Rebecca Ann Palmer then Weekes (née James)

1773 - 1846

Claimant or beneficiary


Widow of Hon John Palmer of Jamaica (who died 1797), returned to England and remarried Nathaniel Weekes of Barbados. She was allegedly the original of H.G.DeLisser's 'White Witch of Rose Hall'. Her great-nephew J. Rose Palmer pursued his claims to the estates of Palmyra and Rose Hall: his widow sold the equity right of redemption to Dr C.E.Bernard of Bristol.

  1. Burial of Rebecca Ann Weekes, 21/12/1846, Sidmouth, Devon, aged 73.


T71/873 St James nos. 431 and 657; Geoffrey S.Yates Assistant Archivist, Jamaican Archives, c. 1965.

  1., Devon Burials [database online].

We are grateful to Peter Selley for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
[1] John Palmer [2] Nathaniel Weekes


Will of Rebecca Ann Weekes of Sidmouth Devon [made in 1842] proved 21/01/1847. After legacies of personal effects and of her money in the funds, she left her residuary estate including arrears of her annuity on Palmyra and Rose Hall to her son Nathaniel Weekes and her daughter Mary Ann James, the wife of Philip Haughton James of Sidmouth.

Associated Claims (2)

£1,697 7s 10d
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases (Annuitant)
£2,239 13s 2d
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases (Annuitant)

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
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Executrix
1797 [SY] - 1847 [EY] → Annuitant
1797 [EA] - 1847 [LA] → Annuitant

Relationships (4)

Second Wife → Husband
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Mother → Son
Notes →
Rebecca Ann Weekes certainly had a son named Nathaniel, who was born before his father made his will in 1808. 'Nathaniel P. Weekes' appears in the 1829 and 1832 Slave Register and in the Compensation...
Wife → Husband

Addresses (1)

Sidmouth, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England