Richard James the elder

???? - 1759


Allegedly 103 at death. Father of Richard James jun. who (not surprisingly) predeceased him.

Richard James was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 720 acres of land in Hanover, 180 acres in Westmoreland and 120 acres in St Elizabeth, total 1020 acres.

Richard and Iona James were listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owners of 261 acres of land in St Elizabeth. Iona has not been identified and Richard could be Richard James the elder or the younger, or a different Richard James.


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

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
- 1759 [LA] → Joint owner

In his will proved in 1759 Richard James senior charged his debts on his moiety of the sugar works near Davis's Cove, 'and also all my Moiety or half part of..] the Negroe and other Slaves Mules Cattle and other Stock thereunto belonging.'

Relationships (5)

Father → Son
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law
Other relatives
Notes →
Either brothers-in-law or conceivably father-in-law (Partridge) and son-in-law (James). Richard James's wife Mary was known to have been the daughter of a Thomas Partridge, but her first child was...