John Mitchell

1781 - 29th Aug 1859


'John Mitchell of Great Britain' claimed as tenant-for-life for three estates in Jamaica for which the compensation was paid to Mitchell family trustees: 'John Mitchell' was awarded the compensation for the Mears estate in Jamaica. Family links appear to tie all four to John Mitchell MP for Kingston-upon-Hull 1818-1826.

  1. John Mitchell MP (c. 1781-1859). Son of David Mitchell of Jamaica, later of Carshalton House, Surrey and Anne Hewitt Smith. John Mitchell's wife, Eliza, was the daughter of John Elliott porter brewer, of Pimlico Lodge, Middlesex. John Mitchell's uncle was William ('King') Mitchell, (?1742-1823), of Upper Harley Street, Middlesex, and Spanish Town, Jamaica, who owned extensive plantations in Jamaica, and was a member of the Jamaican Assembly (29 Nov. 1798- ). On his death in 1823, William bequeathed his Jamaican property and personal estate in Scotland to John.

  2. Will of John Mitchell Esq. late of Torquay who died 29/08/1859 proved 22/09/1859 by Eliza Mitchell the widow, effects under £3000.

NB Oxford Alumni, in contradiction to the History of Parliament records John Mitchell the son of David of Jamaica as dying in November 1812.


  1. R. G. Thorne (ed.), The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (5 vols., London, Secker & Warburg for the History of Parliament Trust, 1986), vol. 4; D. R. Fisher (ed.), The House of Commons 1820-1832 (7 vols., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press for the History of Parliament Trust, 2009), vol. 6.

  2. National Probate Calendar 1859;, Oxford University Alumni 1500-1886 [database online].

Further Information

Eliza Elliott (11 September 1824)
2 sons, 2 daughters
Wealth at death
Christ Church, Oxford [1800 ]
Legal Education
Lincoln's Inn [1803; called 1808 ]
Politician and plantation owner

Associated Claims (5)

£3,559 13s 6d
£1,843 0s 3d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Tenant-for-life)
£14,597 4s 1d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Tenant-for-life)
£619 14s 4d
Other association
£4,725 4s 11d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Tenant-for-life)

Associated Estates (7)

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
1824 [SY] - 1837 [LA] → Tenant-for-life

William Mitchell died in 1823 leaving his property in Jamaica to his nephew John Mitchell. John Mitchell was first listed in the 1825 Jamaica Almanac as the owner of Bushy Park. The 1825 Jamaica Almanac was based on the givings in from the 1824 March Quarter hence the earlier evolution date. The 1838 Jamaica Almanac was based on the givings in from the 1837 March Quarter hence the earlier evolution date.

1832 [EA] - → Tenant-for-life

William Mitchell died in 1823 leaving his Jamaica property to his nephew John Mitchell. The Jamaica Almanac listed George's Valley as under the ownership of the 'heirs of William Mitchell' between 1826 and 1833. The 1832 slave register for Trelawny recorded John Mitchell as the 'Tenant for life'.

1820 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1825 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Tenant-for-life
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Agent
1823 [SY] - 1839 [LA] → Tenant-for-life

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

Tory / West India interest 
election →
Hull (Kingston-upon-Hull) Yorkshire
1818 - 1826

Relationships (5)

Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (2)

Richmond, Surrey, London, England
Wimpole Street, London, Middlesex, London, England