Hand Drawn Family Tree of George Africanus

Drawn by Len Garrison

By Black Cultural Archives

George Scipio Africanus (1987) by Len GarrisonBlack Cultural Archives

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The BCA collection of documents around George Africanus' family were given by Ray Gale. Here we will explore the hand drawn family tree by BCA founder Len Garrison, showing the Africanus and Molineux families.

George John Scipio Africanus (c. 1763 – 19 May 1834)

Africanus is known as a former slave who became a successful entrepreneur. Little is known about Africanus' early life, except that he was born in Sierra Leone around 1763.  

He was believed to have arrived in England in 1766. He was placed in the care of Benjamin Molineux of Molineux House and baptised in the Collegiate church of St Peter in Wolverhampton. 

Marriage to Esther Shaw

After moving to Nottingham around 1784, Africanus met a local woman called Esther Shaw. They married on the August 3, 1788 at St. Peter's Church, Nottingham

Africanus and Shaw had seven children together; George Jr, Samuel, Elizabeth, Sarah, Samuelshaw, Hannah, and Ann. 

Tragically, only one child lived to adulthood - Hannah. 

Marriage of Hannah to Samuel Cropper

Hannah married the watch and clock maker Samuel Cropper at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham, in 1825. They had three children together. 

Granddaughter Esther

Esther married Charles Edward Turnbull at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham, on September 28, 1865. The 1881 census stated that they lived at 9 St. Paul's Crescent, London and they had three children: Arthur, Fredrick, and Margaret Hannah. Esther died at the age of 69 in Surrey. 

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