Curtis Philip Berry

1786 - ????

Claimant or beneficiary


Baptised St George's Bloomsbury, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Berry in 1786, but then resident in Manchester, Jamaica, where he served as magistrate and as a member of the Assembly. He was an architect by profession. Berry died sometime between 1837 and 1840.

  1. In this city, on the 19th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Campbell, Mr. C. P. Berry, of the parish of St. Andrew, to Mrs. Dorothy Allwood, widow of the late Thomas Allwood, Esq. of the parish of Portland. Philip, son of Curtis Philip Berry and Dorothy his wife, late Allwood, widow, born 19/12/1813 and baptised in Kingston 07/04/1815. In 1835, The Spectator and Gentleman's Magazine reported the death at Ensom Pen, near Spanish Town, of Dorothy Berry 'lamented wife of Curtis Philip Berry'.

  2. In 1830 the abolitionist newspaper The Christian Observer named Curtis Berry as responsible for branding his initials on the shoulders and breast of a 'young creole slave, a native of Jamaica, a subject of his majesty, the property of Curtis Philp Berry...'

Sources, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]; Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880, available through; Place names in Manchester, Jamaica:

  1. Royal Gazette of Jamaica 21/12/1811;, Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]; The Spectator, Vol.8 (1835), p. 705; The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol.158 (1835), p. 335; New Monthly Magazine Vol. 44 (1835) p. 543.

  2. The Christian Observer (1830), available through Googlebooks:

We are grateful to William Norton and Peter Selley for their help compiling this entry.

Further Information

Dorothy Allwood

Associated Claims (3)

£111 2s 7d
£757 1s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant (Owner-in-fee)
£31 0s 6.75d

Associated Estates (8)

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
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1815 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Lessee
1825 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - → Other

Purchased some of these enslaved people.