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The African side of my family

Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 13:23:07 -0400

Dear List,

I must share with you what I have discovered. I am married to Edgar,
whose paternal family is from the Ghana/Togo/Benin areas of Africa.
Several years ago, before we began this genealogical journey, and
possibly an influence to begin, one of Edgar's old relatives visited our home. He noticed a portrait of my parents (both born 1914) on our wall, and commented that they both probably had roots in Ghana, and could be relatives. My unschooled response was that my mom's roots are from Barbados and my dad's from Trinidad [end of my story as I knew it]. He replied that it did not matter where they were born, their facial features and bone structure tell another story.

Fast forward to 2003. Through contact with a Taitt in Connecticut, USA, memory of a street name from my aging father, I was able to connect with the Taitt line (my father's maternal line), and have photos now of my ggrandfather, Joseph Alfred Taitt and of my gggrandmother, his mom, Elizabeth Downes Taitt, both of Barbados. Joseph with 2 of his brothers, moved to Trinidad.

An old aunt on my mother's side, passed away, and through her photo
collection and that of my living aunt Sybil (100 years old this past
April) I was able to find photos of my maternal grandfather and
grandmother, Frederick Grosvenor (ca. 1858-ca.1930) and Georgiana
Hunt(e) (1876-1920). Then I found a photo of my husband's father when
he was possibly in his forties, and guess what, with utter surprise we
all saw how all three resembled around the forehead and the eyes!!!!

It seems easier to trace the English/Scottish lines of our families, but the African is a challenge.

Taitt, Grosvenor, Downes, Tempro, and Hunt were definitely in Barbados. Taitt, Hunt and Ottley were definitely in Saint Vincent. But wasn't Barbados the main place where the slaves were brought, before the were disseminated up and down the Caribbean and also to the USA? Weren't most of them from the Ivory Coast/Ghana, etc.

Besides DNA, do you have any thoughts and leads on the African search?

Nevilla E. Ottley-Adjahoe

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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