Walter Augustus Feurtado

Walter Augustus Feurtado
Born1839
Died23 November 1910 (aged 70–71)
ResidenceKingston, Jamaica
NationalityJamaican
EducationWesleyan Chapel, Spanish Town
OccupationAccountant, genealogist, author
Known forOfficial and Other Personages of Jamaica, from 1655 to 1790

Walter Augustus Feurtado (1839 – 23 November 1910) was a Jamaican accountant, freemason, genealogist, and author whose biographical guide to the Official and Other Personages of Jamaica, from 1655 to 1790. (Kingston, 1896) has become an important source of biographical information for Jamaica.

Early life and family

Wesleyan Chapel, Spanish Town, where Feurtado was educated[1]

Walter Feurtado was born in 1839 to Augustus Feurtado and Emma Myers.[2] His paternal grandfather was Isaac David Feurtado, a Jew, and his paternal grandmother's maiden name was Henriques. His maternal grandfather was Solomon Myers, treasurer from 1826 of the English and German Synagogue and secretary from 1841. His maternal grandmother was Eliza Brooks, matron of the Surry Gaol in 1850.[1]

Jean M. King of the Institute of Jamaica, West India Reference Library, writes that the break with the Jewish faith probably occurred with the generations before Walter, for in January 1840 he was christened by the rector of the cathedral in Spanish Town (St Jago de la Vega Cathedral), the reverend Walter Scott Coward, who gave him his own first name.[1][2]

He was educated first at a school run by the clerk to the cathedral and then at a school run by David McPherson at the Wesleyan Chapel.[1]

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