Hello, and I can add a small piece of proof to this. I worked many years ago at the Insititute of Living psychiatric hospital in Hartford, Ct. when I was college student on my vacations. I was a psychiatric aide, and in one unit I worked on there was a wonderful African-American cook named Mary Meikle, and she was from Jamaica. She was married, and so this must have been her husband's name. I went to their house for dinner once after we became friends, and know therefore that her husband was Jamaican, too. At the time, I had no idea that I had Meikles on my father's side of the family (from Nova Scotia.) I have wondered about some connection to the slave trade ever since I learned the name was my great grandmother's. Sorry to learn it is true. I would have been one of the abolitionists!
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