Thomas James Bernard of Bernards Lodge

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Online genealogical sources show that there were two men named Thomas James Bernards active in Jamaica at this time: Thomas James Bernard (1796-1850), the son of Thomas David Bernard; and Thomas James Bernard (1797-1859), son of David Bernard and Judith Bowen. These notes are for Thomas James Bernard (1796-1850). The associations are tentative as it is not always possible to distinguish one from the other when they were both operating in the same parish.

  1. Thomas J Bernard buried 3 children at Bona Vista b 1823, 1824, 1827; wife given as Theodora Foulkes for 2 children buried at Spanish Town Cathedral b 1828 and 1832.

  2. Thomas James Bernard's daughter [Susan] Agnes Bernard (1836-1920) became Lady McDonald through her marriage in 1867 to the Canadian politician Sir John A. McDonald and subsequently a peer in her own right after his death.

  3. Thomas James Burnard [sic] had some business dealings concerning Lambs River estate in Westmoreland but the reasons behind this are unclear. Lambs River was registered by Richard Barrett as receiver in 1826 and 1829 with 103 enslaved people each year. By 1832 the enslaved people (and presumably the land) had been purchased out of the Court of Chancery by Thomas James Burnard and Theodora his wife and then conveyed in 6 tranches to various new owners: William Wiggan Ball (30 enslaved); William Wiggan Ball in right of his wife Ann (14 enslaved); John Wiggan in right of his wife Sarah (11 enslaved); William Caldwell and Rebecca his wife as guardians to Catherine Wiggan (10 enslaved); William Caldwell and Rebecca his wife as trustees and guardians to the heirs of Mary Wiggan deceased (19 enslaved); William Caldwell and Rebecca his wife as owners in right of his wife (11 enslaved).


For Thomas James Bernard (1797-1859), see National Probate Calendar 1877: Administration of the will of Thomas James Bernard late of Montego Bay who died 15/09/1859 granted to Rev. Samuel Edward Bernard for use of Catherine Elizabeth Bernard now residing at Montego Bay, the relict of Montague James Bernard the son and only next of kin.

  1. B. W. Higman, Plantation Jamaica 1750-1850: capital and control in a colonial economy (Mona, Jamaica, University of West Indies Press, 2005) p. 80.

  2. Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, 1911-1920 Vol. XIV, P.B. Waite 'Bernard, Susan Agnes (MacDonald, Baroness Macdonald)' [accessed 01/05/2011].

  3. See estate entry for Lambs River.

Further Information

Planter and attorney

Associated Claims (4)

£414 12S 4D
£363 12S 4D
£589 2S 8D
£126 17S 4D

Associated Estates (16)

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
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Executor
1832 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Attorney
1831 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Not known
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (7)

Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Uncle → Niece
Notes →
Thomas James Bernard married Mary Anne Broome's aunt...
Husband → Wife
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Other relatives
Notes →
Their wives were sisters, both being the daughters of William Hewitt Esquire...