Rev. James Garnett Headlam

1803 - 9th Feb 1891

Claimant or beneficiary


Legatee of £500 under the will of the Hon. James Stewart and awardee in two awards on the Islington estate in St Mary, Jamaica with his brother T. Duckworth Headlam, and the Rev. John Twells and Philip Twells (all of whom q.v.), who were possibly trustees for similar awards to the Headlams' sisters, Eliza and Dora.

  1. The 1830 Chancery suit of Stewart v Garnett between the owner of Islington, Robert Stewart, and Elizabeth Garnett and others, implies a family connection between Rev. James Garnett Headlam and the estate. The will of the Hon. James Stewart left £500 each to 'the children of my daughter-in-law' Thomas, James, Robert, Dora and Eliza Headlam. Elsewhere in the summary of the case the 'daughter-in-law' appears to be referred to as Dorothy Headlam and two of the children as James Garnett Headlam and Thomas Duckworth Headlam.  LBS has inferred that Dorothy Headlam was the Hon. James Stewart's step-daughter Dorothy Brooming Headlam nee Colburne, the daughter of John Colburn[e] and Ann Mary Law.

  2. In 1861 Rev James Garnett Headlam was living unmarried at 2 York Terrace Tunbridge Wells aged 58 born Bath with his sister Eliza aged 53, also unmarried, 'fundholder' (born Liverpool). In 1881 his address was given as York Road Tonbridge, and he was shown as aged 73 a clergyman with Eliza aged 67 'dividends', other details the same. Will of James Garnett Headlam of 8 York Road Tunbridge Wells who died 09/02/1891 was proved 20/03/1891 by his nephew and niece, the children of T. Duckworth Headlam.  

  3. Caribbeana shows Robert Stewart, son of the Hon. James Stewart, marrying Mary [sic] Headlam of Ryton Grove. LBS is sceptical of this.


T71/856 St Mary Nos. 135 and 136, where he is given as Rev. J.G. Headlam. There was no entry for him in the CCEd [database online] when accessed 22/06/2011.

  1. Reports of Cases decided in Chancery 1832 Volume 3 p. 402, 1830 Stewart v Garnett. The parents of Thomas Duckworth Headlam are shown as Thomas and Dorothy Blooming [sic] Headlam in, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online] and, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]. Dorothy Brooming, the widow of Thomas Headlam of Aigburth Liverpool died at Marlow Buckinghamshire Jan 4 1836 [Gentleman's Magazine 1836 Vol. 5 p. 331]. At the baptism of her son Robert Neadlam [sic] at St Michael Aigburth on 05/11/1815 she was described as 'formerly Colburne', [accessed 22/06/2011].

  2. 1861 and 1881 censuses online (where he is transcribed as James Garrett Headlam); National Probate Calendar 1891.

  3. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. III 'Stewart of Trelawny Jamaica', pp. 272-3.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Rev. J.G. Headlam
Wealth at death
£23,002 14S 2D
Church of England

Associated Claims (2)

£3,723 15s 5d
Awardee (Trustee)
£483 16s 11d
Awardee (Trustee)

Relationships (2)

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Addresses (1)

2 York Terrace, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, South-east England, England