George Goodin Barrett

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Biography

“George Goodin Barrett (1792-1854) was a member of a prominent family of Jamaican sugar planters and slave owners and was a first cousin of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s father, Edward Barrett Moulton (later Barrett). He was born in 1792, the fourth and youngest son of Samuel Barrett and his first cousin Elizabeth Barrett Williams (nee Waite), a widow to whom he was not married. Although family members, in their wills, made some financial provision of Samuel’s children, their illegitimacy meant that they were excluded from the bulk of the family’s wealth which passed instead through the female line to the Moulton Barretts. George Goodin Barrett served in the army during the Peninsula War, rising to Captain in the 14th Regiment of Dragoons. In 1821 he married Elizabeth Jane Turner in London and by 1822 they were resident in Coventry, where their eldest son was born. They subsequently moved to Leamington where they had a second son in 1824 and a daughter who was baptised at Milverton in 1833. Barrett returned to Jamaica in the early 1840s after inheriting, together with his nephew Samuel Goodin Barrett, the estates of his brother Richard who had died in 1839. In 1845 he was recorded as owning 8,863 acres in the parish of St Ann and in 1849 he was elected as the member of the House of Assembly for St Ann. A combination of unfavourable economic conditions and poor financial management resulted in Samuel Goodin Barrett’s bankruptcy and George Goodin Barrett dying in straitened circumstances in 1854. He was buried at Cinnamon Hill cemetery, St James, Jamaica."

George was closely involved in the development of land in Leamington Priors, Warwickshire, from the early 1820s to the late 1830s, with varying degrees of financial success.

Sources

For a detailed account of George's property development in Leamington Priors, see Jane N. Croom, 'An Eligible Spot for Building': the Suburban Development of Greatheed land in New Milverton, 1824-c.1900', Warwickshire History XV(5) 217-234, quote from pp. 218-219 (available at https://www.academia.edu/5732597/An_Eligible_Spot_for_Building_the_suburban_development_of_Greatheed_land_in_New_Milverton_1824-c.1900 [accessed 05/02/2014].

We are grateful to Jane Croom for her assistance in compiling this entry.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Elizabeth Jane Turner
Children
Edward George (1822-), Richard John (1824-), Georgiana Elizabeth Barrett (1833-)
Occupation
Soldier, property developer, planter

Associated Claims (2)

£3,722 9S 3D
Awardee
£528 19S 6D
Awardee

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Urban Development
New Milverton [Built] 
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Comber House (built in 1824 and sold in 1827 for £6000); Milverton Lodge (built in 1825 and sold in 1839), Bertie Villa (built in 1827 and used as security for several mortgages as well as a family...

Addresses (1)

Leamington, Warwickshire, West Midlands, England