Hon. William Barnett II

???? - 1782


Owner of Arcadia, and probably father of William Barnett III (q.v.). Member of Assembly for St James in 1765 and Member of Council in 1780, dying c. 1782. LBS has not yet definitively identified the reason for this man being described as 'junior' or 'the younger' in 1782 and again in 1793 but it appears likely to have been connected to the existence in Jamaica of another William Barnett, 'Smoking Billy', owner of Barnstaple or Barnstable estate until his death c. 1787.

William Barnett, jr of Trelawny, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1782. Slave-ownership at probate: 374 of whom 200 were listed as male and 174 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £45387.46 Jamaican currency of which £29155.06 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £8603 currency debts and £0 currency plate.


Attachment to the 1839 Jamaica Almanac, ESTATES IN TRELAWNY, WITH NAMES OF PROPRIETORS IN 1776 and after 'The following List of Estates in the Parish of Trelawny, with the Names of the Proprietors and Families residing thereon in 1776, as also Estates settled since that period, was transmitted to us by a Gentleman of that Parish, who obtained it from an highly respectable inhabitant, now in his 87th year. Compiler', Estates in Trelawny, with names of the Proprietors and Families residing ther[e]on in 1776, http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/AL39Lis6.htm [accessed 17/11/2016]; Fuertado's Personages transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/b/bfeurtado01.htm.

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

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
1769 [EA] - 1776 [LA] → Owner
1793 [EA] - 1793 [LA] → Previous owner

The attorney for Elizabeth Everett Barnett acting of executrix William Barnett esq. the younger and for William Barnett of Arcadia registered the enslaved people on Lysworney in 1793. Despite the use of 'the younger', the deceased man appears to have been Hon. William Barnett, whose widow was Elizabeth Everett Barnett. William Barnett of Arcadia married in London in 1796.

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Deceased Husband → Widow
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