Jamaican Family Search Genealogy Research Library


This contains explanations of the pages in the Members directory, with clickable links. Some of these links will take you to "lead pages" which contain the links to all the pages in that specific category. Sections with their own lead pages should be considered the most important, as some of them are entire books.
The arrangement in date order should provide a chronological record of the island's historical books and documents presented here.
Consider this page the top of a pyramid, comparable to the 'grandfather on a genealogy chart'.


One of the major portions of this site is the information from the Jamaica "Almanacs" - books containing data and names of certain people on the island. They were published annually dating from 1751 to 1877. For more about these publications, and for a complete Index and Links to all Almanac pages, please go to Almanacs lead page.



In 1670 Sir Thomas Modyford, who was then Governor of Jamaica, sent back to England a Survey listing the landowners in the island, and the number of acres that they had patented. The data for the Survey had been compiled by the Receiver General from land patents and the annual rents due to the Crown. It has been reproduced here. There is also a 1670 map of the island. For links to the pages for each parish please go to 1670 Landowners lead page.


This list has been prepared from the names listed on a map of Kingston for 1702. See Kingston 1702.


Lists of White Families introduced into Jamaica from 1734 to 1753 under several Acts that were passed in England to encourage settlers to move to the island. The lists were included in CO 137/28. List One consisted of 145 families, for a total of 347 individuals,described as "white families and artificers." At the end of the page you will find a report taken from the Journals of the House of Commons in 1753 concerning the efficacy of the Acts. Go to List One
List Two consisted of 112 families, for a total of 353 individuals. For most of them the list shows when and where they settled, and how many acres of land they received. Go to List Two.


These Returns provide the details of each grant: date, name, number of acres, legal description of the location, boundaries, and owners of adjoining properties. There are 208 grants altogether. The information comes from the National Archives (England) CO 137/28 folios 197 to 223.

Folios 197 to 210 detail 101 grants (including one to Nanny, a famous leader of the Maroons). See Land Grants.

Folios 211 to 222 contain 107 land grants. See Land Grants 2.


This list was contained in Colonial Office Correspondence filed at CO 137/28 pages 169 to 175. It provides the name of the landowners, (noting whether they were deceased), the name of the property (where available), details on the number of acres planted in sugar, coffee, cotton, food crops, etc.; the number of white servants, Negroes, or cattle; the quality of the land and whether or not it was mountainous. Please go to 1753 St. Andrew.


This list comes from the National Archives in England, and was based on information in the Quit Rent books in 1754. It contains the landowner's name, and the number of acres of land that he owned in each parish. For links to each page please go to the 1754 Landowners lead page.


Thousands of names of properties, most of which were the names of the owners, have been extracted from maps for 1755 and 1804 and keyed to coordinates on the maps so that they can be located. Created and provided to this site by Antony Maitland. For full directions and links, please go to Jamaica 1755 and 1804 Gazetteers - lead page.


These lists concerning St. James are among documents and schedules presented by C. E. Long, Esq. to the British Museum in March 1842. They contain notes on statistics by Edward Long which were probably used by him in his History of Jamaica. The papers have now been transferred to the British Library.

The schedules on St. James were prepared in part by the Clerk of the Vestry. They are the most detailed lists available on the inhabitants of St. James at the time.

The first is a list of Sugar Estates; the Names of their Owners; number of men there able to bear arms, number of women and children, slaves, stock; sugar production.
The second is a list of smaller settlers, including "Pens, Coffee planters, Jobbers, Millwrights, Carpenters, Masons & such like". It gives the Name of the landowner, profession, and the same numbers as the first list.
For these first two lists, please see St. James Lists 1 & 2

The third is a list of "Housekeepers" who possessed slaves and stock, providing once again the Name and Profession and the same numbers as the first list.
The fourth is a "List of Quarteroons (Quadroons) Mulattoes and Negroes who are Free and Able to bear Arms in the Parish of Saint James," which provides the "Name, Colour, Profession, Place of Residence."
There is also a schedule of the number of Houses in the Town of Montego Bay from 1762 to 1775 and their annual rent or value.
For this second set of lists, please see St. James 1774 continued.


A list prepared by a contributor, compiled from various sources, containing the names of some properties and property owners in Hanover in 1776.


A list prepared by order of the House of Assembly, containing the names of persons who had slaves and stock, and the numbers thereof, dated June 15, 1792. See St. Ann 1792


A list of French Families receiving aid from the Government, showing Names, Number of Persons, and Sums Received per Month. See French Families List 1

Names of French taken into Jamaica in 1793-1795, whether as Prisoners or Emigrants, Ships on which captured, or place from which sailed, Military or personal status, Weekly subsistence and financial aid. See French Families List 2

See also the Letter to the Earl of Balcarres from Marquis Caduch concerning the situation of the French in Jamaica in 1795. A proclamation. See Balcarres and French


A Return of the Number of Patents for Land granted in Jamaica from January 1805 to December 1824 with the names of persons to whom granted, the quantity of land, and the parish where situated. (As reported in Colonial Correspondence CO137/162, Jan) See Return of Land Grants 1805-1824.


The details of a census taken in Hanover have surfaced among some Colonial Office files. The census was undertaken following a circular sent to all the parishes by the Governor requesting information about their populations. The counting began in 1822. It included all persons of free condition, "distinguishing their colour, ages and places of residence."

See Hanover census 1, persons resident in Abingdon to Lorn.
Hanover census 2, persons resident in Lucea.
Hanover census 3, persons resident in Maggotty to York Hill.  Census Totals.


In 1655 the Spaniards, who held Jamaica, surrendered to the English of the expedition led by Venables.  Before fleeing to Cuba from Jamaica's North Coast (from which Runaway Bay got its name), the Spanish freed their slaves, leaving them behind in the hope that they would fight the English.  The slaves fled to the interior mountains.  They were later called "Maroons" (probably from the Spanish word "cimarron" meaning "wild, untamed").  The numbers of the original Maroons were increased by the addition of runaway slaves who escaped their English masters.  The Maroons sometimes raided the English plantations.  In 1665 the English offered the Maroons land and full freedom if they would surrender. The offer was ignored by the Maroons, who knew that they were already free, and would not trust the English.  Skirmishes between the English and the Maroons continued, finally escalating into Maroon Wars in 1738-1739 and ending with the signing of Treaties.  Commissioners were appointed for the several Maroon townships and settlements, located in the Cockpit Country, and in Portland.

The 1831 Returns of the Maroons have been transcribed from CO 140/121 (Colonial Office Correspondence in the National Archives). Some of the Maroons were also slaveholders, and their slaves were included in the Census.  See the Returns of the Maroons of:

   Moore Town Officers and men
   Moore Town Women and slaves
   Charles Town
   Scot's Hall


Return of Immigrants who arrived in the island of Jamaica from the 30th September 1840 to the 30th September 1841 under the immigration Act 4th Victoria Chapter 23. (CO140/133. NA. Kew). There were 1,417 immigrants listed in the report, and they were grouped by families.

The official report gave the name of the Ship or Vessel, and the Port from whence it came. It listed the date and place of arrival in Jamaica. The name and age of each immigrant was listed, and sometimes the trade or calling was included. Newspaper reports provided additional information on some of the immigrants, including their nationalities.

For the passenger lists for the 13 ships on which they arrived, please go to:
Immigration 1840-1841


The first section of this Directory lists name, exact address, occupation, and place of employment. It includes persons of all walks of life. Kingston is covered in the first two sections of the Directory, in the "City Directory" and the "City Business Directory." Spanish Town, in St. Catherine, also has a Business Directory. The other parishes follow.

The second section is a "Directory of Estates, Pens and Properties," listing the names of properties alphabetically by parish, and showing the name of the owner, the planting attorney, and the overseer, where applicable.

The final section is General Information.

Please go to 1878 Directory lead page.



This Directory, listed business people in Kingston by street, and those in other parts of the island by Post Office. It also included penkeepers, ministers in various churches, owners of coffee plantations and sugar estates, foreign consuls, Members of Parochial Boards, and government officials. The advertisements contained in the Directory have also been transcribed. Please go to 1891 Directory lead page.


Although the title is "Commercial Directory," this also contains residential listings. There are several lists: a list of property owners and pens, sugar estates and plantations, arranged by parishes; a business directory listed by trades; a list of persons living in Kingston and St. Andrew; a list of persons living outside that area; and a list of Ministers arranged by denomination. The name and address of each individual or business is listed. There is a list of the towns referred to in postal addresses, with a brief description.

History, description and leadership of Associations, Clubs, Lodges and Schools. List of Police officers. List of Civil Servants across the island, showing their positions, departments, and Post Office address. Information on transportation, newspapers and parishes, and advertisements from the Directory.

For links to these lists, please go to 1910 Directory lead page.



This list, which includes the country of origin, is taken from Colonial Office Correspondence, CO152/12/2. See Spanish Town, (which was then in the Leeward Islands is now part of the Virgin Islands).



In 1721 many of these families moved from the island of Anguilla in the Leeward Islands to Jamaica. This list is also taken from Colonial Office Correspondence, CO152/12/2, and was in the same packet as the list from Spanish Town. See Anguilla.



1. Church of England Parish Registers
and Civil Records and Wills

The main body of this section consists of extractions from Registers held in the Island Records Office for Church of England (Anglican) and Dissenter churches, Civil Registration, tombstones, and other sources, as well as Genealogical Reports for selected families, based on extractions, and often containing wills and deeds.

Several wills have been transcribed from District Court or Resident Magistrate wills held at the Island Records Office, and from Wills probated in England. This section also includes an Index to extant Supreme Court Wills probated in 1725 to 1889, 1891, 1894-1914, 1917-1919, 1921, 1923 through 1930.

For a complete Index of Registers and Wills, and links to pages, please go to Registers - lead page.

For further reading on the Church of England see:-

The movements of some Church of England clergymen who served in Jamaica, set out in a compilation from various sources. See Clergymen.

A history of the Church of England in Jamaica, with particular reference to St. Thomas in the Vale, 1816-1832.

2. Roman Catholic Church Registers

For a complete Index and Links to pages please go to Roman Catholic - lead page


3. Dissenter Marriages in Various Churches

Dissenter Marriages 1835 to 1840 in the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United Brethren in Manchester, The London Missionary Society in St. Ann, and the Presbyterian Chapels in Westmoreland and Lucea. See Dissenter 1



Wesleyan Methodist Marriages in the St. Ann Circuit 1818 to 1840

Wesleyan Methodist Marriages in the Kingston Circuit
Marriages in the records of Parade Chapel 1819-1840
Marriages in the records of Wesley Chapel 1829-1840
Marriages in the records of Ebenezer Chapel 1838-1840

Kingston Circuit marriages

Wesleyan Methodist Marriages in the Montego Bay Circuit
Marriages in the Montego Bay Circuit 1818 to 1840

Wesleyan Methodist Marriages in the Falmouth Circuit
Marriages in the Falmouth Circuit 1824 to 1840


4. Methodist Baptisms

The original Registers of Baptisms from some of the Methodist Churches in Jamaica are held in the Jamaica Archives in Spanish Town. The following records have been transcribed and are on this site:

Methodist Baptisms in Kingston.

Baptisms at the Wesley Methodist chapel in Kingston for 1829-1853 and 1862-1902.

Baptisms in the Kingston circuit 1838-1876.

Baptisms in the Coke Chapel (Kingston) circuit 1824 to 1867, and 1874-1927.

Methodist Baptisms in the Spanish Town Circuit

Spanish Town and surrounding areas, 1829 to 1874 transcriptions.

Spanish Town and surrounding areas, images from 1875 to 1881 for you to browse.

Methodist Baptisms in the Port Royal Circuit

Port Royal and surrounding areas, and the areas around Gordon Town 1837 to 1924

Methodist Baptisms in the Montego Bay Circuit

Baptisms in the Montego circuit 1819-1826.

Montego Bay circuit, including parts of Hanover, 1827 to 1909

Methodist Baptisms in Trelawny

Falmouth circuit, Trelawny and parts of St. James, 1824 to 1874.

Methodist Baptisms in the Brown's Town circuit

The Brown's Town, St. Ann, circuit included Stewart Town in Trelawny, and areas of St. Ann south to the border of Clarendon. Baptisms have been transcribed for 1839-1898.

Methodist Baptisms at Belmont, St. Ann

Baptisms at Belmont estate, St. Ann, 1818 to 1820.

For links, please go to Methodist Baptisms - lead page.

5. Moravian Records

The Moravians were the first missionaries in Jamaica from "Dissenter" churches.

Reception of members in the mission in Lititz, St. Elizabeth 1839-1845, containing new name, old slave name, country of origin, and residence in Jamaica (Please allow time for pages to load):

Lititz June 1839 to April 1841

Lititz April 1841 to November 1842

Lititz November 1842 to February 1845

For the historyof the Moravian Mission and links to pages, please go to Moravian lead page

6. Jewish Records


Births in the Sephardic Congregation, 1809 - 1902.

Marriages in the Sephardic Congregation, 1809 - 1901.

Deaths in the Sephardic Congregation, 1809 - 1901.

Births in the Ashkenazi Congregation, 1789 - 1906

Marriages in the Ashkenazi Congregation, 1788 - 1901

Births in the Amalgamated and United Congregation of Israelites 1884 - 1930.

Marriages in the Amalgamated and United Congregation of Israelites 1883 - 1945.

Deaths in the Amalgamated and United Congregation of Israelites 1883 - 1993.

For a complete Index and Links to pages, please go to Kingston Jewish records - lead page.



Transcriptions of Tombstones in the Falmouth Jewish Cemetery. There are also photographs of the cemetery.



Transcription of Indexes to Jewish births in Montego Bay, 1835-1873. Montego Jewish

Transcription of Indexes from Montego Bay records of Marriages (1845-1866) and Deaths (1880-1919). Montego Bay Jewish Marriages and Deaths.



Extracts from A Record of Jews in Jamaica by Jacob A. P. M. Andrade, including Tombstones, Will extracts, Patents, Naturalizations, and other items.
this month, more Monumental Inscriptions and photographs of two tombstones.
For a list of pages, go to Andrade Jewish records.


Burials of some Jamaican Jews in New Orleans, USA.



"Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies"

The complete text of J. H. Lawrence-Archer's 1875 book, with epitaphs from Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, St. Christopher and British Guiana.

A century after Archer wrote, Frank Cundall and Noel B. Livingston wrote some Annotations on the Monumental Inscriptions at the Spanish Town cathedral.

For a complete list of pages and links go to Monumental - lead page.


Monumental Inscriptions of West Indians in Kirkcudbright, Scotland

Books 1 and 2

Books 3 and 4

Books 5 and 6

Book 7


Monumental Inscriptions in a Montego Bay, Jamaica, Cemetery

Photographs of over 40 tombstones. For links, go to Montego Bay Cemetery.


The Royal Gazette

The weekly Gazettes for January through June of 1793, and July through December 1794, and one issue each for August 1811, April 1891, and 1917 have been excerpted. Look for passengers, marriages, burials, caveats on estates, land titles registered, some noteworthy court cases, and news of the 'outside world.' Links are in Gazettes lead page.


The Daily Gleaner

Excerpts from the "Daily Gleaner" for October 1865 (including reports of the Morant Bay Rebellion); from November, 1866 through December 1869, the years 1872 through 1875, and 1877, January to October 1878, the years 1880 to 1883, 1886 to 1887, January and February 1894, and an excerpt from 1916. The "Gleaner" commenced publication in 1834. It is still published daily, and it is the leading newspaper on the island. To see a complete list of pages, please go to Gleaner lead page.

In 1920 the Gleaner also published the Calabar Institution Report for 1919.


The Jamaica Creole

Quoted by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Kingston Fire Dec. 11, 1882

The Jamaica Creole of December 13, 1882 reported the fire that had destroyed much of Kingston two days earlier. It contained a list of all the buildings that had burned. The report is at Kingston Fire.


The Trelawny and Public Advertiser

This newspaper was published twice (and then three times) a week. It contained not only news of Falmouth, Trelawny, but also news from other parts of the island. For excerpts from 1874 to 1879 please go to Trelawny and Public Advertiser - lead page.


The Falmouth Post and Jamaica General Advertizer

This newspaper was published twice a week. It contained not only news of Falmouth, Trelawny, but also news from other parts of the island. For excerpts from 1873 to 1877, please go to Falmouth Post lead page .


The Cornwall Chronicle and General Advertiser

Excerpts from the Cornwall Chronicle newspaper for:
   December 1776 through May 1777.
   February to March 1789.
   May 16, 1789
See listing at Cornwall Chronicle - lead page.


The Morning Journal and Kingston Chronicle

Excerpts from the Morning Journal 1840-1847, the Kingston Chronicle 1837, and other newspapers 1792-1877. See Morning Journal.


The Jamaica Witness

"The Jamaica Witness" was published monthly in the late nineteenth century. The editor was a Presbyterian minister. For excerpts from 1877 to 1879, and 1883-1887, please go to Jamaica Witness lead page.


The Jamaica Courant and Public Advertiser

Excerpts from the Courant for June 22 to 29, 1754, contain the names of some runaway slaves and indentured servants, property owners, deceased persons, trustees, merchants, etc., and information about them. See Courant 1754.

In 1830 the Courant published a list of persons in Kingston who had not reported their taxable property for March 1830. The advantage to this list is the fact that the Jamaica Almanacs omitted the list of property owners in Kingston, as the list was too long. At least we have here the property owners who should have reported, but did not. See Courant 1.


London and Edinburgh newspapers and magazines

The Gentleman's Magazine 1828-1853

Excerpts pertaining to Jamaica transcribed from the Gentleman's Magazine 1828-1853.

The London Gazette

Excerpts pertaining to Jamaica, transcribed from the London Gazettes for 1914 through 1920.

Excerpts from the London Gazettes for 1939-1943 and 1944-1947.

The Times of London and Edinburgh papers

Articles relating to Jamaicans, 1772-1869, in London and Edinburgh, and Exeter newspaper excerpts.

Excerpts from the Times of London Times various dates

Fisher's Colonial Magazine and Commercial Journal

Births, Marriages and Deaths in Jamaica in 1842 as reported by Fisher's Colonial Magazine in 1842. (They reported on selected families only.)

Whitehall Evening Post

A petition, signed by about 350 people, appeared in the January 3rd 1782 edition, requesting more military and naval protection for the British West Indies. See 1782 Petition




Slave Registers for 1817 from Cousins Cove and Davis Cove in Hanover.

Slave returns for 1817 by three property owners in the Parish of St. Ann: Hamilton Brown, Susan Duncan, and Angus Campbell, containing the name, age, and mother's name of the slaves listed. Taken from the Slave Registers in the Public Records Office (National Archives) in England, T71/43.

A proclamation by the Governor Sir Lionel Smith concerning the end of the system of apprentices in 1838. Taken from Colonial Office correspondence, CO 137/231-232.

Go to Slave returns.

Some Slave Returns, 1817 to 1832, for James and James Slave Returns; and Blair (Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth).


A list of 181 slaves on Golden Grove Estate June 30, 1790, together with a shorter list of increases and decreases in 1790. The estate belonged to Chaloner Arcedeckne.


New Canaan Estate, St. James, Jamaica. Marriage settlement, November 2, 1791, between George William Ricketts and Letitia Mildmay. It includes a schedule of the names of about 200 slaves.


A list of slaves on Friendship Estate and Thatch Hill Penn in Trelawny in 1793.


Slave Marriages

Slaves Marriages in Portland 1821 to 1825.

Slave Marriages in the City and Parish of Kingston, 1821

Slave Marriages in the City and Parish of Kingston, 1822

Slave Marriages in the City and Parish of Kingston, 1823

Slave Marriages in the City and Parish of Kingston, 1824

Slave Marriages in the City and Parish of Kingston, 1825

Slave Marriages in the Parishes of Hanover and Trelawny, 1821-1825

Slave Marriages in the Parishes of St. John and St. Dorothy, 1821-1825

Slave Marriages in the Parish of St. Thomas in the Vale, 1821-1825

Slave Marriages in the Parish of Vere, 1821-1825

Slave Marriages in the Parish of Manchester, 1821-1825

Slave Marriages in the Parish of St. Catherine, 1821-1825

Slave Marriages in the Parish of Port Royal, 1821-1825

Slave Marriages in the Parish of St. James, 1821-1825

NOTES: The records for some parishes include the names of owners and Estates that gave permission for the marriages. The reports for the Parishes not listed contained numbers only, and no names.


Slave Compensation

Report of Slave Compensation paid to former slave owners in St. Thomas in the East in 1838.



The Military lead page links you to various pages that contain references to military personnel, and in particular to:

A. List of Regiments in Jamaica 1702-1962.

B. List of Regiments in Newcastle 1841- 1962.

C. List of Military and Naval officers, regiments,ships, militia, and committees in 1925.

D. The location of Regiments in Jamaica 1765 to 1880, as taken from Registers, Almanacs, Gazettes, etc.




The Book by W. A. Feurtado: "Official and Other Personages in Jamaica from 1655 to 1790", the alphabetical listing of Personages, and the Introduction. Please see:

Feurtado Introduction, and the book itself:
A - B, Abernathie to Byndloss
C - E, Cadogan to Ewers
F - I, Fairfax to Ivy
J - M, Jackson to Mutus
N - Q, Napier to Quarrell
R - S, Raby to Sympson
T - Y, Taafe to Young


A chapter on the Peerage etc. in Jamaica by Feurtado.

A list by Feurtado of the governors and chief officers in Jamaica .

A list of the subscribers to the book in 1896, with their towns of residence.



Excerpts pertaining to persons who were natives of, or resident in, Jamaica, taken from "Caribbeana: being Miscellaneous Papers relating to the History, Genealogy, Topography, and Antiquities of the British West Indies," edited by Vere Langford Oliver and published 1909 to 1919. The excerpts include the following:

Marriages and Deaths from the Columbian Magazine, the earliest magazine known to have been published in Jamaica, for 1796 to 1799.

Marriages before 1680 in St. Andrew and St. Catherine.

Pedigrees of Nembhard, Brooks, Herring, Swymmer, Murray, Hibbert, Archbould and Sir Thomas Lynch, Hawtayne/Hawthorne, Brodrick, Heywood, Byndloss, Dehany, Orgill, Guy, Foord, Dwarris, Davies, Lawes, Welch, Halsted, and Hals, and Lawrence and Bowles, including wills, tombstones, and diaries, and arms for some; Modyford Wills.

Deeds and Indentures in Jamaica.

Monumental Inscriptions of Jamaicans in England.

Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury related to Jamaica, 1667-1681.

Jamaican Appeals to the Privy Council in England in the early 18th century.

Notes and Queries

Historical reports: Persons serving under Venables 1654, and persons leaving Nevis for Jamaica 1656, letters and viewpoints on the early 18th century.

For details and links, please see Caribbeana lead page.



Excerpts from the biographies in the 1916 Who's Who, and a few from the 1919 Who's Who. Obituaries 1906-1917, and military information for 1916. For details and links, go to Who's Who .

The Who's Who in Jamaica for 1919 contained more comprehensive information on the participation of Jamaicans in World War I, and it has been transcribed here. It includes the names of officers in the British West India Regiment as well as in other British and Canadian Regiments,and a list of officers and men who were killed while serving in World War I.
The 1919 Who's Who also contained a list of Magistrates in each parish, listing their town of residence, or whether off the island.

From the 1919 Who's Who, Obituaries of some prominent Jamaicans who died in 1917 to 1920, War Services Recognized, members of the Local Defence Force, additional careers of people, and new magistrates.

For details and links, go to Who's Who lead page .



From the Handbook of Jamaica for 1891-1892, the names and addresses of clergymen in the various religious denominations. These will be helpful when researching the registration of marriages after 1878.

Anglican and Roman Catholic clergy 1891-2

Clergy in Dissenter Churches 1891-1892

From 1891-1892:

Legislative and Privy Council, Customs and Treasury staff, Medical practitioners

From 1905:

The list of Sugar Estates in Cultivation 1903 to 1904, with the names of their owners and planting attorneys. See Sugar Estates.

See Handbooks lead page for more pages from the Handbooks.



Louis C. Malabre wrote a 3-Volume record of the families of the colonists who survived the revolts in St. Domingue and fled to Jamaica in the late 18th century. He systematically traced the descendants of these families, supporting their history with transcriptions from church and other documents in St. Domingue and Jamaica, including some St. Domingue Indemnity records.

A handpainted chart of the Coats of Arms of families into which the leMercier duQuesnay family married.

For more details, and links to pages, please see Malabre Manuscript lead page.




This report is taken from the 1834 book "Jamaica, as it was, as it is, and as it may be." There is a list of the properties burned in the County of Cornwall with the names of proprietors and properties, and the number of slaves. The list for St. James also includes the types of buildings that were burned. The list is followed by an explanation of its contents, and estimates of the financial losses caused. See 1831 uprising.



Excerpts from Colonial Office correspondence files on the following subjects:

1753-1754: The Expenses for Fortifications at Rockfort and Mosquito Point, showing payments to various persons.

1780: Letters from western Jamaica to Kingston requesting aid for the victims of the devastating 1780 hurricane. Excerpts from the 1780 Gazette.

1802-1833, Religion, in relation to the Slaves.

1807-1808: Interlude between the passing of the ACT for the ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE and its implementation.

1808-1810: Excerpts concerning the ACT for the ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE and the continuing argument between the Government in Britain and the Assembly in Jamaica.

1814-1817 Returns of slave baptisms in Hanover, showing property, proprietor, number of baptisms, and date.

1815-1817: The reaction to the REGISTRY BILL proposed for the Registration of Slaves.

1821-1822: Slaves and the Courts. Three incidents reflecting the increasingly tense situation.

1824: The aftermath of the HANOVER SLAVE REBELLION.

The 1831 SLAVE INSURRECTION: Excerpts from letters from Jamaica stating opinions and the underlying issues.




Published by the Jamaica Committee, an unofficial group investigating the Morant Bay Rebellion.

Local conditions and outbreak.


Military reports; description of the "reign of terror" by other writers

George W. Gordon, arrest, death, and letters


Newspaper reports for October 1865.




A letter to Governor Edward John Eyre concerning the Morant Bay rebellion, signed by 94 inhabitants of St. Elizabeth.



Portraits, certificates, and biographical notes provide information on the parentage and descendants of George Bowley Medley, who married Hester Webb (see Webb for more information on her parentage and family). This information is contained in three pages: George Bowley Medley, Hester Medley nee Webb, and Children of Medley and Webb.



A collections of family trees, timelines, photographs, wills and newspaper articles on the Ffrench and related familes (Smith, Carvalho, and Glave) researched and presented by Keith and Nancy Atkinson. French Connections and French Connections - 2



Indentures, Conveyances, Patents and Plats

List of James in the Index to Deed Books in Jamaica 1669-1797

List of James in the Index to Patent Books in Jamaica 1674-1771

James Deed and Patent Deed to Richard James 1746, Jonathan James Patent 1755

Richard James Plats 1676 and 1691.

William Rhodes Plats 1711

Indentures in which Bernard was a party

Indentures 1768-1781 in which Clark, Clarke, Broadbelt, Malcolm, Virgo, Minto, or Downer were parties.

Conveyances 1781-1845 in which Clarke, Minto, Brissett, Isaac, Carr, Virgo, Lawrence or Hislop were parties. McCallum to Dickson 1807, and Evans to Evans 1821.

Indentures 1769 and 1793 in which Clarke or Cresse were parties.

Indenture of David and Ann Grant to A. Richie, R. Donaldson, and R. Hibbert, c 1799.

Conveyance 1841 Lawrence to Hislop.


Patrick Burke Agreement to Serve as indentured servant.


Deeds in which the Buyer was Bartiboe [Bartibo]. Thomas Bartiboe purchase of land in St. Elizabeth from Vincent in 1682, and from Creamer in St. James in 1688. John Bartiboe purchase of land on the Great River from Hemingway in 1700.

A Patent to James Giscome for land in St. James.

Henry Shergold renounces his executorship in the estate of Elizabeth Anderson.

Read these documents at Deeds, Patent and other



Campbell snippets. Notes on the descendants of Col. John Campbell of Black River, Jamaica, 1720 - 1793.

A study of the relationship and financial dealings and documents involving Col. John Campbell of Jamaica and Alexander Campbell of Kirnan, 1700 to 1752.Campbell John and Alexander

1720-1814. Launce of Hanover, Jamaica, and his respective heirs.

1740-1851. Blagrove of Jamaica a curious inheritance. A painting of Cardiff Hall by Hakewill, 1821. A look at John Williams Blagrove, and others in the Blagrove family, with detailed footnotes.

A very interesting journal kept by Alexander Innes while in Jamaica. He detailed the estates and penns he visited, people he met, and his impressions of life in Jamaica at the time.Journal of Alexander Innes

The biography of George Kirlew (1779-1854) who lived in Jamaica, with his portrait and photographs. See Kirlew.

The annual Almanacs for Jamaica contained blank pages intended for use as a Diary. Some of the Almanacs in the National Library contain pages on which the purchaser had kept a diary as suggested. Two of these have been transcribed for the site:

Philip Philip Livingston business diary 1782-1783

Ann and James Taylor, 1799-1800 and 1831. Pedigree of Richard Taylor, a British soldier.

Portrait and biography of Nathaniel Neilson.

Memoir of Grace Elizabeth Pinnock concerning her childhood years in Westmoreland from 1825 to 1831.

Memoir of George Pinnock, brother of Grace Elizabeth Pinnock concerning his childhood years in Westmoreland, followed by life in England, and move to Australia.

Statistics amd History

Data concerning the strength and composition of the Jamaica Militia in 1778 (from Long Manuscripts)

A History of the Church of England in Jamaica, with special reference to St. Thomas in the Vale from 1816 to 1832, by Mary Mill.

Letters and Other

A letter from the Governor in 1732 concerning the first Maroon War

1740-1751 Letters from John Campbell, Dugald Clerk and John Clerk of Hanover. Campbell & Clerk letters.

Early Campbell Letters 1747-1757 from Archives in Scotland (follow links from first letter to 5 others).

1765 Letter to Haughton James from William Gale.

1765 Campbell Power of Attorney; excerpts from letters from Duncan Campbell 1766-1771 with some Judgments in Chancery 1787-1788. See 1765-1788.

Letter from Duncan Campbell 1766, and two letters from a John Campbell in Jamaica. Will of Janet McDuffie 1799. See Campbell letters 1766-1799

Excerpts from Letters from Duncan Campbell 1766-1797, sent to Brissett, Brown, Campbell, Crooks, Dickson, Fleming, Newell, Oliver, Rankin and Simpson, and 1781 to 1782 to Blagrove and Campbell.

Letters from Duncan Campbell 1766 sent to John Campbells at Orange Bay, with explanatory footnotes.

Two letters in 1767 from Duncan Campbell to John Campbell of Salt Spring. See Duncan Campbell 1767.

Letter from Duncan Campbell 1768, and letter from John Campbell 1769. See Campbell letters 1768-9

Letters from Duncan Campbell 1782 and 1794 sent to John Campbell and Dugald Campbell, with explanatory footnotes.

The text of Letters from John Fowler, Martha Brae, Trelawny, dated 1788 and 1790. A list of debtors from his Inventory. See John Fowler.

The text of a Letter from John Fowler, Martha Brae, Trelawny, dated 1789, and analysis of data concerning the slave ship "Crescent," and crew and slaves on board. See John Fowler 1789.

Letters from Dingwall in Jamaica to Scotland 1801-1830; a letter from the Colonial Secretary in 1884 concerning Cedar Grove pen. See Colonial Secretary and Dingwall letters

Letters from the Revd.William Fraser, 1806 to 1843, report on his Inquest, and letter from his widow Elizabeth Lucy (nee James) 1844. Portraits of them both. See Fraser Letters.

Excerpts from letters from Dugald Campbell 1813-1814, and letters from William Samuells. See Letters.

Letter from Caroline Bryson to Sophia Hibbert 1817.

From the Letter Book of Herbert Jarrett James, letters concerning Rose Hall and Palmyra.



As part of the Probate process, an inventory was made of the personal property of deceased persons. This included a list of the names of slaves, as well as livestock and other items, and lists of persons indebted to the deceased. There was specific legal wording in the inventory. The main value for the genealogist lies in the names included.

See Huie Inventory.

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In the Museum in Dublin there is an original book dated 1748, called "The Pedigrees of the Right Honourable Smith Burke Earl of Clanrickard, Viscount of Clanmorris and Baron of Dunkellin, and John Bourke Lord Viscount Mayo." The book actually gives pedigrees of families named Burke, Bourke, DeBurgo, DeBurgh, and Burgh, mostly in Ireland, for over 1000 years. These pedigrees have how been transcribed and arranged on this site. Some families in Jamaica trace their ancestry to families in the manuscript. For more about the book, and an Index to the pages, you may go to the Introduction to Burke Pedigrees.


Australian records

Jamaicans found in various records in Australia. Families have been linked together. See Australia - Jamaicans.


Propinquity records of Aberdeen, Scotland

1731 to 1792 Excerpts from the Propinquity Records of Aberdeen, Scotland, concerning people from Jamaica, and a few from other West Indian islands, South Carolina and Virginia.


British Census 1871

Some persons, born in Jamaica, found in the British Census, 1871.


Trinity College

Some Jamaicans who entered Trinity College, Cambridge 1701 to 1800.


Maps of Jamaica, Spanish Town, etc. which were once listed on this page, are now all listed in the Photo Album

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