Golden Ridge

Estate Details


Associated People (5)

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
- 1777 [EY] → Owner
1777 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Tenant-for-life

It is not known when Parris died.

1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1862 [EA] - → Owner

Associated Claims (1)

£2,066 4S 6D

Notes

Between 1674 and 1680 the estate was established by the Butcher and Leare families. The families inter-married. By 1680 it was in the hands of Thomas Leare, by 1721 that of Butcher [no first name given].


Sources

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


Estate Information (8)

What is this?

1777
 

Under the will of Francis Butcher, the plantation was bequeathed to his nephew, Edward Parris, as life tenant. The will also provided for 20 acres of land for 7 freed enslaved which was the foundation of Sweet Bottom Village. An educational trust was also established.

 
Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1817
[Number of enslaved people] 83(Tot) 45(F) 38(M)  
[Name] [no name given]  
 

Return of Edward Parris, Administrator, Trustee and Manager, the property of Francis Butcher, deceased.

 
T71/520 645-7
1823
[Number of enslaved people] 81(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  
 

Return of William Thomas Cox, his own property. Although the 1826 return gives the previous - i.e. 1823 - total as 96, it is probable that this return was for Golden Ridge. The names of those who had died in 1826 correspond to names in the 1823 listing. Previously (1820) 11 enslaved. Changes were: purchased of Robert F. King: 4; gift of Edward Parris: 8; births: 5; inherited of the estate of Francis Butcher, deceased: 68; deaths: 15. (Note that the previous total + purchases, gifts and inherited + deaths = 96.) In 1823 William Thomas Cox secures £1,000 as lien.

 
T71/531 24-27 Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1826
[Number of enslaved people] 98(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  
 

Return of William Thomas Cox, his own property. Previously returned: 96 enslaved.

 
T71/535 287-8
1829
[Number of enslaved people] 98(Tot)  
 

Return of William Thomas Cox, his own property.

 
T71/543 19
1832
[Number of enslaved people] 96(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  
 

Return of William Thomas Cox, his own property.

 
T71/550 21
1838
[Size] 181  
 

William Thomas Cox sold the plantation to John Thomas for £24,000. Thomas paid £12,500 and assumed responsibility for encumbrances of £11,500, 181 acres. John Thomas – from 1862, Sir John – retained ownership until 1862 when it was sold to Anthony Howard.

 
Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
1913
[Name] Golden Ridge  
[Size] 178  
 

Listed in St George, property of Yearwood.

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