I've just managed to see a repeat of the BBC "Who Do You Think You
Are" episode on Colin Jackson.
The programme identified one of his Jamaican ancestors, Adam Wilson (1794-1849) from the Greenmount Plantation, as a slave, from the
record of his baptism in Williamsburg on 14 September 1817 which
indicates he was the property of Valentine Dwyer.
The presenter said of Adam, "It's possible that he was captured in
Africa and brought to Jamaica as a child."
There was no indication in the programme, nor in the text at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/familyhistory/get_started/wdytya_celeb_gallery_03.shtml,
that the Slave Registers had been examined. The 1817 registers I have
looked at (from another area in Jamaica) give the basic ethnic make-up
of each slave, and whether born in Africa or not. The records for the plantations in which I am interested also give the "calling name" of
each slave - a few of these may indicate the area of Africa from which
the particular slave, or a parent , came.
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