John Dunston

???? - 1765


Resident slave-owner in Jamaica, dead by 1765. His widow Frances nee Harris married Fortunatus Dwarris II (1723-1790), the great uncle of Sir Fortunatus Dwarris (q.v.)

  1. John Dunston owned 41 acres in St Andrew in 1753.

  2. John Dunston was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 300 acres of land in St Catherine and 65 acres of land in St Andrew, total 365 acres.

  3. John Dunston of Kingston, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1765. Slave-ownership at probate: 218 of whom 114 were listed as male and 104 as female. 73 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £14,726.38 Jamaican currency of which £10,582.5 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £305.7 currency debts and £480.81 currency plate.


Caribbeana Vol. V 'Dwarris of Jamaica.'

  1. CO137/28 pp. 169-175 transcribed at

  2. 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

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

Further Information


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
1768 [EA] - 1780 [LA] → Previous owner
1753 [EA] - → Owner
1770 [EA] - 1779 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (1)

Father → Son
Notes →
Inferred by LBS, but supported by the summary of the will of Fortunatus Dwarris of Kingston 17/06/1789 which identified his wife Frances as the widow of John Dunston and George Pinnock Dunston as his...

Inventories (1)