Judah Phillip Levy

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Claimant or beneficiary


Married to Hannah by 1820.

  1. In 1821, according to Benjamin McMahon, "Doctor Craig, who was the medical man in that part of the country, accused Mr. Levy, the proprietor of a small place, called Phillips Valley, of having buried a negro clandestinely, who met with his death by poison." Apparently the enslaved person "often came to the hospital complaining of sickness. Mr. Levy said it was nothing but skulking, and on this occasion said he would cure him of it, and for this purpose he gave him six grains of tarter emetic which brought on excessive retching for several hours, until he died... Dr. Craig arrived at the place shortly after the man's death, and inserted a note in the hospital book, that the man had died from an over-dose of tartar emetic. Immediately on this being done, Mr. Levy discharged Craig from attendance on Phillip's Valley. Craig then wrote to the authorities in Kingston, stating the particulars of the man's death." McMahon described the resulting inquest as a "sham investigation and the verdict was "Died by the visitation of God." A few weeks later, "Craig was discharged from the practice of every estate in the district ; and, in order to crush him still more, Mr. Levy sued him for defamation of character, and obtained a verdict, from a jury of planters like himself ... Craig was entirely ruined by this matter, and died not long after."


  1. Benjamin McMahon, Jamaica Plantership: Eighteen Years Employed in the Planting Line in that Island (1839) pp. 20-25.

We are grateful to Siddharth Singh Ahlawat for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Associated Claims (2)

£245 16s 2d
£2,964 17s 8d

Associated Estates (10)

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
1820 [EA] - 1827 [LA] → Owner
1819 [SY] - 1830 [EY] → Owner
1823 [EA] - → Other

Owner of these enslaved people.

1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1819 [EA] - → Not known
1823 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Guardian
1820 [EA] - → Joint owner
1823 [EA] - → Joint owner
1820 [EA] - → Joint owner

Relationships (2)

Husband → Wife
Guardian → Ward