Abraham Parry Cumberbatch

1784 - 10th Oct 1840

Claimant or beneficiary


Absentee in England, claimed the compensation for the enslaved people on the Cleland and Farm estates on Barbados, which was paid to trustees (almost certainly under their marriage settlement) to secure £356 p.a. to his second wife Caroline Chaloner during her life. The trustees included Robert Chaloner MP (q.v.), Cumberbatch's brother-in-law.

Detailed, fully sourced genealogy available at 'Cumberbatch Family History', http://cumberbatch.one-name.net/getperson.php?personID=I533&tree=001 [accessed 09/02/2017].

  1. Son of Abraham Cumberbatch (1754-1796) and his wife Mary Cumberbatch nee Sober, grandson of Abraham Cumberbatch ne Carleton (1726-1785) and Cumberbatch Sober (d. 1826) and nephew of Laurence Trent Cumberbatch (d. c. 1829: other sources show 1833/4), Edward Carleton Cumberbatch (d. c. 1821) and John Trent Cumberbatch (d. c. 1821). Married (1) Charlotte daughter of Robert Burnett Jones 31/10/1805 at St George Hanover Square (2) Caroline Chaloner daughter of William Chaloner (and sister of Robert Chaloner MP) 13/04/1819 at Tonbridge. His son with Charlotte Jones, Abraham Carlton Cumberbatch (HBM consul in Turkey), left £30,000 on his death in 1875.

  2. In a Levy Book list for an unidentified parish [probably St Andrew], Barbados, 1804, Cumberbatch was listed as owning 292 enslaved. He was also listed as owning 2 windmills. This may refer to the Cleland estate in St Andrew.

  3. Will of Abraham Parry Cumberbatch of [the Broad House in the parish of] Hellingly Sussex proved 19/12/1840. In the will, which is long, he left his house for life to his wife Caroline, and his Cleland estate and the land known as Lammings [?] in Barbados, excluding the £5388 10s 2d in reduced annuities he had received as Slave Compensation, in trust to secure an annuity of £500 p.a. to his widow Caroline and £3500, £4000, or £5000 for his surviving younger children depending on how many of them there were up to 6. He entailed his estate for the benefit of his eldest son Abraham Carleton Cumberbatch. He left the income from £2000 to his daughter Elizabeth wife of Rev. Henry Chicheley Michell of Lymington and placed his personal estate, including the £5388 10s 2d subject to the annuity of Elizabeth Susannah Jones, in trust.


T71/899 Barbados nos. 4612 and 4948.

  1. James C Brandow Genealogies of Barbados Families pp. 544-45; National Probate Calendar 1875.

  2. Levy Book for unidentified parish [probably St Andrew], 1804. Barbados Department of Archives, RB9/3/7.

  3. PROB 11/1937/196.

We are grateful to Ruth Hecht for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

(1) Charlotte Burnett Jones (2) Caroline Chaloner
With (1) Abraham Carlton (1807-1875), Eliza (1809-1873), Benjamin William Robert (1812-1820), Albert (1814-1814). With (2) Emma (1819-1905), Robert William (1821-1876), Caroline Maria (1823-), Lawrence Henry (1827-1885)

Associated Claims (2)

£5,348 1s 11d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual)
£1,015 12s 8d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual)

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
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (7)

Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle
Nephew → Uncle
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (2)

Tunbridge Wells, Kent, South-east England, England
The Broad, Hellingly, Sussex, South-east England, England