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Springfield, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica

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The picturesque Moravian church on the hill

The picturesque Moravian church on the hill

Springfield is a quaint but resourceful little district on the outskirt(north/northeast) of the town of Newmarket in St. Elizabeth.

Typical of most rural disctricts in Jamaica, their main source of income is from agriculture, primarily farming.

Thanks to my friends, Aunt Nenae and Keisha, I was able to learn quite a few things about this little community.

I snapped the little cabbage farm on my way back. The farmer (not in photo) was very nice. He gleefully allowed me to take the picture. He even gave me a few of the ready ones.

The moravian church on the hill is a view to behold, just awesome! I certainly did not do it much justice with this picture. I learned that the inside is even more impressive!

And that's the school, the all-age (primary) school! I went in and scanned around, very clean and inviting. The kids were equally great.

I tell you, there is no place to me like the rural parts, that's where I get- and is reminded of, the real Jamaica.

I'll be roving so do continue to stay in touch, I'll be sharing another small community with you soon.

P.S. If you are familiar with the area, please feel free to comment on it below.


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Jul 09, 2020
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Springfield, my lovely childhood home
by: Anonymous

Yes, I was referring to Mass Fred, my father and my mother Louise. Our home was next to the church. My brothers Victor, Stanley, Winston and Franklyn and I am Fay the only daughter.. What a small world. Lillian James is our cousin.

Jul 09, 2020
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Springfield, my lovely childhood home
by: Anonymous

Yes, I was referring to Mass Fred, my father and my mother Louise. Our home was next to the church. My brothers Victor, Stanley, Winston and Franklyn and I am Fay the only daughter.. What a small world. Lillian James is our cousin.

Jul 08, 2020
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Unforgettable Springfield
by: ThreeFingerJack

Mrs. Lilian James was my Sunday school teacher at the church and I remember some of her children especially Vernon (Vern) who was my classmate at the school.

The person who lived behind the church must be referring to Uncle Fred Samuels who rang the bell ... Husband of Aunt Louise I think

And Marilee who lived on the hill across from the church ... I spent much time there with your mother Rose, your father Everald (Sankey) Moodie and your step-father Teddy ... Good, good people

Unforgettable times

Jun 28, 2020
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Springfield, my lovely childhood home
by: Anonymous


It was great reading all the comments about my hometown, Springfield, St. Elizabeth. Our home was next to the church. My father, Frederick Samuels was the one that rang the church bell for a number of years until I believe Mass Connie took it over when my father became ill. My brothers and I went to the All Age School. I knew Basil and Earl Kong as well. I believe Basil and my brother Franklyn was classmates. I am somewhat familiar with most of the names mentioned in the comments. I also knew Ronnie Esson.

Jan 18, 2020
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Bad Boy From Jamaica
by: Basil Kong

Ronald Esson taught me wood working. I lived in Woodlands from 1947-1959 and attended Springfield Moravian Church and Springfield All Age School and was sports champion in 1958. My grandmother (Mrs. Rosie McKenzie tended to my broughupsy. I published a book about Woodlands people, particularly Garnett Myrie. (Bad Boy From Jamaica) You can buy it on Amazon. What a great place to be a child!

Dec 04, 2019
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Guthrie
by: Pauline Donalds

Hi

I have been researching and discovered that my grandmother and family were born in Springfield but later lived in Trenail, St Elizabeth.
I only met my grandmother once when I was about 9/10 years.

Her name was Emily Guthrie and she had sibling Leoford, Martin etc. I believe that her father's name was James Guthrie but I'm not 100%

I would love to find out what her mother's name was but I have a feeling that she had died and my great grandfather may have remarried to a Rosa.

My grandmother had one son and unfortunately I never got the opportunity to ask him any questions as he passed young.

I was told via oral history that my grandmother had an aunt that was a teacher, only known as teacher Marshall. Does anyone her have any information that could help with my search please - much appreciated.

When in JA next time will be looking up this part of St Elizabeth.
Pauline

Oct 17, 2018
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Nation and Black families
by: Anonymous

Hi Anonymous,who was asking about any update to the Nation and Black families. Are you also related to them? If so, PLEASE send me an email at cfitzpa454@yahoo.com! It would be nice to get in touch with you. I have found a couple of my Black cousins, but that's about it so far. I'm still looking.

Aug 13, 2018
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THE GREEN
by: ROSIE

My grandmother name is Birdie Green. I use to go to this church every sunday. And the All age school.

Jun 29, 2018
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Sarah Black buried in Kingston
by: Anonymous

Any updated information on Sarah Black buried in Kingston, married to Edward Nation (i believe). Hear they they had something to do with a PEN.
Related to Ivy and Olive Black. A few of the Black family relatives and Nation daughters moved to NYC in 1910-1920. Some lived in/near Content.

Jun 12, 2018
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Bradley black
by: Anonymous

This is Bradley black, yes springfield is the best place on earth, i am going home 17th of june 2018 and will post some pictures on here. Clarkes,cokes,blacks,beckfords etc all live in our near springfield. Orainblack@gmail.com


Nigel who posted on here is my uncle, and Clifford black who was mentioned is my father. Clifford black's mother is a guthrie.

Mar 29, 2018
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School mates
by: Marlene

This is wonderful! I have an apology for my Springfield All Age School mate Nigel Brown. My family are the Harvey’s, Beckford from Springfield and Cheviot Hills. My family owned the shop next to the post office and my aunt owned a shop in cheviot’s Hill.. My brother and reign the church bell almost every Sunday morning! So much memories. I remember getting beaten from Mrs Farquedon for not closing my eyes during morning prayer! That lady was a giant!!
I remember when Mrs Craig died! (first Mrs Craig)
My brother learnt to drive with Minister Craig!! So much memories...

Jan 29, 2018
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my school mates
by: Douglas Harvey

greetings .looking for any of my old class mates.people like
Nigel Brown. Delroy Coke, Alfanzo Billings .Delroy Black.

Heather Thompson ,The Beckford my cousins,Farquson,Mervis Coke I went to
Springfield All age school,and attend the morrivian church.
i Grew up at cheviot Hills,my Aunt was Miss Hilda Beckford
i miss you guys.Doug
dodge_ram@rogers.com

Jan 10, 2018
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Black Family
by: Anonymous

My great grandparents were Sarah Ann Louisa Black and Edward William Nation from St. Elizabeth, they owned a cattle ranch named Content. I'm trying to trace my family tree which isn't easy! There are so many Blacks and Nations! Sarah Ann Black's father may have been William Black, born in 1840 and his wife may have been Sarah Ann Pew, born in 1847.

I've never been to Jamaica, I live in the USA. I think I am related to the Guthries through my Black ancestors. My grandmother was Doris Kathleen Nation, and she had sisters May Hussey, Ethel Douglas,Daisy Nation, Hilda Nation and brothers Edward and Sydney Nation. I think they lived all over Jamaica. I am also probably related to Binns, McFarlane, Rose, Kelly... but not positive about any of them. :-)

If anyone has any information they'd like to share about the Blacks or Nations, please email me at harrachglass@gmail.com. thanks!

Dec 13, 2017
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BLACK FAMILY
by: Anonymous

My name is Christina Harris, I'am the daughter of Mary Black. My grandmother's name is Evelyn Guthrie but after she was married her maiden name was dropped. My uncles are Franklin Black, Clifford Black, Lloyd Black, Joey Black, Vincent (Arnaldo) Black, and Willie. My grandmother's house is right below mass Alvin's house before you walk up into the lane. christinaharris732@gmail.com

May 05, 2017
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Searching for families
by: Anonymous

Trying to find family members from Mr and Mrs. Black who had children whose daughter Mary Sarah married Joseph McLean had children Lydia and Jane. Lydia had Veta Lee Jane had Elardo,iris and murty Saldeba. Contact me at dwwilljam@gmail.com

Dec 21, 2016
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Best summer school vacation time for 15 years with My Grandparents and various cousins and Uncle and Aunts
by: McLennon

Had the best summer vacation from school visiting my Grandparents and meeting all the various cousins and Aunts and Uncles.
My grandparents are related to the Blacks,Laird,
Guthrie's,Shakes Cameron's,Tomlinsons the Ramsey's

Dec 11, 2016
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Laird
by: Anonymous

Trying to locate the Laird family from Springfield... Thx


Oct 26, 2016
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Esson
by: Terri

My father was from Springfield He is Ronald Esson He is buried in the Church's cemetery. I was christened in that church so also are my siblings no matter where we lived our parents took us back to be christened there

Jun 01, 2016
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Family of the Black, Clark and Lalor
by: Peggy Jane Lalor

My husband grandmother is Cassie Clark formerly Black from Springfield, St Elizabeth, my mother in law Jane Lalor formerly Clark. Annett and Patrick, Newton, Bibi, Danny, Joyce lalor are my in laws.

Apr 11, 2016
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The Black family
by: Anonymous

If Gerald Black was still alive he would be 105 years old. His wife Mila (nee Cooper) at 98 years old is alive and doing well. She left Woodlands after grandfather died. Whent to live with her daughter Clair. As a little girl I frequented Woodlands. Lived with my grandparents for a while. Started school at Springfield All Age at age 6 year old for one year between 1969 - 1970.

I will return to this page.

Apr 11, 2016
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Looking for the Black family from Springfield, St. Elizabeth
by: Anonymous

My mother's father now deceased is a Black from Springfield. His name is Gerald Black. He got married and settled in Woodlands.I was told that both his mother and father migrated to Cuba and never returned. He grew up with his mother's father (his grandfather) Emmanuel Hitchman. He was short and fair in complexion. People in the district of Woodlands sometimes affectionately called him "Mr. White'.

Grandfather passes in 1989. His funeral was at Springfield Moravian Church.

I will return to this site to see your response.

Oct 26, 2015
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The Black Families
by: WILLIAMS

I understand there were many Blacks in this part if town. My family derived from the Blacks...Do these name ring a bell Eva Black or Mary Black?? Mz.williams28@gmail.com

Oct 07, 2015
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Springfield
by: Anonymous

I was brought to Springfield from Kingston in the early 80s during the political war in Kingston..

that was one of the best decisions my parent had made in my life...R.I.P Mas Connie,i can recall each Sunday after ringing the church bell,he would stop by our house for a strong cup of coffee...love St.Bess.

Sep 19, 2015
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Moravian Mission
by: Anonymous

My Grandfather, Rev. William Driver, was in charge of the mission from about 1905 to about 1946. My Mother, Phyllis, and her brother, Ronald, were born and grew up there until they went to England for schooling.

Aug 29, 2015
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My grandma Mabel beckford was buried in the Moravian church yard
by: Anonymous

My grandma Mabel Beckford wS buried in the Moravian church yard

May 19, 2015
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Guthrie's
by: Marsha Guthrie-Salmon

Do you know the Guthrie's...I understand we are related to the McKenzie's and the Laylor or Lalor.

Jan 07, 2015
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jamaican memories
by: Anonymous

what about the coke family from springfield anybody remember them

Dec 14, 2014
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dudley laylor
by: fray's family

i would love to get in touch with you. sometimes i think about my family. miss janey, annethe, patrick and the rest, we use to go to balaclava to spend time there and annet use to come spend time with us.i reside in america, newyork. i would like to send you my phone number. if you are on facebook then look for rosetta shakes click on it and i will confirm

Nov 06, 2014
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Sweet sweet Springfield
by: Nigel Anthony Brown

Springfield, St. Elizabeth. My sweet home town. Big up all my family and friends, my Mom, Mrs Joyce Henry Nelson, sisters carol and Doreen, by brothers Teddy and Lance.

Aug 19, 2014
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Re : Looking for the Black family from Springfield
by: Anonymous

I'm from Springfield and i know of Aunt Cass. i know of a brother living there by the name Seman Clarke. i still have family living there and i visit sometimes

Jul 27, 2014
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Looking for the Black family from Springfield.
by: dudley lalor

My grand mother's name was Cassie Black from Springfield. She married Issac Clark of Springfield we called aunt Cass. If anyone know more would love to hear from you. I have nothing to go on to find my family tree.

Mar 05, 2014
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Thanks for the Memory
by: Anonymous

Memories once faint now come alive as I look at this picture. I lived 3 miles away from the church and attended the school for 2 or 3 years in the the mid 60s. Walked 6 miles daily to school. Farquharson was the principal and quite a terror. Minister Craig I believe was the minister. Hmmmmm. Methinks I should revisit some day.



Mar 05, 2014
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Thanks for the Memory
by: Anonymous

Memories once faint now come alive as I look at this picture. I lived 3 miles away from the church and attended the school for 2 or 3 years in the the mid 60s. Walked 6 miles daily to school. Farquharson was the principal and quite a terror. Minister Craig I believe was the minister. Hmmmmm. Methinks I should revisit some day.



Mar 05, 2014
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Thanks for the Memory
by: Anonymous

Memories once faint now come alive as I look at this picture. I lived 3 miles away from the church and attended the school for 2 or 3 years in the the mid 60s. Walked 6 miles daily to school. Farquharson was the principal and quite a terror. Minister Craig I believe was the minister. Hmmmmm. Methinks I should revisit some day.



Feb 18, 2014
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Miss Lilian will be sadly missed
by: Anonymous

Springfield Moravian Church will not be the same without Mrs. Lilian James who passed on on February 9, 2014.


Feb 18, 2014
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Miss Lilian will be sadly missed
by: Anonymous

It will not be the same without Mrs. Lilian James who passed on on February 9, 2014.


Oct 25, 2013
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The Magnificent Church on the hill
by: Marilee

I used to live on the other hill facing the church and was there most Sundays as a child. Springfield is very dear to y heart. Mass Connie Rest his soul use to ring the bell and Mass Aubrey


Oct 18, 2013
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Memories
by: Laverne

I once live on the hill beside the church. Then I move and live further down between the Adventist Church and the Post Office.

Oct 10, 2013
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Strong Family Ties
by: Beckford

I have very fond memories of this quaint community and holidays with my grandma. That is the place where i got introduced to peeny wally/fire flies, well water and outdoor cooking.

Great memories.

Sep 18, 2013
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Black surname
by: Anonymous

My grandmother's maiden name was Black and she lived in Ipswich where my dad was born. She was Ada Rose Black. She passed many years ago.

Jul 12, 2013
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Born and raise
by: Little Pearl

This is from my aunt Pearl Campbell. she use to attend the Springfield Moravian Church. She was born in Springfield,
and also attended the school.My aunt say thanks for posting the pictures it brings back a lot of memories.

PS.she use to lived by the tank on Woodland Road.
Her aunt's name was Katherine Ferguson.

Jun 10, 2013
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No place like home.
by: Anonymous

We once lived behind the church and my grandfather rang the bell every Sunday intil he passed. I went to the all age school and shopped at cross roads. Wow, I don't have enough space to reflect. Do you know why the top of the church is now red?

Mar 03, 2013
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The Black family
by: Claudia

Looking for the People with the Surname Black in Springfiled... My Grandmother's birth certificate takes me here... lyfevslyrics@yahoo.com if u are one of the bless

Mar 17, 2012
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Re:Springfield
by: Tanie

The best place on earth.

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