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CARIBBEANA VOLUME III Extracts
MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS IN ENGLAND RELATING TO JAMAICANS
The three following inscriptions are from tablets in the church of St. James, Hampstead Road, in the parish of St. Pancras, which was in former years a chapel of ease to St. James, Piccadilly.*
In the Vault of this Church are deposited the Remains of
John Munro Esq.
of Keppel Street Russell Square
Merchant in the City of London, and at
Kingston in Jamaica.
He died the 3rd day of January 1812
Aged 73 years.
He was a man of inflexible Probity and Honour
and of a most benevolent Heart.
1812, Jan. 3. In Keppel-street, Russell-square, John Munro, esq. (" G.M.," 90.)
To the Memory of
late of the Hermitage, St. Ann's, in the
Island of Jamaica Esq.
born the 5th of November 1752
died the 27th of April 1813,
in the 61st year of his age.
William Parke, younger son of William Parke of Whitbeck, Cumberland (1724-1804), went to Jamaica between 1760-1770, and became Lt.-Genl. of militia; mar. Eleanor Crosse, dau. of Sam. Baldwin Cross of Jamaica, and left issue: 1. William, who inherited his father's plantations; 2. Charles, b. 1791, who purchased Lower Henbury, Dorset, and died 21 May 1860, aged 68. [ED.]
*Communicated by Lt.-Col. Henry W. Pook.
On a flat stone in the churchyard to the north of the nave:-
THOMAS FULLARTON WARREN
Late of the Island of Jamaica
died 30th Dec. 1813
in his 33rd Year.
1813, Dec. 30. At Brompton, Middlesex, in his 33d year, Thomas Fullarton Warren, esq. late of the Island of Jamaica. ("G.M.," 97.)
In Black River Church is a tablet to the Rev. Thomas Warren, 33 years Rector; born 31 Jan. 1738, died 22 Feb. 1807, aged 69. Margaret, his wife, born 6 Aug. 1747, died 15 May 1807, aged 59. Erected by surviving son and 4 daus. She was Margaret Brodbelt, mar. 13 Jan. 1772. (Archer, p. 306.)
On the south wall of nave near the third window:-
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
DAUGHTER OF THE LATE
THOMAS HALL, ESQre.
OF IRWIN, JAMAICA;
AND WIFE OF RICHARD JAMES LAWRENCE, ESQre.
OF FAIRFIELD, IN THE SAME ISLAND,
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 20th DAY OF JANUARY 1815,
AGED 67 YEARS.
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
RICHARD JAMES LAWRENCE, Esq.
WHO DIED THE 8th DAY OF NOVEMBER, 1830,
AGED 85 YEARS.
Also of JAMES LAWRENCE, Esq.
ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE;
WHO DIED ON THE 17TH OF SEPT. 1840,
IN THE 68TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.
Also of FREDERICK AUGUSTUS LAWRENCE,
FIFTH SON OF THE ABOVE;
WHO DIED AT CARLSBAD IN BOHEMIA,
ON THE 20th OF SEPT. 1840,
IN THE 61st YEAR OF HIS AGE.
1840, Sept. 20. At Carlsbad, Germany, aged 60, Captain Frederick Lawrence, half-pay, 43d Regt. one of the gentlemen of her M. Privy Chamber, & youngest son of the late R. J. L. esq. of Fairfield, Jamaica. ("G.M.," 676.)
1815, Jan. 20. In Montague-place, Montague-sq. aged 66, Mary, wife of Richard James Lawrence, esq. of Fairfield, Jamaica. She was b. in Jamaica. the dau. of Thomas Hall esq. of Kirkpatrick, & Worcester (descended from a noble family in the Netherlands). Distinguished for her beauty, she was pourtrayed by West in two of his most admired pictures:* first as Una; & secondly, as Fidelia, in his Fidelia & Speranza; but the memory of her virtues will survive the works of the artist. Her husband & five sons regret her. She is interred in the chapel of St. John "Wood Mary-le-bone. ("G.M.," 184.)
In the next vol., part ii., pp. 12-17, is a genealogical account of the Lawrences.
*Mr. W. F. L. of Cowesfield House, Wilt*, shewed me these pictures.
In the burial-ground to the west of the Foundling Hospital. On a large slab now placed against the wall:-
To the Memory of,
Mr. JOSEPH WATKIS,
late of SHREWSBURY, and many
Years Resident, in the Island of JAMAICA
Died, December 18th 1799,
Aged, 45 Years.
Also Mr. JOHN WATKIS.
(Brother of the Above) who Died,
October 28th 1800, Aged 43 Years.
1799, Dec. ... In Southampton-row, Bloomsbury, Mr. Joseph Watkis, late of Shrewsbury. ("G.M." for 1800, 182.)
Mr. Noel B. Livingston of Kingston, Jamaica, has sent the following M.I. copied from photographs in his possession.
The Robert and Rachael Smith referred to in No, 3 were his maternal grandmother's parents.
KENSAL GREEN CEMETERY, CO. MIDDX.
the beloved wife of
William Smith Esqre
of Westbourne Park
December 29th 1855
aged 49 years.
On a headstone adjoining above:-
Eleanor Jane Thompson**
the widow of
Ralph Thompson Esqre
Born 3rd December 1784
died 22nd December 1873.
*This was Catherine Bird (nee Birtles), third wife of William Smith of Jamaica, afterwards of Manchester and London, and one of the promoters of the Jamaica Railway Company.
**Eleanor Jane Thompson (born Carpenter), daughter of Thomas and Ann Carpenter (born Lovibond), who was great-grandson of Samuel Carpenter, Treasurer of Barbados, and afterwards of Philadelphia, U.S.A., the friend and companion of Penn. She was aunt to William Smith mentioned above.
In memory of Thomas Smith*
Son of Robert & Hannah
Smith and grandson of
William and Rachael Smith
who died Febry. 1st 1810 in
the 7th year of his age.
*Thomas Smith, brother of William Smith already mentioned, was born in Jamaica, being the son of Robert Smith of Jamaica and Hannah his wife (nee Carpenter), who was sister of Eleanor Jane Thompson.
Robert Smith was son of William Smith and Rachael his wife of Berwick-on-Tweed.
(4 sided monument)
On the east face:-
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE
and below on a panel are carved a telescope, globe, sextant, and compass.
On the north face:-
NORTH COAST OF SPAIN
HERE ALSO REST THE REMAINS OF
WIDOW OF SIR HOME
SHE DIED AT HER RESIDENCE 2 PORTLAND PLACE BATH
ON THE 12TH OF MARCH 1866,
IN HER 95TH YEAR
HAVING SURVIVED HER HUSBAND FORTY FIVE YEARS
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
AND GRANDDAUGHTER OF
SIR HOME and LADY POPHAM
DIED APRIL 5TH 1878 AGED 60.
On the west face:-
and below are two flags, semaphores, a signal book, and foliage.
1819, Jan. 5. Died at Kew, Surrey, aged 84, Mrs. Popham, a native of Waterford, Relict of Joseph Popham Esq. Consul at Tetuan, the father of Lieut.-Gen. Popham & Rear-Adm. Sir Home Popham, K.C.B. ("Limerick Gazette" in "Notes and Queries," ii. ser., V., 136.)
According to the "G.M.," p. 646, she died 22 Dec. 1818.
1820, Sept. 11. At Cheltenham, Admiral Sir Home Riggs Popham, K.C.B. He had but recently returned from his command on the Jamaica station, where he had lost his daughter and his health. (A long account of his services follows.)
He was born at Gibraltar (or Ireland) in 1702; accounts vary. By his will dated 18 July 1809, proved P.C.C. 23 Sept. 1820, he left all his property to his widow for her life, and at her death to their children equally. The personal estate was sworn under £18,000. (Ibid., 382.)
His portrait, painted by Brown, was engraved in stipple half length by Cardon.
I noted the following from a bookseller's catalogue: "Original Letter-Book of Admiral Sir Home Popham during his command on the Jamaican Station, most of the Letters bearing his Signature; small 4to, original, half binding, 1818-20."
William, the Admiral's eldest son, born April 1791, became a Capt. R.N. in 1819. Brunswick, a younger son, was also Capt. R.N. (O'Byrne's "Naval Biog. Dict.")
John Packenham, Capt. R.N., 4th son of Adml. the Hon. Sir Thomas Packenham, G.C.B., son of Lord Longford, born 18 Oct. 1790, mar. Aug. 1817 Caroline Emily, 3rd dau. of Sir Home Popham. (Burke's "Landed Gentry," 250, and "G.M. " for 3 Nov. 1817, p. 554.)
1818, Nov. 30. At Vera Cruz, Mr. Home Popham, son of Rear Admiral Sir Home Popham. ("G.M." 276.)
1833, Feb. 20. At Falmouth, aged 63, Capt. Joseph Lamb Popham, R.N. father of the present High Sheriff of Cornwall. He was a half-brother of the late Rear-Adm. Sir Home Popham, K.C.B. He was made a Lieut. 1794, Commander 1797, and posted 1800. He married July 17, 1801, Miss Wallis, of Trevarno, near Helston. ("G.M.," 284.)
1838, Feb. 22. At Ballynakill, William Popham, esq. only son of Edward Popham esq. of Lincoln's Inn, and nephew of the 1ate Gen. William Popham and Adm. Sir Home Popham, to Maria, only dau. of the Rev. H. Floury, Chancellor of Lismore. (Ibid., 424.) See a query about the ancestry of the Admiral in the "Genealogist," vol. xvi., 200.)
1841, Jan. Lately. At Florence, Strachan J. Popham, 2d son of the 1ate Adm. Sir Home Popham, to Jane, dau. of Col. A. Campbell, of Ardchattan, Argyleshire. ("G.M.," 312.)
North wall of north gallery, on a white marble tablet surmounted by a circular medallion containing a man's head and shoulders:-
HERE LIE THE REMAINS OF HENRY BARHAM, ESQr.*
who was descended from NICHOLAS BARHAM of Kent, sergeant at Law. VIDE WARBURTONS MIDX.) AND WHO DIED AT DUNCROFT HOUSE, IN THIS PARISH 1746 AET. 51 YEARS. ALSO OF ELIZABETH HIS WIFE, who died 1756 Aet. 55 years: she was the widow of JOHN FOSTER, ESQ whose ancestor CAPTn. THOMAS FOSTER, of Northumberland BEING CONCERNED IN THE CAPTURE OF JAMAICA, HAD LARGE GRANTS OF LAND ALLOTTED HIM IN THAT ISLAND: BY HER FIRST HUSBAND, SHE HAD ISSUE THOMAS, JOHN, WILLIAM, SAMUEL, and JOSEPH; also two daughters, MARGARET and SARAH: THOMAS was sometime M.P. FOR DORCHESTER. HE DIED WITHOUT ISSUE AND IS BURIED HERE. JOHN ALSO DIED WITHOUT ISSUE. WM. AND SAML. BOTH HAD ISSUE WHOSE FAMILIES STILL SURVIVE, MARGARET married COLIN CAMPBELL ESQr. whose son COLIN WAS COLONEL IN THE GUARDS, AND DYING WITHOUT ISSUE IS BURIED [HERE?] SARAH married WILLIAM MATHEW BURT ESQr. who was M.P. for GREAT MARLOW, AND SUBSEQUENTLY GOVR. GENL. OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS WHERE HE DIED. TO JOSEPH THE YOUNGEST SON OF HIS WIFE, HENRY BARHAM, who dying without issue bequeathed his estate on condition of his taking the name of BARHAM. JOSh. MARRIED DOROTHY THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN VAUGHAN, ESQ. of Trecoon, Pembrokeshire; and in 2nd marriage, the Lady Hill, of Hardwick Hall, Shropshire; where they both lie buried.
This monument having fallen
with a part of the old church
was restored in 1828.
Will of Henry Barham, late of Jamaica, now of St. George's, Hanover Square, Esq. A monument for myself & wife Elizabeth to be erected in Staines Church for £400. My aunt Mrs. Mary Burman of St. Germans, co. Cornwall . . . My father's
tankerd marked SBH
Estate to Fosters, etc. (P.C.C., 253, Edmunds.)
* The first line is of larger lettering; the mason then reduced the size for the succeeding lines. Copied 7 June 1909.
who departed this life
May 21" 1827
In the 53rd year of her age
and on March 25th 1837
William Van Tromp
Husband of the above aged 75.
William Van Tromp Tyrrell, late of Jamaica now of Stockbridge, and Elizabeth Martin, Spinster, by special licence married 1 July 1793. (St. Martin's, Salisbury, Register.)
Capt. Usher Tyrrell (4th son of Sir John Tyrrell of Oakley, co. Bucks) mar. a dau. of Admiral Van Tromp. Ho served as Member of Assembly for St. James 1693-98, St. Mary and St. James 1702, St. George 1709. (Feurtado.)
1792, June 23. In Jamaica. James Tyrrell, esq. of Portland, in Jamaica, to Miss Anne Codrington, only dau. of John Codrington esq. of Manchioneal. ("G.M.," 1151, and "Bath Chronicle.")
1793, July 11. At Salisbury, W. V. Tyrrell, esq; late of Jamaica to Miss Martin, only dau. of Thomas Martin, esq. (" Bath Chronicle.")
* Contributed by Mr. John Hammond of Mitre House, Salisbury.
West wall of nave:-
Unless otherwise specified, the tablets are of the usual white marble type.
TO THE MEMORY OF
WILLIAM MURRAY, ESQr.
BORN IN JAMAICA, ON THE 25th DAY OF NOVEMBER 1769,
AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT SOUTHAMPTON,
ON THE 15th DAY OF DECEMBER 1845
(Three lines follow).
1777, Dec. 11. James Stewart, Esq; judge advocate general of Bengal, to Miss Johanna Maria Murray, daughter of William Murray, Esq; of Jamaica. ("Town and Country Mag.," 715, and "G.M.," 611.)
* Copied 3 April 1909. There were no W.I. tablets in St. Michael's, the French Church, or Holy Rood.
1777, Dec. William Murray, Esq; at Garland-grove, in the parish of St. James, in Kingston, Jamaica. (Ibid. for 1778, 55.)
1818, Aug. 14. At her nephew's, William Murray Upper Harley-street. aged 80, Cath. widow of the 1ate Hon.George Murray many years custos of the parish of Westmoreland, and mother of the A. for St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. ("G.M.," 377.)
1820, June. At Sea, Robert Murray of Knapdale, Jamaica, on his passage home. (Ibid., 639.)
1826, May 25. In Regency-square, Brighton, aged 54, Walter Murray of Dundee, Jamaica. (Ibid., 573.)
1829, Lately, Nov. At Kircudbright, aged 85, Dr. Patrick Murray f. an eminent physician in Jamaica, and one of the Assistant Judges of the Grand Court of that Island many years. He was father of Dr. Murray lately of Knaresborough, and now of Scarborough. (Ibid., 477.)
1845, Dec. 15. At Southampton, aged 77, William Murray, esq. late of Grosvenor-street and of St. James's, Jamaica. (Ibid, for 1846, 107.)
West wall of nave :-
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOSHUA ROUSE, ESQUIRE
OF BLENHEIM HOUSE IN THIS TOWN,
AND LATE OF KINGSTON,
IN THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA;
HE DIED ON THE 18th OF APRIL 1842,
IN THE 77th YEAR OF HIS AGE.
THE BELOVED WIFE
AND DAUGHTER OF J. ROUSE ESQUIRE, WERE BURIED
IN THE SAME GRAVE IN THE LEFT AISLE
OF THE ABBEY CHURCH, BATH,*
ON THE 29th JANUARY 1825.
His vault under the Church has a short inscription on it, which I saw 14 Aug. 1912.
1842, April 18. At Southampton, aged 77, Joshua Rouse, esq. late of Jamaica.
1835, April 29. At St.George's Hanover-sq. Sir Robert A. Douglas, Baronet, to Martha-Elizabeth, eldest dau. of Joshua Rouse, esq. of Southampton. (Ibid., 654.)
1835, April 29. Sir Robert Andrews Douglas, Baronet, bachelor, of St. James, Westminster, & Martha Elizabeth House, spinster Licence. (St. Geo., Hanover Square.)
He was the 2nd Baronet, a Major in the Army, born 1807, died 1 Nov. 1843. His brother Alexander, also an officer in the Army, born 22 Dec. 1811, died 6 May 1848, mar. Anne, also a dau. and coheiress of J. Rouse.
1843, Nov. 1. At the Mauritius, aged 36, Sir Robert Andrews Douglas, etc. ("G.M.," 1844, 653.)
* See this ante, I., 264.
On a tablet just above the preceding:-
IN A VAULT BENEATH ARE DEPOSITED THE REMAINS OF
BALLARD BECKFORD NEMBHARD, Esqr.
LATE OF THIS TOWN
AND FORMERLY OF THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA.
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE
ON THE 11TH OF JUNE 1821,
IN THE 60TH YEAR OF HIS AGE.
1829, Dec. 12. At Bognor, W. E. Nembhard, esq. late of Jamaica. ("G.M.," 574.)
1833, Sept. 17. At Chalfont St. Peter's, Bucks, R. Du Pre Alexander, esq. son of Sir R. Alexander Baronet., to Eliza Nembhard, dau. of the 1ate B. B. Nembhard, esq. of Jamaica. (Ibid., 270.)
1846, Oct. 28. At St. John's Paddington, the Rev. Logan Dobinson, eldest son of Jos. Dobinson of Egham Lodge, to Eliza-Jane, dau. of the 1ate John F. N. and niece of Mrs. Hibbert of Hyde Park-sq. (Ibid., 1847, 193.)
South aisle, west wall:-
TO THE MEMORY OF
FRANCIS LOVE BECKFORD, esq.
FORMERLY OF THIS TOWN,
AND OF BASING PARK IN THIS COUNTY,
WHO DIED AT MITCHAM,
ON THE 24TH OF FEBRUARY 1838,
AGED 74 YEARS.
ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF
JOANNA HIS WIFE THE DAUGHTER OF
JOHN LEIGH Esq.
OF NORTHCOURT HOUSE, ISLE OF WIGHT
WHO DIED AUGUST 19TH 1814,
AGED 54 YEARS.
1814, Aug. 19. At Southampton, Joanna, wife of Francis Love Beckford, esq. Their youngest son Henry died about six weeks before his mother. ("G.M.," 294.)
1838, Feb. 24. At Mitcham, Surrey, aged 74, Francis Love Beckford, esq. formerly of Southampton and of Basing-park Hampshire. He was the younger but only surviving son and heir of Francis Beckford, esq. (uncle to William Beckford esq. 1ate of Fonthill Abbey, as also to Peter first Lord Rivers, of the creation of 1802; and to Charles-Rose Lord Seaford) by his second wife Susannah, only dau. and heiress of Richard Love, esq. of Basing. His father died in 1768, and his mother in 1803. In 1788 he married Johanna, third dau. and coheiress of John Leigh, of Northcourt House in the Isle of Wight, esq. and widow of Richard Bennett Lloyd, of the footguards esq; and by that lady who died in 1814, he had issue six sons and one dau:
1. Francis Love Beckford, esq. 1ate of the Coldstream guards; 2. William Beckford, esq. of Hatch Co. Surrey, who married in 1822, Maria-Elizabeth, only dau. of the Rev. John Bramston Stane, of Forest-hall, in Essex; and has issue three daus.; 3. Capt. John Leigh Beckford, R.N. who married in 1829 Harriette, fourth dau. of George Ward, esq. of Northwood-ho. Isle of Wight; 4. Carleton, who died in 1829 unmarried; 5. the Rev. Charles Douglas Beckford, who m. in 1831 his cousin Charlotte-Maria, 2d dau. of John Middleton, esq. of Hildersham-house, co. Cam. and has issue; 6. Thomas Henry, who d. young. The dau. is Harriett, m. in 1816 to her cousin Andrew Arcedeckne, esq. of Glevering-hall, Suffolk, and has issue. (Ibid., 544.)
A. Arcedeckne (grandson of Andrew, Attorney Gen. of Jamaica) was b. Jan. 1780. His mother was Cath. 2d dau. and coheiress of John Leigh. (See Burke's "L.G.")
See his bookplate with the arms of Love on a shield of pretence.
Chancel, on the south wall:-
To the Memory of
Who was born, in the Island of Jamaica,
July the 6th 1771,
And died, July the 11th 1815.
This Tablet is with sorrow dedicated
By her Husband,
The Revd THOMAS MEARS, A.M.
Who was reunited to her by Death
May 1st 1835,
Aged 67 Years
Having been 17 Years
Rector of this Parish.
There is another tablet to him on the opposite wall, erected by his parishioners, by the inscription on which it appears that he had been previously 40 years Rector of St. Lawrence and St. John in Southampton.
Copied 14 Aug. 1912.
In the catacombs under this church are several hundred vaults, with inscriptions cut on the stones, let into the walls along the passages.
Major LOCKHART RUSSELL.
Ob: 9th Jan: 1798 Aet. 62.
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