Estate Details

Associated People (5)

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
- 1776 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

In his will proved in 1798, Thomas Maitland rehearsed his marriage settlement of 1776, under which he had placed in trust £12,000 of the £16,500 owed to him and secured by mortgages over property in St Kitts. A trustee of this settlement pursued the compensation for enslaved people on Verchild in the 1830s.


Inferred to have been associated with, and probably owner of, the Verchild estate, but to date this has not been verified. In the will of Stedman Rawlins II (proved 1796), he said he had 'lately' purchased an estate from Hon. James Verchild that had been in possession of Thomas Maitland.


It is not yet known whether James George Verchild had a connection with the Verchild estate which is inferred to have been associated with his father the Hon. James Verchild.

1817 [EA] - 1822 [LA] → Owner

Hon. Stedman Rawlins is shown as the owner of Verchilds in 1817 and 1822, then giving way by 1828 to Gertrude Rawlins, known to be the wife of Hon. Stedman Rawlins the son of Stedman Rawlins II of St Kitts, and Stedman Rawlins jr [later simply Stedman Rawlins], yet to be definitively identified.

1828 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Receiver

Associated Claims (2)

£441 1S 3D
£880 6S 4D

Estate Information (10)

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[Number of enslaved people] 296(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Return of the Hon Stedman Rawlins, owner; returned by William Phipps, manager.

T 71/253 291-298
[Number of enslaved people] 305(Tot)  
[Name] Verchild's  

Return of the Honorable Stedman Rawlins Esq, owner; returned by William Phipps, manager.

T 71/255 88-89
[Number of enslaved people] 298(Tot)  
[Name] Verchild's  

Return of Stedman Rawlins, owner; the name of the estate is only found in the index.

T 71/256 333 - 335
[Number of enslaved people] 303(Tot)  
[Name] Verchild's  

Return of S Rawlins Jr, receiver and manager of the estate of Stedman Rawlins, owner. St. Thomas, Middle Island

T 71/258 277
[Number of enslaved people] 19(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Returned by William Wharton Rawlins for Gertrude Rawlins, owner; 10 enslaved people were received by gift from Stedman Rawlins.

T 71/258 279
[Name] Verchilds  
[Size] 384  
[Crop] sugar  

Listed in St Thomas Middle Island as an estate of 384 acres in William McMahon's 1828 map of St Kitts with 216 acres of caneland. Proprietor(s) Hon. Stedman Rawlins.

William McMahon, A New Topographical Map of the Island of Saint Christopher, West Indies... (1828)
[Number of enslaved people] 289(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Return of Stedman Rawlins, owner.

T 71/259 123-124
[Number of enslaved people] 157(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Return of Gertrude Rawlins, owner; returned by Stedman Rawlins, registering capacity not given; 62 enslaved people were received from Stedman Rawlins under authority of a deed from Baillie and others in October 1832; 96 enslaved people were received from Stedman Rawlins under decree of Court of Chancery; 157 enslaved people were transferred to Adlam and others in trust; and 22 enslaved people were retained by Gertrude Rawlins. This return is followed by another return by Stedman Rawlins concerning the same group of enslaved people.

T 71/260 136 to 140
[Number of enslaved people] 300(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Stedman Rawlins, owner; this list predates the entry by Gertrude Rawlins showing the enslaved people she received under a decree of the Court of Chancery and by the direction of Baillie; it also shows that 37 enslaved people were confiscation to the Crown, and 84 were transferred to W Williamson.

T 71/260 140-148
[Number of enslaved people] 157(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  

Return of Horatio Adlam, George M Tapshire, and Stedman Rawlins, trustees in possession; 157 enslaved people were transferred from Gertrude Rawlins in trust as mentioned in a deed.

T 71/260 132 to 136