Alleyne Family Biographies
Rev. Richard Alleyn DD (1572 - 1651)
Richard Alleyne was born in 1572 (date thought to be November 9) in Skillington, Lincolnshire, England and died in Stowting, Kent on October 25, 1651 at the age of 79. He married Christian. The date and his wife's maiden name are not known. He studied to become Doctor of Divinity and was Rector of St. Mildred's, Canterbury from 1601 to 1654. He was appointed Rector on St Mary’s at Stowting Kent 06 May 1605. Richard had eight children, six boys and two girls. His third child was Reynold Alleyne.
Col. REYNOLD ALLEYNE (1609 - 1651)
Reynold was born August of 1609 in Stowting, Kent, England and died December 17, 1651 in Barbados at the age of 42. He married Mary Skeet of St. Philip, Barbados. Date unknown. Reynold was among the first settlers to arrive in Barbados. He is first mentioned in the records in 1630 as serving as one of the Councillors in the Government under Capt. Henry Hawley. He made a trip back to England but returned to Barbados in 1639. He was a cotton and tobacco trader for a London merchant and also bought and sold land in St. Philip and Christ Church Parishes. At this time in England, the struggle between the Royalists and the Roundheads was going on and both groups had their supporters in Barbados. Reynold Alleyne was on the side of the Commonwealth, and when things came to a boil in 1650, he requested help from England to overthrow the Governor, Lord Willoughby, and his Royalist friends. A fleet was sent out from England and it arrived in Barbados on October 15, 1651. However, a landing was not attempted until December 7th. In the early hours of that morning, under cover of darkness, a force of four to five hundred men, under the command of Col. Reynold Alleyne, went ashore. Col. Alleyne and his men were met by a force of twelve hundred men on horse and foot but managed to gain a foothold on the Island. Unfortunately, Col. Alleyne was wounded by a musket shot and he died ten days later from his wound. The dispute was eventually settled by treaty and ratified in August 1652. Reynold had five children, three boys and two girls. His first son was Abel Alleyne.
ABEL ALLEYNE (1640’s - 1706)
Abel's date of birth is not known but it was probably in the early 1640's which would have made him about 60 years old when he died on June 12th 1706. He was buried in St. James, Barbados. He married Elizabeth Denzy on January 12, 1665. Elizabeth was born in 1652 and died September 25, 1705 in St. James, Barbados. Abel owned a sizable piece of property that was known as Mount Alleyne in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries. (It is believed that it was situated just to the East of Apes Hill in St. Andrew and ST. Joseph Parishes). In 1683 he was an assistant Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, for the precinct of St. Andrew and St. Joseph. He was also a member of the Assembly for St. Andrew in 1684-85 and St. James from 1686 to 1701. He held the rank of Colonel and was Commander of the Leeward Regiment of Foot. Abel Alleyne had eight children, three boys and five girls. His second son was Reynold Alleyne.
REYNOLD ALLEYNE (1672 - 1722)
Reynold was born in 1672 and buried October 2, 1722, at St. James, Barbados at the age of 50. He married Elizabeth Isabella Gay, daughter of John Gay of Dymocks, Barbados. He lived at Four Hills and was a member of the Assembly for St. Andrew. He was also Chief Justice of the Bridge Court of Barbados. His younger brother, Benjamin, left him Mound Standfast, St. James when he died. Reynold had eight children, four sons and four daughters. His Eldest son was John Alleyne and his second son was Abel Alleyne.
JOHN ALLEYNE 1695 - 1718
John was born on 23rd December 1695 in Covent Garden, London. He married Mary Terrill, daughter of William Terrill of Cabbage Tree (later Alleynedale Hall) on 24th November 1718 at Covent Garden, London. He was educated at Magdelin College, Oxford and John inherited the seat at four hills from his father but chose not to enter public life. John died in April 1730 in Bath England at the age of 35 and was buried at Bath Abby on 20 April of that year. John and Mary had five children one son and four daughters. His son was Sir John Gay Alleyne
ABEL ALLEYNE (1699 - 1747)
Abel was born February, 16, 1699, in St. James Barbados and died in 1747 in Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A. at the age of 48, and is buried in the Family vault at At Christchurch Episcopal Church there. He married Mary Woodbridge daughter of Dudley Woodbridge of "Kensington" England and "Mount Standfast" Barbados on July 16, 1719, at St. Philip. Mary died around 1781. Abel was advised, by his doctor, to move to a cooler climate due to his health and so in 1739 went to the Boston area (Braintree) Massachusetts. Abel had twelve children, (no wonder he was in bad health) seven boys and five girls. His eighth child was Thomas Alleyne. After his death, his wife Mary purchased a house in Braintree, which was owned at one time by Edmund Quincy. The family lived in this house for years and was sold after Mary’s death. This house was only ever owned by six different people and is a museum today operated by the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Dames
In 1767 he was unanimously elected as Speaker of the House, a position he served until 1797 continuously with only one break in 1771-72, when he was granted leave to travel to England for health reasons. On April 8, 1769 Sir John was made a Baronet of Great Britain by King George III, His Coat-of-Arms had the motto “Non Tua Te Sed Publica Vota” (Not your wishes but those of the public). During his time in England on June 2, 1771, he fought a duel with Henry George Frere (also from Barbados) in Hyde Park, London. The reason was that Sir John took offence about an article written by Mr Frere which was said to be misleading about the island’s affairs. (Both fired their pistols and both missed, but as honour was satisfied, the affair ended in an amicable manner). Sir John, as Speaker of the House, was the first to claim members Parliamentary privileges; he opposed illegal higher taxation of the people of Barbados by the then governor and successfully petitioned the King to have such taxes abolished. In 1782, Sir John’s wife Christian died. Then on June 29, 1786 Sir John married Jane Abel Alleyne his cousin. She was the daughter of Abel Alleyne of Mt. Standfast and wife Jane (Nee Skeete). Sir John was 62 years old and Jane was only 21. They lived together at St Nicholas Abbey and had seven children. Two sons (John Gay Newton and Reynold Abel) and five daughters (Mary, Jane Gay, Rebecca, Christian Dottin and Abel). The eldest boy, John Gay Newton Alleyne, died in 1800 at Eton College, England at the age of 13 years. Sir John’s wife Jane also died later the same year. (There is a plaque on the wall of St. James Church dedicated to his wives and son). Around 1783, Sir John founded the Alleyne School for poor boys in St. Andrews, The school was originally called The Seminary but changed it’s name to The Alleyne School in 1785. The School motto is “Allis Non Sibi” (for others not oneself). In his will Sir John left a legacy of £60 per annum for the school. The funds were provided by the estates of Bawdens and River, which he owned in St Andrews. The school is still in operation today and is co-educational. Sir John died on December 7, 1801 and is said to be buried at St. James Church. He disapproved of the system of slavery which he felt was an unhappy sight. The historian, Poyer, in his “History of Barbados” referred to Sir John Gay Alleyne as “The venerable patriot ………..uniformly the noble, erect and zealous assertor of the rights of people” and was considered the most conspicuous and distinguished figure in the public life of Barbados during the 18th century. Sir John was succeeded by his son Sir Reynold Abel Alleyne, who became 2nd Baronet.
Sir John Gay Alleyne was born on April 28, 1724 in St James Barbados. He was the second son of John and Mary (nee Terrill) Alleyne of Four Hills, St Peter. (He was named after his father and his Grandmother). Sir John had an elder brother, who died young and three sisters. He inherited his father’s estate at the age of six, which included Four Hills and Bawdens in St Andrews. It is believed that he was educated at the Codrington Grammar School (now The Lodge School). On October 19, 1746 at St James Church, he married Christian Dottin whose father Joseph Dottin owned St. Nicholas and Black Rock Estates. Sir John and Christian lived at St Nicholas Abbey, the great house on the plantation. Their only son John Gay (Jr) was born in 1747 but died young. In 1747 Sir John was asked by John Sober, a cousin of his wife Christian, to manage Mount Gilboa estate in St. Lucy. He was made the “Attorney” there. Mt Gilboa was later renamed Mount Gay in Sir John’s honour (there was already a Mount Alleyne). Mt. Gay is where the famous rum distillery is located. Sir John was elected to the House of Assembly in 1757 at the age of 33.
Sir John Gay Alleyne - 1724 to 1801
THOMAS ALLEYNE (1733 - 1787)
Thomas was born August 28, 1733, in Barbados and died August 9, 1787, either at sea or in the Carolinas, at the age of 54. He married Dorothy Harbin Forster, daughter of John Forster of Forster Hall, Barbados on January 2, 1754. Dorothy was born in 1735 and died November 14, 1814, in Dedham, Mass. She is buried in the family plot in the Quincy Church, Quincy Mass. She is said to have been an extremely beautiful woman and was known as one of the "Barbados Beauties" Thomas had three children, all boys. His eldest was Abel Alleyne.
ABEL ALLEYNE (1757 - 1807)
Abel was born May 19 1757 in Salem, Mass. and he died December 7, 1807 and was buried at the Episcopal Church, Dedham, Mass. He was 50 years old. He married Anne Chase of Boldton Mass. on November 22, 1787. Anne was born August 10, 1765 and died November 6, 1812. Abel owned a paper mill on the Neponset River in Mattapan, Mass. but lived in Milton, Mass. He was a Warden of St. Peter's Church in Dedham and when it was decided that the Wardens had to live in Dedham, he moved there. Abel had eight children, five boys and three girls. His third child was Thomas Harbin Alleyne.
Hon. JOHN FORSTER ALLEYNE (1762 - 1823)
John was born in Braintree (now Quincy) Massachusetts on 22 April 1762. At an early age he was adopted by his mother’s sister Mrs. Sarah Forster Osborne, in Barbados. He married Elizabeth Gibbs Willing, daughter of Charles Willing of Philadelphia, on 10 June 1782. John inherited Porters Plantation, St James in 1795 while living in England, but moved back to Barbados and lived there until his death when it was taken over by his son Charles Thomas Alleyne. John Forster also owned Sandy Lane, Kensington and Mount Alleyne plantations. John was appointed chief Justice of the court of common Pleas for St James, on 31 July 1798, where he served for many years. He was also a member of his majesty’s council for Barbados and later became president of the council. During his term of president he twice served as governor, in the absence of Lord Combermere. John died 29 Sept 1823 and was buried in the family plot at St. James parish Church. John and Elizabeth had fifteen Children.
THOMAS HARBIN ALLEYNE (1792 - 1839)
Thomas was born November 14, 1792 at 12 p.m. in Milton, Mass. and died June 25th 1839 at Alleyne Cottage, St. James, Barbados. He was 46 years old. He married Elizabeth Frere Williams, daughter of Robert Williams of Bristol England. Thomas left the United States in December of 1802, at the age of 10, for Barbados. He was a planter and later became Officer of Customs in Barbados. He lived at Alleyne Cottage which was near St. James Church in Holetown and believed to be on Porters property. Although the house withstood the hurricane of 1831, without damage it has since been demolished. There are several Alleynes buried in the churchyard of St. James including Sir John Gay Alleyne who died in 1801. Thomas had twelve children, seven boys and five girls. His sixth child was Frederick William Alleyne.
He is also credited with devising a method for determining small amounts of Phosphorus in steel by the use of a spectroscope. Sir john was president of the Iron and Steel Institute and was a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He was an accomplished metal worker and had a private shop at his home at Chevin House in Derbyshire. Sir John was an accomplished astronomer and built his own observatory at Chen House. Sir John also served as a county Magistrate and was alderman in his district when County Councils were first established. Sir john died on 20 February 1912, at the age of 91 years, in Falmouth, Cornwall, England.
John Gay Newton Alleyne was born in Barbados on 08 September 1820. He attended Harrow School in England and later Bonn University, graduating in 1843. He served as Warden of Dulwich College from 1843 to 1851, when he returned to Barbados where he worked for a short period in the sugar industry there. He returned to England in 1852 and joined the Butterley Iron Works as an Engineer, where he remained for many years. He succeeded as 3rd Baronet on 14 February 1870, at the death of his father Sir Reynold Abel Alleyne. During his time at the Butterley Iron Works, Sir John took out several patents including:
• A mechanical traveler for moving ingots, in front of and behind, rolling mills.
• The 2 high rolling mill that allowed material to go back and forth between the rolls.
• The Wrought Iron girder for floors He was credited with the invention of the first “H” section beam, which he made by welding two “T” sections together.
His H beams were significantly stronger than the T beam and allowed for much greater spans. In 1868, Sir John designed the roof of St. Pancras Railway station, London, which was, at the time, the largest steel span ever built at 240 feet. It was said that “the manufacture and erection of this awe inspiring structure” was a tribute to his abilities. He also designed the railway bridge over the river Maas in Dortrecht, Holland.
Sir JOHN GAY NEWTON ALLEYNE (1820 - 1912)
George was born on 09 August 1821 at St Michael, Barbados. He attended school in Barbados but received his degree from Cambridge University. George married Elizabeth Toppin, daughter of John Toppin of Risk Plantation, at St John Parish Church on 19 August 1843. George formed a company in Bridgetown named Alleyne & company, which was a dry goods store but was also the agency for the Liverpool, London & Globe Insurance Company. In the 1860’s, George formed a partnership with Robert Arthur, his son in law. Alleyne & Arthur was a dry Goods store and later a grocery. In the early 1900’s Alleyne Arthur began producing Rum, under two labels Old Brigand and Alleyne Arthur’s Special Old Barbados rum, and continued to do so until 1993 when they were taken over by Seale & Company. George died on 15 Dec 1884 in London, England. George and Elizabeth had five Children.
GEORGE HENRY ALLEYNE (1821 - 1884)
Frederick was born in 1825 at "Porter's" Barbados and died June 25, 1910 at St. Michael, Barbados at the age of 85. He married Mary Sophia Earle on April 9th, 1845. Frederick was a planter and lived at Carmichael's, St. George, Barbados. He had eleven children, five boys and six girls. His fourth child was Innes Milton Alleyne.
FREDERICK WILLIAM ALLEYNE (1825 - 1910)
HENRY ALLEYNE (Sr) (1849 - 1938)
Henry was Born on 2nd Sept. 1849 at Hothersal, St. John. Henry was the second son of Robert Harbin Alleyne (Sr). He married Jane Harriet Laurie Watson (nee King) on 9-Feb. 1875. She was the daughter of James W. King and widow of John Henry Watson. (She died of yellow fever on 10-March 1909). Henry was a sugar planter and lived at Friendly Hall, St Lucy with his wife and eldest son. He and Jane had five children: Henry (Jr), James Douglas, Charles Beresford, Helen Marian and Florence Bouverie. Henry died in1938 at Bromefield, St Lucy and was buried in the Westbury Cemetery, Bridgetown, Barbados
Rev. INNES MILTON ALLEYNE (1851 - 1930)
Innes was born November 26th, 1851 at Holetown Barbados and died May 17th 1930, in Christ Church at the age of 78. He married Laura Perryman (1854 - 1933) on June 14th 1877. Innes was educated at the Lodge School and Codrington College in Barbados. He was ordained Deacon in 1875 and Priest in 1877. He was appointed Vicar of St. Saviors in 1880 and of All Saints in 1881 where he stayed for seventeen years. In 1898 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's where he served twenty-seven years until his retirement. Innes had seven children, four sons and three girls. His second son was Rev. Herbert Milton Decourcy Alleyne and his third son was Francis Milton Osborne Alleyne.
EDWARD WENTWORTH FISHER HOLDER ALLEYNE (1852 - 1897)
Edward was born 30 march 1852, in London, England. He was the eldest son of James Holder Alleyne. He was at Eton in 1836 and then attended Sandhurst. Edward held a commission in the 12th Regiment of the Royal Lancers. He lived at Taunton, Somerset and had an income of £1700 per annum. He had a stable of 17 horses. Edward married Emily Alicia Katherine, youngest daughter of Rev. John Dupre Addison, Vicar of Weymouth. They had 3 children, Audley Helen Caroline Wentworth Alleyne and twins Maj. Wentworth Holder Alleyne and Dr. Evelyn Addison Wentworth Alleyne. In December of 1897 Edward joined the expedition of Maj. Helpman to travel from Edmonton to the Klondike. As he waited for the train in Winnipeg, which had become stuck for several hours in the snow, Captain Alleyne caught a chill which became chronic Pneumonia. Captain Alleyne arrived in Edmonton to meet the expedition and was immediately taken to the general hospital. On Monday 27 December 1897, he died. His funeral was conducted, two days later, on Wednesday 29 December, with full military and Masonic honours, with the funeral procession being escorted by the Mounted Police. Edward was buried in the Edmonton Cemetery
Francis was born November 7, 1884 and died, at the age of 83, on 3 April 1967 at his home at Bush Hall, St Michael, Barbados. He married Mabel Louise Greaves Mahon on April 24, 1907 at the church of the Redeemer in New York City, N.Y. USA. Mabel was born January 27, 1888 and died in July of 1983 in Barbados. They lived at Bush Hall, St. Michael. Frank studied dentistry at the Brooklyn School of Dental Surgery in New York and returned to practice in Bridgetown, Barbados. He had a private practice attached to the family home at Bush Hall and was also visiting dentist at the government elementary schools and prisons for almost 23 years. Frank and Mabel had seven children, Four daughters, Agatha, Margorie, Muriel and Elaine and three sons, Herbert, Campbell and Colin. His wife Mabel survived him and lived at the Crane, St Philip, till her death at the age of 96.
Dr. FRANCIS MILTON OSBORNE ALLEYNE (1884 - 1967)
Cdr. VICTOR PERCY ALLEYNE OBE (1887-1952)
Victor was born in Windsor, Berkshire, UK in 1887. He was the only son of Walter Percy Alleyne. At age 20 he joined the Royal Navy, where he served until 1927 when he retired as a Lt. Cdr. In 1929 he married Elizabeth Wace at Shawinigan Lake BC, Canada. In 1939 he again joined the Navy and was seconded to the Royal Canadian navy in Halifax NS. Victor led the first convoy across the Atlantic in 1939 and was then appointed Commodore of Convoys. In 1943 he was awarded the OBE by King George VI for his zeal and devotion as commodore of convoys, and had an island off the coast of BC named for him. He achieved the rank of acting captain in 1941. Victor retired in 1944 due to poor health and lived the rest of his life in Victoria BC. He died on 5 May 1952. Victor and Elizabeth had no children.
Theodore Woodley Alleyne (1908 - 1982)
Theodore was born on 14-Dec. 1908 at Hannays, St Lucy. ‘Theo’ was the eldest son of Henry Alleyne and Rosalie (nee Deane) of Friendly Hall plantation in St Lucy. He was educated at The Lodge School where he also boarded and was an active member of the school cricket team and Cadet Corp. On 19th August, 1936, he married Elsa (daughter of Clairmont and Evelyn Thompson of Grenada) and they eventually had five children (1.Betty, 2.Robert, 3.Ann, 4.Frances, 5.Philip). On leaving school, Theo joined Barclays Bank D.C.&O. in Bridgetown as a trainee accountant and was eventually transferred to the branch in Grenada. Afterwards he changed jobs and went to work at Geo. F. Huggins. While in Grenada he played cricket for the Grenada Cricket Club team and became one of their successful Captains, winning an inter-island cup one year.It was during this time in Grenada that he met his wife and soon after getting married they returned to Barbados and lived at Bromefield, St Lucy, which plantation he managed for his father.
Following the death of his father, Bromefield was eventually sold and in 1945 the family moved to Grenada and lived at Woodlands, where he was the General Manager of The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd. After six years his family bought Newcastle Plantation in St John and he returned to Barbados to manage this. When the family sold Newcastle, he acquired Gibbes Plantation in St Peter and ran this until he retired. He then worked part time for the Parris Tractor Co. and moved to a house at Black Bess, St Peter, where he died. During his working years in Barbados, Theo was also a life member of the Lodge School Old Boys Association and Secretary/Treasurer of the School Governing Body. He was President of the Leeward Cricket Club and for a while he also served on the committee of the Barbados Cricket Board of Control. He was a keen sportsman and apart from his love of cricket, enjoyed shooting and some sea-fishing. Although on occasions he might have appeared hot tempered, Theo was a fair, impartial and forgiving man. He died of a heart attack 0on 14-Feb. 1982, and is buried in the family grave plot at St Lucy Parish Church, Barbados.
CAMPBELL GAY ALLEYNE (1915 - 1997)
Campbell was born February 27, 1915 at Cave Hill, St. Michael, Barbados. Campbell married Rose Josephine (Fita) Tardieu on June 21, 1941 at St. Patrick's Church, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Fita was born November 26, 1916 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Campbell attended Harrison College and served his apprenticeship at the Barbados Foundry. He went to Trinidad in 1936 at the age of twenty one and started as a trainee with Trinidad Leaseholds Limited, later Texaco Trinidad Inc, at their refinery at Pointe-aPierre. Campbell retired in 1978 as Refinery Engineer. Campbell had many interests in his life, he was a HAM operator, he gardened, Campbell and Fita moved to St. Lucia on retirement where Campbell died in 1997 at the age of 82. He was buried in the Family plot at St George Parish Church in Barbados, along with his Parents and two brothers and later his wife Fita. Campbell and Fita had seven children. Five sons, Alvin, Wayne, Dale, Dean and Colin and two Daughters, Bonnie and Linda.
HENRY ALLEYNE Jr. (1876 - 1942)
Henry was born on 22-March 1876 at Saltram, St Joseph.
(Note there is some discrepancy over the exact date of birth as his gravestone shows he was born on 8th April 1876 but this is supposed to be the date he was baptised).
Henry was the eldest son of Henry and Jane (nee King). On 13-April 1904, he married Rosalie Estelle Ann Deane, daughter of Thomas Edward Norton Deane, (Manager of St Nicholas Plantation in St Peter) and his wife Mary Adelaide Deane (nee Yearwood). Henry and Rosalie had three children: Theodore Woodley, John Reynold and Marion Elsie.
Henry was educated at the Lodge School and Harrison College in Barbados and was a sugar planter. He was the owner of Bromefield, Hannays and Friendly Hall plantations in St Lucy.
Henry represented the parish of St Lucy in the House of Assembly from 1929 to 1937 and served as Chairman of Committees of the House from 1934 to 1937. He was a Justice of the Peace and lived at Friendly Hall.
Henry died on 15th April 1942 at Friendly Hall, St Lucy, and was buried in the family plot at St. Lucy Parish Church, Barbados