James Swaby

???? - 1863

Claimant or beneficiary


Born in Jamaica, but educated in England at Charterhouse and apparently in England from the late 1820s onwards, awardee in different capacities of the compensation for several estates in Manchester Jamaica. Son of John Swaby and Frances King ('a free mulatto'), and grandson of Joseph James Swaby senior.

  1. 1851 census shows James Swaby born Jamaica aged 53 'West India estate' living 23 Earls Terrace with wife Elizabeth 46 born London, and children James 21 and Robert 19 (both born Chesham, Buckinghamshire consistent with the address of James Swaby as claimant in the 1830s), Elizabeth 13 William 9 and Louis 2.

  2. James Swaby's wife Elizabeth was the second daughter of Robert Sutton of Rossway Hertfordshire and Swaby was thus in all probability the brother-in-law of Robert Sutton junior (q.v.). Will of Elizabeth Swaby formerly of 12 Addison Gardens but late of 24 Addison Gardens who died 20/05/1881 [aged 76] proved by daughter Elizabeth Sutton Swaby 13/07/1881 personal estate £1103 resworn March 1883 £5498 17s 5d; will of James Sutton Swaby late of Somers Town who died 27/04/1875 proved 15/01/1881 effects £303 17s 11d.

  3. James Swaby and Robert Sutton were engaged in a dispute with the assignees of the failed London merchant Rowland Mitchell (q.v.) over the Fort Stewart estate in the mid-1840s. In 1851 James Swaby was a director of the Annotto Bay Mining Company, alongside John James Ronaldson (q.v.).

  4. Death of James Swaby registered Kensington Q1 1863.


  1. 1851 census online; T71/1188 counterclaim gives James Swaby as of The Thorne in the parish of Chesham, Buckinghamshire at the time of compensation.

  2. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 145 (1829) p. 366; National Probate Calendar 1881; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online] Q2 1881.

  3. London Gazette 20355 21/06/1844 p. 2149; ibid, 21190 11/03/1851 p. 712.

  4. Ancestry.com, England & Wales, Free BMD Death Index: 1837-1915 [database online]

According to information from Peter Durbin, there is some confusion surrounding the date of James’s birth. The St Elizabeth parish register apparently shows a James Swaby, reputed child of John Swaby by Francis King, born on 28 October 1787. There are no comparable entries in the St Elizabeth register after that. However, the England & Wales censuses would place his birth in 1798. He died on 3 February 1863 in Kensington. James Swaby’s birth: St Elizabeth Copy Register Vol 1, p. 56 (LDS film 1368561). 1851 and 1861 England & Wales censuses. Death in 1863: London Standard, Monday 9 February 1863, p. 7, col. 6.

We are grateful to Peter Durbin for his help with this entry.

Further Information

Elizabeth Sutton
James, Robert, Elizabeth, William, Louis

Associated Claims (8)

£87 9S 4D
Awardee (Assignee)
£2,478 14S 9D
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases
£700 9S 1D
Unsuccessful claimant (Judgement creditor)
£1,823 19S 5D
Awardee (Trustee)
£555 12S 8D
Awardee (Guardian)
£534 17S 5D
Unsuccessful claimant
£181 6S 3D
£4,332 18S 4D
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Proposed Director
Railway Investment
Direct London and Brighton (Rennie's) [183749]  

Relationships (7)

Natural Son → Mother
Nephew → Aunt
Grandson → Grandfather
Nephew → Uncle
Natural Son → Father
First Cousins
First Cousins

Addresses (2)

54 Oxford Terrace, London, Middlesex, London, England
The Thorne, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, Central England, England