James Lee Brodbelt

1805 - ????

Claimant or beneficiary


Eliza Lee Brodbelt, James Lee Brodbelt and Thomas Lee Brodbelt were creditors on three estates in Clarendon St Catherine and St John. The three were the 'reputed children' of Francis Rigby Brodbelt Stallard Penoyre (ne Brodbelt) (q.v.) who died in England in 1827.

  1. Their mother was Jemima Johnson Lee - Eliza and James were baptised 30/09/1800 in St Catherine where the record describes their mother as "free mul[atto]". Thomas was baptised 26/08/1803 with his mother given as Jemima Johnstone, "free mulatto".

  2. James and Thomas graduated as Doctors of Medicine from Edinburgh University, 01/08/1824 when they were listed as "from Jamaica".

  3. James Lee Brodbelt married Charlotte Varlo Stransham in St Mary Magdalene, Woolwich, England, 15/07/1826.

  4. James and Thomas are registered as the owners of nos. 50 and 54-58 Leadenhall Street, London, which were tenanted, 1836-1842. At this time, James's address is given as St Helier's, Jersey, and Thomas's as 24 Bentinck Street, Cavendish Square. The three Brodbelts were given as 'Great Britain' in the compensation records. Catherine was resident in Tredegar Park, St Catherine, when she wrote her will in 1850. The compensation for enslaved people on Tredegar Park was awarded to Jemima Johnson Thomson (née Lee) as executor of her late husband Isaac Deleon Thomson.

  5. James Lee Brodbelt and his wife emigrated to Columbus, Ohio, in 1848, where Brodbelt Street is named after them. According to a 2008 report in the Columbus Dispatch, James "moved in abolitionist circles".


T71/859 Clarendon claim no. 414; T71/854 St John claim nos. 283 A & B.

  1. Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  2. Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 22 (Edinburgh, 1824) p. 442.

  3. Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

  4. Ancestry.com, London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 [database online]. T71/1187 Clarendon claim no. 414 counterclaim. PROB 11/2155. T71/852 St Catherine claim no. 685 (Tredegar and Park pen).

  5. 'Brodbelts put historic stamp on lane', Columbus Dispatch, 17/01/2008.

We are grateful to Robert Lancashire and William Norton for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Charlotte Varlo Stransham
Benjamin Samuel (1828-), Rhoda (1830-), Reuben (1832-)
Edinburgh [1824 ]

Associated Claims (3)

£2,683 18S 8D
£1,704 9S 1D
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Mortgagee)
£115 0S 8D
Awardee (Judgement creditor)

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

Tentamen medica inauguralis de stricturis in intestino... 1824 

Physical (1)

Brodbelt Street 

Relationships (5)

Brother → Sister
Grandson → Grandfather
Natural Son → Father
Natural Son → Mother

Addresses (3)

Plymouth, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England
St Helier, Jersey, South-east England, England
Columbus, Ohio, United States of America