Surnames

Surnames:

My Mother’s Family, St Croix, US Virgin Islands

BOUGH

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.

Gasper

My grandmother was Caroline Gasper who married Julius C. Bough in 1932, New York City.

Beaudhuy

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

Holstein

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.

Muckles

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

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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.

3 comments

    1. 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.

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