Esther Swete

???? - 1781


Biography

In 1824, Daniel B. Garling registered 21 enslaved people in Antigua as atty to Very Rev. Henry Beeke [or Beke] Dean of Bristol, and John Beaumont Swete, reps. of 'Mrs Hester Swete' [sic]. Esther Swete was the widow of the Antiguan slave-owner Main Swete of Train Devon whose will was proved on 10/07/1736. Her executors also appear in the Jamaican Slave Registers in linked entries in 1799-c. 1815 for Bog Estate, Retrieve, Strathbogie and Ackendown Pen which indicate that her executors claimed 'joint possession' of the estates.

  1. The will of Esther Swete widow of Bath Somerset was proved 23/20/1781. In the will she secured legacies on her unnamed estate in Antigua, which was let out to Daniel Matthews: one of the contingent beneficiaries under the will was 'Harry Beeke' but the main beneficiary was the Rev. John Tripe [who changed his name to Swete in accordance with the will]. In the will she instructed her trustees and executors to sell her interest in the estates and enslaved people in Jamaica that had been willed to her by her friend Mary Hynes. [These estates for a long period were in the hands of the two William Beckfords, father and son, as mortgagees-in-possession].

Sources

The will of Main Swete was PROB 11/678/87.

1 .PROB 11/1075/73.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Main
Children
Adrian John;

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
1799 [EA] - 1807 [LA] → Not known
1799 [EA] - 1807 [LA] → Not known
1763 [EA] - 1781 [LA] → Heir
1803 [EA] - 1803 [LA] → Heir

The trustees and executors of Esther Swete appear in the registration for the estate.


Relationships (3)

Legatee → Testator
Testator → Legatee
Notes →
The Rev. John Tripe changed his name in order to inherit under the will of Esther Swete, a relative of his...
Testator → Trustee
Notes →
Rev. Henry Beeke was also contingent...

Addresses (1)

Bath, Somerset, South-west England, England