Mass Teddy had lost his wife Mabel. Their son Leslie had changed his mind about going to America and come back to help look after Southfield. He would write to his brother Maurice in New York, telling him that their … Continue reading 1945 – War’s End
Southfield Pen Cecil was about to leave Southfield and move to the capital, Kingston. “Why was he going to Kingston?” In the capital there had been a ‘Government Farm School’ operating at Hope Estate, Kingston since 1910. At it’s inception, the … Continue reading 1942 – Farm School
This lady was Mass Teddy’s sister. The story continues…. Looking closely at her portrait – taken around 1923 – she appears to be a distinguished lady. She looks white but was in fact partially black. When I say partially what … Continue reading 1941 – The Gentlewoman
Great Britain – 3rd September 1939 11.15am – A radio message is announced by the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, that the British deadline for the withdrawal of German troops from Poland has expired. He says, the British ambassador to Berlin … Continue reading 1939 – Britain Declares War
A good question! Here’s the answer – Over the last 18 years, I have been writing a family history book that now contains about 500 pages. It has never been my intention to have this book published and sold. The original … Continue reading Why Run A Blog?
Uncle Cecil was my dads Uncle. He was born 1911 at Southfield Pen Great House, Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica to Mass Teddy and Grandma Mabel. A middle child of their nine children, his full name was Walter Cecil Hodgson but he … Continue reading Uncle Cecil
You might be interested to know why I started researching my family history. I brought my first ever computer on christmas eve 1997, at a time when computers were just beginning to go mainstream. Amongst the selection of accessories that … Continue reading What Inspired Me To Research