Thomas Dimes was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 11 acres of land in St Andrew and 800 acres of land in St Thomas-in-the-East, total 811 acres.
Filed accounts for Oxford estate in St Mary, Jamaica, in 1755, and was trustee of a second estate in Clarendon, where the Accounts Produce suggest he might have died in the 1750s.
Thomas Dimes of Kingston, Jamaica, either this man or presumably his son, was one of the Governors and Guardians of the Foundling Hospital in Lambs Conduit Fields, in 1783.
Neither of the two known baptisms in Britain (1710 with parents Thomas Dimes and Anne; 1726 with father William Dimes, both baptisms in St Mary, Guildford, Surrey) are this man as the first died in 1739 and the second was buried in Guildford in 1754. Instead he may be Thomas Dymes born 02/01/1722 at Charleston, South Carolina one of several sons of Thomas Dymes, brewer and slave-owner, who in 1725 signed a letter from St Andrew's church, South Carolina to the Bishop of London. The father died in 1730 having made his will 17/12/1729 dividing his estate among his children. On 19/01/1681 a Thomas Dymes son of Robert was baptised at St. Simon and St Jude, Norwich, Norfolk.
Executor of Dr John Williams in Kingston, 1752-1753.
'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 http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.
Accounts Produce, Jamaica Archives 1B/11/4/3 12.
A List of the Governors and Guardians of the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children (London, 1783) p. 14.
Familysearch.org batch no. C07408-2 for the Guildford baptisms. Email from Wendy Cope sourced to: Guildford St Mary parish registers; Lambeth Palace document FP1X ff 172-3; transcript of will of Thomas Dymes, died 14/01/1730 in Berkeley County, South Carolina; transcript of St Simon & St Jude parish registers.
Accounts Produce, Jamaica Archives 1B/11/4/2 pp. 138, 166.
We are grateful to Wendy Cope for her assistance with compiling this entry.
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:
1753 [EA] - 1761 [LA] → Trustee
There is ambiguity in the records as to whether or not Thomas Dimes the trustee had died in the 1750s.
1755 [EA] - → Not known
Executor → Testator