Black History celebrates the narrative of Harold G. Bough, Merchant Marine.

We are one week in the celebration of Black History Month, a month of recognizing the achievements and contributions of African-American people in the diaspora. For those of us who value our ancestry and history, join me in focusing on your family’s contributions that made a meaningful impact to your community and the larger society.

As we do our research, we will discover the many small and large influences that our family members have made to enhance the quality of life of others, and which still remains an impact today.

So get to work, dig into the wealth of information out there, then document and share your proud heritage weekly.   Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments of this post.

I have already started and so far, I have uncovered that My great, great, great-uncle Harold Bough had served 24 years in the US Navy when the Spanish-American War was being fought.

A 1932 St. Croix Tribute Newspaper Article also indicated that he was in Chinese waters for the Boxer Rebellion with the Party of American Surveyors in 1894, he crossed the proposed route from the Atlantic to Pacific of the Nicaraguan canal, a project that was considered before the present Panama Canal Route had been decided upon, and from 1879-83 he was stationed in the Pacific during the Peruvian and Chilean War.

Printout about Harold Bough from G. James Fleming Article “Journal and Guide of VA

Harold Bough was the son of Ida Rosalie Keutsch and George Bough both of St. Croix US Virgin Islands formerly the Danish West Indies.   He met and married Maggie J. Keeling of Norfolk Virginia and settled in Portsmouth Virginia together they had eight (8) daughters known as the “Bough Girls”

Harold Bough who left the shores of St. Croix to St. Thomas and sailed around the World twice as a Merchant Marine was honored to serve.  Harold Bough died in Portsmouth, VA at the age of 84 years old.

Rosalyn Bough applies for Military Headstone for her father Harold Bough.


As Bell Hooks explains, “reclaim their history, call their names, state their particulars,  gather and remember, to share our inheritance”

The theme:   Weekly Black History Narrative  (from your family tree.)

I look forward to reading your story.  Don’t forget to leave a comment with a link to your weekly Black History Narrative.  Or contact me by email at


7 Replies to “Black History celebrates the narrative of Harold G. Bough, Merchant Marine.”

  1. What a wonderful article! Harold Bough was my grandfather, so I am able to fill in some of the history about his life in the USA – especially with regard to the “Bough girls”. I note, though, that to the best of my knowledge, there were only seven girls, not eight. Here goes:
    1. Rosalind Bough: 3/1/1898 – 5/17/1969
    2. Gwendolyn Bough Fortesque: 11/22/1903 – 6/27/1970
    3. Italina Bough Askew: 10/7/1906 – 9/13/1943
    4. Kathryn Bough Nichols (my Mom): 3/18/10 – 12/18/2004
    5. Margaret Bough: 4/27/1902 – 2/21/1922
    6. Sarah Bough: 7/14/1913 – 9/24/1931
    7. Charlotte Bough Bradford: 6/26/18 – 2/9/1902


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