Notes for Annie Bent: Based on a letter from attorney, C.H. Fraser dated Aug 27, 1944, right after the death of Charles E. Isaacs, Executer of will, money was left to Charles Edward Bent. This suggests that Charles Edward Isaacs never married Annie Bent.
Hi Ann, I'm not familiar with an Annie Bent. I'll ask some of the older members of my family, and let you know what they remember. One of my aunts was very friendly with a Babette Bent and a Cissy Bent during my childhood. Cissy married a man whose last name was Bromfield. She would be in her late sixties now. I believe she may still be living in the Southfield area. The name Cleveland Staple sounds very familiar. I'm sure I've heard it mentioned before. Do you know anything else about him?
I know St. Marks well. It's the local Anglican church, located about a mile from my grandparents' home. I'll try to find out who the current vicar is. He may be able to help you with information from the church records.
Many of the Bents lived in Queensberry. People who lived there used the Southfield post office, because Queensberry didn't have one. It was also necessary to use the road through Southfield to reach the lane leading into Queensberry. It had a pre-school/kindergarten and a small church, but I think that was about it. The older children had to walk several miles to Mayfield School, which was right next door to St. Marks. The church was called Queensberry Church. I don't think it was Anglican. I do have some information about a John Bent that I came across while researching my own family.
After the American revolution, many American Indians who had sided with the British were sold as slaves to the British colonies. A group of Cherokees from Georgia were shipped to Jamaica, and sold to a John Bent who owned a plantation called Yardley Chase. Among the group were a married couple, their infant son, and the husband's mother. The couple was scheduled to be re-sold to different owners, so they planned to jump off a cliff with their child. The wife changed her mind and left the child with her mother-in-law, but she and her husband jumped to their deaths. The son later married into the slave population and became part of the Southfied gene pool.
That part is based on verifiable facts. My great-grandmother used to tell stories about the Indians fom Georgia, who would stand and look out over the sea at sunset because they thought they might be able to get a glimpse of their home as the sun went into the sea. I don't know if that part is fact or legend.
Yardley Chase bordered Southfield Plantation and is now a very pleasant rural area. I went to a small private shool there for years. The cliffs are still there. If you visit Jamaica you should go see them. The view is spectacular.
By the way, I'm Jewish. Many Jamaicans have Jewish ancestry, because Jamaica was a safe place to flee from persecution. There was a substantial Sephardic population and at least 2 synagogues by the early 1800s. There are still many fragmented elements of Judaism in Jamaican culture.
I'm going to copy this to both of your email addresses because I don't know which one you prefer to have me use. I hope to hear from you soon. Cheryl.
Descendants of William Henry Bent 1. William Henry Bent was born Abt. 1812. He married Ann Bromfield December 17, 1837 in St. Elizabeth (Source: B0056 St. Elizabeth Parish Register III & IV, 1835-1859, III, p. 273 #289.). She was born Abt. 1812 (.Jamaica Family Search)
More About Annie Bent: Education: 1882, Illiterate(?): Birth of child- uses mark. Occupation: untrained mid-wife.
Children of Annie Bent and Charles Edward Isaacs are: