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Issue Date: 10/04/2018


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0      JAMAICAN ANCESTORS of FRANCIS MAITLAND 0-1

INDEX: 0-1

1      Introduction 1-1

The FAMILY GROUPS 1-3

Terminology 1-3

Money & Currency 1-4

Reference Sources 1-4

Parishes and their Boundaries 1-5

The Leeward Road 1-5

2      The Maitlands & Rebecca & Ann Wright 2-1

2.1      JOHN MAITLAND 2-1

REBECCA DUNSTON WRIGHT 2-1

2.2      FRANCIS MAITLAND 2-4

ANN WRIGHT: 2-4

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 Maps and Plats. 4-1

Wright Deed Timeline 4-2

4.1      RICHARD WRIGHT 4-3

4.2      ANDREW WRIGHT – died 1712 4-4

Land Transactions: 4-4

4.3      WILLIAM & ELIZABETH WRIGHT 4-13

4.4      FRANCIS WRIGHT - B 1715 4-14

Chambers Family: 4-17

4.5      ANDREW WRIGHT - 1752 4-20

RUTH SINCLAIR - 1764 4-27

Summary 4-27

Slave Compensation - Mitcham 4-31

Early 17thC Wrights 4-31

5      SINCLAIRS OF JAMAICA & CAITHNESS 5-1

Sinclair Summary 5-1

Sinclair Maps & Plats 5-1

Sinclair Deed Timeline 5-1

Other Contemporary Sinclairs in Jamaica 5-2

5.1      JOHN SINCLAIR’S PARENTS: 5-4

5.2      JOHN SINCLAIR 5-5

Summary 5-5

John Sinclair’s Dealings 5-7

Maps Applicable to John Sinclair 5-9

John Sinclair’s main holdings 5-9

Priscilla Hayle - 1707 5-13

5.3      JOHN HAYLE SINCLAIR 5-16

Maps Applicable to John Hayle Sinclair & his Descendants 5-16

Transactions: 5-16

Judith Burton 5-20

Sinclairs of Caithness, Notes 5-29

SINCLAIRS of CAITHNESS - Bckground 5-29

6      BURTON FAMILY 6-1

Burton Summary 6-1

Burton Maps & Plats 6-2

Burton Time line 6-2

6.1      FRANCIS & JUDITH BURTON 6-4

Barbados 6-4

Virgina Connection 6-7

Jamaica 6-7

Judith Burton 6-15

6.2      BENJAMIN BURTON - 1674 6-22

Elbeatha Maskall 6-23

1/4. Thomas Burton – D 1763 6-24

Hannah Mendez 6-35

6.3      Thomas & Benjamin Burton Lands Transactions 6-37

6.4      BENJAMIN BURTON - 1703 6-39

Dorothy Rochester 6-41

Swaby & Witters 6-44

6.5      Other Jamaican Burtons of the Period 6-45

Westmoreland Burtons 6-46

6.6      EARLY BARBADOS BURTONS 6-46

Burton/Arundell Connection 6-47

Robert Burton of Barbados 6-50

Jacob Burton of Barbados 6-50

Ellacott/Ellicott 6-50

Thomas Ellacott snr: 6-50

Burtons Plantations - Rose 6-51

7      BOOTH FAMILY 7-1

Booth Time line 7-1

Booth Maps & Plats 7-4

Booth Introduction 7-5

The George Booth Conundrum 7-6

Henry Booths 7-7

Booth Land 7-8

Booth Land on Maps: 7-8

Captain George Booth’s family Property: 7-9

Carlisle & Salt Savanna Estates 7-9

George Booth 1 Family Property 7-10

Withywood 7-10

St Jago 7-10

Land Transactions: 7-11

7.1      George Booth – D 1676/8 7-14

Inventory 7-16

Frances Booth: 7-17

Issue of George Booth 7-18

1/1.        George Booth 2 – AM13/81 7-18

1/2.        Benjamin Booth - 1686 7-18

7.2      George Booth – 2nd – D 1702/5 7-26

Land Transactions: 7-27

1/1.        Thomas Booth – AM11/21. 7-31

1/2.        Eliza Booth 7-31

1/3.        George Booth – “GB3” 7-32

1/4.        Samuel Booth – D 1733 7-34

1/5.        Simon Booth – D abt 1764 7-39

1/6.        William Booth (<21 1702). 7-50

1/7.        Sarah Booth (<15 - 1702) 7-50

1/8.        Henry Booth – D 1738-9. 7-51

7.3      Thomas Booth – D. 1729 7-54

1/1.        Henry Booth – AM10/11 7-56

1/2.        Thomas Booth – D 1747 7-56

1/3.        Benjamin Booth – D abt 1730?? 7-57

1/4.        Mary Booth 7-57

7.4      Henry Booth – D 1743 7-58

1/1.        Anna Mary Booth 7-63

1/2.        William Thomas Booth 7-63

1/3.        Peter Gravett Booth. 7-63

7.5      The Gall Booths 7-65

1/1.        John Gall Booth 7-65

17thC Booths in Barbados: 7-72

Modyford’s Barbados Settlers 7-72

Booth Shipping 7-73

7.6      Capt George Booth – D 1695: 7-75

Land Transaction: 7-75

2/1. George Booth, 1707-1769 7-84

1/1.        Booths of St James 7-101

7.7      Golding: 7-103

Unknown Booths: 7-113

Landholders – Booth 7-115

8      HAYLE FAMILY 8-1

Hayle Summary 8-1

Property Locations & Maps 8-2

Hayle Deeds Time Line 8-2

Hayle Maps & Plats 8-4

8.1      WILLIAM HAYLE 8-6

1/1.        John Hayle of whom later. 8-7

1/2.        Thomas Hayle, died before 1691: 8-7

1/3.        William Hayle ch 1638 8-11

1/4.        Richard Hayle, died before 1693, 8-11

8.2      JOHN HAYLE snr. – Died 1717 8-19

1/1.        John Hayle, (jnr) died 1712 8-24

John Hayle Shickle 8-31

1/2.        Neville Hayle – see below. 8-33

1/3.        Alice Hayle, M Mar John Anderson 8-33

1/4.        Priscilla Hayle, Mar Mr Allen 8-33

1/5.        Margaret Hayle, Mar Thomas Biggs 8-33

1/6.        Elizabeth Hayle, mar Dr James Smith. 8-34

8.3      NEVIL & SARAH HAYLE 8-34

Later Hayles 8-38

Milborough Maxwell To John Pusey Hayle – 1800 8-38

William Pusey Hayle 8-39

Thomas Hahnemann Hayle senior 1808 – 1886 8-41

9      OTHER RELATED FAMILIES 9-1

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

Anderson Maps & Plats 9-7

Lewis Anderson – D 1703 9-7

9.4      DOWNER & SMART FAMILIES: 9-16

SMARTS 9-18

9.5      COHENS 9-19

Parish Records, St Elizabeth 9-19

9.6      PENNANT FAMILY 9-25

10        WRIGHT FAMILY GENERAL 10-1

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

BOOTH in BARBADOS 11-1

BURTONS in VIRGINIA & BARBADOS 11-1

12        ROBERTS FAMILY 12-1

12.1         GEORGE ROBERTS 12-1

REBECCA WRIGHT 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

15        SOURCES & OTHER BACKGROUND 15-1

Maps, Land Grants etc 15-1

Estate & Patent Maps – onto Modern Maps 15-1

Land Grants 15-1

Maps of Jamaica and Place Names 15-1

Biographical Databases 15-2

The New Jamaica Magazine: 15-3

Vere 15-3

Laws of Jamaica 15-4

Bibliography 15-4

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

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

 

 


1        Introduction


    The general impression of Jamaican planters is that they were all rich sugar producers: some 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 (first called St Jago de la Vega, but for simplicity, I use the modern name throughout), with some farmers elsewhere; the north coast seems to have been virtually uninhabited at this time. 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, it was escheated to the Crown (ie, 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): estates 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 owners were, as in our case, free people of colour.
    The Maitland male line was a late arrival in Jamaica, but they intermarried with resident families, ancestors of whom had been very early immigrants to the Island, and became pen-keepers in St Elizabeth. There was also another Richard Maitland who was in St Elizabeth around 1740, but returned to live in London, leaving one or two mixed race offspring: he probably died 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 shipmaster, with a long sea fairing career from 1740 until his death in 1778; nothing is known of his origins except that he was said to have been a native of Ireland.
    John & Rebecca’s surviving son, Francis, a man of colour, 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); 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 direct evidence of him in Barbados, although there were Booths in the contemporary records, including a Captain George Booth owning land on the island. Francis Burton however has his children baptised in Barbados, and 2 deeds reveal him selling is property ther prior to migrating to Jamaica, a related family, the Ellacotts also appear in the Barbadian records. These 2 families 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 a later arrival, probably in the 1720’s. 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.


The FAMILY GROUPS

 


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

Terminology


     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:




Money & Currency


      Unless otherwise stated, currency amounts are in Jamaican pounds, somewhat discounted from sterling. The official rate was £100 stlg = £140 Jamaican for much of the period in which we are interested, but on actual conversion a commission was often charged of about 20%, making the actual rate somewhere in the region of 100/165.
     In some cases, a modern inflated equivalent is given. The usual way of doing this is by a measure of price inflation, sources of which are available. When I have looked at the results, the price inflation does not give as high a modern value as one might expect so I have constructed a wage inflation index as well, using old wage data and comparing job descriptions which are easily transferable, such as lawyers, priests, ship and agricultural labourers.
    Wage inflation gives much higher values than price inflation, and reflects more on the relative wealth of the people concerned, and relates to the relative amounts in terms of buying power. Where these numbers are given, the are suffixed by P or W. Both indices are related to about 2016 and corrected into sterling.
A fuller discussion on historic inflation is in the Jamaica General volume.
     Long has an interesting section on Money. He discusses at length the effects of no formalised coinage, and the depreciation of coinage by clipping etc, and the effect of changes in the value of precious metals. It was not unknown for an island such as Jamaica actually to run out of coinage if it was running a balance of payment deficit.

Reference Sources

Book & Publications


Jamaica, A description of the Island - Richard Blome 1672. Includes a map, one of the early triangular shaped islands.


Sloane 1707. Includes map, the 2nd generation, showing a good outline of the island.

Long, History of Jamaica, 1774.
Parish decscriptions, including the route of the windward roads.
And an interesting section on the costs of setting up a sugar enterprise in his 1774 History (Vol 1 P159 et seq).

 

Edwards History civil and commercial of the British Colonies in the West Indies, 1793.

 

Archival Records


Most of the genealogical information has been deduced from parish records, wills and deeds. Deeds are the office copies of documents such as indentures which were drawn up, mostly when a sale was made, either or real estate or slaves.

Barbados
The records are held by Barbados Archives. Wills and deeds for the period from about 1640 to 1700 were searched. They are indexed in the same manner as the Jamaican equivalents, although in rather better condition.
The parish records were transcribed by Joanne Sanders and are available of Ancestry.com. There is a hard copy in the Archives.
Hotton’s Original List of Persons of Quality (1874) has a lot of lists (surprise surprise) of ship passengers (many of whom were convicted of rebellion), militia members etc.

Jamaica
Jamaican records are held in two places, wills and deeds are held by the Registrar General’s Department. Wills usually give family members and often property held at the time of will drafting. Deeds fill in some of the background of people’s activities, and often reveal how litigious they were, and how badly they ran their finances! The parish records originals are also held by the RGD, but the images are available from the Mormon Church souces.
The Archives hold most of the property records, such as land grants patents, inventories, manumissions, crop returns and legal cases.

Other sources are newspapers and some of the Island histories published in the 18thC, particularly by Edward Long.


Parishes and their Boundaries


    Jamaica was split up into administrative areas, first called precincts, but late parishes. Parishes are more the size of an English county, but had a parish church, in the early days there seemed only to be one per parish; they were more than an ecclesiastical area having much of the administrative division of an English county. Just to confuse the issue, there are also 3 countries or divisions, Cornwall in the west, Middlesex in the centre and Surry in the East. There were also early references to the Eastern and Western division.

 

     The boundary between St Elizabeth, Vere & Clarendon was established in 1683 and changed in 1739 by act of assembly and Craskell conforms with this new line. Browne shows the old one. Manchester was later founded in 1813. This 1739 boundary change explains the apparent changes in the parish residence of, particularly, the later Burtons.

 

The Leeward Road


    The leeward road (a later road was known as “New”) is often referred to in place descriptions in documents. The earliest map that appears to show this road is Bochart & Knollis in 1684: it is shown from Spanish Town across the Clarendon/Vere plain, crossing the Rio Minho at Kettle Spring, and then towards the Round hill, and then along the coast to Alligator Pond. It then routed north from there towards modern Gutters, and then west to cross the Black River & its tributaries north of the Morass, then south to Black River Bay, and along the coast to Sav la Mar.

     The actual route of the old Leeward road is difficult to deduce, except that it seems to have crossed the Rio Minho between Hals Hall and Parnassus, and over the plain to the east side of the Milk River south of Baldwin’s River. The route past the Round Hill was to the south, a track still being visible on Google earth, though not marked on the 1950’s map. The “main” road now passes to the north and west of the Hill. The majority of the modern road west of this hill toward the Pond probably follows the old 17thC route. The crossing point of the old leeward road gives a clue to how far north up the Rio Minho the early properties were located.
     An early act in 1703 describes a road well to the north of the Spur Tree road over the May Day Hills. The primary act for the construction of the “new leeward road” was passed by the assembly in 1747, this and subsequent acts describe its route and development. Long gives a good descriptions of the great Western Road, from where it passes the Cross[1], and crosses the Rio Minho to Lime Savanna and St Jago, roughly following the modern road past May Pen where the western portion[2] passes from Olyphant’s estate, west of the Milk River (roughly St Jago), over the mountain and to Spur Tree and Gutters, where it picks up the original road through Lacovia. Bryan Edwards map of 1794 shows this route quite well, and it can then be seen on Liddell 1888.
      Cross referring the modern roads and Craskel, the route looks to be Mango Tree, John Robinson, Green pond, Patrick Town, Pear Tree, Knockpatrick, Malrborough to Spur Tree.
       The modern trunk road past Mandeville appears between 1804 (Robertson) and 1842 (Arrowsmith).


 

2        The Maitlands & Rebecca & Ann Wright



2.1    JOHN MAITLAND

AM08/01


   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, Francis & Richard.


REBECCA DUNSTON WRIGHT

AM08/02


Will & Inventory held.

Born St Elizabeth:
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. (no evidence has been found of Roderick Rose).

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).
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.

Summary:


   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 Foster 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; there is no indication of where the Dunston name came from, although there was a John Dunston who died in Kingston in 1764, his son George inheriting[3], John sold some land in St Thomas in the Vale to William Hayle. 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, who had been manumitted by then.
   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 Dunston 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 substantial real and personal estate, which included a large portfolio of creditors and 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 and was devised to her in her mother’s will, Rebecca’s sister getting the more western properties little Colluden (or the sale proceeds thereof) and they both shared several properties in Black River. In fact, Little Colluden was sold in 1795 before Patty’s death, although there was some doubt over the validity of the transaction as it was reconfirmed by Rebecca in 1803[4]. The Cove was sold by Francis Maitland to Thomas Hogg in 1809.
     Son Francis was "of Westmoreland" when he bought Giddy Hall in 1809, so he was still resident there. Her St Elizabeth property looked to have been rental property in and around Black River (6 tenants renting houses were listed in her inventory, so probably at least 6 dwellings) in addition to the capital dwelling house inherited from Patty, 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. On an estate map, there is a 42 acre plot of land called Patty’s coow pasture: this must have been one of Patty Penford’s properties. Some of these at least were sold by Francis about 1810.
    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 and the property left by her mother in 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 6 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!).

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.

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


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


Privilege Bill:
PRO CO 139/39 (Jamaican House of Assembly minutes)
Courtesy of Dan Livesay Jan 2008[i] (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."

Deed 345/185
Date 10/7/1787 Ent 24/1/1788. Humphrey Colquhoun of St E esq & Hyem Cohen merch of St E as trustees of will of John Maitland late of St E merchant. PHOTOS 7/2 1104:
.. of the parish of St Elizabeth ... and Hyem Cohen OTP merchant trustees and execs of the will of John Maitland OTP merchant and planter dcd.
Greeting whereas John Maitland was in his life seized and possessed of sundry negroes and other slaves and other estate both real and personal and being so thereof seized departed this life having made his will dated 25 October 1786.
And by his will did inter alia give etc to Humphrey Colquhoun and Hyem Cohen etc all the rest and residue and remainder of his estate both real and personal of what nature or kind soever .. upon trust nevertheless and to the intent and purpose that theey should sell and dispose of the same ... for such sum of money of good and sufficient securities ... either by private of public sale as appear to HC HC to be the most advantageous for the benefit of his estate and for that purpose good and sufficient deeds devices ... in the law to such purchases to give and execute ... of his will...
Now therefore know ye that HC HC .. in compliance of the will .. and for J£350 from Rebecca Wright free quadroon of St E... have ..sold.. 7 negroes (named)

Note: John Maitland left his estate to his sons, this RW paying the estate for the slaves.

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.

Leah Wright From David Shakespear 1804 523/14 Feb-18 Date 17/12/1803 Ent 6/6/1804. Bt of David Shakespear president of Black River Workhouse a negro woman named Diana no visible marks sold for payment of fees for £27/0/-

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

Rebecca’s Will[5]
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 in the Almanacs:
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.

 

2.2    FRANCIS MAITLAND

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

Married:

ANN WRIGHT:

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Summary:

    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, Mary, who later married George Roberts of Jamaica, were taken to England with their father. 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. Earlier, Andrew conveyed to his natural daughters by Ruth Sinclair, 120 acres of land on the coast at Callabash Bay, patented by him in 1789.
    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, and she was still resident in England June 1826. After then, 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 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.
     There is a suggestion that Ann was the author of “The Woman of Colour”, published in 1808.
  
Details:

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.

In 1826[6], Henry Warlock planter of St Elizabeth, sells to Ann Maitland at present in England, widow, for £100 300A in Trelawney, NE on land pat by Andrew Miller Trough?? on land pat by William Dyer & Thomas Payne dcd all other sides u/s. No clue of what this land was, it does not appear elsewhere. William Dyer appears as a small owner in the 1827 and other almanacs.

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 weekly-designed pediment.”[7]

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. [=£520,000 price inflation, and £1.5M on wage inflation 2016]

Inventory[8], 1835:            

Ann Maitland, Widow of St Elizabeth:
Executors: Honrbl John Salmon, Andrew Maitland, John Maitland, Samuel Sherman.


Sundry Household Furniture and Plate                          346-02-8 1/2
Plantation Utensils (£100) & 30 bags Pimento in store         181-00-0
Sundry Horsekind                                            1211-10-0
Horned Stock                                                1433-00-0
Flock of Sheep                                                 62-10-0
71 Labourers at £50     each                                 3550-00-0
3 Asses valued at                                              98-00-0
                                                             6902-02-8 1/2

Epitaph at Giddy Hall:
Sacred to the memory of Mrs Ann Maitland who departed this life 23rd October 1833, aged 42 years


3        PATTY PENFORD

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Summary

    Patty Penford was a mulatto, born 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 of the Black River town area shows Patty’s Cow pasture of 42 acres[9].

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 but none were 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 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 gap 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[10] 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 her manumission.
     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, a tavern keeper, 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[11]:
“...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...”

Land and other Transactions

    Patty’s first recorded transaction was in 1766[12] 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[13], 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[14], Patty Penford of St Elizabeth sells to Lewis Vassall esq of St Elizabeth mulatto man slave called Sammy for £90.
    In 1790[15], Patty Penford, free mulatto of Westmoreland, sells to Robert Johnston planter of Westmoreland for £45 negro man Mingo. Her mark

   The next land purchase was Little Culloden, bought 1778[16] 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 (or the cash equivalent) to daughter Margaret Forbes. This property was on Parker’s Bay and Little Culloden was a guest house in 2010. By 2017, much of this area has disappeared under a Sandalls resort estate. This property was later sold in about 1795 to Thomas Hogg, although the conveyance was lost as shown by a deed[17] between Hogg & Rebecca confirming the conveyance:
Rebecca Wright, woman of colour of St Elizabeth & Thomas Hogg, of Westmoreland, planter. Whereas Patty Penford, free woman of colour of St Elizabeth & mother of Rebecca Wright abt 1795 sold to Thomas Hogg Little Culloden but sd conveyance mislaid, Patty Penford since dcd, So Rebecca Wright sells (again) to Thomas Hogg 96 acres of Little Culloden N on Cumberland Valley, W on Aukendown, S on sea E on Colluden, now or lately  in possession of Walter Tomlinson.

    The last and biggest was the Cove Pen bought[18] 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[19] 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).
     Deed 334F116 shows the plat for The Cove as surveyed in when she bought it in 1775. This plat is repeated in the sale of The Cove to Thomas Hogg by Francis Maitland in 1809.
    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. The SE portion of the plan, the Eastern and southern lines and first NE line are still shown as boundaries on the Jamaica Land Agency map, the NE line aligned with a visible fence line on Google Earth.




Deed 334F116 redrawn.

     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[20] 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[21], 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[22] 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
dwelling 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 as described.

From: Journal of a West Indian Proprietor by MG Lewis, published in 1839[23]. 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[24]; 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,

The parish records for Rebecca’s baptism claim that Patty was lately a slave belonging to Roderick Rose. Rose’s 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 and was subsequently owned by Francis Maitland’s son John (1845 Almanac).


Issue:

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. It is probable that this was her as Rebecca seems to have had sole possession of the Black River properties at her death.
Will not found but many other Forbes about.
Hyem Cohen died about 1803 (ref will & inventory)
His son later bought Berlin, Potsdam, Albion & Corby Castle estates in St Elizbeth from Henry Cerf, comprising 3614 acres & & 945 slaves[25].
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---
(Abrevieted)
...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:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF ALEXANDER FORBES ESQR PROVOST MARSHAL GENERAL AND ONE OF HIS MAJESTY'S COUNCIL OF JAMAICA BELOVED AND RESPECTED FOR HIS GREAT ABILITY UNSPOTTED INTEGRITY AND UNIVERSAL BENEVOLENCE. HE WAS YE SECOND SON OF SR DAVID FORBES OF NEWHALL IN YE COUNTY OF EDINBURGH IN SCOTLAND. BORN AT EDINBURGH THE 27th JULY 1689, DIED AT JAMAICA THE 13th NOVEMBER 1729.

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

SWI:
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.



 

4        WRIGHT FAMILY

 

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, the other George Roberts. 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 is a tenuous piece of evidence that the father of Andrew (d 1712) was Richard Wright who had a moiety of a grant of 60 acres in 1664 in soiuthern Clarendon, later Vere. There was a Wright shown on the Rio Minho on 1684: these very early settlers were often growing indigo, which at that time was an extremely profitable crop, a good living could be made on a few tens of acres. This was before the growth of the sugar industry.
     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 Maps and Plats.


There are a number of grants to earlier Wrights, but the connection between them and Andrew is unknown, and may not have existed.

These are the ones relevant to our branch of the family on the Maitland-Wright CAD drawing:

Patents
1664: Richard Wright & Philip Edmonds granted 60 acres at Guardeboca 9F218.
1703: Andrew Wright & Phillip Edmonds plat 34F27 Braziletto Mountains.
1717: Robert Wright & Christian Christian, pat 1/16f167, Broadleaf, 2½ miles W of Porus.
1740: Robert Wright, pat 1/21F95 – Nassau, St Elizabeth
1745: Robert Wright, pat 1/23F154
1786: Andrew Wright, pat 1/36F51 – Silvergrove
1789: Andrew Wright, pat 1/36F40 – Single Rock?
The following 3 help locate the Wright/Edmonds grant of 1703.
1684: Phillip Edmonds 2-34F28
1691: George Ivy, 2-34F42
1709: Valentine Mumbee, 2-34F57

Deed Plats:
1756: Francis Wright to Hogg, Deed 161F131. Land on Pedro river, St TiV.
1752: Foster March to John Chambers, St John, 146F144
1776: Andrew Wright to Henry Parker, land nr The Alley church, 278F11.
1787: Raines Waite to Andrew Wright, land nr Devils race, 353F114.
1794: Andrew Wright to Ann land at Spotts Savanna, 418F11

Estate Maps:
Manchester 209: Mitcham etc
St Elizabeth 169: Mitcham Pen abt 1800.
St Elizabeth 689, Mount Charles
St Elizabeth 987, Ballards Valley.
St Elizabeth 1017, Pobles Folly: Andrew Wright 225 acres Mahogany Grove, abt 1790.
Westmoreland 30, The Cove.



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 27/5/78.
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[ii], 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
UWI, Mona, JAMAICA



4.1    RICHARD WRIGHT


    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 who was granted land with Andrew Wright 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

AM11/17


     Andrew Wright, who died in 1712 and probably born about 1665, was our earliest confirmed Wright ancestor. He might have been an original immigrant from England, or a descendant of one of the several earlier Wrights in Southern Jamaica who have already been noted. The connection by land grants shared with Philip Edmonds make Richard slightly more likely than the rest. However, Robert Wright, who had a number of transactions recored in the Vere area in the late 17thC, could also have been his father, although no sons are mentioned in his will.

   He was described as a bricklayer in the deeds of 1693 when he went into Indigo production with Philip Edmonds, the son of Philip Edmonds who was granted land with Richard Wright. Bricklayers seemed to have been the contractors who constructed forts etc, they were not necessarily the manual labourers actually laying bricks.
     Andrew’s son William & his wife Elizabeth had Francis Wright, b 1715 (Andrew's and Rebecca’s father) and his brother Dunston, b 1713.    

     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 and our ancestor, William, seemed to have been treated differently in his will in that he was left a specific bequest of slaves with his brothers inheriting the rest: William might 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[26] 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 Rachel, Andrew had two more children:
Robert who became a large landowner and had a number of children and grandchildren, one of whom Rachel Judith, married John Gall Booth, a substantial land owner in the late 18thC in St Elizabeth & Vere.
Andrew junior, who was married, but left no issue, our Francis inheriting his estate after his wife’s death:

     By the time Andrew died, he seems to have been in possession of over 500 acres of pen land in the Brazilatto mountains in Eastern Vere, Philip Edmonds, his co-patentee, having died and the whole reverted to Andrew. He also had the use of either by ownership or by partnership of about 3 small plots of Indigo land, between the River and the Salt Savannah. Andrew had seen the peak of the Indigo boom by the time he died.

      Except for the bequest to William, Andrew split his estate equally between the (younger) sons Andrew and Robert. Of these two, Andrew jnr left very little trace; he had no surviving children and left a his estate to his wife for life and then to nephew Francis. Robert, the other left an extensive family and a substantial estate. This would have included all his property. It appears that Robert took 300 of the 500 acres on the Brazilatto mountain, leaving Andrew with a smaller part, but probably with the smaller properties around the Rio Minho.

 

 
Land Transactions:

     Bochart & Knollis 1684 map shows Wright immediately south of Sheen with an indigo farm on the east bank of the Rio Minho, about 1.5 miles upstream of Goodwin, with Ivy between them at Pye Corner, the Ivy land probably being a 1691 patent on the Rio Minho[27]. The land referred to in the 1693 partnership deeds, which has no plat, with Arthur Goodin was probably somewhere between their two indigo farms, with Edmonds shown the west bank of the Rio Minho opposite Goodwin & Wright. This may have been Andrew’s land, or that patented by Robert Wright and Nathaniel Shin (Sheen) in 1666 on the dry river. Patents to Arthur Goodin for the same general area exist. Wright does not appear on Sloane 1707 map. A slightly later, bigger, patent to Robert Wright and Nat Shin could be the Wright sugar estate on the north end of the Clarendon gully, shown on Bochart & Knollis (top right on map clip), and still there on Bowen 1747, but not on Browne; but the data might by then have been old. The 1703 Edmonds/Wright grant was probably in the south end of the mountains.





The Goodwin partnership, 1693.

 

    In 1693[28], 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.
    In 1699[29], Henry Napier as Guardian to Thomas Goodin, son of Arthur Goodin decd of Vere, Leased to Andrew Wright for 5 years land bounding east west north & south on Common land near Arthur Goodin Penn at 25 Shillings per acre per year: this was probably the same as the 1693 land, and bordered on the Common Savanna and Pye Corner[30].

Other Indigo Land by the Rio Minho

    In addition to the shared indigo works with Good(w)in, Andrew Wright had two more small plots of land in Vere. Both of these were a result to the division of common land in Salt Savanna. The first, in 1709[31] was a Division of common land at Salt Savanna in Vere. Andrew Wright granted 12¼ acres lot 32 profitable land & 22 acres unprofitable land lot 28, the neighbours were listed. Lot 32 bounds inter alia, NE on Francis Moore. In 1712[32], 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 minor at £20 pa for 10 years,
mentioning Indigo. This very probably bordered in Andrew’s own land, giving him 25 acres of indigo land.
See the Act of 1709 in Jamaica General, section 2.

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

The granted land was probably that owned by his grandson Francis in 1754 (26 acres in Vere).

     Indigo prices varied greatly in the 17thC, from about 5 shillings in 1620 to 2 shillings a pound in 1670, when there were about 60 indigo works in Jamaica, producing 50,000 lbs pa[33]. Browne, writing in about 1755, states that 25 acres would produce £1000 currency per annum with 20 slaves, with a yeld of 500 lbs per acre, although other sources say 300 lbs. This yield, from Andrew’s inventory price of 4/- per lb, would return up to £J100 per acre per annum, the modern sterling equivalent ranging from about £13000P to £44,000W. Supposing Andrew Wright was working about 25 acres on his combined indigo holdings, his 2016 income would be between £325,000 and £1,100,000. A fuller description of the indigo trade is in the Jamaica General volume. Another source (Bridges) stated that a single negro would produce £30pa clear profit in indigo’s heyday.

     To quote Long, ... There were formerly upwards of seventy gentlemen’s carriages kept in the little parish of Vere, the vast profits of their indigo-works enabled them to live in such splendour; and that part of the country, for its number of houses and inhabitants, on both sides the Rio Minho, resembled a populous town. But an injudicious duty, imposed and too long continued by parliament, ruined and extirpated the manufacture; and the desolation of that fatal act is to be traced at this very day in the ruins of once crowded houses, and these and scattered inhabitants now to be found there[34].
     Edwards gave a figure for the duty in Indigo of £20 per cwt Vol 2 p419.

1703/4 Patent.

 

    Philip Edmonds and Andrew Wright were granted 500 acres on the Brazilatto mountain in Vere in 1703[35]; this land that may have bounded the north side of Philip Edmonds 1681 patent also on the mountain, against the Cockpit, in Vere. The Cockpit river is now on the easten flank of the mountains, and was shown in a similar position on Browne. With the description in the patents as being specifically “upon” the mountain, it seems most likely that this land was on the relatively flat top of it, and was probably a pen. A grant to John, Francis & Samuel More to the NE for 850 acres. A probable map of the area is in the (Image 1).
    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 western boundaries on Mumbee, Ivy & Goddard are not explicable with what is known of those individuals holdings. The known Mumbee holdings in this end of Vere were very probably on the southern flank of the Brazilatto mountain.
     This 500 acres devolved onto Andrew Wright on the death of Phillip Edmonds[36] and was left by Andrew to his sons Robert, who mortgaged 300 acres  in 1714. It seems as though son Andrew had the other 200 acres, which he left to Francis Wright.

1713[37]:  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 and Legacies

 

A portion of his Vere (indigo) land appears much later with grandson Francis and his son Andrew, so it appears that his Vere lands were already in the possession of William at Andrew’s death as they do not appear in either of his other sons estates. Part of the Edmonds land appears in son Robert’s transactions. Some of this land may have gone via son Andrew to grandson Francis.


Will of 1712/3[38]
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[39] of 1712 shown by Rachell Wright:

Five negro men

£150

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0

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0

Four negro women

£80

/

0

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0

Three boys and 3 girls

£70

/

0

/

0

3 lb of Indigo

£6

/

0

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0

an Ounce of silver

£0

/

5

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0

a parcell of old pewter

£0

/

15

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0

3 old tables 2 old trunks and 3 old chests

£1

/

0

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0

3 iron pots 7 old smoothing irons and old iron

£1

/

3

/

1 1/2

2 old guns and an old cutlass

£1

/

2

/

6

10 old Matt Chairs

£0

/

2

/

6

2 old brass candlesticks

£0

/

5

/

0

an old Looking Glass and Drinking Glass

£0

/

5

/

0

an Old water bench 2 old Jarrs and 2 old mugs

£0

/

1

/

11

a parcell of old books

£0

/

5

/

0

an old bed with ozenbrig Teck 6 pillows 2 old bedsteads and 2 sett of old curtains

£5

/

0

/

0

A parcell of old linnen and 1 old Hammock

£2

/

0

/

0

An old horse

£0

/

5

/

0

In all

£318

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10

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0


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 on the Brazilatto mountain, his brother Andrew probably had the remainder and other smaller plots in Vere; 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.
He was granted land in Clarendon with Christian Christian, 440 acres on the patent, but measured as 530 and referred to as 600 in later deeds. At some stage, he bought some land in St Elizabeth, the conveyance for which has not been found; 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, his father’s lands 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, but that was probably sold about the time he leased it out in 1714. 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

Brazilatto Land
1714[40]:
2 deeds first lease the land to Morris/Pratter with them in actual possession for 1 year at a peppercorn rent
3rd deed sells it as a mortgage for 1 year for £236/7/6d

Takes mortgage on 300 acres: this was the Brazilatto land inherited from his father.
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 by inheritance Robert Wright owns 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).

Broadleaf Valley Land
1717[41] a joint patent with Christian Christian & Robert was for 440 acres in Clarendon at Image 2 Broadleaf Valley, nr Porus Savanna. As drawn on CAD using dimensions on plat, this was about 530A, not 440 as in the original text.


Broadleaf settlement is 2½ miles west of Porus, south of the main road, and west of the line of the railway; there is some confusion over the parish, but was probably in Clarendon, not Vere or what was earlier St Elizabeth, the real boundary being a mile or two westward, later the area became Manchester.

In 1742[42], Robert sold the eastern ½ of this land for £5 to Peter Christian, effectively ending joint ownership: Robert retained two water cisterns. Robert’s half was probably left as a pen to his children


1742[43]:
(full copy held)
Robert Wright, planter of St Elizabeth sells for 5/- to Judith Theobald (Robert’s daughter), 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.
This land was south of Toll Gate, Clarendon.

Granted 2 plots[44] 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. They are shown in (Image 3).

1743: Robert Wright sells land to John Favey, deed not available.

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, which was based on 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.
About the same time, he sells land to Thomas Hogg., deed not available.

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


Will 1748-9[45]:
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[46] 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 owe 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.
Execs:

Inventory[47] of Robert Wright, 1749. He left £4922-6-8 1/2d, including a lot of clothes, wigs etc! The debtors in his will (£580 Debtors & Cash) do not show up on the inventory – maybe settled before the inventory date. This was equivalent to about £650,000P or £2.3MW.

The reference to moneys owed by Burton & Sinclair was the subject of a suit in Chancery[48], 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. Early maps have Foster in this position. Did this end up with Robert Wright’s estate by the debt Foster owed Robert?

Issue of Robert & Judith Wright, Vere PR & Robert’s will:
Will mentions grandson John Pridie with land at Milk River.

2/1. Joseph Wright

He seems to have had only one surviving child, Rachel Judith who married John Gall Booth, who became a land owner in that part of Vere which became part of Manchester.
He inherited land in St Elizabeth from his father.

 

1754 acreage: Wright, Joseph, St. Elizabeth 550, Vere 27, Tot 577
 
This Joseph Wright appears as an executor & in inventories. He is referred to by Francis Wright in his will of 1758 as “kinsman”.

In his will, Andrew Wright, son of Francis (son of William 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.

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.

1760[49]: 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. 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 (Image 4).

1761[50]: 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.

Will - 1766[51] .
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
[52]
... 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.
PR:-
3/1. Rachel Judith Wright 8/8/1756 of Joseph & Elizabeth,

St Elizabeth. She married John Gall Booth (see end of Booth section). Confirmed in deed 460/225, John Gall Booth & Andrew Wright.

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.

1749[53] Whereas Rachel Pridee widow relict & exec of Henry Pridee dcd of Vere planter by her indenture 6/6/1740 ind of lease for 17 years to Henry Booth snr, of St Catherine, millwright. Rachel Pridee remarries but James Cunningham guardian to her son by Henry Pridee. Henry Booth surrenders the lease to James Cunningham, of Clarendon planter.

Issue, as mentioned in wills – maybe not all?
3/1. John Pridee

St Catherine burial 2/6/1776PR, John Priddie, planter, consumption, maybe him.
Married Elizabeth Allpress, Vere, 6/4/1758PR.
Issue 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).

Henry Theobald married Judith Wright, 22/3/1739, ClarendonPR.
Comnfirms her father’s will.
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. B AFT 1740

Mentioned as Theobald, daughters of Judith, daughter of Robert Wright in Francis Wright’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.
3/0. Ann Grizel dau of Henry Theobald, bap 2/3/1762, born 30/8/1761.
Also:
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: transaction with Sarah Hart – original not available.
1739[54]: Andrew Wright & wife Mary planter of Vere & William Hicks planter of Vere sell for 5/- 3 slaves.
1741[55]: Richard Franklin of Vere planter, leases (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.
This piece of land subsequently appears with nephew Francis, and later his son Andrew, by which time it was 33 acres; so this Andrew must have subsequently bought the whole plot.
1743: Andrew Wright from William Eve, deed not available.

His holding at death probably included 200 acres on the Bazilatto mountain and some small properties near the Rio Minho. These would have been in Francis’s ownership after Mary’s death.

died Nov/Dec 1747 (will[56]).
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[57]:
Shown by Mary Wright. Left total of £467.
Mary had died by Francis Wright’s will of 1758.



4.3    WILLIAM & ELIZABETH WRIGHT

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      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. As there are no deeds relting to William, it seems probable that he died when his son, Francis was young, leaving Francis to be raised by brother Robert in St Elizabeth, or round the Porus area.

      It is probable that he lived in Vere around Salt Savanna/Rio Minho area, as his son William’s sponsors were Simon Booth and his sister Sarah Fisher, children of George Booth 2, whereas his brother Robert moved to St Elizabeth at some stage. He may have inherited his father’s lands by the Rio Minho of Salt Savanna; if so, he was a man of substance.
      The most likely explanation is that he was born sometime before 1690, and died early, maybe soon after his 4th child’s birth. 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 property. His mother was probably Rachel, but may have been by an earlier wife of Andrew.
      William’s wife, Elizabeth might have been Elizabeth Dunston, as they christened their first son Dunston, and son Francis gave Dunston as a 2nd name to one of his sons 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. A sale by William’s grandson, Andrew of land sold by Jane Booth in 1705 to Joseph Dunston (100 acres in Camps Savanna), with no apparent ownership in between times, indicates that this land was passed by inheritance to Andrew: if so, it reinforces the proposition that Elizabeth was 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

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

Ann Mary Booth


Parents: Henry Booth and (probably) his first wife, Mary.
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.

She had a legacy from father Henry (d abt 1743):
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

Her grandmother Mary (d abt 1739) left her a negro, Cloe and the rest of her estate with her uncle Thomas.
Codicil to Hanry’s will: 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 ..

Legatee in Uncle Thomas’s will of 1739-47.

She does not appear to have left a will, so these legacies would have gone to Henry, and then Andrew.

Issue of Francis & Anne Marie (Booth) 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 Summary


     Francis Wright’s only surviving legitimate issue was Andrew Wright, by his first wife Ann Mary Booth, and was 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; it seems likely that his father, William, died when Francis was young, and he was most likely brought up by his uncle, Robert, who was acquiring land in St Elizabeth; in all events, at the time of his 1st marriage, he was described as of St Elizabeth. Judging from his will, he remainded connected with the Christian family, with whom his uncle Robert was a joint patentee.
    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, but William probably inherited Andrew’s (1712) Salt Savanna land, some of which appears in a later deed. 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 one or two smaller plots in Vere.
     His first mention on paper was in 1749[58], when he sold a slave to John Wallen.
     In 1754 Francis Wright owned in Vere 26 acres, probably the remains of the legacies originally from his grand father, Andrew. For the last 10 years or so of his life, he was a partner or tenant of John Chambers, farming a substantial amount of land in the St Thomas in the Vale and St John around the Bog Walk area. Ginger and coffee were grown.
     In 1754[59], he bought half of an estate of 750 acres from Thomas Harper, a merchant of Port Royal, known as the Crescent, bounding on Gibraltar. It is marked on Craskel north of Spanish Town, about as the road enters the gorge towards the Flat Bridge: Image 5
    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). This included 329 lbs of coffee and some pimiento. Susanna, his then 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. He had a small holding remaining in Vere and a large pen property of 700 acres to the south of the Gibraltar estate of John Chambers, which Andrew subsequently sold.
    From a later deed, John Anderson of St Elizabeth became son Andrew’s guardian. Francis was in 1749 an executor to his uncle Robert Wright’s will.

A rather idealised view of the 16 Mile Walk, Bog Walk area:
Hakewill, 1825.

 

The Gibratar and Red hills lands were in the distant hills, the Chambers plantation would have been away to the left.


The Chambers Relationship.

     In 1749[60], 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[61] 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. In the first deed[62], 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/-. Peter and Banks were joint legatees & siblings of John Chambers, this transaction removed this joint ownership.
     By an indenture in 1756[63], 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. The deed has a good plat which positions the land about 5 miles East of Bog Walk, along the Rio Pedro, at its junction with the Little and Devils Rivers, and now (2017) looks hilly and wooded See Image 6.
     A slightly later deed then implies the sale of the Chambers Plantation along with the rest of Susanna’s land, but Francis’s use for life was probably unaffected. The deed of 1756[64] states that John Chambers in his will left land at Red Hills in St John which he purchased from Foster March[65] of St Catherine containing 302 acres & 13 negroes and also half of his 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. There is a plat with this deed (Image 7). Red Hills is shown on the modern map about 4 miles SSW of Bog Walk, south of Gibraltar .
     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.

Sources:
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:

The lands originating from John Chambers were all sold by Francis and Susanna after John’s death, although Francis kept the use of them for life.

All descended to son Andrew.

Gibraltar, bought from Thomas Harper. This land was subject of a later Andrew Wright deed, and was in St Thomas in the Vale, later called the Crescent (Craskell: Image 5). It was 700 acres, Andrew sold half of it in 1775. The description in the later deed has it adjacent to Gibraltar.


Liddell shows Gibraltar a mile or so west of the Ochio Rios road from Spanish Town a 1.5 miles south west of Bog Walk, in the district of St John, and the modern map shows a similar location. Red Hill is a mile or 2 south on the modern map. Harper in 1683 shows Gibraltar similarly SW of 16 mile walk.

In Vere from will:
Bemecary – no information. This may be a combined name with Franklin
Franklins, no relevant Franklins on maps. Mentioned in the plat for 33 acres in Vere at Betts Gully, 278/11 when son Andrew sold it to Thomas Parker. The plat has the land formerly of Mrs Mary Wright – this must be Ann Mary Booth, mother of Andrew.

Franklins originally leased by uncle Andrew in 1741 – 22 acres in Vere (2/3 of 33 acres); it is sold by son Andrew as 33 acres; presumably uncle Andrew bought the whole plot at some time. The note on the 1775 sale plat that it had been owned by Mrs Mary Wright refers to uncle Andrew’s widow, Mary, who had it for life before it was inherited by Francis. (See Image 8)

Additionally, Andrew had about 25 acres of common land around The Alley area. It is described in a sale by Andrew Wright in 1776 to Thomas Parker.

Craskell has only one relevant Wright entry for Vere in 1763: just NE of Chesterfield, East of The Alley on the modern map, and ties in with the subsequent descrption of the land of Franklin’s.


Francis Wright’s Will[66] 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.

Notes on his will:
Catherine, wife of William Goss was the dau of Christian & Rebecca Christian, b  5/1/1702, ch 5/2/1707 Vere. Christian Christian was the partner of Francis’s uncle, Robert at Broadleaf Valley patent.

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[67] 1758-9:
Francis Wright late of St Catherine, planter, shown by Susannah Wright
A second inventory[68] 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, although a couple of references to John Chambers jnr in 1738 & 1740 cast some doubt on this, but they were probably of the St Elizabeth family: parish records do not show anything more.
There are several John Chambers will listed before our John.
Issue:
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[69]: 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, Died 1753:

John Chambers snr to John Chambers jnr – 1738[70]
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.

1752[71]: 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 Image 7.


1755[72]: 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 dcd if Thomas Parker pays Susannah Chambers full sum +6% by 14/6/1757 if not Susannah Chambers takes the property. Mortgage paid off 1796 to execs of Sarah Booth re 211F131 Solomon Abrahams to Sarah Booth
See 275F44 Sarah Booth & Tom Parker in St John.
Sarah Booth was probably the widow of Henry Booth, father of Anna Mary, married to Francis Wright.


John Chambers will[73] 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).


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. Mortgage paid off 1796 to execs of Sarah booth re 211F131 Solomon Abrahams to Sarah Booth


1759[74]: 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[75]: John Chambers yr & John Chambers son of Ephraim Chambers re land patented to John Chambers yr 300 acres in Essex Valley.
1754:
Chambers, Ephraim, Westmoreland 525
Chambers, Jacob, Westmoreland 158

Edward Wright From John Chambers 1755 158 206-454  Re Surinam Quarters 9 acres Both of Westmoreland

John Chambers To James Murray 1755

158/224 Feb-17 Date 19/8/1754 ent 11/11/1754.
John Chambers jnr of St E esq for 10/- from James Murray physician of St E sells Mahoganny Castel in Spanish Quarters Wood pat by Samuel Bellfond (Beckford??) 300A, N on Johnathan Gale, W Thomas Mathews & Brodgewood Rudge & Gardner E on Mrs Gibbons Gale & S on Edward Pratter
Mahogany Castle on Craskel at N17º54 W77º36



4.5    ANDREW WRIGHT - 1752

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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.[76]

Will & Inventory held.

no marriage of Andrew & Mary Kingston

A Francis Wright was baptised Kingston of Andrew & Mary B 1st Oct, ch 9/10/1782PR.

Issue of Andrew Wright, reputed daughters by Ruth Sinclair, a free mestice, children reputed white, St Elizabeth:
1/1. Ann Wright (born 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/Angell family is in a later section.
Issue:
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. Lookout was the Angell family property.
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 22/12/1792PR.

Mentioned in Ruth's will of 1799, but not in Andrew's of 1806: probably died in this period.

1/4. Sarah Wright, b. 22/9/1785, ch 22/12/1785 probably died soon afterPR.

Of Andrew W by a negro:

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



General:


    Andrew Wright, the father of Ann Wright, 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 having died by 1758, he became the ward of John Anderson the younger of St Elizabeth who was of a family of substantial planters in the South and South West of Jamaica, connected with other branches of this family. Andrew’s legacy from his father and step mother must have been large; it probably included some 700 acres of land in Clarendon/St Thomas and 25 slaves, in addition to a small amount in Vere.
    His early life would probably have been in St Elizabeth on John Anderson’s land either at Retreive or near Aligator Pond. Later, about 1772, perhaps when he married Mary, he moved to St Catherine, probably to his Crescent estate: this was not the best sugar land, with some bottom ground by the Rio Cobre, but probably some mountain land on the west side of the narrow river valley south of the Flat Bridge. He moved to Vere early in 1776, when he probably still have owned some lands at McCary Bay. He evidently had some spare cash in the mid 1770’s as he loaned Henry Lord about £1450 (£1175 from 350 acres of the Crescent), the bonds of which he used to buy Mitcham in 1779, when he was still in Vere, but must have moved to St Elizabeth then. Before modern banking produced bank notes and credit institutions did not exist, the use of bonds (loan notes) in place of currency was commonplace.
    After moving to St Elizabeth, he must become a man of some note in the area, and appeared in the press and many deeds of his activities survive. He had a mix of livestock farm (a pen), and coffee and cotton estates.  
    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, born between 1785-90. In 1790 he married Elizabeth Mary Pusey, born about 1753 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: both the Wint and Pusey families where prominent in 18thC Jamaica. She was buried at Brompton Church, London, 6/8/1831 (there is a tablet in Nave) aged 78. She had a son John Pusey Wint, by her first husband, a legatee of Andrew’s will, but probably none by Andrew. There is a record[77] of Andrew in 1804 as a party to transactions over Samuel Wint’s estate and his debts. See later in this paper for a section on the Pusey’s & Wints.
    Andrew, in the course of his life, disposed of most, if not all, of the land left by his father and built up a large holding of land in St Elizabeth and western Vere (now Manchester), in excess of 1500 acres, a mix of pens, coffee and cotton estates which are named in his will and inventory and the crop return made in the year after his death. Of these, Mitcham pen, about 700 acres and Single Rock, about 200 acres, are mentioned in his will, Silver Grove, a coffee estate of about 600 acres at the time and Ramsgate, a 300 acre cotton plantation appear in his inventory.
    Coffee was an important crop for Andrew, in the decade from 1790-1800, Jamaican production rose by a factor of 5, and a further 3 time between 1800 and 1806. This must explain his investment in Sliver Grove and probably Cedar Grove. St Elizabeth and Westmoreland became one of the major coffee growing areas. The increase was due in part to the slave revolution in St Domingue which resulted in the destruction of the coffee plantations there.
     There was another property, Cedar Mount, mentioned as a plantation so probably coffee, in the crop returns in the year after his death, but nothing further of this is known. An undated estate map has an Andrew Wright with 225 acres at Mahogany grove in St Elizabeth, north of Junction.
   Mitcham and Silver Grove were contiguous and repectively, at the foot of and the crest of the Don Figuerero Mountains west of Mandeville; they were operated as a single unit for some years. Silver Grove and Ramsgate were on the coast between Aligator Pond and the Milk River and were probably contiguous, or very close to each other. The properties are described on more detail later.
   In later life, Mitcham pen was his main residence: from the inscription on his tomb at Miitcham, Surrey, England, he named it after the town in Surrey because of his affection for that town[78].

   He first appears in 1761[79] 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. Soon after that, he leased out The Crescent, in St John: these would have been part of his inheritance from his father.
     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[80]. He also had a 2nd in a horse race in 1796.
     1799[81]: Landed in Jamaica in March 1799: Andrew Wright esq and lady (a Mrs F Facey was also in the list).

     1801-2: Andrew Wright and others were petitioning for money from the House of Assembly 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, but would have been to his Silver Grove and Ramsgate farms; 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”, more detailed notes are in the Jamaica General volume.

     He came to England, (probably after November 1804, as he appeared to be in Jamaica when Rebecca Wright's will was drafted) with his daughters by Ruth: Elizabeth, his wife was probably still in Jamaica at the time of his will as he left her £300 if she came to England. He died in London, but was entombed in Mitcham.
     Langford Oliver[82] describes his tomb: "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".
The iron railings were removed from his tomb in 1883 by order of the Mitcham Burial Board.  
     His inventory[83] showed him with substantial personal estate of £21557 (about £5MW, £1.2MP sterling), 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, presumably at Mitcham.
     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 (although at that time, coloureds and whites were not permitted to marry in Jamaica), and Rebecca and George Roberts marriage somewhat later! 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 Gall and Rachel Judith (Wright) Booth, who were breeding between in Vere about 1773 and 1796. See under Francis Wright above.

    Andrew’s will of 1806[84] fills 13 pages in the register, probably the lawyer on piecework! A full copy is in the wills volume.
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 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”

Bequests:

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.

Timeline:
1752: born
1761: Leases slaves
1762: leases the Crescent
1772: sale & buy back of the Crescent, McCary Bay
1775: sale of half the Crescent
1775: sells St Jago property
1776: sold Franklins, Vere
1779: buys 2 pens via mortgages Mitcham
1781: trustee for John Gall Booth.
1782: sells slaves to Susannah Rose
1785: buys slaves from William Robinson
1785: daughter Sarah born
1786: 300 acres granted – southern half of Silver Grove.
1787: Henry Raines conveyance to buy and sell back land by Silver Grove.
1788: daughter Ann born
1789: 120 acres granted at Silver Grove.
1790: Henry Waite conveyance again.
1790: married Eizabeth Wint
1790: buys slave from Thomas Hogg
1790: daughter Mary born
1791: buys a slave from James Powell
1791: buys a slave from collector of Tax, due arrears
1792: bought 16 slaves from Dep Marshall.
1793: conveyed 120 acres to Ann and Mary
1793: Jamaica Gazette entries
1799: arrived (back) in Jamaica.
1800: sold 66 acres in St John.
1800: Road building to Silver grove.
1801: Andrew buys 96 acres from Goshen pen.
1802: Road building Mitcham to Silver grove.
1804: bought 7 slaves at sale
1804: sold land in St Jago etc re Samuel Wints estate.
1806: died


Lands:

    Andrew’s father, Francis Wright left ½ his estate to his wife, Susanna for life and on her death to Andrew, the rest to Andrew. She died soon after Francis so Andrew Wright inherited all as a young boy. Later, in 1772[85], in order to “dock and bar” any entails on some of the inherited lands, Andrew and his wife, Mary, then of St Catherine, sold the affected lands to one James McDuff, a gentleman of St Elizabeth, in trust to sell them back the next day. It seems to be the half which was left to Susanna and consisted of:
Foot land in St Jago
and also ½ of 700 acres in St Catherine formerly property of Thomas Harper known as the Crescent[86]
And 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 patented by Wallascott & Cobb. Fuller copy in Wills volume.
Was this part of the same land as appears being granted to Wallascott in 1672 and part sold to George Booth jnr in 1687[87]?
(James Mcduff appears in a Burton/Anderson deed plat with land at Alligator Pond).


1. St Catherine/St Thomas/St John

700 acres bought by his father from Thomas Harper: Image 5
1762[88]: the Crescent leased by Andrew’s guardian, John Anderson to Thomas Fearon, with 31 slaves for 10 years at £130/4/7½d pa.
1772[89]: 350 acres of the Crescent was conveyed and reconveyed to James McDuff to break an entail, probably Susanna’s share from Francis Wright’s will.
1775[90]: Andrew and his wife, Mary, then of St Catherine, sold 350 acres of the Crescent to Abraham Corea together with St Jago land. £1175.

This land does not appear in his will, and although no evidence has appeared, he must have sold the remaining 350 acres at some stage.

1800[91]: Andrew Wright sold to William Bierback for £200 66 acres of a parcel Mountain Polink formerly property of Henry Booth dcd in St John: this must have been inherited from his grandfather, Henry via his mother. Henry’s father Thomas had some land in St John, it might have been part of this.

 

2. St Jago/Spanish Town

A small property in St Jago, occupied by Mrs Booth and adjoined Peter Gravette Booth, Andrew’s uncle, probably from Francis Wright, via Andrew’s mother Ann Marie Booth. It was included in the entail breaking document, and was then sold.

1775[92]: 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 v. Booth
WSW Peter Gravett Booth N path to river, ENE John Edwards & Thomas Booth SSE Road to River.

3. McCary Bay land

The transactions between James McDuff and Andrew also included lands at McCary Bay: 26 acres and ½ a run patented by Wallascott & Cobb.
A Wallascott/Cobb patent of October 1672 (then Clarendon, but later described as Vere when George Booth jnr (GB2) bought the majority of the grant[93] in 1687). Wallascott was shown on Sloane near the coast, east of the Rio Minho estuary.
This was almost certainly the 26 acres bought by George Booth (jnr or 2nd) in 1687 from Henry Beck, who bought it from Mrs Elizabeth Wright.


A deed in 1775[94] in which (an) Andrew & Mary Wright of Vere, millwright, sell to Henry Beal 27½ acres of land in part of 100 acres in Kemps Savanna sold by Jane Booth (1705[95]) to Joseph Dunston.
This was probably another Andrew & Mary Wright: in all other places he is a gentleman, not a millwright.


4. Franklins:

      In 1776[96], Andrew Wright & Mary were “seized & possessed .. in fee simple of land in Vere know as Wrights containing 33 acres”.
Land bought by his great uncle, Andrew, from Richard Franklin and left to Francis Wright after Andrew snr’s wife, Mary died, and then to Andrew, who sold to to Henry Parker for £2000. (See Image 8)
Note the gully on the plat is called Thomas Betts Gully.
Henry Parker was owner of Chesterfield, Brazilatto & Hillside, grouped together, east of the Alley.
      The plat has a note: ...land now known as Wrights and did formerly belong to Mrs Hannah Francklin, Thos & John Francklin and was surveyed at their joint request the 30th January 1720/1. The former possession by “Mrs Mary Wright, dcd” refers to this Andrew’s Gt Uncle Andrew’s widow.

Craskell has Wrights shown in the position, and plat placed on Maitland-Wright on the road east from the church to Chesterfield.


5. St Elizabeth & Western Vere Lands


These are the properties he acquired in his lifetime, in St Elizabeth and the part of Vere that became part of Manchester in 1813.

In his will and the subsequent inventory and crop returns, he had 5 named properties:
Mitcham Pen, (will, inventory, crop return), including an overseer’s house.
Silver Grove (plantation?) – Coffee (Inventory only & 1807 crop)
Ramsgate plantation – cotton, (inventory only)
Single Rock Estate (will)
Cedar Mount (plantation?) – Coffee (Inventory only)

The only Cedar Mount found is in St John/St Catherine, belonged to the Jackson family, but further west than The Crescent.

Mahogany Grove
   An estate map[97] (Image 11) shows an 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 (1823-94), but not annotated, and looks earlier than his mid 19thC style, and could have been made in Andrew Wright’s lifetime. Chocolate Hole is shown as a property on the map: the estate map can be placed over this settlement marked on the modern maps.
The annual return for 1844 shows Mahogany Grove in Manchester to J. Wint, 500 acres, but this is probably the one in the north of the parish.
    Maybe this really is a later map, in which case, it is irrelevant to our family.

Mitcham Pen:

   Mitcham Pen was (and the area still is) a stock farm of about 700 acres at first and later 807 acres, most of which was at about 300 ft amsl, it bounds to the east on Silver Grove and Mount Alta (Richard Crutcher), about along the 500 ft contour. It is shown several estate plans: Manchester 209 shows the layout of the component parts of the original 700 acres and Silver Grove and predates the 1804 purchase of 96 acres from Goshen. St Elizabeth 169 shows the pen with enclosure detail in its 807 acre form. (335 not yet seen). As seen in 1998, it looked to be good pasture land, with a dramatic ridge to the east up to Silver Grove. By then, the house had been demolished, leaving only the floor pan. It seems to have been a modest house, about 60’x30’, with a separate kitchen, although an aerial survey print looks as though there was more to the house than appears from the floor pan. An estate map[98] 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, dwellings roughly where the the negro houses were located could still be seen. The map shows it as being a well organised pen with a number of enclosures, and grass, wood and morass. The estate map fits some of the current features seen on satellite images.
      He acquired Mitcham, then called Castle Hill and Peru plantations, in 1779 by way of mortgage[99] 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. It bounded Westerly on land patented by William Perkins Easterly on John McCorqudale southerly on Goshen Penn and northward on unsurveyed mountains. Peru is on later maps to the south west of Mitcham great house position.
      Later, in 1804[100], Andrew bought 96 acres from Francis Smyth of Goshen Pen on his southern boundary for £J288. In effect, this straightened Mitcham’s southern boundary. On Map Manchester 209, the 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.

     An abreviated version of the transaction to buy the Peru and Castle Hill lands is an interesting example of the labarynthine way these deals were done in the late 18thC:
     1779[101]: 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,
one for £142/11/2d due 20 February 1780
and one for £142/11/2d due 20 February 1781.
and one dated 21 February 1776 for £1188 due on 20th February 1781

and one 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, Andrew Wright gives Heath & Pierce a bond for £153/9/5d due 20th February 1781 to cover the interest.

Total owed to Andrew Wright = 1504/2/4d
As Security of the payment of the 4 bonds, Andrew Wright 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.

The only Castle Hill in the Gazetteer was on Lidell 1888 NNE of Lacovia.
1800’s: Crop returns for Mitcham.

    The Almanac entries for the slaves and stock are for Andrew Wright’s estate for 1810 & 1811 and show about 116 slaves and 170 stock, with a similar figure for 1817 – these probably include Silver Grove (shown separately from 1819 as about 80 slaves). From 1819 to 1830, the slaves remain at about 40, with the stock rising from 180 to 247. In the 1803’s there is a rise to 50 or 60 slaves and over 300 stock.
     The Crop returns show Mitcham as a stock farm, and the times when it included Silver Grove can be seen from coffee being included. The sales are variable between years and more research is needed here. The return of slaves for some years between 1817 and 1832 show the ebb and flow of the slaves owned by various properties. Leaving out the coffee income, the early 19thC annual sales accounts vary wildly for Mitcham, between £400 (=£30KP-£95KW) and £1200.

Slave Compensation - Mitcham


Jamaica St Elizabeth 764 (Mitcham) 66 Enslaved | £1222 7S 0D
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'.

In this claim, John Pusey Wint must have been claiming for the remains of the £5000 left by Andrew, some of which was to be paid out of the profits of the estates: one assumes that he was not paid out in full, or that some of the slaves were among those left to him by Andrew.


Silver Grove
     The first 300 acres of Silver Grove estate were granted to Andrew Wright in 1786[102], and bounded west on his own land. Estate Map 209 shows Silver Grove as 607 acres in 2 parts: the 1786 grant and a further 270 acres to the north, surveyed in 1818. They bound to the East and north on John Pusey Wint’s 300 acres of 300 acres, called Galway. It is not known yet where the 270 acres came from: if it was surveyed in 1818, it may have been granted to Francis M or George Roberts. Whilst Andrew did not specifically mention Silver Grove in his will, it appears in his inventory so he certainly owned that property, but maybe not the whole area, only the orginal 300 acres grant. In any case, he went onto coffee at a good time, when demand was rising rapidly.
    The estate is on the top of the Don Figuerero Mountains west of Mandeville and runs down the western escarpment to the Mitcham boundary. Being between 2500 and 2750 ft amsl, it is cooler than the low ground, but with less free water. There is still a house there which is probably from the Roberts era. It still has the large water tank common in the upland areas for rain water.
    Silver Grove does not appear in the Almanacs until 1819, when it was operated by Maitland & Roberts until 1827 after which it became solely George Roberts. No stock numbers were given and the slave numbers remained steady at about 80-90 until 1831 when the number of slaves jumped to 180. In July 1828, George Roberts bought 300 acres: the increase in slaves was probably this event. The fact that no stock numbers were given indicates that most of the ground was under coffee: for much of the time, the stock probably came under Mitcham. In the early days, it seems to have been administered by John Pusey Wint, whose 1800 grant adjoined it to the east.
   Silver Grove had grown to 1200 acres in 1839 and reached 1400 acres in 1844: it was probably Silver Grove (604a), JP Wint (300 acres, Galway) & Hewitt (300a, Wilderness). Silver Grove was owned by Earl Balcarres in 1763.
   Edwards in 1793 gives a figure of 1 slave per 1.5 acres and producing 747lbs coffee per acre per annum. This points to Silver Grove having about 120 acres under coffee in the 1820’s. The production would, by if all the slaves were on coffee, have been in the order of 90,000 lbs, or 150 tierces. In 1806, the production was 66 tierces (assuming the return all the coffee was grown at Silver Grove), 44,350 lbs, while in 1807, it was about 30,000 lbs and a similar figure in 1810. This indicates that about half the slaves were employed on coffee production.


Slave Compensation Awards:
Jamaica Manchester 227: 1 slave £26 12S 2D, George Roberts Awardee
Jamaica Manchester 226: 2 slaves £39 8S 5D, George Roberts Awardee

Jamaica Manchester 225: 2 slaves £39 8S 5D, George Roberts Awardee

 

Awarded the compensation for Silver Grove in Manchester after claiming as guardian to 'Edward Maitland, Wm Allen, Rebecca, Georgiana Roberts' (his own children), and for Mitcham in St Elizabeth as executor of his sister-in-law Ann Maitland (née Wright).

 

Jamaica Manchester 224 (Silver Grove)£1,271 5S 11D Awardee (Guardian)  

T71/860: claim by Geo. Roberts, as guardian to Edward Maitland, Wm. Allen, Rebecca Roberts and Georgiana Roberts. Counterclaim by John Pusey Wint, under the will of the late Andrew Wright. 'Adjudged (with St Elizabeth claim no. 764) £792 9s 11d to John Pusey Wint and the residue to John Salmon, George Roberts and Edmund Francis Green'. John Salmon is shown as John Salmon the younger among the awardees in T71/860.

Trust beneficiary so long as his wife was alive; after that trustee and guardian of his children. The date of death of his wife Rebecca is unknown but they had a child together born in 1818.

 


Callabash Bay Mountains.

Calabash Bay Area

Single Rock.

   In his will, Andrew left Single Rock of about 200 acres near Callabash Bay to his step son, John Pusey Wint; Robertson’s map of 1804 shows “A.Wright” in this position. his inventory refers to another property, Ramsgate, identified as being close to Single Rock by a deed in 1824.
   In 1789[103], he was granted 120 acres at Calabash Bay mountains in Vere in or near the Spotts Savanna; the only neighbours shown are Rankins to the west, two of whom are shown on Robertson north of Aligator Pond, and J Read to the East, also on Robertson in the position of Spotts Savannah on Liddell 1888, 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 Robertson shows A Wright. The road is said on the patent to be through the Spots Savanna. In modern times, this is a dry sparsely populated area, and not very productive; it would have been a stock pen. The position fits best as on Image 9 but could be a few hundred yards further west. In 1793[104], he conveyed this 120 acres to his “natural daughters” Ann and Mary (Rebecca?) by Ruth Sinclair, perhaps to give them some security when he married Elizabeth Wint. The plat with this deed is the same as the 120 acre grant plat.
     He seems to have left the same land to John Pusey Wint, but his daughters were under age when given the land, so Andrew must have reversed the deal later.
    In 1787 & 1790[105] Andrew Wright was party to a couple of conveyances with Henry Raines relating to 80 acres near the Devil’s race on the St Elizabeth coast patented by John Wait sometime before 1693, the first of which sold Andrew ½ of the land. The second for the other 40 acres was made to break the entail created by Raines Waite’s will. Perhaps this 80 acres ended up with Andew and made up the difference between the 120 granted acres and the 200 left to John Wint.
   At some stage between 1806 and 1824, John Wint must have sold Single Rock to the Peart family, maybe as he prepared to move to London.

Single Rock offered for sale[106]
“Spice Grove, Manchester Sept 6 1824”
“For Sale, Two hundred acres of land, called Single Rock, about one mile to windwards of Calabash bay, on which there is a most eligible shipping place, equal to any on the South side: by running out a Wharf out about thirty feet there is a depth of seven feet of water. It abounds with plenty of water for stock: the road is easy of access.
Should it not be disposed of before the 1st December, the subscriber will meet the wishes of several planters, who have applied to him to make it a Public Wharf. There is plenty of Land, well situated for Stores, Coopers sheds &c and every accomodation will be given.
Also
Twenty four acres of land situate in the centre of Pepper Pen, in St Elizabeth’s on which there is a substantial Building, two stories, capable at a small expense of being made a comfortable Dwelling House; A fine spring of water, never known to fail, runs through the land. It is nearly fenced and partly subdivided.
For particulars, apply to Edward Peart.

Close examination of Google Earth of the coast here shows what could be the remains of 2 stone jetties.

It would appear that the sale did not go ahead as the property reappears in 1845, grouped with Oatlands in Manchester, property of G. Peart. Spice Grove is about 3½ south of Silver Grove, on the top of the hills.


Ramsgate

    Ramsgate was not mentioned in Andrew’s will, but appears his inventory and in the combined crop return for the part year after his death (May to December 1806) as a cotton estate; it then appears much later when Francis Maitland sold it to his step mother-in-law, Elizabeth Mary Wright as 300 acres by Callabash Bay. Long says that cotton is best grown by the sea, and Ramsgate fulfils this being on the coast east of Aligator Pond. The land there consists of a relatively narrow coastal strip with the ground then rising into dry scrubby hill land up to about 750 ft amsl. We have no drawings of Ramsgate, so any layout is very speculative, but of the 300 acres, maybe 100 was cultivable; allowing for the road and buildings etcetera, it probably could grow perhaps 50 acres of cotton.
   Ramsgate was a cotton plantation in crop return for May to December 1806, when the production was about 6000 lbs; this might only be 1 out of 2 crops for that year. Long writing in 1774, suggesting 300lbs of cotton per acre, and 2 acres per negro, which would tie in with 40-50 acres of cotton. There were also 27 goats and 23 sheep in his invtory and the furniture of a modest house.
    In 1824[107], Francis and Ann Maitland and George & Rebecca Roberts sold to Elizabeth Mary Wright “formerly of St Elizabeth but now of Great Britain, a widow, for £J1500 land in Calabash bay, Manchester called Ramsgate 300A N on John Reid W on Wards Bay S on the sea and E on John Pusey Wint for ever”.
   Driving along the road in 2018, there is no sign of anything other than a few goats grazing by the road: it looks rather uninviting agriculturally!



Slave Transactions

Andrew Wright made a number of slave transactions: he bought 9 with the Mitcham lands, but must have owned a fair number with his other more eastern properties.

1782[108] Andrew Wright sold slaves to Susannah Rose.
1785[109]: 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, Taylor of Kingston, for her life then back to Andrew Wright.

1790[110]: William Robinson late of St Elizabeth now Great Britain, by his attorney James Dunkley sold to Andrew Wright of St Elizabeth for £865 11 slaves

1790[111]: Thomas Hogg of St Elizabeth for £50 sold to Andrew Wright of St Elizabeth 1 negro slave.

1791[112]: Andrew Wright bought from Henry Goulbourne (Constable) 24/3/1791 1 negro man named Poledore for Taxes due the parish of Vere by James Powell

1791[113]: Andrew Wright esq bought slave man Marlborough at Black River from John MacFarlane collector of Road Tax, sold for unpaid tax.

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

1792[114]: Andrew Wright bought by public venue at St Catherine(?) from David Finlayson Dep Marshall 16 slaves.


1804[115]:  Andrew Wright esq bought of Thomas Wm Hardin Dill (the Marshall?) at Publick Sale 7 negroes Isaac, Billy, Eve, Harry Phillis, Fran and Amy for J£790.

1781 Andrew Wright was a trustee for John Gall Booth for some slaves inherited by his then wife and conveyed in trust for their children.



RUTH SINCLAIR - 1764

AM08/04


Summary

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[116]: 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.

Ruth Sinclair To Thomas Read – 1798
449/162 Feb-18 Date 17/12/1796 Ent 11/6/1798. Ruth Sinclair free mustee of Vere Thomas Read Brown man of colour of Vere. I sambo boy child for J£30

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[117]: (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



 

Early 17thC Wrights

 

17th & early 18thC Patents


1665: Richard Wright & Phillip Edmonds 60 acres Clarendon
1665: Robert Wright 100 acres on the Dry River in Clarendon – in 1670 census.
1674: John Wright 300 acres Clarendon.
1672: Barzilla Wright, several in St Elizbeth, progenitor of the Burt-Wrights etc.
1717: Robert Wright & Christian Christian, 440 acres west of Porus.

     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.

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[118]: Henry Beck sells to George Booth jnr of Vere for £50 26 acres patented[119] 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[120] 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[121]:
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[122].
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[123]

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[124]. 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[125] (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[126] 290 acres in Clarendon with Nathaniel Sheen, split 140 to Robert and 150 to Sheen.

1685: deed btw Robert & Shen, not available.

Robert Wright of Vere and wife Isabella gives in 1674[127] 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[128] 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[129] 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[130], 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[131] 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[132]: 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.

1696
[133]: 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.



5        SINCLAIRS OF JAMAICA & CAITHNESS


    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 Maps & Plats

Patents:
1732: John Sinclair 300 acres, 1-19F137
1757: John Hayle Sinclair 300 acres west of 16 mile Gully? 1-28F40
1763: JHS & Swaby, 60 acres at Hunterston, 1-30F81.

Estate Maps:
Manchester 155, 257 & 269: 16 Mile Gully

Deeds:
1788: Sarah Sinclair to Munro, land at Gully Hd, 369F19


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:
3/3/1793:
Hanover vestreyman: William Sinclair.

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

Manumissions:
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

William Sinclair To William Hudson  353 219 Feb-17 WS of Hannover - N/A
William Sinclair    1788 365 68 Feb-17 WS of Hannover - N/A

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

WAR OFFICE PROMOTIONS: May 17th 1794
1st battalion of the Royals. Lieutenant James Sinclair, from an independent company, to be Lieutenant, vice Duncan, who exchanges


Misc Sinclair:
MI
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)



5.1    JOHN SINCLAIR’S PARENTS:


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[134]
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[135]. 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.
Maybe him, 60/16:
Ent 24/2/1779, Alexander Sinclair, merchant of Kingston,  long Inventory, £8796 total.

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

might be her:
Margaret Sinclair To Thomas Oakley 1786
343/177 Feb-17 Date 8/5/1786 ent 11/5/1786.
Margaret Sinclair spinster of St Catherine sells slave to Thomas Oakely of Portland for £60

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


5.2    JOHN SINCLAIR

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Summary

    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[136] 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[137] 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[138] 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[139], 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.

Joshua Tennant’s inventory of 1728 made no mention of any debts owed by John Sinclair.

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[140], referred to in later deeds as being 300 acres in Carpenters Mountains.
John Sinclair from Philemon Dixon, abt 1735[141], 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[142], 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[143], 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[144], 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[145].
    In 1731[146], 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[147] 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[148]. 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[149].
    Somewhat later in 1739[150], 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[151] 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[152] 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[153], 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[154], 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[155], 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[156] 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[157] 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.


Maps Applicable to John Sinclair


   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.
    The Tennant land boundaries can still be seen on satellite images.

John Sinclair’s main holdings


30 acres bought from Humphrey Stiles[158] 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[159]. It is not entirely clear if the ruinate[160] 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[161] 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.


Tennant 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[162]. Lease[163] was 1732 for 6 years. Referred to in the 1736/9 deed. Estate map Manchester 269 shows the Tennant land as being the Ludford Plantation: later records and the slave compensation records show that this was owned by Jonathan Anderson Ludford in 1818 with 47 slaves and 17 stock. The boundaries of this estate can be identified on satellite images as tree/fence lines.


300 acres ...bought by John Sinclair (about 1733[164]) 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. There may have been a blue hole on the gully on the SE corner of the Beck patent: on satellite images, there are a couple of obvious “holes” to the east of the river gully running south from 16 mile gully, but these do not tie in with the other boudaries.

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

330 acres 1733[165], 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. No patent or plat found for Bennick (2/17).

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: William Cockburn & John Sinclairs grants need to be located to postion these parcels.

300 acres (2nd parcel) patented in 1732[166]
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[167] grant describes 300 acres of land in Carpenters Mountains, north on William Turner, East on himself, South on heirs of Joshua 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[168] 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. This land is probably what is shown dotted to the west of the Booth/Turner land on Manchester 255 map.

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[169] 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[170] 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

Tophill

    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 refers to Tophill in Carpenter’s Mountains.


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



Southern Manchester from 1927 Map[171].

Sinclair ad Wright – Answer 4 July 1743 & Burton

Peter Sinclair, his brother & executor, was sued in the Court of Chancery by Robert Wright[172]. 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[173] - 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

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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[174]
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[175] 7/10/1765 totalled £J1104, almost entirely slaves, shown by John Anderson, her sole executor.

Issue:

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.

This Prospect estate was in Vere, close the the sixteen mile gully, north of Devil’s point on Browne. It appears on Manchester 257 and 269 estate maps; not to be confused with Prospect in St Elizabeth and then Manchester, on the Aligator Pond/Gutters road, owned by Alexander Sinclair, son of John Hayle Sinclair.
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[176]:

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


5.3    JOHN HAYLE SINCLAIR

AM09/07


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.


Maps Applicable to John Hayle Sinclair & his Descendants


Manchester 76 (1827): Heirs of Alexander Sinclair, 585A. Shows plot for all the children.  – this was the son of John Hayle Sinclair.
The above diagram shaded Red & Blue (since faded) represents the form and boundaries of five hundred and eighty four acres of land situate in this parish belonging to the Heirs of Alexander Sinclair esq, deceased.
This estate was Pospect, initially in St Elizabeth, later Manchester and was on the road from Alligator Pond to Gutters.
Manchester 203: Alligator Pond, showing Parker land, somne of which JHS bought in 1763, on the river and sea.

Transactions:


In 1754 John Hayle Sinclair owned 437 acres in St Elizabeth, & 1580 in Vere. Of the Vere land, most if not all 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).

1755[177]:
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.
A patent of 1744 for Thomas Durrant bounds on Andreas Woostock and is said to be at the Orange River, St Elizabeth. Browne shows the Orange River as a westward tributary of the YS River to the north of the main road bridge, west of Lacovia, with Woodstock marked to the north of the bridge on the west side of the YS. However, this Orange River appears on none of the later maps so was either very small or a figment of the surveyor’s imagination! Either way, this patent is probably not the right one.

Old Spanish name for Carpenter’s Mountians was Manati (Long V1 P237)

A Burton/Read deed refers to Nicholas Stevens 500 acre patent of November 1676 is for Mulatto Pen in Manatee Valley, St Elizabeth. 254/66 with plat.


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[178]: 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[179]: Ind Btw John Hayle Sinclair planter of Vere & William Mathews of Kingston, Gent
Whereas Patent[180] 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. For ever.

1759[181]: John Hayle      Sinclair sells 1 negro to Samuel Murray S Neg £65

1761[182]: 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[183]: 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 195/1 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 199/79 Photo.


fits well on Manch 203 (with some rotation clockwise) to the west of the river: on that estate map, the land is shown as now of JJ Swaby.

1763: JHS & JJ Swaby patent 1B/11/1/30F81 60 acres in St Elizabeth at Hunters Stantion, unsurveyed land all round (no plat), formerly patented by William Watts dcd, but in arrears on quit rents and therefore vested in JHS & JJS who paid the deficit. This was probably a mile or so west of Gully Head: probably the Hunterston in Liddell 1888 map and on Manch 269, Grove. Swaby had a 1758 patent to the west of Hermitage, 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 (the other was Anderson/Pratter further east). 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
210/126 date 19 April 1765. Ent 11/6/1765,
indenture btw JHS of St E planter, of 1st part and
Judith, Thomas, Francis Burton and Sophronia Sinclair of St E
Witnesses that JHS for divers god causes and valuable consideration .. but especially in consideration of
J£81 from Judith Burton
J£150 from Thomas Burton
J£48 from Francis Burton
J£50 from Sophronia Sinclair
JHS gives:
Judith Burton 2 negro girl slaves Beatrice and Fanny
Thomas Burton 2 negro slaves Toney and Maria and also 10 acres of land in Aligator Pond Savannah being part of 350 acres of land conveyed to me by Thomas Durrant ... in and about the place he now dwelleth on
Also to Thomas Burton one negro girl slave named John
to Sophronia Sinclair one negro girl slave named Mary Ann

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!

1766: John Hayle Sinclair loaned Benjamin Burton by a promissory note, £210/6/8J to be repaid when requested. After JHS’s death his executors sued Benjamin Burton in the Grand Court in 1771 for the recovery, starting with £500. The Court awarded the executors the debt & £5/12/6 costs[184].


Will Thomas Durrant
dated 10/3/1774 ent 8/9/1774
Thomas Durrant planter of Vere.
To James George Spencer & Olive Wint in trust for children
all relations direct or collateral 1/- in bar of any claim
Son Samuel Durrant £100J annually for life
Son Thomas ditto
laid out by Mother Dorcas Dorothy Trusty
Dau Ann Smith D £100 annually
Olive Wint to dish out.
To Olive Wint & ch Olive Wint Durrant, Thomas William Durrant Ben WD £100 pa
To OW £400 for own & ch use
Nephew Thomas George Spencer £100 pa


Will of 1765-6[185]
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????

20/3/11:
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
20/3[iii]:
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

AM09/08



    From children’s dates, she must have been born before 1735. Her mother was parents were probably Benjamin Burton & Dorothy Rochester, a mulatto, as confirmed by the parish records and a 1790 deed[186]. She was probably born before June 1730[187] and baptised St Elizabeth 4/4/1734. She was alive in 1794[188]. Her will was probated 1822. Judith Ann Burton owned 7 slaves & 20 stock in 1820.

    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.
    Her 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.

Others:
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.

LOS 65/211
This indenture made this 30th day of August in the year of lord 1770, between Joseph James Swaby and Judith Burton. Whitness that the said Joseph James Swaby for the consideration of one peppercorn to be paid to him yearly by the said Judith Burton has demised leased set and to farm let unto the said Judith Burton 10 acres of land part and parcel of a larger run patented by Richard Hysom. Bounding easterly on the Kings road to pepper plantation. Northerly on lands of Thomas Perry. Southerly on Rocky Hill and westerly on part of said run.  For the term of her natural life.  In the presence of William Hutchenson and Edward Rotton.

1782[189]: 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[190]: 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.

1783:
Judith Burton From Elizabeth Semphronia Sinclair 1783
365/41 Feb-17 Date 29/12/1783 ent 5/2/1788.
Elizabeth Semphronia Sinclair of St Elizabeth, single woman, for £5 sells to Judith Burton, single woman of St Elizabeth, 1/2 of several parcels in Manatee savanna 1st patented by Robert Bridgewood 360A and 2nd by William Lee for 100A (astride road to Alligator Pond to south - N & NE Raines Wait, S on Nick Stevens, both plots adjoin, Lee to east)

Alexander Sinclair To Judith Burton 1784
328/127 Feb-17 Date 22/9/1784, ent 14/12/1784,
Alexander Sinclair planter of St Elizabeth, for £70J sells Judith Burton 1 man slave named Jack  Alexander Sinclair his mark, Judith Burton her mark.

Sarah Sinclair From Judith Burton 1784
328 212 Feb-17 22/9/1784, ent 14/12/1784
Judith Burton spinster of St Elizabeth for £70 sells Jack to Sarah Sinclair. Judith Burton her mark


Sarah Sinclair From John Swaby 1790


380/46 Feb-17 Date 1788 Ent 12/2/1790. full xopy held
Date 1788 Ent 12/2/1790. John Swaby, Benjamin Powell,  Ann Rochester ch of Ruth Burton of St Elizabeth a free woman of colour and Hannah Woodcock of Kingston, free mustee, residuary devisee of Judith Powell and one of the ch of Ruth Burton & Nicholas, Alexander, James, Edward, Joseph & Ruth Sinclair ch of Judith Burton of St Elizabeth, free woman of colour. Whereas Dorothy Rochester left 2 slaves to dau Susanna Burton for life and then to the children of her 2 dau Judith & Ruth Burton as by her will. And whereas Susanna Burton and Judith Powell one of the ch of Ruth Burton died so slaves become the property of John Swaby, Benjamin Powell,  Ann Rochester, ch of Ruth Burton Nicholas, Alexander, James, Edward, Joseph & Ruth Sinclair ch of Judith Burton and Hannah Woodstock, eldest dau of Judith Powell one other of the Ch of Ruth Burton. They sell slaves to Sarah Sinclair for £144 of St Elizabeth one of the legatees of Dorothy Rochester.

377/29 Feb-17 Date 1788 ent 8/9/1789. full copy held.
John Swaby, James Powell, Ann Rochester, ch of Ruth Burton of St Elizabeth free woman of colour and Hannah Woodstock of Kingston, free mustee, eldest dau of Judith Powell and residuary devisee (Judith Powell) one of the ch of Ruth Burton and Nicholas, Alexander, James, Edward, Joseph & Ruth Sinclair ch of Judith Burton refers to Dorothy Rochester will of 2 slaves to Susanna Burton since dcd so to they go to the above list, who agree to sell to Sarah Sinclair for £144. seems a repeat of the later deed, 380F46.

1794[191]: 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.

Judith Burton To Frances King – 1804
526/14 Feb-18 Date 22/11/1803 Ent 22/6/1804.
Judith Burton of St Elizabeth for J£40 from Francis King for 1 infant named Phiba dau of Sue.
Porbably this one, but could have been daughter of Thomas Burton, d 1764.

Judith’s will:
101/155 Date 20/2/1804, ent 1/8/1822 Date 20/2/1804, ent 1/8/1822 Full copy held.
Judith Burton of St Elizabeth, weak, 1st manumise Orand otherwise Betsey Harriatt being baptised by my permission,
2nd Robert Rotten my grand son g/s I negro slave for life and then revert to my estate,
son Alexander Sinclair 300a in the savanna of St Elizabeth where Alexander Sinclair & his heirs (live??) for ever,
I bequeath to sons Alexander Sinclair & Nicholas Sinclair all 44 slaves 1/2 to Alexander Sinclair ever, 1/2 to Nicholas for life, if Nicholas Sinclair dies without free reputed children to the reputed issue of my late son Joseph and to my son Alexander.
R&R to Judith, reputed dau of Alexander Sinclair,
Added before the signing: to Becky Wright one female slave for ever.
Exec John Swaby & Alexander Sinclair also Swaby to be guardian of son Nicholas

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:

Also some mentioned in Dorothy Rochester’s will from deed 380F46

Elizabeth Sophronia Sinclair – JHS will DR Deed
Nicholas Sinclair – JHS & JB will, Doro Roch 380F46
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, Doro Roch 380F46
Patrick Sinclair – JHS will
Edward Sinclair – PR/JB b 1762 – JHS will  Doro Roch 380F46
Joseph Sinclair – JB Will PR/JB b 1763 – JHS will DR 380F46
Ruth Sinclair – PR/JB b 1764 – JHS will Doro Roch 380F46
Alexander Sinclair – JB Will Ruth’s will, his will re Francis M. Doro Roch 380F46

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[iv].
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.

Judith Burton From Elizabeth Semphronia Sinclair 1788
365/41 Feb-17 Date 29/12/1783 ent 5/2/1788.
Elizabeth Semphronia Sinclair of St Elizabeth, single woman, for £5 sells to Judith Burton, single woman of St Elizabeth, 1/2 of several parcels in Manatee savanna 1st patented by Robert Bridgewood 360A and 2nd by William Lee for 100A (astride road to Alligator Pond to south - N & NE Raines Wait, S on Nick Stevens, both plots adjoin, Lee to east)
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, in Judith Burton’s will of 1804.


Emails from Samantha Hoy[v] 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.

Sarah Sinclair From John Swaby 1790
377/29 Feb-17 Date 1788 ent 8/9/1789.
John Swaby, James Powell, Ann Rochester, ch of Ruth Burton of St Elizabeth free woman of colour and Hannah Woodstock of Kingston, free mustee, eldest dau of Judith Powell and residuary devisee (Judith Powell) one of the ch of Ruth Burton and Nicholas, Alexander, James, Edward, Joseph & Ruth Sinclair ch of Judith Burton refers to Dorothy Rochester will of 2 slaves to Susanna Burton since dcd so to they go to the above list, who agree to sell to Sarah Sinclair for £144. seems a repeat of the later deed, 380F46.

Sarah Sinclair From John Swaby 1790
380/46 Feb-17 Date 1788 Ent 12/2/1790.
John Swaby, Benjamin Powell, Ann Rochester ch of Ruth Burton of St Elizabeth a free woman of colour and Hannah Woodcock of Kingston, free mustee, residuary devisee of Judith Powell and one of the ch of Ruth Burton & Nicholas, Alexander, James, Edward, Joseph & Ruth Sinclair ch of Judith Burton of St Elizabeth, free woman of colour. Whereas Dorothy Rochester left 2 slaves to dau Susanna Burton for life and then to the children of her 2 dau Judith & Ruth Burton as by her will. And whereas Susanna Burton and Judith Powell one of the ch of Ruth Powell died so slaves become the property of John Swaby, Benjamin Powell,  Ann Rochester, Nicholas, Alexander, James, Edward, Joseph & Ruth Sinclair ch of Ruth Burton and Hannah Woodstock, eldest dau of Judith Powell one other of the Ch of Ruth Burton. Slaves to Sarah Sinclair for £144 of St Elizabeth one of the legatees of Dorothy Rochester.

1/2. Nicholas Sinclair, under 21 in Feb 1804, mother’s will.

Nicholas & Alexander Sinclair To Robert Crawford – 1804
526/13 Feb-18 Date 16/5/1804 Ent 22/6/1804.
Ind Btw Nicholas Sinclair & Alexander Sinclair planters of St Elizabeth and Robert Crawford of Vere planter.
Nicholas Sinclair & Alexander Sinclair have title to 300 acres patented by John Hayle Sinclair 1757 which they have sold to Robert Crawford for J£218/11/6d. W on John Anderson now Robert Crawford E on the Grove plantation the prop of Adam Smith esq, N on heirs of Henry Goulbourn dcd. For ever. Plat as usual

1/3. Susannah Sinclair,

Administration was granted to Judith Burton for her daughter, Susannah’s estate in 1773[192]; she was a spinster of Kingston.
Inventory: 54/210 Date 21/4/1774 Ebt 21/4/1774 Susannah Sinclair spinster of Kingston, shown by Judith Burnet (Burton) £390 intestate?

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

Sarah Sinclair from John Smith
1783[193]: 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.


Sarah Sinclair From Judith Burton 1784
328 212 Feb-17 22/9/1784, ent 14/12/1784
Judith Burton spinster of St Elizabeth for £70 sells Jack to Sarah Sinclair. Judith Burton her mark

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[194] 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.
Susanna renounced executorship of Edward's will 8/9/93.

Susannah Sinclair To Sarah Sinclair – 1797
446/72 Feb-17 Date 20/9/1796 ent 18/10/1797
Susanna Sinclair, widow of St Elizabeth to daus Sarah Sinclair & Catherine Ann Malcolm, both infants under 21, to wit 3 & 1 years. If they die, to Susanna's mother Sarah Box spinster of St Elizabeth.

No immediate sign of Sarah Box, but Joshua & Laetitia Box were producing children in th 1750’s.

Concubine: Susannah Harriott Box, who made deed of gift to Sarah Sinclair 20/9/1796.
Issue:
2/1. Sarah Sinclair, b 9/8/1793, in uncle Alex’s will.
   (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.
Dcd by mother Judith’s will dated 1804.
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 To Judith Burton 1784
328/127 Feb-17 Date 22/9/1784, ent 14/12/1784,
Alexander Sinclair planter of St Elizabeth, for £70J sells Judith Burton 1 man slave named Jack  Alexander Sinclair his mark, Judith Burton her mark.

Nicholas & Alexander Sinclair To Robert Crawford – 1804
526/13 Feb-18 Date 16/5/1804 Ent 22/6/1804.
Ind Btw Nicholas Sinclair & Alexander Sinclair planters of St Elizabeth and Robert Crawford of Vere planter.
Nicholas Sinclair & Alexander Sinclair have title to 300 acres patented by John Hayle Sinclair 1757 which they have sold to Robert Crawford for J£218/11/6d. W on John Anderson now Robert Crawford E on the Grove plantation the prop of Adam Smith esq, N on heirs of Henry Goulbourn dcd. For ever. Plat as usual


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[195] of 1822.
Alexander Sinclair of Manchester, planter, uncertainty of life, Sarah dau of brother Edward 5/- & to heirs of Francis Maitland 5/- housekeeper Lucy Facey a negro and use of house. Sons Thomas, Joseph, James, & Alexander 1 man slave each. Daus Sarah Suannah Priscilla Elizabeth 1 woman slave each. G/D Caroline Sinclair & Mary Madeleine Bowes a slave. Nephews John Hale Sinclair & Joseph James Sinclair. R&R btw 4 sons & 4 daus.

Slave Compensation:
Jamaica Manchester 379 (Prospect)
Claim Details & Associated Individuals
18th Apr 1836 | 56 Enslaved | £1010 11S 3D
CLAIM DETAILS, Claim Notes
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,
Issue:
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)
Mentioned in grand mother Judith burton’s will.
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:
Manchester:
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


From: THE SINCLAIRS OF DUNBEATH AND LATHERON. p89

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,[196] 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 - Background[197]

      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.



 

6        BURTON FAMILY



Burton Summary


    Our direct Burton ancestor was Judith Burton, concubine of John Hayle Sinclair. She was almost certainly 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).

Samuel Burton of Westmoreland

     There was also a Samuel Burton in Westmoreland, whose deeds appear in the records, but there is no obvious connection with our line.
1758[198]: 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.
1759[199]: 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
1759[200]: Samuel Burton of Westmoreland buys land from Estate of Richard Deeble 4 acres in Sav la Marr £300.
1768[201]: John Dalling of St Andrew esq Samuel Burton of Westmoreland, gent. Samuel Burton agreed with John Dalling for £1080 for 54a in St Andrew, W on Kings High Rd from Kingston to Half Way Tree W on Nicholas Lawes E on Montgomery's Penn. Triangular plat.

Westmoreland: Administration
1B/11/17/6F122 17450718 John Burton Burton Samuel John B of Westmoreland gent, Samuel Burton  millwright of W heir & bro.
Will:
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.

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



Burton Maps & Plats

Estate Maps:
Manchester 201, Oldbury
Manchester 203: Aligator Pond
Manchester 206: Swaby’s Hope Pen, about 1849.
St Catherine 959 & 1043, Burtons land Rio Pedro St Catherine.
St Elizabeth 316, Mulatto Pen

Patents:
1682: Francis Burton 344 & 95 acres in St John 2-23F25
1682: Edward Hilliard 400 acres adjoining Francis B 2-23F87.
1682: Robert Hippsley 590 acres adjoins Francis B 1-9F112.
1683: Francis Burton 874 St John 1-16F107
1759: Thomas Burton 300 Aligator Pond, 1-28F170-172
1761: Thomas Burton, 300 St Elizabeth, Aligator Pond, 1-29F164
1788: Benjamin Burton, 300 St Elizabeth 1-36F66
1789: Zachary Burton 300 acres St Elizabeth May Day 1-36F77.
1790: John Francis Burton 300 acres St Elizabeth 1-36F95
Several early to Peter Burton in St Catherine.

Deeds:
1769: Burton to Anderson, Aligator Pond, 241F33-75
1772: Anderson/Robinson to Hunt 254F14
1769: Burton to Read Aligator Pond land 254F66

Burton Time line


Barbados:
1635: Mention of Jo Burton arriving as a prisoner in Barbados, aged 17[202].
1649: John Burton witness to will in aged 24[203]
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

Jamaica:
1661: A Jno Burton was granted land in ST C. 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.
1682: Capt FB buys 150A (Rob Hippsley plat). 1714 to Rich Treherne.
1682: Granted Land, 18/12/1682 St John’s & St Thomas.
1684: Francis buys 172 acres in St Catherine from Anne (Ash) Cunningham.
1685: 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
1696: Sarah Hunt christened.
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: Sarah Hunt married Thomas Biggs.
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.
1731: Richard Treherne buys land in St Jago.
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.[204]
1799: May: Mr Horace Burton died Kingston.[205]
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.




6.1    FRANCIS & JUDITH BURTON

AM12/57

Summary:
Wife Judith
Issue:
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[206], 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 appears to have had substantial holdings in Barbados: perhaps the sale of these financed the initial purchases in Jamaica.

“Mr Burton” appears in a copy of an order in council, about 1680 – was this him? (Edwards Vol 1 number XXX p 334). Relates to Col Long’s arrest. Seems a bit early.

See Long Vol 1, P298 for a comment on Barbados migration.


Barbados

     He, his wife Judith, sons John, Benjamin & Nicholas, dau Ann (mentioned in the Barbados will of Ann Aldworth[207], and Francis a subsequent deed of 1681 referring to her estate) and 2 other sons, Francis and George (who died young) appear in the Barbadian records. There are a number of mentions of Francis Burton as a land owner and Militia Officer in Barbados in addition to the baptisms of his children. In 1680, Francis Burton had 130 acres and 60 negroes in St Michaels Parish and 15 acres in St James (as Captain Francis: naming him differently in different parishes does not preclude them being the same individual)[208], that year Captain Francis Burton was also in the Militia. It seems probable that these were the same Francis Burton with land in the two parishes. In the baptisms of his children, in St Michaels, he is referred to with a military rank except in one case.
    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[209] 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[210] for January 1679-80, Francis Burton was listed as field officer, a Captain, in Colonel William Bate’s Regiment of Foot (Bates was of St Michaels in his will of 1680):
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 1681, when he and his daughter Ann are mentioned, and his first appears in Jamaican records in 1682. 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.
     Francis’s legatee of “last resort”, Thomas Elliott in Barbados encourages the idea that Francis had a close relative, probably a brother, John, in Barbados. “Mrs” Judith Burton married Thomas Ellicott, St Michaels, 3/6/1679. She was the widow of John Burton, and as Judith Griffin married John Burton, Christ Church, 5/12/1672. She may have been baptised Christ Church 11 Nov. 1655, daughter of Edward & Judith Griffin.

     John Burton snr and John Burton were buried in Christ Church 10th & 13th February 1679 respectively. Judith was the widow of John, John snr’s will has his wife as Agnes.

      Our John Burton, not yet 21, was probably the son of John Burton snr, who died March 1669-70, leaving a will in which he mentions land bought from Edward Griffin to go to eldest son John. If so, John (jnr) had a sister Annd and brother Richard, by their mother Ann. A John Burton, aged 24, was a witness to a Barbados will in 1649.

Francis     Burton      From  John  Norton      1668  RB3/9/6     254         Date 9/3/1668, ent 16/3/1668. John Norton.gent exec of will of George Norton, late of Barbados, merchant dcd amd Charles & Hannah Wood of barb, merch, for a competent sum of good merchantable muscavado sugar from Francis Burton Gent of Barbados, sell to Francis Burton land on Tudor st 2688 sqft.in St Michaels. Rectangular plot 3.75:1 on Swan St long dim & Tudor st short Dim, Swan St running 260/080  Sugar about 24/- per cwt.

Francis     Burton      To    William     Mercer 1681 RB3/48/14/197           Date 15/8/1681 Ent 16/9/1681. Francis Burton & Judith, gent of St Michael for £3100 srlg from William Mercer gent of St George, part (to whit) £1200 in hand to Francis Burton and the R&R well and sufficiently secured to ourselves well and fully to be contented have given etc to William Mercer for ever that plantation where Francis Burton & Judith do now live containing 130 acres in St Michael, E on Richard Pierce and Gabriel Martin, W on Bartholomew Aldsworth, N on ELizabeth Dallatby widow S on late of Ricahrd Williams dcd etc also the Mill copper stills scummers ladles and other utensils of plantation together with 19 negroes 13 cattle and 3 horses Schedule names the slaves 5 men, 1 boy 5 girls, 8 women.

Capt Francis      Burton      To    John  Johnson     1681 RB3/48/14/280            Date 17/10/1681 ent 12/11/1681. Capt Francis Burton of St Michael, sole exec of will of Ann Aldworth late of St Michael widow dcd. Whereas John Hopcoate late of St Michael surveyor dcd died siezed in fee simple of a plantation in St Michael SE on James Maxwell dcd NE on Francis Burton NW on Dan Harewood & John Chase, SW on the sea, also land in St Michael town. Ann Aldworth heir at law of John Hopcoate "Intam ained"? with Bartholomew Aldworth surgeon late of Barbados by whom she hath several live children, 4 sons, 3 dau. Sorting out Ann Aldworth's legacy following a daughters marriage: Francis Burton was joint exec with John Suttton who renounced the duty.

RB3/49      Thomas      Burton      From  Richard     Young 1658  2      463         Date 3/5/1658 Ent 15/2/1658. Richard Young, Cooper of London, exec of Joane Padmore widow of London Consititued Thomas Burton of Whitechappel in Middx mariner attorney to secure debts owed by John Horam and Thomas Applewaite late of London merchants now of Barbados.

RB3/49      Thomas      Burton      From  Edward      Nash  1658  2      464   Buxton      Date 20/5/1658 Ent 15/2/1658-9, Edward Nash merchantaylor of London exec of will of my late father George Nash merchantaylor of London makes my loving friend Thomas Burton of London mariner now in a voyage to Barbados attorney to recover wages from Thomas Reade and John Horam merchants of Barbados belonging to me as exec of my fathers

Samuel      Smart To    Ann   Burton      1680  RB3/48/10/476           Date 16/3/1679 ent 7/4/1680. Samuel Smart of town of St Michael attorney to George Pott merchant of London for £140 stlg from Ann Burton now or late of St Joseph town house in St Michael for ever.

1675 Map[211]: Burton appear to the NNW of Bridgtown (wind & cattle mill) and also SE of Charles town, Christ Church Parish (cattle mill). The Ellacotts were neighbours in St Michaels.

NB MAP WEST UP!






Barbados Parishes


Virgina Connection


    This looks to be fairly unlikely connection, although some researchers have leapt to the conclusion that there was a connection between the Barbadian Burtons and the US Colonies:
    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 Yorkshire or possibly Longner in Shropshire. Whilst this seems a little unlikely, there were strong trade connections between the Caribbean and American colonies.
     Sources[vi] say that the family records in Longnor show Francis, Richard Thomas and John Burton may have travelled from there to Continental America.

 

Jamaica


     There were several other Burtons in & from Barbados, one of whom was John, 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 (see later), 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 in a later deed), 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 with no known issue 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.
    The land in St Thomas-in-the-Vale would have been his principle residence (in a deed in 1700, 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; my notes of it have a date 11th August, but there is no real doubt that the will and burial refer to the same man: he was buried as Captain Burton, and a later deed uses the same title. In 2017, his will was no longer available.
     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.

Applicable Estate Maps


Both of these cover the area East & North East of Linstead on the Rio Magna where there was a large Burton plantation, probably Stoneland:

St Catherine 959 (1811)
St Catherine 1043 (1789)

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: 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[212] so it is not possible to say where the 150 acres part of the Hippesley patent was.
    The land was part of a patent[213] 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[214]. 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 (See Long Vol2 P56 for a description of this area). 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. An alternative position would be in thee area marked on Robertson, and current maps as Treadways, about 3½ miles east of Ewarton; the Hippsley land would then have had as its NE boundary the Devil’s race Course as opposed to mount Diabolo.
     This land went to his sons Benjamin & Nicholas, John having died intestate soon after his father. Nicholas Burton’s ½ went to his son Francis, who sold it to Richard Treherne[215]. Benjamin’s half was sold by his son, Benjamin, to Robert Tredaway in 1718[216], a 2nd deed of 1720 appears to do the same thing.




    In 1682, Francis Burton was Granted 874 acres of land[217], of which 779 acres were in St John’s on the Town River (River Cobre, centered about 4 miles from Linstead) 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[218] 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[219] 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 his brother in law, Francis Treherne in 1707 (the original deed is not available, but the later conveyance[220] between Nicholas Burton & Francis Treherne, Francis Burton describes the earlier purchase. The woodland was patented[221] 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[222] she sold it to Francis Burton of St Catherine.
    Then in 1685[223], Francis Burton “of St Jago” bought for £170 400 acres  patented[224] 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[225]: 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.


20/23-17 Date 20/1/1687 Ent 26/4/1688
Francis Burton of St Jago Gent and Judith his wife.
Whereas Francis Burton by his deed of mortgage 13/11/1684 for consideration therein expressed did give grant .. unto Capt Robert Hewitt late of Jamaica as well all that piece or parcel of land containing by estimation 1065 acres .. in St Thomas in the Vale called Stoneland Plantation also Boiling House, Curing House, Still house and mill house and all other edifices ... together with 67 negroes 5 coppers and 2 Stills named and contained on the schedule thereunto annaexed as in and by the deed of mortgage schedule thereunto annexed .. on record..
And whereas the sum in the deed of mortgage is not yet fully satified and payed according to the trust intent and meaning thereof by reason whereof the estate and interest of Francis Burton is .. forfeited to Robert Hewitt.
Now know ye that Francis Burton for ... J£3000 from Roger Elletson of St Andrew esq ... hath given ... confirmed and by these presents doth give...confirm unto Roger Elletson ... all his estate .... to all that parcel of land .. in the said recited ded of mortgage ... of him Francis Burton and to all mills ... negroes cattle ... contained in the schedule hereunto annexed.
To have and to hold the .. land ... before herein granted ... unto Roger Elletson ... for ever
Annexed list:
21 men, 10 boys, 28 women, 7 girls, 12 mules, 2 horses, 35 cattle, 6 coppers, 2 stills and worms.

    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[226]: ...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[227] 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[228]: 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[229] 9/1689 for J£3500. 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[230], 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.



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Francis’s Will[231]:
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.

Stoneland seems to leave the family quite early, Sir Charles Price appears to have been the owner in Estate Map 1043, he was a Member of the Assembly for St Thomas in 1751 & 1785. In the early 19thC was owned by Blackburn and Wallens, when it was about 2000 acres.


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, or perhaps as a guardian of his daughter Sarah. 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.

    In a deed[232] of 1694, Thomas Rowland sold Judith Burton, then a 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[233] of 1707 she bought 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.

Barbados, St Michael, 6 March 1678-9, marriage of Mrs Judith Burton and Thomas Ellacot, she was probably Judith Griffin, the widow of John or John snr Burton, both of whom died shortly before this date in Christ Church.


Her will[234] 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[235], appointed them, and then Benjamin renounced his executorship.

Inventory of 1713[236]:

...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. Francis Burton,

Sanders: ch St Michael’s, Barbados, 5/9/1668, son of Lt Francis Burton.
Hotton (St Michael):
Also:
Bap March 6 1678-9 Francis ye son of Capt Francis Burton (spelt Turton in PR transcript) & Judith his wife, born 27 July 1678, St Michaels, buried August 6 1679 “Francis ye son of Capt. Francis Burton & Judith his wife”.

 
1/2. Nicholas Burton (FB & JB Will)

Ch St Michaels Barbados of Mr Fra: Burton 4/6/1670
Eldest surviving son of Francis & Judith Burton.[237]
Specified in mother’s will.
Died: 1712-1714 – no trace of will or inventory – died intestate[238].
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[239]: 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[240]: 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[241]: 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[242]. 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[243] 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[244] 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.

Will of David Pitcairn, wife Mary 1731, with land by Pindars River.

Elizabeth Pitcairn ch Clarendon 54 of David 20/7/1727.
Mary 3/1/1731, 58
Elizabeth, dau to David & Louise Ann Pitcairn born 10/3/1753, & bapt 13th, VerePR.
David Pitcairn of Vere married St Catherine, Louise Ann Williams OTP 1747.
David Pitcairn granted land Clarendon 1726.

Wills of David Pitcairn of 1730 & 1747, noted in wills file.

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[245] in 1665 for 240 acres in Clarendon (in what became Vere). The Booths had land around this plot.

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[246] 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[247] 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[248] of 1720: of St Catherine, mariner.
Prob him buried at St Catherine, 29/12/1720.
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. The other John Burton, son of Benjamin, was probably already dead by this time.

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.



1/3. 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[249]. He must have died intestate as his 1/3 devolved onto the eldest brother, Nicholas.

1/4. Benjamin Burton died 1720

Implied by pr entry a twin of John, born 6/12/1672
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[250], 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 he actually reached there[251].
Richard Treherne was 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[252], 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[253]: 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.

2/3. 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 and in St C 23 July 1744. the 1771 looks old for the era. A will listed for 1745 for Francis Trahern.

1707[254] Nicholas Burton (uncle) sells him for 2/- 86 acres in St Catherine, land inherited from Francis Burton (the Ann Ash land).

A 1737/49 Deed[255] 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.

The last mention of him is in a deed of 1741 where Thomas Burton sells him and wife Amy in trust some Marks land, to be sold back the following day, breaking a joint ownership with Mary Burton.

Will of Francis Treherne:
Date 13/1/1743, Ent 6/3/1745. Francis Treerne, Planter of St C. Dau Jean Treherne 1 negro girl, son Francis Treherne 1 negro, R&R to 3 children Francis, Jean & Bridget Elbeatha. If they die to wife Amy for life and then to cousins Thomas & Benjamin Burton. Execs wife & B-in-L George Bennet & Solomon Mendez.

All less than 21 in the deed of 1737/49
Issue:
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

3/5. Francis Treherne
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[256] 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[257] 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[258], 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[259] 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.

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



6.2    BENJAMIN BURTON - 1674

AM11/29


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 1720.

    As one of his father’s two surviving heirs, he was a landowner of some substance, but little else is know about him: he mentions his nephew, Francis Treherne and his “brother”, Richard Treherne in his will confirming that he was indeed the son of Francis Burton of St Thomas. Like his brother, Thomas, he seems to have sold all the lands he inherited from his father (although there seems no sign of the fate of the Stoneland estates) and was described as “of St Elizabeth” in later life, but there is no evidence of how or when he moved there: it should not be forgotten that the Clarendon, Vere and St Elizabeths boundary moved during the 18thC.
    There was an estate & a pen on the Cadastral map of the area south of the Black River Lacovia Bridge on the Burnt Savanna road called Burton’s Mountain & Burton’s pen (380 & 180 acres respectively), and Burton’s Warf on the River: were these where Benjamin Burton went to in St Elizabeth? Deed references indicate that these properties were owned from before 1720 by Thomas Kilburn, and Mrs Kilburn in 1804. These are shown on Liddell 1888 and Kilburns on Robertson, and nothing on Craskell. Thomas Kilburn buried near Lacovia Bridge 21 Jan 1787. The pen was owned by Grace Kilburn in 1811 & GK dcd in 1820.
    There are no extant records for St Thomas Parish Church until 1816 although it was founded about 1705[260], 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. The earliest tablet recorded is at 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[261] 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[262] implied he was the owner of share of 150 acres of Hippsley land.
     In May 1718 Benjamin Burton & his wife Elbeata rents[263] 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[264] 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[265]. A neighbour perhaps?

Will of 1720[266]:
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[267] 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.

This number of slaves represents perhaps 150 acres: see Long Vol 1 P460 for 1774 costings.


Elbeatha Maskall


    She died after Benjamin but before his inventory was entered 6 July 1721, and was an administrator in his will dated 1720. As she was married by 1700, she would have been born before 1680.
    Benjamin Burton’s marriage to Elbeata Massall (probably Maskall or even Marshall) 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.

Barbados 1/1/1691: bap Abigail dau of Peter & Catherine, Christ Chucch

Many more spelt Mascoll, but no Georges.

    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[268] 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 in her will of 1713. He was named in his father’s will of January 1720, but does not appear in any subsequent papers.

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. Joseph Rawlings ch Clarendon, 12 August 1699, son of Richard & DorothyPR 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

1763-4.
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??

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

     He was of St Elizabeth between 1723 and 1737, and of Vere by 1741: his principle residence probably moved to the Richard Marks land in Canoe Valley, south-west of 16 mile gulley. Later, he was back in St Elizabeth, 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 thus the apparent change of abode might simply be the movment of the Vere/St Elizabeth boundary between Browne’s and Craskell’s maps.
    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.
     He was claimed as a 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[269] where bonds from Robert Wright to Benjamin & Thomas Burton were passed between John & Peter Sinclair.
It seems as if Robert Wright owed the Burtons a sum of money and that Robert Wright was owed by John Sinclair for wages as overseer. Robert Wright drew up an order passing the debt owed to the Burtons to John Sinclair. Robert Wright also bought 2 horses from John Sinclair and may have made an allowance against his debt owed by John Sinclair. Robert Wright then sold the horses to the Burtons in exchange for the bond on them. JS was seen to hold the original bond uncancellled. John Sinclair settled with the Burtons, and the debt returned to Robert Wright.
    He was a planter with substantial holdings in St Elizabeth & elswhere, with a small acreage in St John (probably ½ of 51 acres left to Mary & her sister by their father, John More see 1755 deed). 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. In the census of 1754 he is quoted as having in St. Elizabeth 158 acres, in Clarendon 271 acres and in St. John 25, totalling 454 acres. The Clarendon land is a mystery: no mention has been found of any land in Clarendon, was this an error, maybe for land in Vere, which he undoubtedly had?

Land Transactions:

1723[270]: Samuel Bevis for £10 sells to Thomas Burton 100 acres called the Indian Ground; both planters of St Elizabeth. (NB 1756 sale is for 300A)

1741[271]: 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 Canoe Valley & 20 slaves. This was a deed of trust for 1 day, reversed the following day, sold to Thomas only.
There is no indication found how Thomas came into possession of this land. Probably the plat 2/18F321 to Richard Marks, 450 acres Canoe Valley, between Aligator Pond & Milk River on the coast road).
This conveyance reversed next day. In this case, it was Francis Treherne and Amy his wife, gentleman of St catherine. This was often done as a mean of breaking some sort of restriction originating from a marriage or inheritance. Perhaps this land came via his wife Mary Moore, shared with her sister.
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.

1741: Benjamin & Thomas buy 40 acres from Joseph Creemer.

1750 Deed[272]: 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 by Joseph Creemer, although there is a difference in area (40 becomes 50).

1752[273]: 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[274]: 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[275]: 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 Deed[276]:
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[277]: 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.

These 2 patents appear on Manchester 203 map.
1759 Patent 21/12/1759 300 acres St Elizabeth
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.

1765 Deed[278]: 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 JHS by Thomas Durrant in and about the place the place he dwelleth on. To Francis Burton one slave, to Sophronia Sinclair one slave.

Mary Burton To Richard Huggins Read 1773
254/66  Date 16/5/1769 ent 23/1/1773.

Mary Burton widow of Thomas Burton & Son Benjamin Burton sell to Richard Huggins Read for £450 1/2 plot in St Elizabeth of 500A pat by Nick Stevens E on Lt Lewis Williams, S on own land, all other ruinate waste -  Mulatto Pen PHOTO 2 15/2



Other Transactions

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[279]:  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.

1743 Deed[280]: Thomas Burton & wife Mary, planter of Vere sells 1 slave to Henry Hudson of Vere.

Manumission[281]: 1747
Benjamin & Thomas Burton, of Vere, planters, manumit boy Tom son of negro woman Qualinor?? Property of Benjamin.

1750 Deed[282]: Thomas & Mary Burton to Benjamin Burton gift of slaves.

1750 Manumission[283]: Thomas Burton & Mary his wife, of Vere, manumitted mulatto girl named Nancy dau of Abengebah.

1755[284]: 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.

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.

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[285] 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 (abt £2.5M wage, £650K, price infl sterling)
98 slaves, about 350 sheep and 5 horses.

Thomas Burton had issue by Elizabeth Nief in the 1760’s – who was this?? Some born after the death of this Thomas.
Who was this?
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.

There were several Neif’s in St Elizabeth in the 2nd half of the 18thC, but neither Ann nor Catherine figure in them.
James & Elizabeth had Thomas & Ann bap 23 July 1753, Issac abt 15 mths old & Mary Neaf abt 5 mths old 24th Dec 1758, Edward Neif 5 mths bap 8/11/1761
Later 1786-1800 there were several others, maybe Elizabeth a quadroon daughter of Edward, born 25 May 1786.


Married Mary Moore
dau of John Moore, planter of St Catherine’s (deduced from a later deed[286]), widow of William Dunbar.
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 was not in his will, but was alive in 1769 (in deed 241/33 Benjamin Burton).

Will of John Moore, 1723[287]:
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. William & Mary probably also had a son, William, born after 1732: Thomas was his guardian when William’s land adjoining the Rio Cobre Burton patents was let for 7 years in 1753[288].
William Dunbar & Ann Orgill had 2 sons, William born 6/11/1786, bap 23/8/1788 & Robert born 2/1/1790, bap 10/3/1792, Ann was a free mulatto in Williams & mustee in the second baptism. This looks late for William, son of Mary.

Deed[289] 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[290], 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, born soon after 1740.
He was of Vere in

1766: John Hayle Sinclair loaned Benjamin Burton by a promissory note, £210/6/8J to be repaid when requested. After JHS’s death his executors sued Benjamin Burton in the Grand Court in 1771 for the recovery, starting with £500. The Court awarded the executors the debt & £5/12/6 costs[291].

Benjamin Burton To John Anderson 1770[292]
Benjamin Burton of St Elizabeth & Mary Burton, his mother planter, sell to John Anderson OTP esq for £220 74A at Aligator Pond part of 2 runs pat by Nick Stevens. NW of James Mcduff, SW on John Anderson, S on Alligator Pond & Simon Facey, E on Francis Smith and part George Brown Photo 85


Mary and Benjamin Burton To Richard Huggins Read 1773[293].
Mary Burton widow of Thomas Burton & Son Benjamin Burton sell to Richard Huggins Read for £450 1/2 plot in St Elizabeth of 500A pat by Nick Stevens E on Lt Lewis Williams, S on own land, all other ruinate waste -  Mulatto Pen PHOTO 2 15/2

Benjamin Burton To Rich Huggins Read 1775
269/93 Feb-17 Date 18/2/1775 ent 25/2/775.
Benjamin Burton planter of Vere for £70 from Richard Huggins Read esq sells negro woman named Patience dau of Bess late property of Judith France dcd.

1776 : 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 Gaultier 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 : patented 300 acres in the May Day Mountains (East of 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 of conveyance does not mention purchaser, and no deed listed. Shown on Manchester 201.

Benjamin Burton To Joseph Williams – 1788[294]
Benjamin Burton, planter of St Elizabeth sells to Joseph Williams, free black man, for 5/- for 25A near Mount Elliston, being part of a pat by Benjamin Burton N on road to Mr Elliston, E on land patented by (gully land) Thomas Christopher Burton, now belonging to Joseph Williams, S on land patented by Gavin Bell now belonging to Joseph Williams, W on same run now to John Francis Burton. Plat not copied.
This was part of the combined patents shown on Manchester 201 map.

Benjamin Burton To Susannah Reid – 1792
395/112 Feb-18 Date 16/6/1791 Ent 23/12/1791.
Ind Btw Benjamin Burton & John Francis Burton of St Elizabeth, planters Ann Treherne Pusey, Mary deClarke widows of St Elizabeth, Rachel Burton of St Catherine widow and guardian of  for her son John Rodon Burton a minor of the 1st part and Susanna Maxwell Reid of St Catherine widow, 2nd part. Whereas Thomas Burton of Vere dcd esq by deed of 4/2/1759 gave Mary his wife a negro for life and then to the sons daus and heirs of Thomas & Mary. The Burtons agree to make good title to Susanna Reid of 5 slaves being a part and parcel falling to her by the before mentioned deed. Now Indenture sells slaves to Susanna Maxwell Reid

Sarah Burton To Mary Wade – 1792
396/137 Feb-18 Date 14/6/1791 Ent 25/8/1791
Benjamin Burton & John Francis Burton of St Elizabeth, planters & Ann Treherne Pusey Mary deClark widows of St Elizabeth, and Susanna Maxwell Reid widow of St Catherine of one part and Rachel Burton guardian to her son John Rodon Burton, a minor of 2nd part. Whereas Francis Burton of Vere esq dcd 24/2/1759 gave to Mary his wife negroes for life and then to Francis & Mary's heirs. And whereas 1st part agree with 2nd part to selll 5 slaves being a part and parcel falling to him by the before mentioned deed as heir to his father Thomas Christoper Burton dcd. Now this ind confirms the sale.

Benjamin Burton To et al Mary Burton – 1804
524/38 Feb-18 Date 7/11/1803 Ent 26/6/1804.
Ind Btw Benjamin Burton planter of St Elizabeth of 1st part & Hannah Powell, Elizabeth Burton, Mary Burton, Francis Treherne Burton, and Susanna Turner Burton, Sarah Burton, Hannah Powell Burton, Benjamin Burton, and Elisha Powell Burton of St Elizabeth people of colour of 2nd pt. Benjamin Burton for J£100 from the 2nd pt sells to them land in the May Day Mtns 120 acres known as Mount Ellison being part of 300 patented by Benjamin Burton SE on Jo Williams, NW on Zachary Burton, W on John Benjamin Burton, on all other sides by the same run.

Benjamin Burton To Jos Jas Swaby – 1815
651/212 Feb-18 Date 27/3/1797 Ent 13/2/1816.
Benjamin Burton planter of St Elizabeth sells to (Hon) Joseph James Swaby esq for J£50 land near Mulatto Pen cont by resurvey 100 acres being part of a run patented by Benjamin Burton SW on Nick Stevens NW by Hon JJ Swaby, all other sides pat by Benjamin Burton.


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.
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.

Died bef June 1787
Married St Catherine Rachel (Rodon) Jackson, he of St Elizabeth, she OTP a widow 29/3/1783 by licence.
He later moves to St Catherine and St John.

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[295] 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. For ever
S on Benjamin Burton, W on unknown, N of John Rome. Plat in deed.
Probably the land on Manch 201, Oldbury, show there as 300 acres. On west side of May Day Mountains.


Thomas Christopher Burton To William Henry Matthews 1785[296]
Thomas Christopher Burton of St John planter sells to William Henry Mathews as trustee for mountain Polink in Red Hills to Rachel Jackson for life and then her issue. (perhaps daughter of his wife then Rachel Jackson).

Rachel Burton To Henry Booth 1787
353/6 Feb-17 Date 1787, ent 20/2/1787.
Rachel Burton widow of Thomas Christopher Burton of St Catherine for £123 sells to Henry Booth planter of St John 66A of mountain palink PHOTO 2 15/2 Appears in 430/131, Henry Booth to Castle. Both plats the same.



Sarah      Burton      To    Mary  Wade  1792  396   137   Feb-18     Date 14/6/1791 Ent 25/8/1791 Benjamin Burton & John Francis Burton of St Elizabeth, planters & Ann Treherne Pusey Mary deClark widows of St Elizabeth, and Susanna Maxwell Reid widow of St Catherine of one part and Rachel Burton guardian to her son John Rodon Burton, a minor of 2nd part. Whereas Francis Burton of Vere esq dcd 24/2/1759 gave to Mary his wife negroes for life and then to Francis & Mary's heirs. And whereas 1st part agree with 2nd part to selll 5 slaves being a part and parcel falling to him by the before mentioned deed as heir to his father Thomas Christoper Burton dcd. Now this ind confirms the sale.

3/1. John Rodon Burton (ref deed 396/137) bap St C 29/9/1784

John Francis Burton To John Rodon Burton – 1807
554/59 Feb-18 Date 28/2/807 Ent 11/3/1807.
Ind John Francis Burton planter of St E sells to John Rodon Burton gent of St C for 10/-  a slave

John Rodon Burton To William Burton – 1807
554/60 Feb-18 Date 10/3/1707 Ent 11/3/1807.
John Rodon Burton & Judith Frances his wife for £33 from William Burton free PoC of Vere a negro man slave


John Francis Burton From John Rodon Burton – 1807
556/33 Feb-18 Date 28/2/1807 Ent 2/3/1807.
John Rodon Burton & Judith of St Catherine quit any claim on John Francis Burton planter of St Elizabeth.

John Rodon Burton To Thomas Burton – 1809
591/121 Feb-18 Date 16/12/1808 Ent 20/11/1809.
John Rodon Burton gent of St Catherine for live of infant son Thomas Henry Burton for 10/- paid by Rachel Burton widow of St Catherine

Married Judith King, 20/7/1806, St Catherine
John Francis Burton sells Frances King a slave 31/1/1803
Judith Burton sells Frances king a slave 22/11/1803.
4/1. John Rodon Burton, b 15/4/1810, ch 22/4/1810, Kingston

Of John Rodon & Judith Frances Burton

4/2. Charles Rodon Burton, b. 18120117, ch.18120619 St C

Of John Rodon & Judith Frances (late King soinster) Burton

Possible issue, ch St Elizabeth:
(note ch date same as Ben & Hannah Powell)
3/2. 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.


John Francis Burton To Ann Traham Pusey 1791[297]
Ann Trahern Pusey widow of St Elizabeth: Whereas slave woman and ch "of" Thomas & Mary Burton descended to Ann Trahern Pusey, she agrees to sell the slave to for 10/- to John Francis Burton, planter of St Elizabeth in trust to sell back the next day.
John Francis Burton From Ann Traham Pusey 1791 386 164 Feb-17 Next deed from above f163

1787: shown as adjoing the grant of 300 acres to Benjamin Burton (his brother) in the May Day mountains. Shown on Manch 201.

1790[298]: 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.

John Francis Burton To Lazarus Hyman – 1792
395/6 Feb-18 Date 21/8/1791 Ent 1/12/1791.
John Francis Burton planter of st E sells to LH J£55 negro boy slave named Jack,

John Francis Burton To Joseph Williams – 1794[299]
John Francis Burton, planter of St Elizabeth, for £3 sells to Joseph Williams, Black Man of St Elizabeth,  1.75A of land part of run patented by Benjamin Booth, some text msg.

John Francis Burton To Frances King – 1804
526/14 Feb-18 date 31/10/1803 Ent 22/6/1804.
John Francis Burton planter of St Elizabeth for J£45 from Francis King spinster of St Elizabeth 1 negro child Priscilla

John Francis Burton To Ann Burton – 1804
524/75 Feb-18 Date 13/6/1803 Ent 113/7/1804.
Ind John Frances Burton snr of St Elizabeth, planter sells to Ann Burton a free black woman of St Elizabeth for J£50 1 female sambo slave. Wit Benjamin Burton

John Francis Burton To John Rodon Burton – 1807
554/59 Feb-18 Date 28/2/807 Ent 11/3/1807.
Ind John Francis Burton planter of St E sells to John Rodon Burton gent of St C for 10/-  a slave

John Francis Burton From John Rodon Burton – 1807
556/33 Feb-18 Date 28/2/1807 Ent 2/3/1807.
John Rodon Burton & Judith of St Catherine quit any claim on John Francis Burton planter of St Elizabeth.

John Burton To Richard Ashman - 1807
556/172 Feb-18 Date 1/5/1805 Ent 17/4/180.
John Burton planter of St E for J£500 from Richard Ashman OTP surgeon sell 400 A in May Day Mtns N on Daniel Rome E on Bryan Connor N & W unknown

John Francis Burton To Ann Burton - 1809
591/36 Feb-18 Date 1/1/1809 Ent 27/10/1809.
John Francis Burton of St Elizabeth sells for 10/- to Ann, William More, Thomas Jno, Jno Thomas, Edward Francis, Joseph James, Elizabeth Lockhart, Jane More & Henry Burton 5 acres of land in the Carpenters Mountains

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.


1771[300]: Judith France of Vere sells to Elbeather Burton of St Elizabeth 10 slaves.

The following deeds probably relate to Elbeatha’s brother, John Francis (as a planter, probably white):

1800[301]: Frances Burton spinster, Ann Treherne Burton spinster, Judith Powell spinster, Benjamin Powell jnr free mam of colour of St Elizabeth of 1st pt & John  Burton of St Elizabeth, Planter 2nd Pt. 1st pt sell to 2nd pt for £200 94.5 acres in May Day mountains in St Elizabeth - refers to plat but it is not there!

1800[302]: John Burton planter & Ann Treherne Burton & Judith Powell spinsters & Benjamin Powell jnr free man of colour of St Elizabeth for £250 sell to Frances Burton spinster of St Elizabeth  2 Slaves

1800[303]: John Burton planter & Frances Burton & Judith Powell spinsters & Benjamin Powell jnr free man of colour of St Elizabeth for £220 sell to Ann Treherne Burton spinster of St Elizabeth 2 Slaves

1800[304]: Frances Burton, Ann Treherne Burton & Judith Powell spinsters & Benjaim Powell jnr free man of colour of St Elizabeth for £240 sell to John Burton planter of St Elizabeth  2 Slaves


3/1. Joseph John son of James Powell and Elizabeth Burton

about two years of age bap 04/1768.

3/2. 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

A James Powell in a sale and resale between Joseph James Swaby et al in 1757 (copy in wills file), breaking an entail.

Note ch date as for Benjamin/Powell & Thomas/Bessy above.
3/3. Mary Burton, reputed dau of James Powell & Elbeatha Burton,

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

3/4. Ann Treherne Burton, b 12/7/1776, ch 26/9/1788
3/5. Judith Powell Burton, b 10/12/1778, ch 26/9/1788.

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

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

Must be Ann Trehern as the deed of 1791 relates to a slave decsnding to her from Thomas & Mary.
Married as Ann Treherne Burton of Vere, Benjamin Dance Pusey, Gent of St Catherine, at St Catherine 3/9/1778.

1773[305]: Ann Trahern Burton spinster of Vere for £50 sells to Olive Wint, free mulatto of Vere, 1 woman slave Prue.

1775[306]: Simon Booth planter of Vere for 5/- from Ann Treherne Burton spinster of Vere sells land called Robinsons 10 acres E on heirs of Lawrie, S&W on Kings High Rd, N on the Spring

1791[307]: This must refer to the slaves left to her by her father Thomas.
Ann Trahern Pusey widow of St Elizabeth: Whereas slave woman and ch "of" Thomas & Mary Burton descended to Ann Trahern Pusey, she agrees to sell the slave to for 10/- to John Francis Burton, planter of St Elizabeth in trust to sell back the next day.
John Francis Burton From Ann Traham Pusey 1791 386 164 Feb-17 Next deed from above f163

Ann Treherne & Francis Burton sell slaves to Benjamin Powell 1800, book 477 missing.


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

 

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; 3 were certainly by Thomas, Edward and Sampson at baptism, and James from a deed reference as Sampson’s brother but the fatherhood of the remainder is uncertain, but some might have been by Benjamin. 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[308], 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[309] to Thomas Anderson[310], 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.


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

A prossible 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 Gaultier 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.

A/2. Joseph, 1750

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/3. Hannah, 1752

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

A/4. Mary. 1754

base dau of Hannah Mendez, b 25/10/1754, bap 24/3/1755.
no father quoted, St Elizabeth

A/5. Sampson, 1757

 “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[311] 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.

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.

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 Elizabeth 28/10/1797:

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

A/6. Richard, 1760

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

A/7. Edward, 1761

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

 

The following were in Thomas Burton’s will but there are no parish records of them.

A/1. Thomas, no Baptism recorded, but he is mentioned with Hannah in a deed of 1755.

A/8. Nicholas,

Could have been born as early as 1745, but probably nearer 1750
(in will manumission confirmation a boy alias Nicholas Burton 1763)
He was alive by 170 when he is mentioned in a deed with Hannah.

1768[312]: Joseph James Swaby gent sells to Nicholas Burton, a free mulatto carpenter 10 acres in St Elizabeth, part of a run 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.

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, born 1756.
The forgoing entry is difficult to relate to the others and this Nicholas
On the line before:
Illegitimate dau of Nicholas Burton & Catherine Neif:
2/1. Elizabeth Trehern Burton - born 1766 – ch 4/1768 2 yrs.
Then later 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 Burton

will manumission confirms a boy alias Francis Burton 1763, could have been born as early as 1745, but probably nearer 1750.
He was alive by 170 when he is mentioned in a deed with Hannah.

A/10. John Benjamin Burton,

B/1 Frances Turner Burton b 11/1798, bapt 27/11/1800, St E,

dau of John Benjamin Burton & Bonella Rochester. She had 7 slaves in 1820 in St Elizabeth.

A/11. George William Burton, baptised 23/9/1818 aged 76, born 1742.

St Elizabeth with many others as a free mulatto.

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.

1794[313]:
James Burton of Vere, free person of colour, sells a woman slave & her 7 children to Grace Powell free woman of colour of Kingston, Peggy Burton & Ann Elizabeth Burton, reputed daus of James Burton.

B/0 Deborah Burton, re dau of James Burton by Sarah May, b 15/12/1771, ch St E 3/8/1773.

Deborah Burton To Robert Adamson – 1806
553/31 Feb-18 Photo 1212 8/2 Date 18/7/1806 Ent 21/11/1806. Deborah Burton Free WoC of Clarendon sells land in St Elizabeth to Robert Adamson Carpenter of St E for J£335 from Robert Adamson sells 300A. N on James Fullerton, E on John J Boom, S on Charles Nicholas Pattinson esq W on U/S land. Rectangular plat.


B/1. Eleanor Elizabeth Burton B 1797, ch 27/11/1800 St Elizabeth, dau of James Burton & Elizabeth Simpson, free mulatto. She married John Morgan, 25/11/1817, Manchester, both free coloureds
B/2. Mary Simpson Burton ch Vere, 15/9/1797, ch of James Burton free mulatto.
B/3. Hannah Burton ch Vere, 15/9/1797, ch of James Burton

 



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, straddling the road down from Bull Savanna into Alligator Pond.


Deeds etc:

1684: Stevens shown on B&K
1723: TB of St E from Bevis 100A Indian Ground – sold 300A 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, deed for 1 day.
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 in Vere
1752: TB buys 300A in St Elizabeth from George H/Raxstead – 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
1759: 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.
1770: BB & mother Mary sell 74 acres Aligator Pond.
1773: Mary, widow of Thomas, sells part of Mulatto Pen.
1776: BB snr of St E sells rest ZG 35A to Margaret Simpson, Free Quad
1784: Thomas Christopher Burton patented 300 acres, re Manch 201.
1788: BB sells part of his land to Joseph Williams.
1788: BB patent for 300 acres in May Day Mountains by his brothers.
1790: John Francis B patented 300 acres Spaish Quarters, St E.


Known Lands:

146 Acres near Hilberry, St Elizabeth:
1728[314]: Bought 146 acres from Zacharia Gualtier, which had been patented by Thomas Anderson in 1719[315], near, probably to the east of, Plowden Hill
Called Mamme Gully in the 1761 deed. From the patent, “146 acres of land 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”.
Zachariah Gualtier of St Elizabeth, esq & his wife Mary sell for 5/- 146 acres at Aligator Pond mountains, St Elizabeth, (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 to Thomas Anderson in 1719 in 3 parcels, 2 of which are shown in Manchester 257 but this parcel is not shown on estate maps, but an estimated position would be NE of Alligator Pond on the road which is shown on the plat. 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.
    Manchester 252, 253 & 303 may refer.
This is probably the Burton Land shown on Craskell east of Plowden Hill.

In the deed of 1761 from Thomas Burton to Hannah Mendez and her children, 1/3 of this went to Hannah for life and then to join the remaining 2/3 to her sons Francis & Nicholas.

100 acres in St Elizabeth, “Indian Ground”
bought by TB from Samuel Bevis in 1723 for £10.
1756 TB sells 300 acres of apparently the same land

250 acres in Canoe Valley 1/2 of 500 acres of Richard Marks land, located on Manchester 257. No indication of who owned the other half, but could well have been BT. This was sold by Thomas & Mary to Francis Treherne & Amy

40 acres bought by B&T 1741 from Joseph Creemer, part of James Powell patent. Probably sold as 50 acres to James Powell in 1750.

300 acres bought by TB from George Raxstead in 1752. There is no further mention of this land. A 1759 patent[316] to Edward Smith of St Thomas in the Vale for 300 acres in St Elizabeth near Plowden Hill adjoins land referred to as Geo Raxsted Jnr. It is more probable that this was the area for TB’s 300 acres. The only Raxstead found was in Browne to the north of Pepper Plantation.

Aligator Pond:
Stevens Land: 1754, TB does a “bed & breakfast” transaction with his brother in law for 75 acres, ½ of 150 patented by Nicholas Stevens. This land is on Manchester 203. Adjoins his later patents to the west.
This was sold to John Anderson in 1770 by Benjamin & mother Mary.
1759 & 1761 2 patents for 300 acres each, contiguous, and west & north of Richard Marks. They are located from Manchester 203 map.
The 1759 (southern) patent was sold for £10 (gifted) to Hannah Mendez and her children, the deed specifying the split between them.
The 1761 patent was passed to the sons of Hannah.

Mulatto Pen: TB seems to have owned 500 acres at Mulatto Pen, which his widow & son Benjamin sold half in 1769. There is no evidence how he came into the land. The other half was sold by Mary & son Benjamin in 1773.



LAND IN ST ELIZABETH

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[317].

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.

Burton:

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,)
Sampson, ) 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

AM10/15


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 his brother Thomas’s will. Thomas Burton, having inherited Benjamin’s estate by intestacy, 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 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[318] 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 in 1739, 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 debt 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
[319]

Land at Hillberry, Aligator Pond, St Elizabeth:
1728, 146 Acres in Aligator Pond mountains, bought from Zacharia Gualtier.

What is Burton’s mountain & pen shown on Cadastral & Liddell at the north end of the Santa cruz mountains??

Other Deeds:
1730 Deed[320] 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[321]: 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 Rocky Valley lying on Beckford and Gale for J£10. The tone of the deed implies some relationship between Benjamin & Elizabeth, but what is not clear.

1741[322]: Benjamin Burton jnr planter of Vere & Samuel Gabay of St Catherine
sells for £30 28 ft of land facing the 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[323]: 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. Creemer appears on Manchester 257 estate map in the Carpenter’s Mountains. Plat 18F358. in Sta Cruz Mtns

1747 Manumission[324]: 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[325]: Benjamin Burton gave 1 Negro to reputed daughter Elbeaton Burton
This is probably this Benjamin. (probably the daughter of Dorothy Rochester)

1750 Deed[326]: Benjamin Burton & Thomas Burton & his wife Mary planters of Vere sold to James Powell 50 acres.

1750 Deed[327]: Thomas & Mary Burton to Benjamin Burton gift of slaves.

1754: Benjamin Burton owned 155 acres in St Elizabeth.

1754[328]: Benjamin Burton sold John MacDonald 1 woman slave £55

1755[329]: 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 part of the 146 acres acquired in 1728.

Administration, maybe him with Powell connection with son, although looks very late for Ben’s death about 1760.
15/90 1/11/1770 Benjamin Burton by Benjamin Powell
Benjamin Burton, planter late of Vere & Benjamin Powell, principal creditor, planter of St E.
inventory:
48/219, Ent 11/3/1771 Benjamin Burton of Vere planter by Benjamin Benet of Vere 1 negro man £40, 1 girl, £60, 4 mares. 1 old mare 2 colts old furniture £138.

Dorothy Rochester


Dorothy Rochester was a mulatto concubine of Benjamin Burton, two deeds of about 1790 refer to her children and grandchildren. Her will has not been found (2/2017).

See 380/46 & 377/29, which refer to Dorothy’s will confirming that our Judith Burton, mother of Ruth Sinclair, was the daughter of Dorothy Rochester.
Issue:
Ruth Burton, free woman of colour

John Swaby
Benjamin Powell
James Powell
Ann Rochester
Judith Powell, free quadroon, d bef 1788

Hannah Woodcock, mustee
Elizabeth Woodcock, from Susannah Burton’s will.

Judith Burton, free woman of colour.

Nicholas Sinclair
Alexander Sinclair
James Sinclair
Edward Sinclair
Joseph Sinclair
Ruth Sinclair, mustee
Sarah Sinclair

Susanna Burton, d bef 1788


From the 1730 deed 83/78-83, some or all born before June 1730 a later deed 380/35 of 1790 clarifies the first 3 daughters:

Issue of Benjamin Burton by Dorothy Rochester, mulatto, the children therefore quadroons, ch Clarendon:
No sign of where Dorothy Rochester came from, no will or inventory found (2/17).

1/1. Judith Burton ch as Ann Judy Twier Burton, Clarendon 4/4/1734.

She is specifically mentioned in the deed of 1790 as Ruth’s mother and daughter of Dorothy Rochester. 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. Ruth Burton, of St Elizabeth, free woman of colour, deed 380/46 issue:

Ruth Burton To John Swaby – 1788
364/44 Feb-17 Date 11/5/1788 ent 5/9/1788.
Ruth Burton, free woman of colour of St Elizabeth for £70 from John Swaby for 1 slave
The following 4 were listed in the deed 380F46 of 1790 as children of Ruth Burton:
2/1. John Swaby. A John Swaby, son of Ruth Burton in JJS’s will.
2/2. Joseph Swaby, son of Ruth,

father not named but probably Joseph James Swaby.

2/3 Benjamin Powell, maybe bapt Vere 30/11/1761, child but no parents.

Olive Wint To Benjamin Powell (jnr) – 1791
392/192 Feb-18 Date 13/10/1791 Ent 31/10/1791.
Olive Wint of Vere free Woman of Colour & Benjamin Powell jnr of St E free MoC. Olive Wint sells to Benjamin Powell 1 negro for J£52

2/4 Ann Rochester.
2/5 Judith Powell died bef 1788, free quadroon,

as Hannah Woodcock was consistently described as a free mustee, it is probable that either Mr Woodcock or her father Powell was a man of colour. There is little doubt that the following are the correct descendants of Judith. There are also children in Kingston born early 1780’s, of Judith Powell, free mustee by Moses Benson, but they are probably not this Judith but a later generation.

3/1. Hannah Woodcock, of Kingston in 1790,

free mustee in deed and in Mary & Lucy’s baptism,
Issue all at Kingston:
4/1. Mary Dennis, dau of Francis Dennis,

by HW, b 24/9/1781, ch 28/7/1783.

4/2. Lucy Dunston, dau of George Pinnock Dunston

by “the above HW”, b 2/7/1783, ch 28/7/1783.

4/3. George Dunston, bt George D. b 2/10/1785, ch 31/7/1787
By William Daggers, HW free mustee:
4/4. Judith Daggers, b 5/1/1789, ch 26/5/1791
4/5. Hannah Daggers, HW free mustee B 24/4/1791, ch 26/8/1791
4/6. Mary Daggers, free mustee b 12/8/1793, ch 23/11/1793
4/7. William Daggers, b 25/9/1796, ch 4/10/1797
by Thomas Blease:
4/8. John Blease, b 4/11/1801, ch 1/2/1802
4/9. Ann Blease,  b 2/12/1803, ch 2/3/1804

3/2. Elizabeth Woodcock

Issue of James Bowman by Elizabeth Woodcock, Bap Kingston.
4/1. William Bowman, b 18/9/1794, ch 8/12/1794.
4/2. Edward Bowman, b 28/08/1797, ch 17/11/1797
4/3. John Bownam, B 9/8/1800, ch 9/3/1801
4/4. George Bowman b 20/2/1803, bap 22/4/1805.

Children of Ruth Burton almost certainly by Hon JJ Swaby.

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. The Joseph James Swaby named in JJS’s will was born not earlier that 1786, so is not this one, who probably died early.

2/2. John Swaby,

son of Joseph James Swaby by Ruth Burton (ref JJS will) & deed 380/46, 1788,
B abt 1758, bur 17/11/1825 Manchester (Jam PR) aged 67. His son, James, was probably Francis Maitland’s executor in 1824.
Married Frances King, free mulatto.
Issue:
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
Issue:
4/1. John William Swaby, 1830-1854, married 1851 Hamersmith Everilda Jane Hamer

1/3. Susanna Burton, died December 1786, will 52/66, & deed 380/35

was this her baptised 26/7/1718, dau of Benjamin Burton?

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

will 52/66 Date 3/12/1786 ent 27/12/1786.
Buried Kingston 9/12/1786.
Susanna Burton now of Kingston, late of St Andrew free mulatto. 5 slaves to kind and affectionate niece Judith Powell of Kingston spinster, after her decease to g/nieces Hannah & Elizabeth Woodock. Judith Powell sole exec.
Inventory 71/31, difficult to read:
June 1787 Susanna Burton, late of Kingston, free mulatto by Judith Powell I beahfit? Old 1 Stool? 4 chairs 1 small table 6 china plates parcel of old clothes £*/7/6

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

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:

Zachary Burton To JJ Swaby – 1814
630/233 Feb-18 Date 21/8/1813, Ent 11/12/1813. Zachary Burton planter of St Elizabeth 1st pt Joseph James Swaby  of St Elizabeth esq. Doubts and disputes btw Zachary Burton & Joseph James Swaby in respect to the title of slaves named after. They agree to split the slaves and to agree the title of 7 slaves to Zachary Burton and Zachary Burton assigns 12 slaves to Joseph James Swaby.

Zacharia Burton To Jos Jas Swaby - 1815.
651/212 Feb-18 Date 20/5/1814. Zacharia Burton the elder a free MoC of St E for £16 from Joseph James Swaby for 8 acres near the Gutters  hereto for belonging to William Burton on all sides Joseph James Swaby. Phot 1455 12/2


1789 granted[330] 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.
A Possibility:
Sarah Burton To Philip Pinnock – 1794

420/66 Feb-17 Date 3/1/1794 ent 17/5/1794
Sarah Burton, woman of colour of Kingston, sells to Philip Pinnock, planter of Westmoreland,  for £200 2 slaves.

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

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

There are deed references to Zacharia the elder, so these look like the issue of his son, Zacharia:
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.


Also:
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.
Mary Ann Rochester, b 1/4/1786, ch 27/11/1800, free quadroonPR. She married? Simpson, and produced a daughter, Dorothy who married Joseph Edward Burton.


Unknown Burton


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.

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

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


Swaby & Witters


Family moved to Yorkshire via Norfolk, England.
Dickleburgh, Norfolk,

Judith Burton, dau of Thomas & Margaret, of Jamaica 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.

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.

Also:

 

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.

The father of these children is not known, but was intitially thought to be a Burton. Swaby is more likely
Children of Sarah Witter. Birth dates not given, but probably young as adult baptisms usually done together:
1/1. Nicholas Gilbert - bapt. St E 29 Dec 1751 – son of Sarah WitterPR.
1/2. Ruth (Witter), bap St E 5 Sep 1755 – base dau of Sarah Witter PR
1/3. Judith (Witter), bap St E 5 Sep 1755 – base dau of Sarah Witter PR


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

6.5    Other Jamaican Burtons of the Period



Edward Burton appears from 1777 or earlier, one deed showing him as a surveyor: there is no indication of who he was, the only one found in our family being too young (son of Hannah Mendez), e.g.:

Edward Burton To John Wint 1777
287/110 Feb-17 Dated 3/12/1777 ent 29/1/1778.
John Rome & Edward Burton surveyors of Vere sell to John Wint of St Catherine, watchmaker for £125 619A in  St Elizabeth W on Laughlan McLaughlan & Henry Laird, N on u/s, E on remaining part of land belonging to Rome & Burton and sold to Rev Thomas Pool S on One Eye road.
This looks to be in the north of St Elizabeth, quite far from our line’s St Elizabeth holdings.

Elizabeth Burton To Adam Bowie 1794
417/166 Feb-17 Date 13/3/1794 ent 22/3/1794.
Elizabeth Burton, free mulatto of Kingston, for £160 sells to Adam Bowie, mariner, a 1/4 lot in K #414 & another 1/12th lot

James Burton From John Burd 1788
365/101 Feb-17 Ent 1/12/1788 Clarendon Cross 22/11/1788.
James Burton buys at sale I negro for £45/10 from court after writ by David Perreir Mendez against Richard Huggins Read (Clarendon Cross btw Rio Minho & Old Harbour on Craskell).

Keen Elliston Burton To Dorothy Johnson – 1826
742/335 (235 Mismumbered)) Feb-17 Date May 1826 ent 13/10/1826
Keen Ellison Burton of Manchester, spinster, sells to Dorothy Johnson  for £12 3A in Plurden in Manchester (Plowden)


Westmoreland Burtons

 

Samuel Burton To Jno Kinloch   75/162 Feb-17 Dated 6/8/1768, ent 23/10/1770. Samuel Burton of Westmoreland, Carpenter, for £390 sell to John Kinloch 3 slaves



6.6    EARLY BARBADOS BURTONS


   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:
http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Burton-1584
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[331]: buys foot land in Port Royal, a carpenter.

1710[332]: Peter Beckford lets land in Port Royal for 9.5 yrs to John Burton carpenter

1711 Deed[333]: John (a carpenter) & Mary bought foot land in Lime Street, Port Royal from Fabritius Smith (gent).

1714 Deed[334]: 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.

Inventories[335]:
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[336] 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[337]: buys slave for wife Dorothy
1732 Deed[338]: 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).
Bur Arundel Burton Kingston, 27/6/1777, Gent, churchyard.
Arundell Burton who appears in the Jamaica Deeds in the mid 18thC was probably of this line. Most deeds have not been copied.
 
1762[339]: Arundell Burton of Kingston gent sells Sicely Thomas a negro for £20

Married Elizabeth Lee, Spinster, St Michaels, Barbados 18/7/1731[340]
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)


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].

Also:
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

And:
Mar Christ Church 5/12/1672 John Burton & Judith Griffin (p331).
Mar St Catherine, Jamaica, Frances Burten, 1684

And:
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[341].
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.


Ellacott/Ellicott


     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[342]. Thomas Ellacott, husband of Judith, died abt 1692, will dates 27/4/1692, probated 8/7/1693.
     Francis Burton in 1676 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
Thomas Ellacott bur St Michal’s 19/8/1674
1650, witness to will then aged 24.
1658 & 1669 Witness to wills
Ref Wills of Richard & Joane Vines (1651 & 1669)

RB3/48 Thomas Ellacott To Andrew Argyle – 1654
2/743 date 10/6/1654 ent 6/7/1654. I Thomas Ellicott ack receipt of 2 able working brown bulls & 2 negroes from Andrew Argyle and that they belong to him.

RB3/48 Thomas Ellacott To John Wall – 1654
2/751 Date 7/6/1653 Ent 13/7/1654. Thomas Ellicott merchant of Barbados. Ann Neinson widow of Christopher Neinson . Ann Neinson sold 1/8/1649 (text sayd 59), property in St Michaels, to John Wall of London, and Capt John Wall of London did sell to Thomas Ellicott 11/5/1650. Thomas Ellicott sells to James Cornellis.

RB3/48 Thomas Ellacott To George Hancock – 1655
3/807 Date 1/8 1655 ent 22/8/1655. Thomas Ellicott for £500 & 32000lbs of sugar from George Hancock for 5 able negres, 2 christian servants, 2 working mils 8 ass negroes, 3 copper stills and worme, 1 copper cooler and 1 set of mill work 36 hoggs which I rent from Thomas Reed etc

RB3/48 Thomas Ellacott To John Hancock – 1655
3/830 Looks like a repeat of 807 to John Hancock - probably truncated pages.

RB3/48 Margaret Ellacott To Richard Penfold – 1680
10/523 Date 23/6/1680 ent 29/1/1680-1. Margaret Ellicott of St Michael widow, for 10/- for the assurance of the great true fidelity etc which I have in  my well beloved friend Richard Penfold I sell to Richard Penfold 14 acres where I now live on Col john codd, cpt John Parris, formerly John  Dueds, and also 13 3/4 acres in St Michael adjacent the 14 acres adj Col John Stanfash called Fontabell, Jacob Lake, John Mercer, carpenter, to retain use during her lfe
bur St Michael, 4/11/1680

1679: Widow Ellicott, 86 acres, 10 negroes, St Andrews. Hotton.

Married Margaret Vines, dau of Richard & Joane Vines[343] of St Michaels
Margaret’s will of 1680/4[344]
Margaret Ellacott 9/136 – 1684 10/328
Date 11/9/1680 Ent 12/3/1685.  Margaret Ellacott widow of St Michaels, weak & sick. 1st to son Vines Ellacott I negro 1 silver boat a turkish carpet 1 table 1 chair. 2nd son Henry 1 negrow boy, when 21. 3rd son  Richard 1 negro etc when 21. 4th dau Margaret Ellacott 2 slaves etc. 5th dau Mary 2 negro women when 6 or married. 6th Dau Lucretia 2 women slaves 1 cow when 16 or married. Vines to inherit if others die. 8th to son Thomas 1/- to his son 500lbs muscavado 7 years after my decease 9th g/sons John & Vines Jeffreys 500 lbs muscavado 7 years after my decease Vines Ellacott & Richard Penfold execs


Issue:
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, baptised Christ Church, 11/11/1655 of Edward and Judith.
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.

Will:
RB6/3/198. Date 27/4/1692, Ent 8/7/1693. Sick, 2nd to wife Judith Ellicott 1 negro for life then to either of my children as she thinks fit. 6 children Thomas, John, Richard, Judith, Margaret & Mary, Thomas to have double share, Wife Exec during her widowhood then Coll John Waterman Major Benony Waterman, Mr John Waitt & brother Henry Ellacott execs.

Thomas Ellacott witness of a will in 1688[345].
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 29 hours (MI) PR: 12/6/1703.

3/2. Susanna Ellicot

Died 5/10/1704 Aged 20 days (VLO MI)

3/3. Mary Ellacottt, born 1/1/1706, bapt 25/1/1706, St Michael Mr Thomas & Susan
3/4. Hannah Ellacott bap St Michael 3/5/1711 of Capt Thomas & S.

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.

Vines Ellacott To George Tyrwhit – 1681
RB3/48/14/109 Date 1/1/1680 ent 12/7/1681. Vines Ellacott Merchant of Barbados & George Tyrwhitt & his wife Joane, planter. Vines Ellacott lets to George Tyrwhitt 26 acres in St Michaels, now on lease to Lt col Jno Codrington, for £7/year and £76 for the first and last years rent.

A Vines Ellicott “MA St Davids” 1704 – JFS.
Jamaica Will:
13/121 Vines Ellacott Feb-18 Date 9/6/1712 Ent 5/7/1712. Vines Ellacott of St Andrew esq, Son Ricks Ellacott £10, wife Mary negro boy for life, to wife all land in St Andrew & 1/2 of estate for dower, R&R to nephew Thomas Ellacott in Barbados, merchant. Exec wife & "brother" William Bonner of St Dorothy.

1/3. Eliza Ellicot, d bef 1680 (ME will), M. Mr Jno Jefferys

July 6 1672, St Michael. (Sanders)
Issue:
Vines Jefferys (ME Will) – in Antigoe 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. Mar Amy Long, St Michael, 28/12/1684.

1/5. Richard Ellacott, b. aft 1659 (ME Will)
1/6. Margaret Ellacott, b. aft 1662 (ME Will) – her will spinster 1691[346].
1/7. Mary Ellacott, b. aft 1662 (ME Will)

Margaret Ellacott 1692 3/19
Date 17/7/1691, Ent 2/9/1692. Margaret Ellacott, spinster ill & sick. 1st to brother Thomas Ellacott, all money he owes me. Brother Henry 1 negroe, sister Lucretia 1 negroe and chest of drawers & apparel. To Henry & Luctretia, money owed by Magr (major?) Bemony Waterman. Henry Exec (Lucretia married Croxton & will extract of 1718 in Barb images)

1/8. Lucretia Ellacott, b. aft 1664 (ME Will)

Her will[347] of 1718, widow of St Michaels
Married Mr Croxon, died bef 1718.
Issue:
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)
Biography
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.
Sources
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[348]. 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[349]. 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, Braziletto 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 land 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 Maps & Plats


Estate Maps
Clarendon 188: Teak Pen, Benjamin & George Booth on Thomas River, C290 to East, (Hayle).
Clarendon 575: Folly Pen, see Word file for full text.

Clarendon 615: Paradise/Yarmouth

Manchester 92: Mile Gully
Manchester 129: The Farm, JG Booth
Manchester 201: Oldbury, prob pre 1787

Manchester 203: Aligator Pond

Manchester 206: Hope & Newark re Swaby sales, aft 1849, image on Burton's sw of Mandeville
Manchester 248: Windsor Forrest, aft 1824
Manchester 260: – Simon & Samuel Booth 1755 grants
Trelawney 273: George Booth/Salt Savanna 1740

Plats & Patents:
1665: Capt George 1200 A 2-8F63
1672: capt George 140 A Clarendon, 1-4F214-172
1674: Capt George 150+37 A Adjoins 1200A 2-8F64

These 3 are all the same date:
1683: Ben Booth, 340 A Thomas River, N Clarendon, On Clarendon 188 1-9F121.
1683: Geo jnr, 500A Thomas River, 1-9F124.
1683: Geo snr, 300A Thomas River, 1-9F123.

1684: Ben Booth, 800 A, Mammee River, 2-8F39 & 1-10F141
1688: George snr, 20+3 A Vere, 1-11F151 & 2-8F24.
1703: George Booth, 200 A, Vere, Overplus land, Plat 2-34F6 & Pat 14F27.
1715: Jane & Henry, 40A Vere, index only, 1-16F67.
1718: John Booth & William Turner, 500A 16 mile gully, 1-16F231-229.
1740: George Booth 300A St E., Mouth River 1-21F93.

1755: Samuel 300A, Green Pond, St E, 1-26F154 (Green Pond prob at Harmons).
1755: Simon Jnr, 300A, St E, 1-26F155
1755: Simon min, 300A Clarendon, 1-26F156.

The 1755 plats adjoin well with Sutton & Scott patents held; the postion of the pond and leeward road do not align well with modern maps. The green pond is assumed to be east of the present day settlement, in the “depression” marked on the map.


1776: Simon jnr, 2x300A, N of Mandeville, 1-33F121-122.

The new leeward road appears in the latter patents: this seems to have gone from St Jago, Green Pond, Woodstock, Marlborough & Spur Tree. Craskell, contemporary with these grants, shows the portion of the road west from St Jago south of the present day road.

Deed Plats:
1754: Simon Booth to Pusey, 158F118.
1758: Peter Booth to Charles Kelsall, 171F19
1757: Thos Booth from Thain, 174F117.
1759: Bayley to Simon Booth, 180F79.
1759: Thomas Anderson buys some ex Booth land in St Jago Savanna 179F121.
1761: George Booth sells 183 acres in 2 lots, McCary Bay, 190F126 & 148.
1762: George Booth re land in Vere
1762: George Booth sell 12 acres 194F37.
1764: Maxwell buys land from Smith, 211F49
1774: JG Booth sells land, Main Savanna 266F138
1775: Sarah Booth rents in St John to son Thomas Parker, 275F44
1776: Andrew Wright to Henry Parker land East of Alley, 278F13
1790: JG Booth land by Alley tp JP Hayle, 387F21
1795: Henry Booth re land in St John, 430F131



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 two George Booths in Jamaica in the 1660-80’s, the most probable being George Booth whose will was proved in 1676 (“GB1”) and that he was a migrant from Barbados, becoming a planter in Vere and later Clarendon; the other was referred to as Captain George, and had a large grant of land 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 the will reference by GB1’s son, GB2, 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 refers to his “uncle George Booth, whose grand mother was Jane Warren”, Capt George’s surviving daughter being named Jane: there were Warrens in Barbados in 1720’s & St Catherine in 1670’s.
     Our George 1’s wife, Frances, refers to a cousin, George Booth and George, son of the our George, 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, and a later one left a substantial sugar estate in Vere in 1769.

    There are several mentions of George Booth senior & junior between 1686-93 (a number of deed books in this date 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 period.
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, contiguous with the first lot. The title Captain was probably a militia title, although he could have been a seaman.
        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[350]. 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.


Booths in Barbados

Wills:
RB6/44 (1)  Humphrey    Dash                    1669  8     44          Date 26/2/166- Ent 8/11/1669. Humphrey Dash of St George. Wife Elizabeth exec and heir for her life. If she remarries, then friends S-in-L Thomas Densey and Lt Thomas Simpkins to ensue that she does not benefit from the estate except for her 1/3. Younger son Humphrey Dash 5 acres of land and dwelling house room. By 16/11/1669 Elizabeth Booth relcit of Humphrey Dash
RB6/44 (1)  Elizabeth   Booth                   1721  6     393         date 4/2/1721, ent 282/2/1721. Elizabeth Burton widow of St Michaels, sick & weak.  G./s Thomas Shaw, heir & exec. Dau Elizabeth Shaw widow.

Deeds:
RB3/48      Ralph Booth To    Robert      Reynolds    1647  2     272         Date 4/2/1646 according to church, ent 13/12/1647. Ralph Booth black smith of Barbados sells to Robert Raynolds planter 20 acres in St Lucey

RB3/49      Thomas      Booth From  George      Sanders     1655  3      867         Date 4/12/1655 ent 12/12/1655. George Sanders sells to Thomas Booth gent moiety of 15 acres in Allsaints - truncated deed.

RB3/49      Thomas      Booth From  Francis     Corbine     1656  5     53            Date 1/7/1656 ent 20/7/656 Francis Corbine & Ann wife, for diver good causes etc sells to Thomas Booth gent for ever 1/2 of 15 acres in All Saints butting E&S on Thomas Booth W on John Corble, N on Edward Graver now Francis Corbine

RB3/49      Thomas      Booth From  James Heathcott   1667  3     167         Date 10/1667, ent 11/1667. James Heathcott for 35000 lbs of good muscavado sugar from Thomas Booth for 10 acres in St Peters

RB3/48      Thomas      Booth To    Randolph    Brand 1669  6     511         Date 21/10/1669 Ent 27/10/1669. Thomas Booth & Mary of St Lucy planter, Randolph Brand of St Lucy planter, for 40,000lbs muscavado sell 1/2 of plantation to Randolph Brand of John Groves dcd abt 100 acres E on Peter Soler, S on former John Oliver now of Jacob English W on Capt George Booth N on Capt Thomas Dourdon. for ever

RB3/48      Thomas      Booth To    Jacob English     1669  6     524         Date 23/11/1669 ent 12/11/1669 (dates checked!). Thomas Booth alias ensign and Mary his wife dau of John Grove late of Barbados planter dcd, heir with her brother John of father. Know ye that Thomas Booth & Mary for an exchange of 20 acres by Jacob English, Cooper of Barbados, by an instrument in wrtiing sell to Jacob English jnr son of Jacob English snr 100 acres jointly owned with John Grove in St Lucy N Peter Spoer and John Oliver E the plantation of Capt George Booth now in possession of Jacob English snr S on  lands of Lt Thomas Doudon etc

RB3/49      John  Booth From  James Kendall     1693  17    485         Date 10/12/1693 Ent 1/2/1693-4. Coll James Kendall, Capt General & Governor of Barbados for £250 stlg from John Booth vintner of St Michael town, sells land in Cheapside in St Michael 2073 ft sq, plat attached.


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 was 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.
Land granted in 1683 to GB snr is referred to as Lt GB by John Moore’s adjacent patent, confusing because of his earlier title capt.

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.


Issue:
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[351]

A George Booth was listed as owning the ship Achilles, built in Bristol in 1820[352].


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 easily 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.

1200 acres Clarendon.
1684, 1707 & 1747 only show Captain Booths original grant.
1763: shows Anderson, Thomas, Metcalf and Theobald

Booth Land on Maps:



1755, Browne shows no Booths.
1763, Craskell:




Captain George Booth’s family Property:


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.
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. It is possible that this was the position of GB1’s land bought from the Hills.

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


Salt Savanna was divided by Act of 1709 (See Jamaica General)

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 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 to George Booth in 1740.

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.

By 1811, it was in the ownership of James Wildman.
In 1840, James Wildamn had 1148 acres, presumably Salt Savanna

Carlisle:
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.

1707 has Collier, Varney & Wallascot here as well as Carlisle itself. 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.
1811: Carlisle Estate owned by Lousada dcd, in 1816 by Daniel B Lousada, probably son of Daniel. 906 acres.

George Booth 1 Family Property

 

Withywood

An unknown, probably small area on or near the Common at Withywood. It may have been some of the smaller bequests in subsequent generations.

Land at Withywood from the Hills
1670: George Booth 1 (“esq”) bought from John Hill & Hannah 100 acres in Clarendon at 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. Frances left her half to her son-in-law.
     Son George sold 2 small plots of land near Michael’s Hole, east of the Rio Minho, just south of Alley/Withywood, probably part of this land.
     Son Benjamin sold in 1702 12 acres in Withywood, which may have been part of this.

St Jago

    GB1 refers to land in St Jago in his will, however, no sign of this has been found, either by patent or purchase. This was probably towards the north west in the St Jago Savanna, somewhere near Captain George Booth’s 1664 grant of 1200 acres. This may have been Booth’s Clump referred to in a deed by GB1’s grandson, Benjamin, son of Benjamin.
    His land was left to his sons George, Benjamin & William, the latter probably dying soon after his father and before his step mother, but there is little evidence of whose ownership it became.

Benjamin, son of GB1:
    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. It was to north of Captain George’s 1200 acre patent, and can be postioned by Estate maps 188 & 575.

GB2 from 7-27:

   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. Some of the Withywood land may have been 2 plots he sold 1678 & 1686.
   Land left to his son Thomas was the 20 acres sold to GB2 by John & Rebecca Downer in 1686.
    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:


George Booth acquired a number of parcels of land:

1. 20 acres from the Downers.
This parcel was given to GB2 by his brother in law John Downer in 1686, and passed to son Thomas, and to his son Henry who eventually in 1741 sells it to Thomas Roberts for J£300[353] (£135K 2015). It was under the Brazilatto mountains.

2. 584 acres bought from Francis Wellicott.
This land was to the East of Dr Hilliard’s land by the lower Milk River: the plat shows the Main Savanna on the north side of Hilliard’s River (earlier Vere River) so it was probably on the Main Savanna, west of Kemps Hill.
Several Booths are shown here in 1763 Craskell. It would appear that his widow, Jane sold 100 acres of this land, as permitted by George’s will, to Joseph Dunston: by 1775, it was in Andrew Wright’s ownership, when he sold 27½ acres of it.

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.



3. 500 acres granted to him at Greazy Ridge, Pindars River.
Patent[354] 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[355] 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 or all of his share to the Fishers.

4. 17 ½ acres bought in 1687[356] from Osbourne/Pusey grant

 – not known where this went to. Land patented 290 acres in Clarendon to George Osborn & John Pusey[357], 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
1687[358]: Henry Beck sells to George Booth jnr of Vere for £50 26 acres patented[359] 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
This land reappears in a conveyance of 1775 where Andrew Wright was breaking an entail.
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 (Vodry) 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:


1686-7 Deed[360]: Peter Stiles sell 5 acres of his patented land to George Booth jnr in Vere for £12.
Plat[361] 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[362] - 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.

In an indenture[363] 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.

Jane Booth (wife of GB2) confirmed a sale to Joseph Dunston, by a private act of Jamaica in 1707. No further details[364]. This land appears in later in 1775, when Andrew Wright sells 27½ acres, part of 100 acres in Kemps Savannah (E on Thomas Hercey Barrett, W John Rodon, S & N on Henry Beal).

1761[365]: 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)

End of GB2


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.


7.1    George Booth – D 1676/8

AM13/81

“GB1”


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

Grandchildren:
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[366]. 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[367] 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. A complete speculation is that GB1’s first wife was the sister of Captain George, making the Captain the uncle George of GB2. All the George Booths seem to have been in close contact.
   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.

Withywood/Commons

Withywood
    From a mention in his will, George must have acquired some savanna land at Withywood Common in addition to that he bought from the Hills. This appears in GB2’s will, 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. In 1709, an Act specified the distribution of about 2600 acres of land patented to Robert Varney as common land in Withywood. George 1 must have had some rights over this land. In 1709, the 2600 acres was split into 77 parts of 33½ acres each. It is not clear where this land went to, but it may have been to his surviving sons, George & Benjamin.

Hill Land
1670[368]: George Booth 1 (“esq”) bought from John Hill & Hannah his wife for £50 & a cow calf 100 acres in Clarendon at Withywood, E on John Howden? N on Valentine Mumbee W on Robert Smith, & S & W on Jane Clark. This was the eastern of 2 plots of land patented by John Hill John Hill’s patent[369], with no plat, was for 275 acres in two plots, on either side of the plat for Elisha & Jane Clarke, of 1664[370], which shows Lt John Hill to the SE & North; the Clarks were on the south Side of the Rio Mino, Cabuas Savanna (was this a transcription error for Common Savanna, which was marked on Senex in the area?). Phelps, on the southern end of the Clark land, is shown on the early maps somewhere about the Alley.
    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.

    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). She left her half to her son in law, Thomas Roadon.

Therefore GB2 & Benjamin inherited 25 or 16 1/3 acres.

     Son George sold 2 small plots of land near Michael’s Hole, east of the Rio Minho, just south of Alley/Withywood. Several contemporary maps show Michael’s Hole about where the modern Carlisle Bay settlement is shown. These look to be dwellings, one to Elizabeth Crosse, on either side of the road and were probably part of the Hill land.

St Jago

    GB1 refers to land in St Jago in his will where he left sugar & rum to his wife Frances from this estate; however, no sign of this has been found, either by patent or purchase. This was probably towards the north west in the St Jago Savanna, somewhere north of and 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. GB1’s probable grandson, Benjamin, son of Benjamin, leases a small run, 12 acres, of land in St Jago savanna which was probably part of this, called Booths Clump, but no other trace has been found of this.
    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 GB1’s 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[371] 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


Inventory


His inventory[372] 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[373] 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.

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.

Will 1677/8 of Frances Booth[374], 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

Grandchildren:
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 probably 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 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. It was to north of Captain George’s 1200 acre patent, and can be postioned by Estate maps 188 & 575.

   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 St Jago, Clarendon.

His probable son, Benjamin refers to 2 unidentified runs, (more detail uner his entry) which could have been part of his grand father, GB1’s estate:
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. This could be part of GB1’s St Jago property.

1712: 12¼ acres...Vere, west on John Bosley, North on Francis Moore esq, South on John Turner a minor. Possibly part of the Hill land.

Benjamin’s major holdings came via a marriage settlement and patents:

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[375] 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 and 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[376] 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[377] for 500a, undated, with no compass: borders on the “St Auga” Savananah, probably the St Jago. Another (later) plat for 100 acres was dated 1670-1[378], and has Nick Boulton on its NE flank: 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. As Benjaimn’s Folly Pen patent has “his own land” on its southern boundary, and the shape of that boundary fits the northern edge of the 500 acres of Boulton land, it can be assumed that the marriage settlement land marched with Benjamin’s 800 acres.
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.

in 1670, “Widow Bolton” had 100 acres in Clarendon, and Nicholas Bolton 500 acres[379]. 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 fate of this land is not clear, but by 1763, there were a number of owners marked, but none recognisable, but the estate map 575 implies that Henry Dawkins acquired at least some of it..

1683 Grant
Benjamin was granted[380] 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 Watson
19 acres Clarendon, W & N on Coll Wm Ivy, S Mr Henry Tennant
The latter 2 plats were damaged, but probably were conjoined: they have not been located on the ground, but were probably in the north of Clarendon, maybe Pindars river area.
This grant was made the same date as one to George Booth senior (Capt) and another to George Booth junior (GB2).
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.



The Folly Pen 800 Acre Grant

     Benjamin Booth had a further land grant in 1684[381] for 800 acres.
“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). 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.
      in 1754, Henry Dawkins sold about 1000 acres, at least in part, on this patent to Alexander Crawford, who then sold a portion to Thomas Anderson.





John Wright To Thomas Fearn Jun – 1740
109/41 Photos 2/18 Robert Palmer of St D, Land in Teak Savanna land 1/2 sold to Edward Bonner & intended wife Mary Robinson, some to Palmer Robinson, Robert Palmer's grand son, Palmer Robinsons aunt Sarah Wright inherited and passed to her son John Wright. JW sells to TF. Photos Unknown connection! Full copy in wills file

Henry Dawkins To Alexander Crawford 1754 156/126 Feb-18 Re Folly Pen Date 6/7/1754 Ent 13/7/1754. Alexander Crawford of Clarendon pract of physic & Henry Dawkins esq of Clarendon. For J£1000 Alexander Crawford sells to Henry Dawkins 500a of land in Clarendon some part thereof a sugar plantation or works, N on heirs of Humphrey Manning, & heirs of John Tredaways dcd and John Shickle esq  E on Thomas Halse patent, S & SE on Coll William Ivy patent. Photo Plat



Alexander     Crawford    To    Thomas      Anderson    1759  179  121   Sep-16      Date 20/11/1759 ent 12/12/1759 .. Whereas Henry Dawkins esq late of Clarendon on 30/7/1754 conveyed to Alexander Crawford of Clarendon, practitioner of Physic penn lying in St Jago Savanna containing 1002.5A part of a larger run patented by Benjamin Booth & also his undivided 1/2 of 700A patented by Jonathan Ashurst. Now for £300 Alexander Crawford conveys to Thomas Anderson planter of Clarendon 1/2 of 700A pen land in St Jago Savanna which he claims NW on John Olyphant esq, E & NE on Thomas Golding, S on George McKenzie SW on Carvers land patented by John Whitson, PHOTO 2106 15/9 & Line Drg ref Deed 156/126

Benjamin owned some 1800 acres at the time of his death.

Will[382] 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[383] 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[384] 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[385], 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[386] 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[387] for a Benjamin Booth in 1722, but this seems very late for him.

Mary Booth, widow of Kingston, sold[388] 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
[389] 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[390] of 1711:
Of St Elizabeth
Shown by Lewis Jones & Judith his wife.
Assessed by Lichfield Bennitt & Gose? Gale
£J307-10s

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[391]

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. Nathaniel & Mary Sheen had a son Nathaniel, bapt Clarendon 26/11/1697PR.
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[392] 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.

DNB:
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 (see Pennant family paragraph 9.7), 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.

More on Thomas Sutton paragraph 9.6

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.



7.2    George Booth – 2nd – D 1702/5

AM12/41

“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[393]), she probably died abt 1685. 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.

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. A much later transction by Andrew Wright in the 1770’s includes land bought in the Wallascott & Cobb patent.

    It is assumed that he was 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.
   A further confirmation of this is a deed in 1741 where Henry Booth, grand son of George Booth sells land given to George Booth jnr & Mary by the Downers, 24¾ acres in 1686.
   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, although a family of that name appears there.

Will[394]
dated 1702, proved 1705. Planter of Vere.

Bequests:
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.


Land Transactions:

   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, the fate of which is unknown.
    He and his wife Mary are named in a deed[395] 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[396] 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. Margery Booth was a Victualler of Port Royal, the connection is not apparent. 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.
     Land left to his son Thomas was the 20 acres sold to GB2 by John & Rebecca Downer in 1686.
    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.

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 parcel was given to GB2 by his brother in law John Downer in 1686, and passed to son Thomas, and to his son Henry who eventually in 1741 sells it to Thomas Roberts for J£300[397] (£135K 2015). It was under the Brazilatto mountains.
   It is possible that sale of the land by the Downers was to regularise GB2’s holding after Mary’s death:
1686 Deed[398] 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[399] by Robert Downer in 1664, and 60 acres of which was inherited by John Downer; this patent was shared with Philip Roberts and was on the Callavas Savannah, not found on maps but from 2 patents can be located to the west of the Salt Savannah.
This passed to son Thomas, and to his son Henry who eventually in 1741 sold it to Thomas Roberts for J£300[400] (£135K 2015).

2. 584 acres bought from Francis Wellicott.
This land was to the East of Dr Hilliard’s land by the lower Milk River: the plat shows the Main Savanna on the north side of Hilliard’s River (earlier Vere River) so it was probably on the Main Savanna, west of Kemps Hill.
Several Booths are shown here in 1763 Craskell. It would appear that his widow, Jane sold 100 acres of this land, as permitted by George’s will, to Joseph Dunston: by 1775, it was in Andrew Wright’s ownership, when he sold 27½ acres of it.

Deed[401]: Francis Wallascott sold 584 acres in May 1687 to George Booth jnr, part of 814 acres granted[402] in 1674 to Henry Cobb & Francis Wallascott in Clarendon now Vere (text 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.

Henry Hilliard’s grants are difficult to postion with any precision, the orientation does not seem to work. The 1664 grant shows the flank of the Round Hill in an appropriate position, but the 1668 grant has the Leeward road to Aligator Pond north of the Milk River, which is difficult to achiev, particularly with the 1664 grant on the eastern flank of the Hill.
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; on modern maps, the Main Savanna gully is an easterly branch of the Baldwin River, between the Milk River & Rio Minho. The plat shows what might be 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 in 1668. 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.

Camp Savanna Grant:
1703: Mr George Booth, planter, was granted[403] 200 acres of “over plus land” in addition to that he already owned in Camps Savanna, surrounded by his own land, 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. . 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.
These areas were, and still are, good sugar land. They were probably in what became Vere parish, in the south in Withywood. Some of this land must have been that which his grandson Benjamin leased to Andrew Wright in 1712.

This is probably the land shown in south Vere on Craskell.

3. 500 acres granted to him at Greazy Ridge, Pindars River.
Patent[404] 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[405] 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[406] from Osbourne/Pusey grant

 – not known where this went to. Land patented 290 acres on the Callabes Savannah, Withywood, in Clarendon to George Osborn & John Pusey[407], 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.

Callavos Savannah appears on the western side of a plat to Robert Downer, the eastern side of which is on Salt Savannah. The Clarkes in 1664 also had a plat west on the Callavas Savannah
This plot and the 5 acres from Stiles are probably joined, to make 22 ½ acres

5. 26 acres bought from Henry Beck
1687[408]: Henry Beck sells to George Booth jnr of Vere for £50 26 acres patented[409] 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
This land reappears in a conveyance of 1775 where Andrew Wright was breaking an entail.
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[410]: 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[411] (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.
The relationship of Margery of Port Royal is not clear – Port Royal records only start 1727.

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[412]: Peter Stiles sell 5 acres of his patented land to George Booth jnr in Vere for £12.
Plat[413] 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[414] - 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.

In an indenture[415] 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[416]. This land appears in later in 1775, when Andrew Wright sells 27½ acres, part of 100 acres in Kemps Savannah.

1761[417]: 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)

268/193 Sep-16 Date 10/11/1775 ent 24/7/1775. Andrew & Mary Wright of Vere, millwright, for £55 from Henry Beal of Vere planter, 27 1/2  acres part of 100 acres in Kemps Savanna sold by Jane Booth (1705 38/178 book not available) to Joseph Dunston E on Thomas Hercey Barrett, W John Rodon, S & N on Henry Beal. This was probably the 100 acres left to Jane by husband George Booth 2 to sell if she wished. How did Andrew Wright get it: note Dunston connection!!!

Peter Christian   To    Henry Beal  1775  268   196   Feb-18      Date 29/11/1766 date 14/7/1775. Btw Cornelius Peter Christian & his wife Elizabeth White, planter of Vere for J£50 from Henry Beal planter of Vere land in Bay McCary 5A being part  of 100A from Jane Booth to Joseph Dunston N on Kings Rd, E on Thomas Hercey Barratt & John Gall Booth. Son Henry Beal & Simon Booth W on John Rodon


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[418] 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 lands 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[419]: 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.

Will: 26/37 Date 26/6/1744 Ent 2/7/1747. George Vodry of St Catherine, planter. Item: to wife Elizabeth house of St Jago during her widowhood. All R&R between children John, William & Ann Vodry. If they all die the house to Richard Hunt son of my wife's brother Richard Hunt Also brother William Mecham's children.

Elizabeth Vodry To Anthony Cooper 1761
189/48 Feb-17 Date 2/10/61 ent 30/10/61.
Elizabeth Vodry, widow of St Catherine & John Vodry only son of George  Vodry, sell to Anthony Cooper for £65, negro man of St Catherine,  foot land in St Jago

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

John Vodry To Henry Lord 1770
240/30 Feb-17 Date 6/2/1770 ent 29/5/1770.
Henry Lord advanced sums to John Vodry's creditors £1690 secured on lands 200A in St John & 300A in St TiV & land in St Jago
Married 1st Mary:
3/1. Robert Aaron Vodry, ch St Catherine 25/8/1720
3/2. Mary Vodry, ch St Catherine, 21/8/1721
Married 2nd Elizabeth:
3/3. Thomas vodry, ch 31/5/1724
3/4. William Vodry, ch 14/3/1735-6
3/5. John Vodry
3/6. Ann Vodry.

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[420],
born 20/8/1694[421]. Her mother, Elizabeth probably remarried John Rhodon.
Issue:
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[422] 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”[423] “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[424], 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[425] 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[426] to Samuel Booth, George’s brother, perhaps for George’s daughter, Elizabeth; this must have been a train of mortgages.
    In 1713[427] 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[428] 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[429] to Robert Fisher, gent of Vere 1/3 of the 500 acres of land granted[430] 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:
George
Samuel Gravett
Milborough (d young?)
Elizabeth, 1717,
Jane,
Rebecca,
Cassell
Olive
Ann (Booth) Read,

Brothers & Sister tie his will to this Samuel.
Probably this Samuel with the Fisher connection (brother-in-law):

1723[431], 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[432], 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[433], 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[434] 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
Thomas Taylby appears as a parent in Clarendon in 1721.

1724[435]: 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[436]:
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

Inventory:
17/63, Ent 1/12/1733 Samuel Booth planter of Vere: 24 slaves 140 horses 106 cattle other cattle, 14 young mules, 3 asses, £1000 of bonds
total £3185/7/11

Crop Accounts:
1743: Booth, Samuel Crop 1B-11-4-2f51
1B-11-4-2F051 Ent 14/4/1743                            

Planter of Vere Decd                       

Shown by Simon Booth, one of the executors                         

October 12 By 6 Mules sold Mr Jacob Stokes at £22 pr Head  £132/0/0d   132   0     0     £132/0/0d

Dec 10 by 5 D'o to Matt Philip Esq at £25 pr Head £125/0/0d   125   0  0     £125/0/0d

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    £79/7/9d    79    7     9  £79/7/9d

1749[437], 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[438]
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[439]: 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.
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[440]: 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[441] 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[442] 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[443]: 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[444]: 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[445]: Samuel Gravet Booth planter of Vere for £450J from Thomas Milson planter of Vere sells 8 slaves until 27/11/1760.

1761[446]: 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. Probably shown in estate plan T93

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[447] 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[448]: 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).

Full family later in this document.
1758[449]: John Gall sells 25 slave to Henry Gall for 5/-

1775[450]: 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[451].

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[452]
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 abt 1764

(<21 1702) alive 1739 (re brother Henry’s will)
Born aft 1681 From an affidavit in 1759 he was 60 or 61, so born 1698-9.
Died: October/November 1764.

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[453]: 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[454]: 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[455]: 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[456]: 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[457]: 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[458]: 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[459]: 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[460]: 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[461]: 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[462] 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 snr Booth From Daniel Clarke 1754
158/118-273 Date 2/9/1754 ent 19/11/1754.
Daniel & Rebecca Clarke of Vere for £10 from Simon Booth snr of Vere esq sell 6 acres at McCary Bay, Vere, formerly property of Henry Beck dcd, E on land formerly of George Hodgins now Richard Cargill esq all other sides formerly Sutton now Simon Booth

Simon Booth From Edward Morant 1755
159/243-522 Feb-17 Date 2/12/1755 ent 6/12/1755.
Edward Morant of Vere esq Simon Booth esq of Vere. Edward Morant for £200 from Simon Booth sells 100A at Kemps Savanna N on formerly John Flavell now George Alpress esq E on the Common, S belonging to George Benson now in possession of Samuel Booth and land of George Booth dcd W formerly George Booth the elder but now Samuel 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 George 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[463]:
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[464] 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[465]: John Morris sells to Samuel Booth both planters of Vere, 2 slaves for £75

1755 Grant[466]: 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[467]: 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[468].

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[469].
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.

CARIBBEANA VOLUME V P44 Extracts
MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS IN ENGLAND RELATING TO JAMAICANS
EWELL, CO. SURREY
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:
4/1. Eleanor Barrettm b 1798,
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.
By the date of Manch 260, this & brother Samuel’s may have gone to Thos Hercey barrett, along with some Sutton land.

1756[470]: 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

285/183 Feb-17 Date 20/8/1777 ent 25/8/1777.
Conv & Release. Simon Booth esq of Vere mortaged 29/10/1771 with Thomas Hercey Barratt for £3099/0/4 due by 28/10/1782. Thomas Hercey Barratt agrees for outright purchase of whole for £5000/-
conveys ... all the land & slaves in the mortgage in
1st: Vere at a place known as Barbitue Hill containing 300 acres Butting & bounding S and EN on land late belonging to William Followay dcd NE and E on land late of George McKeand now Alexander McKeand NW on land late of Samuel Long esq dcd now to the Hon? Joseph Wright dcd S & W on the road leading from the Spring to the Milk River S & SW on the land of Anthony Lang by ?? manner to Simon Booth party to these presents and south on the Spring this parcel is part of 2800 acres patented by Charles Atkinson 25th July 1673
2nd: 530 acres in Vere butting S on the sea, north and NE on land late belonging to the heirs of William Followay, George Manning junior dcd and John Rodon esq W on 451½ acres and sold by Edward Maxwell to Thomas Hercey Barritt esq and E on George Booth and on 12 acres part of the same run sold by George Manning to Thomas Hercey Barritt
3rd: Also 70 acres NNW and E on the last mentioned 300 acres Barbitue Hill W & NW on the road from the Spring to Milk River and S on the Spring which 2 parcels of land is part of 3331 acres formerly patented by Andrew Langley William Langley and Samuel Downes
4th: part of land formerly patented by Thomas Sutton for 400 acres 20th May 1669 then bounding S and N on steep rocky mtns not surveyed and E & W on Waste land but now bounded N on land patented by Samuel Booth and on land patented by Simon Booth hereinafter mentioned South on land patented by Simon Booth a minor and on land of John Scott W & southerly on the new Mayday road next to the land patented by Thomas Parsons and E on land belonging to John Lord Oliphant known as Hermans and is partly in Clarendon and part in Vere said to have been escheated by Mumbee and Pattison
5th Also land in Clarendon afterwards found to be part in Vere 300 acres formerly patented by Simon Booth jnr party to these presents NE, N & NW on land patented by James Gibson now belonging to Thomas Wistney NE on Samuel Booth esq dcd WN on Hon John Scott esq and SE on the above mentioned 400 acres said to be patented by Thomas Sutton and afterwards escheated by Benjamin Mumbee and Richard Pattison and also is situated at Hermans
6th: 96 acres in the Milk Savanna at Milk River bounding E, SE & NW on the Milk River NW on land formerly of Richard Jaim now in possession of Peter Hyles N & W on land formerly of Dr Sperry now belonging to the Hon John Scott esq  and SE on land late belonging to the Rt Hon David Lord Oliphant which said parcel of land is part of 210 acres formerly patented by James Dean (pat copied 2/17) ... all bldgs etc.
... several negro and other slaves ... whose names were set down in a schedule to the said indenture of mortgage ... marked A to this present indenture annexed together with all and every present and future offspring...
A
Fisher Cudjoe          Quashy            Grace
Natt                   Peter             Norohe
Cuffee                 Pompey            Dolly
Tom                    Ralph             Nonah
Essex                  Women             Little Abba
Providence             Mimba             Sue
Charles                Cuba              Suckey
Toney                  Juba              Judy
Dick                   Letitia           Dido
Cofemiah               Cicily            Sarah
Johnny                 Margaret          Pegg
Dago                   Harris Mimba      Quasheba
Sampson                Mimba             Quasheba’s Cuba


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 Simon Booth 1764 and in deed btw Sb jnr & THB)

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[471].

A possibility:
1774[472]: 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.
John Francis Burton g/son of Benjamin Burton.

Simon Booth To David Henriques 1775
273/182 Feb-17 Date 9/11/1772 ent 1/3/1776.
Simon Booth of Vere younger gent &  David Henriques, merchant of St Catherine. Whereas Simon Booth elder dcd of Vere g/father of Simon Booth younger by his will dated 24/10/1761 left all to g/son Simon Booth the younger, son of Simon Booth jnr & his wife Johanna dcd, with £30 pa to Simon Booth elder's wife Rebecca. Rebecca since long dead. Simon Booth younger sells to David Henriques the estate and  David Henriques sells back 10/11/1772 to break the entail.

Simon Booth To Abraham Ferro 1775
273/183 Feb-17 Date 22/11/1775 ent 1/3/1776.
Simon Booth jnr of Vere Esq (same as younger above), indebted to Abraham Ferro of Vere merchant £1100 so Simon Booth sells to Abraham Ferro about 45 slaves. Due 22/11/1777

Simon Booth To Thomas Hercy Barratt 1777
285/83 Feb-17 Date 20/8/1777 ent 25/8/1777.
Conv & Release. Simon Booth esq of Vere mortaged 29/10/1771 with Thomas Hercey Barratt for £3099/0/4 due by 28/10/1782. Thomas Hercey Barratt agrees for outright purchase of whole for £5000/-
conveys ... all the land & slaves in the mortgage in
1st: Vere at a place known as Barbitue Hill containing 300 acres Butting & bounding S and EN on land late belonging to William Followay dcd NE and E on land late of George McKeand now Alexander McKeand NW on land late of Samuel Long esq dcd now to the Hon? Joseph Wright dcd S & W on the road leading from the Spring to the Milk River S & SW on the land of Anthony Lang by ?? manner to Simon Booth party to these presents and south on the Spring this parcel is part of 2800 acres patented by Charles Atkinson 25th July 1673
2nd: 530 acres in Vere butting S on the sea, north and NE on land late belonging to the heirs of William Followay, George Manning junior dcd and John Rodon esq W on 451½ acres and sold by Edward Maxwell to Thomas Hercey Barritt esq and E on George Booth and on 12 acres part of the same run sold by George Manning to Thomas Hercey Barritt
3rd: Also 70 acres NNW and E on the last mentioned 300 acres Barbitue Hill W & NW on the road from the Spring to Milk River and S on the Spring which 2 parcels of land is part of 3331 acres formerly patented by Andrew Langley William Langley and Samuel Downs
4th: part of land formerly patented by Thomas Sutton for 400 acres 20th May 1669 then bounding S and N on steep rocky mtns not surveyed and E & W on Waste land but now bounded N on land patented by Samuel Booth and on land patented by Simon Booth hereinafter mentioned South on land patented by Simon Booth a minor and on land of John Scott W & southerly on the new Mayday road next to the land patented by Thomas Parsons and E on land belonging to John Lord Oliphant known as Ramises? and is partly in Clarendon and part in Vere said to have been escheated by Mumbee and Pattison
5th Also land in Clarendon afterwards found to be part in Vere 300 acres formerly patented by Simon Booth jnr party to these presents NE, N & NW on land patented by James Gibson now belonging to Thomas Wistney NE on Samuel Booth esq dcd WN on Hon John Scott esq and SE on the above mentioned 400 acres said to be patented by Thomas Sutton and afterwards escheated by Benjamin Mumbee and Richard Pattison and also is situated at Herenons?
6th: 96 acres in the Milk Savanna at Milk River bounding E, SE & NW on the Milk River NW on land formerly of Richard Jaim now in possession of Peter Hyles N & W on land formerly of Dr Sperry now belonging to the Hon John Scott esq  and SE on land late belonging to the Rt Hon David Lord Oliphant which said parcel of land is part of 210 acres formerly patented by James Dean (pat copied 2/17) ... all bldgs etc.
... several negro and other slaves ... whose names were set down in a schedule to the said indenture of mortgage ... marked A to this present indenture annexed together with all and every present and future offspring...
A:
Fisher Cudjoe      Quashy            Grace
Natt                     Peter             Norohe
Cuffee             Pompey            Dolly
Tom                      Ralph             Nonah
Essex                    Women             Little Abba
Providence               Mimba             Sue
Charles            Cuba              Suckey
Toney                    Juba              Judy
Dick                     Letitia           Dido
Cofemiah                 Cicily            Sarah
Johnny             Margaret          Pegg
Dago                     Harris Mimba      Quasheba
Sampson            Mimba             Quasheba’s Cuba

Simon Booth jnr To Henry Beale 1777
285/189 Feb-17 Date 27/4/1775, ent 27/8/1777.
Simon Booth jnr planter of Vere sells for £70 a mulatto slave to Henry Beale of Vere

Was this the Simon Booth, looks a bit old to be Ensign in 1780?

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 (V142-5, P24 Royal Gazette).

           San Juan Expedition


Wikipedia & Kemble Papers[473].
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[474]. Deed[475] 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[476].
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[477].

1745: in an indenture[478], 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[479] 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[480]
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[481]: 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[482]: 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[483] 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[484]: 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[485] 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[486] 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.

Inventory[487]:
Henry Booth – dated 23/8/1738.
Of Vere, planter
Shown by Simon Booth, acting Exec
£2951/9/9
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[488]. 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[489]:
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

AM11/21

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[490]: 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[491] in 1739 by his sons, 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[492]: 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[493], 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[494] 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[495]
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.  Father of Ann Marie Booth, Andrew Wright’s mother.

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[496]: 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[497]: 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[498]: 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[499]: 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[500] 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[501]: 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[502] 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[503]: 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)[504]

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

AM10/11


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[505] 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). A Sarah Booth, dcd was referred to in the payment of a mortgage in 1796, originally given by Susannah Chambers.

A Sarah Booth also buried 23/3/1760, St Catherine – not her, many deeds post date this.

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[506]: 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 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,


Land:
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

There may have been 33 acres at Betts Gully, eventually sold by g/son Andrew Wright, but plat has formerly of Mrs Mary Wright, dcd, probably Ann Mary (Booth) Wright, married to Francis Wright. This plot was originally woned by Franklins

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[507]: 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[508]: 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[509]: 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[510]: 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[511]: 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[512]: 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[513] 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[514]: 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 To James Cunningham 109/162 Feb-18
Date 9/10/1741 Ent 9/10/1741. Henry Booth snr of St Catherine, millwright James Cunningham of Clarendon planter. Whereas Rachel Pridee widow relict & exec of Henry Pridee dcd of Vere planter by her indenture 6/6/1740 ind of lease for 17 years. Rachel Pridee remarries but James Cunningham guardian to her son by Henry Pridee. Henry Booth surrenders the lease to James Cunningham.

Henry Booth will 1743[515]
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[516]: 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[517]:
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.

AM09/06
See her entry with Francis Wright for what little is known of her.

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.

A possibility:
William Booth To James Cockburn 1771,
241/44-99 Feb-17 William Booth, gent of Kingston, owes James Cockburn, merchant. 2 slaves as collateral.


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[518]: 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[519]: 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[520]: 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[521]:
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.

Thomas Henry Booth To Thomas Harrison 1777
285/33 Feb-17 Dated 9/12/1776 ent 14/5/1777.
Thomas Henry Booth,  planter of St Catherine for £35 sells to Thomas Harrison of St Catherine esq 30 perches of land near the River (Cobre?)

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

Rachel Burton To Henry Booth 1787
353/6 Feb-17 Date 1787, ent 20/2/1787.
Rachel Burton widow of Thomas Christopher Burton of St Catherine for £123 sells to Henry Booth planter of St John 66A of mountain palink PHOTO 2 15/2

Henry Booth To Charles William Castle – 1795
430/131 Feb-17 Date 27/2/1795 ent 16/7/1795
Henry Booth of St Catherine, planter, 1st & Charles Wilson Castle, black boy of St Catherine to Wit for and in consideration of the rents & covernants hereafter contained for and on behalf of & Charles Wilson Castle 6A of land being part of a piece in St John 66 acres which 6A is occupied by Wiliam Bamback free man of colour, & Charles Wilson Castle has lease for life to pay 1 turkey cock or 2 capons annually to Henry Booth
This land in Deed 353F6 as well
Photo 22/2/18
 

 

7.5    The Gall Booths



Incumbered estates show The Farm, JGB – see wills file.
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!

These documents were photographed at the UK National Archives, May 2015.

John Gall Booth was the probable son of George & Priscilla (Gall) Booth (Samuel, George Booth 2).

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:
10/12/1794:
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 parish: Such order to be given as aforesaid.

1791: Captain of the Vere troop of (horse) militia (New Jamaica Almanac).

3/12/1801:
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.

3/12/1802:
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.

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.

Booth, John Gall, George Booth, TH Barritt – 1773

Deed 254F21 Dated 4th July 1772 ent 13th January 1773
This Indenture Tripartite between
1st: John Gall Booth of Vere, planter & Rachel Judith his wife
2nd: George Booth of Vere, planter and Priscilla his wife
3rd: Thomas Hercey Barritt of Vere, Gent

Samuel Booth left by his will of April 1733 his residual estate to his sons, George & Samuel Gravett booth, leaving bequests to Rebecca for life.

George Booth 5 July 1749 sold his share to Rebecca Booth widow and his mother, for £2000 all his estate etc stock for ever (re deed 135/162, not available, 2017).
Rebecca Booth died 1751 leaving a will dated 6st May 1751, after bequeathing several legacies, bequeathed the remainder to her grandson John Gall Booth.

John Gall Booth as the legal owner of the lands Samuel Booth left George Booth wished for division to be made between him and Samuel Gravett Booth of  lands and slaves owned by Samuel Booth, and which was left to George Booth and Samuel Gravett Booth as joint tenants.
John Gall Booth took action at May Grand Court 1754 against Samuel Gravett Booth for division to be made between them of the lands, that piece of land in Vere called Sage (Jago??) pond containing 60 Acres bounding N on a piece of land formerly George Booth and then in possession of heirs of John Manning dcd E on formerly Samuel Booth then in the possession of Simon booth snr S on land formerly of Simon Booth then in the possession of the heirs of Joseph Dunston dcd which they owned the whole as tenants in common
By virtue of the writ 20th August 1754 the Provost Marshall assigned to John Gall Booth a moiety of the 60 acres called Sedge Pond, the 60 acres bounding N on a piece of land formerly by George Booth then in possession of heirs John Manning dcd E on Samuel Gravett Booth S on the Kings Rd and the heirs of Henry Booth dcd W on land formerly of George Booth and then in possession of heirs of Joseph Dunston dcd,
and the other moiety .. of the 60 acres to Samuel Gravett Booth

Since the writ, the 60 acres has been resurveyed and found to contain no more than 51 acres 2 roods and 32 perches.
Thomas Hercey Barritt agreed with John Gall Booth and his wife, Rachel Judith for purchase of the 30 acres “be the quantity more of less” for £45/10
Since some doubts may arise relative to the rights which George Booth might have to the 30 acres he has agreed to convey the right and title of the 30 acres to Thomas Hercey Barritt, he and his wife Priscilla also sell their rights for 5/-.

Deed 254F51 Dated 4th July 1772 ent 13th January 1773

This Indenture Tripartite between
1st: John Gall Booth of Vere, planter & Rachel Judith his wife
2nd: George Booth of Vere, planter and Priscilla his wife
3rd: Thomas Hercey Barritt of Vere, Gent
Identical to the previous one for the splitting of 80 acres in Vere, without the resurvey and sale to THB for 1000:
in Vere called Rimpo containing 80 Acres bounding N on the King’s Road a piece of land formerly belonging to George Booth and then in the possession of Thomas Alpress whereof it belonged to John Gall Booth to have one full moiety of the land etc in the action particularly mentioned with the appurtenances etc in 2 equal parts to be divided and to the sd Samuel Gravett Booth and his heirs it belonged to have the other moiety of land etc in form aforesaid to be divided to hold to them and their heirs severally and by judgement of the same court John Gall Booth and Samuel Gravett Booth were found to hold together and undivided the sd lands etc in the action described and named and particularly the parcel of land above described and John Gall Booth afterwards caused


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. Manch 120 estate map refers.


John Gall Booth From Adam Smith – 1793
414/76 Feb-18 Ref Manch 120 Photo plat 1155 7/2. date 1/10/1792 Ent 9/10/1793. Adam Smith Esq of Vere John Gall Booth esq. For J£820 Adam Smith sells to John Gall Booth 600 acres  N&NE on Adam Smith on two rivers S on the sea W on John Gall Booth for ever. Westerly river "two rivers" Easterly Swift River .



John Gall Booth To Henry Goulbourne 1774
266/138 Feb-17 Dated 1/3/1774 ent 30/11/1774.
Ind btw Elizabeth Wilson, John Gall Booth & Rebecca his wife all of Vere, widow & planter  sell for £400 to Henry Goulbourne of Vere planter, 120A in Main Savanna called Gunters Hill SE on heirs of Henry Hayle dcd & George MacKeand & land pat by Ashurst & Fish and NW on road from Milk River & NW & NE on part of same run now belonging to Samuel Wint PHOTO 88


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 Isaac Aguilar 1777

287/159 Feb-17 Dated 1/7/1777 ent 10/11/1777.
John Gall Booth & Rachel planter of Vere for £800 sells to Isaac Aguilar, merchant of Kingston 10 slaves. A 2nd deed for £1080 owed to Isaac Aguilar. All paid 1783

John Gall Booth To Alexander McKeande – 1785
354/123 Feb-18 Date 1/8/1785 Ent 14/11/1787.
John Gall Booth Esq of Vere & Rachel Judith his wife & Alexander McKeande of Kingston. For J£380 sell to  Alexander McKeande 38 acres in Vere N & NE on Milk River and on land surv for William Pinder but pat by Edward Rawllins now possession of  Thomas Turner W fomerly Mrs Duncan now Hugh Duncan, WS on patent Dr Sperry now heirs of Hon John Scott. S pat by Tom Dead now Simon Booth.

 

John Gall Booth To Benjamin Lumbard 1788

365 17 Feb-17 Date 13/8/1787 ent 11/8/1788.
John Gall Booth & Rachel Judith planter of Vere for £60 sell to Benjamin Lumbard of Vere, free black, 10A being part of larger run in Vere N on Kings Rd, S&W on George Grays E on William Hudson esq


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



John Gall Booth To Thomas Gaultier – 1790
381/170 Feb-17 Date 2/8/87 ent 20/7/1790
John Gall Booth & Rachel Judith ov Vere sell to Thomas Gaultier, a minor of Vere, for £132 22A part of a larger run in Vere E on same run, W on old fence of Sandville W George Grey SE on Penguin Fance, NE on road to the Ally, 4:1 NS trapezium.

John Gall Booth To Adam Smith – 1793
411/149 Feb-18 S/L ref Estate Manch 120 - noted on that as 414F76. Date 1/10/1792, ent 24/9/1793.
John Gall Booth & Rachel Judith, his wife & Adam Smith of Vere for J£621 sell land in Vere NE, E & SW on land to Adam Smith W on John Gall Booth 310 Acres. For ever. Photo 1218 7/2


John Gall Booth To James Burnett – 1796

460/232 Feb-17 Date 4/2/1796 ent 11/2/1799
John Gall Booth & Mary late Mary Page widow, James Burnett, merchant of Spanish Town. John Gall Booth & Mary Booth have in her own right property to settle. Indenture sells to James Burnett in actual possession 300 A in Carpenters Mtns bought by Mary Booth before marriage to JGB from John Dykes, Hope Pen formerly of George Hayle of Vere in trust for Rebecca Weakland dau of Mary Booth by William Cooks Page her late husband, and any children by John Gall Booth & Mary. If that fails to John Anderson, son of John Anderson, 1st husband of Mary, if that fails, to issue of Rachel Judith Booth & John Gall Booth: Joseph Wright Booth, John Gall Booth, Samuel Booth, Henry Booth, Andrew Wright Booth, Robert Wright Booth, Francis Wright Booth, Rebecca Mary Clarke, Sarah Goulbourne Booth, heirs & daughters of John Gall Booth by Rachel Judith Booth


Andrew Wright From John Gall Booth – 1799

460/225 Feb-17 Date 19/7/1781 ent 1/2/1799 (true gap! Probably when Rachel’s estate cleared up)

John Gall Booth & Rachel Judith of Vere & Andrew Wright of St Elizabeth. Rachel Judith Booth only dau of Joseph Wright late of Vere, & heir, in fee simple of several negroes, to make provision for her children, makes trust with Andrew Wright. Some slaves to Rebecca Mary Booth, some to Joseph Wright & John Gall jnr for when John Gall Booth & Rachel Judith Booth die.

There was also a Gibraltar adjoining Hope Pen[522] in western Vere on the east side of the Baldwins River where 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.

John Gall Booth To Alexander Schaw – 1806

553/55 Feb-18 Date 23/7/1803 Ent 9/12/1806. Copy of most of deed held.
John Gall Booth & Eizabeth of Vere of 1st pt & Dutton Smith Turner of Vere esq acting exec of will of Henry Redwar of St Catherine dcd esq of 2nd and Alex Schaw  esq of Vere of 3rd. 15/6/1790 George Rodon sold land to John Gall Booth and by ind 1/10/1795 btw Adam Smith of Vere. Photo 1225 8/2.

It was witnessed that for the consideration therein mentioned Adam Smith .. conveyed to John Gall Booth .. land therein and hereinafter mentioned and whereby an indenture of mortgage dated 25 July 1793 and made between John Gall Booth and Rachel Judith his then wife of the one part and Henry Redwar of the other part after reciting that John Gall Booth was .. indebted to Henry Redwar .. for J£4526
It was witnessed that John Gall Booth & Rachel Judith for 10/- conveyed to Henry Redwar .. those parcels .. of land situate .. at Carpenters Mountains known as Rogers River of Cotton Valley containing about 700 acres .. and lately held by John Rodon of Vere esq and lately held by Elizabeth Anderson of Vere? Widow dcd subject to a
proviso of condition of redemption in the indenture of mortgage which said last mentioned pieces and premises in the indenture from Adam Smith and George Rodon to John Gall Booth and hereinafter mentioned and conveyed and whereas John Gall Booth hath contracted and agreed to sell .. all the said lands to AS and in order to grant a perfect title thereof to him in fee hath applied to and requested the Dutton Smith Turner executor aforesaid to join in and execute these presents which he hath consented to
Now this Indenture witnesseth that for .. J£2200 to John Gall Booth & Elizabeth from Alexander Schaw ... they John Gall Booth & Elizabeth and Dutton Smith Turner exec have conveyed ... to Alexander Schaw .. land in Vere .. bounding N & NE on Adam Smith E on two rivers S on the sea and W on John Gall Booth ... 600 acres
and also those pieces of land ... at Carpenters Mountains .. called Rogers River or Cotton Valley containing about 700 acres and lately held and pssessed by John Rodon..... End of photograph.

John Gall Booth To John Hogg Farquar – 1812
619/42 Feb-18 Date 20/12/1801 Ent 14/9/1812.
John Gall Booth & Elizabeth (late Farquar) & John Hogg Farquar of Vere gent. John Gall Booth & Elizabeth for love and affection, Elizabeth Booth has for John Hogg Farquar & 2/- give to John Hogg Farquar land pat by Phillip Edmomnds 20/11/1675 In Carp Mtns 60A. Photo 1005 12/2 Plat


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.

He inherited the rest & residue of grandmother Rebecca’s estate (her 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.
Jam Gazette: Died at the Farm plantation, Manchester, on the 8th inst, John Gall Booth, esq, much regretted by a lare circle of relatives and friends.
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.

See the Incumbered Estates copies, May 2015.

1821, The Farm surveyed (Manchester 129) & contained:
A-R-P
89-2-7 in Coffee,
58-3-04 Grassland & pasture
208-0-11 Woodland & Ruinate
199-3-15 Woodland, negro grounds & part if adjoining estate
556-1-27 Total.

John Gall Booth From William Ayton – 1821
701/80 Feb-18 Date 5/6/1819 Ent 23/5/1821,
Bt at public sale 1 slave for £150 June Grand court 1819 William Ayton Deputy Marshall


John Gall Booth From William Ayton – 1821
701/80 Feb-18 Date 15/7/1820 Ent 23/5/1821
Bt at Public sale 1 slave for £70 June Grand Court a820

Booth, JG (yngr) will[523] 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[524] 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, died 16/12/1813 at the FarmJamGaz.
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, b 25/7/1820, 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.

Samuel Booth To Richard Jackson – 1812
619/100 Feb-18 Date 18/9/1812, Ent 26/9/1812.
Samuel Booth & Isabella Sarah his wife planter of Vere 1st pt Richard Jackson esq of Vere., Samuel Booth owes Richard Jackson J£480 by several bonds 320 cond 160, om 18/9/13, 2nd similar for 18/9/14, etc Coffee plantation of 130A known as Exchange N on Joseph Wright Booth and Hog Hole plantation, prop of Tom Anderson Dcd E on Thomas Alpress Priddie S on Kings Higway leading to the Hermitage highway and W on Francis Bodley dcd. Paid off 8/7/1822.

Andrew Wright Booth To Samuel Booth – 1812
619/74 Feb-18 Date 2/9/1811 Ent 18/9/1812.
Andrew Wright Booth of Vere planter, Samuel Booth of Vere, planter. Wit that for J£3000 from Samuel Booth, Andrew Wright Booth sells a coffee plantation in Carpenters Mtns called Frank Field 140A

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


Henry Booth To Mary Reid – 1809
592/54 Feb-18 Date 2/11/1809 Ent 18/11/1809.
Ind btw Henry Booth esq of Vere & Mary Reid free WoC of Vere 2 negroes to Mary Reid for life and then to Adah Jane Booth.

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. William Page Booth, son of RWB, coloured ch Manchester 22/9/1821.
3/2. Robert Alexander Booth, mulatto, b. 1822, ch Vere 4/8/1823, father RWB.

2/8. Sarah Goulburn Booth, ch 8/8/1792 - by Rachel
2/9. Frances Wright Booth, b. 12/8/1794, VerePR

ch 18/4/1795 - 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 To Samuel Booth – 1812
619/74 Feb-18 Date 2/9/1811 Ent 18/9/1812.
Andrew Wright Booth of Vere planter, Samuel Booth of Vere, planter. Wit that for J£3000 from Samuel Booth, Andrew Wright Booth sells a coffee plantation in Carpenters Mtns called Frank Field 140A

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.[525]
    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[526]. 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[527].
   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[528]. 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:
http://selectsurnames.com/booth.html
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....[529]. 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)[530]
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

Family:
Wife: Elizabeth
Issue:
George b aft 1673
John b aft 1674
Thomas
Simon
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. An Elizabeth Dash in  Barbados became Elizabeth Booth in 1669.
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[531] of her father, Latimer Richards in St Michaels, Barbados. She was the widow of Humphrey Dash who died in Barbados in 1669, and was Elizabeth Booth by Novemebr of thatb year. 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[532], 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.][533]


Land Transaction:


Capt George Booth owned 1200 acres in Clarendon in 1670[534], 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[535] 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. This patent can be postioned by reference to the Milk River and the Ste Maria Gully (later Rhymesbury): there is only one place where the plat fits between the rivers.
In 1674, he was granted[536] 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[537] 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 now looks as though this was between the Rio Minho and Thomas River in the north. Tennant was in this area on the road between Danke & Mears, both on Craskell.

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[538], 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[539]: 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”. This land appears on Clarendon 188 and can be located accurately. John Moore’s plat shows “Lt” George Booth to NW, making it questionable that this is indeed Capt George.
 
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[540], George Booth snr bought from from Robert & Barbara Varney 67 acres, part of a 1684 grant[541] 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[542] 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[543] the same land to Daniel Smith for 99 years, evidently having paid off the mortgage

In 1688[544]:, 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[545].
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[546] 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.

1705: An Act to enable Cary Bodle, and others, to sell Lands for the Payment of Debts and Legacies, for the Improvement of the Estate of the said Cary Bodle.

1709[547]: 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[548]: 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[549]: 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[550]:
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[551]: 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[552]
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[553]: 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[554]: 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[555]: 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[556]: 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[557]: 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[558].

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[559]: 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[560]: 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[561]: 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[562]: 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[563]: 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

1718: land granted to William Turner & John Booth, north side of 16 mile gully. 1/16F229.

1719[564]: 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[565]:
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[566] 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[567] 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.

 

Salt Savanna was covered by early patents to Christopher Horner.
See also the 1709 act dviding up Varney Land in Salt Savanna.

Early life may have been in St James, see deeds below

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??.

Issue of George & Catherine Booth.
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).


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

Admon:
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:

1757[568]: 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

Norwood Booth To John Pusey 1763
201/23 Feb-17 Dated 25/10/1757 ent 26/8/1763.
Norwood Booyh & Grace esq of Vere sells to John Pusey, Gent of Vere for £453/10/- 129.5 acres formerly of Elizabeth Sutton, S on sea, N on Jeremiah Downer now in possession of Moses Alveraz and Samuel Gravett Booth, E on late of Simon Booth, now John Pusey W on Samuel Booth dcd, Also 10 acres in similar place


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.

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.


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.



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[569]: 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 exe