William Queneborough Wright

1793 - 1st Nov 1878

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation as owner-in-fee for the enslaved people on Lloyds Pen in St Dorothy and on Lloyds and Juan de Bolas or Bolus estates in St John, all in Jamaica. Given as William Q. Wright in the compensation records; the St John estates had belonged to Samuel Quenebrough until c. 1815, and William Q. Wright had inherited both the name and the estates.

  1. Son of William of Aspley Bedfordshire gentleman; matriculated St John's Oxford 05/07/1810 aged 17; BA 1814 MA 1818. A son of William Queneborough Wright of the same name matriculated Worcester College Oxford 1842 aged 18, when the father was described as of Michelmarsh Hants. Married Elizabeth Barton 08/06/1820 at St Botolph without Aldgate.

  2. In 1861 he was living at Waltham Cross aged 67 fundholder born Aspley Beds. with wife Elizabeth aged 63 and family members; in 1871 he was at the same address described as annuitant and farmer of 9 acres employing 1 labour[er].

  3. Will of William Queneborough Wright late of 33 The Cedars Putney who died 01/11/1878 proved 04/12/1878 by executors including nephew Charles Howard Wright of the Rectory Lambeth, personal effects under £20,000. Death registered Wandsworth Q4 1878 aged 85.

  4. Will of Samuel Queneborough of St John County of Middlesex Jamaica proved 28/11/1815.

  5. The son of the same name (9 February 1824-22 December 1865) was educated at Charterhouse (1834-42), then Exhibitioner, Worcester College, Oxford. Described as sugar planter in Jamaica. In 1862 married Mary Ann, daughter of Joseph McDonnell, planter, of Jamaica. Wright died at Drax Hall, St. Anne's, Jamaica as the result of a riding accident.


T71/853 St Dorothy no. 193; T71/854 St John nos. 22 (Lloyds) and 152 (Juan de Bolas); Jamaica Almanac (1811 and 1812).

  1. Ancestry.com, Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

  2. 1861 and 1871 censuses online.

  3. National Probate Calendar 1878; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online].

  4. PROB 11/1574; Matthew B. Reeves, 'Asking the "right" question: archaeologists and descendant communities', in Paul A. Shackel and Ere J. Chambers (eds.) Places in mind: public archaeology as applied anthopology (New York and London, Routledge, 2004), pp. 71-81, p. 73.

  5. R. L. Arrowsmith (comp.), Charterhouse Register 1769 -1872 (London & Chichester, Phillimore, 1974). Thanks to Catherine Smith, Charterhouse Archivist, for this reference.

We are grateful for the help of Madeleine E. Mitchell with this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
William Q. Wright
Elizabeth Barton
Mary Ann; William Queneborough; Elizabeth Archer; John Warren; Adelaide Eleanor; Gertrude
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (3)

£504 19s 8d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,787 6s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£7,146 18s 7.5d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (3)

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
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (1)

Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
William Queneborough Wright was also the main heir of his uncle Samuel...

Addresses (2)

Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England
33 The Cedars, Putney, Surrey, London, England