William Rhodes Bernard the elder

???? - 1809


One of three brothers in Jamaica in the late C18: elder brothers were Charles (d. 1796) and David (d. 1809, husband of Judith Bernard senior (q.v.)). He returned to Britain before his death. No mention of his wife in his will. Bequeathed everything, including his Jamaican plantations, to his son Dr Charles Edward Bernard, having previously made provision for his four daughters.

Four children with Susanna Bernard, all baptised in St James, Jamaica: Rebecca James (1774), Elizabeth (1776), Charles Edward (1778), Mary (1781).

Childermas estate in St James was registered to W. R. and E. Rhodes in 1809 and thereafter to Charles Edward Bernard.


PROB 11/1501/224. Familysearch.org batch no. I03814-1. Jamaica Almanacs.

Further Information

Charles Edward, Rebecca James, Elizabeth, Mary Rhodes, Frances Ann

PROB 11/1501/224.

William Rhodes Bernard late of the parish of St James, Jamaica, but now of Bristol.

I have by various settlements made competent provision for my several daughters Rebecca James Montague (wife of Ralph Montague the younger of the city of Bristol, merchant), Elizabeth Bernard, spinster, Mary Rhodes Bernard (wife of Henry Jones Bernard of Wookey near Wells in Somerset, surgeon) and Frances Ann Bernard, spinster.

All my plantations in the West Indies or elsewhere, all monies in the public funds of Great Britain and all my real and personal estate to the use of my son Charles Edward Bernard of the City of Bristol aforesaid, doctor of physic and his heirs for his own absolute use and benefit.

My son with my son-in-law Ralph Montague to be executors.

Signed 16/04/1808.

Proved at London 02/08/1809 by Charles Edward Bernard and Ralph Montague the younger.

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
1798 [EA] - 1809 [EY] → Owner

Relationships (11)

Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Niece
Uncle → Nephew
Father → Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England