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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
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Joint owner
1829 [EA] - 1830 [LA] → Previous owner
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1829 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Attorney

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£3,460 10S 6D

Estate Information (7)

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[Number of enslaved people] 134(Tot) 69(F) 65(M)  

Return of Renn Hamden, the joint property of himself and his brother [John Hamden].

T71/521 125-28
[Number of enslaved people] 141(Tot)  

Return of Renn Hampden, the property of John and Renn Hampden. Previously 143 enslaved.

T71/529 708-9
[Number of enslaved people] 145(Tot)  

Return of Renn Hampden, the property of John and Renn Hampden. Previously 141 enslaved. Note the discrepancies between the 1829 return and 1826: the 1829 return gave 154 as the 1826 figure while also giving 74 female enslaved and 71 males (=145) as the total.

T71/536 83-4

Return of Renn Hampden, the property of John and Renn Hampden.
Previously 154. [The total figure given in the Register is mistakenly given as 105 though there were 74 female enslaved, 71 males.]
Births: 9; removed to Balls [which was owned by Renn Hampden]: 3; sold to Mary Lovell and Ann Grassett: 146; deaths: 5. Net return: 0.
Note that the surname given as Hamden rather than Hampden: but clearly the same people.

See also the return of John C. Eversley, Attorney, the property of Mary Lovell and Ann Grassett (T71/544, pp. 121-5) which shows:
Purchased from John and Renn Hampden [aka Hamden]: 147; births: 10; deaths: 4. Net enslaved: 153.

T71/544 96-101
[Number of enslaved people] 147(Tot)  
[Size] 350  

In 1830 William Yard owned the plantation but died intestate. His heirs-at-law were his sisters Ann Grassett, widow of Elliott Grassett, Elizabeth Hampden, wife of John Hampden & Mary Lovell, wife of Edward Lovell. Rev. John Hampden of England owner of 1/3 of the plantation in right of his wife sold his share to Ann Grassett and Mary Lovell.

According to Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (Chapel Hill and London, University of North Carolina Press, 1995) pp. 102-4, Mary Lovell and Ann Grassett inherited the estate from their brother, William Yard, mortgagee of Renn Hamden and John Hamden (Renn Dickson Hampden, Mary Lovell's son-in-law, was a different man). Mary Lovell and Ann Grassett were reportedly resident at the time, but Mary Lovell moved to England and died in 1843.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
[Number of enslaved people] 158(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  

Return of Forster Clarke, Attorney, the joint property of Ann Grassett and Mary Lovell.

T71/549 119
[Name] Chancerylane  
[Size] 353  

Listed in Christ Church, property of Yearwood.

Barbados 1913 list from the Hughes-Quere indexes transcribed at