James Newby

1767 - 6th Sep 1834

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Death of Mrs Newby, wife of James Newby Esquire, November 1796.

  2. Probably the James Newby who filed Account Produce for New Ground Estate in St Ann in 1788.

  3. Executor of Walter Paisley on Great Pond Pen in St Ann 1795-1803.

  4. James Newby was one of the receivers in Chancery for Roaring River in St Ann in 1807 and an attorney to Isaac Barrow Lousada on Banks estate and Joseph Price on Winefield Pen and Windsor estate in St Ann that same year.

  5. Death "Saturday last, at his house, Cark Cottage, within the parish of Cartmel, and thirty-two years a resident at St Ann's, Jamaica, James Newby, Esq. in the 68th year of his age, much and deservedly respected."

  6. James Newby left legacies totallying £10,000 in his will, to his nieces Elizabeth Harrison, Eleanor Newby and Susanna Newby and great-niece Mary Harrison. He also left an annuity of £40 per annum to his widowed sister Jane Meredith. Jane married James Meredith in Kendal, Westmorland in 1798 and Elizabeth married Myles Harrison in Kendal in 1814, suggesting this is where James also originated.


  1. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) vol. 4 p. 207.

  2. Accounts Produce, Jamaica Archives 1B/11/4/17.

  3. Accounts Produce, Jamaica Archives 1B/11/4/22.

  4. Accounts Produce, Jamaica Archives 1B/11/4/37.

  5. Lancaster Gazette 13/09/1834.

  6. PROB 11/1843/69; Findmypast.co.uk, England Marriages 1538-1973 [database online].

Further Information


PROB 11/1843/69 - precis.

James Newby late a resident of the parish of St Ann, Jamaica, at present residing in the Cark Cottage in the parish of Cartmel, Lancashire, England.

First, payment of debts, funeral and testamentary expenses out of my personal estate or if necessary out of my real estate.

£2500 to be raised out of my personal estate to my executors in Great Britain upon trust to invest the same at interest or upon mortgage in England to pay the interest to my niece Elizabeth Harrison, wife of Myles Harrison, daughter of my brother Edward Newby during her natural life for her own sole and separate use. Immediately after the death of my niece they to divide the sum and any interest which may then be due equally between all the lawful children of my niece Elizabeth Harrison as may be living at the time of her decease share and share alike. If any of her children shall die during her lifetime and have issue then such issue only to be intitled to the share intended for their parents equally among them. Legatees to be paid their shares at age 21 years. If my niece should die without lawful issue living at her decease or leaving such issue and they should all die before they attain the age of 21 years then the said sum of £2500 shall become part of the general residue of my personal estate.

To Mary Harrison, daughter of Elizabeth Harrison, £2500 sterling at age 21 years or 12 months after my decease should she then have attained the age of 21 years. Should she die before me then this to form part of the general residue of my personal estate.

To my two nieces Susanna Newby and Eleanor Newby, daughters of my brother John Newby, £5000 to be equally divided between them with benefit of survivorship. In case either or both of them should die before me leaving lawful issue then the share of the deceased parent to go to her or their issue. Should they both die before me then this legacy to form part of the general residue of my personal estate.

To my sister Jane Meredith, now a widow, an annuity of £40 per annum for life chargeable upon my personal estate.

All rest and residue of my personal estate and effects to my brothers Thomas Newby and John Newby equally divided. In case of the death of one or both then the share of him or them to his or their issue.

To my said brothers Thomas Newby and John Newby all my real estates to them and their heirs as tenants in common. Also to them all messuages, lands, tenements and theredits conveyed to or vested in me by way of mortgage or upon any trust or trusts whatsoever.

Executors to be Thomas Newby and John Newby and my friends Alexander Kidston, James Stockdale and William Fletcher Stockdale Esquires in England and Hon. Abraham Hudson and John Newland Esquire executors in Jamaica.

Signed 27/09/1830.

Codicil dated 25/08/1834. No bequest to servants in my previous will. Now I give to my servant Ellen Teasdale in addition to her half years wages which may be due to her at my decease the legacy or sum of £400 for her care, attendance and waiting upon me during my long and painful sickness. To my other servant Elizabeth Bellas £200 in addition to her half years wages which may be due to her at my decease. I also order that all my servants have decent mourning given to them. I also request that my friend Fletcher Stockdale Esquire will accept of my possession[?] fowling[?] piece.

[Testimony from witnesses 17/12/1834 stating that the original date in the will was left blank leading to the discrepancy in the dating of the codicil which refers to the previous will being written 27/12/1833.]

Proved at London 1/02/1835 by Thomas Newby and John Newby.

Associated Claims (1)

£135 12s 0d

Associated Estates (7)

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
1807 [EA] - → Attorney
1795 [EA] - 1803 [LA] → Executor
1807 [EA] - → Other

Filed Accounts Produce

1788 [SY] - → Other

Filed Accounts Produce

1807 [EA] - → Receiver
1807 [EA] - → Attorney
1807 [EA] - → Attorney

Relationships (1)

Executor → Testator