Mary Jane Callender (née Gaskin)

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  1. Mary Jane Gaskin marred Nicholas Rice Callender in Bristol, 27/12/1803. They had eight children baptised in Barbados between 1806 and 1816.

  2. Nicholas Rice Callender was the son of Timothy Callendar and his wife Alice Rice. His parents had married in Barbados in 1773. Nicholas was born 20/11/1780 and baptised in Barbados 17/05/1781. He had inherited Hopefield estate through his father's family: "In 1680 Hopefield was a small property of 50 acres owned by Robert Boucher, the parish boundary between St Philip and Christ Church running through the plantation yard. In 1753 Clement Boucher bequeathed Hopefield to his daughter Mary, wife of Richard Callender. By 1777 it was owned by the Callender family until 1881 when the original 50 acres had grown to 236 acres. In that year George Gaskin Callender sold to James Edward Ince." (George Gaskin Callender was the son of Nicholas and Mary Jane's eldest son Thomas Edward Callender.)

  3. Nicholas Rice Callender died in 1816 during the Bussa rebellion when the rebels burned a path through Hopefield on their way to the battle of Lowther's (although the exact circumstances of his death are unclear). Mary Abel Clinkett published a poem, 'On the death of Nicholas Rice Callender, Esq., Who died June 25, 1816', in a collection of poems published in 1817.

  4. Mary Jane's parents are currently unknown although she certainly had connections to Barbados before her marriage. Her daughter Emily Claxton Callender married her cousin, Benjamin Thomas Gaskin-Anderson (posthumous son of Benjamin Thomas Gaskin, first son of Colonel Gaskin of Barbados) in Barbados in 1841.

  5. Mary Jane Callender registered enslaved people in Barbados, as owner, in 1834.


  1., England & Wales, Marriages, 1538-1940 [database online]., batch nos C51393-1, C51395-3 and C51395-4.

  2., English Settlers in Barbados, 1637-1800 [database online]. Henry Fraser and Ronnie Hughes, Historic Houses of Barbados (Barbados, Barbados National Trust, 1986), p. 41. Birth of Thomas Edward Callender and marriage of George Gaskin Callendar (which gives his father's name), batch nos. C51393-1 and I01410-6.

  3. Barbados Workers' Union 68th Annual Report, 2009, p. 31, accessed 21/10/2013, p. 31. Mary Abel Clinckett, Early attempts at poetry, written at different periods, from 1811 to 1816 (Bristol, 1817), accessed 21/10/2013.

  4. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. 1 p. 66.

  5. T71/556 p. 54.

We are grateful to Paul Adams for his assistance in compiling this entry.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Name in compensation records
Mary J. Callender
Nicholas Rice Callender
Mary Jane (1806-), Thomas Edward (1808-), Nicholas Rice (1810-), Clement Bowcher (1811-), Alice Rice (1812-), Sarah Eliza (1814-), Emily Claxton (1815-), Maria (1816-)

Associated Claims (2)

£73 15S 10D
£3,334 6S 2D

Associated Estates (2)

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
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Executrix

Relationships (2)

Aunt → Nephew
Wife → Husband