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1455RE: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] 1827 Listing of Slaves

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  • Christine Adams
    Nov 24, 2011
      It was a reasonably common scenario. My Dowling and Legg ancestors immigrated directly to Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of MA in 1857 as I recall. Practically all of the younger males were seamen, and the young women married seamen. I think I submitted a breakdown of US census entries in 1860 or thereabouts to this group's website about a year ago. It was a compilation of all persons in the US who gave "St Helena" as their birthplace. There is a fine whaling museum in New Bedford, I found a bit of info there when I visited years back.
      Unlike the major Atlantic ports like NY and Philadelphia, there are very few extant passenger lists for the minor MA ports of entry, New Bedford, Edgartown, etc. With the more extensive availability of historical newspapers on line [for a fee of course] it's possible that there might be some information contained in the newspapers of those areas, although it's hard to imagine they routinely published a full crew list for every incoming vessel.
      Unless they were bringing their familiies, the few records I have seen suggest that single men were much more likely to hire on as crew than pay passage.
      I haven't worked my St Helena lines in several years, so could be missing newer info.


      To: lemeek@...; st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com
      From: caulton@...
      Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 17:02:16 -0600
      Subject: Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] 1827 Listing of Slaves

      Hmm, this interests me.  My ancestor, a "Mittons," also came to New Bedford MA directly from St Helena, possibly as a whales.  Anyone know of any sources to look up this scenario? Does anyone know if this was common?

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      From: "Leonard Meek" <lemeek@...>
      Date: Mon, Nov 21, 2011 4:25 pm
      Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] 1827 Listing of Slaves
      To: <st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com>

      John, last year you posted a request for info on the name, "Maggott." I have some tentative data on a Benjamin Maggott, who was my G-G-G-Grandfather. He was a slave for the East India Company. The name (in our case) was apparently changed to Magnett. There were at least two lines of Magnett descendants, one settling in New Bedford and the other in Hawaii. I'm sure there were others that I'm not aware of. I hope this helps.


       ----- Original Message -----
       From: John Dady
       To: st-helena-genealogy@yahoogroups.com
       Sent: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:12 AM
       Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] 1827 Listing of Slaves

       Hi Colin,
       I would appreciate any listing you have found of the name "Maggott" or it's variants.


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