The HALLs of Jamaica – Allegonda’s Legacy

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Berrys and Horsfalls


This is a short story because I don't know much. Most of the detailed information that I have is in the Family Register. The first child of Allegonda Boom / Hall was Dorothy Hall / Berry. Dorothy Hall (named after her grandmother of course) was born 14 Mar 1760, bap. 22 Mar 1760 in Kingston, d. 27 Oct 1784, bur. 28 Oct 1784 in Kingston. She was married 27 Mar 1779 in Kingston to Thomas Berry, merchant. Thomas Berry reappears as a godfather of Mary Ann Hall in 1798; and as "the Honble Thomas Berry", owner of a slave at the baptism of Allegonda Ann Hall in St Andrew in 1807.


It may be possible to track the Berry name to see if Thomas's birth and burial can be found but I haven't tried. I quickly discovered that Berry is one of the commonest names in early Jamaica and there were plenty of slaves and mixed race Berrys around. However, by the 1760s the Berrys had thinned out a bit.


The children of Thomas Berry and Dorothy were:


Allegonda Berry b. 26 Oct 1780, bap. 25 Nov 1780, d. 26 Jul 1782, bur. 27 Jul 1782

Dorothy Hall Berry b. 7 Oct 1784, bap. 28 Oct 1784


The above baptisms and burials occurred in Kingston.


Dorothy Hall Berry married Charles Horsfall 9 Jun 1803 in Liverpool, Great Britain.


I managed to sort of track Charles Horsfall's father and grandfather on the IGI. The only contender for Charles Horsfall on the British IGI was born to Joseph Horsefall in Huddersfield, St. Peter, Yorkshire, England and bap. 17 Jul 1776. The only contenders for Joseph Horsefall were born to John Horsefall in Huddersfield. But here's the twist, there are 3 possible contenders for Joseph Horsefall, all baptised in Huddersfield between 1737 and 1742, and all married in Huddersfield (to different wives of course) between 1767 and 1774.


I didn't find any children of Dorothy and Charles Horsfall in the Parish registers, but two are on the CD-ROM compiled by Donald Lindo (more of that later). They are mentioned in a letter from Jessie Astwood as having been found in “an old Jamaica annual” by Isabella Stewart/Paterson.


6.      Dorothy Hall BERRY b. 7 OCT 1784, m. 9 JUN 1803, in Liverpool, ENGLAND, Charles HORSFALL, d. 18 JUN 1846.  Dorothy died 18 MAR 1846.


                      i      Thomas Berry HORSFALL.

                      ii    Henry Leslie HORSFALL.


I did find some negro slaves with the Horsfall surname in the Kingston Parish Register. These slaves married in 1816-17. At about the same time, blacks with the Horsefall surname married.