John Altham Graham Clarke

1784 - 1862

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for Mt Tirza Pen and Whitehall in Westmoreland Jamaica with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Clarke (nee Parkinson) (q.v.) as owners-in-fee, and part of the compensation for the enslaved people on Retreat in St Ann Jamaica as trustee for the Barrett family.

  1. Son of John Graham Clarke, Newcastle-upon-Tyne industrialist and shipowner who had inherited Jamaica estates from uncle Jacob Graham (who had gone to Jamaica as a young man in 1746) in 1816, and Arabella Altham, and brother of James Graham Clarke (q.v). Mary Elizabeth, John Altham Graham Clarke's wife, was the daughter of Leonard Parkinson, slave-factor in Jamaica.

  2. In 1861 John A.G. Clarke senior aged 78 born Northumberland was living at The Manor House Frocester Gloucestershire with son (and head of household) John A.G. Clarke junior, aged 48 born Herefordshire. Death of John Altham Graham Clarke was registered Q1 1862 at Wheatenhurst Gloucestershire.   

  3. There is confusion in the Alumni Oxonienses for John Altham Graham Clarke, the son of J.A.G. Clarke of Kinnersely [the man of this entry], who matriculated Brasenose 1833 and 'died in 1862.' In fact the son, John Altham Graham Clarke jun., lived until 1897, dying aged 84 and leaving £15,695: it was his father who died in 1862.


T71/871 Westmoreland nos. 182, 537 and 538 (in John Altham Graham Clarke's name alone); T71/857  St Ann no. 632.

  1. John Charlton, Hidden Chains. The Slavery Business and North East England 1600-1865 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne Bridge Publishing, 2008), pp. 119-124, 140-146.

  2. 1861 census online; FreeUKGen, England and Wales FreeBMD Death Index, 1837-1915 [database online]. John Charlton shows his date of death as 1853. No probate record has yet been found for John Altham Graham Clarke senior.

  3., Oxford University Alumni, 1715-1886 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1897.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John A.G. Clarke
Mary Elizabeth Parkinson
John Altham Graham Clarke (1813-1897), Leonard Edmund Clarke (1817-)

Associated Claims (5)

£4,718 10s 0d
Awardee (Trustee)
£2,692 15s 1d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£105 13s 10d
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases (Judgement creditor)
£1,187 8s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£230 0s 10d

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
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

This estate represents the enslaved people on Mount Tirza Pen who were owned by John Altham Graham Clarke in his own right rather than in right of his wife.

1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (6)

Husband → Wife
Son → Father
Uncle → Niece
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (2)

Kinnersley Castle, Herefordshire, West Midlands, England
Frocester Estate, Frocester, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England