Tombstone Tuesday- Christiansted Cemetery, St. Croix

Of all the children of George Anthony Bough; the Patriarch of the Bough Family of the USVI, only two were not buried in the Christiansted Cemetery, St. Croix.

Christiansted Cemetery, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Bough Family Record
Names, date of birth, date of death, of the children of
George Anthony Bough. (born 1806 and buried 1856 in St. Croix, DWI)

1. Edward Curtis Bough – Born 1829, died in St. Croix, 1861
2. George Anthony Bough – Born 1831, died in St Croix, 1884
3. Mary Elizabeth Bough – Born 1837, died in St. Croix, 1913
4. David Welbrin Bough – Born 1839, died in St Croix, 1906
5. Benjamin Curtis Bough- Born 1841, died in St. Croix, 1875
6. Esram Bough – Born 1846 died in St. Croix, 1900
7. Aaron Bough -Born 1846 died in St. Croix, 1884
8. Joseph Bough- Born 1849 died in St. Croix, bet 1870- 1880
9. James Bough – Born 1854 died in St. Croix, before 1880
10. Peter Walter Bough -Born 1855 born died in New York before 1930
11. Harold Gustavus Bough- Born 1856 –died Portsmouth, Virginia, 1941

Source: church, vital statistics, burial, and census records of danish west indies.

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.


  1. Shelley, this is a beautiful cemetery! Did you take this photo? Do you by chance have photos of some of the individual tombstones? I ask because I would love to read some of the inscriptions! Is this the Bough Family Cemetery? Where is this cemetery located?

    LOL!! I guess you can tell I have lots of questions for you about this interesting burial site. Thanks for sharing this one with us!


    1. Liv,
      I really enjoy taking pictures. This past sunday I took so many pictures of the cemetery and finally settled for this photo. The photo shows a portion of the Historical Danish section of the public cemetery. My family members are buried in the historical section as well as throughout the cemetery. The cemetery is located in the Town of Christiansted eastern side of the island of St. Croix. Under tombstone tuesday I posted a few insccriptions however if you go to, there you will find a complete listing of cemetery photos and inscriptions for both St. Croix and St. Thomas.


      1. I am impressed with your photography! Okay, I have got to ask — are you a member of – – where you create virtual cemeteries and family memorial pages of your ancestors with your photos?
        If not, you should check it out. Here is the link to my grandfather’s (my mom’s father) memorial page over there that I created last year –
        The cool part of creating those memorial pages is that you can link family members together regardless to where they are buried in the world. As a result, I created the Chapple Family Virtual Cemetery so that when I find a family member’s grave site, I can link them altogether –


  2. How long has your family been in St. Croix? What a well-tended cemetery. Also a beautiful lead photo — from where in St. Croix was it taken. I’m fairly ignorant about the Danish West Indies, but these photos are really appealing. And thank you for your comments on my blog!


    1. Thank you Mariann for your visit and for always sharing genea information. This historical danish cemetery is located in Christiansted, St. Croix. This portion of the public cemetery continues to be supported through the Danish Government and private donations.

      I have been able to trace the maternal side (Bough) of my family to the latter part of the 18th century in St. Croix, Danish West Indies now the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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