Swans

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Associated People (8)

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
- 1813 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Associated Claims (1)

£1,635 2S 4D

Notes

Known as Swan's because the Swan (or Swann) family owned the planatuon between 1674 and 1733. 1733-35 in a Chancery suit the property (of 130 acres with 251 enslaved people) passed to (1) in 1733 Hugh Hall of St Michael and his wife Ann Hall née Swan, the daughter of Robert Swan deceased and (2) by a Marriage settlement to Miles James of Christ Church and Ann Hall, daughter of Robert Swan, deceased and widow of Hon. Hugh Hall, deceased, who married Miles James.


Sources

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


Estate Information (8)

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1817
[Number of enslaved people] 100(Tot) 56(F) 44(M)  
 

Return of James Holder Alleyne, his own property.

 
T71/522 263-66
1820
 

1820: James Holder Alleyne sold Swans estate for £15,714 to Thomas Whitfoot Hendy. Hendy paid £4,285 at the time of the sale and secured the rest of the price (£11,429) with a mortgage.

 
Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (1995), pp. 51-2.
1823
[Number of enslaved people] 79(Tot)  
 

Return of Thomas W. B. Hendy, his own property. Previously 90 enslaved. Note that among other changes there were 25 deaths while there were only 9 births.

 
T71/530 405-6
1826
[Number of enslaved people] 75(Tot)  
 

Return of Thomas W. B. Hendy, his own property. Previously 79 enslaved.

 
T71/537 189
1829
 

Return of Thomas W. B. Hendy, his own property. Since 1826 there were: 8 births; 3 deaths; and 63 enslaved were sold to John Thomas Corbin (q.v.). It is not clear what happened to the remaining 17 persons: no total is given at the end of the Return.

 
T71/543 327-9
1829
 

1829: Hendy sold the estate to John Thomas Corbin who then mortgaged it to Thomas and John Daniel.

 
Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (1995), pp. 51-2.
1830
[Number of enslaved people] 68(Tot)  
[Size] 205  
 

Mortgage: John Thomas Corbin of St. Peter and his wife Mary Jordan Corbin, formerly Mary Jordan Griffith, widow, née Chandler to Thomas Daniel and Sons, Swan’s plantation. 65 of the 205 acres detached land.

 
Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1832
 

1832: Alleyne filed a bill of complaint and foreclosure against the estate. He claimed that both Hendy and Corbin had defaulted on their payments and that £7,142+ remained due to him from the original sale. Case went to Chancery. Alleyne regained the property at a cost of £8,034 (the appraised value). But Alleyne received only £628, part of a lien of £2,679 he held against the plantation. Rest of the money went to pay court and receiver’s costs (nearly £1,428 in total) and to pay other debts and legacies. The £4,651 mortgage held by the Daniels did not appear in the Chancery case.

 
Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (1995), pp. 51-2.