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 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 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 data base. 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 http://minkyadoo.tumblr.com/ 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 with 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 question, comments or need assistance in searching for a Danish West Indies ancestor, I invite you to drop me an email.

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