ROACH Plantation on Antigua?

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ROACH Plantation on Antigua?

Postby stampman » Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:23 pm

I have traced my Great Grandfather to the British West Indies. It is said he boarded a ship, perhaps as a stowaway, after an argument and ended up in Newfoundland, Canada.

Working with several cousins we have found one Abraham Roach who we believe is Great Grandfather's Grandfather. The story goes that he ran a plantation on Barbados, however we found information that about 27 people listed in the slave registers of former British Colonial dependencies beginning in 1812-1834 carry the name of Abraham Roach as their other name.

We believe this might be our great great great grandfather. We would be interested in any information that tells about a plantation on Antigua formerly owned or run by Abraham Roach.

All of the former Slaves gave their residence as Antigua, not Barbados. Many of these folks were born in the late 1700's and early 1800's. It also listed a St. Paul Parish, possibly a church or subdivision of the Island.

Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you

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Re: ROACH Plantation on Antigua?

Postby hassler » Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:45 pm

There was a "LaRoche" - "Laroche" family with plantations in St Paul's parish in Antigua; they were of French descent. can't say I've ever heard of a Roach plantion on the island though. Might there be some connection?
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Re: ROACH Plantation on Antigua?

Postby bimjim » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:42 am

I lived in Antigua for 16 years (1980 to 1996), and I found an ancient grave there with one of my family names on it. It was located on the south coast, on Old Road and called the Old Road Anglican Church. It was still open, but may not have been in use. It was just a few houses away from the Gracebay Moravian, both in Carlisle Bay and on the (south) sea side of that road. You can just about see the cemeteries next to both churches with Google Earth.
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Re: ROACH Plantation on Antigua?

Postby hassler » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:07 pm

St. Mary's Church at Old Road, no doubt! I've seen references to Roach but not as a planter, of course he might well have been; I'll try and dig a bit deeper to see if anything else turns up.
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Re: ROACH Plantation on Antigua?

Postby bimjim » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:51 pm

There are a few ROACH in the "History of Antigua" (Vere Langford Oliver) volumes 1 and 2, but only one Abraham is listed (among many ROACH names) in Volume 3.

Here is the entry, on page 314;

30 Nov 1835 - Claim # 904 - Abraham Roach - 4 slaves - ₤52 15s 4p

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Re: ROACH Plantation on Antigua?

Postby hassler » Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:11 pm

Quite so, but not as a planter as far as I can see which leads perhaps to the LaRoche -Laroche family; there may be no connection whatever, on the other hand...?
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