Resident slave-owner of Hanover in Jamaica, dying c. 1775.
James Crooks, a minor, was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 763 acres of land in Hanover.
James Crooks contributed £27 10s to the University of Pennsylvania following Dr John Morgan's fundraising tour of the West Indies in 1772-1773.
James Crooks of Hanover, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1775. Slave-ownership at probate: 171 of whom 87 were listed as male and 84 as female. 39 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £20120 Jamaican currency of which £12110 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £1015.8 currency debts and £58.53 currency plate.
The will of James Crooks of Hanover, Esq. was proved in Jamaica 31/05/1775. In it, he provided for the manumission of four "mulatto" children and bequeathed to each of them an enslaved person at age 21 years. Each of them were to be brought up in a trade and to receive £10 Jamaican currency.
'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.
William Smith, Joseph Hopkinson, and Plunket Fleeson Glentworth, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Minute Books, Volume 2, 1768-1779 p. 75, entry for 13/12/1773. Note amounts are in Jamaican currency.
LOS 42 f. 122.
Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.
We are grateful to Daniel Livesay for his assistance with 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:
1756 [EA] - 1756 [LA] → Owner
1776 [EA] - 1798 [LA] → Previous owner
University of Pennsylvania......
William Smith, Joseph Hopkinson, and Plunket Fleeson Glentworth, Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Minute Books, Volume 2, 1768-1779 p. 75, entry for 13/12/1773. Note amounts are in...