James Glassen

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Claimant or beneficiary


Owner of enslaved people in St Andrew, Grenada from at least 1826 - though listed in the town of St George in the slave compensation records.

  1. Planter of Grenada when he wrote his will in 1823 (proved in 1838).

  2. Catherine Eliza, daughter of the late James Glassen Esquire, formerly of the Island of Grenada, married Dr Colin Buchanan at St James's Westminster in 1838. Catherine Eliza died in Sydney, Australia, in 1887 "after much suffering."

  3. Jane Alicia Glassen married George Henry Rowley, son of Owsley Rowley. Their daughter Emily Jane married George Mony Johnson in Sydney in 1870. George Henry Rowley, Police Magistrate, died at his residence, Little Hartley, in Sydney 25/02/1872 age 62 years. Jane Alicia Rowley died in Sydney in 1905 in her 85th year.


  1. PROB 11/1901/391.

  2. The Scotsman 29/09/1838; Ancestry.com, Westminster, London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935 [database online]; Sydney Morning Herald 16/08/1887.

  3. Ancestry.com, Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011 [database online; marriage record includes mother's maiden name Glassen]; Sydney Morning Herald 01/03/1873 and 16/06/1905; http://agenealogyhunt.blogspot.com/2012/02/part-640s-smith-robertson-genealogy.html?m=1 [accessed 22/03/2021, source also states "The Glassens came to Grenada from British Guyana"].

We are grateful to Stephen Lewis for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Catherine Eliza, Jane Alicia[?], Mary Anne, Amelia Margaret

PROB 11/1901/391 - precis.

James Glassen of the island of Grenada, planter.

All my estate real and personal to my dear wife Amelia Glassen for life. At her decease the same to my executors in trust for the use, benefit and support of my four daughters until they each attain the age of 21 years, then such property to be equally divided between my daughters Catherine Eliza Glassen, Jane Alicia[?] Glassen, Mary Anne Glassen and Amelia Margaret Glassen and any other children I may have born in nine months after my death.

Should my wife be desirous of changing or disposing of any such real property she firm attain the full sanction and consent of two of my executors provided th money arising be invested by her in such other property or in the funds as may appear advantageous to her and my said children.

My wife Amelia Glassen, Owsley Rowley, George Macewan[?], William Alexander Horne and John Mortimer of Grenada, Esquires to be executors.

Signed 11/05/1823.

Proved at London 04/10/1838.


Associated Claims (1)

£519 9s 6d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (1)

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
1826 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (2)

Husband → Wife
Other relatives
Notes →
Rowley's son married Glassen's...