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


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

  3 comments for “Surnames

  1. Khalid Nadir
    October 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Very interested in knowing more about Major Casper Holstein, was he also related to Casper Holstein


    • October 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      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.


  2. November 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    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 🙂


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