Benjamin Bostock

2nd Nov 1716 - 28th Jun 1785


Son of Edward Bostock (c.1662-1737), a gunsmith of Holetown, Barbados, and his first wife Elizabeth (surname unknown) (1689-1729). Married Alice [surname unknown]; their one child, Edward (22 September 1737-17 March 1776) married Judith Collier, 15 August 1762. Owned various sugar-works: Yorkshire plantation Christ Church; Carlton and Plum Tree (or Plumb Tree) in St James. His will (proved 04/071785) described him as a merchant of St James. 1752: coroner of the parish of St James; 1775: collector of customs at Holetown; 1779/80-1785: member of the House of Assembly for St James.


James C. Brandow (comp.), Genealogies of Barbados families: from Caribbeana and the Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (Baltimore, 1983), pp. 180-2.

Further Information

Alice [surname unknown]
1 son: Edward

Will (proved 4 July 1785):
By the will Benjamin Bostock left the Yorkshire (also known as Upper Gray’s) plantation in Christ Church and the Carlton estate in St James to his grandson, Benjamin (17 November 1763-7 August 1793).

Bequests included: to his wife, Alice, £2,000 currency, with the house they lived in, furniture, plate, nine enslaved (named), £50 to purchase a horse and chaise; and 12 pots of clayed and muscovado sugar, one hogshead of spirit, and ground provisions as in his lifetime, for her absolute use annually, for her life.
"If my grandson, Benjamin Bostock, shall not think it proper to carry on the cooperage in Holetown, then my stores, buildings, cooper negroes, and boat negroes, to be sold and the sum paid to my creditors. If he should carry on the cooperage, then I give him the stores, negroes etc.”
Grandsons and granddaughters £100 each at 21, and interest at 4% to be paid to their mother, Judith Bostock, formerly Collier, for their maintenance and education. To the said Judith £25 to purchase mourning. He gave his mulatto slave, Nanny, her freedom, and £50 to be paid to the churchwarden for her manumission. Nanny to have an allowance of 12 pints of corn and 2 lbs. of flesh per week for her life.
To grandson, Benjamin Bostock, a mulatto slave named Ned, and the estates, "one called Upper Grays now goes by the name of Yorkshire in Christ Church", and the other Carlton in St. James; together with the windmill, negroes, lands, live and dead stock, at the age of 21; in case of his prior death to go to his (testator's) grandson, Thomas Bostock, allowing his brother, William, £120 per annum for life over and above the legacy of £100 to be paid to him at 21 and interest at 4%; and failing him, the estate to go to grandson, Samuel Bostock, and failing him to two grand-daughters, Jane and Alice Bostock, equally.
"To James Cummins who served his time with me, £20.”
The following friends appointed as Executors: Thomas Daniel Esq., merchant in Bristol, Stephen Morgan, Robert Ewing, and Philip Lytcott, executors; his wife, Alice, appointed as executrix, and guardians of his grandchildren.

Merchant and plantation owner

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
- 1785 [EY] → Owner
- 1785 [LA] → Owner

It is not clear when Benjamin Bostock first acquired the Yorkshire estate.

Relationships (3)

Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Other relatives
Notes →
Benjamin James Bostock was the great grandson of Benjamin...