Martha Dow (née Byam)

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Claimant or beneficiary


Martha Dow née Byam, married to Archibald Dow, previous owner of enslaved persons in Antigua which she bequeathed to her sons William and Charles and her daughter Rebecca.

  1. Martha Byam married Archibald Dow, St Philip, Antigua, 05/09/1776. They had at least four sons, including Charles (deceased by 1835) and William (born 1796) and at least 3 daughters, including Rebecca Mackenzie née Dow, Eliza Harman née Dow (died in 1817) and Grace (deceased by 1835). All her children q.v. except Eliza.

  2. Rebecca Mackenzie stated in a letter to the Compensation Commission that she and her brother William each had a half share of the 11 enslaved persons left to them by their mother and that another son Charles had previously disposed of the enslaved persons he had inherited from her.


T71/887 Antigua claim nos. 820 and 831.

  1. Record submitted by member of the LDS Church, IGI film number 457909. See separate entries for Rebecca Mackenzie and William Dow for evidence which ties the whole family together.

  2. T71/1601 unnumbered bundle, letter from Rebecca Mackenzie dated 29/01/1836.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Archibald Dow
Eliza (?-1817), Rebecca, Charles, Grace, William (1794-)

Associated Claims (2)

£56 16s 8d
Beneficiary deceased
£144 11s 5d
Other association

Relationships (4)

Mother → Son
Mother → Daughter
Mother → Daughter
Mother → Son