Bough Breaks the Color Barrier

As the first Black History Month of this new decade, February of 2020, was commemorated at St. Francis College (SFC) Brooklyn Heights, NY,  the Athletics department kicked it off by honoring Al Innis, center with the 1955-56 St. Francis Terriers, who was the Metropolitan New York Conference Regular Season Champions with a 21—4 record. He …

52 Ancestors #15 Isabella Barzey of the Danish West Indies

As you may know, I am participating in Amy Crow's 52 week ancestors with the 52 week Challenge. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/ Although this is the 18th Week; I am posting #15  and hope to catch up with the rest of the bloggers before the month is over.   I was recently given a letter that was written by …

Freedom in the Danish West Indies

Today, July 3rd is Emancipation Day a Holiday throughout the US Virgin Islands formerly the Danish West Indies. Emancipation Day commemorates the day in 1848 when enslaved Africans on St. Croix demanded their freedom and won their freedom, and for all slaves throughout the territory. This day is full of activities beginning with the annual …

Shopping Saturday – A.C. BOUGH STORES

My great-grandfather August Curtis Bough was one of the islands greatest merchants on St. Croix. When I settled on St. Croix in the mid 70’s, saw his name boldly posted (AC Bough Stores) on one of the buildings in the town of Christiansted; I made a subconscious commitment to know more about my family history. …

Happy blogiversary !

Well I began writing a year ago today with a focus on “My Genealogical Journey”. I can say like most, time flies when your’e having fun. More importantly the Geneabloggers Community has been very supporting; the comments have been inspiring; the likes are encouraging. Thanks for coming along this journey. I appreciate your well wishes.

Friends of friends Friday- Grandmother purchases Granddaughters Freedom, St. Croix, DWI, 1817

In 2007, the VI Ancestry Discovery Group hosted “VI Family Tree & History Exhibit,” on St. Croix. I was among the 75-plus presenters sharing my family history in public for the first time. Gathering, collecting data and working with Project Coordinator Veronica “Ronnie” Phillips; I began to think about not just what; but also how …

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. My 3x great-aunt Julia C. Bough was a 17-year-old seamstress, her husband Alfred Ernest Muckle was …

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. …