John Earl

1777 - ????


John Earl, son of an enslaved woman named Lucretia on Orange Valley estate in Trelawny, and Edward Earl, the white owner of Seafield Pen in Trelawny. Edward Earl had been overseer on Orange Valley and had 8 children with Hardtime born between c. 1789 and c. 1808 while Edward Earl was overseer there. Edward Earl manumitted 7 of his children with Hardtime and another 3 children born to Lucretia in 1808. His youngest child Rosey, daughter of Hardtime, was born into slavery on Orange Valley estate and manumitted after his death, according to the terms of his will.

He may be one of two (or both) John Earles awarded compensation in St Elizabeth in 1834.

Very likely the John Earl, 'mulatto', baptised in St James, Jamaica, 26/12/1797 age 20 years, in which case he will have been born soon after his father arrived in Jamaica in February 1777.


See separate entry for Edward Earl., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

Associated Estates (1)

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1821 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Trust beneficiary

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