Purpose

To discover and rediscover the family origin/root.

To bring together four family generation

To reconnect older members of family .

To acquaint younger members of the family with each other

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Alfonso

Children

 

Reginald Manson
Delphenia Dorette
Falton Jah-p / Prat

In August 1911, Mary and Jeremiah Benjamin had twins Alfonso and Estrana  in Garden Castle, St. Thomas.  Some shortened Estrana’s name by calling her “Estree” or “Strana.”

Estrana mothered three children: Reginald, Delphenia, and Falton.  She never married.

As a farmer and higgler, she lived in St. Thomas and traveled to the market in Kingston to sell her produce on weekends.  Words such as industrious, hard-working, and independent woman are used when describing Estrana.  Although reserved and quiet, she was not afraid to stand up for herself and those she loved.  She was a very particular person, neat, and domesticated.  Her strongest attribute was generosity.

In her younger years, she was quite a looker who men admired.  As she got older, she took on some of the physical appearances of her mother, which included wearing a “tie-head.”

While her mother’s house was called “top yard,” Estrana’s house in Garden Castle was called “bottom yard.”  After Wea-Wea’s death, Estrana moved to “top yard.”  During summer holidays, Estrana’s nieces and nephews spent time with her and her children in the country.  She took great care of them and “never showed partiality” or favoritism between them and her own children.  This care was also extended to strangers.  She was extremely kind-hearted and sympathetic to the sick and dying.

Like her mother, Estrana was a member of Garden Castle Baptist Church.  She died in 1994 in a nursing home in Kingston.  Her body lies in the churchyard next to her mother.