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Will of Helen Campbell, 1752

[PRO London, PROB 11/1520]

I Helen Campbell1 of Sloane Street widow of John Campbell formerly of New Hope in the Island of Jamaica...
Having affection and regard for all my four children2 and having the happiness to reflect that my two eldest sons are in such respectable situations as naturally ensure to them sufficient provision and although my youngest son is not so well advantaged in his prospects yet trusting that they will all approve of making my daughter their only sister Anna Maria Campbell the sole object of my bounty in case she shall survive me and if that should unfortunately not be the case that my two eldest sons will approve of the disposition which I hereby make in favour of their youngest brother...
I devise bequeath and appoint all my estate real and personal unto the use of my daughter Anna Maria Campbell...and in case I shall survive my daughter then I appoint all my estate before given to the use of my youngest son James Campbell...
I appoint my daughter the sole executrix of this my will but if she dies before me then I appoint my youngest son James Campbell sole executor...

Signed, Helen Campbell 25th February 1810
Witnesses, John Griffiths, Grosvenor St.; Martin Tupper, 13 New Burlington St.; Robert Sewell, Foley St.

Proved in London, 29th March 1811

  1Helen Campbell, daughter of Thomas Storer & Helen Guthrie

2John Campbell [died 1801] in his will named five children:
John Graham C. [d.1870]; Tomlin C.; Archibald C. [d.1833]; James C. [d.1839];
Anna Maria C. [d.1884].
All the sons except for Tomlin were listed in the Almanac of Jamaica as property owners after their mother's death in 1811; Tomlin Campbell would therefore have died between 1801 and 1810.
All the children died in England but none of their respective wills mention any specific property in Jamaica


This is the last Will and Testament of me George Reid of "Campbelton" in the parish of Hanover Esquire.
I give and devise unto all my children:- Mary Louise Hall, Robert Leslie Reid, Eliza Jane Reid the widow of my deceased son Cecil Alexander Reid if she remains unmarried at my death, Edward George Reid, William Octavius Reid, Esther Matilda Reid, Dennis Samuells Reid, Herbert John Reid, Edgar Arthur Reid, and Leoni? Helen Theida Reid, my property called "Hatherden" situate in Savanna-la-Mar in the parish of Westmoreland To the use of my said children their heirs and assigns absolutely.  
I give and devise unto all my children aforesaid all that my pen or plantation called "Campbelton" situate in the parish of Hanover in equal shares as Tenants in Common.
I give and devise unto my wife Rachel Ann Reid £100 from my Life Policy in the Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society, £100 to my daughter Esther Matilda Reid, £100 to purchase a house and premises for the use of my wife Rachel Ann Reid for life and the remaining £200 to be applied to liquidate the debt on "Campbelton" and "Hatherden".
I direct that all my live stock be sold and the moneys arising from the sale applied to clear off the debt on the properties.
I give devise and bequeath unto all my children aforesaid all the rest residue and remainder of my property both real and personal whatever and wheresoever in equal shares.
I constitute and appoint the Reverend Robert Leslie Reid of Grange Hill and Edward George Reid of Kingston Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name this 6th day of August 1903.
George Reid
Witnesses:  Rudolph Lewis and  Findlater L. Roper.
Affidavit of Witness was signed Jan. 16, 1913
Oath of Executors signed Jan. 14, 1913

Will of William Tharp, 1737

[PRO London, PROB 11/743]

The 27th day of July 1737

I William Tharp of the parish of Hanover in the Island of Jamaica planter do make this to be my last will and testament...
In case my dearly beloved wife Ann Tharp1 should happen to be with child at the time of my decease then my said child whether male of female to have a Negro woman named Jude and two hundred pounds current money of Jamaica paid to him or her at the age of twenty one or day of marriage...
I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son William Tharp one Negro man named Samm and one Negro woman named Chloe with the half of all my estate both real and personal forever to be enjoyed by him or his lawful heirs...
To my well beloved son named John Tharp one Negro man named Dirk and one Negro woman named Belinda and one girl named Dealear and the other half of all my estate real and personal forever...to be enjoyed as separate estates betwixt my two sons...equally to be divided share and share alike...
Finally I constitute, nominate and appoint my well beloved friends Richard Haughton Esq. & Philip Haughton sole executors of this my last will

Signed, William Tharp
Witnesses, Edward Chambers, Valentine Haughton, Ann Holmes

London, 8th November, 1745
Administration granted to Robert Pott the lawful attorney of Philip Haughton the surviving executor residing in the island of Jamaica

1?sister of Philip Haughton?

Will of Elizabeth Witter formerly Blagrove, 1776

[PRO London, PROB 11/1020]

London January 25th 1763

I Elizabeth Witter of London but late of the Island of Jamaica do declare the following to be my last will and testament
I give and bequeath to my dear and loving son John Blagrove all my jewels Viz. an Egret Ear Rings and Mourning Ring worn in Memory of his late dear father provided that upon his Marriage he shall present the same to his wife...
In case I should die during my son's minority the said jewels to be lodged in trust with my brother John Campbell1 during his minority or till the time of his marriage
Also all the Negroes and their issue to which I have a right and title together with the profits arising from their labour
Also I give to my dear and loving son John Blagrove aforesaid all my arrears of dower due to me from the estate of my husband Thomas Blagrove2 and every other claim as Commissions executrix that I am lawfully entitled to provided that upon my death he immediately pay to my brother John Campbell one half of the money arising from the claim or claims mentioned in last article...
In case of my dear sons death without issue then I give and bequeath to my brother John Campbell all the Negroes and their issue arrears of dower and Commissions and every other claim that I am entitled to from the estate of my late husband Thomas Blagrove...
As to my present husband William Witter3 the ample fortune he has already received and the indifferent treatment I have received from him since my marriage will sufficiently excuse me from leaving him any more than to buy a Mourning ring
Also I leave my uncle John Campbell4 one hundred pound and do make him joint executor with my brother John Campbell to this my last will and testament
Also all my wearing apparel I leave to my sister5 Grace Campbell

Signed, Elizabeth Witter
[no witnesses were named]

16th May 1776
Appeared personally Colin Currie6 of the City of London Merchant and Christopher Coates7 of Welbeck Street...made oath that they were well acquainted with Elizabeth Witter formerly Blagrove late wife of William Witter Esquire late of the parish of Hanover in the Island of Jamaica deceased

20th May 1776
This will was proved at London by the oath of John Campbell the brother of the deceased and the surviving executor [to] whom administration was granted of the goods chattels and credits of the deceased...and all the right title and interest due from the estate of her late husband Thomas Blagrove...that were the private and particular property of  said deceased...by virtue of certain articles of agreement bearing date 1st May 17618

1John Campbell of Orange Bay
2 Thomas Blagrove, buried at Maggotty, Hanover, July 1755
3 Unidentified, possibly William Witter Member of the Assembly for Hanover 1764
4 Captain John Campbell, mariner, brother of James Campbell Orange Bay [d.1740]. John Campbell was alive in 1763 when this will was written, he died in 1766
5 Sister-in-law, Grace Campbell, wife of John Campbell of Orange Bay
6 Colin Currie, grandson of Hon. John Campbell of Black River, his mother Ann Currie (nee Campbell)
7 Christopher Coates, unidentified
8 This was, perhaps, the date of her marriage to William Witter, her property being kept separate from his

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