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Welsh / Welch / Walsh / Walch Family of Jamaica

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This project is to research and find out more about the Welsh / Welch / Walsh / Walch and other related families originating in Jamaica, West Indies.

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A Panamanian Welsh posted this on the Internet. I thought it was convenient and truistic for this project. "Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future."--Gail Lumet Buckley (Born on December 21, 1937; daughter of Lena Horne).

Read more: Gail Lumet Buckley

An interesting aside, my paternal grandfather's name was Charles Theophilus Welsh. All the men in the family (plus in our close relatives the Powells) have middle names. But Theophilus as a middle name keeps popping up over and over, the further I go back in history/genealogically.

Origins of the Surname

Theories and Projects

Firstly, the Welsh, Forrest, Foster, and Powell plantations were not far from each other. The masters and the slaves mingled. Quite a few of the masters had children by the slaves. In about 50 percent of the cases, the slave would end up with his master's name.

As time went on, slaves from the same plantation or same surname came together and married into their surname groups.

For example, their is a family in Canada that has the baptismal papers of the slaves on the Foster plantations.

At this time (3-13-15), I working on:

  • the Welsh Family of Panama;
  • the Welsh/Welch/Walch families of St. Catherine/Clarendon;
  • and hunting for the Welshes in Gibraltar, St. Ann:…/sa…/gibraltar-18-14-0-n-77-9-0-w/



Welsh Family Genealogy Forum: Sarah Welsh Posted by: Kenneth Welsh, January 18, 2009


I once saw a listing of slaves in Jamaica. There was a teenage girl named Sarah Welsh listed. She was about 17 years old in 1817. So that means she was born about 1800.

Elder's Stories

  • The Welshes and Powells were always marrying. My Dad told me a story of two sisters, way back, one married a Powell and the other married a Welsh. They started this tradition.

From Robin Michelsen, Oct. 10, 2004: "I looked in my database but I only have one "Welsh" in it. Robert Johnson Powell, (born 23 May 1855 to Alexander Powell and his wife Rosanna Barnaby), married Anne Eliza Welsh on 26 Dec 1884 at George's Valley. Does that fit into your family tree?"

From Sandra Levien, July 13, 2012: A marriage certificate in 1903. Charles Welsh (from Portland, Clarendon; father is John Welsh) married Isola Louise Jennings (from Old Harbour), her father is George Jennings.

Welsh Notables

Welsh concentrations in parishes and major cities

St. Elizabeth

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. ( ).

Information Robin Michelsen, Jan. 19, 2009:

The Registrar has organized St. Elizabeth Parish into districts and assigned them codes as follows:

  • Black River (KA)-- I hear there are Welshs and Powells in this area.
  • Cambridge (KB)
  • Cheltenham (KC)
  • Shaws (KD)
  • Lacovia (KE)-- I hear there are Welshs and Powells in this area.
  • Siloah (KF)--I hear there are Welshs and Powells in this area.
  • Balaclava (KG)-- I've visited here in 1979, still quite a few relatives there.
  • Santa Cruz (KH)-- I've heard it mentioned.
  • Southfield (KI)
  • Pedro Plains (KK)
  • Newell (KL)
  • Williamsfield (KM)
  • Malvern (KN)
  • Mountainside (KO)
  • Lititz (KP)
  • Mulgrave (KQ)
  • New Market (KR)
  • Springfield (KS)
  • Retirement (KT)-- I've heard it mentioned among family.
  • Parottee (KV)
  • Pepper (KW)
  • Ginger Hill (KX)
  • Myersville (KY)
  • Brae's River (KZ)
  • Portsea (KAA)
  • Munro College (KAB)

Dawn Lemonius Luke: My mother Valda Verona Welsh-Lemonius is from Williamsfield, Aberdeen P.O. in St. Elizabeth. Her sisters were Edna Welsh-Wright, Imogene Welsh-Bennett and Inez Welsh. Her father was Simeon Welsh and his siblings were Patrick, Samuel, Beatrice Welsh-Baker, Louise Welsh-Baker, Julia Welsh-Rowe. They were born in Guava Hill, Williamsfield district. Samuel (Uncle Sam) was a policeman and made his family home in Siloah. My name is Dawn Lemonius Luke and I am also on Facebook. E-mail address is - December 1, 2009.


St. Catherine

I've been living here in Eastern St. Thomas for 12 years, and when we first moved here, my mother was surprised to meet another Welsh, Joan Welsh, it turns out that they seem to share a great grandfather. Better yet, My mother's grandfather was Norman 'Pardi" Welsh of Spanish Town Railway. His son, Sydney Oliver Welsh, is my mother Sharon's father. What's more, Sydney married Florence Louise Walsh, of Harker's Hall, St. Catherine. They had four sons and a daughter, William, Sharon, Donovan, Winfield, and Nigel. Cousin Joan does say, though, that my mother and I are probably cousins...

Best Regards, Rani Powell

p.s.- Tell me, does the top part of your middle finger lean to one side instead of going straight? That seems to be a family trait.


Kingston/St. Andrew

Montego Bay

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