Deed Books 1774-1857

Deed Books for the island dating between 1774 through to the mid 19th century. The Deed books, compiled in the offices of the island’s Colonial Secretary and the Registrar, proved a comprehensive record of all land and property transactions carried out during the 175 years when slave plantations were the main type of investment and employment on the island. The Deed books are large bound volumes that are available for every year in the period from 1763 to 1839. Such a continuous series of these records is only replicated sporadically for other islands that were once British possessions in the Caribbean. The land and property details recorded in these records provide the names of investors, along with their occupation and residence, and precise financial details, either in sterling or in the island’s currency. The information on investors includes whites and free blacks, men and women, and absentee residents (in other West Indian Islands or in Britain) as well as those living in Saint Vincent. The financial information is wide-ranging. Credit transactions are included. Mortgages, annuities, loans and bonds are all specified, with the names of the parties involved. The Deed books also contain much material on slave sales between individuals connected with Saint Vincent; they also have information on slave manumissions. Where sugar plantations are identified in these records, the numbers, and sometimes the valuations, of slaves are given.

Extent: 20 bound volumes.

Condition of original material: Variable - see detail at file level.

This series contains the following 20 volumes.

  • EAP1013/1/1/1: Deed Book 1774-1775
  • EAP1013/1/1/2: Deed Book 1783-1784
  • EAP1013/1/1/3: Deed Book 1785
  • EAP1013/1/1/4: Deed Book 1789-1790
  • EAP1013/1/1/5: Deed Book 1796-1797
  • EAP1013/1/1/6: Deed Book 1798
  • EAP1013/1/1/7: Deed Book 1806
  • EAP1013/1/1/8: Deed Book 1807-1808
  • EAP1013/1/1/9: Deed Book 1813-1814
  • EAP1013/1/1/10: Deed Book 1839-1840
  • EAP1013/1/1/11: Deed Book 1840-1841
  • EAP1013/1/1/12: Deed Book 1841-1843
  • EAP1013/1/1/13: Deed Book 1842-1843
  • EAP1013/1/1/14: Deed Book 1842-1843
  • EAP1013/1/1/15: Deed Book 1843-1844
  • EAP1013/1/1/16: Deed Book 1844-1845
  • EAP1013/1/1/17: Deed Book 1845-1846
  • EAP1013/1/1/18: Deed Book 1846-1849
  • EAP1013/1/1/19: Deed Book 1856-1857
  • EAP1013/1/1/20: Deed Book 1857-1858.
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  • Deed Book 1774-1775

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/1
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 437 written pages; 21 page index at front. ...
  • Deed Book 1783-1784

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/2
    Extent: 1 bound volume, 262 written pages; 10 page index at front. ...
  • Deed Book 1785

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/3
    Extent: 1 bound volume, 389 written pages; 7 page index at front. Size and dimensions of original material: 42 x 27 x 4 cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1789-1790

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/4
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 267 written pages; 2 pages of index at front survive - remainder lost. Size and dimensions of original material: 43 x 25 x 3cm. Condition of original material: Spine and cover in moderate condition - intact but somewhat battered. In ...
  • Deed Book 1796-1797

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/5
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 516 written pages; 24 page index at front. Size and dimensions of original material: 48 x 35 x 6cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1798

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/6
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 516 written pages (note: un-numbered inserted sheets between pp 166 and 167); 24 page index at front. Size and dimensions of original material: 45 x 30 x 6cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1806

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/7
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 448 written pages; 20 page index at front (note: page numbering absent pp. 154-202 inclusive). Size and dimensions of original material: 46 x 30 x 5cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1807-1808

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/8
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 632 numbered and written pages (but note that scribe made a mistake when numbering pages, going from p 260 to p 361, i.e. missing 261-360 inclusive. The content is uniterrupted). 22 page index at front. Size and dimensions of origin ...
  • Deed Book 1813-1814

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/9
    Extent: 1 bound volume. Two discrete parts: a 23 page index followed by 312 written pages (plus following blank pages); then a second 23 page index and 523 written pages. Size and dimensions of original material: 40 x 25 x 9cm. Condition of original materi ...
  • Deed Book 1839-1840

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/10
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 343 written pages; 11 page index at front. Size and dimensions of original material: 55 x 32 x 4cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1840-1841

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/11
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 348 written pages; 11 page index at front. Pp. 328 through to the end of the volume have been scored out. Size and dimensions of original material: 55 x 32 x 4cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1841-1843

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/12
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 357 written pages; 12 page index at front. Size and dimensions of original material: 55 x 32 x 4cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1842-1843

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/13
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 466 written pages; 12 page index at front. Size and dimensions of original material: 45 x 25 x 5cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1842-1843

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/14
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 341 written pages; 11 page index at front. Size and dimensions of original material: 40 x 32 x 4cm. Condition of original material: Good condition. ...
  • Deed Book 1843-1844

    File Ref: EAP1013/1/1/15
    Extent: 1 bound volume; 553 numbered pages; 12 page index at front. (Pages numbered from 380-399 inclusive are not present - presumably a mistake in page-numbering by the scribe, as the content is not interrupted). Size and dimensions of original material: ...