James Gordon of Tobago

???? - 1806


  1. Will of James Gordon of St Luke Chelsea [made in 1804] proved 03/04/1806. In the will he said he owned an estate in Tobago called Goldsborough with upwards of 180 enslaved people ['negroes'], his sole property subject only to a mortgage for £9,900 held by Daniel Henry Rucker: he also had one half of the mercantile business of Gordon and Rucker. Previously he had been in business under James Gordon & Co., from whose books it appeared that Mr Kenneth Tod owed him a great deal of money which he had little hope of recovering. He left Goldsborough in trust to be disposed of, and left an annuity of £800 p.a. to his wife Sarah. His residuary heirs were his children Sarah and James Alexander Gordon at 21. He was he said about to make a trip to the West Indies. In a codicil of 1806 he recorded the death of his wife and the termination of his partnership with D.H. Rucker.


  1. PROB 11/1441/40.

Further Information

Married but no further details

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
- 1806 [EY] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

D H Rucker
West India merchant  

Addresses (1)

Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, Middlesex, London, England