???? - 1808
Resident slave-owner but apparently returning to England shortly before death.
Owner of 86 enslaved people and 590 stock in St Ann, Jamaica, in 1792.
Will of Joseph Hayne of St Ann Jamaica [made 11/04/1807] was proved 20/02/1808. He made a series of monetary legacies to relatives in England, including annuities of £100 and £50 to his two widowed sisters, Elizabeth Freeman and Hannah Caldwell, and £10,000 currency [later amended to sterling] to any daughters he might have. His residuary heirs were 'all my sons' of whom he identified only Andrew. In a codicil dated 02/02/1807 he gave his address as Princes Street Rotherhithe. He left his pen in Jamaica called Chatsworth to his wife Catharine 'on condition that she pay to my executors £3500 in five annual payments Jamaican currency in default or otherwise this bequest shall be null and void.' In further codicil dated 21/01/1808 he reduced a number of the monetary legacies under his will.
'A List of slaves and stock in the parish of St Ann taken the 28th March 1792 pursuant to order of the Honourable House of Assembly... transcribed from papers presented to the British Museum by Charles E. Long ref. Add. 12435' transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/mstann1792.htm.
PROB 11/1474/195 - precis.
Joseph Hayne of the parish of St Ann, Jamaica Esquire.
Payment of just debts and funeral expenses, liable from all my estate real and personal.
To my wife all my carriages and horses.
To my sister Elizabeth Freeman in Great Britain, widow, £100 sterling per annum for her natural life.
To my sister Hannah Caldwell of Great Britain, widow, £50 sterling per annum for her natural life.
To my niece Elizabeth Foster, wife of James Foster of Dudley in Derbyshire, £300 sterling for her own use and not under the control or subject to the debts of her husband.
To my grand-nephew Richard Tucker Freeman who is an infant £1000 sterling.
To my grand-niece Mary Freeman also an infant in Great Britain £500 sterling.
To my god-daughter (the daughter of Saville John Hyde Esquire of Ararndon in Leicestershire, £300 sterling.
To any daughter I may have living £10,000 Jamaican currency each.
All the rest and residue of my estate real and personal to all of my sons and to their heirs forever in equal shares as tenants in common and not as joint tenants. In default to each of my daughters living as tenants in common and their heirs. Then in default to my nephews John and Joshua Caldwell, Richard Freeman and my grand-nephew Richard Tucker Freeman in equal shares as tenants in common.
Executors to be Saville John Hyde Esquire, Hon. John Hiatt Esquire and James Laing Esquires of St Ann, Jamaica, John [?] London, merchant.
I desire the care and attention of my said executors to the giving a good education to my son Andrew and other children I may have at the time of my decease.
Codicil dated 02/05/1807. The sum to each of my daughters should be £10,000 sterling rather than the £10,000 Jamaican currency previously bequeathed.
Codicil dated 31.01.1808. Joseph Hayne of Princes Street, Rotherhithe, late of the parish of St Ann, Jamaica. My executors to purchase the freedom of my black servant Thomas for £100 and to manumise and set him free from all kind of servitude. I give to my sister Elizabeth Freeman £50 per annum during her natural life and I revoke the former bequest of £100 per annum. To my sister Hannah Caldwell the house and premises in which she now resides for her natural life and £25 per annum for life in lieu of the £50 per annum I had previously bequeathed. I revoke a bequest I made to Elizabeth Foster of £300 and in lieu I give her £100 sterling in token of my love and regard. To my executors to support my great nephew Richard Rucker Freeman in a decent manner until he reaches the age of 19 years to be paid out of my estate. I revoke a bequest to my god-daughter (the daughter of Saville John Hyde Esquire) of £300 and give her £100 instead. I revoke a bequest to John Forster, the oldest son of James Foster of Trusley Brook in Derbyshire. To my dearly beloved wife Catharine Hayne my pen called Chatsworth, for ever on condition that she pay to my executors £3500 in five annual payments Jamaican currency in default or otherwise this bequest shall be null and void. My executors to remit all my monies they receive in Jamaica to my friend John Higgin of London. Francis Graham of St Catherine, Jamaica, to be an executor in the event of the death or absence from Jamaica of John Hiatt or James Laing. My young friend Isaac Puterin[?] of London, now 19 years of age, to be an executor and guardian when he reaches the age of 25 years.
Proved in London 20/02/1808 by John Higgin Esquire.
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:
- 1808 [EY] → Owner
1809 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner
Deceased Husband → Widow
Father → Son
Princes Street, Rotherhithe, Southwark, Surrey, London, England