Those Thursday Places


Every day as I drive by what was once the Sunday Market in Christiansted, St. Croix Danish West Indies.   I can’t help but think about my female ancestors in the Market hustling or huckstering during the early part of the 19th Century.  The Market was an enhancement to the town it was the place where social interaction among the Slaves from various estates would meet, a place to barter, purchase and sell your product.    I can only imagine what a vibrant place with a variety of vegetables, provisions, fruits and fish being sold.  This was the place the ladies dominated proudly and established their family/friend network.  Today Market Street (as shown) has new meaning.  It is known as Time Square.





Estate Little Princess a Classic Sugar Estate

My 4th GG mother Sarah Beaudhuy was born in St. Croix Danish West Indies.   She is the mulatto daughter of a slave.  Sarah lived between Betsey Jewel and Little Princess Plantation owned by Anthony Beaudhuy.  Sarah most likely worked between the Cane fields and the Sugar Factory. .  As elsewhere in the Caribbean they were given insufficient sustenance and driven to the limits of their endurance





Ruins of the Little Princess Sugar Plantation, St. Croix

On this journey I was able to visit the Ruins of the Estate Little Princess; where my ancestors worked alongside other enslaved people.   I came away from the area thinking about their struggle, anxieties and fears.  In spite of unfavorable circumstances throughout the eighteenth century, I have recognized the value and importance of renewing and healing wounds which makes my Genealogical Journey worth the trip.  Hope you Njoy those Thursday Places.

By shelley dewese

As I continue to search out my history, I am discovering how much I did not know. The more information that is disclosed about my ancestry, the more I learn and understand how I am the person that has evolved today. As a native New Yorker, with roots in Coastal Georgia and deep roots in the Danish West Indies, now the Virgin Islands of the United States or commonly referred to as the United States Virgin Islands, I have always had a yearning to return to my maternal homeland. In September of 1976, my family and I relocated back to St. Croix. While living in New York, I was always telling my friends about my trip back home, but here I was actually waking up every day, walking among the streets and people that I have identified myself with all of my life. At the time, I was not involved in any genealogical work, but I knew there was a missing link that became completed after I was offered the opportunity to transfer Danish documents into a database. That opened up my world and I realize that this was my niche. I now had the tools to explore and document my ancestry. Growing up, my mother always impressed upon her children the pride in being a “Bough”, which was her surname. Now I was able to track where that pride came from, through participating in family history projects and meeting new family, as we gathered together for the Bough Family Reunion on St. Croix in July of 2012. As I continued to research, I found my passion extending to photography. Sunsets and street art are my favorite features, as shown in my tumblr blog I also began blogging, and found that it has help me to improve my writing skills. Through the comments and well wishes, I have been encouraged to continue to write the stories and events of my life. Whether or not your roots trace back to the Danish West Indies, you will find a beautiful tapestry of life that reflects our “baseball and apple pie”. This site affords you the chance to transform yourself to a time during the Danish period (1734-1917) where life was both simple and complex. If you have any questions, comments, or need assistance in searching for a Danish West Indies ancestor, I invite you to drop me an email.

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