Col. Benjamin Charnock

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Slave-owner on Barbados. George Washington attended Charnock's trial for rape of an enslaved African woman in 1751, in which Charnock was acquitted. He was probably the son of the owner of Charnocks until 1721, the conveyor of Mount Pleasant in St John/St Philip c.1747, and the seller of a third estate (in St Lucy) c. 1756.

  1. 'Their lordships took into consideration an Act passed in the Island of Barbados in June last [1756], entitled, An Act for the sale of the estate of Benjamin Charnock, Esquire, and Mary his wife, formerly Mary Bennet [probably Bonnet], widow, in the parish of St. Lucy in the Island of Barbados aforesaid, for the discharging the several incumbrances thereupon, and for the settling of other lands and tenements in lieu thereof to the same uses[;] and also Sir Mathew Lamb's report thereupon, and a representation proposing that the said Act may be confirmed, was signed.'


Chernow, Washington: A Life.

  1. Journal, February 1757 Vol. 64

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
1721 [EA] - 1721 [LA] → Other

In 1721 Benjamin Charnock reportedly conveyed Charnocks in trust, presumably to settle debts accrued by the estate. This Benjamin Charnock was likely to have been the father or uncle of Col. Benjamin Charnock.