PENROSE, Jamaica, Clarendon Parish, 19th Century

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PENROSE, Jamaica, Clarendon Parish, 19th Century

Postby Sher » Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:34 pm

I am searching for information about Rev. Elisha Penrose. He was a Methodist Minister in England who volunteered to serve at Jamaica in the early 1860's. He served at Clarendon Parish.
In the 1850's, Rev. Penrose took a sabbatical from the ministry and went to the California Gold Fields with his brothers who were miners in Devon England. Apparently he did quite well for himself.
I do not know how long he served at Jamaica, but while looking around the information posted on line on various sites I found a Richard Penrose in later years with 2 daughters - could this be a son of Rev. Penrose who decided to stay in Jamaica when his father went home to England?
While in Jamaica (not known if it was at Clarendon or another place) it is said Rev. Penrose was also in business - possibly a merchant.
It is thought that Rev.Penrose married while in Jamaica. She pre-deceased him (her name may have been Sophia) and in his last years he married a relative of his who looked after him for the rest of his days.
I have e-mailed the Methodist Archives in Jamaica for advice on how to proceed with my search, but they did not reply.
I have e-mailed the National Library with a query on the sort of documents that might be available for research, but they have not replied.
I have e-mailed the National Archives with a query about the sort of documents that might be available for research, but they have not replied.
I am feeling very frustrated with this search. Is there anyone out there who can offer me some assistance and information?
Thanking you in advance for your help.
Sher
Ontario, Canada
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Re: PENROSE, Jamaica, Clarendon Parish, 19th Century

Postby caquart » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:05 pm

Hi,

I have a few suggestions which you've probably thought of already, but here they are!

1. Have you checked out the Methodist Archives in the UK? I believe they hold records of missionary work http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/specialcollections/collections/methodist/

2. You may consider also hiring a researcher to do a bit of digging for you? You could check out Diane Frankson - her website is http://www.genealogyplusjamaica.com/ I have contacted her in the past and she was very quick to respond. She comes highly recommended, but I have not used her myself although she did check for me if something I wanted was available at the Jamaican National library. Like you, I had contacted the archives and they had not responded!

3. I'm guessing you have already checked http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.org - they have some Methodist information although when I searched Penrose there were only a couple of items that came up. I don't have a subscription at the moment.

4. There is also http://www.newspaperarchive.com which has the Jamaican Gleaner on archive (starting in 1834). I searched Penrose and got 8 hits. I don't presently have a subscription, so I can't look any further.

5. Google Books http://books.google.ca/books?q=penrose+%2B+jamaica&lr=&sa=N&start=30 The Wesleyan methodist association magazine‎ - Page 428 (A full view is available). There are more if you search Penrose + Jamaica + methodist

Regards,

Cathy Aquart
Researching the Aquart family: Martinique, St.Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica.
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Re: PENROSE, Jamaica, Clarendon Parish, 19th Century

Postby Sher » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:03 am

Cathy:
Many thanks for your most informative reply to my post. I didn't expect to hear from someone this quickly!! WOW! I'm overwhelmed! Thanks again, I'll check them all out.
Sher
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