When you’re on a genealogical journey, one thing is certain you can’t be afraid of spending time in the cemetery. The cemetery holds the facts, with its monuments, headstones and markers that assist you with not only name time and date but sometimes there is a story to be found on an ancestor.
In St Croix we have the Historical Danish Cemetery that is maintained and kept in good shape. In fact tourist from Denmark plan group trips to US Virgin Islands and heading to the cemetery is always on their list of “places to visit”. One of the tombstones that are of importance to the Danes is seeing the tombstone of my relative Aaron Bough who is the grand-son of Sarah Beaudhuy. The story of Aaron and Sophia Bough Danish connection has been past down throughout many generations. By seeing this tombstone at the cemetery and on-line it added credence to my own family history.
Aaron Bough & Sophia Bough, Grave #130 “In Memory of Aaron Bough and his wife Sophia born Netlohcs R.I.P.” The grave is of historical significance because of the woman buried there, Sophia Bough. Sophia’s maiden name was Netlohcs, which designates her as the illegitimate child of one of the Von Scholten’s. Born out of wedlock, Sophia was given a name that would not arouse scandal. Her father’s name “Scholten” was manipulated slightly by inverting the letter order and spelling it backwards in order to create the name “Netlohcs”.
Source: Royal Danish Consulate, (http://www.dkconsulateusvi.com: accessed August 14, 2012)
Church Records The journey begins:::
Through the attach church record I discovered that Sarah was the property belonging to Mr. Beaudjoy. From this document I was later able to identify Sarah owner as Anthony Beaudhuy whom there is no birth date, was a white plantation manager at Estate Betsey Jewels on St. Croix. By 1755 he was a co-owner with Jacob Boffron.
The estate consisted of 100 acres mostly of Caneland and 50 in other cultivation total 150 acres. By 1803 Anthony Beaudhuy was the sole owner of the estate with 26 slaves on the plantation managed by William Carty.
In 1779 Anthony Beaudhuy enters into the doors of the Anglican/Episcopal church with 3 slave children for baptism. Adam, Peter and Sarah… From hence these Mulatto slave children take on the Beaudhuy name.
I’d begun my genealogical journey at the St. Croix Landmarks library. My mother and I discovered that the Patriarch of the family was in the Danish West Indies during the Danish Slave Trade to St. Croix . Further research revealed that although the Patriarch was a free person of Color his mother was born into slavery we begin this journey with George mother, Sarah Beaudhuy who was born a slave in St.Croix, Danish West Indies in the second half of the 18th century.
Over the years and the many trips to the library, gravesites, as well as participating in family history displays, have heightened the interest of my own family history. I began to crave for more information as to their occupations, their lives, their families; and it has become a sweet addiction. As I try to satisfy the cravings of this addiction, perhaps by sharing this journey of these People of the Past we might find other Obsessions. Welcome to my journey
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