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Wedding Wednesday- She was just Seventeen

Alfred Ernest Muckle and Julia Cleopatra Bough married on April 26th, 1885 in the English Episcopal Church in Christiansted, Danish West Indies. (Now the US Virgin Islands) As shown in the Register of Marriages 1867-1901 St. Johns Anglican Church.

St Johns Marriage Register Click for larger view

St Johns Marriage Register
Click for larger view

My 3x great-aunt Julia C. Bough was a 17-year-old seamstress, her husband Alfred Ernest Muckle was a 23-year-old Factory Clerk, both from Christiansted St. Croix.

Witnesses were: Peter Bough, and Alfred Hennerman. Minister officiating was Ch. Brauch, Curate in charge.

St. Johns Anglican Church Bell Tower

St. Johns Anglican Church Bell Tower

The church Bells rang out joyfully for the new couple!!
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Muckle.

Wishful Wednesday – Chat and chew with Nancy of Africa

Here’s a new blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers, called Wishful Wednesdays. The page for Wishful Wednesdays says, “What ancestor do you wish you could have met?”

I thought of quite a few ancestors I wish I could have met. Then I thought, why not start from the beginning. I chose my earliest ancestor (that I know of) and my latest find which is Nancy the African, my 4th grand-mother. (Featured once in a prior post called “Thursday Treasure 1855 census.”)

According to the St. Croix Census of the Danish West Indies my 4th grand-mother Nancy was born in Africa, described as one with a good moral character. There are so many moments in her life that I wish I could be a part of for this post. However, I settled on being a part of the “Winter Years” of her life, as Nancy recalls her journey, unlocking her past, I listen anxiously.

Below I attempt to describe my Wishful Wednesday chat and chew (meeting/interview) with Nancy through pictures and text. beginning with the census establishing her birth place.

nancy-1855 St. Croix Danish West Indies Census

nancy-1855 St. Croix Danish West Indies Census

Captured, classified as cargo, departing Africa to the Caribbean. Approximately a 100 day voyage before arriving on St.Croix, the Danish West Indies.



Two girls bet the ages of 12- 14 Nancy and Petronella both of Africa stood on the auction block, and was sold for 800 Rigsdaler to a Danish Sea Captain.



I turned to Nancy and asked did you ever dream of a better day. Then I pulled out the family tree scroll and pointed to her descendants, along with telling the stories about how they overcame the obstacles and challenges despite its limitation, that would shape a legacy that would make her proud.

Bough Family Scroll

Bough Family Scroll

Joy and hope, filled my soul when discovering the life of Nancy that seemingly been closed, has consumed me with a need to engage my grandchildren with creating a project, looking at Nancy’s life from the eyes of a child that would celebrate the memory of Nancy. We cherish and honor her survival.

Almost forgetting the most important yet delicate part of the interview; was when I would ask my Nancy to tell me about her Mama and Papa, and as her eyes watered from the experience of exile and deep isolation, I whispered, say no more. Look and see how your flock has spread across the World. With that Nancy got the pots going and we chewed on some fry fish and johnny-cake.

Bough Family Reunion 2012

Bough Family Reunion 2012

Matrilineal Monday- Sarah Beaudhuy

Tracing my ancestor’s life in the Danish West Indies, St. Croix  in particular has been a genealogical journey over many years.  Although, I have not been able to obtain family history or any oral history, it is through my research into the census, church records, genealogical resources, along with the help of other researchers.  I am able  to re-create my 4 great-grand mother,   Sarah Beaudhuy.

Sarah was born into slavery in and about 1772 in St. Croix, Danish West Indies, baptized at the Dutch Reform Church, her race listed as Mulatto.  (offspring of a white and black) Sarah’s early years in slavery were not entirely worked out.  However Sarah was listed in the Estate Inventory of valued at 400 rd (source: Betsy’s Jewels Inventory)

Anthony Beaudhuy,  presumed the father of Sarah was a White planter, half owner, and slave owner with Jacob Boffron of Sugar Plantation Betsey Jewels on St. Croix 1772-1776 , from  1790-1799 half owner and slave owner with William Wood of Estate Betsey Jewels, St. Croix.   (Source: Colby files)

Securing any information on Sarah mother birth date or place of birth has been unsuccessful.  It remains unknown, and perhaps I will never know, whether Sarah’s mother was amongst those in the middle passage of the slave ships that arrived in the Danish West Indies from Africa; or whether she was transported in from another Caribbean Island.

In November 28, 1779, shows a baptismal record at St. Johns Anglican Church, Christiansted, St. Croix where Adam, Peter and Sarah, three mulatto children belonging to Anthony Beaudhuy were re-baptized, and took on the Beaudhuy name. (Source Christiansted ,Anglican Church Baptisms & Birth)  It is assumed that the father of these three children is Anthony Beaudhuy.  Sarah grew up together with her brothers and remained with the Beaudhuy family.

By 1800, Mr. Anthony Beaudhuy freed his children Peter, Adam and Sarah.  Sarah Beaudhuy received her freedom certificate from then Governor Malleville as recorded in Christiansted City Court April 24, 1797. (Source: Christiansted,  panteprotokol 1749-1801)

Anthony Beaudhuy dies the beginning of 1802; his 26 slaves were gifted to his daughter Anna Beaudhuy-Wood.   (Source: interisland movements 1802-1830)

Genealogical sources, suggest that Sarah’s adjustment to freedom was not altogether difficult.  She supported herself as a seamstress, resided in the town of Christiansted between Queen, Prince, Market Street all properties belonging Anthony Beaudhuy.   (Sources: St. Croix Census 1815, 1832)

Following Sarah Beaudhuy and her children through the census and church records indicated that by 1806, she had given birth to three (3) free-born children, Peter, David and George, because of her free legal status.  Two of her sons died in childhood while one survives into adulthood that gives rise to The Boughs of US Virgin Islands.

Sarah lived with her son George Anthony Bough at the family home Christiansted, St. Croix. In the records of death Sara Beaudhuy died at the ripe old age of 96 in December of 1868. (Source: MM1884/roll 18/NARA 601 Records of death 1865-1874) She out-lived her son, and was living with her daughter-in-law and grand-children, at the time of death.

In an effort, to bring my family Matriarch,  Sarah Beaudhuy, lineage forward I submitted a public family tree “Beaudhuy”on ancestry.com.   Receiving a genealogy chart,  by another researcher, of Anthony Beaudhuy and his wife Catherine Thomas, with their off-springs (Sarah’s half siblings and cousins) was a gem, it peaked my interest to see where  the results would lead.

By looking  into the Danish and US Federal Census records I found additional surnames. Such as: Wood, Moth, and Beverhoudt all of which are branches on the tree.  I discovered through the passenger records, as well as  public family trees on ancestry, that during the 19th Century, most had migrated to New Orleans USA, or returned to Denmark.

At times hints and sources appear on the Beaudhuy tree with prompts to connect to other public trees.  I suppose that anyone, who submits a public family tree on ancestry, with similar data receives the same hints and prompts.  Therefore, I have hesitated to reach out.  Well frankly, I intend to give it some time before I share the story of my 4th great-grandmother.

Thankful Thursday

For the past couple of weeks, I have been visiting with my aged parents in Georgia.   From this visit, I was reminded of the goodness of God and how thankful I am that I did not have to visit a nursing home, or see them on a hospital bed.  My parents were always young at heart.  Dad, showing off his new car, and being in my mother’s presence after two years was precious.

During my trip I stayed with my mother.  You see my parents have been divorced for many years.    However, in the past 3 years, both of my parents live in the same state of Georgia.  I wanted to find something of value to do with my Dad that would be a lasting experience.   Looking back, I realize that time spent with my father as an adult is slim to none.

Remembering, how he looked forward to watching the weekly TV Series,   “Who Do You Think You Are” An idea came across my mind.  I called my father and asked:  How would you like to have your very own “who do you think you are” moment?  He was excited, and I was interested in searching out information on my paternal side from Savannah, Georgia. (Most of my research has been on my maternal side: US Virgin Islands)

We made plans to visit The National Archives at Atlanta.  As we entered the building, we were both quite impressed with the mural displays of historical pictures.  After viewing the wall display of World War I Draft Registration Cards of famous persons, we decided to begin our search with World War I draft registration card.

First, we were directed to fill out a research identification card application, once completed we were given a box of draft cards.    We looked up my grandfather Charlie Matthews.  Lo and behold we found his draft registration card as well as his brother’s.   As my Dad closely examined the draft card, his face had the look (as only folks who perform this “act of love” can relate when it’s your first find) of Fascination!  From draft registration cards, to census records, and a glimpse of the Freedmen’s Bureau.   It was a day well spent.

Yes!  The “Who Do You Think You Are” moment did occur when looking at the 1920 census.   Still, overall my Dad continues to make use of his research card, with his new interest, new set of friends, and as for me a new conversation with my father.  For that I am thankful!


SUNDAY’S OBITUARY -August Curtis Bough

Reverend August Curtis Bough

St. Croix Avis, Newspaper-March 20, 1939 Obituary  

Rev. A.C.  Bough (1866-1939)

We regret to record the death of Rev. A. C. Bough, 73 years, of Frederiksted A.M.E.  Church, which sad event took place Saturday evening about 7 o’clock, at the home of his son, Mr. Kaj Bough,  Christiansted.  The funeral which took place yesterday afternoon was attended by a large and representative gathering, including Frederiksted and the country districts.

Rev. Bough was one of our popular and respected citizens, and the large number of people who followed his remains to the last resting place of man – the grave, showed the high esteem in which deceased was held in this community.

Five ministers were in attendance at the funeral.  Rev. E.E. Johnson, of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Rev. Robeson, of St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church, Rev. C.S. Mayhew of the Church of the Nazarene, and Rev. E.C. Phaire of the Pilgrim Holiness Church were guest ministers and occupied seats in the altar.  The five ministers led the long funeral procession.  District Attorney James Bough, Mr. Kaj Bough and Mr. Oscar Bough sons of the deceased, as chief mourners walked directly behind the hearse.

The bearers were:  Judge D. Hamilton Jackson, Attorney R.H. Amphlett Leader, Chief of Police G. Ebbesen, Messers, Anselmo Fabio, M.G. Fabio and Wesley Motta.  Mrs. Harry. Taylor and Acting Administrator R. Petersen drove in the Administration car.  Administrator Taylor is in St. Thomas.  In the procession was a long line of motor cars numbering thirty-four.

To the members of the bereaved family we tender our sincere condolence.

Requiescat in Pace

I had heard wonderful stories about my great-grandfather, August C. Bough, his popularity as a retail merchant, landowner and Reverend/co-founder of the AME church in Christiansted St. Croix.

Finding August Bough obituary on the Microfilm Roll was a joy and a gift.  In fact, it was the gift that kept on giving.  It helped substantiate the oral history, plus gave the date my grandfather died.  Now all roads were leading to the Vital Statistics office to request a death certificate of August C. Bough.
When I received the death certificate it was the evidence that corroborated with my earlier research.  (relief) Plus the death certificate revealed the cause of death.  Hemorrhage into Cerebrum.   Suddenly, I had that OprahTada! Moment.  I wanted to do more with my genealogy other than the basics.

  With eagerness, I wanted to begin the research as to causes of death of my ancestors. I decided that the information gathered would be the core to create a detailed attractive graph.  The finished creation would be distributed to the family members, to study with the purpose of looking at our health in a new way.

Will keep you posted as to whether an exercise session becomes the results of these new findings.  This is another task in progress.


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