Following a custom established three years ago, when they met for the first time, over sixty members of the Archer family scattered around The Bahamas and the United States, gathered in Marsh Harbour during the weekend of August 2 to 4.
Organized by family member Michelle Cartwright, they had a busy schedule during their stay on Abaco.
The welcome gathering was held late on Friday August 2, as many participants did not arrive until after 9:00 pm, retrieved from their different points of arrival by Glender Archer- Knowles.
Saturday was reserved for a picnic on the Treasure Cay beach for whoever was able and willing to go. The evening ended with a recreational gathering at Mangoes Restaurant and Boutique.
All the members, however, met for religious service at St Andrew’s Methodist Church on Sunday morning.
The family historian, Lewis Henchell willingly obliged by giving a brief synopsis of the Archer’s historical background, traced from family narratives, from The Bahamas records of births, marriages and deaths as well as from various Methodist Churches’ documents.
The first ancestor, Thomas Archer, was born in 1788 in North Carolina. He and his wife Nogi came to Abaco with the Loyalists as free black people. They started the lineage by having six sons and three daughters.
After starting as planters and seafarers, over the years, the Archers became influential people in their communities, contributing to the life and growth of Abaco through religion and politics, explained Mr. Henchel. They soon extended their influence to New Providence.
Captain Shervin Archer, who represented Abaco in the House of Assembly, also served as a Senator. Other descendants served in Parliament and as Cabinet Ministers. Philip Bethel, a Gospel Minister, attended the pre-independence constitutional talks in London in 1972.
In present time, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Danny Johnson, is one such descendant. Not confined to politics, their area of expertise also reached the medical and educational fields.
Mr. Henchell who resides in Nassau, concluded: “I am happy and proud of my Abaco heritage.”