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Carina Ray (mixed-race ancestry)

Postby Jon Bauckham » Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:50 pm

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Re: Carina Ray (mixed-race ancestry)

Postby Ykeb » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:26 pm

It is not clear whether it is through this means I am supposed to pose questions to Dr. Carina Ray. I just saw the episode on Reggie Yates. I am a very interested person as I have been conducting my own genealogical research as a person with Ghanaian origins born in the Netherlands.

While most of my European heritage comes from Germany and Holland, there is one definite and potentially several more links to British ancestors. I am hoping that Dr. Ray may have come across the name of John Hammond. He would have been on the Gold Coast within the timeframe of 1830-50. My suspicion is that he was a member of the navy though at this stage I cannot be sure of this. I do know though that he had 5 children with a local woman, one of which was my great great great grandfather, a reverend John Obuam Hammond (Wesleyan Methodist). If she has any knowledge of him or of means to research him I would greatly appreciate it. I also have an acquaintance in common with her.
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Re: Carina Ray (mixed-race ancestry)

Postby Ykeb » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:34 pm

I forgot to mention that my mother has a photo of her with Reggie Yates' grandfather...
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Re: Carina Ray (mixed-race ancestry)

Postby Jon Bauckham » Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:43 pm

Yes, Ykeb – you're in the right place! Carina will be answering all questions posted here tomorrow.
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Re: Reggie Yates's episode

Postby nicolajr » Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:01 pm

I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this episode, and it left me wondering when we could see part two of Reggie's story! Was there any further oral history about Sarah and Dorothy? What were the family backgrounds of George William Yates, and Mr Lloyd? Does Reggie find any descendants from their other families?

Reggie himself was a delight, clearly interested in the story emerging, and very respectful of how he should behave in a traditional setting.


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Re: Free help with researching mixed-race ancestors

Postby Bevmawer » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:34 am

I am researching my grandfather george jackson 1871-1924
B georgia 1871
Lived in Ohio unknown date
Moved to England 8.9.1905 on campania to liverpool England was a coal hewer
D Leeds 24.9.1924

Father charley jackson B georgia mother Georgian Jackson B Virginia

Believed to be slaves on the shoulderbone plantation in georgia owned by a family called Jackson

How do I find the following records please

1. Birth record for George Jackson
2. Marriage record for charley and georgian
3. Birth records for charley and Georgian
4. Entry from Zulu land in Africa to US

Here is pic of grandad george in England who played the bass drum in the Salvation Army he was well respected having married a white woman who was already a single mum

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Re: Hammond by Ykeb

Postby MRDoortmont » Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:52 am

Hi Ykeb,
I am a colleague of Dr. Ray and specialise in Dutch-Ghanaian relations and history. The Hammond family is well-known, but your bit of info about the naval officer is new to me. I am intrigued by your story about your German and Dutch ancestry. Would love to hear more about that. I have a (member-only) database online with lots of info on the Dutch on the Gold Coast: http://gcdb.doortmontweb.org. You can log in and register if you like.
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Re: Carina Ray (mixed-race ancestry)

Postby jamesgibbs » Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:43 pm

The programme last night raised many issues and made a fascinating companion piece to the WDYTYA that explored Hugh Quarshie’s ancestry. Both, for example, raised questions about the relationship between oral and written history.

As far as written sources are concerned, the sorry state of Ghana archives could, once again, be glimpsed. In the Quarshie programme we saw the archive in Accra, and last night we saw that in Sekondi - Takoradi. We also heard you refer to the condition of paper records that were clearly in need of urgent treatment.

The impression left from these programme is that the Ghanaian Public Records and Archives Administration Department (PRAAD) is seriously under-financed and under resourced.

I wonder if you know of steps being taken to improve the situation? For example, what contributions do the producers of WDYTYA make to PRAAD for the use they make of their facilities?

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Re: Carina Ray (mixed-race ancestry)

Postby Editor » Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:58 pm

I would just like to extend a warm welcome to Carina Ray who appeared on Reggie Yates's episode last night and has kindly agreed to answer your queries today.

Thanks Carina, have a great hour!

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Re: Carina Ray (mixed-race ancestry)

Postby Carina Ray » Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:05 pm

Ykeb wrote:It is not clear whether it is through this means I am supposed to pose questions to Dr. Carina Ray. I just saw the episode on Reggie Yates. I am a very interested person as I have been conducting my own genealogical research as a person with Ghanaian origins born in the Netherlands.

While most of my European heritage comes from Germany and Holland, there is one definite and potentially several more links to British ancestors. I am hoping that Dr. Ray may have come across the name of John Hammond. He would have been on the Gold Coast within the timeframe of 1830-50. My suspicion is that he was a member of the navy though at this stage I cannot be sure of this. I do know though that he had 5 children with a local woman, one of which was my great great great grandfather, a reverend John Obuam Hammond (Wesleyan Methodist). If she has any knowledge of him or of means to research him I would greatly appreciate it. I also have an acquaintance in common with her.


Hi Ykeb. I haven’t come across John Hammond, but I do know a bit about John Obuam Hammond and his involvement in the Methodist church in what was then the Gold Coast. He was one of the people who worked on the translation of the Old Testament into the Fante language. I believe it was his work followed by Reverend Gaddiel Acquaah’s the pushed the long process of translation over the finish line. You can consult F.L. Bartels's The Roots of Ghana Methodism for more details. In it he also mentions a Georgina Hammond, who might also be a relation of yours. She was one of two girls who were the first to receive their Senior College of Preceptors Certificate in Ghana in 1924.

More broadly, it would certainly make sense that during the time frame you mentioned (1830-50) that your British ancestor, John Hammond, would have had a relationship with a local woman that was enduring enough to produce five children, who it seems had the benefit of formal educations. During that time period these relationships were still commonly and openly practiced. This was the time of "company rule" when trade was paramount and these relationships were seen as advantageous, indeed necessary.
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