Francis Sadler Hals

1711 - 1751


Son of John Sadler and his wife Mary Hals nee Rose. Along with Colonel James Guthrie, Francis Sadler negociated the Maroon War settlement of 1739. Sadler was awarded £600 and 1200 acres of land following the settlement; the land formed the basis of Montpelier estate in St James. He also inherited Halse Hall from Thomas Richard Hals, the son of his half-brother Thomas Hals III, in 1743. Married Jennet Hynes, widow of John Hynes and daughter of Colonel Guthrie, in St Andrew, Jamaica, 29/08/1742. Buried in St Andrew, Jamaica, 22/09/1753. After his death, his property passed to his wife (who died in 1775) and then to his step-daughter Helen Beach nee Hynes.

Francis Sa. Hals of Clarendon, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1751. Slave-ownership at probate: 546 of whom 307 were listed as male and 239 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £30,185.67 Jamaican currency of which £22,784.38 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £0 currency debts and £566.1 currency plate.

Francis Sadler Hals was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 1000 acres of land in St Mary, 5686 acres in St James, 1860 acres in Westmoreland, 10073 acres in Clarendon and 266 acres in Vere, total 18885 acres.


The Laws of Jamaica: 1681-1759 (Jamaica, 1802) vol. 1 pp. 267-268.

Lawrence J. Chubb, 'Sir Henry Thomas De la Beche' in Stephen K. Donovan (ed.), Jamaican Rock Stars, 1823-1971: The Geologists who Explored Jamaica (Boulder, CO, 2008) pp. 9-13.

Anne M. Powers, 'The Maroon War settlement of 1739', [accessed 16/04/2015].

Anne M. Powers, 'Descendants of Thomas Rose, fourth generation', [accessed 16/04/2015].

Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at

Further Information

Jennet Guthrie nee Hynes

Associated Estates (2)

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
1743 [EA] - → Other
1743 [SY] - 1753 [EY] → Owner

Relationships (4)

Second Husband → Wife
Uncle → Nephew
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