About THE WhYTe`s & HaRLoW`s FRoM PLyMoUtH to PHiLaDeLpHiA.
I've been working on updating my Mother's Family History book that I inherited
20 years ago after she passed away. I was never interested in Genealogy, and found it boring, but one day I picked up our Family History bookand I haven’t been able to put it down since.
Right now my goal is to trace my roots , from Plymouth Ma. To Phila. Pa. From Scotland to Ireland, and from England to Jamaica.
I am in the process of joining “The Mayflower Society” also “Alden Kindred of America“. I am a current member of "The Sgt. William Harlow Family Association.
On my journey I have come across some very interesting things, and also some things that I should have left in the closet. My Mother would have been Shocked!!
My Father Herbert Whyte's Family is from Manchester Jamaica. My G-G-G Grandfather, David Hutchison was the first owner on record of “ Coffee Grove Plantation “. He had 7 children with Elizabeth Hunt freed woman of color. They never married, but David left her and the children a very sizable inheritance. One of their Daughters Elen Hutchison my G-G-Grandmother married David Whyte who was from Yorkshire England. The Plantation “Coffee Grove”was passed down through the generations until the final owners, my Grandparents, Hedley Whyte and Maud Isaacs. Maud was from Kingston, Jamaica. They sold the Plantation to the United Fruit Company of Jamaica, now known as Chiquita Banana. They came to the U.S, Philadelphia, Pa. on the S.S.Bella in 1908.
My Mother, Olive Charlotte Harlow was born and raised in Plymouth Ma (1924-1986) Irma Beatrice Coleman , Olive's Mother, was the only child of Captain George L. Coleman and Charlotte Hilton Paull, both of Taunton Ma. Olive's Father was Andrew Elec Harlow, who was born and raised in Plymouth, Ma... He served in W.W.I., and was a cranberry farmer, in the Manomet section of Plymouth... After My Grandmother, Irma Beatrice Coleman died in 1945, my Mother moved to Philadelphia, Pa with the clothes on her back, a few dollars in her pocket, and the promise of a job in a Hospital in Philadelphia. She met and married my Father, Herbert Newton Isaac Whyte. Herbert was 16 years her Senior, and had 5 Young's daughter from a Previous marriage. The girls resented my Mother which made things at home very difficult, and being raised in an intercity ghetto wasn't the best environment
For my real sister, Irma and I to be raised.
So to wrap up this happy story, My sister Irma is married with two wonderful Children. They are both world renowned Ice Skaters. Her son, my nephew is now coaching my grandson Julian in Figure skating and we have dreams of Julian being in theOlympics someday. Maya my Granddaughter who just turned 4 last month just started taking lessons, so Julian and Maya will be fabulous pair skaters.
As for me, I just retired from my government job after 15 years of service, I have a beautiful home, a great husband, (finally after a few tries) who owns his own business and is a great Father and Grandfather to my children and Grandchildren. I couldn’t ask for a better life.
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Updated July 5, 2006