Joseph Gordon

1790 - 1867

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Slave-owner and attorney, resident in Jamaica in the 1830s but in 1851 shown, Custos of St Andrew Jamaica, living at Meadowbank, St Lawrence Jersey aged 61 born Scotland with his wife Sarah aged 40 born England and five children aged 3 to 15 all born Jamaica.

  1. Joseph Gordon was a powerful planter-attorney. In 1832 he was one of only four attorneys who had control over more than 20 properties on the island.

  2. Gordon was the father of George William Gordon. Born in 1820, G. W. Gordon's mother was an enslaved woman of colour called Ann Rattray. G. W. Gordon went on to become a successful businessman and politician. However he was courtmartialed and executed on the order of John Edward Eyre, Governor of Jamaica following the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865. He was constituted a National Hero of Jamaica in 1969: his face was featured on the ten dollar note and the Jamaica Parliament's official meeting place Gordon House is named after him.

Sources

1851 Channel Islands Census.

1. B. W. Higman, Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital And Control In A Colonial Economy (Kingston, University of the West Indies Press, 2005), p.64

2. B. W. Higman, Plantation Jamaica, 1750-1850: Capital And Control In A Colonial Economy (Kingston, University of the West Indies Press, 2005), p.81; http://www.jnht.com/site_gordon_house.php [accessed 23/05/2017].


Further Information

Occupation
Planter and attorney

Associated Claims (15)

£180 3S 11D
Awardee
£2,358 4S 2D
Awardee
£2,289 1S 2D
Awardee
£2,915 8S 10D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£266 16S 4D
Awardee
£544 9S 8D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£31 0S 10D
Awardee
£1,383 2S 5D
Awardee
£478 8S 1D
Awardee
£3,564 14S 4D
Awardee
£2,109 13S 0D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£458 0S 6D
Awardee
£1,281 10S 11D
Awardee (Receiver)
£2,240 14S 4D
Awardee
£533 2S 3D
Awardee (Judgement creditor)

Associated Estates (59)

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
1829 [EA] - → Attorney
1829 [EA] - → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1829 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1828 [EA] - → Not known
1832 [EA] - → Agent
1829 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Owner
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Executor
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
- 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1834 [EA] - → Owner
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1829 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1834 [EA] - → Receiver
1829 [EA] - → Executor
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - 1836 [LA] → Executor
1832 [EA] - → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1834 [EA] - → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1823 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1834 [EA] - → Owner
1831 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
- 1837 [LA] → Receiver
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1823 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1829 [EA] - → Administrator
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - → Joint owner
1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Agent
1834 [EA] - → Receiver
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1832 [EA] - → Executor
1832 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

Held a mortgage on some of these enslaved people in 1832.


Relationships (1)

Executor → Testator

Addresses (1)

Meadowbank, St Lawrence, Jersey, Channel Islands