Joseph Trotman

1803 - 21st Dec 1868

Claimant or beneficiary


Joseph Trotman, son of Thomas Clarke Trotman of Bulkeley, Valley and Carmichael estates (for whom he was co-awardee as joint heir) and Ann Trotman née Hamilton; brother of Ann Trotman junior and Simon Lee Trotman; brother-in-law of William Drake Sealy (all q.v.).

  1. Born in Barbados to Thomas Clarke Trotman and Ann Trotman née Hamilton, matriculated Worcester College, Oxford, 24/10/1822, age 18; B.A. 1827, M.A. 1829, admited to the Inner Temple, 1833.

  2. Married Susanna Bradshaw, daughter of Thomas William and Frances Bradshaw, 22/04/1835. They had nine children. Susanna was ward of George Hewitt who bequeathed Warren's and Cane Garden plantations to her. She died in childbirth, 22/04/1852 age 37.

  3. In Barbados for the christening of his first son George Hewitt Trotman in 1836 but in Clifton, Gloucestershire for the births and christenings of his two eldest daughters Ellen Louisa and Josephine in 1837 and 1838. Back in Barbados for the births of his remaining known children Frederic Hamilton (1840), Edward Perch (1843), Susan Frances Hinds (1844), Ann Hamilton (1846), William Hinds Forte (1848) and Sarah Isabella (1850).

  4. Named as a director of the West India Bank in 1839.

  5. Found in only one British census, of 1861, living at 16 Henrietta Street, Bath, a widower, age 56, "Fundholder", born Barbados, with his daughters Ellen age 23 and Josephine age 22 and his son William age 13. Also living at the same address are three sisters, "Lodging Hse Keepers" and one female servant.

  6. Died at 22 Pulteney Street, Bristol, 21/12/1868. Will proved 12/10/1869 by William Clark Trotman (his brother and one of his executors). Effects under £600. However, through his wife's inheritance from George Hewitt, he also owned Warren's plantation which he left to his daughters, and Cane Garden which he left to his sons.


T71/898 Barbados claim nos. 3674 (Carmichaels) and 3676 (Bulkeleys).

For a genealogy of the Trotman family in Barbados see James C. Brandow, Genealogies of Barbados families: from Caribbeana and the Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1983) pp. 551-557.

  1., Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online]; marriage of his parents at St Michael, Barbados, 16/10/1794,, English Settlers in Barbados, 1637-1800 [database online].

  2. James C. Brandow, op.cit.; Henry Fraser and Ronnie Hughes, Historic Houses of Barbados (Barbados, Barbados National Trust, 1986) p. 26; memorial inscription transcribed at Vere Langford Oliver, The monumental inscriptions in the churches and churchyards of the island of Barbados, British West Indies (London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1915) p. 133.

  3. All listed at

  4. Kathleen Mary Butler, The economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (Chapel Hill and London, University of North Carolina Press, 1995) p. 138.

  5. 1861 census online.

  6. National Probate Calendar 1869. Brandow, op. cit. p. 551-557.

Further Information

George Hewitt (1836-), Ellen Louisa (1837-), Josephine (1838-), Frederic Hamilton (1840-), Edward Perch (1843-), Susan Frances Hinds (1844-), Ann Hamilton (1846-), William Mends Forte (1848-), Sarah Isabella (1850-)
Oxford (Worcester) [1827 ]
Legal Education
Inner Temple [1833 ]
Plantation owner

Associated Claims (2)

£3,926 11s 11d
£5,080 2s 2d

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
1854 [SY] - → Owner

In right of his wife, bequeathed by her guardian George Hewitt

Relationships (6)

Son → Mother
Brother → Sister
Son → Father
Other relatives
Notes →
Joseph Trotman's wife was the ward of George Hewitt (who bequeathed Cane Garden and Warren's estates in Barbados to...

Addresses (5)

Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
15 Henrietta Street, Bath, Somerset, South-west England, England
22 Pulteney Street, Bath, Somerset, South-west England, England