Nathaniel Wright

15th Jul 1791 - 1842

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Born 15/07/1791 and bapt. 16/04/1795, son of Mr Robert Benstead Wright by Jean Kentish, "free mulatto". Planter, of South Valley, buried in the private burial ground there, 10/07/1842, aged 50.

  2. His will dated 9/7/1842 refers to his reputed daughter Jane Kentish Wright, his sister Mary Wright, his cousin Charles Wright, and his nephew James Cooper Wright.

  3. Perhaps “Mr Nathaniel Wright, a person of colour, Santa Cruz”, one of whose slaves was detained in the Manchester Workhouse, 1827.


  1., Jamaican Parish Registers, St Elizabeth, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1705-1820 p. 73; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1840-1859 p. 481.

  2. Transcription at

  3. Royal Gazette of Jamaica 09/06/1827.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance wtih compiling this entry.

Further Information


Transcription at

Nathaniel Wright Will, Entd 2 September 1842

In the Name of God, Amen. I Nathaniel Wright of the Parish of Saint Elizabeth in the County of Cornwall and Island of Jamaica being of sound mind and memory do declare this to be my last Will and Testament. I desire all my Stock at Arlington consisting of horsekind and Cattle to be sold to defray the expences (sic) of my Funeral and other debts and likewise my Cart to be likewise sold Save and except the following to be given to my reputed Daughter Jane Kentish Wright. A mare called Justice and the choice of a heifer to given to Thomas Dyer Essen the filly out of Maymaid and the choice of Heifer to Miss Ruth Caroline Parchment I give to my Sister Mary Wright my proportion of Land at Friendship and to my cousin Mr. Charles Wright the Sum of Six pounds I desire two acres of my land adjoining the Kingsroad leading to the Santa Cruz mountains commonly called Forty Acres to be sold to a man named Billy Rowe and two years given him to pay for the same for two pounds eight shillings per acre which is to be taken out of his wages for work done on the property. The residue of all my property both personal and real I give devise and bequeath to my reputed daughter Jane Kentish Wright and her lawful issue forever and in case of her decease without lawful issue then to my nephew James Cooper Wright and my niece Mary Wright share and share alike My gold Watch Chain and seals I give to my reputed daughter Jane Kentish Wright and in case of her dying without having a lawful Son then to belong to my Nephew James Cooper Wright I nominate and appoint Mr. Thomas B. Mullings of Rockland and my Sister Mary Wright and my reputed daughter Jane Kentish Wright Executor and Executrixes to this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills and Testaments In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of July one thousand eight hundred and forty two.

(Notation in margin - No seal) Nathaniel Wright

Witnessed by John Harriott George Raby Wright James Wright

Jamaica SS In obedience to the dedimus potestatem hereunto annexed I have administered an oath unto John Harriott who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists deposeth and saith that he was present and did see Nathaniel Wright the Testator in the annexed instrument of writing named being at that time of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding Sign Seal publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament and at the same time George Raby Wright and James Wright were also present and together with him subscribed their names as witnesses to the same in the presence of the said Testator and further that he knows nothing of any will since made by the Said Testator that can tend to the disadvantage of the will hereunto Given under my hand and seal this 10th day of August 1842.

                                                            John Cuff

Jamaica SS I Philip Redwood do Swear that the annexed Will and paper attached thereto contain five legal sheets and fifteen words over to the best of my reckoning and belief

                                                            P. Redwood

Sworn before me this 1st day of September 1842 A. Lopes J.P.

Associated Claims (2)

£588 3s 4d
£887 16s 0d

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
1809 [EA] - 1835 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (4)

Natural Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle
First Cousins
First Cousins