Belfast and the Barbados Connection

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Christopher

Belfast and the Barbados Connection

Post by Christopher » 21 Apr 2009, 19:51

Belfast's trade with the West Indies was more important than its trade with continental Europe The Valentine Jones dynasty, which had premises at Winecellar Entry off High Street, Belfast, were wine merchants and rum and sugar importers who had established a thriving agency in Barbados where they bought goods from the planters and also sold goods to them.

Valentine Jones appears to have been a nephew and heir of Thomas Graeme of Bristol. Thomas was described as a ÔÇÿWest Indian sugar baronÔÇÖ from Barbados who had with estates there as well as in Grenada.

Katherine Jones and her husband Valentine Jones (formerly of Barbados) are buried at Clifton Street Cemetery. Katherrine (1733-1806) was the daughter of John and Mabella Moore of Moorgrove, Co. Antrim.

Sources:
Oldbury Court: The Place and the People by Anthony Nott
Regional Historian, Issue 12, Autumn 2004 http://tinyurl.com/cfdc78
Joe Graham's Rushlight magazine http://smithfieldmarket.rushlightmagazine.com
http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/a ... art_id=101
http://www.glenravel.com/downloads/pdfs ... Ground.pdf

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