Curtis Philip Berry

1786 - ????

Claimant or beneficiary


Baptised St George's Bloomsbury, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Berry in 1786, but then resident in Manchester, Jamaica, where he served as magistrate and as a member of the Assembly. He was an architect by profession. He fathered a son with Dorothy Allwood, named Philip Berry, born 1815. Records suggest that Dorothy Allwood may have been only 12 years old when she gave birth. However, in 1835, The Spectator and Gentleman's Magazine reported the death at Ensom Pen, near Spanish Town, of Dorothy Berry 'lamented wife of Curtis Philip Berry'. It is not currently clear whether these were the same women. Berry died sometime between 1837 and 1840.

  1. In 1830 the abolitionist newspaper The Christian Observer named Curtis Berry as responsible for branding his initials on the shoulders and breast of a 'young creole slave, a native of Jamaica, a subject of his majesty, the property of Curtis Philp Berry...'

Sources, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]; Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880, available through;; Place names in Manchester, Jamaica:; The Spectator, Vol.8 (1835), p. 705; The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol.158 (1835), p. 335; New Monthly Magazine Vol. 44 (1835) p. 543.

  1. The Christian Observer (1830), available through Googlebooks:

We are grateful to William Norton for his help compiling this entry.

Further Information


Associated Claims (3)

£111 2s 7d
£757 1s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant (Owner-in-fee)
£31 0s 6.75d

Associated Estates (8)

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
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1815 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Lessee
1825 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - → Other

Purchased some of these enslaved people.