Jessy Heron (latter MacLENNAN) -mistress of Captn. Alexander Woodburn Heron
This is a message to assist researchers who have an interest in the History of families of the Herons and Wilsons, along with their various connecting families including the Parchments, Gautiers, Llyes, Lawes, Smiths, Watlers, Somervilles, Marsdens, among several others.
JESSY HERON was born on the Wigton Pen property (which later became the Wigton Plantation, Manchester, Jamaica) in the then-partish of St. Elizabeth. She was a "mixed race" member of a long line of Scottish & Jamaican Herons who lived on that estate from the mid-1600s.It should be noted that Jessy's mother was an African enslaved woman.
Jeesy Heron had a daughter, FRANCES ELIZA HERON, with her cousin, Captain ALEXANDER WOODBURN HERON 1, JP, Plantation Owner who inherited the Wigton Pen Property. Along with Wigton Plantation, he also owned Williamsfield, Shooter's Hill among his over 21 plantations in Manchester, Jamaica and Barbican Pen estate in St. Andrew; He was also a member of the Manchester Militia (of Horse). (His son and grandson are named for affection after him).
Jessy HERON later got married and her married name was MacLENNAN. At no time were Captain Heron and Jessy Heron ever married. Captain Heron (in his mid 40's) married the eighteen-year-old heiress, Elizabeth Hall, daughter of Frances Hall, plantation owner of Battersea and several other plantations in Manchester and St. Ann.
FRANCES ELIZA HERON married Alfred Edward WILSON 1, Planting Attorney (Today's Estate General Manager). Her husband who was known as A. Edward Wilson, to his business associates, was known to his family as Edward. One of his sons was ALSO named Alfred Edward Wilson, and was known by his first name. Incidentally his father's name was also Edward.One of Alfred Edward Wilson's brothers, was William George Wilson 1, JP, of Asia Plantation, Manchester, Jamaica.
You will note that Captain Heron's father and uncles came to Jamaica in the late 1700s and inherited only a part of the original Wigton Pen property.
For further investigation, those who are interested may contact (a) the Churches; (b) the Registrar General's Department for information on births marriages, and deaths; (c) the Titles office; (d) the Jamaica Archives; and (e) other areas in jamaica who are always willing to assist with information for research.
I hope this clarifies alot of the nonsense being spread on the internet about Mrs. Frances Eliza Heron WILSON, her mother. Mrs. Jessy Heron MacLENNAN, and their African ancestors.