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1670 Landowners in Jamaica

For details and links to these pages, please go to 1670 Landowners.

1673 to 1729 Land Grants in Western Hanover

This is a hand-drawn version of a map showing patents etc. around Orange Bay and Green Island from 1673 to 1729. P. Dickson has numbered and transcribed the names and information written on each parcel on the map, and placed the numbers on the map, so that the information can be easily read and tied together. See Hanover 1729.

1702 Property owners in Kingston

A transcription of the names on a 1702 Map of Kingston. See Kingston 1702

1734 to 1753 Lists of White Families

These are two 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.

1735 - 1754 Return of Land Grants

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.

1753 Landowners in St. Andrew

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.

1754 Landowners in Jamaica

For details and links to these pages, please go to 1754 lead page.

1755 and 1804 Gazetteers of Jamaica

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.

1774 Inhabitants of St. James

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.

1776 Some properties and proprietors in Hanover

A list compiled by a contributor, taken from various sources, including Colonial Office papers about the attempted rebellion in Hanover in 1776. It contains a list of some properties, the name of the proprietor, and the number of slaves. See Hanover 1776

1792 List of holders of slave and stock in St. Ann

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

1795 French in Jamaica

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

For more about descendants of French immigrants, please see Malabre Manuscript lead page (Lead Page is ).

1805 - 1824 Return of Land Grants

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) See Return of Land Grants 1805-1824.

1807-1908 List of Children at RMA Chelsea whose fathers were in the WIR

Data on the children at the Royal Military Academy Chelsea, who were sponsored by the West India Regiment, and whose fathers had served in the Regiment. See RMA Chelsea

1823 Census of Hanover

This is a list of over 1430 adults and children who were counted in Hanover in 1822 to 1823. It provides each person's age, residence, and color.
Please use the following links to access these pages:

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.

Montego Bay Lodge Members 1815 - 2000

A list of the Members of the Friendly Lodge 383 (1818-2000) and the Cornwall Lodge, 450 (697) (1815 to 1830), including the dates of initiation or joining . See Lodges.

1831 Return of Maroons

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 for this site by Ann Marie Grant, from CO 140/121 (Colonial Office Correspondence in the National Archives). The Returns contain the names of about 1600 people, and provide the ages of most of them. 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


In 1740 Nanny, leader of the Maroons of Nanny Town, was granted land in Portland by King George II.  The details may be seen on the Return of Land Grants in which hers is Grant #55.


1717 List of Inhabitants of Anguilla

In 1721 many of these families were transferred from the island of Anguilla in the Leeward Islands to Jamaica to increase the number of settlers here. This list is taken from a packet in Colonial Correspondence CO152/12/2. See Anguilla.

1717 List of Inhabitants of Spanish Town

This is a 1712 list of inhabitants of Spanish Town, (which was then in the Leeward Islands, but is now part of the British Virgin Islands). This list includes the country of origin of the inhabitants. It is taken from the same packet as the list of inhabitants in Anguilla, found in Colonial Correspondence CO152/12/2. See Spanish Town.

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