Locust Hall

Estate Details


Associated People (9)

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
- 1810 [LA] → Owner
1771 [EA] - 1771 [LA] → Joint owner

Hughes-Queree shows the estate being purchased in 1771 by Hanbury & Gosling.

1784 [EA] - 1784 [LA] → Owner
1802 [EA] - 1802 [LA] → Not known

Locust Hall was shown [in Hughes-Queree] as sold by Susanna Gosling and others to Charles Hanbury and Osgood Hanbury II. It is not clear in what capacity the latter two were acting

1810 [EA] - 1843 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney

This might not be the correct Joseph Harding.

1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Not known
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Attorney

NB that there are several called John Wood. See biographical notes on this one for the other possibilities.

1829 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Attorney

Associated Claims (1)

£4,707 4S 11D

Notes

Capt. James Holdip, agent in Barbados of the London Merchant Syndicate, acquired at least 1,000 acres, possibly as early as c.1635. In 1653 he sold the Locust Hall plantation, of 700 acres in St George, to his brother, Richard, in exchange for an annuity of £20,000.
Between 1658 and 1660 Richard Holdip made an agreement with Edward Pye, merchant by which Pye appears to have leased the plantation for £2,400 [per annum?] and created sugar works and brought in enslaved people. Under a Chancery case in 1662 Pye acquired ownership. Its extent was 413 acres and there were 127 enslaved on it.
Between 1723 and 1744 the owner seems to have been Gelasius MacMahon. In 1744 he bequeathed it to his wife, Frances McMahon, with a dowry to her. In turn she bequeathed it in 1766 to her daughter Mary McMahon and her first husband and then second, Henry Thornhill. Also in 1744, Frances McMahon and Elizabeth Brice, a widow of St George, took out a mortgage with John Sober of St Peter for £6,000. At this point there were 113 enslaved on 370 acres.


Sources

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.


Estate Information (11)

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1766
[Number of enslaved people] 112(Tot)  
[Size] 40  
 

Under a Marriage settlement, Mary Lund, widow, heir of Frances McMahon, deceased, married her second husband, the Hon. Henry Thornhill of St. Lucy. She had acquired the plantation from her mother. The Locust Hall plantation was also called McMahon’s plantation.

 
Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1771
 

The plantation was acquired c. 1771, by the Quaker firm, Hanbury & Gosling.

 
Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1784
 

Part of Locust Hall - 52 acres - was put up for sale. The owner was John Asgill Gosling.

 
Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1802
 

In 1802, Susannah Gosling, James Mapp Allen and his wife Mary Wood Allen sold Locust Hall to Charles and Osgood Hanbury. [It is not clear what Allen's share in ownership was or from when.]

1810
 

Sometime before 1810 Locust Hall had been acquired by George Hall. In 1810 he left it to his brother, David. See Hughes-Queree and J. C. Brandow, Genealogies of Barbados families (1983), pp. 270-72.

 
Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1817
[Number of enslaved people] 210(Tot) 119(F) 91(M)  
 

Return of David Hall, his own property.

 
T71/520 713-18
1823
[Number of enslaved people] 206(Tot)  
[Name] [no name given]  
 

Return of Joseph Harding, Attorney, the property of David Hall. Previously 209 enslaved.

 
T71/531 60-61
1826
[Number of enslaved people] 212(Tot)  
 

Return of Charles T. Alleyne, capacity not specified, the property of David Hall.

 
T71/535 317-18
1829
[Number of enslaved people] 220(Tot)  
 

Return of John Wood jun. (Attorney), the property of David Hall.

 
T71/543 44-6
1829
[Number of enslaved people] 220(Tot)  
 

Return of John Wood junior, Attorney, the property of David Hall.

 
T71/543 44-6
1832
[Number of enslaved people] 225(Tot)  
 

Return of John Wood senior, Attorney, the property of David Hall.

 
T71/550 49-50