Jacob Belgrave junior

1770 - 1828


Jacob Belgrave junior, son of Jacob Belgrave senior. Owner of Graeme Hall, Sterling and Ruby estates in Barbados. Active petitioner for the rights of free people of colour.

  1. Jacob Belgrave, "free coloured man" married Elizabeth Ann Barrow, "free mulatto", 28/11/1811 in St Michael, Barbados. Their daughter Mary Ann was born 30/06/1812 and baptised 25/10/1812 in St Philip, followed by a son Allen Howell, born 05/09/1819 and baptised 03/01/1819 in St Philip. Jacob Belgrave, "Free col. Person" of Graeme Hall, buried 27/08/1827 in St Philip, Barbados, age 58. Three further children (Emma Augusta, Catherine Crowther and Antoinette Adams) were baptised in Christ Church 25/10/1828 after their father's death.

  2. Elizabeth A. Belgrave was owner of five enslaved people in Barbados in 1829, "all reverted back to her by the death of her late husband J. Belgrave." Listed in the slave register as "fm" ("free mulatto").

  3. Note that there were two earlier marriages for a Jacob Belgrave (in all records given as "free mulatto"). Firstly, to Sophia Croydon in St Michael in 1787 (and they had two children, Sarah Ann and William Croydon baptised in 1790). Secondly, to Charlotte Murrell in St Michael in 1802 (they had three children baptised before their marriage, Mariah Jane (1794) and Nathaniel (1800) and Charlotte (1802) and Mary Jane (presumably Mariah) was buried as an infant in 1798, and they had two children baptised after their marriage, Judith Ann and Ren (both 1807 in St Michael). An earlier marriage, of Jacob Belgrave to Elizabeth Ann Spike (both "free mulattoes") in St Philip in 1778 may be of Jacob Belgrave junior's parents.

  4. If Jacob Belgrave junior's parents were the Jacob Belgrave and Elizabeth Ann Spike who married in St Philip in 1778, this makes Jacob Belgrave junior the brother-in-law of Renn Phillips Collymore, another prominent petitioner, who married Elizabeth Maria Belgrave, daughter of Jacob Belgrave and Elizabeth Ann (Spike) Belgrave in St Philip in 1796 (Elizabeth Maria was born and baptised in St Philip in 1779).


Jerome S. Handler, The Unappropriated People: Freedmen in the Slave Society of Barbados (1974) p. 121.

  1. Familysearch.org, Barbados, Church Records, 1637-1849 [database online].

  2. T71/540 91.

  3. Familysearch.org, Barbados, Church Records, 1637-1849 [database online].

  4. Ibid.

Further Information

Elizabeth Ann Barrow (and possibly others)
Mary Ann, Allen Howell, Emma Augusta, Catharine Crowther, Antoinette Adams (and possibly others)

Associated Estates (4)

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
- 1828 [LA] → Previous owner
1816 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Previous owner
1820 [EA] - → Owner

Relationships (3)

Husband → Wife
Notes →
It is possible that the Jacob Belgrave who was brother of John Thomas Belgrave was the Jacob Belgrave who was owner of an estate in St Michael, 1829-34 and an awardee on the claim, Barbados...
Son → Father