John Matthews Boswell

5th Nov 1803 - 22nd Jul 1827


Also given as John Matthew Boswell.

  1. Born 05/11/1803 and baptised 05/12/1803 at Kingston, Jamaica, son of John and Mary Boswell. He died 22/07/1827.

  2. Two children born with wife Sarah: John Matthews Boswell junior, baptised in Rottingdean, Sussex, 04/11/1825, married Jane Napper Q1 1845 in Petworth, Sussex; Sarah Mary Barker Boswell, baptised 25/07/1827 in Steyning, Sussex, married Stephen Lowdell 23/08/1848 in Brighton, Sussex.

  3. Will of John Matthews Boswell of West Dean Sussex proved 17/09/1827. He opened the will with the recital of the settlement made before his marriage to Sarah Saxby, under which all his Jamaica property was subject to a rent charge of £750 Jamaica currency p.a. to his mother late Mary Boswell widow then the wife of Richard Carter of Cloudsley Terrace Islington under the will of his late father and also to an annuity of £400 p.a. payable to his [the testator's] wife Sarah. Subject to these obligations, he left his Abbey Green estate and his other property in trust for the use of his wife for life and then to be converted into cash for the benefit of all his children, failing whom for the benefit of Richard Carter son of 'my said father-in-law' [= stepfather], Margaret Pugh of Chelsea and the testator's four aunts Judith Barker [q.v.] spinster; Ann Newman wife of Charles Newman esq. and Elizabeth Marston widow now residing in Jamaica; and Martha Stokes [q.v.] of Chelsea, Middlesex, widow. His executors included Richard Saxby and William Lawrence.


  1., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]. Sussex Advertiser 06/08/1827; information sent by email from James Hodsdon, 16/11/2016.

  2. Findmypast, England, Births & Baptisms 1538-1975 [database online]; Findmypast, England & Wales marriages 1837-2008 England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910 [database online]; batch no. M14793-8.

  3. PROB 11/1730/385.

We are grateful to James Hodsdon for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Sarah Saxby
John Matthews, Sarah Mary Barker

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
1823 [EA] - 22/07/1827 [ED] → Trust beneficiary
1829 [EA] - → Previous owner

Relationships (11)

Nephew → Aunt
Son → Father
Testator → Executor
Notes →
Also father-in-law or...
Testator → Executor
Father → Son
Father → Daughter
First Cousins
First Cousins
Son → Mother
Deceased Husband → Widow
Nephew → Aunt

Addresses (1)

West Dean, Sussex, South-east England, England