Samuel Adams

???? - 1772


Slave-owner in Jamaica, owner of Nutfield (St Mary) and Riverhead (St David). Shown in the Accounts Produce to have died 21/07/1772. A London merchant of the same name died c. 1772, but was dead by March of that year. 'Miss Adams' of London married James Godsell (q.v.) of Limerick, shown as owner of Riverhead in 1786-1787, in 1763.

Samuel Adams was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 150 acres of land in St Catherine, 900 acres in St Andrew, 950 acres in St David, 1310 acres in St George, 903 acres in St Mary and 1240 acres in St James, total 5453 acres.

Samuel Adams was listed as owner of Cold Spring in St Andrew in 1753 with 446 acres of land and 27 enslaved people.

Samuel Adams of Kingston, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1773. Slave-ownership at probate: 356 of whom 207 were listed as male and 149 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £29732.89 Jamaican currency of which £16514.75 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £309.75 currency cash, £4985.53 currency debts and £110 currency plate.


London Gazette 11229 07/03/1772 p. 3.

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

'Landowners in St Andrew in 1753', CO137/28 pp. 169-175 transcribed at

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

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Associated Estates (3)

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
1753 [EA] - → Owner

Assumed to be this Samuel Adams

1772 [EA] - 1776 [LA] → Previous owner
1772 [EA] - 1776 [LA] → Previous owner

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Notes →
James Godsell was probably the son-in-law of Samuel Adams: he married a Miss Adams 'of London' in December 1763....

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