Rosey Earl

1808 - ????


Rosey Earl, daughter of an enslaved woman named Hardtime 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.

Rose, 'mulatto', age 8, creole, daughter of Hardtime, was registered on Orange Valley estate in 1817. In the 1823 register she appears on Orange Valley, age 14, 'exchanged with a Sambo child named Sarah Earl and since manumised'. Sarah Earl was age 2 1/4, daughter of Moll Higgin. Rose's mother Hardtime alias Sarah Jarrett, age 57, had been 'exchanged for a Negro woman named Moll Higgin and since manumised.'

Rose Earl, 'free mulatto' was baptised 12/12/1824 in Trelawny, along with her sister Ann Earl.


Will of Edward Earl, PROB 11/1674/90.

T71/225 601-626; T71/232 [unpaginated]., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

Associated Estates (1)

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
1823 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Trust beneficiary

Relationships (12)

Half-sister → Half-brother
Half-sister → Half-brother
Sister → Brother
Sister → Brother
Sister → Brother
Natural Daughter → Father
Natural Daughter → Mother