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1895Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Re: St. Helena's Connection with New Orleans, Louisiana in 1866

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  • Leonard Meek
    Sep 19, 2013
      Linda, during the 1800's, Hawaii was the whaling capitol of the Pacific, Lahaina, Maui to be specific. I would guess that whaling ships made stops at St. Helena from time to time, and probably took on crew members there. One of my ancestors came here to Hawaii on a whaling ship, and another went to New Bedford, MA, also likely on a whaling ship. If any of your ancestors worked for French speaking families, maybe they opted for a location where French was spoken, ie; New Orleans.
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      From: Linda
      Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:46 AM
      Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Re: St. Helena's Connection with New Orleans, Louisiana in 1866


      Thanks for the historical information.  It will certainly help.  I know that slaves on St. Helena were emancipated in 1827, and so I am still questioning why folks would leave  in the 1860's - about 40 years after slavery was abolished.  Slavery was abolished in the US with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 and I was wondering if this, along with the depressed economy of St. Helena at that time, prompted folks to leave. 

      I realize that Napoleon died in the 1830's and so there is little connection with New Orleans after that. I still can't figure out why there is so much information in the 1860s about St. Helena in the New Orleans newspapers. 

      I found it interesting that some of the St. Helena folks made their way all the way to Hawaii and this leads me to believe the folks on the island may have taken any ship going any where to leave the island. By the way, does anyone know of the  type of ship that may have taken folks away from the island.  I know steam ships were still rare in in 1860's, but would a schooner be the appropriate vessel or maybe a whaling vessel?  I want to start the first chapter of my family history book with my 5 year old  great grandmother in 1867 - leaving the island of St. Helena without her mother for the US - and try to capture the experience of the boat/ship moving away from the island out to the Atlantic Ocean. Any suggestions for a dramatic beginning???

      Linda Mehlinger 
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