Slave-owner in Jamaica, apparently resident, dead by 1776.
Thomas Newland was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 500 acres of land in Portland.
Thomas Newland contributed £5 18s 9d to the University of Pennsylvania following Dr John Morgan's fundraising tour of the West Indies in 1772-1773.
Thomas Newland of Portland, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1776. Slave-ownership at probate: 89 of whom 47 were listed as male and 42 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £7039.97 Jamaican currency of which £4500 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £1130.3 currency debts and £12 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.
William Smith, Joseph Hopkinson, and Plunket Fleeson Glentworth, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Minute Books, Volume 2, 1768-1779 p. 75, entry for 13/12/1773. Note amounts are in Jamaican currency.
Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.
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:
1778 [EA] - 1780 [LA] → Previous owner
University of Pennsylvania......
William Smith, Joseph Hopkinson, and Plunket Fleeson Glentworth, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Minute Books, Volume 2, 1768-1779 p. 75, entry for 13/12/1773. Note amounts are in...