This question is related to an earlier one (Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?) and more generally to the time that three (possibly four) brothers of my direct ancestors Priscilla (3rd great grandmother) and Robert Chichester (4th great grandfather) spent in Demerara (now Guyana) during the early 19th century.
My current interest is in seeing whether researching Yorkshire Hall plantation might shed some light:
- In 1825 William Chichester (Robert's brother) is recorded as being the Proprietor of Plantations Yorkshire Hall and Zealand in
DEMERARA AND ESSEQUIBO VADE-MECUM. A. Stevenson, at the Guiana Chronicle Office, 1825 - 311 pages.
- William seems to have been associated with Plantation Zealand since at least 13 Aug 1808 when he was cited as a witness in a defamation dispute conducted in the local newspapers, and this mentions that his house is at Plantation Zealand (http://www.vc.id.au/edg/18080813edrg.html)
- William may have acquired Yorkshire Hall soon after the death of Mary Skelton because:
The West Yorkshire Archives Service office at Bradford Library holds the will of Mary Skelton "late of Little Horton". In 1823 she leaves her "three fourth part share" of the Yorkshire Hall plantation in Demerara to her three sons including "all the negroes and slaves which may, at the time of my decease, be resident or belong to the said plantation." http://www.bbc.co.uk/bradford/content/articles/2007/02/26/slavery_west_yorkshire_feature.shtml
- By 1832 Yorkshire Hall appears to be managed (or owned?) by William's nephew Jared (Priscilla's brother):
British Guiana 818 (Yorkshire Hall) Claim Details & Associated Individuals 7th Dec 1835 | 14 Enslaved | £725 0S 1D CLAIM DETAILS Claim Notes Parliamentary Papers p. 122. T71/885: claim from Jared Chichester, as owner-in-fee. T71/429 p. 43: Jared Chichester registered enslaved persons in 1832. Further Information Colony British Guiana Claim No.818 Estate Yorkshire Hall Collected by Chichester, Wm. Uncontested Yes Associated Individuals (1) Jared Chichester Awardee (Owner-in-fee) https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/claim/view/9071
I have a suspicion that Jared's elder brother Giles (who died before 1830) may have been Jared's predecessor at Yorkshire Hall and to try and eliminate this from my thinking (if it is not correct) I am hoping to trace the owners/managers of Yorkshire Hall from 1823 through until about 1840.
I suspect that the papers below could be helpful, but it appears that they will be expensive to access from Australia:
Reference: CUST 34/356
Description: Papers relating to plantations
Date: 1821 - 1854
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Are there any more accessible records of the owners/managers/proprietors of Yorkshire Hall Plantation in Demerara (present day Guyana) that I might be able to use to trace its ownership/management from about 1823 to about 1840?