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Legal papers relating to estates in Jamaica (documents relating to Stephen Drew's Jamaican Tontine)
An extensive correspondence concerning subscriptions to a 'tontine' (a money making subscription scheme) to establish an estate in Jamaica. This would be of value to a family historian who knows that they have ancestors who may have been involved in these sort of projects.
Detailed usage description
An extensive correspondence concerning subscriptions to a 'tontine' to establish an estate in Jamaica. A tontine is a form of life assurance: investors buy a share in a tontine, and receive payouts when other subscribers die, and the balance is paid to the last surviving member. The correspondence contains several hundred letters to and from subscribers, lists of subscribers, and in some cases subscription certificates which include details about the subscriber's birth date, address and parents.
This collection would give both excellent genealogical data if your ancestor is named on a subscription certificate, and good contextualising information if they were involved in correspondence.
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The catalogue number for this collection is MS 691. A collection level description of this collection is available on AIM25.
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|Usage||Themes||Geographic area covered||Size of collection||Dates|
Mostly the UK. (Although the tontine was to raise funds for an estate in Jamaica, most of the subscribers were from the UK.)
Several hundred people are referred to in the collection.
|1805 -- 1836|