New Castle [or Newcastle]

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Associated People (4)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association

The relationship between Thomas Best (q.v.) and the Thomas Best shown as owner of this estate 1798-1823 has not been resolved. Thomas Best (q.v.) had possession of the estate which he said had belonged to his brother John Parry Best at the time the former wrote his will in 1829.

- 1798 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Manager
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney


It is possible that the estate was amalgamated with Fairy Valley, also owned by the Best family (q.v.) in the early 1820s.


Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

Estate Information (3)

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By his will of 1798, John Best bequeathed the Newcastle [or New Castle] plantation in Christ Church to his son, Thomas Best. John Best's wife to live in the mansion house.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
[Number of enslaved people] 187(Tot) 91(F) 96(M)  

Return of William Turpin, Manager, the property of Thomas Best who has no legal representative.

T71/521 16-21

Return of John R. Best, Attorney, the property of Thomas Best. Previously 77. Changes in the number of enslaved since 1820: Births: 2; deaths: 6; removed to Brewsters: 5; Sold Gill: 1; sold to John R. Best: 67. Hence zero return.

T71/529 656-8