Anna Mary Palmer (née Paterson)

1802 - 1846

Claimant or beneficiary


Born in 1802, Annie Mary Paterson was the daughter of John Paterson Esq. of the Baulk, near Lucea, and his wife Juliana. John died in 1801, before Annie Mary's birth. Her mother remarried, to Captain David Boyd, in 1812.

Annie Mary married John Rose Palmer of Rose Hall on 28/03/1820 at Mount Pleasant, St James, the house of her mother and stepfather. John Palmer died seven years later leaving just over £1100 in assets and £6000 in debts. His estates at Rose Hall and Palmyra were already liable for arrears of an annuity payable to Mrs Rebecca Weekes, the widow of John Rose Palmer's uncle John Palmer. Annie Mary sold whatever rights she may have had to Rose Hall and Palmyra estates to a Dr Bernard of Bristol for £200 sterling in 1830.

Annie Mary was settled for life at Bonvista, St James, by William Augustus Dickson (q.v.) whose wife Ann Robina Brown was her aunt. She died in 1846 at Bonavista and was buried 09/07/1846 at Montego Bay.

It's not clear how or why but Annie Mary Palmer was wrongly reputed to be the "White Witch of Rose Hall" and to have been murdered by her enslaved people in 1830 (see the entry also for Rebecca Ann Palmer then Weekes).


Geoffrey S. Yates, 'Rose Hall - death of a legend' available at [acessed 29/10/2013].

Letters from Herbert Jarrett James to Philip Haughton James describe attempts to secure payment of Rebecca Weeks' annuity, transcriptions available at [subscription site, accessed 29/10/2013].

A transcription of the will of William Augustus Dickson is available at [subscription site, accessed 29/10/2013].

We are grateful to Peter Dickson for his assistance in compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
John Rose Palmer

Left everything to her 2 year old god-daughter Giolia Mary Spence, daughter of Dr and Mrs Patrick Spence of Montego Bay. [Source:, accessed 29/10/2013].

Associated Claims (1)

£71 14s 4d

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
1817 [EA] - → Joint owner

Relationships (3)

Niece → Uncle
Notes →
William Augustus Dickson was married to Ann Robina Brown, the aunt of Anna Mary...
Wife → Husband
Daughter → Father