Thomas Weir Tayler senior

???? - 1836


Thomas Weir Tayler, owner of Auchenbeddie estate in Manchester, Jamaica from at least 1815.

Possibly the son of Thomas William Tayler, to whom Auchenbeddie is registered in the 1811 Jamaica Almanac (though Wm may be a misreading of Weir as happened for example in the indexing of the baptism records for his two eldest children). A Doctor Thomas Taylor was buried 08/02/1806 in St Elizabeth.

No baptism has been found for Thomas Weir Tayler.

Father of five children with Ann Pierce, "a free mulatto": Elizabeth (born 1788), Margaret (1790), John Pierce (1791), Mary Mortimer (1796) and Thomas Weir (1800), all baptised in St Elizabeth in 1810. By 1817, all five children had themselves become slave-owners and the two eldest girls were living in England.

Father of at least nine children by Sarah (surname not given but later given in his will as Sarah Church, "my present housekeeper"). Four were baptised in St Elizabeth in 1820: William Mortimer (born 1805), Henry Church (1806), Elizabeth Mortimer (1808) and Margaret Weir (1810).

Another five children of Thomas Taylor were baptised in Manchester in 1822: George Chapman (born 1811), Helen Wilson (1814, father's will gives her as Eleanor), Ann Maitland (1816), Sarah (1819, father's will gives her as Sarah Church) and Mary Loyd (1820).

Thomas Weir Tayler's daughter Margaret married William Ashton at St Mary Magdalene 28/11/1814 in Lincoln, England; his other daughter Elizabeth married Charles Wilson in 1818, lived in Alford, Lincolnshire until at least 1871. Thomas Weir Tayler registered enslaved people as their trustee and guardian in 1817.

Thomas Weir Tayler was deceased by the time of the 1829 slave register. His executrix was Sarah Church. The slave compensation was awarded to Sarah, William Mortimer, Henry Church, Elizabeth Mortimer, Margaret Weir, Helen Wilson, George and Ann Maitland.


See estate information for Auchenbeddie., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

Details from the parish records and slave registers are available at

We are grateful to Misha Ewen for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

at least fourteen illegitimate children: see notes

Transcription from

JAMAICA SS: In the Name of God Amen. Thomas Weir Tayler of the Parish of Manchester in the County of Middlesex and Island aforesaid Planter being at present of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be to the all omnipotent the Creator of the Heavens and of the Earth Do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following. It is my will and desire that all my just gets and Funeral Expenses be in the first place fully paid and satisfied afterwards I Give devise and Bequeath to each of my children named Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson of the town of Alford in the County of Lincolnshire and her sister Mrs. Margaret Ashton of the city of Lincoln in England and John Pierce Tayler, Mary Baltimore [sic] Tayler, and Thomas Weir Taylor of this island the sum of £50 sterling each to be paid to them respectively as soon as convenient after my property is clear and out of debt. I give devise and bequeath to James Ferguson Tayler Grierson son of my nephew Lieutenant James Grierson of the Royal Navy at present residing in the town of Aberdeen in North Britain, the like some of £50 sterling to be paid in the same manner as the preceding bequests. All the rest residue and remainder of my Estate real and personal and wheresoever situate I Give Devise and Bequeath to my Present Housekeeper Sarah Church and my Eight Children by her named William Mortimer Tayler, Henry Church Tayler, George Chapman Tayler, Elizabeth Mortimer Tayler, Margaret Weir Tayler, Eleanor Tayler, Ann Maitland Tayler, and Sarah Church Tayler share and share alike for them and their own Sole and respective benefits or the Survivors of them for ever, and in the event of my aforesaid Children by the said Sarah Church be desirous of selling out his or her or their shares in my said Estate then it is my will and desire that the same shall be done to my other children interested therein so that the same shall be kept together and not divided among them respectively or otherwise to dispose of the whole together and afterwards divide the proceeds as aforesaid share and share alike in and among themselves, and Lastly I give to my Heir at Law five shillings to be paid when demanded and I do hereby nominate and appoint my good friends George Harriott of the Parish of Manchester and Luke Bramwell of the same Parish Esquires Executors together with Sarah Church the mother of my said before named children Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking all former and other Wills at any time heretofore by me made and declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 11th day of December 1819. Thos. W. Tayler Signed Sealed published and declared by the Testator Thomas Weir Tayler as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnesses:- John Skene Thomas Harriott John R. Demetres

Dedimus potestatem to John Skene 1 October, 1836 Affidavit of witness John Skene 28 October, 1836 Entered 24 February 1837

Associated Estates (3)

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] - → Overseer
1815 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - → Trustee

Relationships (16)

Extra-marital relationships
Extra-marital relationships
Father → Natural Son
Father → Natural Son
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Son
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Son
Father → Natural Son
Father → Natural Son
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Daughter
Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law