Guyana Then And Now

Mackenzie

Click picture to go to Microsoft's "Flashearth" and high definition

To use the map, first click on the picture above (if you right click you have the option of opening in a new tab or window), brief pause while your browser opens the map page, the fun now begins… first left click anywhere on the map, then you can move by dragging and zoom with the mouse wheel.

Excerpt from: Guyana.org

Up to the end of the nineteenth century the area around Mackenzie was sparsely populated. Settlement can be traced back to 1759 when a land survey was carried out for the establishment of a township which later became known as Three Friends. This township, settled some time after the survey, was named for three friends, Messrs. Spencer, Blount and John Dalgleish Patterson who settled there in the late eighteenth century. They were former naval officers who had fought against the French in the Caribbean during the Napoleonic War.

Patterson, a contractor for the Dutch colony of Essequibo-Demerara at the time, owned plantation Christianburg which was a choice place for retirement of British naval officers after 1803. At Three Friends, he built a great house which became a guest house for visitors of the early settlement. When Patterson died in 1842, the British Guiana Government took over his plantation and the great house was later used as a magistrate court. A portion of the plantation was later sold to Sproston’s, a prominent company of the period. The company was interested in the establishment of a railway to Rockstone on the eastern bank of the Essequibo River where there were valuable resources in stone and timber. There it hoped to establish a stone quarry at Rockstone and to cut timber in the area.

Wismar, on the western bank of the Demerara River, was formed by the influx of immigrants from various European countries, mainly Germany. It became a larger settlement following emancipation when many former African slaves, who refused to work on the sugar plantations, migrated to live there. Some of the Germans who settled there were originally recruited by the British Guiana Government as part of an alternative labour supply for the sugar plantations, after most of the freed Africans refused to work there. The German settlers named the settlement Wismar after a German town of the same name.

Toward the end of the nineteenth century, bauxite was discovered in Guyana in a belt stretching across the country from the North West District to the Corentyne River, with large deposits identified in the Pomeroon, the Essequibo around Bartica, Mackenzie, Ituni, Canje, and Orealla.

In 1913 a Scottish geologist, George Bain Mackenzie, visited the area about 60 miles up the Demerara River and bought lands for mining on the eastern bank of the Demerara River. According to some stories, he was able to purchase unoccupied lands at very cheap prices from the owners, because he claimed he would cultivate oranges there. Very few persons at that time knew about bauxite and its potential. In 1915 Mackenzie died and his lands passed into the control of Winthrop C. Nelson.

A paper presented in London in 1916 on the occurrence of bauxite in Guyana generated such interest in the USA that the Aluminium Company of America (Alcoa) in the same year incorporated the Demerara Bauxite Company (DEMBA). Shortly after, DEMBA secured leases on large areas of bauxite-bearing land in the vicinity of the area purchased by Mackenzie.

In 1916 mining of bauxite commenced and hundreds of people from the coastal areas migrated there in search of employment. A settlement known as Cockatar, which grew up in the bauxite mining area, joined up with the Christianburg plantation and became known as Mackenzie. When a village administration was formed in 1918, Wismar, for local government purposes, was linked up to Mackenzie.

DEMBA started production at Akyma on the Demerara River, south of Mackenzie. In 1922 the operation was expanded and processing and shipping facilities were established at Mackenzie, the head of ocean navigation in the Demerara River. In 1929 Alcoa handed over the operations to its Canadian associate, Alcan, and production continued at a steady rate over the next decade, during which Guyana became the world’s third largest bauxite producer after the USA and Surinam.

By 1922 the population of the Mackenzie area was less than one thousand persons. Employment was dependent on not only bauxite mining, but also the timber industry and some independent gold prospecting. The timber was located along the Essequibo River and transported by railway to the Demerara River.

A slump in the bauxite industry between 1930 and 1936 caused much hardship. Trade picked up just before 1939 and particularly during the World War of 1939-1945 when the demand for aluminium was high.

The Berbice Bauxite Company, a subsidiary of American Cyanamid, started production of chemical grade bauxite for the manufacture of alum at Kwakwani up the Berbice River in 1942. In 1943 DEMBA extended its operations to Ituni, about 35 miles south of Mackenzie, and by the end of the decade Guyana was the world’s second largest producer, accounting for 17 percent of world production. With the expansion of mining, the working population grew and most of the workers settled permanently in the area.

Despite the high profits made by DEMBA during the early 1940s, the workers in the bauxite industry toiled under very harsh working conditions. In 1943, each working day was of 10 hours duration, and each worker had to work six days a week. By 1947 the working week was reduced to 48 hours.

The company did not support the formation of trade unions, but members of the BG Labour Union from Georgetown were able to recruit bauxite workers as members during meetings at Wismar, away from the mining district. The union also helped them to organise a strike in 1944 for better working conditions. But the strike collapsed after just three days, and the workers were unable to win any concessions from the bauxite company.

In 1952 Reynolds Metals acquired the Berbice Bauxite Company and started production of metallurgical bauxite at Kwakwani where a small settlement of workers developed. At around the same time DEMBA expanded production of refractory grade and abrasive grade bauxite at Mackenzie, making Guyana the world’s most diversified bauxite producer. In 1956 DEMBA started construction of the alumina refinery which began production in 1961.

Most of British Guiana’s bauxite was shipped as raw ore to the parent companies’ plants in Canada and the United States, but a small proportion was calcined. With the opening of the alumina plant, a quantity of alumina was extracted and exported. The royalties and export duties paid to the Government were extremely low, being 25 and 45 cents per long ton respectively.

For the workers, the company established facilities which provided for workers’ accommodation, education, health, and recreation. But these amenities were somewhat diminished by the existence of a virtual colour bar between the mainly White expatriate supervisory staff and the Guyanese workers.

The scale of operations grew considerably over the years, with a rapid increase during the Second World War. By 1957 production totalled 2,200,000 tons. Most of this was produced by DEMBA from its mines at Mackenzie.

Although several companies had concessions and exploration licences, the only other company producing bauxite was the Reynolds Metals Company operating at Kwakwani, where production reached 225,023 long tons in 1957. In 1958-59 production by both companies dropped to 1,675,000 tons because of the United States recession and a local strike.

This next list of events was provided by Margot Rosa.

1951 The Crescent Cinema was opened heralding the first public Cinema in the Area
1952 Wismar Market constructed.
Christ the King Anglican Church opened in Mackenzie.
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church also opened in Mackenzie
1953 Mackenzie Pure Water Plant opened.
1954 Public Free Library opened in Mackenzie
1955 Elevation of Christianburg/Wismar to village status- first Chairman
Mr. H. Fraser
Esso Bulk Storage Plant opened.
1956 Mackenzie Sports Club constructed
The present Mackenzie stelling was built.
Speightland residents resettled at Rainbow City and Old Kara Kara
1957 Ceremonial BrassBand formed by Demba under Bandmaster Mayers O.B.E.
Wismar Domestic Science and Handicraft Centre-the largest aided self-help Scheme in British Guiana at the time was opened.
Pure Water Plant was established at Wismar.
1958 Demba Tade School opened
Housing Development at Retrieve, Noitgedacht and Richmond Hill established
Charles Rosa Nursing School , an arm of the Mackenzie HospitalOpened-Volunteer force, Upper Demerara contingent formed.
1959 Mackenzie High School opened(this school the Echols High School)
Wismar Hill Housing Scheme completed.
1960 Electricity Co-op formed to service Christianburg and Wismar.
Village Affairs Committee formed to manage the Affairs of the Mackenzie Community.
1961 The Alumina Plant built at a cost of $65.million was opened in March.
Sandbach Parker opened the first fully air conditioned store in Mackenzie. This building now houses the Guyana National Co-op Bank.
1962 Mackenzie United Church dedicated
Sprostons store (Mackenzie Branch) opened
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visited the Community
Earl Mountbatten of burma also visited during the year.
1963 Chapman’s Store opened.
1964 Greater Mackenzie Development Trust formed.
The Ration Store, which started as a Commissary in 1920 was colsed.
New Kara Kara Housing Scheme commenced.
1965 Work on the Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge commenced.
District Local Authority status granted to North Mackenzie.
Barrington’s Esso Service Station opened.
1966 Soesdyke/Mackenzie Highway started.
Construction of the New Wismar Market started with budget of $275,000
Brisith Guiana gained Independence under Prime Minister L.F.S. Burnham.
Jaycees of Greater Mackenzie initiates Independence Queen contest with Buy -A-Vote system.
Upper Demerara River Hospital Project launched. Jaycees first contribution of $30,000
1967 Royal Bank of Canada opened new building at Arvida Road and Green- Heart Street. (this building which later housed the Public Relations Dept. of Guymine is now occupied by the National Bank of Industry and Commerce)
Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge opened.

External Link: LindenFund MacKenzie History 1

External Link: LindenFund Mackenzie History 2

External Link: LindenFund MacKenzie History 3

Advertisements

8 Comments »

  1. THE EARLY HISTORY OF UPPER DEMERARA FROM A DESCENDANT OF SOME OF THE VERY FIRST FAMILIES IN THE AREA INCLUDING THE ALLICOCK,PATERSON, MANSFIELD,HILL, FIEDTKOU, VAN LANGE, VAN COOTEN, BREMNER, DENIEUENKIRK, COEY….
    The last 200 years of upper Demerara and Linden’s history could be broken up into three aspects of significant influence on the lives of the people. The Paterson Sawmill and Red camp housing area, the Sprostons Wismar to Rockstone Railway and the Demerara Bauxite Company
    The assumed first generation born Guyanese Allicock of the late 1700s and early 1800s witnessed the early influences in the area and to some extent controlled the means of such influence. Robert Frederick Allicock was one of the few early white English speaking settlers in the area at that time apart from the native Amerindians. The Arawaks and the Akawois were the two tribes of Amerindians who dominated the Demerary River. The Arawaks had settlements at a place called Arrissatabo and the Akawois at Kanaimpoo and Wiriburisiri in the upper Demerara region.

    THIS IS A COPY OF THE 1759 DUTCH MAP OF UPPER DEMERARA IN THE AREA CALLED LINDEN TODAY{ SORRY IT DID NOT COPY} Made by Lawrens Lodewyk Van Bercheyek and deposited in the department of lands and mines as plan no. 789. Lots 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46 were listed as the property of Robert Frederick Allicock along with 4901 Rhynland acres in the 1961 Allicock’s lawsuit against Demba.
    These are plantation lots that once covered most of the shores of the Demerara River. Some of the early Dutch names of the creeks have survived in a limited form. Kathapoety is now Catabulli, Aroebaja is untouched. Bamja is Bamia, Maboelisja is Moblissa and Karrekarre is Cara- Cara. Kaywaka is Cakatara. This copy I drew since I was unable to transfer the actual map.

    The early settlements or plantations were privately owned. The historical record shows that Robert Frederick Allicock lived on the eastern shore of the Demerara River and owned Noitgedacht or plantation Retrieve an area of 4901 Rhynland acre or 8.040 square miles John Allicock had owned Plantation Wismar {401 acres} after John Somersall. Harrower and Donvin owned Nerva Sawmill. Christian Fenette owned Christianburg prior to John Dagleish Paterson. Old England was owned by John Payne Blount and Three Friends by Sir John Spencer. Blount and Brotherson had owned Arakwa. Most of these plantations became Timber Estates
    This time period was one of significant changes in Guyana and the area of upper Demerara. The transition from Dutch to English control of Guyana in 1803 and the emancipation of slavery act 1833 would have been the two major changes that stood out. They nine children of Robert Frederick Allicock would have experienced these changes also. They would have been at least bilingual, speaking both Dutch and English.
    Some may have also spoken Akawaio , in the case of Nancy Allicock. Scottish Gaelic was also probably spoken by the many Scots in the area. They were born to some privileges of the time but were also subjected to the rigors of a structured and harsh Slave Society at least. They early plantations grew sugar, coffee, cocoa, plantain, tobacco, citrus and many other items that fetched a high price back in Europe. Cotton and sugar were grown in the 1700s at Wismar.
    Timber would however rise to supreme over time. The forest of Guyana had covered most of the 83,000 square miles that Guyana is. The forest extended from the sea coast to the many rapids and falls in the various rivers. The big problem was access to market. The calm and navigable Demerara River provided safe transportation of men and lumber. Heavier wood were transported by the means of punts alongside which logs were slung. Lighter wood were floated down the river as rafts.

    The Balata Plantation that existed where the Christianburg cemetery now occupies, was part of the Rubber trade in the 1800s. John Dagleish Paterson purchased this piece of land along with others in the late 1700s. At one point, it was said that Paterson had owned over 20,000 acres or 31.25 sq. miles of land which stretched all the way to the mighty Essequibo River. It is important to note that much of the land along the banks of the Demerara River has seen a succession of planters and early settlers, of whose estates nothing remains today.

    Very little information and relics remain of the early history of upper Demerara. This excellent poem was obtained from the book “Run Softly Demerara” by Zahra Freeth. This striking poem is on target and tells volumes of the area’s history. We have seen the historical periods of the Paterson Sawmill and the Wismar Rockstone Railway almost vanished from the record. Most families with recent connections to river areas are acutely aware of this trend. The relentless jungle takes over rapidly.
    This poem was from 1960. History has since moved downriver and across the oceans of the world as so many migrate from the area. With the declining fortunes of Bauxite, this phenomenon also appears to be at work. This ominous poem continues to very meaningful and echoes across the ages.

    “These rivers know that strong and quiet man
    Drove back a jungle, gave Guiana root
    Against the shock of circumstances, and then
    History move down river, leaving free
    The forest to creep back, foot by quiet foot
    And overhang black water to the sea.”

    Paterson’s Timber Business that was started at the turn of the 1800s would prove to be the impetus that consolidated the area from plantations to that of a small Community. This tiny community would grow into the second largest town in Guyana.
    THE PATERSON’S SAWMILL AND RED CAMP
    The Paterson’s Saw Mill and village of houses called Red Camp housed the large amount of workers at his Sawmill and Timber works. Christianburg became the administrative center of upper Demerara; a position that was held until the Wismar Rockstone Railway was built in 1897.
    Guyana’s primeval forest, rich in the finest hardwood was prized. Greenheart, Mora, Purple Heart, Bania, Dakama, Wallaba, Crabwood, Bullet wood, and other hard woods were logged from the 20,000 acres of Paterson’s land. Greenheart is one of the better known hardwoods in the world and by far the most exported due to its exceptional qualities and versatility. Greenheart has three varieties black, white and brown. It is extremely hard and requires no treatment. Durable uses included piling, dock gates in salt water, ship building, wharf or bridges and house construction. Guyana was the only country that exported Greenheart and is still the primary exporter after all these years. Wallaba is the most abundant wood in Guyana with Mora coming second. Cedar for furniture making and Baramalli in the use of paper making were some of the many soft wood exported. Timber were hauled by men, ox or by winches and floated along the creeks and river of upper Demerara to be processed by this Sawmill and signaled the birth of this boom town.
    The Paterson family had some of the first Steam Powered Brigs that ran frequently between Christianburg and Georgetown. It was said that One Brig made a record two way journey to Georgetown in only 10hrs. This Sawmill operation will remain in the Paterson’s family hands until 1894 after serving the area for almost one hundred years. The Sawmill continued under its new owner the British Government and was closed a few years after purchased.
    John Dagleish Paterson was a closed friend of Robert Frederick Allicock and was selected as the guardian of the minor children and executor of his will of 1822.
    One son of J.D. Paterson name David was married Nancy Allicock and lived at Watooka. Several grand and great Grand children would also weave into the family of Allicocks.
    Today, hundreds of the family members of Allicocks are traced to John Dagleish Paterson. I am also his descendant. Both of my parents descended from him, making him my 4 times great grandfather.
    Sincerely yours, Dmitri Allicock

    Comment by DMITRI ALLICOCK — October 20, 2011 @ 12:42 am | Reply

  2. The once popular and well known 1897 Wismar/ Rockstone railway symbolized upper Demerara and served as a corner stone in its development before Bauxite dominated. This railroad provided valuable and safe transportation of commuters and cargo between Essequibo and Demerara. It was Guyana’s first inland railroad.
    Hugh Sprostons entry to British Guiana in 1840 saw the dire need for transportation across Guyana’s waterways and hinterlands. He established Steam powered vessels across Guyana and built Guyana’s dry dock in 1867, where damaged vessels could be repaired and new ones constructed.
    Sprostons had steam brigs or vessels plying the Georgetown route to as far as Lucky spot up the Demerara River since the 1850s. They were also other privately run vessels of that time period. Access up the mighty Essequibo River was a different matter. Navigation was very dangerous because of the many rapids and waterfalls. Many died by drowning as boats frequently capsized in the torrent Essequibo. The Idea was born to construction this railway from Wismar to Rockstone. The calm and navigable Demerara River had the width and depth to allow ocean going vessels up to Wismar and it provided access from Georgetown to this railway with transportation continuing from Rockstone via launches to Tumatumari. The Demerara River is obstructed by large rocks that sits in the middle of the river at the Watooka area and may have influenced the choice of Wismar for the Terminus
    John Dagleish Paterson of Christianburg, lands and Sawmill business were bought by the then British Government in 1894 to set up this Railroad. Sprostons Company LTD then constructed The Wismar to Rockstone Railway in the years 1895 to 1897. A loan of $200,000 dollars was given to Sprostons by the British Government, to be repaid in twenty years without interest.

    This light Railway line as it was referred to, was 18 and ¾ miles long and ran westward from the Wismar Terminus to the Rockstone Terminus. It provided access through Guyana’s primeval forest to upper Essequibo Potaro gold fields, Balata {Bullet wood} trees and endless supply of hardwood. The demand for Greenheart appeared limitless and Guyana was the only country that exported this prized hardwood.
    This Terminus was built next to the Wismar Steamer Stelling . The train ran south along the Demerara River until it reached the area near the current Wismar / Mackenzie Bridge. The Railway then swung westward through the forest until its destination at the Rockstone Essequibo River Terminus.
    The Steamer left Georgetown daily at 8am except on Sunday for Wismar. The Train left daily from Wismar to Rockstone after the Steamer arrived from Georgetown and not before 5.30pm. On Sunday the Train did not run. At the Rockstone Terminus, one or more Launches with passengers and cargo provided a daily service at 6.30am to Tumatumari, with Sunday also being the day of rest. At Tumatumari, a launch provided daily transportation to Potaro Landing, taking passengers and cargo.
    The 1924 publication from the “British Empire Exhibition Wembley- Guiana ” read, “The Terminus of the Colonial Steamers which ascend the Demerara River daily is at Wismar about 65 miles from the sea: but sailing vessels can be towed for 15 miles further up to load timber supplies of which for many years been obtained and exported from the valuable forest Country through which the river flows. Opposite Wismar is “Mackenzie City” the headquarters of the Demerara Bauxite Co. Ltd. From Wismar a railway runs across to Rockstone on the Essequibo River and small launches runs regularly twice a week to the foot of the Malali rapids on the Demerara about 104 miles from Georgetown where the influence of the tide ends.”
    The dawn of 1900 saw this spanking new railroad linking the two rivers, moving people, equipment, timber, cargo of many varieties and most of all hope for a brighter future. Bauxite would later take over as new king. The Demerara Bauxite Company would soon be established with the 1912 land purchased by George Bain Mackenzie. 1917 saw the first mining of bauxite at Akyma and later the construction of the Bauxite plant and housing areas on the eastern shores of the river.
    With this Railroad, Wismar became the focus and hub of economic activity overtaking Christianburg as the center of the community. Christianburg never regained its status and Wismar became more prominent.
    However within two decades the eastern bank of the river rose. As the bauxite industry developed, most administrative building, hospital, schools were built and economic activity dominated. The Mackenzie or eastern shore of the Demerara River still maintains this level of importance today.
    This railroad brought all sort of jobs for the people in the areas. A net work of related business grew around this industry and life improved for many family members. Many families worked with or around this Railroad. Our special cousin Manly Binning worked from 1919 to 1927 as a machinist at the Sprostons Wismar Workshop. One of my Grandfather’s Alfred Allicock uses to square timber delivered by this train, on the Wismar bank of the River. Others travel travelled to upper Essequibo to work in the timber, balata industry or to mine Gold and Diamond. The Steamer and Railway service became an integral part the lives of our family and people of upper Demerara.
    The R.H Carr Steamer commissioned in 1927 continued service long after the railroad was closed. The steamer service came to end shortly after the Linden Soesdyke Highway opened in 1968 and brought to an end over 100 years of Steamer service between upper Demerara and Georgetown.
    In 1960, one of the descendants of John Blount of the Three Friends referred to as Miss Blount spoke with the author Zahra Freeth of Run Softly Demerara and had this to say about the Railroad, “and when Christianburg went down, so Wismar became bright; with the railway to Rockstone, Wismar became the centre of importance on the upper river which only shows that God will always provide,” she added, “as one place closes down another place opens up, and after Wismar it was Mackenzie.”
    She went on to say “I don’t understand how people can say there is no God, when here we see the bauxite dug out of the ground, bauxite that God put there so that it would bring work and money to the people of Demerara.” A bauxite ship was passing her home at Christianburg at that moment. The ocean going ore ship was only a stone’s throw from the house, and dwarfed the surrounding scene as it passed along the Wismar water-front. Miss Blount added, “And when I see the big ships, I say to myself, there, if you need it, is another proof of the greatness of God.” Miss Blount was in her eighties at the time of the interview and was also one of our family members.
    This Railway would continue running well into the Bauxite era until it was closed in the 1940s. The gold decline in the Potaro fields and the switch to the much cheaper petroleum based rubber were believed to be some of the reasons for its closure.
    Nothing remains of this historical Railway today. The Wismar Steamer Stelling which was closed in 1968 lies in ruins in 2010. Some rail lines are covered by the now Burnham Drive main road at Wismar. The Ruins of the steamer R.H Carr is at Skull point located at the Cuyuni and Mazaruni River junction.
    The nostalgic memories of this particular boat are remembered and bring a particular sad feeling to see the ruins. Most of upper Demerara residents that included all of our family members used the R.H Carr for transportation to Georgetown. The exceptions were the many speed boats and launches available. The speed boats took only one hour but did not complete the entire journey to port Georgetown and stopped at the Atkinson base where taxi or bus completed the trip.
    The R.H Carr took a relaxing 8 hours and held a special bond with all passengers.
    The slow journey through the meandering Demerara River was punctuated with frequent stops in the middle of the river as passengers got off or on into small boats. It was exciting to see the occasional cow transported. Cattle were pushed out into the river and had to complete the trip to pasture by swimming. For many it was their only contact with the riverain areas. The area of Linden is like an oasis surrounding by jungle. Most of the area’s new population who came from Guyana’s coastal communities and the many Caribbean Island had little knowledge of inland Guyana. This was a great opportunity and experience for all to see Guyana’s hinterlands.
    This river trip brought many in contact with the soul of Guyana. They were able to see the many settlements, sawmills, sawpits, villages, farms and life alongside the river. They saw the essence and make up of what is Guyana.
    I still remember running down the steep steps of third class as a child to buy gynip and drinking a cold coca cola at D’Aguiar while watching the large propeller of the boat churning up the brown water of the river. We would wave as we passed the people on the shores or in boats on the river in a kind of farewell salute to a time of innocence.
    Sprostons Construction Company also had an important role in the clearing and laying of the foundation for the Alumina Plant in 1956 for the Demerara Bauxite Company and built the Mackenzie High School in 1959 as two of its last significant influences in the area.
    There were other businesses that provided employment like logging, balata bleeding, farming and gold mining in the area of Lucky Spot and Kanaimpoo at but was dwarf by the importance of this Railway and the other industries that it supported.
    The turn of that century saw the first automobile and the electric bulb take center stage in upper Demerara however steam power still dominated.
    The Wismar Rockstone Railway was essential and a major pillar in upper Demerara’s development. Sprostons Steamers, Railway and Construction Company lead the way as the Demerara Bauxite Company became established.
    This notable trend to discard and forget history in Guyana is observed once more as the memories of the Wismar Rockstone Railway and this not so distant and significant chapter of upper Demerara is now lost and gone with the wind for many.
    Remembering the past is a vision of the future.
    God bless, Dmitri Allicock

    Comment by DMITRI ALLICOCK — October 20, 2011 @ 12:59 am | Reply

    • Very nice article, I would really like to know more about my family history and complete the line.
      Does anyone knows about this tree line?

      – Robert Frederick Allicok
      – I don’t know witch son
      – Another generation maybe…..
      – And then we have: May Pearl Allicok (born in 1875 more less)

      I have no clue about who were the parents of her (May Pearl) and even less the grandparents.
      My grandma is her granddaughter

      Comment by Carlos — July 16, 2014 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  3. Dmitri – really enjoyed going back in time. Again, thanks for this.
    Pat

    Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — October 20, 2011 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

  4. Hi all does anyone know the origins of the three friends their background relatives that might still be alive today etc

    Comment by Dexter Choo — July 15, 2013 @ 2:17 am | Reply

    • Note for Dexter Choo – I just came across your message of last year and no-one seems to have responded. In fact, you might have gone back into this website and found your answers. In any event, I googled Three Friends Mackenzie and there was direction to an explanation. Maybe this will help you.

      Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — July 17, 2014 @ 10:45 pm | Reply

  5. My name is Floretta Yarde-Deygoo. I’am the eldest daughter of William Declou (Cleave) and I must say that I just read parts of this magnificent history of R.F. Allicock’s life and learning of the lineage of his family and I’ am quite intrigued by it all and eager to Learn some more of this.

    Comment by Floretta YARDE-Deygoo — March 10, 2015 @ 5:49 pm | Reply

  6. I found the foregoing historical information interesting and it has motivated me to find out my genealogical connection to Sir John Spencer and John Blount. Looking forward with eager anticipation for further information. My grandparents were Harry Blount and Catherine Spencer. I was told that they were buried at Akyma. My deceased father’s name was Berton Blount-Spencer.
    George Raymond Blount-Spencer.

    Comment by george raymond spencer — August 29, 2015 @ 9:55 am | Reply


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: