Joseph Green

???? - 1826


Large-scale attorney in Jamaica, and himself a slave-owner, holding Leinster estate and the enslaved people on it. Moved to London by 1824.

  1. Buried at Brighton, Sussex, 14/07/1826 age 58.

  2. Father of three illegitimate children with Charlotte Bayly: Annie Grant Green (baptised in St Mary, Jamaica, in 1816, 'free child of colour'), Alexander Green (baptised in St Mary in 1824) and John Green (baptism not found). Annie was bequeathed £12,000 and the two boys £10,000 each in Joseph Green's will. His residuary heirs were his brothers Robert Green of Edinburgh and William Green.

  3. The personal estate of Joseph Green of St Mary, Jamaica, was sworn by his executors as under £35,000.


  1. Findmypast, Sussex Burials Transcription [database online].

  2. PROB 11/1717/341.

  3., Bank of England Wills Extracts 1717-1845.

We are grateful to Peter Selley for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

[illegitimate with Charlotte Bayly] Annie Grant Green, John Green, Alexander Green.

PROB 11/1717/341 - precis.

Joseph Green late of Jamaica but now of London Esquire.

To my brother Alexander Green of Frederick Place, Hampstead Road, Middlesex, my nephews Alexander Gordon (son of my sister Helen), Joseph Green (son of my brother William) and Joseph Green (son of my brother Robert), £500 each.

To my godson Alexander Green Grant (son of my most intimate and particular friend Alexander Grant of Arlington Street, Middlesex) £100 to purchase a watch or any other article he may choose as a remembrance of me.

To Charlotte Bayley of St Mary, Jamaica, £1,000 Jamaican currency.

To my trustees hereinafter named £6,000 in the three per cent consolidated bank annuities for my reputed daughter Annie Grant Green (born on or about 29/12/1813) by the said Charlotte Bayly to be an interest vested in her on her attaining the age of 25 years or at marriage with the consent of one or more of her guardians hereinafter appointed for her absolute benefit. The further sum of £6,000 like annuitites to my trustees for the benefit of Annie Grant Green when she attains the age of 21 years or marriage (with the consent aforesaid) to pay the dividends for such purposes as the said Annie Grant Green shall appoint. After her death this same fund shall remain in trust for the benefit of her children.

To my trustees £10,000 in the three per cents for my two reputed sons by Charlotte Bayly, John Green (born 29/03/1816) and Alexander (born 26/08/1822). One moity to be given to each at age 25 years and the second moity at age 30.

If at the time of my death I shall not be possessed of £32,000 in the three per cents then it shall be make up from my personal estate.

To Charlotte Bayly six of my slaves in Jamaica as she shall think fit to choose for her life. Thereafter these slaves and their increase to my daughter Annie Grant Green for ever.

All residue of my messuages, lands, slaves and real estate in Jamaica to the use of my most particular friends Alexander Grant, James Lewis of Clifton, James Hodge Byles of [blank] in Gloucestershire and James McInnes of Edinburgh Esquires and my brothers Alexander Green and Robert Green, and Alexander Stevenson and Robert Haldane Scott both of Jamaica Esquires upon trust to sell the property with all convenient speed after my decease. The proceeds to form part of my personal estate.

All rest and remainder to the use of my brothers William Green and Robert Green for their absolute benefit in equal shares as tenants in common.

Alexander Grant, James Lewis, James Hodge Byles, James McInnes, Alexander Green, Robert Green, Alexander Stevenson and Robert Haldane Scott to be executors and guardians of my reputed children.

Signed 13/12/1824.

Codicil dated 07/02/1826. Also to my brother Alexander my gold spectacles with spare pepples[?]. To my most intimate and dear friend Alexander Grant my gold snuff box and silver cup or vase now in his possession. My gold watch with its appendages to be reserved for my son John. To the minister and elders of the parish of Aberlour in Banffshire, £100 for the sole use and benefit of the poor. To my niece Helen Green (daughter of my brother William) £500 sterling. To my niece Elizabeth Green (daughter of my brother Robert) £1,000. To Charlotte Bayly two mahogany bedsteads, four hair mattresses, two bolsters, four pillows, two counterpanes and two mosquito nets complete, a chest of drawers, my breakfast table, one dozen common chairs, one dozen table silver spoons, one dozen tea silver spoons, one silver soup spoon or ladle, a set of breakfast china and one half of my bed and table linen now under her care at Castle Green. It is my wish that the legacy bequeathed to her should be paid from the sale or produce of my estate called Leinster Pen or Castle Green, so it is my wish that she should be accommodated with a residence thereon until the said legacy is fully paid. My son Alexander being at present with her I wish him as soon as my executors may think fit to be removed to Edinburgh, there to be educated. It is my wish that my said sons John and Alexander should have the best education that the High School and College can give and one of them should study law and the other physic shoudl their inclinations lead them thereto. It is my further wish that my daughter Annie Grant my receive as good and complete an education as Edinburgh can afford to the first of her sex. My wearing apparel contained in three trunks and three portmanteaus with every thing not already disposed of should be sent to my brother Robert in Edinburgh to be by him disposed of as he may think fit. I release and discharge my brother Robert from any debt he may owe me at the time of the death.

Sworn by Jessie Noble of Billiter Square, London, and John Tatham of the same place that they were well acquainted with Joseph Green formerly of Jamaica, afterwards of St James's Street in Middlesex but late of Brightholmston in Sussex.

Proved in London 23/10/1826 by James McInnes, Alexander Green and Robert Green.

Wealth at death

Associated Estates (25)

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] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1823 [EA] - → Manager
1823 [EA] - → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - → Receiver
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1815 [EA] - 1826 [EY] → Owner
1827 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1823 [EA] - → Manager
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1823 [EA] - → Manager
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1815 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Receiver
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - → Lessee
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney

Relationships (2)


Addresses (2)

Brighthelmstone, Sussex, South-east England, England
St James's Street, London, Middlesex, London, England