Jessy Eccles

1817 - 1854

Claimant or beneficiary


Jessamina Eccles, "a quadroon child" daughter of Eleanor Anderson was baptised at Vauxhall 31/07/1817. Her father was George Knowles Eccles. Jesse Eccles, "out door pauper" of Spanish Town was buried 29/12/1854 in burial ground no. 2, St Catherine, Jamaica.

Mary Eccles nee Rennalls, mother of George Knowles Eccles, died 01/11/1820 and in her will, proven in 1821, she wrote “I do hereby give and bequeath unto two natural children of colour of my aforesaid son George Knowles Eccles begotten of Eleanor Anderson a free woman of colour and named Henry Eccles and Jessy Eccles the sum of 50 pounds each.”

Jessy Eccles inherited three enslaved people from her mother - Robert Sinclair, age 7, Charlotte Anderson, [no age given] and Bella age 3 years 6 months - at some point between 1826 and 1829. Charlotte Anderson was the mother of Robert Sinclair and Bella. Charlotte's other children - Edward, age 11, George age 1 3/4 and Ann age 9 years 7 months - became the property of Jessy's brother Henry Eccles at the same time.

Sources, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]. Information on the will of Mary Eccles nee Rennalls provided by Anthea Eccles-Koprululer, email 10/02/2017.

T71/8 [unpaginated].

We are grateful to Anthea Eccles-Koprululer for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Associated Claims (1)

£85 6s 7d

Relationships (4)

Natural Daughter → Mother
Niece → Aunt
Grand-daughter → Grandmother
Sister → Brother