This page is dedicated to the memory of Oliver Moxam from Treasure Beach who lost his life at sea.
Please leave your remembrances and pictures of him in his honor.
RIP, Oliver Moxam
I have never met my grandfather, and would have like to know him. The stories I have heard growing up seems like there were fairtales. As I got older, and a better understanding of the tragedy that took him and so many other lives. I can't help but wonder what kind of a grandfather would he have been to me and so many grandchildren that will never, never,ever, ever get to know him on earth. This is an unfortunate part of us grandchildren lives, not to mention his children and the rest of his family. I love my grandfather that I never got to meet.
You left the year i was born so i never met you but whilst growing up i have heard so good things about you from family and friends and it leaves no doubt in my mind that you would have been the best and a great grandfather to your grandchildren.Be assured that you will forever live on in our thoughts and heart.
I have only heard stories about my great granduncle Oliver Moxam, who is my Grandmother Maritta Moxam Ebanks brother. She also pasted away in February 2005, but just knowing how kind and caring my grandmother were i just imaged the wonderful man my granduncle must have been also. It is sad i did not get to know him.
I remember you well. I was still a small child when you left but I always remember how kind you were to me whenever you were home and I'd go to buy june plum or whatever from Dor. I recall one time you were sleeping with Changy by your side and my walking into the room woke you up. You got up and served me what I had come to buy then you took a piece of sugar head and cut off a piece and gave to me. Then you whispered, "Don't let Dor see," and you winked as you said it. Dor was kind too so she would never have said anything. But you were a real gem. You have been missed.
I've never met my grandfather either, but was told so many stories about him by my father Carvel moxam, luckily Oliver Moxam(Dickie)my brother has a photo of him and what a handsome man he was, tall, slim and very slick.
Looking back on all of his children and grandchildren you can see all the resemblances of our family trait.
RIP Grandad and Grandma (Ms Van)
From your beloved grandaughter Valerie x (England)
Uncle "Livie" was such a nice man, not to mentioned how handsome he was. I was young when he passed away, but I can vividly remember that morning when he was running out of the lane(Sandy Bank) to catch the transportation that morning because he was running late and he did not have much time to say bye, but he did manage to say bye to us right at the meeting house in Sandy Bank....... and that's the memory, that lives with me of Uncle Livie. My mom (Doreth) always speak about the nice, good, quiet and caring man he was.It is reassuring and comforting that we have this medium to honour his memories and all the others that went with him.
Oliver Richard “Dick” Moxam was a 3rd generation Jamaican born and raised in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth. Oliver is the eldest son of Laurence Richard “Bada” Moxam and Edith James-Moxam of TB. He is also among the eldest of the 41 grandchildren of Sonny and Louisa Moxam. Oliver married Doris Maud Parchment and further begot many a Moxam kin- further expanding the Jamaican sect of a relatively small yet widespread clan.
Blue-blooded with the ocean in his heart, Oliver was a seafaring fisherman and a farmer like most Treasure Beachites of the time. During WWII, he traveled to Wisconsin, USA along with his first cousin Hartwell Radford “Murry” Moxam on The Shank ocean liner to work as foremen on the farms in support of the Allied cause. After the Allied victory in 1945 they returned to Jamaica to their old ways of fishing.
Oliver suffered a brackish fate off the coast of Port Royal when his life was suddenly taken aboard The Snowboy in 1963 when the ship disappeared in a tempesting temptress called the sea. Oliver perished along with his younger cousin Vernie. Vernon Moxam was the son of Richard “Chaddy” Moxam and Mary “Neve” Ebanks-Moxam- Oliver’s aunt and uncle. Today he is survived by his 10 children and many grandchildren (and great-grandchildren). Carvel, Patsy, Hursely, Rosie, Clarence, Peter Richard, Howard, Michelin, Worrell, and Changie were his children. Today Oliver’s lines have spread throughout the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, and back to Europe. Oliver was a patriarch that loved his family and wife. He was proud, steadfast, charismatic, gregarious, and very hardworking. He stuck with the Moxam tradition of a superfluous procreation pattern that sadly left behind many fatherless children.
If you have grown up hearing the terms “Moxam breed” or “Moxam Town”, he is one of the reasons why. Oliver thought his children to be proud of themselves, and to never forget where they came from. After all, “the only way to know where we are going is to know where we are coming from”.
by Marlon Richard Moxam
NB: This information was compiled through oral history gathered from the elders of TB; most notably Hartwell Moxam. If there are any inaccuracies with either the dates or the spellings of the names mentioned above please make corrections on the message board.
I would like to know if Holdon Hill and Oliver Moxam are family.
"james family", I was told earlier that Haldon Hill and Oliver are not directly related by blood. However, Haldon's mother (Lilly May DeLeon-Hill) is Doris Maud Parchment-Moxam's 1st cousin. Doris was Oliver's wife. Haldon also married Oliver's cousin, Vida.
What a beautiful picture of Oliver Moxam he look so much like my dad Haldon Hill please let us treasure those pictures that all we have for memories for our generations.
by greatgrandaughter ashli
You left before i was born, so i never got to meet you. I miss you and love you . i wish i got to meet you.
all i have to say is ........
R. I. P.
I would like to know what happened to Oliver's sister Maritta Moxam-Ebanks the only sister he had alive after his death that all his children know and everyone knows her as "Miss Maritta"
It's ashame how much is known about Oliver yet his sister and her children were not mentioned.
Wasn't she apart of the Moxam family or part of his life?
Nordia, I am sorry you are offened, maybe, you should start a new thread dedicated to Miss Maritta. As I can see, this page is a tribute to Oliver and those "Lost to the Sea". Though, it would've been nice had you left some kind words, anecdotes or even made and annotation to previous posts.
HI YOU ALL MY HUSBAND LINCOLN MOXAM IS THE SON OF VERNON MOXAM AND HE AS FOUR CHILDREN NINE GRANDCHILDREN AND THREE GREAT GRANDCHILDREN WE ALL LIVE IN AND AROUND OLDHAM ENGLAND AND OFTEN TALK ABOUT THE SNOWBOY AND THE FAMILY THAT WHERE LOST AT SEA WE ARE PROUD OF THE MOXAM NAME
LOVE FROM ALL IN ENGLAND
hi all im alison moxam the daughter of lincoln moxam, vernon son. i love to hear the stories my dad tells me about my grandfather, who i never had the chance to meet .i also visited moxam town in st elizabeth in 1994 it was a honour having the surname and meeting aunties uncles cousins my dad showing me around the town we have such a big family and a whole lot of history i even show my son the picture of is great grandad and tell him the story my father told me these great men oliver , vernon will live on in our memories forever all our love the moxam family manchester england
I am so sorry that you felt I was being offensive. I thought I was contributing to my grand uncle's family tree, as I read a short biography of his life and his only sister was not mentioned. If you had read the message board you would have seen that I did send my most sincerely tribute to my grand uncle. Again my apology if you felt that I was being offensive.
When other people talk about their granfather i just sit and listen because i dont have a grandad to talk about.My mother Vimsie always talk about you and how of a good man you were.I wish you were here. All your grandkids and kids wish you were here.Although i didnt know you but i know you would have been the best grandad around.Ilove you and and i miss you.I Wish you would come back to us.R.I.P GRANDAD
i am the proud granddaughter of vernon moxam[paula]the stories i grown up listening too amaze me what an honour it would of been to meet such a wonderful person the way i love my father i would of loved my grandfather too my father his so proud of dad he speaks so highly of him n he misses him so much that i can see when he speaks about him ive not been to jamaica yet but my aim is to go shortly..ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS GRANDAD...MANCHESTER ENGLAND
Hi. My name is Veronica Maxam and I think you all are related to me. My father's last name was changed accidentally when he came to America (from Black River, Jamaica) in the late 1950's. My grandfather's name is Slyvan Moxam (from Black River). I would love to learn more about my lineage! Please email me - email@example.com
This is Karen in London, and I just wanted to know if your Dad has connections in Ridge pen (near Mountainside),is He closely related to Lorraine Moxam- Salmon, Stanley Moxam, Claudie Moxam (2 brothers and a sister all of whom are now deceased)? I use to hear my dad talked about a cousin or uncle he had by that name who migrated to the U.S years ago, my dad's name is Roy Moxam.
If so we could be related as I'm Claudie's grand-daughter. Let me know as I would love to hear from you.
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Hope to hear from you soon.
Imagine finding you on this site!! Please email me!!
Oliver Moxam is my Grandfather. Im the youngest girl of my mother Changie who was his youngest child. my grandfather dieD when my mom was about 7 months old. i've never met him but i wait for the day when i will be able to.
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