Thomas Whitfoot Barton Hendy

1787 - ????

Claimant or beneficiary


Owner of the Swans estate on Barbados in the 1820s, for which he registered the enslaved people as 'Thomas W. B. Hendy.' Also probably the counterclaimant 'Thomas B. Hendy' under Barbados no. 5187.

  1. Thomas Whitfoot Barton Hendy, baptized 9 December 1787, St Peter, Barbados; married Frances James Johnson 11 August 1810, St Lucy, Barbados.

  2. In 1833 Hendy claimed that planters were open to the emancipation of the enslaved but that they would only cooperate with the government if adequate compensation were paid; and only full compensation would avoid the ruin of the planters.

  3. Hendy was the author of two pamphlets: (1) ‘Hints on the Propriety of Establishing by Law the Civil Rights of the Free People of Colour in the British West India Colonies as a Preliminary Step to Emancipating the Slaves . . .' printed for him by R. T. Edgar (Newcastle: 1824); and ‘An Attempt to Prove the Fallacy of Inflicting Corporal Punishment to Prevent or to Lessen the Commission of Crime, and the Propriety of Immediately Restricting it to Slave Women.' (Bridgetown: The Globe Office 1833). It is not yet known what was his connection with Newcastle that underpinned the local printing of the 1824 pamphlet.


  1. Barbados Church Records, 1637-1887, FamilySearch; Caribbean Marriages, 1591-1905, FamilySearch, accessed 18 February 2016.

  2. Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (1995), p. 23 citing letter of Hendy to Edward Stanley, 15 July 1833, CO28/112.

  3. Mitchell's West Indian Bibliography[accessed 11/08/2016].

We are grateful for the help of Sean Creighton with this entry.

Further Information

Frances James Johnson
Thomas Bovell or Bovell Thomas

Associated Claims (1)

£267 19s 9d
Unsuccessful claimant
Inferred to be Thomas W.B. Hendy

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
1820 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

Hints on the propriety of establishing by law the civil rights of the free people of colour, in the British West India colonies, as a preliminary step to emancipating the slaves... 1824 
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