Samuel Delpratt I

???? - 1784


Merchant of Bristol and slave-owner in Jamaica, 'left Bristol to deal with his Jamaican estates [sic] in 1779, and died at sea returning from Jamaica to Bristol in 1783.' Father of Samuel Delpratt II and Edward Delpratt, and uncle of Joseph Delpratt (all of whom q.v.). Major moneylender and mortgagee in Jamaica in partnership with Edward Foord of Jamaica (q.v.)

  1. Will of Samuel Delpratt merchant [late of the city of Bristol but now ] of Kingston [made in 1783] proved 03/03/1784. Under the will he left £5000 currency each to his sons Samuel and Edward and daughters Mary Ann and Elizabeth, £2000 currency to his daughter Martha Mitchell wife of John Mitchell of Kingston, £200 each to his sisters Elizabeth How and Mary Foord, and £1000 to his nephew Joseph Delpratt. He left £200 currency each to his two reputed natural daughters of Kingston, Elizabeth and Sarah Delpratt, and to a free quadroon woman also named Mary Foord. He left £500 p..a to his sisters to support any [legitimate] children he had, and he made his sons Samuel and Edward his residuary heirs, then their sisters.


Kenneth Morgan, 'Bristol West India Merchants of the 18th Century', Transactions of the Royal Historical Society Vol. 3 6th series pp. 185-208; Burnard shows Delpratt leaving an estate of £141,930, and provided an analysis by size of Delpratt's loan portfolio totalling £373,025.62, labelled as sterling but apparently in fact Jamaica currency, Trevor Burnard Planters, Merchants and Slaves pp. 200-201.

  1. PROB 11/1114/122

Further Information

Martha Foord
Martha; Mary Ann; Elizabeth; Samuel II; Edward

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
1775 [SY] - → Trustee

Trustee under the will of James Pedder (the former owner) proved 1775

Relationships (9)

Uncle → Nephew
Father → Son
Father → Son
Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law
Uncle → Nephew
Notes →
Edward Foord's aunt Martha had married Samuel...
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Business partners
Notes →
Also probably brothers-in-law. Samuel Delpratt I's wife was Martha nee...
Trustee → Testator
Trustee → Testator

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England