Frances Racster

25th Jul 1785 - 9th May 1839

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Frances Racster, daughter of "free mulatto woman" Elizabeth Hall and John Racster, was born 25/07/1785 and baptised in Kingston 18/11/1786. A sister, Sarah, was born 09/08/1787 and baptised in Kingston 20/12/1788.

  2. Francis [sic] Racster owned 12 enslaved people in Kingston in 1817 (1 man and 11 women). At some point between 1823 and 1826 she purchased Margaret Hall, an African-born woman who had previously been registered by Mary Hall as executrix of Elizabeth Hall. Around the same time she purchased Letitia Racster, an African woman previously owned by Isabella Hall.

  3. Frances and Sarah Racster were named as the neices of Isabella Hall, owner of Sabina Park pen in St Andrew, in her will written in 1821. Isabella and Elizabeth Hall were probably the daughters of Elizabeth Pinnock, a "free negro woman" and Oliver Hall, born in 1762 and 1768 respectively, and baptised in Kingston, Jamaica.

  4. Miss Frances Racster, aged 52, died in Kingston, Jamaica, 09/05/1839.


  1., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  2. T71/78 p. 242; T71/97 p. 2.

  3. Will of Bella otherwise Isabella Hall, Spinster of Kingston, Jamaica PROB 11/1708/407. For details of Sabina Park Pen see Jamaican almanacs., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  4. Email from Sue Smith 12/07/2015 sourced to Wesleyan-methodist magazine (1839) p. 331.

We are grateful to Sue Smith for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Frances Racester

Associated Claims (1)

£151 18s 1d

Associated Estates (4)

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
1823 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Executrix
1826 [EA] - → Executrix
1826 [EA] - → Executrix
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (3)

Niece → Aunt
Aunt → Nephew