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FENTY - Barbados

PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:56 pm
by LoriP
Hi,

I am looking for further information on James Fenty (Jr?), married 16 May 1828 to Elizabeth Catherine Todd, both of St. James Parish, witnesses Benj Lawless and Thomas Arty.

They had a daughter named Julia Frances born about 1832 who married William Bruce Reid, 20 May 1851 at St Matthew, witnesses Robert Smith and Dora Donoghoe. He was there for military service only.

On Julia's death record, James' occupation was listed as jeweler.

Thanks,
Lori

Re: FENTY - Barbados

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:41 pm
by jambo
Do you know if James Fenty and Catherine had any other children? My ancestor is Richard Frances Fenty and he was born around 1824 to a James Fenty. Richard's occupation was watchmaker and I noticed that your James Fenty was a jeweller and wondered if there might be a connection? Mr Richard Francis Fenty married Sarah Francis Western/Weston (nee Woodman) in 1869 in St Michael Parish and that is where Richard's father was listed as James Fenty. I have no other information on James, Richard or Sarah. I am finding researching genealogy in Barbados very frustrating at the moment as I keep hitting a brick wall.

Any suggestions gratefully accepted

Thank You
K

Re: FENTY - Barbados

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:37 am
by LoriP
Hi,
Yes, found the baptisms listed plus Mary Elizabeth baptized 1828 at Saint James, parents James and Elizabeth.
That puts one baby near the marriage 1828, and others baptized 1843-1845. Alfred in 1843 was at Saint Peter, residence was in Speights Town and father was a goldsmith.
Julia (in my tree) is in between these, and I have not found a baptism record for her. Her death record in Scotland, 1905, lists her father as James Fentie, jeweler. I am not sure if it is normal to have gaps in the records, or unrecorded baptisms or if I have melded unconnected James Fenty's.

If anybody is interested or has done dna tests, current descendants from James and Elizabeth Catherine would be around 4th cousins, so about a 50% chance of showing a match. (3rd cousins are about 90% likely to show a match.) They would be my husband's 3rd g-grandparents. Our family has sent 3 tests at ancestry (cousins), and a couple of ftdna family finder if anybody else has tested and wants to check for a match to our branch.

Lori

Re: FENTY - Barbados

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:39 am
by jambo
It was a long shot - grasping at straws! I was hoping there would be a connection with watchmaker and jewellery but I guess not. Worth a try.

Thanks
K

Re: FENTY - Barbados

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:49 am
by LoriP
Hi,
Sorry, I wasn't very clear. There may be a connection.
When I was looking for baptisms, it looked like there was more than one Fenty at the time that was having children baptized. The really interesting thing with that, is that at least one other was listed as a goldsmith as well. There is a record for Bernetta, daughter of Henry Fenty and Edith Rawlins, of Speights Town, goldsmith being baptized 21 Jun 1841. There are quite a few Fenty baptisms, easy to search on familysearch.
This is definitely a family line I need more info on.
I kind of wonder if watchmaker/goldsmith/jeweler are the same profession, and if it could be a family trade.
I am not an expert on that trade, maybe someone else has some info on that.
Bye for now,
Lori

Re: FENTY - Barbados

PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:53 pm
by jambo
Hi Lori
Thanks for your message. It was the connection between watchmaker and jeweler that had me thinking your James might be the father of my Richard and of course there could still be a connection (nephew, brother etc). There are a number of Richard Francis Fenty in the Barbados records but I can't make them fit, mostly due to ages. I think Richard may have been married before he married my ancestor Sarah but as yet haven't found anything. Richard was Sarah's second husband and there were no children. I haven't found any death or birth records on him either, but perhaps it wasn't in Barbados.

I'll keep plugging away with all my Barbados ancestors, it's been 20 years now and very frustrating.

Thanks again
Kay