Rev. Thomas Alves

1792 - 1843

Claimant or beneficiary


Almost certainly the Rev. Thomas Alves, awarded the compensation for two enslaved people in Port Royal Jamaica.

  1. If this is the Rev. Thomas Alves, then he was ordained 07/02/1819 at St Marylebone as 'lit.' [i.e. no tertiary education], the grandson of Dr John Alves of Shipland Inverness. Became Rector of St Dorothy in 1821 from the curacy of Trelawny following the death of the previous Rector R.B. Lawrence. Succeeded at St Dorothy in October 1824 by Rev. Thomas Leacock. Also spent time as an Anglican minister in Port Royal. In 1840, the Rev. Thomas Alves was again appointed the rector of St Dorothy, exchanging posts with the Rev. C.F. Hall, who took Alves' position as rector of Port Royal. His benefices may be more complicated than this - it's possible that the exchange of posts in 1840 is actually Hall ending a temporary stint in St Dorothy while Alves was on an extended period of absence in Scotland.

  2. Thomas Alves married Anna Smith, spinster of St James, by licence 01/04/1820 in Trelawny. She was probably the Anna Smith, daughter of Charles Smith and Barbara his wife, born 29/01/1799 and baptised 09/04/1799 in Trelawny. In October 1820, Thomas Alves performed the marriage ceremony in Trelawny for his sister Jane, who married William Dyer (q.v.).

  3. Rev. T. Alves appears in the diary of the Episcopalian Dean Charles Fyvie, in Inverness in 1841: in August of that year Alves and Fyvie breakfast together and read prayers; in October Fyvie records Alves as conducting a church service.

  4. "Died December 1843 burial Dec 12 1843 Church Yard Spanish Town, St Catherine". Occupation Rector of St Dorothy, and also Chaplain House of Assembly. He is also listed as residing at time of death in Spanish Town.


  1. CCEd Person ID 83223; The British Magazine and Monthly Register Vol. 19 (1841), p. 128.

  2., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  3. Email from Jim Brennan 01/06/2018 sourced to Robert Preece (ed.), The Diaries of Dean Charles Fyvie 1829 and 1839-41 (privately printed).

  4., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

We are grateful for the help of Jim Brennan with this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Thomas Alves
Anna Smith
Church of England

Associated Claims (1)

£58 6s 3d

Associated Estates (3)

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] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1826 [EA] - → Owner
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (3)

Husband → Wife
Brother → Sister

Addresses (1)

Inverness, Inverness-shire, Highlands & Islands, Scotland