Sophia Levy Lewis

1791 - 17th Jun 1861

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for 17 enslaved people in Kingston Jamaica.

  1. Probably the same woman as the Sophia Levy Lewis late of 20 Woburn place Russell Square who died 17/06/1861 and whose will was proved 22/07/1861, effects under £1500. In 1851 Sophia L. Lewis aged 60 widow 'General Merchant' born Ramsgate is shown as head of the household at 20 Woburn Place, with her brother G.C.H. Lewis aged 45 solicitor born Portsmouth. In 1841 Sophia Lewis aged 50 Independent was living at Woburn Place with Lucy Lewis aged 70, Charles Lewis solicitor aged 25 and Isabella aged 10.

  2. Partnership heretofore existing between Sophia Levy Lewis and Louis Lewis under the style of Lewis and Brother, in the city of Kingston, in the island of Jamaica, in the West Indies, as Merchants and Storekeepers, dissolved by mutual consent 14/04/1859, the business to be carried on by Louis Lewis all alone.

  3. Apparently Jewish.


T71/862 Kingston no. 1821, which gives her as Sophia Levi Lewis and identifies her as 'Great Britain'.

  1. National Probate Calendar 1861; the will has been transcribed at [accessed 17/04/2012] and refers to her brother Lewis Lewis of Jamaica, as well as her brother George Coleman Hamilton Lewis and son Charles Vallancey Lewis; 1851 census online [where she is mistranscribed as Sophia S. Lewis, but subsequently corrected]; 1841 census online.

  2. London Gazette, Issue 22252, 19/04/1859, p. 1639.

  3. Listed in Eli Faber, Jews, slaves and the slave trade (1998) p. 235 as Jewish but not otherwise identified.

We are grateful to Michael Turnbull for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sophia Levi Lewis
Married but no further details
Charles Vallancey;
A will but no further details
Wealth at death
West India merchant

Associated Claims (2)

£645 0s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£625 4s 3d
Unsuccessful claimant

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
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Senior partner
Lewis and Brother
West India merchant  

Addresses (1)

20 Woburn Place, Russell Square, London, Middlesex, London, England