Historical records for Jamaica are distributed between the Jamaica Public Archives and the Island Record Office, both of which are located in Spanish Town, Jamaica. Records begin with the English occupation of Jamaica in 1655; Spanish records from the period prior to 1655 did not survive.

The wills are housed in the Island Record Office in Jamaica. Unfortunately, certain volumes of the wills in the Grantors Old Series, which covers the 17th century, are missing. These were reportedly lost when Admiral Knowles moved the capital from Spanish Town to Kingston in 1755. All official records were loaded on to wagons and transported to Kingston only to be returned to Spanish Town three years later. It is believed that on one of the journeys, a wagon overturned, spilling some volumes into a swamp. As with the Port Royal probate inventories, the wills are themselves transcriptions, copied in the 1880s in an effort to preserve the public records. Apparently, the originals were destroyed once the volumes were transcribed.

The following selected transcribed wills cover the period from 1672-1720 (Volumes 1-15). They are all of Port Royal residents and were transcribed by graduate students from microfiche copies housed in the Anthropology Department of Texas A&M University. Much work still has to be done before all the wills are transcribed and saved in electronic format. This page will be continually updated as the work proceeds and the transcribed wills from the other Jamaican parrishes are posted.

NOTE: Some of the transcribed wills below have a link to their respective transcribed probate inventory

VOLUMES 1 & 2: 1672-1680

Alexander, Alice 1676

Alexander, Nickolas 1677

Alexander, Samuel 1680

Bannister, James 1674

Hardicke, John 1675

Piper, Thomas 1677

Waller, John 1675

Yates, Edward 1677

VOLUMES 3 & 4: 1680-1686

Ellis, John 1685/6

 Ooischot, Abraham 1683

Orgill, Andrew 1680 

Phillips, Robert 1683

Vincent, Francis 1681

VOLUME 5: 1686-1688

Richardson, Dorothy 1687

VOLUME 6: 1688-1689

Alder, Thomas 1687/8

Brown, Eleanor 1688/9

Cransborough, Oliver 1689

Diggins, George 1689

Moone, Thomas 1689

VOLUME 7: 1689

VOLUME 8: 1694

VOLUME 9: 1698-1702

VOLUMES 10 & 11: 1705-1707

Lewis, John 1706

Lewis, Margarett 1706


VOLUME 12: 1708-1709

VOLUME 13: 1710-1712

Turner, James 1711

Wade, Henry 1712


VOLUME 14: 1712-1717

Mary Hamilton, 1712/13
St. Dorthey Parish


VOLUME 15: 1717-1720



Citation Information:
Last updated May 21, 2001

2001, Hamilton, Donny L., Port Royal Wills, World Wide Web URL, http://nautarch.tamu.edu/portroyal/archives/wills.htm.
Port Royal Project, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. March 14, 2001.

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