John Hilton of Chester Castle

???? - 1809


Owner of Chester Castle in Hanover, Jamaica, died c. 1808-1810. Bequeathed £200 currency to his 'mulatto' son John Hilton, £20 currency to his 'quadroon' daughter Mary Hilton and £10 to his 'mulatto' daughter, also called Mary Hilton. The residue of his estate he bequeathed to his nephew 'William Cook of the parish of Westmoreland'.

  1. Will of John Hilton of Hanover Jamaica proved 22/01/1811. He identified his property as Chester Castle and Hammersmith Pen. He left each of his brother William Hilton of Yarvin [sic] Cheshire and sister Mary Sylvester widow of the City of London an annuity of £100 p.a. secured on Chester Castle and Hammersmith Pen. He left his niece Hannah Hilton, daughter of William Hilton, £2000; and further legacies of £3000 and £1000 to other nieces and nephews. He left his nephew John Hilton junior the and in St James known as Comfort Hall with the accompanying 'several' enslaved people


Christer Petley, '"Legitimacy" and social boundaries: free people of colour and the social order in Jamaican slave society', Social History, 30:4, 481-498, pp. 492, 496.

  1. PROB 11/1518/325.

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
1799 [EA] - → Executor
1799 [EA] - 1808 [EY] → Owner
1809 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Not known

Probably previous owner.

Relationships (3)

Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Niece
Uncle → Nephew