Barnaby Maddan

1779 - 11th Oct 1861

Claimant or beneficiary


Colonel Barnaby Maddan, resident in Jamaica in the 1830s (but see below) having been a local partner of a Liverpool merchant firm until 1812, the husband of Caroline Strange and owner of Providence estate in Jamaica, who also claimed compensation in a number of awards as the executor of Thomas Legal Yates (q.v.), trustee of Jas Watson and attorney for Louisa Ann Burnett.

  1. Sarah Ann Jane Maddan, daughter of Mary Elizabeth Marjean, "quadroon woman" by Barnaby Maddan, born 28/08/1802 and baptised 13/08/1803 in Kingston. Elizabeth Grace Maddan, daughter of "free mulatto" Fanny Breandeau, was baptised in Kingston, Jamaica, 29/11/1806. Barnaby Maddan of Saint Leonard Shoredich was married by licence to Caroline Strange, Marylebone, London, 21/03/1811. Given as "Colonel Barnaby Maddan of the Kingston militia" in a Coxhead genealogy for the marriage of his daughter. He was in London to sign for claim Kingston no 1947, but not found in the 1841 census for Britain although the 1851 census shows him under Barnaby Madden as a visitor aged 65 at Somers Town). In the 1861 census he was at 24 Harrington Square, St Pancras, aged 82, occupation "Fundholder", born in London. Died at 24 Harrington Square, 11/10/1861, leaving £18,000. "John Nethersole the Elder of Kingston in the Island of Jamaica" was an executor of his will.

  2. "Notice is hearby given, that the business carried on in Liverpool, by James Willasey, Abraham Garnett, and Barnaby Maddan, under the firm of James Willasey and Co. and Willasey, Garnett and Maddan, was by mutual consent dissolved on the 31st day of December last. - Witness our Hand the 4th day of June 1812, James Willasey, Abraham Garnett. By Power of Attorney for Barnaby Madden, James Willasey."

  3. In the 1830s Barnaby Maddan of Kingston Jamaica, 'manager of estate called Enfield,' was a deponent on inclusion of slaves in the return.

  4. Maddan was the object of comment by The Antislavery Monthly Reporter in 1830 for standing by while three enslaved men were imprisoned for preaching on Mount Industry.

  5. Maddan and his wife Caroline appear separately in the censuses of 1841, 1851 and 1861 with inconsistencies in the record of their marital states. In 1841, Maddan's wife Caroline was listed in the household of their son-in-law John Coxhead and their daughter Henrietta Letitia at Mydelton Square, London. Barnaby Maddan has not been found in this census. Caroline has not been found in 1851 but Barnaby may be the Barnaby Maddan, age 65 [sic], unmarried [sic], fundholder, born London, in the household of Charles Grabham and his wife Helen in Hardwick Place, St Pancras, London; this was perhaps a boarding house as there were four visitors and Charles Grabham's occupation was given as "Free Holder". Caroline may be the Caroline Maddan, age 68, fundholder, born Kent, a visitor in 1861 with the Allanby family in Roslyn Terrace, Hampstead - although this Caroline is listed as a widow. In 1861 Barnaby was at 24 Harrington Square, London, age 82, married, fundholder, born London, living with Edwin Mundy, a 31 year old clerk woollen draper (who was listed as head of household), with a 28 year old nurse named Annie Hendon.

  6. Barnaby Maddan of Harrington Square was buried at Norwood Cemetery, London, 17/10/1861 age 83 years. The will of Barnaby Maddan, formerly of the island of Jamaica but late of 24 Harrington Square, Middlesex, who died 11/10/1861 at 24 Harrington Square was proved by the oaths of Edward Jones of Leadenhall Street, merchant, and Henry Pinckard of Hatton Court, merchant. Effects under £14,000. Resworn November 1861 under £18,000. Double probate passed at the Principal Registry May 1861.

  7. Caroline Maddan of 47 Russell Square was buried at Norwood Cemetery, London, 25/07/1862 age 72 years. Letters of Administration of the personal estate and effects of Caroline Maddan, late of 19 Bedford Place, Middlesex, widow, who died 20/07/1861 at 47 Russell Square, Middlesex, granted to Henrietta Laetitia Coxhead (wife of John Coxhead, Esquire) of 47 Russell Square, the daughter and only next of kin. Effects under £20. Barnaby Maddan of Harrington Square was buried at Norwood Cemetery, 17/10/1861 age 83 years.

  8. Maddan's daughter Elizabeth Grace Maddan married William Radley Townley in St Mary, Islington in 1831. In 1841 they were living in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with two young sons. William Radley Townley died in 1860 in Ralph's Bay, Tasmania, age 57. He had been a teacher at the Port Arthur penal colony and later at another penal colony on Norfolk Island. The death of Barnaby Maddan was announced in the Mercury newspaper of Hobart, Tasmania, in 1861, "late of Kingston, Jamaica (and father of Mrs. Townley, of Little Swanport, Tasmania)." By 1871 Elizabeth had returned to England and was a lodger on Castle Street, Canterbury, age 65, "Income from Investments", born Jamaica, with her unmarried daughters Sarah A. (age 28, born London) and Elizabeth M. (age 23, born Tasmania). She was of 21 Westbourne Park Crescent, Harrow Road, when she died in October 1872, age 67 years, and was buried at Norwood Cemetery.

We are grateful to Jenny Purdie and David Griffiths for their assistance with compiling this entry.


T71/861-863 Kingston Nos. 916, 917, 1505, 1944 and 1947; T71/860 Manchester claim no. 176; T71/864 Port Royal claim nos. 3, 56, 172 and 216; T71/865 St Andrew claim nos. 197, 491 and 522; T71/869 St George claim no. 205; T71/856 St Mary claim nos. 99, 101, 106, 457 and 504; T71/855 St Thomas-in-the-Vale claim no. 125.

  1., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online];, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online];; 1861 census online; National Probate Calendar 1861.

  2. London Gazette, Issue 16646, 25/07/1812, p. 1446.

  3. T71/860 Manchester no. 443.

  4. Antislavery Monthly Reporter No. 71 20/11/1830, reprinted in Vol.III June 1829-December 1830 pp. 492-3.

  5. 1841, 1851, 1861 censuses online.

  6., London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1861.

  7., London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1862.

  8., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; Mercury (Hobart, Tasmania), 27/12/1861;, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online].

Further Information

Caroline Strange
Henrietta Laetitia (1814-1885), Edward Hamilton (1816-), George Augustus (1818-). Also Elizabeth Grace (illeg., 1805-1872))

National Probate Calendar 1862

Wealth at death

Associated Claims (22)

£87 15s 8d
£137 11s 3d
£581 2s 10d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£19 10s 10d
£49 6s 3d
£2,346 1s 1d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,503 13s 6d
£250 11s 11d
£1,560 19s 4d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£773 14s 2d
£1,183 6s 9d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£395 10s 0d
£116 12s 6d
£87 9s 4d
£4,775 17s 4d
£1,230 4s 10d
£1,800 15s 1d
£361 8s 7d
£3,177 18s 5d
Awardee (Trustee)
£385 4s 8d
£62 11s 10d
£2,348 6s 11d
Awardee (Receiver)

Associated Estates (20)

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
1835 [EA] - → Executor
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Not known

Possibly a judgement creditor as he was awarded a share in the slave compensation.

1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Not known

Possibly a judgement creditor as he was awarded a share in the slave compensation.

1832 [EA] - → Other

One of the commissioners of the workhouse

1834 [EA] - → Receiver
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1835 [SY] - → Executor
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Receiver
1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
- 1837 [LA] → Receiver
1826 [SY] - → Administrator
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1835 [EA] - → Executor
1823 [EA] - 1830 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Joint owner
1826 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Executor

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
James Willasey & Co.
West India merchant  

Physical (2)

St John's Church [Built] 
Country house
Liscard Hall [Built] 
description →
Country house on Merseyside, built c. 1835, demolished c....

Relationships (2)

Business partners
Business partners

Addresses (1)

24 Harrington Square, London, Middlesex, London, England