Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sir Roland Theodore Symonette


Sir Roland Theodore Symonette (16 December 1898–13 March 1980) achieved high office as a Bahamian political figure.

Symonette was married three times. By his first wife Nellie, Symonette had one son, Basil Harcourt. By his second wife, the former Thelma Bell Clepper of Andalusia, Alabama, Symonette had a one son, Robert "Bobby" and one daughter, Zelda. In the late 1940s, Symonette married Canadian Margaret Frances. This third marriage produced one daughter, Margaret, who died in infancy, and two sons, Roland Craig and Brent. Symonette's son Bobby served formerly as Speaker of the House of Assembly. His youngest son Brent Symonette is the current Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Free National Movement and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Ingraham led government.

Sir Roland Symonette died on 13 March 1980 at his home in Nassau; his widow, Lady Margaret Symonette died twenty-four years later in 2004.

Symonette's portrait appears on the Bahamian $50 dollar note.


NO PROOF, but this may be Thelma B. Clepper, born 1904 in AL, daughter of Wade "Waddie" Clepper. For more details, please see page 133 of Lucille Clepper Mehrkam's book, History and Genealogy of the Jacob Klepper/Clepper Family.
1910 census of Butler County, AL


~*Beth*~ said...
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~*Beth*~ said...

sorry, i re-read and figured it out. ;)

M said...

The Thelma Bell Clepper that married Sir Roland Symonette was born on Aug 30 1903, according to her daughter . Thelma's parents were Basil Wade Clepper or Wade Basil clepper and Liliian Bell of Alabama. At some point they lived on 3rd street in Andalusia. Thelma's sister Opal married Artemis Nottage of the Bahamas. Her sister Aundrey, a nurse, never married. Their younger sister Jewel died as a child.
I'm busy but will eventually try to send some photos,
Thank you for the tinformation you've posted.