James Clayton White

???? - 13th Sep 1833

Claimant or beneficiary


The executors of James Clayton White (apparently a resident slave-owner but with children baptised in London) were awarded the compensation for the Burlington estate in Portland. James Clayton White had made a will 13/06/1834 but it had not been properly witnessed. A counterclaim was lodged by Thomas Parker of Camberwell and his wife Sarah (q.v.), the latter the cousin and heir at law of James Clayton White.

  1. Three children of James Clayton White have been identified as baptised in London. Mary Ann White, daughter of James Clayton White planter in Jamaica was baptised 09/11/1808 at St George in the East Tower Hamlets, when she was shown as born in Portland in the month of April 1803. George White son of James Clayton White birth unknown was baptised at St John at Hackney 25/07/1810. Emma White daughter of James Clayton ('west India planter') and Rosanna White, of Shard's Place Peckham was baptised at St George Camberwell 26/08/1827 having been born 23/08/1824.

  2. In addition, an Edward White gave his father as James Clayton White 'merchant' when he married Susannah How Stephenson at St Anne Limehouse 12/10/1854.

  3. James Clayton White owned one moity of Burlington estate in Portland and purchased the other moity from Anthony Gutzmer for £24,500 Jamaican currency in 1812. President of the workhouse in Portland in 1802. In 1817 he was an assistant judge or magistrate in Portland and a Commissioner of the Supreme Court as well as a Major-General in the island militia (the latter title he also held in 1824).

  4. From the Jamaica Royal Gazette of 19th Sept. 1833- "We have to report the melancholy death of Jas. Clayton White, Esq. of Whitehall and Burlington Estates, in the parish of Portland, Jamaica, which event took place on Tuesday morning, the 13th inst. after a severe illness, which he bore with Christian resignation, and departed this life perfectly sensible and reconciled to the Divine Will. Mr. White for several years filled the offices of Custos of the parish, Colonel and Major General of Militia, with credit to himself and benefit to the public, and has left an extensive circle of friends and acquaintances to regret his loss."

  5. Rosanna White of the parish of Portland, one of the daughters of the late James Clayton White, wrote her will 06/01/1851, bequeathing all her property to her reputed daughter Mary Ann Richards and her heirs, thereafter to her sister's children James Hicks Appleby, Charles Philemon Appleby and Samuel Stewart Appleby. These were the sons of James Clayton White's daughter Charlotte White, and their father was George Appleby, a planter. No marriage has been found for Charlotte White and George Appleby, although she went by the name of Charlotte Appleby from at least 1838 onwards. Charlotte Appleby died at Whitehall, Portland, in 1844, wife of George Appleby, planter, age 32 years.


T71/868 Portland no. 225.

  1. Ancestry.com, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]; ibid; Ancestry.com, London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online]

  2. Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

  3. LOS Deed 616 f. 157 (transcription of indenture provided by Newton Harris, email 24/07/2017); Jamaica Almanacs (1802, 1812 and 1824).

  4. North Wales Chronicle 09/09/1834.

  5. LOS Will 128 f. 159 (transcription of will provided by Newton Harris, email 24/07/2017).

We are grateful to Newton Harris, Peter Selley and Caron Francis for thier assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

[illeg., with Rosannah Richards] George, Edward, Rosey, Charlotte (1810-1844) Jemina, Emma

LOS Will 115 f. 138, transcription provided by Newton Harris by email, 24/07/2017.


James Clayton White of Portland, planter. Will written 13/06/1834.

All my estate to my executors upon trust. A full suite of mourning for Rosannah Richards, of free condition, and her four daughters Rosey, Charlotte, Jemina and Emma White, my natural and reputed children of colour.

To Rosannah Richards and her four daughters my household goods, furniture, linen, plate and plated ware, china, glasses and other ware, cutlery and kitchen utensils, also my books, wearing apparel, jewels, trinkets, clocks and watches, horses, gigs, harness, saddles and saddlery to their joint and several uses as they may think proper.

To Rosannah Richards and her four daughters together with each of my natural reputed sons of colour, the children of Rosannah Richards, namely George White and Edward White, all compensation as may be awarded to me on the 1st August 1834. Considering the great change that is about to be expected in the nature and quality of plantation property through the late measures adopted by the British Government towards the West India Colonies I devise it proper to cut house and empower my executors hereinafter named to claim and receive the compensation for the benefit of my estate and after that period to exercise their own judgement and discretion whether to continue the cultivation of the estate under the terms of the apprenticeship system or whether to sell the term of service of the labouring apprentices together with the lands, buildings, stock and other appurtenances for the most money that can be got for the same.

My friends William Linwood, merchant at present residing in the City of London, James Brydon of the city of Kingston Jamaica, and Charles Anderson late of the parish of St Andrew, planter, to be executors.

Sworn in Jamaica 07/10/1834.

Associated Claims (1)

£3,013 1s 6d
Beneficiary deceased (Owner-in-fee)

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
1811 [EA] - 1812 [EY] → Joint owner
1812 [SY] - 1835 [EY] → Owner
1792 [EA] - 1793 [LA] → Attorney
1795 [EA] - → Attorney
1792 [EA] - 1793 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney

Relationships (7)

Other relatives
Notes →
James Clayton White was the cousin of Thomas Parker's wife...
First Cousins
Son → Father
Brother → Sister
Brother → Sister

Addresses (1)

Shard's Place, Peckham, London, Surrey, London, England