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Re: [BARBADOS] joseph&sarah parris barbados 1850s
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My grandfather, Cecil R, Parris was born in Barbados on March 17, 1900. His father, James William Parris was a planter of British descent, who owned the planation,"Endeavor," in St. Thomas. Following World War I, when the Germans fixed sugar prices and they fell to 2 cents per ton on the world market, JW was forced to sell Endeavor I; he bought a smaller holding, also in St. Thomas, Endeavor II, and later, moved into Bridgetown, to a property known to this day as Water Hall at Eagle Hall. The lives of this branch of the Parris family are well documented in the archives of the Barbados Museum, where there is mention of the family in the official record of the Barbados Assembly, of which JW Parris was its longest serving member, first as the largest land holder in St. Thomas, and subsequently, as its Marshall.
Cecil R. Parris, Sr. my grandfather, died at the age of 100 in New York City. He is survived by one sister, Ruby Parris Knight, and two brothers, Ralph Packer Parris, and Leslie Parris of Barbados; one son, Cecil R. Parris, Jr. of New York City, and three grandchildren, Karin Halliwell who resides in Italy, Danielle Parris of Washington, DC and Cecil E. Parris, also of New York City. In addition, Mr. Parris is survived by several nieces and nephews, who live in Barbados and elsewhere in the Caribbean, as well as in Great Britain.