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View 440 years of BROMFIELD and 160 years of REIMANN/RYMAN genealogy.

Special "Thanks" to Ivor Brown and Jeff Wedemire for sharing with me  the names of many German families of Seaford Town!

BROMFIELD FAMILY

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This area devoted to the history and memorabilia of the "Bromfield" family which settled in the parish of St. Elizabeth, island of Jamaica in the early 1770's.  Follow the story of their descendants who are now settled in three continents of the globe!

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PROPERTY MAP OF JAMAICA - 1804

 
THE JAMES ROBERTSON MAP OF JAMAICA

James Robertson of Gossaburgh, Shetland Islands, Scotland (1753-1829) made the first truly 'remarkable' map of Jamaica!  To quote L.A. Eyre of the University of the West Indies, "this survey constitutes one of the very first detailed topographical map series of an entire country in the world , and that of an accuracy and quality unsurpassed until long past the middle of the 19th century.The map is especially important for historians because it shows the names of the major property owners and the property locations during the years 1797 to 1804.

I am pleased to host a fully 'zoomable' and legible copy of this map which was created in three sections (one for each of the counties of Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey).

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  1. Lower cornwall county - overlay on current Google map

A LOOK AT JAMAICA IN 1887

Book Excerpts

Conservative and erudite British historian James Anthony Froude visited the West Indies in the late 1800's and commented on the political, social and physical conditions he observed .  His book, The English in the West Indies was published in 1888 and some sections concerning the island of Jamaica are excerpted here.   I have compiled a list of topics which have been "linked" to the appropriate excerpt. While one may not always agree with Froude's point of view, the work is invaluable for the "first-hand" view which it gives of the island and its' inhabitants!

A HALLOWEEN TREAT !

ANNALS OF JAMAICA (1828)

Book Excerpts

If you think "ghoulish" crimes happen only in the 20th century, think again!!

The following excerpt from the 1828 book Annals of Jamaica by the Reverend George Wilson Bridges describes the gruesome crimes of a "property owner" named "Hutchinson" who murdered a succession of  "unwary" travelers in the parish of St. Ann before he was captured in 1773!

THE PLANTER 'POINT OF VIEW'

CIRCA 1790

Miscellaneous Facts

'Times of the Seasons' in Jamaica

On 'Planters, Attorneys & Overseers'

On 'Pens and Penkeepers'

Excerpts from a book written by one of the 'wealthiest' and most 'influential' Planters in the island of Jamaica.

William Beckford's A Descriptive Account of the Island of Jamaica was published in London in 1790.  It contains the 'predominant' Planter point of view on many matters, a few of which are included here.

 

JAMAICAN PEOPLE AND AFFAIRS CIRCA 1752 to 1831

Book Excerpts

A brief description of important people and affairs in the life of Jamaica for the period 1752 to 1831. Excerpted from the book Biographical Annals of Jamaica published in 1901 by the well-known Jamaican archivist Frank Cundall, F.S.A.
MAP OF JAMAICA  -  1848

West  - Central  East

A Map of Jamaica:   "compiled chiefly from manuscripts in the Colonial Office and Admiralty by John Arrowsmith (1848)." - a good source for property names!    The West section of the map includes a miniature sketch showing the Wesleyan Mission Stations in the island.
Western Parishes - 1848 Central Parishes - 1848 Eastern Parishes - 1848

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WILL INDEX - SURNAMES
A - E    F - L
M - Q    R - Z

 

Index of Jamaica Supreme Court Wills (1725-1882) compiled from Mormon LDS film# 1937926.  Item number refers to one of five different sections of the film and sequence number refers to the order of Wills within that section.  If interested in a particular surname one can order the above film at any local Mormon Family History Center and read the corresponding Will in its' entirety.

  SEAFORD TOWN RESIDENTS (1836-1837)

SURNAMES:

A - D       E - HON
HOP - M   N - SIE
SIM - Z
Names of the original settlers of the German township of Seaford Town (1836-37) in the parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica.   Two hundred and forty nine settlers arrived in Jamaica from Germany on board the ship 'Olbers" in December 1835.  Their names were recorded in the 'Seaford Town Record Book' (MS-92, Institute of Jamaica) beginning in January 1836 and at subsequent intervals thereafter.

GERMAN EMMIGRANTS TO JAMAICA  1834/1835

SURNAMES:

A - GEL   GEO - LIN
LIT - ROX  SAL - SU
T - Z

Germans wishing to emigrate in the 1800's were required by law to obtain permission:  their names would then be recorded in regional emmigration lists.  The names of 247 German emigrants from the province of Westphalia  "bound for Jamaica" are listed here for the years 1834 and 1835.  The list was compiled from one of three volumes of the German periodical, "Beitrage zur Westfalischen Familienforschung" with the subtitle "Westfalische Auswanderers".  (or Contributions to Westphalian Genealogy - Westphalian Emmigrants).  The publisher is "Aschendorff" of Munster and the volume is #38-39 (1981) which covers the MINDEN region of Wesphalia. 

PROPERTY OWNERS

ST. ELIZABETH PARISH       JAMAICA  (1816-1830)     

SURNAMES

A            BAK - BAY BEA - BER
BIG - BOX BRA - BRO BRU - CAM
CAR - CLA COH -CUF CUL - DIC
DOB - DYE EAR - ESS EVA - FLE
FOR - FOS FOT - GOW  GRA - HAR
HAS - HOL HOO - ISA  JAM - JOH 
JON - LAI LAM - LYN MAI - MAX 
McC - MIL MIT - MOR MUI - MYE
NEA - PHI PIG - REN REY - ROS  
ROW - RUS SAL - SIM SIN - SPE  
STA - TAV TAY - TOM TOR - WAL
WAR - WHI WIG - WIT  WOL - Z

 

An alphabetical list of property owners transcribed from the Jamaica Almanac and Registry for the years 1816, 1818, 1821, 1825 and 1830 for the parish of St. Elizabeth in the island of Jamaica.  The list is sorted by name of owner, year tabulated, and name of property.  Each entry lists numbers of slaves and livestock owned, and in some cases total acreage of holding.
From Map of St. Elizabeth - circa 1840's
PROPERTY OWNERS

ST. ELIZABETH PARISH       JAMAICA  (1838)     

SURNAMES

A - B C D-E
F-G H-I-J-K-L M
N-R S T-V-W
An alphabetical list of property owners transcribed from the Jamaica Almanac and Registry for the year 1838 for the parish of St. Elizabeth in the island of JamaicaThis post-emancipation list is courtesy of Joyce Falink who has diligently recorded all the names as they appear in the Almanac for that year:  they include Proprietors, Properties and Apprentices for all submissions containing 20 or more Apprentices. Combined with the previous Jamaica Almanac Lists   they offer an uprecedented view of property ownership in the parish for the period 1816 to 1838!
  PROPERTY OWNERS

WESTMORELAND PARISH       JAMAICA  (1816)    

SURNAMES:

  A - F       G - M
P - Z
An alphabetical list of property owners transcribed from the Jamaica Almanac and Registry for the year 1816 for the parish of Westmoreland in the island of Jamaica.  The list is sorted by name of owner, year tabulated, and name of property.  Each entry lists numbers of slaves and livestock owned, and in some cases total acreage of holding.
PROPERTY OWNERS

WESTMORELAND PARISH       JAMAICA  (1838)    

SURNAMES:

A - B C D-E-F
G-H J-K-L M-O-P
R-S T-W-Y
An alphabetical list of property owners transcribed from the Jamaica Almanac and Registry for the year 1838 for the parish of Westmoreland in the island of JamaicaThis post-emancipation list is courtesy of Joyce Falink who has diligently recorded all the names as they appear in the Almanac for that year:  they include Proprietors, Properties and Apprentices for all submissions containing 20 or more Apprentices. Combined with the previous Jamaica Almanac Lists   they offer an uprecedented view of property ownership in the parish for the period 1816 to 1838!
EARLY ROADS IN JAMAICA

Book Excerpt

A look at the paths taken by early roads in Jamaica from three different maps dated 1756, 1775 and 1780. All excerpted from: Goodwin, William B., Spanish and English Ruins in Jamaica.
 

THARP ESTATES PSAPER

JAMAICA

Part I   -    Part II    -    Part III

The Tharp Estates Papers are "one of the few that have survived for 18th century Jamaica," and the index to these documents is presented here by courtesy of Edward Crawford of Brunel University, United Kingdom.  A word search of the index could uncover names,   places and "associations" that may be of value in your genealogy search.
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Last Updated on May 10, 2012 by  David Bromfield
dbromfield@ucsd.edu