James Lewis II

1756 - 1821


Slave-owner in Jamaica, owner of Lewisburg estate in St Mary, whose will made in 1818 and proved in 1822 shows him as of Clifton. Father of the Slave Compensation Commissioner James Lewis (q.v.).

  1. James Lewis, born 01/01/1756, son of James Lewis and his wife Sarah. Married Ann Redwood 02/01/1777 in St Catherine. She was the daughter of Stephen Redwood and his wife Ann, born 12/01/1756. They had six children baptised in St Catherine: James (1777-), Susanna (1779-), Ann Redwood (1782-), Elizabeth (1785-), Sarah (1788-) and Jane (1794-).

  2. Will of James Lewis [late of the island of Jamaica but now residing at] Clifton Gloucestershire [made in 1818] proved 06/07/1822. Under this will, James Lewis the father left an annuity of £1000 p.a. to his wife Ann, secured on the Lewisburgh estate, £4000 each to his five daughters (Susannah Blackall wife of Rev. Samuel Blackall of North Cadbury Somerset; Ann Redwood Lewis; Elizabeth Lewis; Sarah Lewis; and Jane Rennalls the wife of William Rodon Rennalls) and £100 to each of his grandchildren, with the remainder of his estate going to his son James Lewis 'of Spanish Town, Barrister at Law.' A man of his name was buried (as Jas. Lewis) at Clifton 24/11/1821.


  1. Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]; http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/Rl-m.htm; Ancestry.com, Jas Lewis in the England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991 [database online].

  2. PROB 11/2062/180.

We are grateful to Richard Coates for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Ann Redwood
James (1777-), Susanna (1779-), Ann Redwood (1782-), Elizabeth (1785-), Sarah (1788-), Jane (1794-)

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
1785 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner

NB the entries for 'James Lewis senior' between 1817 and 1829 definitely refer to this man, whose will 'of Clifton' was proved in 1822; the entries for 'James Lewis sen. between 1788 and 1791 indicates the existence of a third, earlier generation.

1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
1829 [EA] - → Other

Enslaved people on this estate were previously registered to the estate of James Lewis deceased in St Thomas-in-the-Vale.

1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England