Mary Lawrence Stevenson (née James)

???? - 1850

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on Fairfield estate in St James Jamaica and for a group of eight more enslaved people in Hanover Jamaica.

  1. Mary Lawrence James, daughter of Colonel John Robert James of Endeavour Jamaica by Mary Lawrence daughter of James Lawrence of Fairfield. Married William James Stevenson (Receiver-General of Jamaica, 1764-1830) in Jamaica 22/3/1796. Died Clifton, buried Cheltenham.

  2. Will of Mary Lawrence Stevenson of Cheltenham Gloucester proved 15/4/1850. Will of William James Stevenson of Kingston Jamaica proved 8/7/1831.  

  3. The William Stevenson of Bristol writing to the Commissioners of Slave Compensation on behalf of Mary Lawrence Stevenson, is almost certainly her son, later Sir William Stevenson (1804-1863), Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Mauritius 1857-1863. Sir William Stevenson's son Francis Seymour Stevenson was elected MP for Eye in 1885.


T71/873 St James no. 53; Hanover no. 602.

  1. Visitation of England and Wales Vol. 12, Stevenson of Playford Mount Co. Suffolk.

  2. PROB 11/2112; PROB 11/1788.

  3. Visitation of England and Wales Vol. 12, Stevenson of Playford Mount Co. Suffolk.

Further Information

Maiden Name
William James Stevenson
Sir William Stevenson; Thomas

Associated Claims (2)

£115 5s 2d
£1,067 2s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (2)

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
1834 [EA] - → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (7)

Grand-daughter → Grandfather
Niece → Uncle
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
Widow → Deceased Husband

Addresses (1)

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England