James Dawes of Rock Spring I

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Resident slave-owner in Jamaica. Father-in-law of Charles James Sholto Douglas and although reportedly also father-in-law of the latter's son James Sholto Douglas (q.v.), the father of James Sholto Douglas's wife must have in fact been a second James Dawes of Rockspring. James Dawes's daughter Basilia Dawes had first married Richard Quarrell, who d. c. 1751.

James Dawes was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 681 acres of land in Westmoreland.

James Dawes of Hanover, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1781. Slave-ownership at probate: 132 of whom 71 were listed as male and 61 as female. 29 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £17740.97 Jamaican currency of which £9781 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £4830 currency debts and £52.13 currency plate.



'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.

Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

Further Information

Married but no further details
Basilia; John; James

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
1781 [EA] - 1782 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (4)

Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Father → Son
Notes →
Grandfather → Grandson
Father → Daughter

Inventories (1)