Clinckett Family of Barbados
by John F Mann
based on family history by John E Mann & Noel Lee Mann
Noel Mann (daughter of Dorothy Clinckett) and John E Mann have performed research, including a trip to Barbados, to develop Clinckett family history back to the early 1600s in England.
Barbados is in the Caribbean, just north of Venezuela, at the eastern end of the island chain known as the West Indies.
Limited information is available online about Barbados history; you should seek out books and articles. However, the following links provide at least a brief historical overview;
The following link is for an article (that you would have to purchase) describing the 1680 census of Barbados;
The following link provides links to various museums on Barbados, including the Barbados Museum;
All of the "Sanders" volumes (Barbados baptisms, marriages and wills up to 1800) are available on Ancestry.com when you are a member.
Clinckett Family History
To date, the recorded history starts with John Clinckett, "born about 1605, either in Bristol or London, England".
John and cousin James Clinckett became captains of ships, sailing between England and what was then the English colony of Barbados (until 1966). After making their maiden voyage (with family) to Barbados to seek greater opportunity, the captains continued shipping operations. Various contingents fleeing England after the English Civil War (when Cromwell deposed the king) were transported to the haven of Barbados, even though the Clinckett clan favored the Cromwell side. The mixing of deported "loyalists" with Cromwell fans already encamped on Barbados resulted in a tumultuous series of events.
Click on the link alongside or under each document shown below to download the document (from family history by Noel Mann & John E Mann).
Chart below shows James and Sarah Clinckett across top, married 1633 (not 1833 as listed). The six children of James & Sarah are listed on the left; their marriage partners on the right.
Note: 1850 date listed for Margaret Dickinson should be 1650.
Extended Clinckett family tree has been formed in greater detail on Ancestry.com (Mann / Kramer Family).
However, there is much history yet to be discovered about the Clincketts.
References in several documents (such as wills) note property held by various Clinckett family members in Barbados. However, to date, there is not enough information to completely define size and locations of these properties, the largest of which were operated as plantations.
"Omitted Chapters from Hotten's Original Lists of Persons of Quality: And Others Who Went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600 - 1700" contains three references to Clinckett family members.
Will of Captain John Clinckett was "proved" on July 27, 1665, meaning that he had died on or before that date.
"A List containing the Mrs & Mistresses of Plantations, Quantities of acres, Number of householdrs that Serve for themselves, Tennants, Freemen & servants within the Division of Capt Able Alleyne's Company" includes "John Clinkett" with 200 acres and 6 "Freemen".
Will of Captain James Clinckett was proved on July 30, 1668. He bequeathed his estates in Barbados and England to wife Sarah. However, he gave separate plantations to sons Henry Clinckett and Abraham Clinckett.
List of property owners in parish of Saint Peter as of 1679 tabulates "Servants", "Negros" and "Acres of Land". The "Estate of Sarah Clinckett" is listed with 5 servants, 115 negro (slaves) and 136 acres of land.
About 140 landowners are included. At 136 acres, size of Clinckett plantation is relatively large, although several plantations are larger, with the maximum size being 210 acres. However, the Clinckett plantation had the largest number of Negro slaves at 115. Only two other plantations had 100 or more slaves at the time. This indicates that the Clinckett plantation was producing sugar which had been introduced to Barbados in the mid 1600s from South America. Producing sugar from sugar cane required large amounts of labor.
No record has yet been found showing the date that Sarah Clinckett died. However, from this listing of property it appears that she had passed away by 1679.