Genealogy of the Escoffery
- Charles Alexander Escoffery Bingham
The original family name was Scofferi, of Italian origin (family tradition says Corsican). It was probably pronounced with the accent on the penultimate syllable. When John Escofferi moved from Haiti to Jamaica at the end of the 18th century, the name was anglicized to Escoffery, with the stress on the antepenultimate syllable. The french surname Escoffier may have a common origin with Scofferi since Corsica, which is presently part of France, was at one time ruled by Italy.
Eduardo Valdés Escoffery
Escoffery Veysset genealogical tree published in My Heritage.
Jamaica Family Search (JFS)
Our last name has been written in various ways, including Escofferi, Escoffery, Escoffier, Escophry, Escoufrey, Excoffier, Scofferi, Scoffery, Scoffiere, Scoffiery, and Scuffery. In Jamaica, when baptism and marriage entries were written in French, the minister would have used the French spelling of the name, even when the person used the English spelling: e.g., Henri for Henry, and Maire for Mary. The same applies to Spanish.
Haiti Genealogical Data Base
Search by "Escoffery" and/or "Scofferi".
- Stephen Andrew Hopwood Escoffery
The original Escoffery that came to Jamaica was Jean Marie Escoffier, and he came to Jamaica from Haiti at the time of the Haitian Revolution (about 1792 to 1798)! We believe he was not actually French as there appears to be a connection to an Italian family "Scofferi" from Genoa & Sicily. In Jamaica he lived in Kingston and anglicized his name to John M. Escoffery. All Escoffery family descends from this individual. His elder son was the John Escoffery Jr., who was deported (together with his brother in law Louis Lecesne) from Jamaica to Haiti in about 1825 for trying to obtain rights for the free people of "mixed blood"! From Haiti the Brothers in Law mad their way to England where they were assisted by Stephen Lushington (a Member of Parliament) with an appeal to the House of Commons and their rights were restored and they were compensated and returned to Jamaica. There are many descendants from the original John Escoffery.
Updated on 29-Mar-2016