A Record of the Jamaican Branch of an
Louis Vendryes (1759-1820), son of Jean-Baptiste
(1736-1797), was working for the French Admiralty in St Domingue (Haiti) at the time of their Revolution. In 1820
he left for Jamaica, where he had already secured his family (c1795) and
died that same year. Louis was the only child of his mother (nee Faucault d1759) but had
ten half-siblings by his father's second wife (nee Caurault). Three of
these children died in infancy, leaving four sisters and three brothers.
At least one of Louis' brothers, Barthélemy, visited Jamaica.
Marie Jacqueline Antoinette Adam (1770-1830) in 1788 in Port-au-Prince and they had seven(?) children
including Pierre Charles Marie Henry (1798-1859), the first of the
family to be born in Jamaica. Henry married Anne-Marie Maxime Seychoires in 1818
and they had
Luce, Louis, Henri, Lilia, Cirée (Sr. Sacre Coeur), Ivanhoe and Ernest.
Many of the French
blancs who escaped from Haiti during their revolution came to
Jamaica where they intermarried so that it is fair to say that any
Jamaican who descends from one of these families can also probably claim the
others in their family tree.
Pierre Maximilien Henri Lovensky Vendryes (1824-1907) married Marie Josephine duVerger (1826-1894), the
daughter of another Haitian émigré family, in 1844. It is the
descendants of Henry and Josephine that this website chronicles.
Pierre Maximilien Henri Lovensky Vendryes
Marie Josephine Vendryes nee duVerger
Josephine: How the fashionable
young lady dressed in the mid nineteenth century
France, Visscher c1720
West Indies, Kitchen & Robertson 1778
Jamaica Thompson 1814
Henry and Josephine had seven children: Paul Emile, Marie Charles,
Arthur Louis, Marie Josephine (Mimi), Marie Beatrice Elise, Marie Irene, Louis Horace
and Phillippe Camille.
There is no record of who
Emile married, if indeed he did marry. Charles married Emma Branday and
had six children: Charles, Isabella, Vincent, William, Helena and
Bernard. Arthur married Esther Levy and had five children: Blanche,
Henry, Edmund, Ione and Arthur. Josephine "Mimi" married Harry Wilson
and had a daughter Beatrice. Horace married Fanny Gutzmer and had Cecil,
Louise and Horace. Irene married John William Branday, the brother of
Charles' wife, and had three daughters. Camille married Bertie Bold Baylis and had
Vida, Bertie, Leonie,
Joseph and Winifred.
Marie Beatrice Elise
(1866-1939) married Robert William Bryant (1865-1946). They had six
children: Marie Evelyn Jessie, Marie Estelle Louise, twins Marie
Gertrude Elise and Marie Muriel Josephine, baby Marie Ida Isabel who
died in infancy, and then two boys Henry Robert (Bobs) and Frank William
In the first years of the
twentieth century Arthur Sr. and Esther died of illness. 14 year old
Blanche, 9 year old Ione and little Arthur went to live with their Aunt
Elise. Henry and Edmund, who were teenagers, went to live with a
maternal uncle in the United States.