|It was in 1990
that the author began researching the Diedrich Family, compiling archival
information and putting together the Family Tree. Who can say for
sure why it has taken her so long to write this book? Alas, how many
and minor historical works may have been lost to us, because their compilers
never committed themselves to paper.
This study consists of the German
roots and a series of branches that subsequently grew in Jamaica.
It takes us back to an old Hanseatic town in Germany - a town that once
belonged to the Hansa League of merchants, and that today is a wellknown
health resort. She focuses on a particular branch that was settled
there, for about one hundred years, operating a shoemaking business, before
setting off to find fame and fortune in the then British Colony: Jamaica.
Also central to the Diedrich story
are the family lines into which they married - surnames that include Barber,
Christie, DeLisser, Dixon, Grawe, Harris, Ricus, Roach, Schleifer, Simpson,
Waechter, Worms and many others.