1608Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Toby, The Slave
- Nov 5, 2012Thank you for your rapid response. It is now 10:33pm in South Africa and I just completed a very in depth research on Napoleons and Betsy's memoirs.
The search lingers on.
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On 05 Nov 2012, at 10:00 PM, Caroline Gaden <cagaden@...> wrote:
> Hello Shaun
> Toby is depicted in a picture showing the meeting of Napoleon with the
> two Misses Balcombe ... it was in a painting called Napoléon à L'ile Ste
> Hélêne by artist Edouard -August Villain.
> The original is apparently hanging in the Château de Malmaison et
> Bois-Préau near Paris.... there are many web sites selling copies of it
> as a poster of the Balcombe girls meeting the Emperor (about £25-£30
> seems to be the going rate.)
> I'm sorry I can't help with any details of Toby or his family, nor the
> servant/slave who accompanied the family to England....
> Lowe's paranoia about the Balcombe's friendship with Napoleon continued
> even after they had left the Island (in March 1818). The Balcombe's had
> taken with them to England one of their servants, a local woman born on
> the Island. A year later she decided to return to her home on board the
> HEIC ship "Larkins". It was noted that the "Larkins" arrived having on
> board a black female servant of Mr Balcombe. This poor inoffensive woman
> had, it appeared (through attachment to Mr Balcombe's family)
> accompanied them to England, a crime you may suppose of no small
> magnitude in the eyes of Sir Hudson Lowe. Innocent, however, as the
> conduct of this harmless old creature was, the officers and men of the
> "Larkins" were doomed to suffer the greatest inconvenience for their
> humanity in giving her a passage to her native country. They were not
> permitted to land for two days in consequence in having her on board nor
> were the restrictions placed on them removed until the most
> inquisitorial examination before Sir Thomas Reade took place of this
> unoffending woman's person, papers and baggage. (Letter from St Helena
> Sept 1819)
> I mentioned various slaves in my earlier post, see below, but that is
> all the information I have found, sorry I can't be of more help
> All the best
> from family of William Balcombe of "The Briars"
> On 6/11/2012 5:25 AM, shaun wrote:
>> Hi Everyone
>> I may have found the missing TOBIAS family from St Helena. Look at the
>> following mail:
>> "According to the India Office Family History Search pages Mr and Mrs
>> (William) Balcombe had several slaves during the time frame 1805-1818:
>> Priscilla slave of Mr Chamberlain married George Christopher, slave of
>> Mr Balcombe .Richard William and Ann, slave to Mrs Balcombe had three
>> children baptised, Charles William, James Henry and Sarah Martha. Robert
>> was a son born to Mary, slave to Mr Balcombe and there was also the
>> slave Toby, their gardener who was a favourite of Napoleon. None of them
>> were born after 25 Dec 1818 (when children were born free) so all were
>> still slaves after that date. Please can you advise if these people were
>> accorded the dignity of their own surnames? Are there any descendents
>> still left on the Island?
>> Many thanks
>> Toby is short for TOBIAS and a sketch that appears with the "gardener
>> slave appears with Napoleon. The resemblance to a living relative is
>> I need for information on TOBY...where he come from, ship records... he
>> was Christened 19th December 1802 (Where & Which Church)...any siblings
>> born to him...when he died...where he is buried. etc.
>> Please HELP any you have any information.
>> Shaun Paulsen
>> +2784 631 7487
>> shaunpaulsen@... <mailto:shaunpaulsen%40yahoo.com>
>> skype: sspaulsen11
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