Thomas Maxwell Adams the elder

1745 - ????


Father of Thomas Maxwell Adams (1771-1806, q.v.). Thomas Maxwell Adams the elder was the son of Thomas Adams of Adams Castle (d. 1764) and was also the heir as an infant of his great-aunt Elizabeth Maxwell.

  1. Thomas Maxwell, son of Thomas of the isle of Barbados arm. matriculated Merton Oxford 13/08/1764 aged 19.

  2. His widow Anne Adams died at Brompton, Kensington in 1812.

  3. In a List of inhabitants of Christ Church, Barbados, c.1758, Adams was listed as owning 188 enslaved. Figures from a list of whites and blacks in Christ Church, c.1758. The exact date of the list is not given; but internal evidence places it in or soon after 1758. The figures were given as 3 whites, and blacks as: men: 41; women: 67; boys: 34; girls: 46. Thomas Maxwell Adams the elder was still a minor at this time: the enslaved people were presumably in the hand of his father.


James C. Brandow, Genealogies of Barbados Families, from Caribbean and the Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (1983) pp. 1-2 'Adams, Maxwell and Walker of Barbados'.

  1., Oxford University Alumni 1500-1866 [database online]

  2. Will of Ann [sic] Adams widow of [Brompton] Kensington proved 30/04/1812 PROB 11/1532/506.

  3. Barbados Department of Archives, RB9/3/4.

Further Information

[2] Mrs Ann Fonblanque
Thomas Maxwell
Oxford (Merton) [1764 ]

Associated Estates (1)

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
1750 [EA] - → Owner

Thomas Adams 'of Adams Castle', the father of Thomas Maxwell Adams the elder, was buried at St Michael's Barbados 04/09/1764. Hughes Queree shows that Adams Castle passed to Thomas Maxwell Adams the elder from his great-aunt Elizabeth Maxwell in 1750.

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law