Belmont (possibly formerly Wanseys)

Estate Details

Associated People (4)

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
1774 [EA] - 1774 [LA] → Seller
1774 [EA] - → Owner
1776 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Associated Claims (1)

£1,266 10S 1D


The relationship between Belmont and Wanseys has not been fully unravelled by LBS. William Laurence had owned Wanseys, and sold it to John Henry Clarke the father and his wife in 1812, who owned the adjoining Clarke's estate, for £18,000, with Laurence taking back a mortgage for the purchase price. Lawrence appears to have foreclosed in 1823 and taken renewed ownership of 69 enslaved people and the estate, then called Belmont.


The Mountravers Plantation Community part 2 Chapter 7,

Estate Information (5)

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[Name] Wanseys  

An indenture of 04/05/1776 between John Halliday of Antigua, Edward Parris of Nevis and Thomas Warner and Bertie Entwisle recapitulated Articles of Agreement between Halliday and Parris dated 15/08/1774 for the sale by Halliday of the estate know as Wanseys to Parris for £8000. To secure the payments of the purchase price (in instalments of £2000 and the 4 of £1500), Halliday took a mortgage over both the Wanseys property and Parris' Black Rock estate. Halliday had assumed ownership after the failure of William Wansey of Bristol in the 1760s.

Common Records 1775-1776, British Library, EAP794/1/1/15, pp. 191-206.

[Number of enslaved people] 67(Tot)  
[Name] Belmont  

Return of William Laurence, owner; There is an N.B. "The above named Estate called Belmont and the slaves thereunto belonging was under mortgage by the late John Henry Clarke for securing the payment of the purchase money to the said William Laurence, and since the death of the said John Henry Clarke his son John Henry Clarke, Heir at law to his father, has in conformity to a deed of agreement entered into by him to the said William Laurence, and dated the 25th April 1823 delivered on the 28th of the same month full and quit possession of the said Estate and sixty nine slaves thereunto belonging whose names are hereinto mentioned".

T71/366 17
[Number of enslaved people] 67(Tot)  
[Name] Belmont  

Return of William Laurence, owner

T71/367 14-15
[Number of enslaved people] 72(Tot) 35(F) 37(M)  
[Name] Belmont  

Return of William Laurence, owner

T71/368 30-31
[Number of enslaved people] 78(Tot)  
[Name] Belmont  

Return of William Laurence Sr., owner; returned by William Laurence

T71/369 80-81