William Kellett Hewitt junior

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Claimant or beneficiary


Claimed the compensation for the enslaved on Fellowship in St Elizabeth as owner-in-fee (where he was given as William Kilick Hewitt). Either the son or more likely grandson of William Kellett Hewitt senior (q.v.) and Deborah Hewitt nee Dunkley (q.v.). The records for the compensation claim show him as of Worthing Sussex and of Georges Street, Portman Square, c. 1836.

  1. William Kellett Hewitt widower of 52 George Street son of William Hewitt gentleman married another slave-owner, Sophia Scarlett Ashman (q.v.), daughter of Ralph Ashman surgeon, of the same address 31/8/1837 St Mary Bryanston Square.

  2. A William Hewitt appears as matriculating Trinity Cambridge Michaelmas 1828, having  been admitted pensioner earlier that year (20/6/1828) aged 20, born Jamaica, school Exeter (Mr Osborne), son of William ['? above', also William Hewitt, adm. Pensioner St Johns 27/6/1803, born Jamaica kept 4 terms. 'probably father of the next'.].

  3. Clearly related to Mary Kellett (or Kellitt) Hewitt (q.v.). The family has yet to be untangled. It presumably descended from the William Kellett Hewitt who died at Duryard, Exeter Devon in 1812 aged 55, and from Deborah Hewitt who died at Cashoo St Elizabeth in 1820.  The William Hewitt of the Island of Jamaica (q.v., under William Hewitt Esquire) who married Mary Cornish at Exeter in 1807 appears a separate line. Two William Hewitts of the Island of Jamaica matriculated Cambridge in 1803 and 1828, as above while John Hewitt, 'o.s.' (given as 'only son' but possibly meaning 'oldest son') of William Killett [sic] Hewitt of the Island of Jamaica matriculated Worcester College Oxford 30/11/1820 aged 24. Genealogical sites suggest William Kellett Hewitt was the younger of these two Cambridge men, born. c. 1809 in Jamaica.


T71/870 St Elizabeth no. 7.

  1. Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

  2. Ancestry.com, Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online].

  3. 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 for the inscription relating to William Kellett Hewitt of Cashoo; Caribbeana Vol III for a daughter (1799-1807) of Deborah Hewitt and William Kellitt, the reference to John Hewitt [which is supported by Oxford University Alumni; Cambridge University Alumni for the two William Hewitts (which posits that the two men were father and son, without any supporting evidence).

Further Information

Name in compensation records
William Kellett Hewitt
(2) Sophia Scarlett Ashman

Associated Claims (1)

£1,496 18s 11d
Unsuccessful claimant

Associated Estates (3)

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  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1832 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Trust beneficiary
1834 [EA] - 1939 [LA] → Owner

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Addresses (1)

52 George Street, Portman Square, London, Middlesex, London, England