Nathaniel Cave of Stirling Plantation

1st Nov 1796 - 8th Aug 1861

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Nathaniel and Mary Cave of Christchurch, Barbados. Married first Angel Perkins Thorpe, 7/3/1816, with whom he had two children: Lucy (b. 1817) and Frances (b. 1824). On 17/11/1828 he married secondly, Isabella Carr Wharton. Together they had four children, three born in Barbados – Robert (b. 1830), Isabella (b. 1832), and James (b. 1833, who died before his first birthday) - and one in England - Clara (b. 1841). In 1829 he purchased the 218 acre Stirling Plantation in Barbados for approximately £11,000 and the Lightfoots estate for £14,285 in 1837. The family returned to Britain sometime during the late 1830s.

In 1841 Nathaniel Cave aged 44 and his wife Isabella were living at 31 Caledonia Place Clifton with five children the youngest of whom (aged 3 or 5 was born in Clifton).

The draft marrige settlement of his second daughter Frances to Rev. Vernon G. Yonge in 1848 included reference to a "sugar work plantation called Maynards in the Island of Barbados." Nathaniel Cave's son Rev. Robert Haynes Cave married Yonge's sister Elizabeth Vernon Yonge in Repton, Derbyshire in 1854. They were the children of Weston Yonge (1788-1849) of Charnes Hall, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.

Letters of administration granted for the estate of Nathaniel Cave, formerly of the parish of St Philip Barbados but lately of Bolas Rectory Salop who died 08/08/1861 granted 15/10/1863 to Rev. Robert Haynes Cave of Lydgate Rectory, effects under £3000. In the 1861 census, Nathaniel Cave had been living with his wife Isabella at Ventnor, Isle of Wight.


T71/556 p. 85: Nathaniel Cave registered 163 enslaved persons in 1834; 1841 census online; National Probate Calendar 1863; 1861 census online.

Papers at Southampton University Library MS96: correspondence, 1824-67, between Nathaniel Cave and his (London?) attorneys and agents - John Charles Armstrong and Augustus Briggs; correspondence also with his son, Rev. Robert Cave, of Lydgate Rectory, Newmarket, and with his daughter and son-in-law, Rev. and Mrs Vernon Yonge, of Bolas Rectory, Wellington, Shropshire.

Kathleen Mary Butler, The Economics of Emancipation: Jamaica and Barbados 1823-1843 (Chapel Hill and London, University of North Carolina Press, 1995), p. 90: Nathaniel Cave bought Thomas Lee's Lightfoots estate for £14,285 1837.

Draft marriage settlement at Staffordshire and Stock-on-Trent Archive Service, D(W)1082/C/9/1-22, see [accessed 31/07/2020].

Marriage of Robert Haynes Cave: Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 [database online].

For more on the Vernon-Yonge family see Vernon-Yonge family of Charnes, Deeds, Family and Estate Papers at Staffordshire and Stock-on-Trent Archive Service, D(W)1082, [accessed 31/07/2020].

We are grateful to Ruth Hecht and Pecamina for their help with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Nathaniel Cave
1. Angel Perkins Thorpe; 2. Isabella Carr Wharton
1. Lucy, Frances; 2. Robert Haynes, Isabella, James, Clara
Wealth at death
Plantation owner

Associated Claims (1)

£3,615 17s 10d

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
1829 [EA] - 1838 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Railway Investment
Caledonian (Carlisle Deviation) [184662]  

Relationships (1)

Son → Father
Notes →
Tentative relationship only. the younger Nathaniel Cave was certainly the son of a Nathaniel Cave, but this could be grandfather and...

Addresses (3)

Ventnor, Hampshire, Wessex, England
31 Caledonia Place, Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
Bolas Rectory, Wellington, Shropshire, South-west England, England