Second Generation (Continued)
Family of Herbert Newton JARRETT II (1) & Ann ALLEN
3. Ann JARRETT (Herbert Newton1). Born in 1760. Ann died in Park Street, Brandon Hill, Bristol, on 28 Feb 1837; she was 77. Buried in St George’s Church, Brandon Hill, Bristol.
In 1776 when Ann was 16, she first married Dr Thomas STEEL. Thomas died in 1785. Residence/Property: Steelfield, Trelawny, Jamaica.
They had the following children:
15i.
Ann (1777-1846)
16ii.
Jessey Noble (1779-1807)
17iii.
Thomas (1781-)
18iv.
Sarah (1783-1831)
In 1787 when Ann was 27, she second married Edward SCHAW. Residence/Property: Schawfield, Trelawny, Jamaica.
They had the following children:
19i.
John Jarrett (1788-)
20ii.
Edward (1790-)
21iii.
Mary (1791-ca1864)


Edward Schaw, husband of Ann Jarrett, and Charles Schaw, husband of Frances Newton Jarrett, were brothers. The family came originally from Ayrshire, Scotland, and their estate Schawfield was named after their ancestral home in Scotland.

WJK: “Mrs Edward Schaw has been spoken of as very good looking, even as an old lady. The latter part of her life was mostly spent in Bristol, with her then unmarried daughter, Mary Schaw.”
4. Sarah Newton JARRETT (Herbert Newton1). Born on 1 Jun 1762. Sarah Newton died in Spring Garden Estate, Jamaica, on 3 Sep 1814; she was 52.
On 1 Jun 1782 when Sarah Newton was 20, she married David KERR I, son of William KER Provost of Forfar & Elizabeth BALLINGALL. Born in 1739. David died in Montrose, Co Forfar, Scotland, on 31 Jan 1829; he was 90. Occupation: Doctor, Major General of the Jamaica Colonial Militia.
They had the following children:
22i.
Ann Mary (1783-1854)
23ii.
24iii.
Elizabeth Jarrett (1787-1827)
25iv.
William Mitchell (1789-1862)
26v.
John Jarrett (1799-1800)


WJK writes that he “knows but little regarding his grandmother [Sarah Newton Jarrett].” She was apparently her father’s favourite daughter and her half-brother John’s favourite sister. And looking at her portrait, I’m not surprised that people liked her. Her mouth and eyes look as if there was often a smile or a laugh lurking there. One senses that she relished the down-to-earth, humorous side of life. (She clearly liked good food and fine clothes, too.)

On her twentieth birthday, Sarah Newton Jarrett married the 43-year-old David Kerr, who was “in medical charge” of Orange Valley. He came from Forfar, Scotland, where his father, a lawyer, was Provost. He would have been six at the time of the Jacobite rising of 1745, and according to WJK (his grandson), he “often told his son, Herbert Newton Jarrett Kerr, that he quite well remembered when a child wearing the White Cockade [emblem of the Jacobites] at Forfar” - suggesting, presumably, that his father backed Bonnie Prince Charlie.

When studying medicine, either at St Andrews or Edinburgh, he was great friends with another student from a family called Wise - of Hill Bank, Dundee - “so much so that they were known as ‘Wise and otherwise’”, which as WJK notes “may have been complimentary to our Ancestor or the reverse”. The two families, the Kerrs and the Wises, were still friendly in WJK’s day.

WJK had “a hazy recollection of my uncle having told me that his father [David Kerr] first went to America as a medical man in the military service and that he was in the southern states, at that time a colony of Great Britain, and from there [in his late twenties] he went to Jamaica.” Apparently, he “was far more fitted for the profession of a soldier than that of medicine”. In 1768, soon after his arrival in Jamaica, he became a lieutenant in the St James’ Regiment of Militia and saw service against the Maroons (runaway slaves).

By his marriage to Sarah Newton Jarrett, David Kerr “became possessed of considerable landed property” in Jamaica - notably the Spring Garden Estate. In 1792, David Kerr also “purchased from his brother-in-law, John Jarrett, certain lands in the Parish of St James, known as Dry Ridge ...14

“Some time during the same year (1792), ... [the Kerrs] came to England, bringing their children with them ... Mr and Mrs Kerr must have returned to Jamaica the following year, and about 1798 again returned to England, when they rented a small house [Spring House] quite close to Freemantle Park, the residence of Mr John Jarrett ... ; here they resided for about two years, the youngest son, John Jarrett Kerr, being born there ... and in 1800 they returned to Jamaica. Possibly Mr and Mrs Kerr may have revisited England, but of this there is no record.”

Back in Jamaica, David Kerr’s military activities continued, and in 1805, the year of Trafalgar, when there were fears that the French would invade Jamaica, he helped to organise local troops to resist any such attempt. As a result, the Governer, Sir George Nugent, promoted him to Major General of the Jamaica Militia. (His great-great-great-great grandson, Bob Neish, would be a later Major General of Jamaica’s armed forces.)

Even though his wife was more then 20 years younger, she died first, after which David Kerr returned to Scotland, where he “resided in his native country of Forfar”. He bought a small estate near Brechin, which he gave to his son, and lived at Dubton House near Montrose, which he rented.
5. Herbert Newton JARRETT III (Herbert Newton1). Born in 1765. Herbert Newton died in Orange Valley, Jamaica, on 8 Dec 1829; he was 64. Buried in Orange Valley, Jamaica. Education: Westminster; St John’s College, Cambridge (matriculated Michaelmas 1782; B.A. 1787; M.A. 1794); Lincoln’s Inn (admitted Sept 1785). Residence/Property: Orange Valley, Jamaica; Great Bromley Lodge, Essex; Hanover Square, London.
In Jun 1793 when Herbert Newton was 28, he married Maria BERNERS, daughter of Charles BERNERS of Woolverstone Park, Suffolk & Katherine LAROCHE. Born in 1771. Maria died in Wiltshire on 9 Dec 1831; she was 60. Buried in Downton Church.
They had the following children:
27i.
Herbert Newton V (1797-1879)
28ii.
Maria Catherine (1799-1867)
29iii.
Alicia (1800-1861)
30iv.
31v.
Mary Ann (1805-1836)


The ties between the Jarrett family and that of Herbert Newton Jarrett III’s wife, the Berners, seem to have been extraordinarily close. Herbert Newton Jarrett’s father-in-law, Charles Berners of Woolverstone Park, had four children. The eldest never married; the remaining three all married Jarretts. The marriage of Maria Berners and Herbert Newton Jarrett came first in 1793, then William Berners and Rachel Allen Jarrett in 1797, and Henry Denny Berners and Sarah Jarrett in 1799. In the next generation, Hugh Berners married his first cousin Julia Alice Ashton, daughter of Sarah Noble Ashton, née Jarrett.

Unlike his half-brother John (who was nearly 20 years older), Herbert Newton Jarrett III had been sent to England at a young age to receive an English education: Westminster; St John’s College, Cambridge; and Lincoln’s Inn. But at 24 he was back in Jamaica at the time of his father’s death in 1790 and stayed there until 1792, sorting out his father’s affairs. According to WJK, he “appears to have been greatly beloved and trusted by his father, who left him sole executor of his will, and also entailed upon him and his heirs the estate of Orange Valley.”

Again unlike his brother John, Herbert Newton Jarrett never bought a large country house in England.15 After his marriage [in 1793], according to WJK, “he resided at Barningham Hall, Norfolk, which he rented from a Mr Motte, and afterwards he rented Hopeland [or Hobland] Hall, also in Norfolk, and his town residence was in Hanover Square, London.

“He was a man of noble stature and physique. When attending at Court, it has been said that Queen Charlotte always called him her handsome West Indian. ...

“Mr Jarrett was a great connoisseur of precious stones, and at the time of his death was in possession of some of considerable value. ...

“Mr Jarrett must have gone out to Jamaica on some particular business about the beginning of 1829, with the intention of returning shortly to England, but most unfortunately he met with an accident. He fell out of his hammock, thereby causing an injury to his spine, which ended in paralysis, and he died at Orange Valley ...”

“The following is copied from a Jamaica newspaper of 1829: ‘December 1829 died in Trelawny, at Orange Valley estate in the 8th inst., in the 64th year of his age, Herbert Newton Jarrett Esq., proprietor of that estate, and of Great Bromley Lodge15 in the County of Essex, England. His remains were numerously and respectably attended to the family vault on the estate. He has left an affectionate widow and family to deplore his loss. In every instance through life, his integrity was inflexible and his conduct manly and firm. In his friendship, he was warm and sincere, in his social intercourse he was modest and unassuming. His urbanity and venerable appearance always commanded an involuntary prepossession in his favour, and it seldom falls to our lot to record the death of a more worthy and generally esteemed individual.’ ...

“His widow ... survived her husband just two years, and died at The Moot, Downton, near Salisbury ...”
6. Frances Newton JARRETT (Herbert Newton1). Born in 1766. Frances Newton died in St Helier, Jersey, on 1 Feb 1837; she was 71. Buried in Green Street Cemetery, St Helier.
In 1782 when Frances Newton was 16, she first married Charles SCHAW. Charles died on 21 Oct 1794. Buried in Wantage Church. Residence/Property: Schawfield Estate, Trelawney, Jamaica.
They had the following children:
32i.
Major Charles (1785-1874)
33ii.
Anna (1787-1787)
34iii.
Herbert (1791-1791)


Charles Schaw, husband of Frances Newton Jarrett, and Edward Schaw, husband of Anne Jarrett, were brothers. The family came originally from Ayrshire, Scotland, and their estate Schawfield was named after their ancestral home in Scotland.
On 19 Oct 1795 when Frances Newton was 29, she second married William CRUCHLEY in St Pancras Parish Church, Camden, London. William died ca 1828 in Le Havre. Residence/Property: London.
They had the following children:
36ii.
Ann Jarrett (1797-)
37iii.
Fanny (1799-)
38iv.
Mary (1802-)
39v.
Eliza (1804-1825)
40vi.
Thomas (1805-)
41vii.
Julia Jarrett (1808-1866)


WJK: “About a year after the death of Mr Schaw, which event took place in England, his widow secondly married ... Mr William Cruchley, ... For many years they lived in the neighbourhood of London.

“This second marriage did not turn out altogether a happy one, for it appears they became somewhat in straitened circumstances, necessitating residence abroad, and it is believed that Mr Cruchley died at Le Havre ... Mrs Cruchley afterwards went to Jersey, and resided at St Helier until her death.”
7. Rachel Allen JARRETT (Herbert Newton1). Born on 8 Mar 1769 in Orange Valley, Jamaica. Rachel Allen died in Bath on 16 Nov 1856; she was 87. Buried in Abbey cemetery.
On 18 Aug 1785 when Rachel Allen was 16, she married William Rhodes JAMES, son of William Rhodes JAMES of Southfield Estate, Trelawny, Jamaica & Juliana WISDOM. Born on 26 Dec 1755. William Rhodes died on 4 Apr 1795; he was 39. Buried in Orange Valley, Jamaica. Residence/Property: Fontabelle & Southfield Esates, Trelawny, Jamaica.
They had the following children:
42i.
William Rhodes (1786-1842)
43ii.
Herbert Jarrett (1789-1840)
44iii.
Henry John (1790-1795)
45iv.
Juliana (1794-1819)


WJK: Rachel Allen Jarrett “had the great misfortune of losing her mother on the day of her birth.

“She, like her elder sisters, Ann and Frances, married before she was seventeen ... After somewhat less than ten years’ happy married life, a great and lasting sorrow came upon her. On 4 April 1795, her husband died, and seven days after this sad event their youngest son, Henry John, died also. Both father and son were buried in the family burial ground at Orange Valley. ...

“Mrs James resided for many years in Montego Bay. ... [About] the year 1845 she came to Scotland, and visited her nephew, William Mitchell Kerr, at Kerfield, in Peebleshire ... She resided for some years at the Hot Wells, Bristol, and eventually came to Bath, where she died at 10 Seymour Street ...

“The Compiler knew ‘Aunt James’ well, and many an act of kindness did he receive in his boyhood from the dear old lady.”

Rachel Allen Jarrett and William Rhodes James may only have enjoyed ten years of married life, but they still managed to beget a huge tribe of descendants - Rhodes Jameses, Haughton Jameses, Lister Jameses, Vidal Jameses and so forth. Notable among them are a great-granddaughter, Minnie Stewart Rhodes James (1861-1903), who was a pioneer of public libraries in Britain; a great-grandson, Montagu Rhodes James OM (1862-1936), a distinguished Cambridge academic and Provost of Eton, who also wrote ghost stories, regarded as classics of their genre and still very much in print; and the late Sir Robert Rhodes James (1933-99), an historian and MP for Cambridge, who was a great-great-great grandson.
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