Mary Ann Britton (née Pownall)

1808 - 18th Apr 1861


  1. Reputed daughter of James Corne Pownall and "free mulatto" Sarah Watt, baptised in Jamaica 01/07/1809 aged about 7 months. Married John Britton in Westbury-on-Trym, 09/04/1823.

  2. One of the residuary legatees of her father (d. 1824) whose estate included Silver Hill plantation in St Andrew (the other legatees were her siblings and cousins). Her father's will stipulated that any of his children who returned to Jamaica would forfeit their inheritances (unless a daughter returned with her husband).

  3. Living at 9 Windsor Terrace, Bristol, in 1861, age 52, born Jamaica, with her husband John Britton,age 53, landed proprietor, and children Elizabeth C. (age 27, born Somerset), James P. (age 23, born New York), Sarah J. (age 22, born New York), John (age 20, born New York) and Edward C. (age 14, born New York) and her sister Isabella Pownall (age 39, born Jamaica).

  4. 17/12/1877: Administration of the effects of Mary Ann Britton (wife of John Britton) late of the City of Bristol who died 18/04/1861 at Bristol was granted at the Principal Registry to the said John Britton of 3 Premier Place, Mount Radford, Exeter, Gentleman. Effects under £600.


  1., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online];, England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005 [database online].

  2. PROB 11/1719/375.

  3. 1861 census online.

  4. National Probate Calendar 1877.

We are grateful to Howard Mais, Rita Lamb and Jill Britton for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
John Britton
At least 5 children
Wealth at death

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
1824 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Trust beneficiary

Relationships (16)

Niece → Aunt
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
Natural Daughter → Father
Niece → Uncle
Sister → Brother
Sister → Brother
Natural Daughter → Mother

Addresses (3)

New York, New York, USA - United States of America
Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
8 Windsor Terrace, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England