children but for a long time I was unable to find out what had happened to him after this. Having seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth, I finally tracked him down to Antigua and Barbuda. Researching further still, I managed to find out what he was up to there and that he had left behind a collection of letters that where written back to England to inform his employer, Sir Christopher Bethell Codrington, of developments on the Estates in the West Indies. There were also accounts of him written by others he met along the way. In this blog I will endeavour to present as much of this information as possible. This, I hope, will be of interest not only to other descendants of John James and Elizabeth Wingfield, but also to those with an interest in the history of Antigua and especially the Island of Barbuda during the later part of the slave estate period. I look forward to hearing from others who also share this interest.
|Detail from "Cutting the sugar-cane" by William Clark 1823|