This post is a prompt in the 52 ancestor series 2021. For this prompt, a family tree search resulted in multiple spouses/partners and births on my family tree. I decided to search for multiple births. I found the earliest multiple deliveries was a set of male twins Aaron (1846-1884) and Esram Bough (1846-1900) born on St. Croix, baptized in the Anglican Episcopal Church in Christiansted town, and lived to adult life.
The most recent twins found on the Bough family tree are twin girls J’Nyra and J’Nyla born in 2014. I was looking for something less common. I found also in my family tree my grandfather Julius C. Bough; grandmother; Mary Rose, was born one generation away from slavery in Barbados; she gave birth to triplets in 1883 in the Danish West Indies, St. Croix.
The Barbados Immigrant document recorded Mary Rose at age 13 was accompanied by her mother and siblings as passengers bound for the island of St. Croix from St. Michaels Parrish, Barbados. As I gleaned over the passenger listing of immigrants from various parishes, I noticed a boat set sail on August 27 in 1860
Although there are few firm details of Mary Rose and her family in Barbados Plantation Society and how she lived, the New York Times reported: THE WEST INDIES.; Destruction by Fire of Bridgetown, Barbados–Losses of Americans–News from Antigua, and Martinique–Rumored Revival of the French Claim to Hayti. On the night previous, a most terrible conflagration destroyed nearly the whole commercial portion of Bridgetown. March 23, 1860, Page 1.
There are several explanations why they left on the boat sailing to the Danish West Indies, but the New York Times articles suggest that the inability to work for black Barbadians remained a struggle.
The path forward for thirteen-year-old Mary Rose and her family was hopeful. Mary Rose family settled on St. Croix and lived at Estate Little Princess as first and second-class laborers, they most likely worked on Sugar plantations in the Danish West Indies.
Between 1868 and 1878. Mary Rose gave birth to four daughters and one son, all born on St. Croix and baptized in the Anglican/Episcopalian Church as recorded in the St. John Baptisms Record book. Among the four daughters, Georgianna Ogaard is my grandfather Julius Bough’s mother.
On June 26, 1883, Mary Rose (36)and James Lucas (43) were the proud parents of triplets Sarah, Rachel, and Julia, all born on St. Croix and baptized in the Anglican/Episcopalian Church on June 28th (St. John Baptism Record Book 1883-1899)
In the 1890 census, Mary Rose and James Lucas lived with their two children Sarah and Julia Lucas, both 7 years old. Apparently, one othe triplets, Rachel, died in childhood.
In 1894, Mary Rose died in Christiansted St. Croix as recorded in the Christiansted District Death Register 1889-1895). Two daughters of the triplet set survived, that is, Sarah Lucas (1883-1908) and Julia Luas (1883-aft 1940).
Mary Rose, my Bajan (3xggm)Ancestor, died at age 50 years old.
Thank you for teaching us about our heritage and making it available to us. I pray that God gives you the strength and desire to continue to search until your last day on earth.
Thank you for your comments! Our Crucian Heritage is a Cultural blend that has inspired these narratives.
Loved this post, Shelly–so many connections you have! This was especially interesting to me–loved the photograph. You are one of a kind, Shelley!
I was pretty lucky to spot the wooden cart’s picture and get Betsey Rezende’s permission to use it. Thank you for your comments!
Dear Shelley, you are an inspiration to all who wish to research and tell their family stories!
Thank you for reading and your encouragement Sonia. There are stories behind the genealogy data. Our ancestors had a life!