SUNDAY’S OBITUARY -August Curtis Bough

Reverend August Curtis Bough

St. Croix Avis, Newspaper-March 20, 1939 Obituary  

Rev. A.C.  Bough (1866-1939)

We regret to record the death of Rev. A. C. Bough, 73 years, of Frederiksted A.M.E.  Church, which sad event took place Saturday evening about 7 o’clock, at the home of his son, Mr. Kaj Bough,  Christiansted.  The funeral which took place yesterday afternoon was attended by a large and representative gathering, including Frederiksted and the country districts.

Rev. Bough was one of our popular and respected citizens, and the large number of people who followed his remains to the last resting place of man – the grave, showed the high esteem in which deceased was held in this community.

Five ministers were in attendance at the funeral.  Rev. E.E. Johnson, of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Rev. Robeson, of St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church, Rev. C.S. Mayhew of the Church of the Nazarene, and Rev. E.C. Phaire of the Pilgrim Holiness Church were guest ministers and occupied seats in the altar.  The five ministers led the long funeral procession.  District Attorney James Bough, Mr. Kaj Bough and Mr. Oscar Bough sons of the deceased, as chief mourners walked directly behind the hearse.

The bearers were:  Judge D. Hamilton Jackson, Attorney R.H. Amphlett Leader, Chief of Police G. Ebbesen, Messers, Anselmo Fabio, M.G. Fabio and Wesley Motta.  Mrs. Harry. Taylor and Acting Administrator R. Petersen drove in the Administration car.  Administrator Taylor is in St. Thomas.  In the procession was a long line of motor cars numbering thirty-four.

To the members of the bereaved family we tender our sincere condolence.

Requiescat in Pace

I had heard wonderful stories about my great-grandfather, August C. Bough, his popularity as a retail merchant, landowner and Reverend/co-founder of the AME church in Christiansted St. Croix.

Finding August Bough obituary on the Microfilm Roll was a joy and a gift.  In fact, it was the gift that kept on giving.  It helped substantiate the oral history, plus gave the date my grandfather died.  Now all roads were leading to the Vital Statistics office to request a death certificate of August C. Bough.
When I received the death certificate it was the evidence that corroborated with my earlier research.  (relief) Plus the death certificate revealed the cause of death.  Hemorrhage into Cerebrum.   Suddenly, I had that OprahTada! Moment.  I wanted to do more with my genealogy other than the basics.

  With eagerness, I wanted to begin the research as to causes of death of my ancestors. I decided that the information gathered would be the core to create a detailed attractive graph.  The finished creation would be distributed to the family members, to study with the purpose of looking at our health in a new way.

Will keep you posted as to whether an exercise session becomes the results of these new findings.  This is another task in progress.

By shelley dewese

As I continue to search out my history, I am discovering how much I did not know. The more information disclosed about my ancestry, the more I learn and understand how I am the person that has evolved today. My family's research efforts have taken me on an enlightening journey back through the past in the U. S. Virgin Islands (formerly Danish West Indies) and Coastal Georgia. As with most people of Afro-Caribbean descent, my ancestry stems from peoples brought together by colonialism and conquest; it stems from people thrown together, albeit forcibly, by the throes of enslavement. As a result, my DNA tells me that my people originate in Africa, Europe, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Lesser Antilles, and Leeward Caribbean Islands. Two collections made my dream to research my ancestors in the Danish West Indies a reality. I have conducted extensive research using the St. Croix Population Database 1734-1917, a St. Croix African Roots Project product, and a research and document transcription effort sponsored by the Virgin Islands Social History Associates (VISHA). The other catalyst has been accessing the extensive photo, manuscript, and microfilm collections at the Library and Archives of the St. Croix Landmarks Society at Estate Whim in St. Croix. My heartfelt thanks go to all my cousins, extended "cousin-family," friends, and research colleagues from the St. Croix-based Virgin Islands Ancestry Discovery Group, for their input and collaboration. I also want to thank the UJima Genealogy Group in Coastal Georgia and GlynnGen.com; webmaster Amy Hendrick has introduced me to Southern History and its people. This site allows you to transform yourself to a time during the Danish period (1734-1917) when life was both complex and straightforward. If you have any questions, comments, or need assistance searching for a Danish West Indies ancestor, I invite you to drop me an email. Its.sheldew@gmail.com I especially appreciate the followers' encouragement.

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