Ambrose Nicholas Yates

1756 - 1844

Claimant or beneficiary


Half-brother of Thomas Legall Yates (I) (1753-1832) and father of Thomas Legall Yates (II) (1784-1835) and Royal Navy purser and owner of enslaved people at Exeter, Port Royal Jamaica.

  1. In 1841 Ambrose Yates, aged 85 'Navy' was living at Ballard Cottage, Alverstoke Hampshire with Robert Yates (58, Navy), Mary Yates (40), Frances (40), Mary Ann (25), Francis Beckford Yates (20), Mary Jane (15), Frances Sophia (15), Margaret (13), Capel (female, 11), Isabella (8), Charlotte (7), Seymour (4) and George (2). Ambrose, Robert, Mary and Mary Ann were born outside the parish. Death of Ambrose Nicholas Yates registered Alverstoke Hampshire Q2 1844.

  2. Born about 1757. Naval storekeeper 1803-4. Relationship with A.Ezekiel produced a child, Ballard James Yates (b. 14/01/1816, baptised 21/09/1817, 'quadroon'). Married Frances [Beckford, possibly the illegitimate daughter of one of the two Ballard Beckfords), with whom he had (1) Robert Ballard Yates (b. 1783) (2) George Yates (1787-1804) (3) Hugh Seymour Yates.

  3. Assistant Judge or Magistrate Parish of Port Royal c. 1817

  4. According to a genealogical website, Ambrose Nicholas Yates, b. 23/08/1756, was the son of Ambrose Cramer and Mary Yates and was baptised Ambrose Nicholas Cramer. Thomas Legall Yates was the son of Edward Vernon Yates and Mary Yates (probably née Legall), and was baptised 09/07/1753.      


T71/864 Port Royal claim no. 215.

  1. 1841 census online; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online].

  2. Sourced to Port Royal Parish Register BMB I & II, 1725-1835 I p. 80, p. 30, p. 202 [accessed 07/10/2011].

  3. Jamaica Almanac (1817).

  4. Sourced respectively to 'The Port Royal baptismal register (p. 10) ' and '(PR, Baptisms, I, 116)', Yates Family in Jamaica,,342152.0.html [accessed 07/10/2011].

Further Information

Frances Beckford
With (1): Robert Ballard, George, Hugh Seymour. Illegitimate: Ballard James
Sailor (Royal Navy)

Associated Claims (1)

£192 0s 7d
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
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (3)

Father → Son
Extra-marital relationships
Notes →
Their son Ballard James Yates was born 1816 and baptised 1817 in Port...
Father → Son

Addresses (2)

Alverstoke, Hampshire, Wessex, England
Ballard Cottage, Alverstoke, Hampshire, Wessex, England