I have just this week stumbled across my connection to this family. My Aunt the late Carmen Saunders told me that her grandmother, Emily Stewart, was half Scottish so I assumed her father, Charles Stewart, was Scottish. I searched in vain but could find no trace of him.
With some help, I this week discovered that he was an African enslaved on the Lodge estate which is, from my understanding Orange River Lodge, owned by Ciedeppe Stewart.
Now we come to McKenzie. His wife was Elizabeth McKenzie, a free person of colour. She and her 4 siblings were taken to be christened by their father Dr. George McKenzie in 1800. The children ranged in age from 1 - 13 and they were living in Inverness at the time.
I wonder if the Honourable George McKenzie was his father and if Peter McKenzie was his brother and Ann McKenzie his sister. There were 2 boys and 8 girls in the family.
I see my Great Grandmother, Emily as being born in Orange River. The Stewarts ended up in Blackwoods. Emily married a man named George Williamson Saunders and moved to Elgin, Clarendon.
So back to McKenzie, it appears that Arthur and the Honourable George McKenzie were brothers. It also appears that Dr. George McKenzie and Peter McKenzie were the sons of the Hon. George McKenzie and Anne was one of their 8 sisters.
The Jamaica Colonial Heritage Society Group on Facebook supplies a photo of Peter McKenzie and this information.https://www.facebook.com/groups/jchsociety/
"Peter MacKenzie (1779-1839). Born at Kellett's Estate, Clarendon, Jamaica on the 23rd of March, 1779. Elder son of the Hon. George MacKenzie (1747-1815), Sugar Planter, Custos of Clarendon and President of the Privy Council of Jamaica, of Kellett's Estate, Clarendon. His Mother, Ann Burrell (1757-1797), was the daughter of George Burrell II (17??-1777), a wealthy Sugar Planter, of Clarendon and Vere. Peter MacKenzie, like most Planter's sons, was educated in England, where he served briefly as an Officer in the British Army. He married on the 4th of June, 1798, at Chudleigh in Devon, England, Jane Gardner Brodbelt (1779-1856), daughter of Dr. Francis Rigby Brodbelt, M.D. (1746-1795), Physician & Coffee Planter, of Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica, by his wife, Jane Gardner Penoyre (1751-1827). His grand-niece, Georgiana Susanna MacKenzie (18??-1917) was married in 1864 to Sir Edward Maunde Thompson, GCB (1840-1929) and became Lady Thompson. Peter MacKenzie returned to Jamaica and became a Sugar Planter in Jamaica, but later went back to England and became an Absentee Proprietor. He purchased an Estate in Devonshire, England and became an English Country Squire. He died in England in 1839 aged 60 years old. From a Portrait Miniature by Sampson Towgood Roch, 1798. Private Collection."
I have started a family group on Facebook and added the McKenzies this week.
You are all welcome to join I have quite a few documents including a photo of Peter McKenzie, who owned Kellet's. I am trying to piece the McKenzie family tree together. You are all welcome to join us.
- Saunders, Stewart, McKenzie, & Thompson - Blackwoods & Elgin, Jamaicahttps://www.facebook.com/groups/706076802807350/
There are over 100 cousins in the group and, up until 2 years ago, I only knew my Mom, my sister, and my 1st cousin.
Is there a McKenzie of Jamaica Group on Facebook?