Ralph Hotchkin

???? - 1818


Owner of Hotchkins Upper and Lower Ground, which appears to have become Halfway Tree in Jamaica. Descended from a slave-owning family in Jamaica. His grandson and namesake Ralph Thomas Hotchkin Griffith (1826-1906) has an entry in the ODNB as 'Sanskrit scholar.'

  1. Will of Ralph Hotchkin of Frome Selwood Somerset [made in 1809 with a codicil of 1815 which showed him as then of Uppingham in Rutland] proved 06/05/1818. In the will he placed the estate and enslaved people in trust to pay his widow Mary nee Griffiths an annuity of £200 p.a., and then to £200 p.a. among this four children, with a further £4000 to be raised against the estate and enslaved people for these children.

  2. The certificate of Ralph Hotchkin, linen-draper, late of Newgate Street but now of Frome Selwood, bankrupt, was awarded in 1787. This might refer to his father or to the man of this entry.


  1. PROB 11/1604/80

  2. London Gazette 12939 100 November 1787 p. 532.

Further Information

Mary Griffith

Associated Estates (1)

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- 1818 [LA] → Not known

Ralph Hotchkin left an estate named as Hotchkins Upper and Lower Ground in trust in a will made in 1809 with a codicil of 1815, proved in 1818. His daughter Catherine Barnes, the widow of Thomas Barnes, in 1856 described the estate as Halfway Tree or Hotchkins Upper and Lower Ground. The Rev. John Hotchkin, almost certainly the grandfather of Ralph Hotchkin, had entailed the estate under the name Upper and Lower Ground in his will proved in 1745.

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

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Relationships (2)

Father-in-law → Son-in-law
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Thomas Barnes married Ralph Hotchkin's daughter Catherine after Hotchkin's...
Grandson → Grandfather
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This relationship has been inferred by LBS, from the entailing of an estate and enslaved people in the will of the Rev. John Hotchkin in his will proved 1745 and its possession by Ralph Hotchkin at...

Addresses (2)

Uppingham, Rutland, Central England, England
Frome Selwood, Somerset, South-west England, England
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Of Uppingham at the time he made a codicil to his will in 1815.