"Even though the people are dead, they are speaking to us” - Historian Enid Pinkney
In the 19th century was the practice of burying persons according to their denomination and class
Here People from other places are buried in Jamaica
Here People off Jamaica are buried elsewhere.
Also don't forget Billion Graves Billion Graves
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Anglican Church Cemeteries in Jamaica contain a wealth of information recorded on the gravestones. The Cemetery of St. Andrew Parish Church which is the largest private cemetery in continual use in the island takes up some 8 ¼ acres. It has in excess of 7,000 graves. It is an historic site and the inscriptions provide valuable insights to personalities, customs and culture over the past 350 years. While the inscriptions are remarkable for their content, the designs on the memorial stones also provide clues to the occupations of the deceased. The Cemetery has therefore long been a focal point of interest to genealogists, historians, researchers and archaeologists. This research potential is shared by several other older churches in the island including, but not limited to, St. Thomas, ye-vale - Bog Walk, St. Saviour’s - Harewood, St. Peter’s - Alley and St. Mary’s - Port Maria to name a few.
Dovecot Memorial Park & Crematorium, 42 Constant Spring Road, Kingston, Jamaica - (876) 926-8223
Meadowrest Memorial Gardens, 12 Carlton Crescent (10), Kingston, Jamaica - (876) 960-2961
National Heroes' Park at Heroes' Circle, just below Cross Roads in Kingston
Graves and memorials of Famous Jamaicans.
The Monument to Rt. Excellent Alexander Bustamante, National Heroes' Park The Monument to Rt. Excellencies George William Gordon and Paul Bogle, National Heroes Park The Monument to Rt. Excellent Marcus Garvey, National Heroes' Park The Monument to Rt. Excellent Norman Manley, National Heroes' Park The Monument to Rt. Excellent Sam Sharp, National Heroes' Park The Monument to Rt. Excellent Nanny of the Maroons, National Heroes' Park Monument to the Rt. Excellent Sam Sharpe, National Heroes' Park The Monument to Rt. Hon. Donald Sangster, National Heroes' Park
Chinese Cemetery at Waltham Park Road in Kingston.
The Half-Way-Tree Parish Church cemetery is one of the larger cemeteries in the Kingston area followed by the Roman Catholic Cemetery and the main Jewish Cemetery.
There is also the largest cemetery of all in Kingston, the May Pen Cemetery which is near the waterfront and Bumper Hall Pen [NOT in the town of May Pen in the country in the Parish of Clarendon] which is used for persons of no particular religion or affiliation to any church, for persons who cannot afford a fancy burial, and for paupers.
May Pen lands were purchased in 1851 with a sum of money voted by the Legislature for the purpose of building a cemetery for the parish of Kingston.
The May Pen Cemetery is one of the oldest public cemeteries in the English speaking Caribbean in which persons of all nationality are interned. Over the years to 2006 the cemetery had become severely run-down due to lack of maintenance and repair. Some refurbishment has been undertaken since then.
Among the most famous and historic local cemeteries are the May Pen Cemetery on Spanish Town Road in the capital city's west end, the Jewish Cemetery at Hunts Bay, the Chinese Cemetery, and the St Andrew Parish Church Cemetery in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew.
"the Old Burial Ground" in St Andrew and it was indeed on West King's House Road and Upper Waterloo Avenue. Strangely enough this was actually the original location of the first two versions of the church.
Meadowrest Memorial Gardens
Head Office 12 Carlton Cres Kingston 10, Kingston ,Jamaica Tel. #: 960-2961
National Heroes Park
The St Andrew Parish Church in Kingston houses the oldest Anglican cemetery in the island where one can find many reminders of Jamaica's colourful past.
Interred there are the remains of historic figures including Archbishop Enos Nuttall, the first Archbishop of the West Indies after whom the Nuttall Hospital in Kingston is named. He was born in England in 1842, came to Jamaica in 1862 and died in 1916
Modern Dovecot Cemetery in St Catherine. Founded in the late 1970s, it has become the final destination for Jamaica's nouveau riche, or anybody who, as they say, is anybody.
Jamaica's first native Governor General Sir Clifford Campbell; Bishop Percival Gibson, the first black Bishop of Jamaica and outstanding Kingston College headmaster; and Reginald "Reggie" Carter, the actor famous for the "Maas Ted Blackbourne" character on the CVMTV series Royal Palm Estate. His ashes are interred at the cemetery's columbium (place for storing ashes), which is a growing trend in modern burials locally.
St Kitts Cemetery
Jewish Cemetery (see also Portuguese-Spanish Jewish Journey to Jamaica project)
21 sites on the Island --
Closed Jewish cemeteries
- Black River,
- Montego Bay,
- Five Jewish cemeteries in Kingston according to A Record of the Jews in Jamaica from the English Conquest to the Present Time by Jacob Andrade, published in 1941:
•Church and North Streets, SE and SW corners (1716-1872) •Church and North Streets (1788-1795) •Elletsen Road near Windward Road (1798-1882) •Hunts Bay Cemetery: (Spanish Town) The oldest cemetery, primarily Sephardic, may be restored somewhat. [Graves date from 1672: Abraham Gabay.] This also was sold to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, the government body responsible for heritage and for which I have been privileged to serve as the Chairman for the past six years. Therefore, I should have something say but via the Neveh Shalom Institute that now raises funds for this. If you ever want, we would be happy to arrange a tour of these sites for a group or groups. Source: Ainsley Henriques.
The old Jewish Cemetery at 1 Hunt's Bay in St. Andrew, is an important landmark in the history of Jamaica as it is the oldest denominational cemetery on the island and is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the Western' Hemisphere - Jamaica National Heritage Trust website [June 2008] - For additional information - see website at http://www.jnht.com/heritage_site.php?id=304
- Orange st Cemetery
Charlestown Maroon cemetery in Buff Bay
Churches And Burial Grounds
Levy Family Cemetery - Greenvale, Mandeville.
St. James Parish Church was started in 1775 and dedicated in 1778, and is regarded as one of the finest on the island. It was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1957 but has been faithfully restored to its original appearance. The graveyard contains several elaborate tombs of planters.
===== Graves,Obits and Deahs notices Burials and Wills=====
LESLIE E ROWE--
Keith Jolley, 77, a well-known Jamaica-area farmer who lived his entire life on the farm in Jamaica Township, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville with his wife and children at his side. It has always been his hope to die at home.
Myron Keith was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Jamaica Township to Paul C. and Alma Jeane Finney Jolley. He married his wife of 55 years, Barbara Wood, on May 27, 1951 at St. James United Methodist Church in Danville.
She survives, as well as one son, Kim (Janey) Jolley of Fairmount; two daughters, Karla (Mike) Mullins of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Leslie (Jim) Barnett of St. Charles, Mo.; one brother, Clifford (Nora) Jolley of Fairmount; four grandchildren, Kevin (Kara) Jolley, Aaron Ferber, Austin Ferber and Kennedy Barnett; one great-granddaughter, Kya Jolley; one niece, Kathy (David) McGee and children, Betsy and Christian; and one nephew, Dana (Judy) Jolley and children Stacey and Brad. Keith was active in many organizations, including Boy Scout counselor, and several boards, including the Jamaica Grade School, American Red Cross, Vermilion County Extension and 24 years on the Vermilion County Board. He was president of Vermilion Nitrogen Company, the Jamaica Farmers Elevator and 4-H Federation. He was also named Outstanding Jaycee and Outstanding Young Farmer. He was past president of the Sidell Lions Club and co-founder of the annual Sidell Chicken Barbeque. He served as Jamaica Township supervisor for eight years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the former Jamaica Methodist Church and served for a time as Sunday school superintendent of the Sidell Christian Church. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Joe Eakle and Mike Cox officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the donor's choice in Keith's memory.
CHURCH FOUNDER AND ICON DIES—3/8/2006 Mortimo St. George Planno or Brother Kumi, has died at University Hospital of the West Indies. Planno, 76, was a founding member of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Jamaica and a founding member of the Rastafari Movement Association. Planno, who had been in and out of the hospital since he had a heart attack in 2001, suffered from hypothyroidism and died from respiratory failure. Planno is best known for his role during the 1966 visit of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. He made himself known nationally during the 1950’s through his dealings with the Rastafari Movement.
ROY OWEN WILLIAMS, 68, 8651 Crossbay Drive, Orlando, died Sunday, Feb. 21. Mr. Williams was a retired frameman for New York Telephone Company. Born in Jamaica, West Indies, he moved to Central Florida in 1990. He was a member of Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene. Survivors: wife, Carlene; sons, Donovan, Denovan McKenzie, Michael McKenzie, all of Orlando, Tony, Jamaica, West Indies; daughters, Joni, London, England, Debra McKenzie, Orlando, Jacqueline Hamilton, Jamaica, West Indies; sisters, Ruby Haynes, Hazel Kerr, Menel Sexton, all of Orlando, Avis Sweeden, Ivy Birch, Phyllis, all of Jamaica, West Indies; six grandchildren. ___________________
BLAGROVE. The late JOHN BLAGROVE Esq who died April 1824 and the owner of 1,500 slaves in Jamaica, by the following clause in his will, marks at once his feeling for his slaves which few men would bestow on the free labourers of England. We suspect however that Mr. John Blagrove, has not nor will have, many imitations in the colonies. "And lastly, to my loving people, denominated and recognised by law as being in fact my slaves in Jamaica, but more estimated and considered by me and my family as tenants for life, attached to the soil, I bequeath a dollar for every man woman and child as a small token of my regard for their faithfull and affectionate service and willing labours to myself and family, being recipocally bound in one general tie of master and servant, the prosperity of the land, from which we draw our mutual comforts and substinence in our several relations (a tie and interest not practised on by the hired labourer of the day in the United Kingdom) the contrary of which doctrine is held only by the visionists of the puratanical orders against the common feeling of mankind". From the U.K., the Times Newspaper Friday June 5th 1829.
Will of Hubert Isaac WILLIAMS
Entered 3 January 1921
Last Will and Testament of me Hubert Isaac WILLIAMS of Belleview - Content in the Parish of Manchester, Jamaica . I hereby give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Florence Isabel Williams her heirs executors and administrators for her and their own use and benefit absolutely and forever all my estate and effects both real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature and quality soever and I hereby appoint her the said Florence Isabel Williams sole executor of this my Last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 6th June 1914
Witnesses Sarah SCHARSCHMIDT
Ella Rosalie MYERS
Royland Barret Obit--
Will of Florence Isabel WILLIAMS
15 May 1923
Florence Isabel WILLIAMS of Content in Manchester
Appoints brothers Arthur Stafford MYERS of Williamsfield and Hugh Vivian MYERS of Santa Cruz to be executors of her will.
To my father Alfred Seaton MYERS and my mother Roberta Myers, L1000, and the interest to them.
To my eight brothers and sisters Arthur Stafford MYERS, Mrs. Evelyn SCHARSCHMIDT, Ella MEYERS, Mrs. Emma MUSCHETTE, Stanley MYERS, Herbert MEYERS, Cecil MYERS and Hugh Vivian MYERS . L1000 to be divided among them.
To my aunt Amanda MYERS L50
To my niece Deonicia MYERS L25
This 8 Sept 1922
EA BONNITO J.P. Witnesses
M. A. COKE
Will and probate, personalty under L100
Dated 5 Feb 1857
Entered 1 June 1857
Estate Hugh Rupell WILLIAMS of Porus Plantation in St. Ann. . My reputed children James WILLIAMS, George WILLIAMS, Edward WILLIAMS and Andrew Lewis GATCHAIR
USA Death Notices
Extracts from Bristol Cathedral (Gloucestershire) Register 1669-1837. BERNARD : Charles, died 28 June 1797 at his home in Park St, Bristol. Buried 4 July 1797. Was of St James, Jamaica. Husband of Jane.
BURDETT: Mrs Janet, 19 years, died Clifton 22 August, buried 25 August 1803. Wife of Captain George Burdett R.N., Daug of Major General WHITELOCKE, Lieut-Governor of Portsmouth and his wife Mary Whitelocke. (See Whitelock below)
CAMPBELL: John, 61, of Clifton, Bristol. Died Jan 25, buried 1 Feb 1817. Of Spotfield and Gibraltar estates, Trelawny, Jamaica. And of Phill's Hill near New York. He represented Trelawny in the House of Assembly for many years.
CUTHBERT: Jane, 86, died 28 Sept., buried 5 October 1830. Daughter of Hon. George Pinnock. Married 31 May 1766 Kingston, Jamaica, Lewis Cuthbert (died 20 Sept. 1802) of Castle Hill, Inverness and Jamaica. Children include Hon. George Cuthbert, President of the Council in Jamaica. Ann Murray Cuthbert, born August 1777 (died Clifton 29 May 1855). Elizabeth Pinnock Cuthbert (died Clifton 9 Feb 1855 aged 75). In Clifton churchyard on the same stone as Ann Murray Cuthbert are inscriptions for Seignelay Thomas Cuthbert born 5 Jan 1786, died August 1872, and Frederick William Cuthbert born 20 May, died 22 Sept 1841.
CUTHBERT: Mary Hay, 45, of Clifton, Bristol. Buried 2 March 1819. Eldest daughter of Lewis (died 20 Sept. 1802) and Jane (died 1830) Cuthbert, of Castle Hill, co Inverness and Jamaica.
DUNCOMBE: David - died 7 Jan 1796, buried 11 Jan 1796 aged 80. Died at his house on Stoney Hill and was a merchant in Bristol for many years. His youngest son Benjamin Duncombe merchant of Jamaica married ….? Lee of Mile End, 11 May 1799.
GORDON: Louisa, 12, died 21 June, buried 29 June 1811. 4th daughter of Charles GORDON of Jamaica.
LOWRY: Joseph, 51, many years inhabitant of Jamaica. Died 27 Jan. 1806 at Park St, Bristol. Buried 3 Feb 1806. His wife Elizabeth, later married Lt-General James Lomax.
MCNISH: Charles, 46 of Jamaica, died 25 March at Penhill House, Clifton, Bristol, buried 30 March 1829. Left a wife and 10 children.
MCNISH: Albert Augustus, 6 weeks of Park Rd. Buried 6 June 1826. Son of Charles McNish above.
PALMER: James, died 5 July 1806 at Hotwells, Bristol?. Buried 12 July 1806. Many years a resident of Jamaica.
SHIRLEY: Hannah Spencer, 48, died at Clifton, Bristol. Buried 23 March 1808. Widow of Edward SHIRLEY of Spring Garden and Petersfield, Jamaica.
WHITE: David, late of Bristol, died at his home in College Green on 27 Nov 1797 in 67 year. Buried 1 Dec 1797. Native of Ayrshire. Many years a resident of Jamaica. Father of 9 children.
WHITE: Elizabeth Gould, (wife of David above) died 4 June 1793, aged 38 years, 5mths, 11 days. Buried 7 June 1793. Native of New Jersey, America.
WHITELOCK: Mary, 73, died Clifton, 19 November, buried 26 Nov 1832. Daughter of William LEWIS of Cornwall and Hordley Jamaica. Wife of General John Whitelock whom she married 8 April 1783 at St. Catherine, Jamaica. (See also BURDETT above)
- Found a grave stone with the name Cap. John Ingraham of Rhode Island died 1738 in Westmorland Jamaica, West Indies. Does anyone have any information on this particular John Ingraham and why he was in Jamaica? Thanks (http://www.metaphile.net/show_business/Cemetery/JM/Saint%20Elizabeth).
* [http://jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples/wilclark.htm Mary Ann Powell]
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