Spring Field [Springfield] (previously Perry's)

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Associated People (11)

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
- 1802 [EY] → Owner
- 1803 [LA] → Previous owner

1st date of ownership not known.

1803 [EA] - 1804 [LA] → Joint owner
1804 [EA] - 1824 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1827 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Executrix
1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Not known
1827 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1828 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

Probably this Richard Haynes.

1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Executor

Associated Claims (1)

£3,907 3S 9D


Between 1674 and 1736 the estate was in the hands of the Waterman family. In 1680 the extent had been 447 acres in St Joseph and by 1699 500 acres on which there were 169 enslaved people. However, there were substantial debts and Chancery sales in 1734 and 1736-37. By 1748, the plantation was owned by William Perry of St Michael. At an unknown later date, but probably in the 1790s, the Perry plantation was acquired by John Humpleby (1773-1814).


Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

Estate Information (10)

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[Size] 477  

Perry plantation sold to David and George Hall for £17,664. The will of Alexander Hall proved in 1802 showed him leaving the Perry's estate to be sold by his residuary heirs and brothers David and George Hall, so that the Hughes-Queree note is puzzling.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

David Hall sold Perry to Richard Parris Pile in 1804 for £20,500. Pile renamed the plantation, ‘Springfield’.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

Indebtedness 1817-1837: ‘When Richard Parris Pile borrowed £5,571 from George Abel Deane in 1817 he secured the loan with a mortgage against the enslaved on the Springfield estate. In 1827 Deane sold the mortgage to William Coppin. When Coppin died the next year, Pile's widow and executrix, Charlotte, had to repay the outstanding principal of £2,857 to his estate. Charlotte Pile had kept up the interest payments since her husband's death in 1824 and had tried unsuccessfully for more than a year to sell Springfield. Although the net income of the estate had been estimated at £,1,400 in 1825, Charlotte Pile could not raise the money to repay the mortgage. To satisfy her creditor she remortgaged the estate to Richard Haynes for the amount of the debt. When the estate was sold in 1837, a loan of £1,428 remained among the outstanding debts, which then became the responsibility of the new owners. The compensation awarded for the Springfield slaves amounted to £3,907, and although Coppin's executors contested the claim, the indemnity went to the Pile family.’

Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (1995), p. 51.
[Number of enslaved people] 143(Tot) 79(F) 64(M)  
[Name] Spring Field  

Return of Edward Mills, Attorney, the property of Richard Parris Pile.

T71/521 772-5
[Number of enslaved people] 172(Tot)  

Return of Nathaniel Jones Pile, capacity not specified, the property of Richard Parris Pile (senior), an invalid. Previously 167 enslaved.

T71/530 341
[Number of enslaved people] 183(Tot) 97(F) 86(M)  
[Size] 397  

Inventory of the estate of Richard Parris Pile. Executrix: Mrs Charlotte Pile. Dated: 14 February 1825.
Total enslaved: Men: 39, Women: 55, Boys: 47, Girls: 42.
Inventory also included: Horses: 2, Cattle: 57, Sheep: 13, Hogs: 18.
[Value of enslaved: not given.]
Total estate value: £37,980 10 0d.

Barbados Department of Archives. Inventories
[Number of enslaved people] 184(Tot)  

Return of Nathaniel Jones Pile, capacity not specified, the property of the Estate of Richard Parris Pile (senior) to which Charlotte Pile was an Executrix and an invalid.

See also the separate Return of Nathaniel Jones Pile, the property of Charlotte Pile in 1826.

T71/537 139-40
[Number of enslaved people] 185(Tot)  

Return of Charlotte Pile, Executrix, the property of the Estate of Richard Parris Pile senior.

T71/543 280
[Number of enslaved people] 170(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  

Return filed by Richard Parris Pile as Executor to Richard Parris Pile senior. This registration probably relates to the claim specified. But see notes on Richard Pile jun. for other associations.

T71/550 287
[Name] Springfield  
[Size] 395  

Listed in St Joseph, property of Williams.

Barbados 1913 list from the Hughes-Quere indexes transcribed at https://creolelinks.com/1913-barbados-plantation-owners-names.html.