Wordless Wednesday – Bough Family Gathering March 29-30, 2017

During the 100th anniversary commemoration of Transfer Day, when the Danish West Indies were formally transferred from Denmark to the United States, the Bough family of the U.S. Virgin Islands gathered again on St. Croix to celebrate our cultural blend and share family history.   "   One of the things that binds us as …

Sunday’s Obituary – Miss Sarah O. Bough, 1931

For this blogging prompt: I selected an ancestor who was on the threshold of adulthood, as well as a freshman entering Hampton Institute in Virginia. In my mind, Sarah experienced the feelings of arrival and gratefulness before her life was cut short. Portsmouth VA- September 25 1931 -  Miss Sarah Otella Bough, 18 year old …

Census Sunday – USVI 1857 (danish period)

Whenever I look at the 1857 census which I retrieved from ancestry.com, I recognize that the composition of the household is of a different time; a time when families lived together. Today, the ancestors could not possibly conceive in their minds, how most families are not living together and rather live apart in distant places. …

Military Monday- Army Nurse

Kathryn Yiensena Bough was born on March 18, 1909 to Harold Bough of St. Croix, a retired Wardroom Steward of the US Navy, and Maggie Keeling of Virginia, a retired Teacher, in the Public School System.   Kathryn was the 4th of seven sisters (known as the Bough girls in Portsmouth Virginia). Kathryn, a Registered Nurse, …

Tombstone Tuesday-Amelia Marcus

The first time I was shown the grave-sites of my great-great grandmother Amelia Marcus, and my great-grandfather's first wife, Mary Eliza, I was pleasantly surprised of the upkeep, and the poetry which was written on the tombstones. The lyrics told me about the love and dedication that my great-grandfather August Bough felt towards his mother, …