My Mother’s Family, St Croix, US Virgin Islands
My mother is Joyce Bough-Matthews. I have traced the family back five generations to the baptism of George Anthony Bough in 1805. An 1816 Danish Census was the starting point for my interest in family history.
My grandmother was Caroline Gasper who married Julius C. Bough in 1932, New York City.
The Beaudhuys’ was a line to my Bough family (George Bough, Sr. had children with Sarah Beaudhuy daughter of Slave-holder Anthony Beaudhuy) I have developed and published a family tree on this line at ancestry.com
My great grandmother’s sister was Erroline Johnson, she had a child with Major Casper von Holstein. Although oral family history supported the relationship with the Bough family, it was while researching on-line my African ancestor, I discovered the Holstein-Bough connection through census records of the Danish West Indies. Casper Holstein-Joseph Philanthropist, Gambler, Activists of the Virgin Islands.
This is another line to my Bough family. Recently, through cousins I met via my blog we were able to take down a Genealogical Wall that had been up for decades. With their assistance brick by brick that wall tumbled down. Prior to this excavation, I had given up on ever finding the record of Julia Bough- Muckle father. I was satisfied with family oral history. As a result of team collaboration, we now know that we share the same 4th great grandfather in George Anthony Bough. Ever-grateful.
Surnames to be continued
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
I especially appreciate the followers' encouragement.
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Very interested in knowing more about Major Casper Holstein, was he also related to Casper Holstein
Thank you for stopping by.
Major Holstein worked with the West Indian infantry under the Danish governor-general Peter von Scholten. He is mentioned in the “timetable of events July 2, 3rd, 1848” as being ordered by the Governor-general to take command of the troops to prevent further destruction to the island; this resurrection from the slaves, led to the declaration of emancipation for all un-free people in the Danish West Indies now the Virgin Islands.
Casper Holstein is the grand-son of Major Casper Holstein.
I am always interested to know what you have traced and how far back. I am your cousin. Please continue and connect us. Thank you for this 🙂