William Blenman

???? - 1800


Biography

Son of Jonathan Blenman (Attorney-General of Barbados), and a London lawyer. Wm Blenman was shown [erroneously, instead of Timothy Blenman, q.v.] by Woodcock as the original grantee of Barbados Bay Lot no. 9 which became Messepotamia [sic] in St George Tobago, but William Blenman was indeed owner by 1773; the estate was shown as in the possession of the Earl of Harewood c. 1867. William Blenman was also the owner of the Cooper's Hill estate (also known as Walwyn's) in Barbados, which came to him through his marriage to Elizabeth Dottin in 1748/9. All the Blenman family estates (including Kirton's or Kent in Christ Church Barbados, bought by Jonathan Blenman in 1766) were seized by the Lascelles for debt in 1784.

  1. Will of William Blenman of Bath Somerset proved 13/08/1800.

  2. William Blenman surrendered Mesopotamia estate in Tobago to Lascelles & Daling by a deed executed in 1781; the equity of redemption remained with Blenman until a futher deed drawn up in August 1784 was executed in September 1785.

  3. William Blenman was brother, and executor of the will, of Caroline Blenman of Cavendish Square proved 23/09/1774: Caroline Blenman left £500 and 'all my slaves in the island of Barbados' to her mother, with a request to free an enslaved person called Cubbah after her (the mother's) death. 'I desire likewise that Romeo may be immediately freed and I direct 4 guineas per annum to be paid to him per annum by half yearly payments so long as he shall behave well towards my mother and she shall think him deserving of it.'


Sources

S. D. Smith, Slavery, family and gentry capitalism in the British Atlantic: the world of the Lascelles, 1648-1834 (2006), pp. 210-211; 'Tables showing the Lots in each Parish, numbered as originally granted - the original Grantee - the name of the Lot, or lots, if one has been acquired, and the present Possessor where there is one' and 'A Table, showing the Estates in cultivation in 1832, and their Owners, in 1832, copied from the list appended to Byres' map of that date, with those in cultivation in 1862', Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971); John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774) pp. 33-34. Smith, in line with Fowler, shows Timothy Blenman rather than his brother William as the purchaser of Mesopotamia, assigning his legacy to fund it; 'in 1768, additional funds were sought to clear 100 acres and purchase slaves to work the land.' (p. 210, sourced to CO 101/14(127).

  1. PROB 11/1346/119. His family tree is given in Brandow, Genealogies of Barbados Families p. 178.

  2. S. D. Smith, Slavery, family and gentry capitalism in the British Atlantic: the world of the Lascelles, 1648-1834 (2006), p. 193.

  3. PROB 11/1001/190.


Further Information

Absentee?
Transatlantic
Spouse
Elizabeth Dottin

Associated Estates (1)

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
1773 [SY] - 1781 [EY] → Owner
  1. William Blenman was shown by Woodcock as original grantee of 'Messepotomia', although both Fowler and S.D. Smith show the purchaser as William's brother Timothy.

  2. William Blenman surrendered Mesopotamia estate in Tobago to Lascelles & Daling by a deed executed in 1781; the equity of redemption remained with Blenman until a futher deed drawn up in August 1784 was executed in September 1785.


Relationships (2)

Brothers
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Bath, Somerset, South-west England, England