pen.

Caribeannea Vol 1 P14 on: Marriages pre 1680, St Catherine.
2 June 1675: Richard Pye & Katherine Hales (at Morant)

Hales appear on the 1675 map of Barbados, but there is no evidence to suggest that our Hayles came from that island.

1754 owners: Hayle, Richard deceased, Clarendon 354

This probably refers to Hayles:
Notes on Clarendon (http://www.aboutjamaica.com.jm/clarendon.htm)
Hay’s Savannah (now spelt “Hayes”) was named after John Hays, an early English settler. There is also Hay’s Corn piece. Both are part of the New Yarmouth Sugar Estate. The village of Hayes, built on the savannah, is about seven miles south of May Pen. (this may be a distortion of Hayle(s)).
Sheckles, in the parish of Clarendon, is named after John S. Sheckles, Member of the Assembly, Custos of Clarendon, and Brigadier-General of the Militia. A resident in the island for 55 years, he died in 1782.
Smokey Hole, in the parish of Clarendon, was first known as “Dawkins Smokey Hole”, the latter name partially deriving from that of a previous owner of the area, Colonel Dawkins. Spaldings is a place-name from Lincolnshire, England.

Property Locations & Maps

   Lands were granted by letters patents, most of which still exist in the Jamaica Archives, either as original patents or the associated plats (plans). These have been copied and copy drawn onto CAD, with neighbouring runs; they often fit together surprisingly well. The plats are drawn usually with a scale shown in chains (22 yds, 20 meters); usually, but not always, north is marked. While redrawing them to scale, the areas were checked: this is usually reasonably accurate, and in some cases in the absence of a scale, the plat was scaled to give the quoted area. Judging from comments on later estate maps, the areas quoted on the letters patents were not always very accurate, a feature noted on the scale copies. The plat seem to be drawn roughly to magnetic north, with a variation of some 10° East. The plats have all been copied using the indicated norths, but then rotated to match north on modern maps. A limitation of the CAD programme prevents rotation of imported images.
    The CAD plat copies have also been overlaid with later estate map copies where available, and then in turn overlaid with the salient features of modern 1:50,000 maps. This approach has made it possible to position the grants to the north of May Pen to be positioned to within a few hundred yards. The southern Clarendon/Vere grants are not as well established.

Hayle Deeds Time Line

John Hayle appears first, buying land on the Dry River in 1671, 2 years later, he and Richard & Thomas were granted land in Clarendon. One can assume that they were brothers.
Various transactions in the 1670’s & 80’s show movement of land.

Richard & Thomas were both dead by 1690 leaving 3 sons each. John Hayle snr was a guardian to the children of Thomas, and appears to have been an executor of Richard’s will.
John snr and his son John jnr were granted land in Clarendon. Snr had 2 plots totalling 609 acres, while jnr had 550 acres in the mountains near Smoakey Hole. John snr’s nephews were mentioned in several deeds for relatively small portions of land being moved within the family.

1671: John Hayle bought 35 acres from William Lord on the Dry River. 
1673: Jamaica Letters Patent, 1673: 3 plots to JR&T Hayle, Clarendon.

1676: John & Richard sell 50 acres, Thomas kept remaining 60 acres.

1680: Thomas snr bought 70 acres of land near Kettle Spring.
1711, sons of Thomas snr, Thomas & Richard, agreed to split the two plots.
1714: Thomas jnr partnership with Thomas Howard in 1714 to work land in Vere.

1675: Hayle family active in Clarendon, St Catherine & Vere, the earliest being Jobeth & Catherine’s daughter Mary, ch 2/6/1675, St Catherine (but noted as Morant, East of Kingston). – This is probably not our family, both from the spelling and location in Morant.

1690 (Before): Richard dies. (ref 32/239).
1690: Thomas’s will leaves sons Richard, Josiah & Thomas.
Deed from John & Priscilla passes 60 acres to the children, presumably at their majority with J&P as executors. (ref 32/239)

1693: John Hayle relinquished rights on land on the River Minho to Richard, George & Mary Hayle, via their guardian Richard Cargill. John Hayle must have been either their father’s executor or perhaps their guardian. These must be children of Richard. As Thomas’s children are listed in 32/239, these must have been Richard’s children. (24/58 Noted)

1697: John Hayle jnr buys 36 acres from Henry Napier (27/108 Noted)

1697: Richard Cargill as guardian of Richard Hayle’s children discharges John Hayle & John Hunt from the children’s property. (27/109 Noted)

1699: John Hayle (snr or jnr?) bought 90 acres from John Harris adjoining his own land. (Noted 29/46-39)

1699: John Snr bought 1/3 of 140 acres in Vere from James Smith, bounding inter alia on Philemon Dixon. (Noted 30/127-90)

1700: John snr granted land in Clarendon 609 acres in 2 plots (Plat Held).

1700: John & Priscilla pass 60 acres to nephews, Richard, Josiah & Thomas, sons of Thomas. Probably acting as executors/guardians. (Noted 32/239)

1700: John Jnr Granted 300 acres land in the mountains in Clarendon. (Plat Held)

1704: John Snr granted 250 acres at Smoakey Hole, Clarendon, adjoining 1700 grant.. (Plat Held)

1708: John & Priscilla Hayle give to Thomas & Richard 70 acres (Ref 49/130)

1709: Joshua probably dead by now (ref 49/130)

1709: Thomas & Richard split land (Copied 49/130)
      Richard sells his half to James Smith.

1711: Arbitration between Thomas & Richard Hayle over split of inherited land, also mentions James Smith resurvey (2 deeds - 48/68 & 69 – in both directions, 68 noted)

1711: Long document. Gives much of the above information.
      Brother Thomas & wife Elizabeth mentioned.
      Richard & Ann Hayle sell their portion to James Smith. (copied 49/130)

1712: John Jnr ref 400 acres at Smoakey Hole – probably release of mortgage (noted 49/215)

1712: John jnr Will

1717: John snr will

1723: Thomas & Elizabeth Hayle goes into partnership with Martin Wilkins on 520 acres in St Andrew in the mountains. (Noted 70/23-22)

1724: 300 acres patented to George Hayle, which he sells to Thomas Fish (ref 71/225), it seems an outright sale.

1732: Nevil Hayle sells land for £850 to John Sinclair (deed damaged).

1740’s: William Hayle, mother Elizabeth, Bricklayer of Kingston: who was he in the 1740’s?

A William Hayle, bricklayer, was active in Kingston in the 1740’s with his widowed mother, Elizabeth. A Thomas Hayle & wife Elizabeth had land in St Andrew in the 1720’s. It is probable that this is Thomas, son of Thomas, brother of John Snr.

1743: Nevil Hayle sells 5 acres in Vere to George Hayle where he lives (117/47)

1743: Will of Samuel Nevil Hayle.

1744: Edward Hayle’s guardian John Shickle lets 2 acres to Thomas Wint (Noted 121/33)

1745: Nevil Hayle sells slaves to Peter Sinclair, reference to mortgage by NH to John Sinclair (to Peter to Francis Smith) (Noted 125/37)

1746: Thomas Hayle sells 100 acres (£13 – mortgage?) to John Shickle (128/54)

1749: Mary Hayle, widow of Samuel Hayle ref Grant Dower

1750: Mary Hayle, widow of Samuel to John Shickle all of Clarendon – Grant Dower. (139/129)

1754 Landholders:
Hayle, William, St. Andrew 53, St. Thomas in the East 1500, Portland 500, St. George 880, Total 2933
Hayle, Henry, Vere 200
Hayle, George, Vere 40
Hayle, Ann, Clarendon 151
Hayle, Richard deceased, Clarendon 354
Hayle, Samuel, Clarendon 1185 (Samuel Nevil, Nevil, John snr)
Hayle, Thomas, Vere 20

1756: Grace Bowman sells to Nevil 150 of 300 acres willed to her by Samuel Nevil Hayle (163/126)

John was granted in 1672, with his assumed brothers, Richard & Thomas, 210 acres in Clarendon, in 3 parcels of 58, 42 & 110 acres.
The 42 acres appears to have gone to Richard, and then to Richards children, Richard, George and Mary[508].



William Hayle is the possible ancestor of our Jamaican Hayle families. From the LDS parish records database, he has only combination of sons John, Thomas & Richard Hayle, (specifically HaYle, the spelling used through the great majority of documents found) in an appropriate period. A burial of a John Hayle in St Albans in 1666 may spoil this supposition, but there is not indication in the records of who he might have been.

St Albans Parish records:

Richard Hayle, 5/4/1638 of Richard

Thomas Hayle 18/11/1634 of Will & Martha Hayle.
Martha Hayle 30/4/1637 of Will & Martha
William Hayle 6/1/1638 of Will Hauke (IG had Hayle, PR Hauke).
John Hayle 1/1/1641-2 of Will & Martha
Martha 23/1/1643-4 of Will
Elizabeth Hayle 29/12/1645 of Will & Martha
Jane Hayle 26/1/1649-50 of Will & Martha
Elisha Haile, 2/3/1651-2 of Will & Martha.
Richard Hayle 29/1/1653-4 of Will & Martha Hayle (PR)
Ralphe Hayle ch St Albans, 5/2/1654-5, son of William & Martha
(PR - http://www.mocavo.com/)

Also Will Hayle ch of Michael & Marie Hayle, St Albans 7/1/1632-3, d 10/1/1633

10/11/1634 Will Hayle sen
26/4/1637, Chrisome child of Richard Hayles
8/9/1642, Martha dau of William Hayle
19/1/1645-6 Jane Hayle widow.

31/5/1666 John Hayle
7/3/1672 Thomas Halle.

There is a document referring to William Hayle, landowner in Herfordshire in 1631 L.f.356  E. Williams Watermark Collection, including the Papers of the Hale Family of King's Walden and Other Papers, at Folger.edu, Washington DC. This may have been St Peter’s Parish, Herts.

Thus the brothers:
1/1. John Hayle of whom below.
1/2. Thomas Hayle, died before 1691

1/3. Wiliam Hayle ch 1638 – may not be a Hayle.

1/4. Richard Hayle, died before 1691,

All three:

A land grant[509] was made in 1672-3 to “John Richards & Thomas Hales”; the way in which they are written varies slightly in the document, which is a 19thC transcript, so that it might be 2 people, John Richards and Thomas Hales, or John, Richard and Thomas Hales. It was on the River Minho in 3 parcels of 58, 42 & 110 acres. Mr Thomas Hales is also mentioned as a common boundary. The first 2 would appear to be on opposite sides of the River. In the 1747 map, there are Hales & Hunt together on the west side of the river, just within Vere parish as it borders on Clarendon. The probability is that this document does refer to the 3 brothers. Later deeds show evidence that there were 3 Hayles.
Deed 24/58 refers to the 42 acre plot in connection with John, Richard & Thomas Hayle.

The 1671 deed to John Hayle was probably the land referred to in the 1673 patent as belonging to John & Richard Hayle.

...the first part cont fifty eight acres bounding north east on Edward Cork South East & South West on the River Mino & north West on ye sd John Richards etc Hales land
ye second parcel cont forty two acres bounding South East on Mr Greatrix West on Wm Coockead and north west on the River Mino (this parcel went to Richard, and his children; ref deed 24/58-106).
the third parcel cont one hundred and ten acres bounding north east on Mr Thomas Hales and south east and west south? To a stony gully south onto his?? Land west & north West on John Hunt and Edward Corke together with all ... rent of one half penny per acre...
eighth day of February 1672/3 (five & twentieth year of Charles 2nd).

Bochart & Knollis shows one Hales property on the west bank of the Rio Minho, at Kettle Spring, to the south of a Hunt property, which itself was on the road SW from St Jago de la Vega towards the mouth of the Milk River and on to the west. The other marked property was a mile & a half to the north on the east bank of the Rio Minho, between Dawkins & Hazard. They were both Indigo plantations. None of these early holdings along the river can have been very big – they were too close together.
The 1747 Bellini & 1755 map show them just south of the (later) border between Vere & Clarendon.

58 acre plot: probably in a meander in the river in square 17N48/77W12 on Craskell Middlesex, close to a Bowen property; Google earth has this position at N17º54’30”W77º16’, the only place where a small property could have a SE & SW river front, about 1½  miles NE of New Yarmouth.
The 58 acre plot is not mentioned, but it must be assumed, if only for fairness, that it went to John Hayle snr, who left land in Vere (Yarmouth, on the Hilliard River, between the Rivers Milk & Minho[510]) to his son Nevil.

42 acre plot: (probably on the River to the north of Hals Hall; Google earth has a section of river running well east of north, giving a north western boundary to the property at N17º25’25”W77º15’45”. As with the 58 acre plot, this is the only stretch of river in the area which would fit the orientation. About 2.3 miles south of the centre of May Pen. As shown in a deed of 1693[511], the 42 acre plot went to the children of Richard: Richard, George & Mary via their guardian, Richard Cargill of Vere: he discharged John Hayle, then of Vere, and John Hunt as guardians from any liability for the goods & chattels of the children, maybe when they reached majority[512]. This plot was probably on a meander in the River to the north of Hals Hall (Bochart & Knollis 1684 show Hales in this position. Google earth has a section of river running well east of north, giving a north western boundary to the property at N17º25’25” W77º15’45”.
George Hayle, probably the son of Richard, was patented 300 acres in Clarendon in 1724, which he sold to Thomas Fish[513]. He was subsequently sold a small amount of land by Nevil Hayle[514].

A deed[515] of 1701 where John & Priscilla Hayle sell (for 5/- presumably as guardians or executors) describes the fate of the 110 acre plot: it was split early on, 50 acres being sold in 1676 by Richard & John to Thomas Parry and 60 acres going to Thomas Hayle. The latter plot was left to Thomas’s 3 sons, Richard Josiah & Thomas: this was formally passed to the 3 sons of Thomas in 1701. Thomas Parry sold 70 acres to Thomas a few years later, which it is assumed also went to his 2 sons.

1/1. John Hayle of whom later.

1/2. Thomas Hayle, died before 1691:

Ch St Albans 18/11/1634 of Will & Martha Hayle
Married Lydia.

Deed 1681[516]:
Thomas Perry of St Elizabeth sold to Thomas Hayles, planter of Vere for £70 70 acres of pasture at Dry River near Kettle Springs being part 106 acres of land bounding N on William Martin, SW on Richard Hayles, & John Hayles SE on Henrica? E on Richard Hayles, sold by Edward Corks of Vere on 20/9/1675 to John Adkins since sold by Elizabeth Adkins relict to Thomas Perry on 9/12/1677.
This land was left to his 3 sons Richard, Joshua & Thomas[517], Joshua was dead by 1708, so it became the property of Richard & Thomas and finally handed over by John & Priscilla Hayle presumably as guardians, by deed in 1701 (0r 1708 in a later deed reference).

Kettle Spring shown on early maps in northern Vere, just south of the border with Clarendon.

Thomas also inherited 60 acres of the 110 acre plot in the original patent, which passed to his 3 sons in 1701.

In 1711, the surviving sons of Thomas snr, Thomas & Richard, agreed to split the two plots equally (the 70 and the 60 from the original grant); Richard and Ann, his wife, then sold his half to James Smith after arbitration over boundaries, leaving Thomas jnr with his plot including his half of the indigo works. The details of this land transaction[518] are difficult to understand and need further research. Two more deeds[519] in 1711 removed any claims the brothers might have on the other’s plot.
Thomas jnr went into partnership with Thomas Howard in 1714 to work land in Vere[520].

Son Thomas sells this inter alia to James Smith, 1717[521].

Thomas Hayle jnr seems to have owned 520 acres in St Andrew, of which he and his wife Elizabeth sell half in 1723[522], before he died in 1725 This must be the same Thomas jnr as earlier deeds refer to his wife, Elizabeth. Thomas jnr’s wife, Elizabeth lived on in Kingston until after 1743. William Hayle, probably their son, was described as a bricklayer in a number of deeds, but was evidently a substantial contractor and was paid about £1800 for supplying masons and bricklayers on fort construction in 1753/4.

Will of 1691-2[523]:
Of Vere, planter, sick
to be buried in plantation by children
To wife Lydia: a negro 2 milch Cows, her riding horse. My housall stuff during her life.
After her death to four children Richard, Josiah, Thomas & Grace. If they all die to next lawful heir.
To 3 sons all lands and negroes. To Grace £50 at marriage
Stock to all 4 children
To Richard, sword, pistol & gold buttons
After my death, children and wife to remains on estate until of age.
Execs loving brother (in law?) Thomas Minson? & Mr William Followay.

Issue Possibly born btw 1670-1679 (<21 in 1691, 21 in 1700):
2/1. Richard Hayle was married to Anne (ref deed 49/130), probably Anderson.

Probably the eldest son: given sword and pistols in father’s will.

Possibly married Ann Anderson: Lewis Anderson mentions his daughter Ann Hayle in his will of 1702[524]. Lewis was a planter in Clarendon, and also lists his own wife, Ann and a number of children.
Lewis Anderson owned 58 acres in Clarendon in 1670[525]

This may be the Richard Hayles whose will[526] was of 1711-2:
of St Elizabeth, planter (later in document, of Vere)
Children Philip, Milborough Ann, Lydia (his mother’s name) to divide all between them.
Exec: Henry Low & Friend John Hayles.

Inventory[527]: planter of St Elizabeth, £227-6-9, shown by Henry Low, as executor. It included 17 slaves, of which 9 were children.

A complicated deed was drawn up in 1711 dividing the land between Thomas & Richard. It may be that that was done with Richard’s impending death.

3/1. Philip Hayles
3/2. Milborough Ann Hayles
3/4. Lydia Hayles.

2/2. Joshua Hayle dead by 1708.
2/3. Thomas Hayle, married Elizabeth (Massie?). (from deed ref 49/130)

Assumed that this is the correct connection – confirmed by the 1717 deed which refers to the earlier Parry land purchase.

In 1714[528] Thomas Hayle & Thomas Howard formed a partnership in Vere: Hayle added 3 negroes, Howard 11 negroes & 4 horses and land rented of Peter Stiles, John Sadler. Hayle to work & manure the land.

1717[529] Thomas Hayle planter of St Andrew & his wife Elizabeth sell to James Smith of Vere gent the land bought by Thomas snr from Thomas Parry 70 acres at Kittle Spring, Thomas snr since dead and left it 3 sons
Thomas Hayle and Elizabeth sell to James Smith for £320 the 75 acres remaining after the splits in 1709. This land seems to have been sold by John Sinclair who bought it from Samuel Nevil Smith, son of James.

1723[530]:  Thomas Hayle of St Andrew planter & his wife Elizabeth have 520 acres in the mountain in St Andrew N & NE on mountains, S & SW on Lingo? River SW on unsurveyed with several negroes, stock hoggs Goats and poultry. They grant a half share in all to Martin Wilkins of St Dorothy, planter. Includes 23 negroes (£698) Goats £5 Hoggs £5/10 Poultry £7/10.

Will[531] 1725: planter of St Andrew. Wife Elizabeth, sons William & Thomas, both under 21; Sister Abigail Cole, her children Robert & John & Jane Parker.
Inventory[532] of 1725:
planter of St Andrew, £548-11-10d

Sister Abigail might have been sister-in-law: this is the only family found, but, unless Abigail was married before, does not work.
Marriage John Cole & Abigail Pink, 2/9/1704, St CatherinePR.
Issue of John & Abigail Cole, St C:
John Cole, ch 9/4/1713, p57
Robert Cole, ch 22/10/1710, p53
Elizabeth Cole, ch 25/1/1708, p51

A Parker family, but probably not relevant:
William Parker M Jean Oniz? 8/12/1694, St C p116
Issue of William & Jane Parker, St Catherine:
John Parker, ch 21/9/1695 p38
Frances Parker, ch 6/1/1700 p44
Cornelius Parker, ch 10/3/1708 p51
Charles Parker, ch 19/2/1714 p57
John Parker, ch 7/12/1723 p66 (Jean)
William Parker, ch 27/3/1726, P68

1743 Deed[533]: Between Elizabeth Hayle of Kingston, widow, and William Hayle, bricklayer, of Kingston. (assumed to be the widow of Thomas jnr).
Land was sold by Charles Long of Lincoln’s Inn to William Massis, Tavern keeper, in Kingston ... East to West Depth 150 feet, breadth north to south 48 feet bounding north on William Austin east on East Street south on ... Murphy and west on John’s Lane. William Massis and his wife Priscilla 24/5/1729 gave to Elizabeth Hayle one moiety of the above land; Elizabeth Hayle for love & affection of son William Hayle & 5/- gives the moiety of land And also negro slaves

3/1. William Hayle, bricklayer

PR: William Hayles, bricklayer, married Priscilla Cropper, Kingston 23/5/1732, both OTP.

MI Kingston:
Thomas Hayle died 27 June 1732 aged 27, also the six children of William & Priscilla Hayle vis:
Elizabeth died 1 July 1735, Catherine died 9 August 1737, James died 27 December 1738, Matthew 12 January 1740, James died 24 January 1740, James died 11 July 1742.

Deeds have not all been copied, ony when convenient!

Deed 1743[534]:
Millicent Garland, spinster of Kingston sells 25 ft of street in Kingston to William Hayle of Kingston, bricklayer.

1754 owners:
Hayle, William, St. Andrew 53, St. Thomas in the East 1500, Portland 500, St. George 880, Total 2933.

Craskell 1763 shows Hayles’s in Portland at N18º6’W76º18’ with a cattle powered sugar estate.

E 174   93    1758  201601      William     Hayle James Baillie Viewed      Ent 4/12/1758 Assigment of debt to William Hayle esq of Kingston £58.judgement agst James Grant of St Ann

211/176 William Hayle    George      Hayle Viewed 1/12/1764 ent 29/3/1765 Ed Bowes lately married Ann Hayle only dau of William & Priscilla sell slaves in trust to George Hayle for Ann Bowes.

William Hayle From Thomas Craskell – 1764
204/93 Date 10/11/1762 ent 13/6/1764.
William & Priscilla Hayle sell to Thomas & Susanna Craskell suagr works at Manchioneal Bay called Hair Prospect former Friendship for £25000, Both parties of Kingston esqs

1773 253/127 William     Hayle George      Cradock  WP WH buys 10 acres in Kingston for £80 ent 23/1/1773

1764 deed[535]: William Hayle bricklayer & Priscilla of Kingston, Gent, sells 3 parcells of land to John Dunston of Kingston esq for £7450 400 acres in St Thomas in the East bought by John Hayle for £J2900 & 300 acres in Marchoneal bay.

John Dunston’s will[536] of 1765 refers:
of Kingston. Long will.
Ref estates purchased of William Hayle of Kingston in St Thomas in East & Portland to be improved into a sugar works. wife Frances Dunston. Son Geoorge Pinnock Dunston when 21. Dau Ann Mary Dunston when 18

Received with Governor Knowles's Letter
dated ye 31st December 1754
Received April ye 9th 1755
Read April 10th 1755
August 10, 1754
To Cash paid William Hayle for mason & bricklayers work done there  £140
December 25, 1753
Paid William Hayle for mason & bricklayers work 728. 5. 0.
August 10, 1754
Paid William Hayle for Mason & Bricklayer work 946. 16. 3

Issue of William & Priscilla (Kingston PR, burials from MI):

4/1. James Hayle b 28/5/1733 ch 19/6/1733, bur 27/12/1738
4/2. Elizabeth Hayle b. 27/1/1734-5 ch. 20/2/1734-5, bur 1/1/1736
4/3. William Massie Hayle b. 16/6/1736 ch 12/7/1736,

William Massie Hayle died 1794 (JFS Jam Gazette 29/10/1794).
had issue by Martha, ch Kingston:
5/1. Samuel Hayle, b 1/10/1772 ch 31/3/1773
5/2. Ann Hayle. B. 24/8/1775 ch. 25/10/1775
5/3. Robert Clarke Hayle, b 7/2/1778, ch Kingston, 13/3/1778.

Robert Clarke Hayle had a number of children by Mary Denton, in & out of marriage. She was a free quadroon.
Married Mary Denton, 12/1/1823, St Andrew.
Christened Kingston:
Martha Hayle, ch 10/4/1809,
Robert Hayle, ch 19/11/1813, abt 14 months,
William Hayle, ch 19/11/1813, abt 14 months,
Mary Catherine Hayle, b 18/6/1813, ch 9/10/1815.
Dorothy Hayle ch 18/1/1823,

5/3. Mary Hayle B. 4/8/1779 ch. 15/8/1779

4/4. Catherine Hayle b. 17370804 17370809, bur 9/8/1737
4/5. George Hayle b. 17/9/1738, ch 19/10/1738:

Had issue by Sarah, ch Kingston:
5/1. Ann Thorpe Hayle, ch 17680803
5/2. John Stevens Hayle b. 17781109 ch 17781127

4/6. Mathew Hayle b. 11/1/1739-40 12/1/1739-4, bur 12/1/1740
4/7. James Hayle b. 11/1/1739-40 12/1/1739-40, bur 24/1/1740
4/8. James Hayle b. 16/4/1741 30/4/1741, bur 11/7/1742
4/9. Ann Hayle b. 1/2/1742-3  3/2/1742-3

3/2. Thomas Hayle, probably buried Kingston, died 27 June 1732 aged 27.

1/3. William Hayle ch 1638

ch St Albans 6/1/1638 of Will.

1/4. Richard Hayle, died before 1693,

Ch. St Albans 29/1/1654 of Will & Martha Hayle

maybe Richard Hail who married Mary Smart 6/1/1674, St Catherines[537]:
Smarts shown in northern Vere on the west side of the Rio Minho.

In 1677, Richard Hayle bought 25 acres of land in Vere from Thomas Berry & his wife Rebecca (N on John Graterz, E on Rio Mino, S on John Hayle & W on Thomas Perry, part of land they had bought from Graterz).
It was part of a patent to John Graterz 1n 1671 for 510 acres (E on Rio Mino, N&W on the side of the woods, S on Capt Noy). John Graterz & his wife Margaret on 8/8/1676 sold 217 acres to Thomas Berry, (E on Rio Mino, S on Noy, W on Sir Thomas Lynch & N on John Graterz). This land appears in a deed with Richard’s surviving son, George in 1716.
Was this purchase to get river access?

Deed[538] 1693:
Richard Cargill, planter of Vere, as guardian of Richard, George & Mary Hayle, paid John Hayle, planter of Vere, 15/- as he quits claims to 42 acres of land SE on John Greatrix, W on William Coxhead?, NW on the River Minho, part of 210 acres patented  8 Feb 25th year of CII (1672), to him, John Hayle, Thomas Hayle & Richard Hayle.
This is the second parcel of land in the joint letters patent to John, Thomas & Richard Hayle.

Deed[539] 1697:
Richard Cargill of Vere, planter as guardian to children of Richard Hayle, decd discharges John Hayle of Vere planter and John Hunt of Clarendon planter from any goods belonging to the children. The John’s were Richard Hayle’s Executors.

His Will[540]
Dated 1684, Ent 1693.
of Vere planter
Wife Mary executor as long as she keeps herself a widow.
After her marriage divide estate between 3 sons and 1 daughter – viz 67 acres in Vere, 8 negroes, 2 horses one mare one pen of neat cattle, one pen of sheep.
Exec John Hunt & John Hayles of Clarendon & Vere.
The 67 acres must have been the 42 acres from the orginal patent and 25 acres bought from Thomas Barry in 1677.

2/1. Richard Hayle – died bef 1716.
2/2. Son Hayle. 3 sons in father’s 1684 will, but not in execs deeds 1693.
2/2. George Hayle

Inherited some land from his father as the surviving son, but mentions sugar works in Clarendon mountains: this could have been the 1724 patent, these are also in Anne’s will.

1754 Owners, Ann Hayle, 151 acres in Clarendon.

1716: In an indenture[541] between George Hayle, planter of Vere, & Ann his wife & James Smith of Vere esq, George sold 2 acres to James Smith for £10 SE on George Hayle, W Thomas Mounson dcd, N on James Smith. Small Triangle - Dr Smith on N side. This was part of the 25 acres his father bought from Thomas Berry in 1677 and left by Richard to his sons: George was the survivor of them.
   In a similar indenture[542] between James Smith esq of Vere & Eliza his wife & George Hayle, James Smith & wife for £10 sell to George Hayle 2 acres (N on George Hayle, EW&S on James Smith. Plat rectangle long side EW).
    This was part of John Graterz’s patents for 510 acres & another 60 acres (patented in 1673) (N on William Coxhead, NW & SW on sd John Graterz). John Graterz & Margaret sold in 1686 335 acres, (w Charles Atkinson, N & NNW William Joy esq & formerly Richard Hayle E on Rio Minho, S & SE on Francis Blackmore) to Thomas Munson & his wife Margaret. Thomas Munso sold in October 1686, 1/3 to William Harris, whose son, William sold to James Smith 10/8/1698 the 1/3.

1724[543]: George Hayle of Clarendon planter, patented 300 acres, SE on Edward Butler decd SW & NE on waste land. He sells in to Thomas Fish by deed in 1724. On the junction of Carr’s River & Yonker?? River – complicated plat, coord noted, 2015.

George Hayle signed the inventory of John Hayle in 1718 as assessor(?), and was shown the property by Nevil Hayle.

1743: in an indenture[544] between Nevil Hayle of Vere, Gent, and George Hayle of Vere, Nevil Hayle sells five acres for five shillings in Vere where George Hayle now dwells, bounding easterly on the road leading to the Cross from Rio Minho to the land now in possession of Elizabeth Falloways Northerly on Elizabeth Falloways Westerly on Nevil Hayle and Southerly on John Hayle, Witness Francis Smith & John Hayle.
The Cross was between Old Harbour & the Rio Minho, shown with the road on Moll 1717.

Will[545] proved 1746:
Of Clarendon
To wife Ann, riding horse & saddle £30 also household goods & furniture
To wife 2 parcells of land 40 & 23 acres until Smart Hayle comes of age 21
To wife 2 acres of land purchased by me of James Smith esq dec in Vere + houses etc for life
At the end of the terms above, land to sons Thomas & Smart Hayle.
If my estate in the mountains should by any means or accident not vest in or come to my sons Henry & George, then my estate ... shall be for the use of my 4 sons, Henry, George, Thomas & Smart.
Mentions Real & Personal estate and sugar works in Clarendon mountains.
To dau Mary Manning 5/- 12 mths after death
To Dau Elizabeth Brown £70 2 years after death
To dau Olive Macke £70 3 years after death
to dau Palmer Hayle £70 4 year after & a negro
To Dau Judith Hayle £70 6 years after
These to come out of the profits of the sugar works devised to sons Henry & George.
Youngest sons Thomas & Smart,
To sons George & Henry the rest & residue, but if George shall at any time intermarry with Milborough Burrell, dau of George Burrell planter of Vere, cohabit with or keep her as mistress or partner .. he shall take nothing.
Execs Widow Ann & Henry Hayle

Ann’s will[546] of 1756-7:
of Vere, widow, sick
To G/dau Olive McKeand a heifer
To G/dau Deborah Burrell a heifer
To son Smart Hayle rem of cattle except one, riding horse and mare and cold sheep goats & other small stock
To son George Hayle 1 cow
daus Olive & Ann 1 trunk each
Daus Mary Olive Ann wearing apparel
To son Henry feather bed and down bedd
Old desk to son Smart
New desk, water frame new chairs new table the chest Chicken Feather bedds and one down bed & rem of household furniture divided between G & S
Load horse to George
To son Henry 2 slaves
All other slaves between G&S also income from my mountain plantation
I give (provided they do not intermeddle or disturb either by vexations of suits at law on in equity my said son Smart in the peaceable and quiet possession of the lands etc in Vere which was bequeathed to him by his father but in such case the following bequest to be annihilated and the said Smart Hayle and his heirs to enjoy sd lands hereafter mentioned) all that my lands plantations sugar works together with houses etc unto sons George & Henry
Execs Henry George & Smart

1753: Ann Hayle, widow, mentioned in the boundaries of Nevil Hayle land on the dry River in a deed with the Smiths, Smart Hayle on another boundary.

Possible issue of George Hales, ch Clarendon PR:
In 1746: older sons, George & Henry:

Ann Hayle to Henry Hayle
152/200 Dated 1/11/1753 Ent 6/12/1753
Ann Hayle of Clarendon widow relict of George Hayle for £20 pa by sons Henry, Millwright and George Hayle, blacksmith of Vere 28 slaves

Henry Hayle to Benjamin Mumbee – 1753
152/200 Dated 2/11/1753, ent 6/12/1753
Henry Hayle and Ann millwright of Clarendon & George & Mary
Benjamin Mumbee of Vere planter
Hayles sell to Benjamin Mumbee for £1000 28 slaves in trust
Next day Benjamin Mumbee to pass 14 to each of Henry & George Hayle.

Benjamin Mumbee to George Hayle & Henry Hayle (2 deeds)
152/201 dated 2/11/1753
Benjamin Mumbee sells half to Henry Hayle & George Hayle for £500 each.

Was this the Henry Hayle owning 200 acres in Vere in 1754?
1744 Deed[547] : Thomas Alison & Martha of St C surveyor, sells for £275 to Henry Hayle of St Catherine, millwright 200 acres in Vere NW on Samual Long, E on Messrs Ashwits & Fish, SE on Thomas Wint & the Spring & SW on George Marke
Henry Hayle owned 200 acres in Vere in 1754.
Plat on wills file. More likely Henry, son of George, son of Richard of St Albans.

Henry Hale married Ann Walker, spinster, 27/11/1747, Vere (PR).

Henry Hayle From George McKenzie – 1753
154/57 Date 20/7/1753 ent 28/11/1754.
George & Mary Mackenzie gent of Clarendon & Henry Hayle, millwright of Clarendon. Whereas John & Eleanor Olyphant of Clarendon 5/2/1745 sell to George Mackenzie 656 1/2 A in St Anne's Mtn in Clarendon N on Alexander Crawford, E on Thomas Sadler Hals dcd & John Shickle, SW on George Manning, E on Thomas Golding, George McKenzie sells to Henry Hayle for £600, resurvey bounding on N on Dr Alexander Crawford, E & N on land patented by Thomas Hall, E on John Shickle esq SE on George Manning W on Thomas Golding.

Henry George & Ann Hayle to Wheeler Fearon – 1754
157/22 dated 13/8/1754 Ent 3/10/1754
Ind btw Henry Hayle of Clarendon Millwright, George Hayle of Vere & Ann Hayle OTP
& Wheeler Fearon of Clarendon Esq
Ann Hayle widow of late George Hayle has right to 1/3 of estate
3 of them rent 33 acres to Wheeler Fearon part of larger part known as Taylors in Clarendon of 150a bounding on all sides on land of Hon Thomas Fearon etc
Rent £7/6/8 to each pa £20 total.

157/243 as Above Ann rents remaining 117 acres for £28 pa

Henry et al Hayle To Ann Hayle – 1754
158/110-255 Dated 2/11/53 ent 13/11/54:
Henry Hayle and mother Ann relict of George Booth dcd give  George Booth jnr his 14 slaves from father's will. Is this really Booth?? Or Hayle.

3/1. George Hayle, in parents wills, issue from Smart’s will of 1765

Probably born about 1715, alive in 1756.
Blacksmith of Vere in 1753.

1754: owners: Hayle, George, Vere 40 (acres).
275    193               George      Hayle Fairlie     Christie Viewed      26/9/1775 ent 14/9/1776 George Hayle  esq of St TiE & Sarah wife for £7000 from Fairlie CHristie OTP planter for 300 acres in St TiE called Chatsworth, part of larger tract called Pera

276    20                George      Hayle Jno Hitchman      Viewed      George Hayle of St TinE and devisee of Willaim Hayle & Priscilla of Kingston re mort by Willaim Hayle 1767 George Hayle sells slaves to settle

Hayles to Thomas Burbery – 1757
165/130 26/2/1757, 10/3/1757

George & Mary Hayle planter of Vere, Smart & Sarah Hayle of Clarendon 1st part

Thomas Burbery of Clarendon 2nd pt.

Hayles sell for £1000 negroes 21.

Issue of George & Elizabeth, Clarendon:
4/1. William Hayle ch 20/1/1751PR.

4/1. Thomas Hayle – Smart’s will
George Hayles married Mary Jernum, Clarendon 29/6/1746
4/2. George Hayle, ch Clarendon 17/10/1763PR, of George & Mary

5/1. Smart Hayle, ch 16/2/1790, Cl’dn of George dcd & MaryPR.

4/3. Mary Hayle, 6/5/1753 ch 5/7/1763, VerePR, of George & Mary
4/4. Ann Hayle
4/5. Smart Hayle, b 20/10/1767, ch 6/1/1768 Cl’dn G & MPR.

3/2. Henry Hayle, in parents wills,

owned 200 acres in Vere in 1754.
Millwright in 1753 of Clarendon.
Wife Ann

In 1746 younger sons:
3/3. Smart Hayle, in in parents wills.

Will[548] of 1765:
Esq of Clarendon, sick.
To Sister Mary Downer, wife of Thomas Downer, planter, negro girl & £50
Rest & residue divided between Alexand McKeand George McKeand sons of George McKeand planter of Vere, & Thomas, George, Mary & Ann, children of my brother George Hayle, planter of Vere, & John, George, Thomas, Deborah, Ann, Elizabeth & Olive Burrell, ch of George Burrell of Clarendon Planter.
Exec brother George & friend George Burrell.

1753: Ann Hayle, widow, mentioned in the boundaries of Nevil Hayle land on the dry River in a deed with the Smiths, Smart Hayle on another boundary.

Hayles to Thomas Burbery – 1757
165/130 26/2/1757, 10/3/1757

George & Mary Hayle planter of Vere, Smart & Sarah Hayle of Clarendon 1st part

Thomas Burbery of Clarendon 2nd pt.

Hayles sell for £1000 negroes 21.

Smart Hayle to William Smith
182/98 30/1/1760 ent 11/7/1760

Smart & Sarah lets for 3 year to William Smith 46A S & W on Francis Smith, N&E on Minho, also 23 A also in Vere, E on Minho N&W on Francis Smith, S on Grace Bowman. £30 pa.

Robert Burbery to Smart & Sarah Hayle – 1761
188/116 dated 5/6/1761 ent 25/8/1761

Robert Burbery esq of Clarendon

Smart Hayle planter of Clarendon & Sarah his wife dau of Robert Burbery

Robert Burbery for love and affection for Sarah Hayle & 5/-

Sells moiety of land in Short River in Clarendon cont 300A E,N, W on land of George McKenzie S on land in possession of John Gardner esq & heirs of Trristam Ratcliffe dcd for the lives of S&SH then to their children. If no issue to sons of Robert Burbery.


3/4. Thomas Hayle, 15/8/1725, of George

In father’s will, but not mother’s, prob died bef 1756; owned 20 acres in Vere.

3/5. Unk Hayle, ch 14/12/1723 of George
3/6. Judith Hayle, 7/12/1730 of George & Ann, father’s will only.
3/7. Sarah Hayle, 24/12/1734 of George & Ann

Hayles to Thomas Burbery – 1757
165/130 26/2/1757, 10/3/1757

George & Mary Hayle planter of Vere, Smart & Sarah Hayle of Clarendon 1st part

Thomas Burbery of Clarendon 2nd pt.

Hayles sell for £1000 negroes 21.

3/8. Mary Hayle, father’s will of 1746 as Mary Manning &

Smart’s will of 1765 as Mary, wife of Thomas Downer.
George Manning possibly the son of Humphrey & Mary Manning, b Vere 16/1/1710, but the reference to the land in Smoakey Hole makes this look less likely.
100 acres of land in Smoakey Hole sold by George Manning jnr & Mary to John Wright in 1750, part of John Hayle patent – possibly this one.
A case in the Jamaica Assembly refers to the will of Edward Manning of 1750 in which it mentions he owned inter alia Yarmouth Pen. He leaves as heirs a nephew and several nieces.
Issue of George & Mary Manning, Vere, maybe them:
4/1. William Dounty Manning, ch 13/11/1735
4/2. George Alexander Manning, ch 10/11/1737

3/9. Elizabeth Hayle, as Elizabeth Brown in father’s will: not in Anne’s
3/10. Olive Hayle, in parents wills, Vere 20/7/1714, ch 1/8/1714PR.

Married George McKeand 30/8/1736, ClarendonPR
4/1. George Martin McKeand, ch Vere 11/1749PR
4/2. Olive McKean, b 30/8/1755, ch Vere 15/4/1756PR.
4/2. Alexander McKeand, M Susannah French.

5/1. Olive McKeand, of Frances Ann & Alex ch Kingston 21/4/1771
5/2. Olive McKeand, of Elizabeth & Alex ch Kingston 30/7/1785
5/3. Thomas McKeand of Susanna French & AM ch Kingston 16/6/1780

3/11. Ann Hayle in mother’s will only.

Probably married George Burrell of Clarendon
Issue from Smart’s will, April 1765, with some Clarendon records:
4/1. Deborah Burrell, ch 9/11/1751PR, and also in G/mother’s will
4/2. John Burrell,
4/3. George Burrell,
4/4. Thomas Burrell, ch 9/1/1760PR
4/5. Ann Burrell, ch 16/4/1757PR
4/6. Elizabeth Burrell ch 21/5/1763PR
4/7. Olive Burrell, b 17 Jan,  ch 22/4/1765, ClarendonPR.

3/12. Palmer Hayle, daughter in father’s will only.

In the 1790’s A William Palmer Hayle was having children in Clarendon.

2/3. Mary Hayle.

8.2    JOHN HAYLE snr. – Died 1717


Parents: perhaps William & Martha Hayle of St Albans
1/1/1641 or 2, the Abbey, St Albans, Will & Martha Hayle – 2 sources in IGI.

DiedWill: about late 1716.

    John Hayle was our direct ancestor via Priscilla Hayle who married john Sinclair. He was a land owner, and probably pen keeper, in Clarendon with properties in the area to the north of present day May Pen, and on the River Minho just south of the border into Vere. Haylesfield (pen) to the north west of Alley, and south of “old” Yarmouth was probably his pen where he lived. John & Priscilla had, from his will, at least 5 children; John junior was probably the eldest but having died early the major beneficiary of John Snr’s will was Nevil. The inventories of both John Senior & junior show them to have had 71 slaves at their death. Neither the wills nor the inventories give direct details of the land owned, but the inventories give an indication. However, sugar estates seemed to have about 1 slave for 8 acres. This ties in with the known size of the land granted to each of them. From a crop account for his grandson, Samuel, son of John jnr, it appears that, at least later on (1742) that the family was growing cotton, probably on the Smokey Hole estates.
    The inventories of John father & son are typical of the era, but show somewhat different lives. John snr had a lot more furniture in his inventory, probably reflecting a larger, more prosperous home; he had some livestock, but there is no mention of other agricultural produce while John jnr produced Indigo as well as livestock. John jnr had a sizable debt owed to him as an asset in his inventory, but no deed has been found to account for this.
    1671[549]: William & Mary Lord, planter of Clarendon, sell for £35 to John Hayle planter of Clarendon 35 acres: upon the Dry River in Clarendon, bounding North on William Lord East on William Cock, SW on waste land, West on the river. Part of 75 acres patented[550] to William Lord 15 Sept in 20th year of Charles II (15/9/1668), at Kettle Spring, on a sharp right angle bend in the river, from flowing west to south, with William Clarendon on the opposite bank.
This was probably the land referred to in the 1673 patent as belonging to John & Richard Hayle. This looks to have been in the meander of the Rio Minho about  1½ miles NE of present day New Yarmouth.

NB Dry River seems to be another name for the upper Rio Minho in 1804.

The Grant with his brothers:
   He was granted in 1672-3, with his brothers, Richard & Thomas, 210 acres in Clarendon, described earlier in this volume with the disopsiition of this land.
    The 58 acre plot is not mentioned, but it must be assumed, if only for fairness, that it went to John Hayle snr, who left land at Yarmouth, Vere to his son Nevil.
    There were a several deeds involving John Hayle in 1693, 1697 and 1701 relating to the administration of his brother’s estate by Richard Cargill where John Hayle relinquished any claims (as executor), and a later deed of 1701 relating to Thomas’s sons.

Other Lands
    In a deed 1699[551], slightly predating the next acquisition from James Smith, John Hayle planter of Vere,(snr or jnr?) bought from John Honis (Harris??) Cordwainer of St Elizabeth and his wife Elizabeth for £10 90 acres in Clarendon; the land was patented[552] to John Honis & Edward Ward in 1675 as rocky all round. In the deed, it bounds on John Hayle, Mr Hunt and unsurveyed; it would have been inherited by Nevil, and may be the parcel sold as being in St Elizabeth to John Anderson, the boundary between St Elizabeth was a bit variable over this period.

   John senior bought[553] about 47 acres in Clarendon from Dr James Smith, surgeon, in 1699 (East on John & Robert Adlard, N on Philemon Dixon decd & Capt Jacob Pickering. S & W on James Smith): this land went to his son Nevil. The land was 1/3 of 140 acres patented the Brazilatto Hills by John Hunt in 1686 and bought by Dr James Smith in 1698 who is referred to as John snr’s son-in-law, and has a wife Elizabeth in the 1699 deed, but there is no mention of Elizabeth Hayle in John snr’s will. Nevil Hayle sells his 1/3 in 1718 to James Smith[554]. A second deed also refers to this transaction[555].

Yarmouth Land
    The origins of the savanna land in Yarmouth, left by John Hayle snr to his son Nevil is not evident; based on 19thC estate maps, it was in southern Vere. It might have been that bought in 2 lots from John Harris and James Smith in 1699, although they seem too far north. An estate map of about 1840 shows the area between the Alley and Hilliard’s River: Yarmouth Estate (“old” Yarmouth) is shown as about 300 acres (measured from the map overlaid on a modern map), roughly between Sedge Pond and Kemp’s Hill settlements and bordering on the Paradise Estate to the south east. “Old” Yarmouth was probably bigger than John Hayle seems to have acquired, so the Yarmouth land was probably a rather vague description in his will. New Yarmouth is about 2.5 miles North East.
     Haylesfield Pen is shown in the position of present day Haylesfield, and was at least 300 acres in 1830. This was probably the land where he and Piscilla resided. His inventory lists livestock, but nothing to imply he was a sugar producer. John jnr shows some indigo in his inventory, probably grown on his 300 acres north of May Pen.
    Yarmouth on Robertson was close to the Hilliard River (earlier called the Vere River), to the west of the road from Kemps (Camps) Hill to Cooks Gate. Modern maps show “New Yarmouth to the East of this road, where Rodon’s is marked on Robertson. New Yarmouth estate belonged to the Earl of Dudley in 1830’s from his grand mother Mary Ward, now part of Wray & Nephew.
Note: Yarmouth in 1804 was in Vere, 17N42 17W12, as a cattle powered sugar estate. New Yarmouth on the west bank of the Rio Minho, west of Hayes is still a sugar factory.
    Yarmouth Estate was owned by Henry Lord Garrigues in the 1840’s.

Smokey Hole Land
    John Hayle senior, our direct ancestor, had three patents for land around Smokey Hole for 609 acres in 1700, 250 acres in 1704 and 450 acres in 1710 (which went to his grandson Thomas who subsequently sold most or all of it); his son, John junior, was granted a further 300 acres in 1700. Plats for John Hayle senior and junior, John Hunt, Richard Dawkins & Richard Coates fit well together except for the road on the east of John Hunt and the west of Richard Dawkins. The land was described as at Smokey Hole, on and around a road variously decribed as: “the new road from Thomas River to St Jago Savanna”, “The new road to Thomas’s river near Pickering Spots”, “the road from Coll Dawkins to St Jago”, “the road to Smoakey Hole”. This approximates to the modern road from May Pen to Pleasant Valley and on towards Thomas’s River. St Jago Savanna is to the west of modern day May Pen.
   A road crossing John Hayle snr’s 450 acre patent on the SW part of the combined area is a “path up to Pickering Spots”, later described as “to Dr Burril’s palink[556]”. The inference is that there was a Pickering property on or near the Thomas River to the north of the properties; nothing shows on the maps of the period. It was probably the modern road from Four Paths to Brixton Hill, although the fit is not very good.
    An estate plan (Clarendon 143, 1799) shows John Hunt’s 1200 acres much further south, covering some of John Hayle senior’s land (which was all on one plat sheet, and obviously joined on either side of the road), as all other lands fit and agree with this plan, it seems that the map 143 Hunt position is not correct, or the outline is wrong.  Another estate map (Clarendon 649), undated but after 1741, shows John Hayles snr patent of 1700 for 609 acres and its southern neighbours: this has the North western boundary as it was against John Hunt in my joining of the plats. Much of the 1700 land is shown as “formerly of John Hayles, deceased”, indicating a sale of at least part. This map stretches south to include the original grant to Giffard Pennant for what became the Denbigh estate.
    Plan 143 appears to be an analysis of the lands around the Hayles as part of a dispute between the Denbigh (Lord Penrhyn/Pennant) & Teak Savanna Estates (James Chislholm): another, more pictorial, estate map (Clarendn 651), undated, but probably later, shows Denbigh estate with its northern boundary at the southern boundary of Teak Savanna in map 143. The latter map shows John Hayles, jnr, 1699 patented lands outside the estate, although it does show an overlay of part of this patent by one John Wright “now to William Reynolds”. It also shows part of Denbigh’s northern boundary as John Hayles deceased. It implies that a John Hayles still owned at least the northern part of the 1699 patent. The pictorial map shows roads which are still identifiable on modern maps, indicating it being later.
    A further undated plan (Clarendon 290) shows the northern lands stretching over the Thomas River, where it shows a run of land for Thomas Hayles. It shows John Hunt as even more extensive almost covering the western part of the later John Hayles (F188) plat. There is a 450 acres run of land to John Hayles snr which has a plat boundary to his own land, but map 290 shows John Hunt adjoining this land. Again, this indicates errors in the postioning of John Hunt’s land.

    This diagram shows the Hayle and adjoing patents. The green lines show the roads from the 1950’s 1:50,000 map, which have not changed in this area. It is aligned to true north, the arrows from the plats seem in the main to be roughly magnetic north; the scales on the plats are in chains (80 chains = 1 mile). The plats were aligned using the SE John Hayles jnr plat shown on the Denbigh Estate map (651) which in turn was aligned using the roads, with a road fork to the southwest of May Pen and the distinctive bend in the middle of the Coates plat. This was all carried out on CAD software.[557]
  Subsequent examination of the originals show that all the Hayle land except the 300 acres to the SE was to John Hayles snr.

    Robert Cotes plat shows: The road to Smoakey Hole. This road appears on Jno Hayles 1700 as the Road from Coll Dawkins to St Jago, as the New road from Thomas’s River to St Jago Savannah in Richard Dawkins, and on John Hunt 1684 as The New Road leading to Thomas’s River near Pickering Spotts.
    Dawkins Smokey Hole, Clarendon, N18°2' W77°18'. This is abt 10km north of May Pen. A suggestion was that it was a Colonel Dawkins who originally owned it
This position seems to be at or near an industrial site, maybe a Bauxite mine at the end of the railway marked north out of May Pen towards Pleasant Valley. Craskell places a Hayle pen at N18ºW77º20’.

Penrhyn Castle Manuscripts at UWI? Re Denbigh Estate.
“Jamaica in Slavery and Freedom: History, Heritage and Culture” edited by Kathleen E. A. Monteith, Glen Richards

    John snr’s will left the 450 acre Smokey Hole patent to John jnr’s son Thomas, who in the 1740’s sold 100 acres to John Shickel.  It appears that Thomas sold 300 acres, probably the rest of the property from his grandfather, to his cousin Samuel Nevil in 1741. This 300 acres was inherited by Samuel Nevil’s son Nevil, via Grace Bowman as executor.
     The remaining Smokey Hole land comprising 859 acres in 2 patents was left half to his grandsons John, Henry, Samuel & Richard Hayle by John dcd and half to Nevil.

100 acres of land in Smoakey Hole sold by George Manning jnr & Mary to John Wright in 1750[558], part of John Hayle patent. Maybe son-in–law of George, son of Richard Hayle, John’s brother.

Ref G/son Thomas, son of John jnr:
Cr M15 18N6 77W12 Clarendon Pen Burrell, much too far north.

There is a reference to an Edward Manning owing Yarmouth Pen in 1750 (will in Assembly 1815).

Dated 1714, entered 1718
He was of Vere & a planter.
He left his “Estate dwelling house, furniture and plate except silver spoons and fforks” to Wife Priscilla for life, then to Son Neville Hayle,
also to wife, good riding horse & side saddle & chariot & 4 horses.
Bequests to:
Dau Aline Anderson, negroes she possessed
Dau Priscilla Allen, negroes she possessed
Dau Margaret Biggs. Negro slaves

To G/S Thomas son of John Hayle, Dcd, land in Clarendon Mountains called Smoakey Hole cont 450 acres: if Thomas dies before 21 years then to Grand daughter Priscilla Hale, dau of John Hayle, dcd. If Priscilla Hale dies, to grand-daughters Elizabeth & Mary. Also 2 slaves to be put out to trade.

Bequeaths to grand sons John, Henry, Samuel & Richard Hayle, by implication sons of John dcd; moiety of Smokey Hole land except the 450 acres, the other half to Nevil.

To grand daughter Priscilla 2 fillies & heifers
To grand daughters Elizabeth & Mary Hayle, a filly each

Nevil Hayle to have 10 negores already in his possession and also 6 negro slave sawyers, but no interest in 3 slaves given to son John Hayle dcd.

Henry, William, Samuel & Richard to have ½ slaves not already devised.

To my son Nevill Hayle all my Savanna land in Yarmouth in Vere, the penn of Cattle or Sheep, as also the Land I bought from my son in law Dr James Smith...
Also to Nevill Hayle all the plantation where I now dwell as also all my real and personal estate (which is not already devised) in Jamaica or else where to hold unto my said son Nevil Hayle his heirs & assigns forever.

Trustee: son in law Dr James Smith.

Inventory 1718[560]:
The property was shown by Nevile Hayle, his executor and assessor George Hayle.
Total £1803-12-6d, including 71 adult & young slaves, a few sheep, cattle & horses.

No information on Priscilla; IGI Britain has no relevant marriages.

Issue of John & Priscilla Hayle, JH will 1717:
1/1. John Hayle, (jnr) died 1712
1/2. Neville Hayle – see below.

1/3. Alice (Aline) Hayle, Married John Anderson bef 1714

1/4. Priscilla Hayle, M Mr Allen
1/5. Margaret Hayle, M Mr Biggs
1/6. Elizabeth Hayle, M Dr James Smith

1/1. John Hayle, (jnr) died 1712

     John junior was a planter like his father, and had lands granted close to John senior’s land in central Clarendon. He started off life in Vere, but later on he wsa of Clarendon, probably on the 300 acres he was granted on the rising ground to the north of present day May Pen. There are indications that the Vere gound was in indigo production, both from the deed when he bought it and the presence in his inventory of some raw indigo. From a crop account for his son Samuel, it would appear that the estates produced cotton, propably in the Smokey Hole lands.
    John jnr seems to have been of some substance himself, showing assets in his inventory appropriate to the 300 or so acres he probably held. As he died before his father, he was not mentioned in senior’s will, although his children were. There is little data (6/2011) on where John jnr’s property went to, but the later deeds have yet to be read. One of his grandsons, Edward (son of Samuel) still owned land in 1744 as a minor. John jnr had at least 9 children and many grand children.

Deed 1697[561]: Henry Napier to John Hayle jnr
John Cherk and wife Sara on 1/7/1690 sold to Henry Napier that land called Cherton Garden(?), 36 acres, between the lands of Robert Coates & Henry Dawkins. Henry Napier late of Vere, now of Kingston Gent and his wife Joane sells it to John Hayle Junr, planter of Vere, also house & Indigo works. (Presumably in Vere).
This land was probably on the east bank of the Rio Minho, between Coates & Dawkins pen, about N17º54W77º12 on Bochart & Knollis.

Deed[562] 1709: between Thomas Blair planter Vere and John Hayle jnr Clarendon planter: John Hayle paid Thomas Blair £81-10 as a mortgage on 4 negroes renewed.

Granted[563] land in Clarendon in 1700: 300 acres in the mountains of Clarendon, bordering West & North on Robert Coates, North & East on waste ground and south on Mary Woods, widow.

1712[564]: renews mortgage from Francis Allen for £278-19-9 on negroes & stock.
Francis Allen of Vere, planter sells to John Hayle Jnr of Clarendon, planter for £278-19-9 400 acres at Smoaky Hole in Clarendon, N on Dr John Burrell, S on land supposed to be John Sutton’s, East on Mr John Hayle snr, West on William Holloways (Followays?) and also 12 negroes 3 horses 25 sheep
Seems to be a redemption of a mortgage.
This land was to the west of the Smokey Hole patents, and was still owned by Francis Allen in 1741[565].

Will[566]: 1712-3.
Planter of Clarendon.
Estate to wife Elizabeth until son John 24 years when she shall deliver unto guardians.
To daus Elizabeth & Mary £300 each when 18 or married

To sons John, Henry, William, Samuel, and Richard residue when 21

Executrix Wife Elizabeth and Brother-in-law Dr James Smith and Mr Alexander Woods

Inventory[567] 1713:

John Hayle of Clarendon, planter... Shown by Alexander Wood of Clarendon, planter one of his execs. Included 71 slaves, total value £2756-17-6 1/2d. A detailed inventory, including over £580 of debtors, probably in part Francis Allen.

Elizabeth’s will[568] dated 1714 proved 1739, probably written after John jnr’s death.
This is linked by the children’s names related to her father-in-law’s will and her executors, described as brothers.

of Clarendon, widow, sick.
To daus Elizabeth & Mary 1 negro to be purchased.
To son Thomas & her Dau Priscilla stock branded with EI and ready money
To T&P 6 negroes Peggy. Savannah, Coobah, Grace, Sucky, George.
To dau Mary negro girl Gibbo
To other children rest of stock,
Execs Brothers Henry Lord, Alexander Woods, James Smith.
Henry Lord renounces executorship – Samuel Nevil Hayle witnessed this.
Wits Richard Voysey, Mark Jefferson, Thos Biggs (surviving witness).

Not all his children are mentioned in his will, but they are in his father’s will.

Married Elizabeth, (maybe Lord or Wood).
2/1. Elizabeth Hayle (b aft 1694, PR ch 19/11/1704, Clarendon – Hales,)
2/2. Mary Hayle, (b aft 1694).

From mention in Samuel Hayle’s will of 1741-2 of nephew Samuel Jackson, possibility:
Issue of Heathcote & Mary Jackson:
3/1. Samuel Jackson, ch Clarendon 4/12/1733PR
3/2. Henry Jackson, ch Clarendon 23/11/1734PR
3/3. Henrietta Jackson, ch Vere, b  17/12/1738, ch 15/1/1739PR,

Spon Henry & Priscilla Savage, Thos Hayle, Eliz Heath

3/4. Humphrey Roger Jackson & Mary Ann Innes, spinster,

married Vere 31 July 1746.

2/3. John Hayle, b aft 1691.
2/4. Henry Hayle, b aft 1691.

Was this the Henry Hayle owning 200 acres in Vere in 1754?
1744 Deed[569]: Thomas Alison & Martha of St C surveyor, sells for £275 to Henry Hayle of St Catherine, millwright 200 acres in Vere NW on Samual Long, E on Messrs Ashwits & Fish, SE on Thomas Wint & the Spring & SW on George Marke
Henry Hayle owned 200 acres in Vere in 1754.
Plat on wills file. More likely Henry, son of George, son of Richard of St Albans.

Henry Hale married Ann Walker, spinster, 27/11/1747, Vere (PR).

2/5. William Hayle, b aft 1691.
2/6. Samuel Hayle.

A Cotton farmer.
Parish records show his children being born of Susanna, but there is a deed relating to Mary Hayle, widow of Samuel in 1750, so maybe Susanna predeceased him, as there is no mention of her in his will. If the deed of Mary Hayle is to do with him, then ha must have married her very rapidly after Susanna’s death and before his own demise.

Crop Account[570] for 1742 for the estate of Samuel Hayle, dcd:
2 Bags of Cotton made by Saml Hayle in his lifetime 1741 & since deld to Mrs M Pennard?? Of his debt to her.
Sundry Goods being part of his Inventory sold for    £46-18-9
Sundry Cattle Horses and Mules sold for              £209-10-0
Negro Ship’d to Mr Fearon for                        £2-1-3
3 Bushells and 32 lbs Beans sold to Rich’d Mitchell
125 Bush and 52 lb Corn Sold to John Sutton esq
6 Bush ditto Sold to Mr Hayle
125 Bush ditto Sold to Dr Crawford and 431 Lib Hogg
554 Bush ditto Sold to Trouthall Estate
220 lb Hogg Sold to This Wint.
Jamaica, Clarendon & Vere
Memorandum this 19th day of February 1742/3 John Shickle Exor to Samuel Hayle deced and Guardian to Edward Hayle a minor appeared this day before me Thomas Rodon esq....the proceeds of the Estate of Samuel Hayle deced....from the time of his death to 31st December 1742.

1743 Crop Account[571] for estate of Samuel Hayle dcd:
Rent for the whole estate to Dr Alex Crawford from March 24 1741-2 to March 1742-3 including the widow Mary Hayle her third     £275
Rent of a Plantain Walk to David Yates for                £5
NB the whole estate is still rented of leased but the rent is not due till 24th March 1743-4
George Fisher his note of hand & Intst} being part of     £28
Goods sold for:                       } the Inventory     £1-10
(Total)                                                   £309-10
Made by John Shickle, executor of Samuel Hayle & guardian to Edward, Henry & White Hayle, infants.
[Wage inflated to 2015 is about £140K]

Will[572] 1741-2:
Of Clarendon, planter.
to dau Mary Hayle, stock marked MH
To dau White Hayle stock marked who
Rest & Residue to friend John Shickle (planter of Clarendon), my exec, in trust for...
Bonds & monies payable thereby wherein John Shickel & Alexander Crawford do stand together bound together unto one such bond as in the penalty of £1000 conditioned for the payment of £500, the other bond for the interest on the sd £500 I declare that they be for the sole use of my sd dau Mary & White Hayle
To son Edward all rest of estate. If he dies to daus for life, provided they marry with consent of JS. If they do not, then to:
To nephew Henry Hayle &
Nephew & god son Samuel Jackson (prob son of sister Mary 2/2.)

Inventory[573] Dated 1741 Ent 1745

Of Clarendon, planter, shown by John Shikler of Clarendon, planter
Total £2308, including 58 negroes & 2 bags of unsold cotton.

“Grant Dower” Deed[574]
Mary Hayle of Clarendon Widow of Samuel Hayle of Clarendon, planter to John Shickle of Clarendon, planter – is this them??? Land in Santa Cruz Mountains – this seems to be John Shickle granting Mary Hayle the widow’s rights over her husband’s estate after settlement of mortgages etc.

Issue of Samuel & Susannah (Ch Clarendon PR)
From the memorandum in the 1743 Crop Return, Edward, Henry and White Hayle were the survivors, as infants in 1743. No other children were mentioned.
3/1. Elizabeth Hayle, bur Vere, 20/1/1731 of Samuel & Susannah
3/2. White Hayles 2/11/1732

Ref Wills of John Robinson & Henry Hayle (1771)
Probably married John Robinson, issue White Bridget, Charlotte.
PR: John Robinson married Elizabeth Hayles, 25/8/1720, Clarendon.
Will of John Robinson[575] 1770-1:
Of Clarendon, “in case”
To brother Jacob Robinson
To Mary Anderson, wife of Thomas Anderson
Friends John Rodon esq, Thomas Anderson, William Smith Samuel Coppock
Elizabeth Smith
William Jackson & his son Richard Jackson
Wife White Robinson
Dau White Bridget Robinson
Dau Charlotte Robinson
Land at Hayes Savannah.
Issue of John & White Robinson:
4/1. Susanna Robinson, ch Clarendon, 23/6/1751PR,
4/2. John Robinson, ch Clarendon, 15/4/1754PR,
4/3. Lancelot Robinson, ch Clarendon, 1/1/1757PR,
4/4. White Bridget Robinson, ch Clarendon, 10/7/1758PR.
4/5. Robert John Robinson, ch Vere 9/6/1762PR.
4/6. Charlotte Robinson, ch Clarendon 24/6/1770 of Jno R, no motherPR

3/3. Susannah Hayles 25/1/1735
3/4. Lord Hayles 17/3/1736
3/5. Elizabeth Hayles 6/4/1738
3/6. Edward Hayles 16/8/1739

A deed[576] in 1744 shows John Shickle as guardian to Edward Hayle and executor of Samuel Hayle and Alexander Crawford his other executor, when Edward was a minor. For the imrovements to the property, they let 2 acres of land to Thomas Wint, the present possessor, for 15 years .. or life of Thomas Wint, butting and bounding westerly on Bullards Savannah and Northerly on the road to Coatt’s Easterly and Southerly on the land of Edward Hayle The 2 acres is already fenced which must kept in repair by Thomas Wint ... for 15 years .. or life of Thomas Wint ... yielding and paying yearly a good fatt Turkey Cock ...
Bullars Savannah in 1715 was between the Milk River and the Rio Minho.
Crop Account for 1742 for the estate of Samuel Hayle, dcd mentions Edward Hayle, a minor, the return being made by John Shickle, his guardian. The next year, 3 infants were listed: Edward, Henry and White Hayle.

3/7. Henry Hayle,

mentioned in the Crop Return for 1743, so probably another unrecorded son of Samuel Hayle

2/7. Richard Hayle

1754 Owner of 354 acres, Richard Hayle deceased, probably his estate was not yet wound up as the children were young.
Will[577]: 1739-41.
of Clarendon, planter.
Son of John Jnr
To wife Hannah all estate during widow hood the after her decease
To sons John, Samuel & Henry equally probably <21.
To dau Elizabeth at 18 £J150.
Execs Thomas Rodon esq & Thomas Fearon jun esq.

Sheckle's estate, Clarendon (from lawrence archer 1875, ebooks.):
here lies the body of John Hayes, who departed this life 5th Septr., 1766, aged 30 years. Also near this place are interred Richard and Hannah Hayle, father & mother of the said John Hayle. As also Mary and Samuel Hayle and Elizabeth Bowen, brothers and sisters to the said John Hayle. and his niece, Elizabeth Bowen, daughter of Francis & the above mentioned Elizabeth Bowen.

Issue of Richard & Hannah (Ch Clarendon PR)
3/1. Elizabeth Hayles 26/3/1733, M Francis Bowen

4/1. Elizabeth Bowen, ch 31/8/1751, Clarendon.

3/2. Mary Hayles, ch 3/6/1734.
3/2. John Hayle 12/6/1736

It looks as though John & Catherine had no surviving children, John leaving all to his wife except a small bequest to his brother Henry, and Catherine making bequests to a number of nephews & nieces.

John Hayle to John Shickle
180/122 27/12/1759 ent 27/2/1760

John & Catherine Hayle of Clarendon planter sells for £50 to John Shickle of Clarendon esq ½ of a parcel of land in Clarendon cont 86A E on land formerly divided to Samuel Hayle dcd and all other sides by the Rio Minho.

John Hayle From John Shickle – 1764

206/60 Sep-16 Date 5/7/1764 ent 31/7/1764.

John Shickle conveys to John & Catherine Hayle for £50 part of 270 A on all side by land of John Shickle. Triangular plat shows "the road" N-S, buildings N corner & SE corner


John Hayle To John Shickle – 1764

206/50 Sep-16 Date 11/1763 ent 31/7/1764

btw John & Catherine Hayle of Clarendon, planter, Henry Hayle & John Shickle. John & Catherine Hayle 27/12/1759 conveyed to John Shickle 1/2 of piece of land containing 86A in Clarendon. At that time Catherine not 21 thus original indenture was not valid. This Indenture for £700 conveyes to John Shickle 86 acres E on land formerly divided to Samuel Hayle and all other side on Rio Minho. 1/4A excepted as the burying ground of the Hayle family.

Probable will[578] of 1766-7:
of Clarendon
To brother Henry Hayle £50 for mourning
To wife Catherine Hayle remainder
Exec wife and John Shickle and John Savory both of Clarendon

From Catherine’s bequests to the Howell nephews & niece, she was probably a Howell.

Wife Catherine’s will[579] 1775-6:
Of Clarendon, widow uncertain life
God dau Susannah Shickle, dau of Elizabeth Martin 3 negroes, silver cup & land near Lime & Burnt Savannah land formerly given or sold by John Shickle to my husband John Hayle & self; if she dies to Elizabeth sister of Susannah
To mother pair of Kittereen horses
niece Elizabeth Margaret Rogers 8 negroes & apparel
Niece Isabella Howell 8 negros
To Isaac Perkins 1 negro
To Negro woman Juba her freedom
R&R to nephews
Abraham Watson Rutherford
John Watson Howell
Thomas Parks Howell
Joseph Towns Howell
Exec John Shickle (renounced 13/6/1776) & John Bryan

Kittereen a one horse chaise

Catherine’s nephews & nieces:
Elizabeth Rogers ch Clarendon 9/12/1750PR of William & Margaret.

St Catherine Parish records:
John Howell, ch St C 24/1/1725 of Samuel & Mary.
Elizabeth Howell, ch St C 2/6/1752 of John & Elizabeth.

Francis Howell, ch St C 27/5/1750, of John & Elizabeth.
John Chambers Howell, ch St C 12/11/1754 of John & Elizabeth.
Thomas Bailey Howell, ch St C 7/11/1767, of John & Elizabeth.
Thomas Howell, ch Clarendon 19/9/1737 of Robert & Alice.
Sarah Isabella Howel, ch St C 21/3/1764 of John & Elizabeth.

Of Thomas & Susanna:
John Watson Howell, ch St Catherine, 25/1/1761.
Joseph Towns Howell, ch St Dorothy 29/10/1772.
Thomas Parkes Howell, ch Clarendon 13/12/1770.

Abraham Watson Rutherford, ch Clarendon, 29/9/1756 of George & Elizabeth.

Natural daughters of Elizabeth Martin:
Elizabeth Shickle, ch Clarendon, 5/7/1761,
Susanna Shickle, ch Clarendon, 16/1/1765.

         John Hayle Shickle

Born 12/8/1767, ch 23/8/1767, Clarendon of Elizabeth Martin (PRF148).
His will, then living in Carmarthen, dated 1823, proved 1828.
He must have been the brother of Susannah Shickle, god daughter of Catherine Hayle.
1811 Almanac: Shickle, John Hayle, Savoy, Liectford and Pen 381/ 382
1818 Almanac: Shickle, John Hayle, attorney, Shickle's Pen, 132/339
Buckinghamshire marriages: John Hayle Shickle & Miss Ann Hunt, 4/12/1786 (Phillimore).

1803: 8 July, London Times: died on Monday the 4th Ints, in his 6th year, at Thomas Goldwin’s, esq, Vicar’s Hill, near Lymington, Master Thomas Goldwin Shickle, the youngest son of John Hayle Shickle, esq, of Rickmansworth, Herts. (Newspaper Archive).

Will of JHS:
Payment of all just debts and funeral expenses.

To my dear wife Ann all furniture and stock for herself; also for her life, my plate, pictures and books.

To each of my daughters Caroline Ann and Elizabeth Amelia (now Gifford), £3000 each; in the case of Elizabeth Amelia this is to be minus the £800 already given to her husband.

All remainder to my wife Ann for her natural life and then to be divided equally between my two daughters.


To Elizabeth Thomas Margaret Hugh and Elizabeth Smith, living with me at the time of my deceased, one year's wages.

To Theophilius Protheroe if living with me at the time of my decease, £5 and such part of my old clothes as my wife may approve.

Ann Shickle
Profile & Legacies Summary
???? – 1840
Ann Shickle, tenant for life of Shickle's Pen in Clarendon, Jamaica, the widow of John Hayle Shickle of Laugharne Carmathenshire who died in 1828.
John Hayle Shickle was the son of John Shickle of Clarendon (d. 1782). Burial at Boldre 08/07/1803 of Thomas Goldwin Shickle aged 5 son of John Hayle Shickle and Ann (Thomas Goldwin was John Hayle Shickle's brother-in-law). Caroline Shickle is shown as born Laugharne about 1803, the daughter of Mr Schickle and Mrs Ann Schickle, and marrying James Whitaker c. 1824 [James Whittaker 'Clarendon' counterclaimed for self and wife for one moiety]. Burial of John Hayle Shickle, Brixton aged 61 at St Stephen Walbrook 30/10/1828. Will of John Hayle Shickle of Laugharne Carmathenshire was proved 07/11/1828.

Oct. 27 [1840]. At Laugharne Carnavon, [death of] Ann, relict of John Hayle Shickle esq. formerly of Jamaica.

I do not think that Thos. Goldwin had any ancestors in Jamaica, and as there is no will of his recorded here I can make no reference to it in order to obtain information. The first mention of the name of "Goldwin" in anv of the records of Jamaica is in a deed nf sale of eleven slaves from George Moulton of St, Dorothy, Merchant, to Thomas Goldwin of the same place, Merchant, dated 21 July 1773. He thus evidently must have arrived in the Island with some means, for in 1777 he married Elizabcth, daughter of John Shickle of Clarendon, a large landed proprietor and owner (inter alia) of “Danks" or "New Savoy" Sugar Estate and “Shickle's Pastures" in Clarendon. When Shickle died he left Goldwin and William Coppell (who had, before Gohlwin's marriage, married another daughter) two of his executors. His personal estate, including slaves (£6000), amounted to nearly £60,000 current money of Jamaica (36,000 sterling). He died in 17S2. By the marriage settlement on his daughter's marriage with Goldwin he settled £5000 on her, Gvddwin settling also a like amount in the marriage settlement Gotdwin is described as of Clarendon, Merchant. In 1779 Shickle conveyed to Mrs. Goldwin fourteen slaves as a Deed of Gift.
   The second and third Deeds of Records to Goldwin describe him as also  of St. Dorothy, Merchant. They are dated respectively 1778 and 1779, and are conveyances to him of 200 acres in Clarendon, and of Mullet Hall, 600 acres, also in Clarendon. Following are four deeds (1779). The first is from Shickle of an estate called Monsons of 183 acres in Vere. The second and third are supplemental deeds of “Mullet Hall." and the fourth a conveyance to him of Chapman's Hall, 300 acres, in Clarendon. ln these he is described as of Clarendon, Merchant. I may mention that in 1776, in a deed of conveyance to him of "Long's Wharf" in Clarendon from Beeston Long, he is "described as of St. Dorothy, Merchant, but this deed was not recorded until 1784. After this latter date he acquired properties for himself individually and in conjunction with Wm. Coppell, both of them having become partners and trading in Kingston as merchants, and in all these deeds he is described as of Kingtton, Merchant. The partnership between him and Coppell must have commenced in about 1784-5, for in the latter year Mullet Hall was conveyed in trust to the firm, the property having been cleared of the several mortgages on it, which fell into Goldwin's hands. He retired to Great Britain in 1796, for his powers of attorney to Coppoll and others are dated in June of that year.
   Peter Breton of Kingston married Lucy, sister of Thomas Goldwin, in about 1787-3.
    Mrs. Elizabeth Israel Pickering was evidently the mother of Mrs. Coppell and Mrs. Goldwin and of their brother John Hayle Shickle, for John Shickle in his will mentions them as children of Elizabeth Montin or Elisabeth Montin Israel. She must have married after the death of John Shickle.

3/3. Samuel Hayle 24/11/1738
3/4. Henry Hayles 6/2/1739 & 6/2/1740

Probably mentioned as nephew in Samuel Hayle’s will of 1741
Probable will[580] of 1771:
Of Clarendon, weak in body
All to much esteemed cousin White Robinson, wife of John Robinson of Clarendon.

2/8. Thomas Hayle

B aft 1696, bef 1714

...John Hayle senr grand father to Thomas Hayle gave to Thomas Hayle a parcel of land in the parish of Clarendon at Smoakey Hole as in John Hayle’s will (the 450 acres patent).
This Indenture, 1742-6[581], ... Thomas Hayle, of Clarendon, planter sells for £13J to John Shickel of Clarendon one hundred acres of land being part of the above mentioned parcel of land bounding on the road that leads from Saint Jago Savannah to Burrels Crawl And on the east above mentioned land of Thomas Hayle.

1741[582]: Thomas Hayle of Clarendon planter, sold for £35 [£16K] to Samuel Nevil Hayle planter of Vere, 300 acres in Clarendon E on the path S on the land of a Mr Thomas Stone, W on John Sutton, N on Mr John Hayle.
this looks to be part of the 450 acre patent, although the neighbours do not tie in with the original, but they could have changed in the 30 years since the grant. Samuel Nevil was his cousin, son of Nevil.

By 1754, it is probable that Thomas had sold most of the land, and that he remained with 20 acres (JFS 1754 owners).
Burrells shown as a pen in 1763 in Clarendon, but north of the Thomas River.

2/9. Priscilla Hayle

She was mentioned in John snr’s will dated 1714, but not in her father’s dated a couple of years before: she was also in her mother’s will of 1714, proved 1739. It may be that she was born shortly before, or even after her father’s death.

1/2. Neville Hayle – see below.

1/3. Alice Hayle, M Mar John Anderson

They were married by 1714

John Anderson left a wll in 1736, and makes no mention of children, but does mention Edward Pratter partnership, making him the same as Alice Hayle’s husband.

Will[583] of Alice Anderson: 22/7/1738. Of St Elizabeth, all to sister Elizabeth Smith, so probably had no surviving children.

From a suit[584] filed in Chancery in 1743 by Elizabeth Smith, widow and executrix and sole devisee of Alice’s will, she married John Anderson, a planter, who was in partnership in 1720 with Edward Pratter in the 500 acre Prospect Plantation in the Clarendon mountains and an unspecified other holding of 200 acres in Clarendon. Pratter evidently put the majority of cash into the partnership for sugar works etc, to be paid back by John Anderson out of income. The suit lays down the facts of the debts owed by John Anderson, and the relatively low income awarded to his widow. Elizabeth Smith contested this, and made representation over the use and fate of slaves brought into the partnership by Alice Anderson. By the date of the suit, Edward Pratter, John Anderson and Alice Andersom had all died; the Pratter share went to his nephew in England.
It must be assumed that Elizabeth Smith was Alice’s sister. Pratter & Anderson appear in Vere in Craskell.
The suit makes interesting reading of the financing of an estate, which seemed to have been making about £1000 pa.


1/4. Priscilla Hayle, Mar Mr Allen

Deduced from John’s will, nothing more found, but might be Francis Allen with whom her brother John jnr had dealings in 1712, and was a neighbour of the Clarendon mountain patents. There are no obvious records showing her.
Francis Allen was ch St Catherine, 27/10/1685 of Jonathan & Dorothy.

1/5. Margaret Hayle, Mar Thomas Biggs

2/1. Thomas Biggs ch Vere 26/9/1713, B 16/4PR.
2/2. Samuel Biggs, ch 17/8/1717, ClarendonPR.

A Samuel Biggs appears in a deed with John Sinclair in 1739.
mar Seile Smith, dau of Dr James & Elizabeth Smith.
3/1. Elizabeth Biggs, B 8/1/1739-40 ch 23/3/1739 KingstonPR.

mar Dr. John King in Clarendon 13th March 1760PR .
Beverley Gatt descends from this line[585]. Dr. John King's ancestry - (later of St. Thomas in the East and St. George)  Dr. John King's first child was born in Kingston - children later in Vere - and St. Thomas in the East).

3/2. Thomas Biggs, b 28/1/1740-1 ch Kingston, 1/3/1740PR
3/3. Samuel b 8/12/1744, ch 2/1/1744-5 KingstonPR.
3/4. Thomas Biggs, b 28/1/1745-6, ch Kingston 2/2/1745-6PR.
3/5. James Biggs, b. 28/5/1748, ch Kingston 11/3/1748PR.

The line before James Biggs above, Judith Fisher, a negro belonging to Thomas Biggs, ch 11/6/1748, aged about 27 years
Also in Clarendon PR P35 Elizabeth Biggs of Thomas & Mary 29/2/1715
Thomas Biggs bur St John 26/8/1761

1/6. Elizabeth Hayle, mar Dr James Smith.

Elizabeth was not mentioned in John snr’s will, but Dr James Smith referred to as “brother-in-law” in John jnr’s will of 1712 and son in law in John snr’s will of 1714-17; a deed[586] of 1699 mentions Dr James Smith’s wife, Elizabeth, showing the connection. This is emphasised by Alice (Hayle) Anderson leaving her estate to her sister, Elizabeth Smith. There was a case in Chancery over this estate, summarised in Alice’s section.

2/1. Samuel Nevil Smith ch 13/4/1710, ClarendonPR
2/2. Francis Smith, b 22/2/1712-3, ch 23rd, VerePR
2/3. Seile (Secile) Smith, ch 31/10/1716 ClarendonPR

mar Samuel Biggs, son of Thomas Biggs & Margaret Hayle, see above.

2/4. John Smith, ch 30/6/1706, ClarendonPR.

Issue ch Kingston of John & Frances: from the PR, perhaps ours!
3/1. John Ivy Smith, b 3/6/1727, ch 30/6/1727PR.
3/2. William Smith, b 18/2/1728-9,  4/4/1729PR.
3/3. Samuel Smith, b 16/10/1732, ch 13/11/1732PR.
3/4. Henry Smith b, 11/5/1734, 17/6/1734PR.



Ch/born: unknown – deduced from parents will etc.
Parents: John & Priscilla Hayle

The known land owned by Nevil Hayle:
Half of the 609 & 250 acres (430 acres) runs in Smokey Hole.
47 Acres in Brazilatto Hills – sold 1718
100 acres in St Elizabeth – sold 1720
Land at Yarmouth – all that John senior owned.

Of this, at least 300 acres of the Smokey Hole land was given to his son, Samuel Nevil, which was sold on Samuel’s death.

His grandson, Samuel Nevil jnr, was Nevil’s only surviving male heir, via his father, Samuel Nevil, and owned 1185 acres in Clarendon in 1754. There were probably about 430 acres left at Smokey Hole by then, so the southern lands must have been of the order of 750 acres.

1718[587]: Nevil Hayle & his wife Sarah, a planter of Vere, sells to James Smith of Vere esq, for £J10 [£4.5K] 1/3 of 140 Acres E on John Aldred, Mrs Waite & Thomas Perry, N on Philemon Dixon W on Thomas Halse & John Hunt S on Sd James Smith, lately in possession of John Hayle snr of Vere. This land was in the Brazilatto Hills and bought by John Hayle snr in 1699.

1720[588] in an Indenture Nevil Hayle & his Wife Sarah of Vere sell to John Anderson of Clarendon for 100 acres in St Elizabeth bounding all round on waste land. Both signed. Probably the land bought by John senior from John Honis, then in Clarendon: John Anderson had land in the Carpenters Mountains on the Vere/Clarendon/St Elizabeth border. John Anderson was the husband of Nevil’s sister, Alice.

1723[589]: Articles of agreeement between Nevil Hayle of Vere & Thomas Roberts jnr. Nevil Hayle gives to Thomas Roberts estate at Yarmouth & 20 slaves for 5 years; Nevil Hayle to get ½ or produce, indigo, cotton or what ever else
Taxes & Overseers to be split between them.
Thomas Roberts can cut timber for post and rails on the estate
Specifes rights over stock etc.

Hayle Nevill to William Jackson – 1727
74/254 Date 3/5 1727, ent 11/7/1727
Nevil Hayle of Vere lets to William Jackson both planters of Vere, 75 acres of land in Yarmouth Savanna, for 12 years on rent of 25% of profits, W on John Carver? Decd, N on James Smith, E on River Minor, S on Henry Rodon.

1732[590]: Nevil Hayle of Vere sells to John Sinclair of St Elizabeth land in Vere for £J850 [£385K]. Original was fragmented and only part copied into the new volume. This land is described in a deed between Edward & Francis Smith[591]. The transaction was a mortgage from John Sinclair. See full text for the transaction.

There was a claim in 1743 in the Court of Chancery by Nevil Hayle on Peter Sinclair, but the records do not show the details of the claim[592] - maybe John never paid for this land!

1740[593]: Nevil Hayle planter of Vere gives to Mary Tyther his daughter, widow of Vere, 6 acres (E, W, N on NH S & southerly on River Mino or Dry River). This was presumably part of his holdings around Yarmouth.

John Downer From John Mayne – 1695

17/75  date 1/2 1J2, ent 3/3/1695.

John & Mary Mayne of Port Royal sells land in Port Royal to John & Rebecca Downer of Vere 

1743[594]: Nevil Hayle of Vere, Gent, sells for five shillings all that land where George Hayle of Vere now dwelleth in Vere, bounding easterly on the road leading to the Cross from Rio Minho to the land now in possession of Elizabeth Falloways Northerly on Elizabeth Falloways Westerly on Nevil Hayle and Southerly on John Hayle containing five acres.
Witness Francis Smith & John Hayle.
This was probably George, son of George, son of Richard, who owned 40 acres in 1754.
The Cross was between Old Harbour & the Rio Minho, shown with the road on Moll 1717 and Browne.  

1745[595]: Nevil Hayle of Vere, planter for £J500 [£225K] sells to Peter Sinclair of Vere, planter, 6 male slaves and six female negro slaves, their offspring etc ... subject nevertheless to a certain indenture of mortgage made by the said Nevil Hayle to John Sinclair and which was by the said John Sinclair assigned over to Peter Sinclair and by Peter Sinclair to Francis Smith ...
In presence of Francis Smith & George Burrell
Was this mortgage in deed 88/179 1732-3?
This Peter Sinclair the brother of John Sinclair.

Edward Smith et al to Francis Smith – 1753
152/61 dated 19/6/1750 ent 16/6/1753
This Indenture between Edward and Katherine Smith of St Catherine’s of the one part and
Francis Smith of Vere planter of the other part

Nevil Hayle late of Vere deceased sold by indenture dated 10/12/1732 (88/179 £850 for land in St Elizabeth) by way of mortgage to John Sinclair late of St Elizabeth’s since deceased land in Vere containing 79 acres bounding round partly on the Dry River and on land of William Followays decd and on Sarah Cammock subject nevertheless to the payment of a sum of money therein mentioned and interest

And the Nevil Hayle by a deed dated 1/10/1745 sold to Edward Smith this land and also all the estate right equity of redemption (See also 135/37 Nevil Hayle to Peter Sinclair) (This is the right of the mortgagor to repossess the property when the loan is paid off; for full description of Right Equity of Redemption, see Deed full text in Wills File).

and Edward Smith by a deed by way of mortrgage sold to John Shickle and Francis Smith all that sugar works and plantation at Dry River in Vere bounding as in the said indenture

By this indenture Edward & Katherine Smith for £500 sold to Francis Smith half of the above mentioned sugar works or plantation at Dry River in Vere, bounded now westerly on part of the same run in the tenure of Doctor Mounson Smith southerly on land belonging to Mrs Carver and on part of the same land now in the tenure of Smart Hayle easterly on the Dry River from a place on the river called Fig Tree Hole to another on the river called Yarmnouth Hole northerly on part of the same land now in the tenure of Ann Hayle widow and on the Dry River on land belonging to the heirs of William Ivy deceased and also the other piece of land containing 79 acres bounding round partly on the Dry River and on the land of William Followways deceased now in the tenure of John Shickle and on Sarah Cammock and belonging to the heirs of George Ivy and also all those negro slaves (7 named)
...together with ...and the reversion and reversions ..also all the ... equity of redemption ...law or equity of Edward & Katherine Smith ... in the land and negro slaves ... subject nevertheless to the above indenture of mortgages made by Nevil Hayle to John Sinclair and by Edward Smith to John Shickle.
Witnesses Geo Burrell & George Burrell jnr
Appeared before Richard Cargill. 11/9/1750.

Issue of Nevil & Sarah:
1/1. Priscilla Hayle, (PR: b 7/10/1707 Vere)

may have been our ancestor – see summary & her entry with John Sinclair.

1/2. Humphrey Hayle, (PR: b 1713 Vere)
1/3. Son Hayle - Vere PR: b. 14/3/1717, bap 2/5/1717, of Nevil & Sarah.

Index has this as Mathew, but the copy register just says “son”! sp Thos Palfreeman & Mrs Elice Anderson (Alice, his aunt).

1/4. John Hayle, executor in Samuel Neville’s will.

Possibly married Grace, John & Grace Hayle were sponsors to Samuel Nevil’s son by Grace .
A possibility:
John Hayle – John Wilson 1756
161/188 dated 3/2/1756 ent 10/7/1756
John Hayle & wife Mary, Carpenter of Vere sells for £80 to John Wilson storekeeper of Vere 18A in Vere E on John Hatton N on the spring? W George Manning snr, S on John Rodon

Administration if this is the one:
1B/11/17/13F28 17630721 John Hayle to Isaac Carter
JH Carpenter of St Elizabeth Isaac Carter of St Dorothy, printer, creditor

1/4. Mary Hayle, married Mr Tyther,

She was given 6 acres by her father Nevil in 1740 as a widow.
No sign has been found of any Tythers, but there were Tayleby’s in Clarendon, and a Alice christened of John & Mary Tingley, Clarendon 16/11/1732. Could be a transcription error. Samuuel Booth had dealings with Taylby in 1724.

1/5. Samuel Neville Hayle (inferred to be him)