Mary Pownall (née Lowe)

1784 - ????

Claimant or beneficiary


With her sisters Hannah Foley and Ann Lowe (both of whom q.v.) awarded the compensation for Violet Bank in Port Royal, and in her own name awarded the compensation as owner-in-fee of 6 enslaved people in Port Royal town. She was almost certainly the widow of a colonial clergyman, Rev. A.W [or W.] Pownall.

  1. Violet Bank was shown against Mary Lowe from 1811 until 1817; in 1818 it was shown ('Violet Bank and Carnagan') against Rev. A.W. Pownall; in 1821 and 1822 it was shown against W.G. Lowe and in 1824 against Mary Pownall, and in 1833 against William G. Lowe.

  2. According to a largely unsourced family tree on Ancestry (author jkisbeybritton), Mary Lowe was born in 1784 and married Augustus William Pownall who was the son of William Pownall (1740-1828) and Sarah Birchall Corne (1747-1818). This would make Mary Lowe the sister-in-law of James Corne Pownall and Elizabeth Corne Mais (both q.v.). Augustus William Pownall and Mary Lowe had 2 children: Mary Lowe Pownall (1815-1829) and William Lowe Pownall (1818-1907). William Lowe Pownall's first wife Hannah was also his first cousin, the daughter of James Corn Pownall.

  3. A Mrs Pownall was shown receiving as an annuitant of the Clergy Fund (for the benefit of the Widows and Orphans of the Rectors of the Established Church) £50 for 6 months in December 1837 and £7 for 6 months in March 1838.

  4. 'Lately, At Shirehampton, in her 14th year, [death of] Mary Lowe, only daughter of the late Rev. W. Pownall' 1829.

  5. In 1841, Mary Pownall age 57, born out of county, was living in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, in the household of her son William Pownall, age 20, Clergyman C of E, born Foreign Parts and his wife Hannah age 25, also born Foreign Parts. Not found in the 1851 census for Britain.


T71/864 Port Royal Nos. 15 & 16, in which she is identified as of England and Great Britain respectively.

  1. Jamaica Almanacs 1811-1833.

  2. [accessed 17/05/2013].

  3. Jamaica Almanac 1839 Civil Lists, 'Clergy Fund'. She was one of a group of 15-20 such annuitants.

  4. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 146 Obituary p. 380.

  5. 1841 census online.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Augustus William Pownall
Mary Lowe (1815-1829), William Lowe (1818-1907)

Associated Claims (2)

£903 14s 2d
£90 11s 5d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (2)

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
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (5)

Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law
Wife → Husband

Addresses (1)

Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, Central England, England