The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht

The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht

By Dmitri Allicock

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth. Alex Haley Author of 1976 Roots

Beyond the populated coastal areas of early Guyana, rivers formed the natural highways, winding inland where undisturbed impenetrable vegetation closes in upon its banks. It was in the latter part of the 1700s that a family of Allicocks sailed 65 miles up the Demerary[1] River and decided to drop anchor at a location called Noitgedacht and would call it home for centuries.

One of the most common names still found in Upper Demerara is Allicock and the story of this family is interwoven within the history of the area and historical Guyana.

The journey of the original Allicock settlers is thought to be originating out of England via the colonies of America, before entering the Caribbean and Demerara. The actual name was also altered from its original form and probably on entrance into America as history appears to point to.     

The large extended Allicock family from Upper Demerara is traced to the five original siblings’ settlers, John, Thomas, Robert- Frederick and their two sisters Sarah and Susanna Allicock. Of the five, John Allicock did not appear to have any descendants.

[1] The Demerara was called the Demerary River at that time.

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  • de castro compton  On September 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Interesting bit of history…..
    History and culture are very intertwined ….not unlike economics politricks.
    British Guiana is also part of Guyana culturally and because it is only a mere 50
    years ago its influence remains prominent.
    I was lucky to have grown up in Golden Grove and Nabaclais on ECD
    to attend St Stanislaus college in GT before leaving at 17+ to join RAF….
    My dream to fly a plane… at 69 I reflect with nostalgia my boyhood days
    hunting,fishing,crab catching etc……
    My formal education in GT was inspirational …socialising with students from
    every corner of the then British Guyana…from different ethenicity/culture/background.
    I experienced a similar exposure in my military career….as I met
    “Colonials” “conscripts” from every corner of the then EMPIRE.
    Also fellow recruits from every corner of UK ….
    Today most of my college mates who are still alive living mostly
    in USA CANADA UK …Guyana even in OZ keep in touch by e mail…
    we are the reminants of a lost generation….Guyana s loss I may add…..
    Our children and in my case grandchildren now reside in UK Euroland
    …life unfolds…..I tell my grandchildren stories of the “lost planet” and my
    childhood days hoping that some may be inquisitive enough to visit Guyana
    even if only for a holiday… see where their grandfather originated.
    My passport (flag of convenience) says
    “European Union”
    “United kingdom of great Britain and northern Ireland”

    Her Britannic majesty’s
    Secretary of state
    Requests and requires in the
    Name of her majesty
    All those whom it may concern to allow
    the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance
    And to afford the bearer such assistance
    and protection as may be necessary……..

    Britain remains a non signatory to the Schengen agreement
    Citizens of euro land are allowed travel within its borders….hopefully
    signatories to schengen will expand to include non European
    States …my dream a world without borders….
    It is possible but highly improbable…..politricks.

    Keep on writing Dimitri as true stories should be told…
    History should be written by the victims not its victors….
    It also repeats itself !
    We can but learn by not repeating the mistakes ….or we remain fools.

    In everlasting optimism

    • Dmitri Allicock  On September 24, 2013 at 12:09 am

      Thank you Kamptan and I salute you as a former soldier of Britain. I can identify with you and the need to encourage the overseas born generation of your family to visit Guyana and value their roots a bit more.
      Life tortuous journey and pitfalls can be a learning lesson of those things that really matter- The most that it has to offer is a golden chance at painting a personal picture of those precious thoughts and actions which are truly meaningful. The younger generation may be distracted in their pursuits but our solemn duty is to shine that light of enlightenment and take them through. Stay in touch.

  • de castro compton  On September 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I chose RAF as at 17+ I watched the birds I was hunting escape from my
    WMK (air pistol) weapon of mass killing…today it is an AK47 RUSSIAN gun.

    However I am no “soldier” who kill indiscriminately….kill or be killed military
    doctrination….I even requested to be exempted from being sent to a war zone…
    A signatory as a consciencious objector…today I am an “anti war” protestor !

    Most wars have a hidden political economic agenda….a necessary evil of our
    world….Syria an example of the evils of conflict…civil war the extreme…eventuality.

    Syria solution can only be resolved “politically” but it will take decades to resolve
    historically …if ever. !

    Forever the sceptical optimist

  • belladeclou9bella  On September 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Reading your story, give me the feelings I know you. You are a man of courage, and loyalty. You express yourself with colorful verse and independence. It would be nice if the younger folks spend more time reading to gain knowledge. I enjoy reading your comments. Dmitri has enlightened me in many ways.Because of him I was able to read about the history of my late husband William (Cleve) Allicock De Clou families. He also served in the military. He was a great guy, loving husband, and a loyal friend… thanks kamtan

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