of Devon House Hon. George Stiebel C.M.G.
was every indication at a very early stage that George Stiebel
was destined to lead an intriguing life. Born to a Jamaican
housekeeper, and a German Jew in the 1820s, George was subject
to a range of criticisms and harsh treatment from his peers
as a result of his mixed parentage. School was therefore not
as fulfilling an experience as it should have been, and he
quit the classroom at age fourteen to become a carpenter’s
apprentice. George quickly developed a flair for carpentry,
and by age 19 he played an integral role in the reconstruction
of the famous Ferry Inn, between Kingston and Spanish Town.