Hello Desiree, a happy Easter to you!
Thank you very much for your kindly responding.
Prof. Marion Philadelphia in Los Angeles is a descendant of the European branch of this family. She was the one who told me about her ancestor Jacob Philadelphia's son, Samuel (b. 1779), who owned a plantation in Guyana. It is possible that he took an African woman as his wife who became the ancestor of the families Philadelphia in Guyana.
There are three places called Philadelphia in Guyana:
(1) Philadelphia - Estate - Mahaica-Berbice - left bank of the Canje River, right bank of the Berbice River
06.12 N 57.27 W
(2)Philadelphia - Village - Essquibo-Demerara - right bank of the Essequibo River, left bank of the Demerara River 06.52 N 58.22 W
(3) Philadelphia - 05.51 N 57.40 W
One of those, perhaps named after Samuel Philadelphia, could have been the place of origin of the families Philadelphia in Guyana.
A handful of families Philadelphia has lived in England since the 1960's:
- Cecil D'Arcy PHILADELPHIA Birth Date: 21 Jan 1933 in Guyana Death Registration Month/Year: Jun 2002 Registration district: Enfield Inferred County: Middlesex Register number: C50D Entry Number: 254; since 1967 in London, England; 1967-69: 1 Lupton St, London NW5, 01-267 0886; 1975-76: 35 Jewel Rd, Waltham Forest, London E17, 01-521 4293; 1981-84: 46 Chalfont Rd, Enfield, London N9, 01-803 6510
- Gwendoline Rita PHILADELPHIA Birth Date: 19 May 1934 Death Registration Month/Year: Jun 1998 Registration district: London City Inferred County: London Register number: LC159 Entry Number: 190
- Samuel PHILADELPHIA Birth Date: 29 Oct 1938 in Guyana Death Registration Month/Year: Apr 1989 Registration district: Sheffield Inferred County: Yorkshire Volume: 3 Page: 1450
- F. H. M. PHILADELPHIA; b. about 1935 in ... ; 1968-82: 41 Grosvenor Rd, Ilford, S.W. Essex, 01-478 0393
- R. E. PHILADELPHIA; b. about 1945 in ... ; 1978: 8 Warwick Gdns, London Rd, Thornton Heath, 01-689 6907; 1979: 40 Bridport Rd, Thornton Heath, 01-689 6907
I'd really appreciate if you could shed some light on the origin of your family.
What do you know about your oldest direct male ancestor named Philadelphia? Where did he live? What were his given names?
Do you happen to know anything about the tailor Robert Newton Philadelphia (b. abt. 1840/50), the grandfather of the teacher William Alexander Philadelphia (b. abt. 1900) of Demerara?
Thank you so much in advance!
Best to you and your family!
With kindest regards,