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Mr. Tappin Johnson Elliott and his Descendants - a Family of Teachers:

Mr. Tappin Johnson Elliott and his descendants:- a Family of Teachers, Registrars of Births and Deaths, and Participants in Community Development in Golden Grove and Nabaclis, and Neighbouring Communities.


Research concerning the Bishop's College, has indicated the following;

Was located in Charlestown.
Was a residential Normal School for the training of teachers.
Was a Government Training School for Teachers.
The age of entry was between 15 and 18 years of age.
The Qualifications for admission the three R's, Dictation, and Composition.
Mr. Daniel Edgar Sharples (Head Master for 40 years at St. Thomas Scots School, beginning on July 1, 1876), Mr. Paul A. Jones (Head Master, Taymouth Manor), Mr. F. A. R. Sutherland (Head Master, Danielstown), Mr. Tappin Johnson Elliott and Mr. Joseph A. Parkinson, are numbered among the group of Schoolmasters who were trained at Bishop's College, (1872 - 1875).
Cousin Josephine Patterson told me;

Tappin, Thomas and John Elliott are brothers.
They are of Sandvoort, Canje.
They were School Teachers.

The Anancy stories that Messrs: Tappin Elliott, Bentick, John and Tuckness Sancho were Princes in Africa. That Mr. Tappin Elliott was born in Africa - must all, be put to rest and never be repeated. Such, claims are similar to those I learnt as a youngster in New Amsterdam.

Babies come in airplanes.
Cow jump over the moon.
Twisty and Thurly were two screws.
Pig dance a jig for a fig.
Episodes of Big Head, Big Belly, Big Foot, big toe, and fine foot, etc.
Mr. Grumps, Dan is the man in the Van..
Family, we must aspire to learn and accept the truth. Teach, ourselves the truth, teach, the children the truth, and nothing but the truth. The truth is Mr. Tappin Johnson Elliott was born between 1853 to 1857, in Sandvoort, a little village, a farming community, on the Canje River, in the County of Berbice. Indications are Mr. Tappin Johnson Elliott, and two of his siblings; John and Thomas R. F. Elliott, emerged from humble beginnings of a Afro centric rural and communal society. They became gainfully employed in the field of education as school teachers. Mr. Elliott was knowledge enough to pass the entrance examination, being selected and attended the Bishop's College for the Training of Teachers from 1872 to 1875. Among the group of Schoolmasters who were Student Teachers trained at Bishop's College, (1872 - 1875), are the following; Mr. Joseph A. Parkinson; Tappin Elliott's closest friend, who also became a resident of the Golden Grove and Nabaclis community, Mr. Daniel E. Sharples (Head Master for 40 years at St. Thomas Scots School, beginning on July 1, 1876), Mr. Paul A. Jones (Head Master, Taymouth Manor), and Mr. F. A. R. Sutherland (Head Master, Danielstown).

Mr. Thomas Elliott, was the schoolmaster at Plaisance Congregational school in 1886, and at Main Street Roman Catholic school in 1888.

The scenario is, Mr. Tappin Elliott married Miss Annie Sophia Sandy, and they reproduced a family of the following nine known children; Henry J. Elliott, Wilfred R. Elliott, Mildred Angela Elliott, Alice Matilda Elliott, Edward S. Elliott, Sophia Annie Mizpah Elliott, Sidney B. Elliott, Annie Kathleen Elliott, and Victoria Lavina Elliott. Three of his daughters; Alice Matilda Elliott, Annie Kathleen Elliott, and Victoria Lavina Elliott, and two of his sons - in - law, the brothers; Prince Josephus Patterson brothers; Prince Josephus Patterson, and Cecil Orpheus Philbertus Patterson, were school teachers. The Patterson brothers also became School Masters, and their sister was also a school teacher.

Mr. Tappin Elliott was certainly a member of the working class, and actively participated in organizations which promoted the soci-economic development process in the Golden Grove and Nabaclis district. It is said Mr. Tappin Elliott employed the donkey and cart as his preferred means of transportation, when he embarked upon his many sojourns to conduct his activities. It is noted Mr. Tappin Elliott, and his son, Mr. Wilfred Elliott were participants at the same period, in organizations within the Golden Grove and Nabaclis community. There is no doubt Mr. Wilfred Elliott was influenced by his father. Mr. Ernest Elliott, is continuing in such a tradition of community affairs, the legacy of his ancestors; Mr. Tappin Johnson Elliott, his grand father, and indeed, a founding father of the district, Mr. Christopher "Boss" Bentick Sancho, his great great grand father.


Charles Y. Trotman; Enmore Front, ca. 1899-1900 George Henry Augustus Bunyan; Regent Street R. C., Victoria Wesleyan ca. 1899.

James Alfred Trotman; Golden Grove Wesleyan

Daniel Victor Jacobs; Friendship Wesleyan School,
Hubert Alfred Thompson; First Class, Cove and John E.
Charles Thomas Holder, schoolmaster, Plaisance Village,
James Donald Ainsworth; Third Class, Victoria Wesleyan.
Delph, St. Andrew's school,
J. A. Sam; Third Class, Nonpareil
Henry Evertz Smith; schoolmaster, St. Ambrose school,
L. Evelyn Moe; Second Class, St. George's E.

Simeon Josephus Wills (July 7, 1875 - January 3, 1958); High Dam Wesleyan Mahaicony, ca. 1902

J. A. Nicholson; First Class, Freeburg E., Main St. (Boys') R. C.,
Moses Rodney; Beterverwagting Missionary

Samuel Augustus Campbell; First Class, St. Philip's E.
Henry D. Dolphin; Victoria R. C.

H. D. Durant; First Class, Bourda Wesleyan
W. A. Deane; Vauxhall Congregational

G. R. Smith; Second Class, St. Stephen's S.
C. C. Solomon; First -Class, Friendship (Upper) Wesleyan

W. N. Arno; First Class, St. Leonard's E.
M. A. L. Joseph; Third-Class, Friendship (Lower) Wesleyan
J. N. Edwards; Enterprise E, Essequebo Islands.
Stanley Albert Thierens; Second Class, Friendship (Upper) Wesleyan
Thomas Arthur Archer; Second Class, Golden Grove Wesleyan, ca. 1888, Anna Catharina Scots, ca. 1902, Philadelphia S ca. 1917
J. E. Hazle; Cumberland Wesleyan

W. A. Young; Third Class, Friendship (Lower) E.
Francis Percival Loncke; Third Class, Albouystown R. C. ca. 1921.

J. W. Cox; Third Class, Cove & John E.
William Augustus Osborne; schoolmaster, Kingston Wesleyan School,
Joseph A. Parkinson
Thomas Yearwood Carrington; schoolmaster, Mahaica Wesleyan School,
F. A. R. Sutherland; Danielstown
Thomas Edward Reece; schoolmaster, Freeburg Church of England school,
Daniel Edgar Sharples; St Thomas S. (July 1, 1876 - 1916)
Stephen Arminius Robertson
Paul A. Jones; Taymour Manor
Cornelius Carto,
Fitzgerald Christopher Glasgow, Elisha Linton,
Thomas N. Durant,



Mr. Tappin Elliott was the Registrar of Births and Deaths, for the region which included, Golden Grove and Nabaclis district, for many years. Mr. Joseph Alfred Trotman was the Deputy Registrar of Births and Deaths. Miss Victoria Lavina Elliott succeeded her father in the office, with her sister, Mrs. Mildred Angela (nee Elliott) Patterson as the Deputy. Mrs. Patterson became the Registrar of Births and Deaths, following her sister's death in February, 1945, and held the office until Miss Josephine Patterson, her daughter, followed in the footsteps of her grand father, aunt, and mother, in that capacity in the region, until the PNC Government saw it fit to reform the colonial system.

The Elliotts, are a family of teachers, for a noticeable amount of the members of the Elliott clan were gainfully employed in the field of Education. Keith Jeune, Josephine Patterson, Abiola Willis, Ave Willis, and Paulette Willis, I would not be at all shocked to learn that today, such a statement would still very truthful. Thus, the Elliotts, descendants of Sancho, are a family, who made an indelible mark and created a legacy as a family of Teachers, Registrars of Births and Deaths, and participants in Community Development in Golden Grove and Nabaclis, and neighbouring communities.


Research, both the oral and the scientific, must be continued, until all the required data, and information is known, and made readily available, to person who are interested in such; matters. The annals of colonialism in British Guiana, are great sources of information. The following are all very likely to provide data on Mr. Tappin Johnson Elliott, and others of his era;

Newspapers - the Daily chronicle, the Daily Argosy - for events such as announcements of marriage, death, and obituary.

The British Guiana Directory and Almanack for the years 1872 - 1910.
Blue Books
The Official Gazette of British Guiana.
Administration Reports - British Guiana.
Report of the Director (/ Inspector) of Schools.
Who is Who in British Guiana, 1935-1939.
Who is Who in British Guiana -Civil Service List, (1935).

Who is Who in British Guiana, 1941-1944.
East Coast Almanack and Directory for the year, 1888.


The directory for 1883 on page 66, tells readers of eight person surnamed; Elliott, including three teachers; Mr. Elliott, Teacher, and Catechist, Supply, E. C., Mr. T. R. F. Elliott, Teacher and Catechist, Zorg, Essequebo, and Mr. T. R. F. Elliott, Teacher, Lodge Village.

Questions;

Which of these are John, Tappin and Thomas Elliott?
Noting the two entries; Mr. T. R. F. Elliott, Teacher, is this an error?
What is the manner of the relationship between Tappin Elliott and the Elliotts named in the Directory?
Why was there no persons surnamed Sancho listed in the directory?

I wonder what are the honest answers to the following questions;

How, when, and where did Tappin Elliott encounter Annie Sophia Sandy?
When were Tappin Elliott and Annie Sophia Sandy, married?
What are the dates of births of Bentick Sancho, John Sancho, Tuckness Sancho, Lambert Tuckness Sancho, Mary Sandy, Annie Sophia Sandy, John Elliott, Tappin Elliott, Thomas Elliott, Sarah Sandy, Alexander Sancho, Rachel Sancho, Catherine Elizabeth Archer, James Campbell, Christy Sancho, Swainton Sancho, Edith Sharper, Annie Kathleen Elliott, Prince Josephus Patterson, and Joseph Sylvester Willis?

What are the dates of deaths of Bentick Sancho, John Sancho, Benjamin Sandy, Mary Sandy, John Elliott, Tappin Elliott, Thomas Elliott, Sarah Sandy, Alexander Sancho, Rachel Sancho, Catherine Elizabeth Archer, James Campbell, Christy Sancho, Swainton Sancho, Edith Sharper, Cecil Orpheus Philbertus Patterson, and Joseph Sylvester Willis?

Who is the first teacher of the Sancho family?
Was Sarah Sandy employed as a teacher prior to being introduced to Mr. Tappin Elliott?
What influence if any did Thomas Arthur Archer had upon Tappin Elliott forming a union with Sancho or was it visa versa?
Was Catherine Elizabeth Sancho a teacher prior to marrying Thomas Arthur Archer in 1888?
What influence, if any, did the following; Tappin Elliott, Alice Matilda Elliott, Annie Kathleen Elliott, Sarah Sandy, Prince Josephus Patterson, Cecil Orpheus Philbertus Patterson, and Ruby Sancho, have upon Muriel Sancho pursuing a career as a School teacher?


I was informed that Dear Aunt Sarah Sandy instructed all of Mr. Alexander and Mrs. Rachel Sancho's children at Golden Grove Wesleyan School. Thus, I believe Teacher Sandy was the most profound source influence in the career choice of Muriel Sancho - I am not certain. Could have been Joseph Alfred Trotman - I heard his name too many times to ever forget it.



Tappin Johnson Elliott --- Head Master.
Resided: at Nabaclis, East Coast, Demerara.
Born: between 1853 -1857, at Sandvoort, Canje River, Berbice.
Died: 1938, at Nabaclis, East Coast, Demerara.
Married: Annie Sophia Sandy (d. 1948)
Children: Henry J. Elliott, Wilfred R. Elliott, Mildred Angela Elliott (d. 1973), Alice Matilda Elliott, Edward S. Elliott, Sophia Annie Mizpah Elliott, Sidney B. Elliott, Annie Kathleen Elliott (d. 1935), and Victoria Lavina Elliott (1094 - 1945)
Educated: in Berbice, and 1872 - 1875 at Bishop's College, Charlestown, Georgetown.
Holds Teachers' Certificate.
1890 Head Teacher, Philadelphia Scots School, West Coast, Demerara .
Head Teacher, Bachelors' Adventure Roman Catholic School.




Directory for 1883 : pages 49-116

B. Elliott, Watchmaker, Berbice (Page 66)
E. Elliott, Goldsmith, Berbice.
Mr. Elliott, Teacher, and Catechist, Supply, E. C.
Rev. F. W.. T. Elliott, Curate, All Saints Parish, Berbice.
T. Elliott, Carpenter, La Belle Alliance, Essequebo.
T. R. F. Elliott, Teacher and Catechist, Zorg, Essequebo.
T. R. F. Elliott, Teacher, Lodge Village.
Wm. Elliott, Overseer, Bel Air, E.C.

Wesleyan Methodist Church (page 131)
Supply (East Coast) Mr. Elliott
Zorg, T. R. F.. Elliott

Congregational Dissenters (133)
Lodge, Thomas R. F. Elliott,


Directory for 1890 : pages 49-116
E .B. Elliott, Goldsmith, Strand, New Amsterdam. (74)
P. H. Elliott, Head Overseer, Pln. Belle Vue, West Bank.
Mr. Elliott, Teacher, and Catechist, Supply, E. C.
Rev. F. W.. T. Elliott, Curate, St. Augustine, Friendship, East Coast; Acting Curate St. Mary, Beterverwagting, East Coast.
T. Elliott, Tailor, Lad Lane, New Amsterdam.
T. Elliott Jr. Tailor, Coburg Street, New Amsterdam.
T. J. Elliott, Teacher, Philadelphia, West Coast.
Wm. Elliott, Manager and Attorney, Pln. Overseer, Belle Vue, West Bank



Directory for 1898 : pages 49-116


Directory for 1902 : pages 49-116


Sources:
The British Guiana Directory and Almanack for 1883 - Georgetown, Demerara: L. M'Dermott - 1883, Printed by L. M'Dermott, Water Street.
The British Guiana Directory and Almanack for 1890 - Georgetown, Demerara: L. M'Dermott - 1890, Printed by L. M'Dermott, Water Street.
The British Guiana Directory and Almanack for 1898 - Georgetown, Demerara: L. M'Dermott - 1898, Printed by L. M'Dermott, Water Street.
The British Guiana Directory and Almanack for 1902 - Georgetown, Demerara: L. M'Dermott - 1902, Printed by L. M'Dermott, Water Street.
British Guiana, Report of the Commissioners - Appointed to Report on Certain Matters Connected with Primary Education, together with the Minutes of Sittings and Evidence of Witnesses, (Public Buildings, Georgetown, Demerara, 1897.)
Report of the Inspector of Schools for 1900 -1901.
Report of the Director of Primary Education for the year 1917.
British guiana Administration Reports for the year 1917.
Report of the Commissioner of Eduacation for the year 1921.

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