Johnson Littledale

1776 - 1831


Johnson Wilkinson Littledale, merchant and slave-owner in St Vincent and in Colombia, member of His Majesty's Council for St Vincent, dying in 1831, with an 'outside' family in St Vincent for whom he provided in his will. He was the son of Henry Littledale of Eaton Hall, merchant of Liverpool, and his wife Sarah nee Wilkinson, who had 15 children, including Elizabeth Bolton (nee Littledale) (q.v.) the wife of John Bolton (q.v.). Johnson Littledale died in a hurricane, 'the only person of distinction killed by the storm, his house having been thrown down upon him. A number of negroes, however, perished.' His housekeeper, Miss Jessy [sic] Douglas, died with him.

  1. Johnson Littledale of St Vincent was listed as a subscriber to Charles Shephard's An Historical Account of the Island of Saint Vincent, published in 1832.

  2. Administration of the will of Johnson Littledale merchant and member of HM Council widower of St Vincent [made 10/10/1826] granted 23/08/1832 to Eleonora Alexander Littledale widow relict of Henry Littledale, Henry Littledale and Janet or Jennet Douglas having died before proving the will of Johnson Littledale. Under the will Johnson Littledale made his son Henry Littedale of Glasgow and his 'confidential friend' Jennet Douglas of St Vincent his executor and executrix, and Jennet Douglas as sole trustee and guardian 'of my six children hereinafter named.' He left in trust for his three sons John, Alfred and Harold 'being the issue of the said Jennet Douglas' his property in Columbia [sic], amounting to 3000 acres, with the enslaved people on it, near the town of Cuiria [?] in the province of Cumana [apparently growing indigo, ginger, arrowroot and cotton], which was subject to an agreement for seven years with William East to cultivate it for their joint account. The rest of his enslaved people he left in trust for the benefit of his daughters Eliza, Charlotte and Jennet (also issue of Jennet Douglas); these were on St Vincent at Owia, engaged also in growing arrowroot, indigo and provisions. He recommended his sons be apprenticed at Port of Spain so they could be close to their Colombian property. He left his money and receivables in Britain (including interest unpaid on legacies from his own father Henry Littledale) to his son Henry Littledale, with the exception of any merchandise he had shipped in exchange for goods to be dispatched to Jennet Douglas.


New Monthly Magazine Vol. 33 (1831) p. 483; Bulletins of State Intelligence (1831) p. 465; Joseph Jackson Howard, Frederick Arthur Crisp, Visitation of England and Wales Notes: Volume 3 (Privately printed, 1898), p. 74; Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain, Volume 2, p. 795:

  1. Charles Shephard, An Historical Account of the Island of Saint Vincent (1832) pp. vii-xii.

  2. PROB 11/18094/203.

Further Information

(1) Isabella Bond
With (1) Henry; With Jennet Bond: John, Alfred, Harold, Eliza, Charlotte, Jennet
Merchant and plantation owner

Associated Estates (1)

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] - 1817 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Littledale, Clarkson & Parker
Shipbroker & Insurance Broker  

Relationships (8)

Brother → Sister
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Daughter
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
First Cousins
Uncle → Nephew
Notes →
Nephew by...