Surname Saturday-Boughs of US Virgin Islands

Although the Boughs have been in the Danish West Indies (now US Virgin Islands) since the 18th Century, family lore has it that the ancestors were living in County Cavan, Ireland before coming to St. Croix. As was typical during the 18th and 19th Centuries, the St. Croix population was mostly of English, Irish and Scottish descendants.

The St. Croix Free Males and Militia Combined document established, during 1807-1808, that George Bough, a White male, was in private business as well as a member of the St. Croix Volunteer Company in Christiansted. It is presumed that he met and had a relationship with Sarah Beaudhuy, (1772-1868) a former mulatto slave of Anthony Beaudhuy, who was set free in 1797.

Together they had two sons: David who died at the age of 10 years old and George Bough who becomes the Patriarch of the Bough family of the Virgin Islands. George Anthony Bough fathered 11 children which includes a set of twins and one daughter.

The Bough surname is an old family name that intertwines with the History of the U.S. Virgin Islands Government, Business and Civic Organizations.

In an attempt to gather and compile surnames I thought I would look at my direct Bough lineage beginning with the Patriarch classified as a free person of color because of his mother’s Free-given status.

Lord God of Saboath Lutheran Church, Christiansted St. Croix where family members attended. Photo  by shelley dewese
Lord God of Saboath Lutheran Church, Christiansted St. Croix where family members attended.
Photo by shelley dewese

My Bough Lineage(CAPS):

Generation 1. GEORGE ANTHONY BOUGH, (1806-1856) born in St. Croix, the son of George Bough and Sarah Beaudhuy. He met Sophia Lincoln she was born in 1804 and died in St. Croix together they had 2 Children: Mary Elizabeth and GEORGE A. BOUGH.

Generation 2: George A Bough (1831-1854) born in St. Croix met Emelia Elizabeth Petersen-Marcus the daughter of Thomas Petersen and Anna Catherina DeWindt. She was born in St. Croix April 13, 1833 and died 15 of February 1897. Together they had 2 Children: AUGUST CURTIS BOUGH and Christine Luce Bough-Jacobs.

Generation 3: August Curtis Bough (1866-1939) born in St. Croix was the son of George A. Bough and Emlia Elizabeth Petersen-Marcus. He had Eleven children including JULIUS CURTIS BOUGH.

Generation 4: Julius Curtis Bough (1889-1936) born in St. Croix the son of August Bough and Georgianna Aagard. He had Eight children including my mother JOYCE FLORENCIA BOUGH.

Resources provided upon request.

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. How do you ever get such detail.. fascinating !.Who then married a female Smith *or may have carried a different last name) from Tortola whose father’s name was Jacob Wilson Smith?


    1. Janet:
      The source that I use the most comes from the Virgin Islands Social History Association (VISHA) Database. This system holds historical records from the Danish West Indies/Virgin Islands Archives. The Web site is
      Ref: Female Smith
      On the Bough Family tree we have Alice Smith from St. Croix who married Joseph Bough. I am aware of a Tortola connection with the Smith line, however the name you provided Jacob W. Smith is not familiar therefore, I am unable to confirm or match without futher research. Will keep you posted on this effort. Thank you for sharing and stopping by.


      1. Pleasant Good Evening. Perhaps I can help with the connection. As I indicated in the book, The Ties that Bind… A Virgin Islands Story, Alice’s mother is Emma Mueller and her father is Waldemar Joseph Smith. Waldemar was one of the eldest sons of Jacob Wilson Smith. Jacob had 10 children (that I have found) and 3 of those were daughters. Two sons moved to St. Croix. Hope that clears up one of the Smith ties to St. Croix! Talk to you soon my cousins, Nadine


      2. Hello
        Much thanks to you for stopping by and taking the time to clarify the family connection with the Smith’s of Tortola. I was not completely mindful of the book However from the short description on Amazon I have to add The Ties that Bind to my local collection. Thank you for following me on this genealogical journey. Your remarks, comments are welcomed.


  2. It is so good to see you blogging again Shelley, not to mention that you have such a fabulous rich lineage that I want to know more about.

    I hope all is well with you and look forward to more from you in 2014!


    1. Liv:
      It is so good to be back, and it was good to take the break. What I learned from the Slave South Course was that I was not as multi-task as I might of thought. The deadlines were challenging and the course work was pretty intense. However I found it all quite interesting and useful. Thank you for sharing Coursera.
      As I stir the pot, I hope to put out more of my matrilineal lineage during this year. Your encouragement is always appreciated.


    1. Hello Stephen:
      I am very happy that your search landed you on my genealogical journey. I’m so excited to read about two Baugh/Bough brothers and the reason for the letter change. The link and the information are quite helpful and perhaps this is the support I need for the oral history that was passed down throughout the generations. Thank you for the visit and stop back anytime.

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  3. Hi Shelley, your research is amazing. I am also researching free blacks in Christiansted with the name of Baa. During my research, I came across your family name Bough and wondering if there is a connection. I have found some records that indicate that there may be. Sometimes the census taker spelled Baa as Bough, so not really sure about that. But in this record, a cousin of mine, Ana Louia Baa from St Thomas is listed with Christiana Lucia Bough from St Croix as aunt/niece. I see that Christiana Bough is one of your ancestors. Do you know of any connection?


    1. Thank you for visiting the site. It is always nice to know that others are researching the inhabitants of the Danish West Indies. The free blacks of the town in Christiansted cannot be exhausted. are always see my post “free gut” Getting back to the question. There is this thing with name variants that must be researched. But to answer directly I do not know of any connection to the Baa family. However, looking at the census showing a 9–10-year difference in age. Anna Baa and Christiana Bough suggest that Christiana’s mother Emelia Petersen-Marcus had to have a young sister. Emelia’s youngest sister is Victoria Louisa Johnson born in 1841. My question: Is Baa her married/maiden name? Let us find the connection.


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