Arthur George Ffrench

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Arthur George Ffrench

Postby Keith&Nancy » Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:00 pm

Arthur, married to Jane Victoria(Nee Smith) was a customs official in Kingston,Jamaica in 1876 when my grandfather was born there--Ernest George Ffrench. Vital Records Jamaica dont respond to emails. Can anyone help find out more? nancy
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Re: Arthur George Ffrench

Postby caquart » Sun Aug 23, 2009 2:39 pm

Have you tried any of the following?

1. jamaicanfamilysearch.com The site has loads of very useful information, particularly for situations like yours where your ancestor was a government official. There is a small subscription fee, but it is worth it.
2. The Jamaican vital records have been microfilmed by the Mormon Church and are available to be borrowed at any of their Family History Centres (check you telephone book). If you live somewhere like London or Toronto, they will have most of the films on permanent loan. If not, you'll have to check their catalogue and order the films for a small fee. It's slow tedious work, but the information is available.

To check their holdings go to familysearch.org/library/library catalog/place search/jamaica/ When you get to the listings also click in the top right hand corner "view related places" which will take you to individual parishes.
3. The UK national archives site. If you do a global search using your ancestor's name, you may get lucky. Many documents are available for purchase on-line. It's a great service and very reasonable.
4. Newspaperarchive.com has the Jamaica Gleaner back to 1834. Again there is a subscription fee. It is well worth it because this is a treasure trove.

Hope this helps.

Cathy
Researching the Aquart family: Martinique, St.Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica.
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Re: Arthur George Ffrench

Postby Keith&Nancy » Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:24 pm

Many thanks Cathy Have tried all these without luck but since the original posting have made some progress!We are pretty sure that my great grandfather Arthur
George Ffrench was a son of George Ffrench who was a Collector of Taxes in
Westmoreland.starting in 1847--paid on commission! His name appears all over
the Almanacs, the
Gleaner etc as a JP, Parochial Board member, Clerk of the Vestry of the
Parish of Portland etc and a well respected worthy citizen. Arthur also
joined the Tax department in 1870 and
we are guessing that he got the job through his father George's
influence.(Another son Edward Shafto Ffrench also joined the dept in 1873)
Arthur must have been a bit of a disappointment to his father though as he
was "dismissed" in 1886!! Must have been "on the take".
I guess he was a
disappointment to my greatgrandmother Jane Victoria Smith too as Arthur never married her! The family story was that Arthur died around
the time my grandfather Ernest was born--so maybe he never knew him
George Ffrench who was born in 1818, married Eliza Minot in 1849--she was an
ex slave and we found her, her mother Maria Kirkland and her grandmother
Betty
in the 1817 to 1830 Slave Registers--it was quite chilling to see their
names handwritten on the actual document by the plantation owner, at the
National Archives here in London.

We think George was a son of either George or Edward Ffrench who were the
quadroon sons of Jane Charlotte Beckford "a free mulatto woman"who was the
long term mistress of an earlier George Ffrench who is listed in the
Feurtado Official Personages 1655-1790 as the Crown Solicitor/Clerk of the
Council.
George must have been besotted by her and/or his young sons as he sent them
to England for their education and had a Private Act of Parliament passed
in
1784 giving her and his sons equal rights to those of wholly white parents
Simply unbelievable!
And guess what Charlotte did for a living? She ran a lodging house in
SpanishTown called......."Miss Ffrench's"! So Ffrench Street could be
where it was located
The whole story is just extraordinary and my family and I, who had no idea
till a few months ago of our rich Jamaica heritage, are determined to fill
in the gaps in the story. All help much appreciated!
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Re: Arthur George Ffrench

Postby caquart » Sun Aug 23, 2009 5:08 pm

What a fascinating story! Good luck in your search. Sorry I didn't have any new ideas for you.

Cathy
Researching the Aquart family: Martinique, St.Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica.
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