William Reece

???? - 1835


Son of William Reece, of St Thomas, Barbados (?-?1806) and Sarah (? Skinner). The eldest of 8 children. No record of his birth but appears to have been born around 1778.

Owned Pilgrim Place and Gibbons plantations in Christ Church, Barbados and gave the land on which Providence Chapel stands. Went to England in 1835, remaining there until November. Left Liverpool 11 November 1835 but died on the voyage.

By his will of 27 April 1835, his widow Elizabeth (1779-1853) inherited half the profits of Pilgrim Place during her life. (She died there in 1853.) He also left part of his estate to the Wesleyan Society which 'benefitted considerably'. The rest of his property went to his brother Robert (q.v.) and his sisters, Mary and Judith. 'All his slaves on his two plantations were to have half-an-acre of land during their lifetime.'


James C. Brandow, Genealogies of Barbados families: from Caribbeana and the Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (1983), pp. 487-8.

Further Information

Elizabeth Bascom (m. 23 December, 1802)
Plantation owner

Associated Estates (4)

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] - 1832 [LA] → Owner

See notes on (a) Pilgrims place and (b) the claim Barbados 3216 (Pilgrims place). William Reece was the claimant with Robert Haynes jun. the executor. Haynes was awarded the compensation.

1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Other
1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (2)

Uncle → Nephew