Henry Rhodes Morgan

1783 - 1st Apr 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Henry Rhodes Morgan was baptised in Trelawny, Jamaica, 12/11/1783. He was the son of James Hungerford Morgan and Juliana Wisdom Morgan, née James (who were married in Trelawny, 29/11/1782.
  2. Marriage of Henry Rhodes Morgan of St Mary Hanwell to Elizabeth Lawson, London, 10/12/1821. Elizabeth Lawson was the daughter of Dr James Lawson (of York Terrace) and Ann Jarret Lawson (née Steel). Henry Rhodes Morgan was thus closely linked to established plantocrat families: the Jameses (via his mother) and the Lawsons and the Steels (via his wife). Six sons and one daughter born to Henry Rhodes Morgan and his wife were baptised between 1820 and 1836.
  3. Henry Rhodes Morgan, living in Jamaica in the 1820s but in London in the 1830s, was awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on two estates in Jamaica. His attorney on his Manchester estates, Thomas Pitter, was also his half-brother.
  4. He was Captain (1817) and later Major (1824) in the Manchester Regiment.
  5. Henry Rhodes Morgan of Jamaica died in January 1836. Will of Henry Rhodes Morgan of Dorset Square proved 21/03/1836. His widow, Elizabeth Morgan, remained in England. She was recorded in all Censuses from 1841 to 1891, living in Aldeburgh, London and Cheltenham, and recorded as fundholder/annuitant. She died in Cheltenham, 15/06/1895, aged 93.

We are grateful to David Barker for his assistance in compiling this entry.


  1. Jamaica, Select Births and Baptisms, 1752-1920, Trelawny, 1783. Caribbean, Select Marriages, 1591-1905, Trelawny, 1782. London, England, C of E Marriages and Banns, 1754-1983, St Mary, Hanwell, 1821.
  2. Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].
  3. T71/1001 claim by attorneys to Henry Rhodes Morgan 'at present an absentee'. Gentleman's Magazine obit of February 1836 p. 211 (Jan 4 1836) in Dorset Sq Henry Rhodes Morgan esq. of Jamaica.
  4. Jamaica Almanacs in Jamaican Family Search.
  5. Westminster, London, C of E Deaths and Burials, 1812-1910, St George, Hanover Square, 11 Jan 1836. England, Censuses online, 1841 to 1891. England and Wales, National Probate Calendar, 1858-1995, Probate 1895. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 5 p. 211 (February 1836).

Further Information

Elizabeth Lawson
Henry Rhodes, James Hungerford, Edmund Francis, Edward John, Herbert, Rhoda, William Rhodes

PROB 11/1859/466. Henry Rhodes Morgan formerly of Jamaica now of Dorset Square.

Confirmation marriage settlement signed 04/12/1821 between myself, my wife Elizabeth nee Lawson, her father James Lawson, and Edmund Francis Green, Richard Hawthorn and William Rhodes James Esquires: £16,666 13s 4d at 3% consols, the dividends to be devolved to my wife upon my death and thereafter to trustees.

Also to wife Elizabeth an additional annuity of £250 pa.

To Julia Hungerford, spinster, now residing in the town of Nottingham, £200.

To servant Anne Symmons £100.

To each of my children (execept Henry Rhodes Morgan and William Rhodes Morgan) £3000 at age 21 or on daughters' marriage.

To son Henry Rhodes Morgan, my hold watch and seals.

To son James Hungerford Morgan, my writing desk.

To son Edmund Francis Morgan, my gold pencil case.

To son John Edward Morgan, a gold pencil case similar in pattern and value to my own, to be purchased for him by my executors.

My wife to have the property of 27 Dorset Square and its contents for her lifetime. Thereafter the house and contents to be sold.

All my property including my coffee plantations, pens, lands, tenements and apprentices in Jamaica to trustees for the payment of (1) just debts and funeral expenses (2) marriage settlement (3) annuity to wife of £250 pa and legacies given above for £200 and £100 (4) legacies of £3000 to children.

Residuary legatee my son Henry Rhodes Morgan.

Coffee planter

Associated Claims (2)

£5,738 13s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,410 9s 8d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (14)

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
1817 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - → Administrator
1820 [EA] - → Attorney
1820 [EA] - → Attorney
1823 [EA] - → Other

Purchaser of 104 enslaved people on this estate at some point between 1820 and 1823.

1826 [EA] - → Attorney
1823 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1820 [EA] - → Executor
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - → Previous owner
1820 [EA] - → Attorney

Relationships (5)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Son → Mother
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (1)

27 Dorset Square, London, Middlesex, London, England