James Lawrence Hilton

6th Aug 1778 - 1836

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Resident slave-owner in Jamaica, a founder of the Colonial Church Union.

  1. James Lawrence Hilton, son of John Hilton and his wife Sarah, was born 06/08/1778 and baptised 12/03/1780 in St Ann, Jamaica.

  2. Said to have “greatly distinguished himself during the late (1831) insurrection”. In 1833, on account of his support for the Church Unionist objective to expel Baptist and other Non-conformist ministers and missionaries from Jamaica, he was stripped of his commission as Major-General commanding the St Ann’s Regiment.

  3. Member of Assembly for St Ann, 1835 (apparently he had been such from 1826.

  4. Described as late Custos of St Ann in the obituary notices of his widow and daughter.

  5. One of six defendants in a Chancery suit against whom judgment was entered for £26,552 Jamaican currency in 1826.

  6. By his wife Anne he was father of:

    . James Lawrence, born 29/08/1807 and baptised 27/10/1808

    . Frances Lawrence, born 20/07/1812 and baptised 02/01/1816

    . John Lawrence, born 31/07/1814 and baptised 21/01/1816

    . Mary Utten Lawrence, born 02/01/1817 and baptised 13/01/1821

    . Utten William Lawrence, baptised 06/01/1823

    . Charles Whitehorne, baptised at Scarborough 11/05/1815, aged 17 months (Rev. Charles Whitehorne Hilton, uncle of John C. Paget of Harrow on the Hill, was living in the United States in 1886)

    . Anna Hilton: married, 1834, Lieut. Paget, RN, commanding HMS Magnificent; as widow of Capt. John Paget, RN, she died at Chelsea, 29/03/1859, aged 49.

  7. Anne, relict of John Lawrence Hilton, died at Scarborough, Jamaica, 18/12/1849, aged 65.


Sources

Diana Paton (ed.), A Narrative of Events since 1st August 1834 by James Williams, an Apprenticed Labourer (2001) pp. 34 and 36.

  1. Familysearch.org, Jamaica parish registers, St Ann, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1768-1839 p. 28.

  2. Caledonian Mercury, 10/04/1833; Nottingham Review, 12/04/1833.

  3. Royal Gazette of Jamaica, 31/10/1835; for earlier position see editorial notes to Paton, Narrative of Events since the 1st of August 1834 p.34.

  4. As 6 and 7 below.

  5. Royal Gazette of Jamaica, 07/10/1826.

  6. Familysearch.org, Jamaica parish registers, St Ann, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1768-1839 pp. 174, 242, 319, 328; St Dorothy, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1693-1826 p.107; Naval and Military Gazette, 20/09/1834; Morning Post, 02/04/1859.

  7. Morning Chronicle, 12/02/1850.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for compiling this entry.


Further Information

Spouse
Anne
Children
James Lawrence (1807-), Anna (1810-), Frances Lawrence (1812-), Charles Whitehorne (1815-), John Lawrence (1814-), Mary Utten Lawrence (1817-), Utten William Lawrence (1823-)
Occupation
Planter

Associated Claims (5)

£1,924 2s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£735 19s 8d
Awardee (Receiver)
£561 14s 11d
Awardee (Administrator)
£29 3s 1d
Awardee
£906 5s 10d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (11)

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
1834 [EA] - → Executor
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Receiver
1823 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Executor
1832 [EA] - → Lessee
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Executor
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Administrator
1826 [EA] - → Receiver
1823 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Receiver
1820 [EA] - → Executor

Relationships (2)

Son → Father
Brothers