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Beckford Family of Jamaica

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  • Frances Hewitt (deceased)
  • U-Roy
    Beckford OD (born 21 September 1942), known by the stage name U-Roy, is a Jamaican vocalist and pioneer of toasting.[1][2] U-Roy is noted for a melodic style of toasting applied with a highly developed...
  • Theophilus Beckford (1935 - 2001)
    Beckford (1935 – 19 February 2001) was a Jamaican pianist and one of the pioneers of Jamaican popular music during the transition from rhythm 'n' blues to Jamaican ska.==Biography==Beckford was born in...
  • Esther Beckford (deceased)
    Esther was a well-known and popular mid-wife.
  • Margaret Elizabeth Rutty (1886 - c.1916)
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This project is to research and find out more about the Beckford and other related families originating in Jamaica, West Indies.

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Beckford Street, Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, is named after Colonel Peter Beckford, the first of the Beckford family to settle in Westmoreland. The Beckford’s belonged to an old Gloucester family dating back to the 12th century; among them was an absentee owner of sugar plantations in Jamaica. In the course of three generations the Beckford family owned vast acreage not only in Westmoreland, but in Clarendon and St. Catherine. Another member of the family, Peter Beckford (the immigrant) became lieutenant-governor in 1703, and his son Peter was Speaker of the House of Assembly. The Hon. Peter Beckford endowed a school in Spanish Town. ( ).

Horace Beckford was a slave owner in Westmoreland, Jamaica, c. 1817 to 1820. Four of his Creole slaves were sibling: Ann Highmore, born 1808; Eleanor Highmore, born 1811; Mary Ann Highmore, born 1819, and George Highmore, born 1819. See and and

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