AfriGeneas Caribbean Research Forum
[JAMAICA] Surnames RERRIE, SPENCE
I have come across some Rerries, but do not fit into their trees. The dates and places are similar, but I have no idea where my branch fits in. The tree I was forwarded goes back to Ireland to the McIntosh name circa late 1700s. Family legend says that Herbert Rerrie (ggfather) was “cut off” from the family for marrying a Black/dark woman (Hortense Spence). Legend also has it that he may have come from Ireland himself, along with a brother, who was in the military.
Hortense Spence was from Red Hills “Baulk” Westmoreland. Herbert Rerrie came from either Mo Bay or Hanover/Westmoreland. He could have been visiting an aunt in Hanover where he met Hortense. Herbert was a musician and also made pianos and guitars. Hortense’s parents (John & Alice) kept a shop, which was handed over to Hortense and Herbert when they were married. Business went bankrupt b/c of poor management and they went to Cuba where two of their children (Edward, Barrington) were born. They later had Grace and Gloria (my grandmother). I was also told that John and Alice Spence often “took in” the children of others that they would lodge and send to school in exchange for labor and/or money. I was also told that John worked in a sugar factory.