Joseph Brissett senior

1st Jul 1755 - 26th Feb 1807


Son of George Brissett and his wife Sarah nee Tharp and grandson of John Brissett (1665-1742, the first of this family to move to Jamaica).

  1. Joseph Brissett owned Cacoon Pen in Hanover, Jamaica, which he mortgaged to his uncle John Tharp, William Miles of Bristol, and others, 12/05/1786. At the time the estate covered 468 acres and included 147 enslaved people. Papers relating to bonds held on Cacoon estate between John Tharp and Joseph Brissett 1785-1806 are held in the Tharp Papers in Cambridge County Record Office.

  2. Joseph Brissett matriculated at Glasgow University in 1769, followed by his brothers George (1771) and John (1772).

  3. Joseph Brissett Esquire, who died 26/02/1807 in the 52nd year of his age, was buried in St Mary's, Lucea, Hanover.


  1. Description of Tharp papers at and [accessed 29/10/2014].

  2. The University of Glasgow Story, [accessed 29/10/2014].

  3. memorial ID 125220984.

Further Information

[1] Mary Poole Johnson [2] Anne Rankin
With [1] Richard, John, Elizabeth, Anne Wilhelmina, Mary, Selina. With [2] Joseph (1799-)
University of Glasgow [1769 ]

Associated Estates (2)

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
1784 [EA] - 1799 [LA] → Owner

It is not cleat that the entry for Joseph Brissett refers in fact to Cacoon (or Cocoon) Castle Pen (which appears to have been in the possession of the Clarke family throughout): it might refer to Cacoon [JA 7286] instead, or to a third estate not yet identifiied

1809 [EA] - 1827 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (6)

Father → Son
Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
Husband → Second Wife
Husband → Wife
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Notes →
Alexander Erskine married as his second wife Joseph Brissett's daughter Eliza Tharp Brissett....