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Re: [BARBADOS] Licorish
In Response To: Re: [BARBADOS] Licorish ()

Hello John,

Thanks for the information. My sister Beverly Licorish (King) lives in Boston and I am sure she would be happy to meet our cousins there. There is a Victor Licorish who also lives in Boston and he is a cousin of ours.

The name Licorish is not a manufactured name. In fact, it is a British name and as far as I was able to discover, a white family left London and went to Barbados around 1754. I got this information from the Mormon archives in Salt Lake City when I was there in 2003. I was aware of one white family in Canada that had come from England but I never met them.

You are right. All Barbadians from St. Andrew are related. The trail started from St. John and St. Joseph to St. Andrew and the eastern tip of St. Lucty. My maternal grandfather was one of eight Licorish children from St. Andrew and I am sure that Papa would have been a close relative of your grandfather.

I was in Cuba a few years ago and found the name in the telephone directory. Not being able to speak Spanish, I asked one of the staff at the hotel to call the number of this woman only to discover that her father had come from Barbados. And the plot thickens. I remember my mom corresponding with a cousin in Panama and as far as I know we may have relatives in Panama.

Today, through emigration and for the pursuit of economic prosperity, the name can be found throughout the Caribbean, North and South America and Europe. Quite frankly, if it were possible to connect the dots, the story of the dispersion of the Licorish family would be the story of many Barbadian pioneers whose labour built the economies of many of the Caribbean and North American countries.

Please stay in touch. I can be reached by phone at 604-961-9741.

John


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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