William Wilson Hornsby

1793 - 1849

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for ten enslaved people in St John Jamaica. He had apparently been in Jamaica prior to 1829.

  1. William Hornsby and Mary Spence, spinster, were married in Westmoreland 18/07/1815.

  2. Burial of William Wilson Hornsby Capt [sic] of the 91st Regiment aged 56 at St Nicholas Plumstead 11/11/1849. Will of William Wilson Hornsby late Lieutenant in the 91st Regiment of Foot, of Plumstead Kent proved 18/01/1850. The will mentions his wife Mary Ann, sons William Spencer, Samuel John and John Romaine and daughter Phillis Eleanor Blake (wife of William Blake, now residing at Grahams Town, Cape of Good Hope).


St John no. 271. T71/1593 p 65 16/1/1836 letter to WW Hornsby, Mayborough, Queens County Ireland responding to notify him of the award. WWHornsby is identified as lieut 91st Regiment. T71/1606 Letter 9/12/1834: a power of attorney sent to Jamaica had not been proved before a Magistrate; slaves had not been registered 1832 [although they were registered by WW Hornsby before quitting the country in 1829]. Hornsby does not appear in the St John slave register for the year 1829 itself.

  1. Familysearch.org, Jamaican parish registers, Westmoreland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1739-1825 p. 177.

  2. Ancestry.com, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]; PROB 11/2106.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
W.W. Hornsby
Mary Ann Spence
Samuel John, William Spencer, John Romaine, Phillis Eleanor

Associated Claims (1)

£172 10s 2d

Addresses (2)

Plumstead, Kent, South-east England, England
Maryborough, Co. Laois, Ireland