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Finding our roots
Posted by: Goldie Falconer - Simpson (ID *****4227) Date: December 27, 2004 at 08:15:07
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My father was George, he was the youngest of the children of the union between Ebenezer Falconer and Drusilla Graham -Senior. Ebenezer was the son of Cornelius and Fedrika Francis. Aunty Feddie came from Junction or Cheapside. Grandma Drusilla hailed from Calabash Bay now known as Treasure Beach. She had a sister who married an Abrahams and her daughter marry a Montaque and lived in North St. Elizabeth. Miss Alice Abrahams is my fathers' cousin and Myrtle and Owen were her children. Other members of that family are Shirley Perrin and Reuben Grey.We are also related to the Rogers. Ebenezer had three sons - Headley who went to Cuba and never returned. When I visited Cuba in 1992 I was told that there are manny persons there with the name Falconer. My father George also went to Cuba. Cameron, Uncle Kemmy had many sons who migrated to England - they were Maurice, Claudius, Curtis, Victor and Ralph. Of this group, only Ralph is alive. Gertrude who marry Milton Witter lives in Jamaica they have one daughter Audrey Chung. Uncle Kem was married to Miss Maggie nee Ebanks who was from Flagaman. Hilda marry Charley Bent, the son of Ralph Bent and had several children, Vernette a teacher who lived in Texas, Clifton who marry Darceline Ebanks from Treasure Beach.Kitty who marry Arnold Stephenson, three sons went to England, I only know them by their petnames. Jane had a baby for Henry Lawrence who lived in the U.S.A. she died in the 1918 flu, three weeks after giving birth to a baby girl, on JANUARY 8, 2005 we will name the baby Jannette Lawrence and put a plaque on her tomb.
My mother was Theresa Gayle, her father was Louis Gayle came from Potsdom, she grew up with her fathers' sister Mrs. Saunders who lived at Finger Post, an area in Southfield, later belonged to Hezzie Wellington. My maternal Grandmother -Emma was the daughter of Mary Falconer, sister to Cornelius Falconer, she cohabitted with Matthew Bent from Top Hill and had the following children, Joe,Dicky, Harry, Emma, Julia and Rachael. Joe marry a lady who was affectionally called Aunty Bud,Dicky went to the U.S.A. on a banana boat from St. Mary and did not return he marry Henny an American, they lived in Brooklyn and had no children. Emma had children with Louis Gayle - one daughter Doris came to Kingston and lived in the Woodford Park area. Julia marry Joe Palmer, Edith marry John Barrett from Bigwoods who is also a relative.When John died she went to live with George Barrett at his home in Bigwoods. Harry marry Julia Gordon also from Bigwoods, she had a daughter Myrtle Reynolds who marry Harold - Harold is the son of Rachael, who also had marry Headley Bent from Top Hill. I am interested in knowing more about the following persons :Matthew Bent from Top Hill, he had connections to Dorcas Speid, Frank Bent, Percy Bent somtimes called Percy Abel.Louis Gayle, from Potsdom in the Munro area.Doris Gayle who lived in Woodford Park. The grandchildren of Uncle Kem and Aunty Hilda, the children of Headley who stayed in Cuba, the relatives of Drusilla Graham - Senior and the Falconer / Rogers connection. The Graham/Senior/ Abrahams/ Montegue connections. Cornelius also had Sue who had two childern, Charley Clarke whoes father came from Treasure Beach and he marry Doris Gordon from Bigwoods and Irene Roach who marry Henry Falconer, called 'Tiger' son of Abigail Bent who is a decendant of Ralph Bent, her daughter Alice marry Auther Myers from Ridge in the Top Hill area and had Precival, David, ( Uncle Brown) Joesph, Megan, Frankie and a daughter who marry Bill Bromfield from Ridge, in Top Hill. The Bromfields' had a son name Johnny and a daughter called Getsy. Rev. Henry Falconer, Anglican Priest in Winnipeg, Canada is a grandson of Sue. Sue and Ebenezers. parents were horse breeders. Sue who a talented rider and stories abound about how she rode those horses from a property they owned in Round Hill, her white hair flying in the breeze. Horse breeding contiued as a tradition up to in the 1950's, by my father George, (Captain or Mass Butt) we knew that Knutsford Park was the race track hence the retaining of the name Knutsford Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in New Kingston - Kingston finacial and hip strip.My brother, Hamlin, who lives in Stoke - On - Trent in the U.K. was a dare devil rider, I have memories of him ridering the Bay mare and the gray one fromout at Missy to our home for watering, he rode bareback with his shirt open and fkying like a kite behind him. Cornelius' son David went to Flagaman, Varrod Falconer is his decendant, among others, one son was called John 'Bundy', a daughter called Avis and a son Booker.Egbert went to Slipe and have manny children in that area. One Falconer went over to Bogue in North St. Elizabeth.Others went into Westmoreland. It would be a pleasure to hear from you all, Merry Christmas, happy 2005 lets get this massive family tree grow it roots could be as deep as the California Redwoods. Live as a child in Queensbury was rich in culture and families lived very close. Christmas was a wonderful time everynoe woke up at four A.M. the coffee bag hung on the stake for brewing, bread, buns and cakes were plenty, neighbours and friendsand family walked to various household, singing carols, popping firecrackers, drinking coffee, eating bread and bun, savoring Christmas dinners and wishing everyone a very merry Christmas.Custos Bent was the butcher and his nephew Mass Bullard Falconer, son of Bertie Falconer, supplied the area with beef. Gilbert Myers, son of David was the small stock butcher.My father George was the Captain of the cricket team. History abounds - Sisal and tobacco was the industry, later came tomatos, then vegetables to supply the tourist trade. Cyril Falconer and my father planted such cash crops and sold them to Mr. Tyson from Montego Bay, who was married to the daughter of Simmon Parchment and Beatrice Stephenson. Mass Simmy was the man who castrated cattle and assisted in the breeding of horses. I remember him coming to our home re such endeavours.
Marriages and blessing of babies took place in the home of Ned and Rebecca Falconer, their son N.B. Later became an Anglican Priest. Funerals were sad and people came to 'set ups' as there were no funeral parlours, this still exsist even though the dead is no longer kept at home. Mass Jimmy FAlconers' wife was the blessed lady who presided over the dressing of the loved ones.Queensbury had the following names - Falconer, Bents, Myers, Bromfield, Palmer,Clark and Harrison. They are intertwined with Top Hill, Bigwoods, Mountain Side, Treasure Beach, Slipe, Westmoreland, Bogue, Quick Step, Barberry Hall, Junction and now scattered all over - U.K., U.S.A.,Switzerland, Canada, Spain, Cuba to name a few - make connections please!!!.


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