Herbert Jarrett James

14th Apr 1789 - 3rd Apr 1840

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation the enslaved people under three awards in St Catherine and for seventeen enslaved people in St John Jamaica.

  1. Son of William Rhodes James III (1755-1795) and Rachel Allen Jarrett (the daughter of Herbert Newton Jarrett) and brother of William Rhodes James IV (1786-1842, q.v.).

  2. Married Jane Caroline Vidal (1796-1880, daughter of John James Vidal, q.v.) 02/03/1815; died Clifton Bristol Q2 1840. Will of Herbert Jarrett James of Spanish town Island of Jamaica proved 08/05/1840, effects under £10,000.

  3. In a codicil dated 04/01/1840 to this will Herbert Jarrett James recorded that his three sons (William Rhodes James, John Vidal James and Richard Boucher James) were desirous of settling in South Australia, and he had bought land there.


St Catherine nos. 642, 642B and 643; St John no. 261; Sarah Harrison (ed.) A Jamaican Master in Chancery THE LETTER-BOOKS OF HERBERT JARRETT JAMES 1821-1840, https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/1810/254050/HJJ%20letter%20book%20full%20numbered%20text.pdf?sequence=1 [accessed 24/11/2016].

  1. www.orange-tree-valley.co.uk accessed 29/06/2011.

  2. England and Wales FreeBMD Death Index 1837-1915; PROB 11/1927.

  3. The will and codicil are transcribed under 'Wills of William Rhodes James and Herbert Jarrett James' at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/JamesWRandHJwills.htm#HJJ [accessed 04/02/2013].

We are grateful to Sarah Harrison for help in compiling this entry. She has transcribed and compiled the letter-books of Herbert Jarrett James and the journal of Herbert Jarrett James' son William Rhodes James (1817-): these are free to download respectively at https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/254050 and https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/1810/254143/wrj%20journal%20full.pdf;sequence=1.

Further Information

Jane Caroline Vidal
Elizabeth (1816-), William Rhodes (1817-), Herbert Jarrett (1818-1833), John Vidal (1820-), Richard Boucher (1822-), Julia (1823-)
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (4)

£58 6s 3d
£4 6s 8d
£100 6s 11d
£418 8s 10d

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
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

Australia: South Australia 
notes →
Herbert Jarrett James financed the early activities of his sons William Rhodes, [Richard] Boucher and John Vidal in South Australia, where Boucher in particular succeeded as a pioneering...
sources →
Sarah Harrison, ed. The Journal of William Rhodes James written between 1836 and 1841, <a...

Relationships (2)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England