John Poyer

???? - 1834

Claimant or beneficiary


The attorney of John Poyer deceased claimed the compensation for the Henly estate in Barbados, for which the compensation was paid to his nephew John Poyer Griffith (q.v.) as executor.

  1. John Poyer (d. 1834) was a supporter of poor whites and the author of The History of Barbados (1808).

  2. John Poyer Griffith junior, son of J.P. Griffith of Russell pl[ace] esq., in compliance with the will of his great-uncle John Poyer esq., to take the name of Poyer only 27/05/1834. The application was made by John Poyer Griffith the elder on behalf of his only son, John Poyer Griffith junior, a minor aged 20.  

  3. Will of John Poyer otherwise Poyyer of Russell Place Fitzroy Square proved 28/02/1834. He left his leasehold house in Russell Place to his great nephew John Poyer Griffith the younger on the proviso that the latter's father also John Poyer Griffith could occupy it until his son reached 31. He left annuities of £100 p.a. to his sister Jane Poyer of Barbados; £50 Mary Ann Way; £100 p.a. to his nephew John Poyer Griffith the elder; and £100 p.a. to his nephew Howard Griffith of Barbados.


T71/899 Barbados No. 4297 (which shows him as 'John Poyers').

  1. David Lambert, White Creole Culture, Politics and Identity during the Age of Abolition (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2005) pp. 76-8.

  2. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 157 (1834) p. 207; London Gazette, Issue 19158, 27/05/1834, p. 966.

  3. PROB 11/1828; cf also Will of John Poyer Griffith of Russell Place proved 11/03/1837. Burial of John Poyyer [sic] Griffith aged 50 St Marylebone 21/02/1837. Will of John Poyer Poyer of Russell Place Fitzroy Square proved 06/07/1850. Will of John Poyer Poyer of 7 Russell Place Fitzroy Square proved 13/02/1851.PROB 11/1874;, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]; PROB 11/2116; PROB 11/2127. The latter two are for the same man: the later one of 1851 is a codicil to the earlier will of 1850.

Further Information


Associated Claims (1)

£3,487 14s 6d
Deceased awardee

Associated Estates (2)

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
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

NB that in the 1823 and 1832 Slave Registers, the name was spelled Poyyer. And in 1817 and 1823 the name was given as John S. Poyer (or Poyyer).

1792 [EA] - 1792 [LA] → Owner

Shown as 'General John Poyer', selling the estate in 1792.

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

The History of Barbados: Comprising a Geographical and Statistical Description of the Island; a Sketch of the Historical Events Since the Settlement; and an Account of Its Geology and Natural... [1808] 2010 

Relationships (2)

Uncle → Nephew
Great-uncle → Great-nephew

Addresses (1)

7 Russell Place, Fitzroy Square, London, Middlesex, London, England