Caleb Dickenson of Knockpatrick

???? - 1821


Biography

Co-founder with his relative Robert Hugh Munro of the Munro and Dickenson charity that continues in Jamaica as the Munro and Dickenson Trust. Secondary material states that Robert Hugh Munro and Caleb Dickenson were both free men of colour, and that Robert Hugh Munro was the uncle of Caleb Dickenson. The latter's connection to the Quaker family of Dickinson in Somerset (q.v. under Ezekiel, Caleb, and Vickris Dickinson and their descendants) is as yet unknown, although the naming practices and the adjacency of property ownership in St Elizabeth are strongly supportive of such a link. Caleb Dickenson of Knockpatrick is also described in some sources as the grandson of the early settler Capt. Francis Dickinson, grandfather of Ezekiel, Caleb and Vickris Dickinson, but if this is so he would have outlived his fellow grandchildren (born 1711, 1716 and 1718 respectively) by 20-40 years.

  1. Administration of the will of Caleb Dickenson of the parish of Manchester in the county of Middlesex Jamaica [made in 1820] granted 09/12/1826. 'As I do not wish to divide my property of Knockpatrick and I second the intentions of my worthy relative Robert Hugh Munro', he placed his entire estate in trust. He instructed his trustees to send 400 guineas to be distributed among the poorest clergymen living within 10 miles of Catterick in Yorkshire; he also instructed them to sell to John McPherson (himself one of those trustees) at less than half their value McPherson's five reputed children by Joan Dickinson 'my property', but the said Joan Dickinson is to continue as part of my estate as before. He then left a silver cup to be competed for annually over the Lacovia course by at least three gentlemen each subscribing 100 guineas [in a codicil he revoked this as he had given the same silverware to a church in Manchester for celebrating the Holy Eucharist]. He left £20 p.a. to his housekeeper Margaretta Campbell Dickinson. He said that the greater part of Knockpatrick, Crop House, Epsom Downs, Wards Bay and the enslaved people upon them were his sole right, he instructed his trustees to transfer the produce of those estates to the vestry of St Elizabeth to accomplish the purposes of 'my relative' Robert Hugh Munro's will. In a letter by way of codicil he pledged to James Swaby, one of his trustees, all his personalty in Great Britain, which included £10,000 in the funds.

Sources

E.g. A History of Munro College and Hampton High School, located in Jamaica, in the parish of St Elizabeth, extracts of which were consulted at https://www.facebook.com/MunroHamptonInfrastructureFund/posts/714604505338655 [accessed 11/01/2016].

  1. PROB 11/1719/170.

Associated Claims (2)

£5,509 17s 11d
Previous owner (not making a claim)
£1,322 19s 0d
Previous owner (not making a claim)

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
1809 [EA] - 1821 [EY] → Owner
1821 [SY] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner
1809 [EA] - 1821 [EY] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Previous owner