Thomas Dale Tate

1789 - 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


Resident slave-owner who died in Jamaica in Westmoreland 02/10/1855.

  1. John Russell Moore and Thomas Dale Tate was half-brother to John Russell Moore. Their mother, Rachel Russell (1755-1837), was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Both John Russell Moore and Thomas Dale Tate were born in Jamaica, along with other siblings.

  2. The family of Thomas Tate had apparently migrated to Jamaica from Billingham, Northumberland, sometime between 1789 and 1805. Thomas Tate (Sr.) and Mary Brown were married at Billingham 01/08/1784, and a Thomas Tate was baptised at Billingham in 1789 the son of Thomas and Mary Tate. The inventory of Thomas Tate (Sr.), who died in Westmoreland Jamaica in 1805, identifies Mary Brown Tate as his executrix: the inventory is for a modest amount, some £120, implying that it was Thomas Tate the son who accumulated meaningful property - including enslaved people - by the 1830s.

  3. An unsourced genealogical site gives him as Thomas Dale Tate, specifies his purchase of the Old Shafston estate in the 1830s from the Senior family [note the slave registers show the purchase in the 1820s from Robert Allwood], and details further purchases of estates in the 1830s and 1840s, bringing his holdings in Westmoreland to 11,000 acres by the time of his death in 1855. The same site gives his wife as Mary Ann Anglin (1804-1846), daughter of John Anglin. The couple had 7 sons and 3 daughters, of whom William Anglin Tate (1828-1898) inherited the renamed Tate Shafston estate, still in the Tate family today. In addition, Thomas Dale Tate reportedly fathered at least five further children in a relationship with Frances Eleanore Thomlinson.

  4. Thomas Dale Tate married Mary Ann Anglin 28/06/1826 in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

We are grateful to Patricia Jackson and Mark Brooks for their assistance in compiling this entry.


National Probate Calendar 1858. The will was proved by Hugh Anthony Whitelocke of the parish of Hanover 12/10/1858, and Tate's effects in England were given as under £20.

  1. Baptism Record for John Russell Moore (the names on the digital index is in error to the actual record)

  2. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 May 2013), Thomas Tate and Mary Brown, 01 Aug 1784; "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 May 2013), Thomas Tate, 15 Mar 1789; Jamaica Archives, Spanish Town, reference 1B/11/3/107 (images of the inventory have been provided by Patricia Jackson).

  3. A Jamaican Family Tree: The Tate's!/2012/04/tates.html accessed 31/05/2013.

  4. 'Descendants of Phillip Anglin', [accessed 19/05/2014].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Thomas Tate
Mary Ann Anglin

Summary of will published at 'Descendants of Phillip Anglin', [accessed 19/05/2014].

As executors and trustees I appoint my friend Hugh Anthony Whitelocke and my son Thomas Anglin Tate.

I give to the trustees to hold in trust the property called Rotherwood, and runs of land called Metcalfe and Leamington, and Mount Edgecombe and the Cove Plantation, Robins River and Shaftston and all other real estate I may own. To pay any debts they may rent the real estate for 7 years. They are to hold any real and personal estate as follows: Cove, Rotherwood, Metcalf and Leamington and 40 cows in trust for son Napoleon Tate. Robins River in trust for son Cornelius Moore Tate. Shaftston in trust for William Anglin Tate. Culloden, Amity, Allsides and stock and Mount Edgecombe Pen in trust for Thomas Anglin Tate. To my daughter Helen Campbell Whitelocke (formerly Tate) an annuity of 150 pounds. An annuity of 150 pounds to my daughter Mary Ann Tate. An annuity of 150 pounds to my daughter Fanny Ann Tate.

The annuities are to paid in equal portions half-yearly on January 1st and July 1st. One fifth to be paid by Napoleon Tate from Cove, Rotherwood, Metcalf and Leamington. One-fifth to be paid by each of the other boys, William Anglin Tate, Cornelius Moore Tate and Thomas Anglin Tate from lands they received. [This only accounts for 4/5ths. There must have been another bequest that was not copied into the Will Book, to another surviving son, John or Philip.] The land is to be held as tenants in common. The trustees may invest in stock until the estate is distributed.

Dated the third day of ___1852.

Witnesses: G. B. Vidal, Jane Vidal, and Ellen Georgina Braine were sworn on December 7, 1855 before Benjamin Vickers. The will was declared on April 15, 1856.


Associated Claims (6)

£539 18s 11d
Awardee (Administrator)
£1,685 6s 8d
£285 11s 6d
£259 11s 2d
£4,813 3s 2d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,035 14s 10d
Awardee (Administrator)

Associated Estates (10)

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
1834 [EA] - → Executor
1823 [EA] - 1837 [LA] → Owner
1834 [EA] - → Administrator
1832 [EA] - → Attorney

Referred to as Thomas Tate

1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney

Referred to as Thomas Tate

1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Executor
1828 [EA] - 1837 [LA] → Owner
1828 [EA] - 1837 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Executor
1820 [EA] - → Attorney

Relationships (3)

Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Notes →
See entry for John Russell Moore...
Father-in-law → Son-in-law