Wolfert Katz

???? - 1835

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Wolfert Katz, the largest slave-owner in the colonies of Berbice, Essequebo and Demerara with 2000 slaves in 1826 according to John Innes.

Married Susan Barclay, the daughter of Simon Fraser and Maria Barclay and granddaughter of Hugh Fraser of Craigscorrie.  The marriage broke down in acrimony, Wolfert Katz placing an advertisement in the Times to deny responsibility for her debts in 1829.

Susan Barclay Katz identifed Maria Barclay Katz as her only lawful daughter born in wedlock.  However, there were at least four other children of Wolfert Katz identified in the compesation records: William, Ellen, Susanna and George.

Sources

T71/885 British Guiana claim no. 21 (Belair).

http://www.spanglefish.com/slavesandhighlanders/index.asp?pageid=179634 [accessed 10/08/2012].

Report from the Select Committee on the commercial state of the West India colonies PP 1831-2 Vol. 20 (381) Evidence of John Innes, p. 68.


Further Information

Spouse
Susan Barclay Katz
Children
William, Maria Barclay, Susanna, Ellen, George

Associated Claims (1)

£2,995 5S 5D
Deceased claimant unsuccessful