Bahamians have been emigrating to Canada for over 100 years. Consider that, in 1910, more than 100 years ago, a Bahamian negro, left Nassau to attended McGill University. He was 19 years old.
As way leads on to way, he stayed and made a good life for himself in Montreal.
Frederick Barrow Reeves was born in the northern district of Cat Island on 2 January 1891. He was the brother of the historically significant figure C. H. Reeves (Cleveland Harrington Reeves) and son of H. L. Reeves (Henry Lewis Reeves).
Frederick Barrow Reeves emigrated to Canada around 1910. He attended McGill University. Frederick B. Reeves was a coloured man.
H. L. Reeves and his wife Kefie Reeves produced incredibly accomplished children.
The father Henry Louis Reeves (also spelled as Henry Lewis Reeves) was a mixed race man.
Henry Lewis Reeves came to The Bahamas sometime around 1880. He was born in 1854 in Barbados, but lived in Jamaica. From Jamaica, Reeves came to The Bahamas. He married a Bahamian woman named Kefie. They resided in Nassau and on Cat Island. Henry and Kefie Reeves had nine children. Of Henry and Kefie’s children, sons, Henry and Cleveland, (Henry Ethelbert Sigismund Reeves and Cleveland Harrington Reeves) would go on to have a significant impact on Bahamian and South Florida history.
A BAHAMIAN IN CANADA
Mr Frederick B. Reeves, youngest son of Mr H. L. Reeves of this city who left the Bahamas 11 years ago for Montréal, Canada, is now conducting a successful tailoring business in Montréal.
Mr Reeves attended McGill University for some time and after leaving McGill decided to launch out into the tailoring business, which trade he also completed in Montréal. He is well known in Montréal and has built up quite a reputation for himself among both white and coloured citizens. In addition to his business he now owns valuable property in the city of Montréal.