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September - October 1873

September 1, 1873

The friends and acquaintances of Mr. William Martin, and those of Mr. Thomas Martin, are requested to attend the remains of Madame Florine Thibeau, from her late residence No. 38 S. W. Corner of Gold Street and Water Lane, to the place of interment at 4:30 p.m.



Dr. James Scott's Residence and Dispensary are at No. 118 Orange Street; his Office, as Commissioner of Health, at the corner of Duke Street and Water Lane.

September 3, 1873


In this City, yesterday morning, 2nd inst., at her residence, No. 78 Hanover Street, Mary Magdalen Mattos, aged 55½, the beloved wife of Matthew F. Mattos. The Funeral will move from the residence as above to the place of interment, the Roman Catholic Church, Duke Street, at 5 o'clock this evening...


Mrs. R. A. Laing of a daughter, 1st September, 1873.

September 4, 1873


Wanted for Port Lemon - 50 Women, none above 35 years, a free passage given. Apply to Julius Farmer, No. 1 Princess Street and corner of Port Royal Street.

September 5, 1873


At the Cottage, Allman Town, the beloved wife of John Mitchell.



Hebrew Alms Houses, Duke Street

There are Rooms vacant to accommodate Nine of the Jewish Poor. Applications addressed to the Secretary will be received.

By order, A. C. Henriques, Secty., Hebrew Benevolent Society.

September 6, 1873


In Spanish Town, on the night of Monday the 1st inst., Henry James, Esq., an old and respected inhabitant, and at one time, one of the merchants of this town, aged 61 years, 40 of which he was in connection with the Wesleyan Methodist Church.....He has left a widow and eight grown up sons ....


Mr. Henry McGilchrist of Spanish Town has been appointed a Lay Vaccinator for the Four Paths district of the parish of Clarendon.

September 8, 1873

Passengers Arrived

In the R. M. C. Steamer Elbe from Southampton: --Mr. W. H. Pinnock, wife, children and servant; Mr. G. Hosack; Master W. Maxwell; Mr. Joseph Francis; Sergeant Smith and wife; Sergeant McCarthy.

In the Royal Mail Steamer Tasmanian, form Colon: --Mr. D Cervera; Miss Quallo; Miss Bonitto.


In Spanish Town, of typhoid fever, on Thursday, the 4th instant, William John Charlewood, aged 38 years....

September 9, 1873


At No. 13 North Street, on the 8th inst., Edith McKenzie, Infant daughter of J. Murray Auld.

September 12, 1873

D. P. Ross, Esq., M. D. has been appointed a member of the Quarantine Board.

Mr. Henry E. K. Groves has been appointed a Lay Vaccinator for the Port Maria District of the parish of St. Mary.

September 13, 1873


At Retrieve Estate, on the 6th inst., the wife of Mr. George M. Hudson, of a daughter.

At Newington Pen, St. Andrew, on the 12th inst., the wife of Mr. S. Constantine Burke, of a son.

In this city yesterday, the wife of Mr. W. Berwick of a daughter (still born)


We feel pleasure in directing attention to the advertisement of Mr. Fred. L. Myers, an enterprising Gentleman, who has just started business in this city in the dry goods line. His Establishment is known as Eureka House which is well stocked with a well assorted collection of goods. He has our best wishes for his success.

September 16, 1873


At Mrs. Bogle's Lodgings, North Street, Kingston, on the 14th instant, the wife of Robert Kerr, Esq., Judge of the Mandeville District Court, of a son.

At Greenwich Estate, Vere, on the 10th inst., the wife of Frank R. H. Erskine, Esq., of a son.


At New Prospect, Westmoreland, on the 4th inst., by the Rev. Dn. Forbes, William T. Goldson, Esq., to Olivia Burrel Smith of Kingston.

September 17, 1873

The annual election of Directors of the Hebrew Benevolent Society was held at the Vestry Chamber of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, on the 9th instant, when the following gentlemen were returned: --

Altamont DeCordova, A. Mordecai, F. J. Brandon, Geo. Magnus, J. P. DaCosta, J. J. G. Lewis, H. J. DePass, E. Sanguinetti. H. J. Jacobs, S. H. Samuels, Edmund Levy, A. Morais, and Richard Magnus, Esqrs. At the first meeting of the Directors held on the 11th, the following gentlemen were elected officers, namely: Altamont DeCordova, Esq., President; Ainsley Mordecai, Esq., Vice President; and E. J. Brandon, Esq., Treasurer.

September 19, 1873


At Spanish Town on the 10th inst., the wife of Mr. John F. Richards of a son.


[The following unsigned article appeared in the September 19 issue]


I am on a short visit here, and as a few lines about Port Royal may not be uninteresting to your readers I therefore send them. If any one were to land here during the time that no ships of war were lying in port the question would be asked: how do the people live? -- When ships are in all is astir and a livelihood easily gained. Beyond the permanent residents, such as the naval and military authorities, the townspeople, but with few exceptions, are composed of the lower order. It is known that there is scarcely any employment beyond that given at the Dockyard, and then nearly all the seamen on board the guard-ship, the Aboukir, do duty in the Yard, so that the people have few opportunities of gaining a decent livelihood -- thus they are poor, ill-fed and badly clothed. The town, therefore, with such a community represents a miserable appearance. The houses are not only shabby, but in wretched order, made more for sunny days than rainy ones. But it beyond doubt that the town is healthy; it can't help being so on account of its situation and the constant sea-breezes -- and really it is the only place that the invalid can seek to regain health at the seaside. But let us look at the accommodation for the sick. There are two or three places called lodgings, but not as comfortable as one could wish. Then there is a scarcity of nearly all the requisites. Things have to be boated from Kingston, rendering the getting of supplies irksome. The boatmen that ply between Kingston and Port Royal are generally civil, so that a small fee each day or a weekly allowance, is sure to bring your comforts to you. To gain its once proud stand, Port Royal should be made a "Jersey city", taking Kingston for New York. Then there would be fine steam boats running to and fro, the present dilapidation would be raised to the ground, fine buildings would be erected, and I venture to say that there would scarcely be any spot in Jamaica more loved and frequented; but the question will be asked, how can all this be accomplished, the answer is only with money, and I say it would pay a company well; get the Americans to start the business and it could be done.

The Church is a fine old building, and contains the monuments of many a fine sailor who has found his last resting place there. The fittings are rather more ancient than modern. That again shows the want of means. Ask the Parson how many three-penny pieces tumble into the plate on a Sunday, and he will tell you that it is difficult to find them among the "Nickel". There are two classes of congregation -- the morning and the evening, or the dressed and the shabby. The Parson is an exceedingly good man. Since his duties have commenced, Mr. Scotland has got up a fine school, and I believe obtained already a Government grant. He is self denying, and has given up the lower part of his dwelling for the schoolroom. The principal master is one trained at the College at Stony Hill.

It must amuse new comers on water-day to see how the townspeople are supplied. Early in the mornings of the two days in the week that this blessing is dealt out, the eager recipients roll up their casks, pay their penny and a-half each cask and then roll back to their homes. The water is brought from Rock Fort in vessels called Tanks, and their contents are emptied at the Dockyard and the supply issued from there. It is indeed a great gift to the people, it was obtained through the intercession of a good Commodore on the Station some years ago. There may be seen on delivery days a hundred casks rolling and cracking the sand. The Collector is seated under a small shed, and no cask can be rolled away until the due is paid. I must tell you that there is only one old mule in the town, so that it is not against the law, as in Kingston, to "roll casks" in the streets.

There is the sad want of a public bath or even a good private one. The only baths that the town can boast of are those at the Naval Hospital and the Dockyard, and they are almost exclusively kept for Government purposes. I have not been fortunate enough to dip in either of them. Perhaps this has been for the want of asking, but I fear to ask as refusals I believe are frequent.

For general courtesies the stranger never fails to meet with them at the hands of Mr. H. Barned; in fact without the aid of this gentleman I would have been much put to. Boating is about the only recreation that can be had. No one is considered a "gentleman" until he can boast of his "canoe". Canoes here are what buggies are in Kingston. the town is generally supplied with Milk by Mr. Sexton, residing at New Town. His flock of goats, I am informed, once numbered 90. The astonishment to me is how they exist. Some persons say that they live on "glass bottles" and "flints" which are plentiful; but theses substances could hardly produce milk. Nevertheless in whatever way the supply for the goats is obtained, the milk is good.

No visitor should leave Port Royal without looking into the "workshop" at the Dock Yard. The steam hammer is to be seen at work and other fine complicated and beautiful machinery, all driven by steam power. I received much courtesy and attention from the workmen employed there, and regret I do not know their names so as to record them here.

I must say a few words about the boarding of Vessels. There is a Tide Surveyor with a staff of six assistants called Tide Waiters with four boatmen. There is a fine lookout on the top of the Custom House, and a man on watch is generally to be seen. As soon as a Ship comes near in, the boat is launched with the Health Officer, Tide Surveyor, and an assistant, the assistant being for service on board the vessel, and is in charge while on her way up to Kingston. The Officials have to go out in all sorts of weather, and I do not envy them when it is blowing hard with a fall of rain. The sea at the point runs heavily at times, and when the weather is foul, there is great difficulty in boarding.

The Naval Hospital is a fine building most ample in its parts, and I suppose furnishing the best accommodation in the West Indies for the sick. It has its Senior Medical Officer with a staff under him, each having a separate building to dwell in, and everything provided for the comforts of those quartered there. There is a boat that goes to Kingston for supplies, and the trip is made each day. I am given to understand that each department, both Naval and Military has its own boat, for furnishing a Commissariat. One would fancy that the Naval Officials have an easy time of it; but I am assured such is not the case. It is well to remark that it is not the longest hours that effect most work.

I cannot close this short account without telling you about the "Gun" at 9 o'clock. As soon as two bells strike the report is looked for, and sometimes it is so powerful that it makes the houses shake. The gun is fired from on board the Guard Ship. To the sick it takes some nights to get over the shock but it is a general signal "to bed". A night cap is then looked for, and a pleasant rest hoped for. Another gun is fired at about five in the morning. This is the signal to be up and to enjoy the delightful land breeze that comes over; and I must say it is about the most pleasant time here.

September 20, 1873


At the Scotch Kirk, Duke Street, on the 17th instant, by the Revd. J. Radcliffe, Daniel V. Sutherland, Esq., of the parish of Manchester, to Catherine youngest daughter of the late G. D. Seddon, Dentist.


We have been informed that the Rev. Mr. Downer, at present Incumbent of one of the Churches in Clarendon, has accepted the Rectorship of Kingston, and will shortly assume the duties.

September 23, 1873


On the 17th instant, at the Parish Church, by His Lordship the Bishop of Kingston, assisted by the Venerable Archdeacon Campbell and the Revd. J. E Woodrow, the Rev. J. D. Hunt to Emma Eliza, second daughter of H. F. Colthirst, Esq..

September 24, 1873


At Dunckley's Estate, Vere, in the night of the 18th inst., Mrs. Joseph Feurtado of a daughter.


At Prospect, in St. Andrew, on the 18th inst., by the Revd. H. H. Isaacs, of Woodford, James Derbyshire, Esq., of Kingston, to Mary Matilda Harris, relict of the late J. W. Harris, Esq., Solicitor of St. Andrew.

September 25, 1873


On the 17th instant, at the Parish Church, by the Venerable Archdeacon Campbell, assisted by the Revd. E. Nuttall, Mr. W. G. Clough, Solicitor, to Julia, eldest daughter of Mr. Andrew Lyon, of this city.

September 26, 1873


In this city, yesterday, Henry J. Jacobs. His friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his remains at 4 o'clock this evening.

September 30, 1873

An old man, upwards of eighty years of age, named William Collins, died suddenly at the Parish Church during divine service on Sunday last.

October 2, 1873


Mr. Joseph Stines, Jr., has been admitted from the 1st October, a Copartner with the undersigned. The business will be carried on as hitherto, under the style and firm of J. A. Stines & Co.


In this city this morning, Mrs Mary Ann Berwick. Friends and acquaintances of the sons of the deceased are requested to attend her remains from her late residence, No. 3, Wildman Street, to the place of interment at 4 o'clock this evening.

October 3, 1873


On the 15th September, 1873, at Grey Town, Nicaragua, Charles Maypother to Eleanor Birch, both of the Parish of St. Thomas in the East, Island of Jamaica.


At Rae Town on the 21st, 9, ‘73, Lewis Robert Haselwood of Molines, Jamaica, second son of Lewis Harrop Haselwood of the Stock Exchange, London.

October 4, 1873


Church Street Burial Ground

Tenders will be received for the immediate erection of that portion of the wall of the Jewish Burial Ground which has fallen during the heavy rains.

Osmond Delgado, Treasurer.

October 6, 1873


At the Parish Church, St. Ann's Bay, on Thursday, the 2nd instant, by the Reverend Josias Cork, Rector, Alfred Thomas Kidd, Esq., Sub-Collector of Her Majesty's Customs, at the Port of St. Ann's Bay, and Assistant Collector of Taxes for the Parish of St. Ann, to Susan Frances, third daughter of Hamilton Brown, senior, Esq., of Pedroes.

October 8, 1873

Passengers Arrived

In the barque Vedina Tindale from London: -- Miss Reid of Montego Bay; Miss DeSouza of Falmouth.

October 10, 1873


At Scarlett Hall, St. Ann's, on the 1st inst., the Wife of Mr. J. R. Scarlett, of a daughter.


At his Residence, upper Orange Street, on Thursday morning, 9th instant, James Brandon, aged 63 years.

October 11, 1873

Mr. Charles Arbouin has been appointed a Lay Vaccinator for the parish of St. Andrew.

October 13, 1873



The House and Premises; a very comfortable Dwelling House in Kingston, situate in Kingston at the corner of Elletson road and Rae's Street, opposite to the General Penitentiary, now tenanted by Andrew Hart, Esq.

Also, the Small House and Premises adjoining in Rae's Street, lately tenanted by Mr. Dowling.

Offers will be received by Burke & Lee, 6, Port Royal Street.



At 9 a. m. yesterday, James Green, Esq., Her Britannic Majesty's Consul at Grey Town (Nicaragua). The funeral will proceed from no. 43, Fleet Street, at 4:30 p.m. today.


Several changes in the appointments of Clergymen of the Episcopal Church have been under the consideration of the Diocesan Council and Financial Board. As most of them depend to a certain extent upon the consent of the clergymen and congregations concerned, they cannot be considered as finally arranged. Those which may be considered settled are Revd. G. W. Downer to Kingston Parish Church, Revd. F. L. King to Stewart Town with Rio Bueno, Rev. Henry McDermott to Trinity, Blue Mountain Valley with Woburn Lawn, and Rev. Je. E. Miller to Yallahs.

October 14, 1873

Passengers Arrived

In the Atlas Steamer Atlas from New York: --

Senor P. Verona; Senora Juan Verona; Senor P. H. Alfaso; Mr. W. A. C. Ryan; Dr. Robinson; Mr. W. Fitz Randolph; Mr. W. R. Redwood; Mr. & Mrs. Barrow; Mr. C. Barrow; Mr. W. C. Bales.

Passengers Sailed

In the barque Fannie J. McLellan for New Orleans: -- Mr. Richard Hitchins, Jr.

October 15, 1873


At Orange Hill Estate, St. Mary, after a short and painful illness, on Friday the 10th inst., Stella Josephine, the only and beloved daughter of Gilbert F. Shaw, and Charlotte his wife, aged five years and five days.

At 33 Charles Street, in this City on the 14th instant, Jemmett, eldest son of G. J. Evelyn, Esq., Rio Magno, St Thomas in the Vale, in the 19th year of his age.


We understand that Paymaster A. W. Chimmo, in charge of the Jamaica Naval and Victualling Stores at Port Royal, will shortly be succeeded by Mr. H. Gilpin.

October 17, 1873

A Book Club has been established in Montego Bay, through the exertions of Stipendiary Justice T. H. Sharpe, who is anxious, our contemporary of the Post says, to promote by all means in his power the well being of the place in which his lot is cast. The Club promises to be a first-rate Institution, as there are already over 50 Subscribers at 20s per annum. The Reverend J. E. Henderson is Chairman, Dr. DeLeon is Treasurer, Mr. Robert Fowler is Librarian, and Mr. S. S. O. Jacobs is Secretary.

October 18, 1873

The friends and acquaintances of Mrs. E. J. Gough are requested to attend her remains from her late residence No 594 East Street, to the place of interment, at 4 o'clock this evening.


The Governor has appointed William Kemble, Esq., a member of the Municipal Board and Board of Parochial Road Commissioners for the parish of St. Catherine.

October 24, 1873


On Monday 20th October 1873, Mr. Henry Smith of Windermere, Westmoreland, England, Overseer of Parnassus Estate, Clarendon, aged 26 years.

At St. Ann's Bay, on Sunday 6 o'clock p.m., 19th inst. ... Edward Charles Reittie, 42 years old, leaving a wife and three daughters ...


In this City this morning, Mrs. E. S. Lambert. The friends and acquaintances of the sons of the deceased are respectfully requested to attend her remains from her residence, No 91 tower Street, to the place of interment at half-past 9 tomorrow morning.

October 27, 1873


In this City, on the 22nd instant, by the Rev. E. W. Pierce, B. A., Incumbent of St. Michael's, John Ambrose Kirkland, to Clara St. Clare, youngest daughter of the late William Livingston, Attorney-at-Law.

October 28, 1873


At the Villa Pen, South Camp Road, this morning, Julia Jane, the beloved wife of Thomas John Nix.

October 29, 1873


At Black River on the 25th October, the wife of C. J. Farquharson, Esq., of a daughter.


In this city on the 24th inst., Arthur Patrick, aged 9 years and 7 months, the sixth son of John W. Hooper.

At Port Antonio, on Saturday morning, the 25th October, 1873, the Rev. C. T. G. Johnston, late of Moore Town, in the 35th year of his age, of heart disease ...

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