About James Crooks, I
Will of James Crooks, 1740 [RGD, Jamaica, LOS 22/213] I James Crooks of the parish of Hanover planter(1) Give and bequeath unto my brother Christopher Crooks one Negro wench named Betty with her three children named Sisley Jenny and Esther… Unto my brother Rice Crooks( 2) six Negroes to be bought out of the produce arising from my Estate… Unto Thomas George son of my sister Elizabeth George £100 at the age of twenty one years Unto my daughter Ann Crooks(3) £600 pounds at the age of twenty one years or six months after marriage and also one Negro girl to be chosen by her out of the Negroes belonging to my estate Provided the child which my wife Anna Petronella (4) now goes with be a Boy and live but in case it be a Girl I bequeath unto the said girl the Pimento walk with all the land thereunto belonging which I purchased of James Launce….and Ann Crooks shall have all the residue and remainder of my Estate both real and personal…and her heirs… In default of such lawful issue at her decease it shall go to my brother Christopher Crooks and his heirs and at his decease without lawful heirs unto my brother Rice Crooks… But in case a Boy(5) be born alive then he shall have all the before mentioned remainder and residue of my estate…and his heirs… In default of such issue at his decease unto my daughter Ann Crooks and her heirs…. And provided as aforesaid a Girl be born…she shall be paid out of my estate £500 at the age of twenty one years or six months after marriage…and in case the said Girl should die without issue the said Pimento walk and land shall remain as part of my estate…. I appoint my brother Christopher Crooks and my kinsman William Rhodes James to be executors to this my last will and testament. Signed James Crooks, 18th June 1739 Witnesses, William Mowatt, Charles Samuells, William Oakley
Proved in Jamaica by William Mowatt and Charles Samuells before Montague James [Entered in record 19th May 1741]
____________________ 1. The Crooks' sugar plantation was at Crooks Cove (Cousins Cove). James Crooks' tombstone is there 2. A Rice Crooks is mentioned in the will of James Davis "of St. Elizabeth" . 3. Ann Crooks married John Dickson, millwright from Scotland, in 1756; she died in 1769 and was buried next to her father. 4. Anna Petronella Launce, the daughter of William Launce [d.1723]. Her sister Ann married Dugald Campbell of Salt Spring; their daughter Rebecca married Duncan Campbell, ship-owner & later merchant of London 5. One James Crooks, "a minor" was named in the 1754 list of Jamaica landowners. He inherited Crooks Cove and, from about 1769, consigned sugars to Duncan Campbell in London, his cousin Rebecca Campbell's husband. He died in North America in 1774.