Henry Jefferson

1800 - 1877

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded compensation as mortgagee with his brother for two estates on Antigua belonging to the heirs of Sir William Ogilvy. Son of Henry Jefferson (1750-1827), brother of Robert Jefferson (q.v.) and partner in the Whitehaven West India and Wine & Spirits business of Robert and Henry Jefferson (q.v.).

  1. Living at Hensingham House, Hensingham in 1841. Henry Jefferson, age 50, 'J.P. West India Merchant', born Whitehaven, was living at Rothersyke in 1851 with his wife Ann (age 52), daughters Ann (age 20) and Catherine (age 9), sons Charles (age 21) and Frank (age 13), and servants. At Rothersyke in 1871 with son Robert (44), daughters Jane (36), Harriett Tetley (34) and servants in 1871. Will of Henry Jefferson late of Rothersyke Cumberland who died at Whitehaven 19/07/1877 proved 08/08/1877 by Robert Jefferson merchant the son and Jane Jefferson spinster the daughter executors, effects under £25,000.

  2. Henry Jefferson (1750-1827) was 'of Antigua, later of Whitehaven', and had married Anne Tweedie at St John's in 1780.

  3. Deeds and papers relating to estates in Antigua c. 1830-1860 are held as part of the R. & H. Jefferson, wine and spirit merchants papers at Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven.


T71/877 Antigua claim nos. 20 (York's Estate) and 61 (New Division Est.).

Brian Parnaby, The Jeffersons of Whitehaven (Ullock, Travail Press, 2005); http://www.whitehaven-news.co.uk/news/1.408896 [accessed 14/08/2012].

  1. Censuses online. National Probate Calendar 1877.

  2. Vere Langford Oliver History of Antigua Vol II 'Pedigree of Jeaffreson' pp. 108-109. Oliver could not connect Henry Jefferson (1750-1827) with the Jeaffresons of Dullingham House.

  3. Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre YDB 18, https://archiveweb.cumbria.gov.uk/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=YDB+18 [accessed 14/04/2021].

Further Information

Wealth at death
West India merchant, wine and spirits merchant

Associated Claims (2)

£2,342 2s 0d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£4,549 5s 10d
Awardee (Mortgagee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Robert and Henry Jefferson
West India merchant  

Physical (1)

Country house
Rothersyke House [Built] 

Relationships (1)


Addresses (3)

Whitehaven, Cumberland, Northern England, England
Hensingham House, Hensingham, Whitehaven, Cumberland, Northern England, England
Rothersyke House, Egremont, Cumberland, Northern England, England