Reverend John Hamlet Gittens

1788 - 1863

Claimant or beneficiary


Resident clergyman in Barbados, awarded the compensation for 35 enslaved people. Father of John and George Duncan Gittens (both of whom q.v.). Dates of birth and death are approximate. He was one of the only members of the extended Gittens family of whom LBS has found any trace in Britain in the 18th or 19th centuries.

  1. John Hamlet Gittens was baptised on 13 Jan 1788 in Saint Philip, Barbados. He was the son of John Hamlet Gittens (c.1763-1802) and Margaret Gittens née Archer (c. 1746-1832).

  2. Admitted as a 'pensioner' (age 18) at Trinity college, Cambridge, 15 April 1805. School, Hackney, London (Dr Heathcote). Matriculated (admitted to the university) Lent term, 1806; B.A. 1810. Ord. deacon (Bristol) 6 October 1810. R. of St John's, Barbados.

  3. Married (26 September 1812 at St Gregory's, Dawlish, Devon) Lucretia Hall (nee Ostrehan) (29 September 1792-14 January 1859), who had been born in St Michael, Barbados.

  4. John H. Gittens owned Pilgrim estate in St Philip, Barbados, in 1826. Presumably following a legal dispute, the enslaved people were sold by William Gill, Master of Chancery, to John Sheafe Gaskin, by 1829.


Barbados no. 3019.

  1. Joanne McRee Sanders, Barbados Records: Baptisms, 1637-1800 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984) p. 204, [accessed 25/03/2013]. Gittens family history [accessed 25/03/2013].

  2. Cambridge University Alumni 1261-1900.

  3. Diocese of Exeter, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1812 [accessed 23/06/2020]. There are some brief notes on John Hamlet Gittens and other members of the C18th Gittens family in Barbados - Colonel John Gittens (1712-1768), Joshua Mayers Gittens (1741-1819) and Colonel Benjamin Gittens (1730-1790) - at Gittens family profile, website of a Gittens family history researcher.

  4. T71/544 pp. 256-261.

We are grateful to Martin Beavis and Tom Wright for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Lucretia Ostrehan
2 sons: John Hamlet Gittens and George Duncan Gittens
Cambridge (Trinity) [1806-1810 ]
Church of England

Associated Claims (1)

£658 6s 3d

Associated Estates (5)

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
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney

Attorney to Mrs Joseph Leacock

1823 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Not known
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Attorney

Relationships (3)

Father → Son
Father → Son
Second Husband → Wife