Rev. William Drake Sealy

5th Aug 1798 - 3rd Jul 1867

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Thomas Sealy (q.v.), and awarded the compensation as remainderman for one estate on Barbados and possibly another, as well as the compensation for one enslaved person in his own right.

  1. Born 08/05/1798 in St George's, Barbados, to Thos. and Mehetabel Sealy.

  2. William Drake Sealy, son of Thomas Sealy of Barbados, matriculated University College Oxford 29/11/1816 aged 18, BA St Albans College 1821, Rector of All Saints, Berbice, died at Clifton 03/07/1867, brother of Sir John Sealy.

  3. Described as of Southampton when he married Mary Hamilton Trotman, daughter of Thomas Clarke Trotman and Ann Trotman née Hamilton (both q.v.) at Clifton, Gloucestershire, 14/08/1823. Sealy was in Grenada at the time of the 1827 slave registers (when he was in possession of four enslaved people, all "brought from Barbados as a domestic"). According to an online family tree, his son Charles Duncan was born in Grenada in 1829 followed by Sarah in 1830, William in 1832 and Emma in 1833. Another son John was born in Barbados in 1835 followed by a daughter Isabella Wilhelmina in 1836 and son Henry in 1838. Margaret was born in Clifton in 1840 and a final son, John, was born 05/05/1842 and baptised 08/06/1842 at Clifton.

  4. Between 1826 and 1829, Thomas C. Trotman gifted four enslaved people to his daughter, wife of William Drake Sealy: Ellcey, age 40, James Thomas age 21, Marey [sic] age 17 and Mary Ann age 15 months. Three were sold to Thomas P. Roberts and one, Mary, age 17, was taken to Grenada.

  5. Will of Rev. William Drake Sealy late of 15 Richmond Terrace Clifton who died 03/07/1867 proved 26/07/1867 by widow Mary Hamilton Sealy, effects under £3000.


T71/899 Barbados claim nos. 4196A & B (Sealy Hall?) and 4255 (Cliffs); T71/900 Barbados claim no. 5320.

Thomas Sealy claimed as owner-in-fee for 31 and as tenant for life for 105, remainder to his eldest son. T71/1593 p 142 15/03/1836 letter to Thomas Sealy 4 Saville Place Clifton re process, re split of this award and re Barbados no. 4255: you and your son need to agree 'the manner in which the money should be awarded.'

  1. English Settlers in Barbados, 1637-1800 [database online].

  2., Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online].

  3. Christian Remembrancer vol. 5 p. 627 (September 1823);, England & Wales Marriages and Banns, 1538-1940 [database online]; T71/300 pp. 341-342;, England and Wales Christening Records 1530-1906 [database online]; 'Radcliffe Family Tree', public member trees, no 45484859 by stuartradcliffe.

  4. T71/543 p. 186.

  5. National Probate Calendar 1867.

We are grateful to Ruth Hecht for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Rev. William Drake Sealey
Mary Hamilton Trotman
Charles Duncan, Sarah, William, Emma, John, Isabella Wilhelmina, Henry, Margaret, John
Wealth at death
Oxford (University and St Albans College) [1816-1821 ]
Church of England

Associated Claims (2)

£29 2s 7d
£2,151 13s 3d

Relationships (8)

Son → Father
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Nephew → Uncle
Nephew → Uncle
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (2)

Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
15 Richmond Terrace, Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England