James Lawrence of Fairfield

9th Sep 1709 - 1756


Son of John Lawrence of Ironshore and Running Gut (d. 1736) and Susanna, daughter of John Petgrave. "Of Fairfield", St James, which was owned by his eldest surviving son Richard James Lawrence from at least 1809. Member of Assembly in 1754, Custos, buried 16/06/1756 in Kingston. Will dated 1746, proved 1756.

James Lawrence was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 4153 acres of land in St James.

James Lawrence of St James, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1757. Slave-ownership at probate: 508 of whom 294 were listed as male and 214 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £30,999.7 Jamaican currency of which £18,236.06 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £6,721.53 currency debts and £0 currency plate.


Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) Vol. 6 pp. 122-124.

'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.

Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

Further Information

Mary James
Mary (1740-), John (1742-), Susannah (1743-), Richard James (1745-1830), Elizabeth (?-1811), James (1751-1798)

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
1762 [EA] - 1764 [LA] → Previous owner
- 1756 [EY] → Owner

Relationships (14)

Father → Son
Grandfather → Grand-daughter
Grandfather → Grandson
Grandfather → Grandson
Grandfather → Grandson
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Son → Father
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Father → Son
Father → Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
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