Judith Bernard senior (née Bowen)

1765 - 1846

Claimant or beneficiary


Widow of David Bernard and mother of Judith Bernard (q.v.), William Rhodes Bernard (1794-1868) and Rev. Samuel Edward Bernard (1800-1885).

Judith Bowen married David Bernard in St James, Jamaica, 11/09/1780. Ten children baptised to them in St James, 1782-1803.

Complex family genealogy, on which some light is shed from 'Monumental Inscriptions' in Caribbeana II.

Generation 1 was in Jamaica in the late 17th.

Generation 2 included Charles Bernard senior (shown in St James in 1754) and David Bernard senior, possibly brothers.

Generation 3 included Charles Bernard jun. (1720-1790).

Generation 4 appears to be at least three and probably 4 brothers: Charles (d. 1796); David (d. 1805) and his wife Judith senior, who buried him in Jamaica; and William Rhodes Bernard (d. 1809), and probably Daniel.

Generation 5 includes Charles Bernard (d. 1820, son of Charles above), Judith Bernard junior [q.v.] and her brothers William Rhodes Bernard (1794-1868), and Rev. Samuel Edward Bernard, the children of David and Judith senior; it also includes Dr Charles Edward Bernard (born in Jamaica c. 1780, d. 1842, son of William Rhodes Bernard (d. 1809) - David Bernard's (d. 1805) will identifies Charles Edward Bernard as his nephew. Generation 5 almost certainly includes as well Charles Bernard of Frampton Lodge, whose will was proved in 1827 and who is often confused with his first cousin Charles Bernard (d. 1820).

Generation 6 includes: Montague Bernard and Thomas Dehany Bernard (both in the ODNB), the sons of Charles Bernard (d. c. 1826) of Frampton Lodge and Margaret Baker; and probably William Rhodes Bernard (1804-45), Ralph Mo[u]ntague Bernard and James Fogo Bernard (both Bristol surgeons) and Charles Edward Bernard [junior], merchant of Bristol, all four the sons of Dr Charles Edward Bernard and Barbara Fogo.

Unplaced to date are Walter Craufuird Bernard and 'Charles Edward Bernard' (possibly the same man as 'Charles Edward Bernard junior'), merchants in Bristol: some genealogical sites suggest Walter Craufuird Bernard was also the son of Charles Edward Bernard and Barbara Fogo. Also unplaced is the Charles Edward Bernard MD who died at Weston-super-Mare 1864.

Will of Judith Bernard widow of Cheltenham Gloucestershire proved 27/07/1846.

Torquay Churchyard: grave of Mary Bonella Hall, wife of James Wallace Richard Hall of Springfield Ross, daughter of the late David Bernard of Jamaica, who died at Torquay August 5th 1838 aged 36 years.

Living in Chetlenham, age 70, of independent means, born out of county, in 1841.


Familysearch.org batch no. I03814-1. 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. II, p. 374, Monumental Inscriptions in England pertaining to Jamaicans, Clifton Church Bristol; and sources cited in the separate entries for each member of the family; David Bernard's will proved 12/6/1805 PROB 11/1426.

PROB 11/2038.

http://www.wyenot.com/news/2006-4-26-1.htm [accessed 13/09/2010].

1841 census online.

Further Information

Maiden Name
David Bernard
Frances Ann (1782-), Rebeccah Mary (1784-), Joseph Bowen (1785-), Charles (1789-), Judith (1790-), David (1792-), William Rhodes (1794-), Rebeccah Mary (1796-), Samuel Edward (1802-), Mary Bonella (1803-)

Associated Claims (2)

£3,581 19s 4d
£1,581 13s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
1805 [SY] - 1846 [EY] → Tenant-for-life
1834 [EA] - → Joint owner

Relationships (11)

Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Wife → Husband
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Mother → Son
Mother → Son
Mother → Daughter
Aunt → Nephew
Aunt → Nephew
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Grandmother → Grandson
Mother → Son

Addresses (1)

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
Notes →

Will proved in Cheltenham 1846 (PROB 11/2038); written in 1839.