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Will of Cox Thache of Spanish Town, Jamaica—25 Feb 1737

Wills—Cox Thache of Spanish Town, Jamaica—25 Feb 1737

While the preceding passage appears in Quest for Blackbeard, the genealogies of various pirates will be explored in similar depth in Brooks’ Dictionary of Pyrate Biography, currently in the planning stages.

Brooks has over 35 years of experience in genealogical research, has worked as a professional genealogist, and lately studied in the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University as a professional historian.

His peer-reviewed article, “ ‘Born in Jamaica of Very Creditable Parents’ or ‘A Bristol Man Born’? Excavating the Real Edward Thache, ‘Blackbeard the Pirate’ “ in the July issue of North Carolina Historical Review includes the genealogy of the most famous pirate of them all! It’s expanded upon in Quest.

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Cox Thache will - 25 Feb 1737          Wills, Liber 21 Folio 121, Registre General's Department, Spanish Town, Jamaica


Jamaica ss.

Thache Cox

Ex. 25 Febry



In the Name of God Amen I Cox Thache of the parish of St. Catherine's Gentleman being in Sound Mind and Memory do make & publish this to be my last will & Testament in Manner and form following revoking all former wills by me made.

In primis [first] I give and bequeath unto Ann Smith [Is this Rachel “Ann?” Thache, sister of Cox Thache, possibly married to Richard Smith?] one Desk and Glass Six Such Chairs with a Bed as She Shall make Choice of. The Table in the Hall being her own Purchase

Item All the Rest Residue & Remainder here or Elsewhere to my Loving Brother Thos. Thache I give and bequeath to him and his Heirs forever

I do hereby constitute & appoint my Loving ffreind Adam McQuestin to be my Executor beleiving him to be the greatest Creditor I have for the Rent of the House I now live in. In Witness whereof I have Sett my hand & Seal this Seventh Day of November in the year of our Lord

Signed Seal & Deliver'd

In the presence of

Will Morris                                Cox Thache (seal)

Thos. Drazey


Whereas I have omitted in my above Will the Release and ffreedom of my Negro Man Slave Joe I doe hereby by way of Codicil Mannumitt and discharge from Slavery to me and my Heirs beliving a Right invested in me after the Desease of my Mother Lucretia Thache [d.1743] as Witness my hand the Day and Date Abovementioned

                                        Cox Thache (seal)


Memd: the 25th Day of ffebruary 1737 personally came and appeared before me Thomas Drazey and made Oath upon the Holy Evangelists That he was present and did See Cox Thache the Testator withinmentioned being then of Sound Mind and Memory Sign Seal publish and declare the within Written Instrument to be his Last Will and Testament and the Codicil thereto Subjoined to be part and parsole thereof And That at the Same time William Morris was also present and together with him Subscribed his Name as a Witness to the said Will in the presence of the said Testator And further That he knows Nothing of any other Will or Codicil Since made by the said Testator which may tend to the Disadvantage of the will within written and Codicil thereto Subjoined

                                        John Gregory


Jamaica ss.  Know All Men by these presents That I Adam McQuistin of of the Parish of St. Catherines Gentleman Executor nominated and appointed in and by the within written last Will and Testament of Cox Thache deced have renounced and refused to take upon me the Burthen of the said Executors hise? or any other power given me That I might or could Claim by Virtue of the said Will In Witness whereof I hereunto Sett my hand and Seal the 25th Day of ffebruary Annos Domini 1737

                                        Adm. McQuistin (seal)

Sealed and Delivered

in the presense of Richd. Smith


Memd. The Day and year above written, personally came and appeared before me the abovenamed Richard Smith and made Oath upon the Holy Evangelists That he was present and Did See the abovenamed Adam McQuistin, Sign Seal and deliver the above written Renunciation, as his Act and Deed

                                        John Gregory


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Note that Cox Thache (bap. 8 Jul 1700; see below) was the son of Capt. Edward Thache and Lucretia Poquet Maverly Ethel Thache of St. Jago de la Vega or Spanish Town, Jamaica. He was the half-brother of Edward “Blackbeard” Thache and Elizabeth Thache Valescure of Jamaica.