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Aljoe origin
Posted by: Celia (ID *****2500) Date: December 13, 2003 at 19:00:54
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The original Aljoes who came to Jamaica were Europeans. The big question is this "Where in Europe did they originate? According to oral tradition in the family, three Aljoe brothers came to Jamaica from Canada to avoid being drafted. Drafted for what? I don't know. Since doing this research I have discovered that they either owned or managed a large coffee plantation on the island. The fact is that they settled in Vaughansfield St James . Some family members later moved into the adjacent districts of Flamstead , Maldon & Maroon Town all within a radius of 1-4 miles from Vaughansfield. These Aljoes lived near or in Maroon Town but they were definitely not Maroons. Any Aljoe who has any connection to Jamaica can trace his/her roots back to Vaughansfield. The earliest mention of Aljoes in Jamaica is in the St. James Parish Records of 1880-1883 where the marriages of John , Augustus & Thomas Aljoe are recorded.


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