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Hello John, I was just checking the e-mail and I saw your message. I don't know anything about my great-great-grandmother's family--if she had any sisters or brothers,etc. I got a little information from a relative who was looking up his family tree for Alexander Hoyes' descendants.
He was the one who gave us the information on Alexander Hoyes' parents. He said that Alexander's father, John Hoyes--born in 1828 or 1827 in Kingston,Jamaica. His mother was Olivia Duffus and she also was born in Jamaica in 1830. That is what I have so far.
So, I was searching on the Jamaica web but nothing yet. I did come across two names--Alexander Duffus and James Duffus in St. Ann in 1824 (I think it has something to do with property they owned in that parish). I also came across a John Hoyes around that same time and I saw that John Hoyes and James Duffus were in the militia together in Surrey,Kingston in 1839. John was one of the lieutenants and James was one of the ensigns.
Maybe they knew each other. This person could be an uncle to the John Hoyes that married Olivia (or his father). It's a little confusing because they passed down the name John and Alexander and a couple other names down to their children and grandchildren and cousins, etc. Also my mother told me that one of her cousins married a McPherson and I saw some on the web. I have to find out the name of who she married. This was a long time ago so I'm not sure if they are alive. They are much older than my mom. If you have any information on Olivia or any other Duffus' who went to Jamaica, please let me know. Thank you very much. Colleen, Michelle, and Troy.