John Potter Innes

1798 - 1872

Claimant or beneficiary


Most probably John Potter Innes (born c. 1798), free person of colour, and subsequently living on Mount Grace estate, Hanover, owned by David Innes (q.v.) (likely to have been John's father). The 1802 Jamaica Almanac lists David Innes as Magistrate and Naval Officer in the County of Surrey. In the 1817 edition he is listed as deceased. In the 1832 Slave Register return John listed ownership of three enslaved people (an increase of 2 since the 1829 register): Jessy, listed as 'negro, creole, formerly Elissa' and her son Billy, listed as 'negro, creole'. Both are recorded as being part of the estate of David Innes deceased in 1829. The third is not listed by name but recorded as male. John Potter Innes signed his name in copperplate, suggesting he was literate and educated. John Potter Innes remained resident on Mount Grace into the 1840s.

Several baptism entries for Hanover parish list John Potter Innes as married to Margaret, with whom he had at least 2 sons: John Potter Inness (born 03/05/1836) and George Reid Innes (born 02/09/1838), both of whom were baptised on 08/04/1840. John remained in Jamaica and married Mary Ann Lawson. Another George Reid Innes, son of John Potter Inness (junior?) born 01/01/1857 and baptised in Westmoreland 08/11/1857 (no parents' names given) travelled to Britain as a sailor in 1873. John Potter Innes died in Westmoreland in 1872. George Reid Innes (born 1857) died in Stepney, London, in 1937.


Jamaica Almanacs, available through

Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752-1920, available through

We are grateful to Cynthia Gentles and Lynda Ivison for their help compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John P. Innes
Margaret ????
John Potter Innes: George Reid Innes

Associated Claims (1)

£79 14s 6d

Associated Estates (1)

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
1832 [SY] - → Other

Relationships (1)

Natural Son → Father