Harrow [Chamberlaine's]

Estate Details

Associated People (12)

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
- 1815 [LA] → Heir
1755 [EA] - 1761 [LA] → Owner
1761 [EA] - → Owner
1777 [EA] - 1786 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1777 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1790 [EA] - 1810 [LA] → Owner

This appears to be the plantation referred to as 'Allen's in the will of John Allen Olton.

1790 [EA] - → Creditor
1790 [EA] - → Creditor
1811 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Executor
1815 [EA] - → Owner
1831 [EA] - 1833 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

In his will made in 1831 and proved in 1833 Ward Cadogan said that he held a mortgage over the Harrow or Simmons estate

1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

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£4,691 14S 5D


In 1655 a sale of 2 parcels of land in St. Philip to Major Edward Chamberlaine. In 1674, Sir John Sir John Witham married the widow of Col. Edward Chamberlaine and was therefore in possession as life tenant, but not owner. Edward Chamberlaine’s heirs were his son Sir Willoughby Chamberlaine and his two daughters, Butler Chamberlaine and Tankerville Chamberlaine. 1721-22, Manuel Manasses Gilligan (‘smuggler, secret agent for the British and diplomat who played a part in the negotiations leading to the Treaty of Utrecht), the husband of Butler Chamberlaine: a Chancery Court judgement against Robert Allen and his wife Butler Allen, née Hewitson of £7321 was decided in favour of Manuel Manasses Gilligan and his wife. In 1723 a series of deeds resulted in the physical division in 2 equal parts including physical division of the buildings and sugar works of the Chamberlaine’s plantation, between Manuel Manasses Gilligan and Robert Allen. Gilligan got the eastern half, Allen the western portion. Then in 1728 Manuel Manasses Gilligan bequeathed all real estate to his kinsman Andrew Murray.

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[Name] Chamberlaine's  
[Size] 213  

1755: Robert Allen sold his share (213 acres) to his son Henry Allen for £7,000. Henry Allen then bought 93 acres of the other half of Chamberlaine’s plantation. In 1759 Henry Allen sold 306 acres for £20,000, works and the enslaved included, to Philip Simmons.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

1761: Philip Simmons died in 1761 and bequeathed the plantation to his son, Henry Peter Simmons.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
[Size] 341  

1777 Henry Peter Simmons, son and heir of Philip Simmons, mortgaged the plantation of 341 acres for £11,000 to Thomas Nassau Senior and Thomas Lloyd of London, England.

[Number of enslaved people] 176(Tot)  
[Size] 350  

1790: Chancery Court sale. Hon. Benjamin Gittens, one of the Masters-in-Chancery sold the plantation to John Allen Olton. John Allen Olton married Ann Simmons, née Kirton, widow and residuary legatee of Henry Peter Simmons, deceased. Olton paid £22,000. The debts charged on the plantation were: to Thomas Nassau Senior £3,568; Thomas Lloyd £2,641; Mary Simmons, widow of Philip Simmons, £11,162; Ann Olton, widow of Henry Peter Simmons £2,854; ? Kelby £1,792. There were also Court costs of £772. The total of debts was £22,789.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
[Number of enslaved people] 189(Tot) 114(F) 75(M)  
[Size] 370  

Inventory of John Allen Olton, deceased. Executor: Henry Olton. Inventory taken 12 September 1811. The inventory listed 34 men, 60 women, 41 boys, 54 girls.
For a full listing of the enslaved on the estate, click here.

The size give as 370 acres & 20 perch. The land was valued at £22,207 10 0d, the enslaved at £15,410 0 0d and the total value of the estate at £39,383 5 0d.

Also included in the inventory: Horses: 9, Cattle: 97, Sheep: 18, Hogs: 36.

Barbados Department of Archives. Inventories
[Number of enslaved people] 204(Tot)  
[Size] 370  

John Allen Olton, son and heir of John Allen Olton by the latter’s will of 1809, formerly of St. Philip but now of Christ Church, sold to John Simmons of St. Philip, a plantation in St, Philip formerly called “Simmons” but now called “Harrow” for £47,540. The plantation charged with legacies totalling £20,000 and an annuity of £250 to each of the 3 daughters of John Allen Olton, deceased. £21,666 of the purchase price paid by Simmons to Olton of the “Hope” plantation, Christ Church. [NB in the will of John Allen Olton the annuities appear to be £250 p.a. to one daughter and £400 pa. to another, rather than £250 p.a. to each of three daughters].

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
[Number of enslaved people] 204(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  

Return of Joseph Connell, his own property.

T71/549 234-9
[Name] Harrow  
[Size] 375  

Listed in St Philip, property of Alleyne.

Barbados 1913 list from the Hughes-Quere indexes transcribed at https://creolelinks.com/1913-barbados-plantation-owners-names.html.