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Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Slave names

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  • Shaun Paulsen,
    Hi guys I also need help with slave name Tobias. They came to South Africa as free men, apparently slaves were set free then and people had the option to
    Message 1 of 38 , Jan 13, 2013
      Hi guys

      I also need help with "slave" name Tobias. They came to South Africa as free men, apparently slaves were set free then and people had the option to leave or stay. They left the island.

      Kind regards

      Sent from my iPad

      On 12 Jan 2013, at 9:51 AM, <su.monkey@...> wrote:


      Hi Nancy-Jo
      I also have the surname George in my ancestry, the records I found via the National Archives have them listed as “free” so I am presuming they were once slaves.
      I wonder if it is the same family...
      Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 7:23 PM
      Subject: Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Slave names

      Hello Nancy Jo
      There is a book called The Chinese Connection by Barbara B George from
      St Helena.... I'll contact her and see if she is happy for me to give
      her email address to the list
      Suggest you contact her for a copy
      Also read the St Helena Chronicles of 1853... not sure where you find
      them but Google should help

      On 10/01/2013 2:43 PM, Nancy-Jo Nunez wrote:
      > Does anyone have information or sources I could read online about
      > "slavery" on the island, I'm looking for my ancestors, who's last name
      > is George...not a common name for slaves in the US either. Any help
      > would be greatly appreciated.
      > Thank you.
      > Nancy-Jo Nunez
      > Sunnyvale, CA
      > *From:* Colin mailto:colin%40foxhome.plus.com>
      > *To:* mailto:st-helena-genealogy%40yahoogroups.com
      > *Sent:* Sunday, January 6, 2013 9:51 AM
      > *Subject:* [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Slave names
      > Keith, Having carried out quite a lot of research into the slaves on St
      > Helena, I would say that it was pretty uncommon for slaves to be named
      > after their owners. Generally, first generation slaves were give a
      > single name that could be the name of the ship they arrived on
      > (Cumberland) or the port from which it sailed (Pompey, London), or
      > classical names (Hercules) or months of the year (March, January). If
      > they married or co-habited and had children the children often took the
      > first name of their father as a last name – so we get David London etc.
      > Many female slaves married/cohabited with men from the garrison and they
      > would adopt the soldiers last name. The name ‘Bagley’ is a bit unusual
      > so I wouldn’t rule out a slave being named after the family. Of course
      > It was not unknown for a female slave to have a child by her owner
      > despite it being against the laws on the island and the child may have
      > been given the fathers name. A child’s status was governed by that of
      > the mother so would still have been classed as a slave even if it looked
      > as ‘white’ as the father. Alternatively it could just as well have been
      > by happenstance the name of the Captain of the ship who brought them to
      > the island.
      > Incidently, quite a lot of slaves were brought to the island from India
      > and the East Indies (Sumatra) and not just Madagascar – very few would
      > have come from West Africa. The ships calling at the island followed the
      > SE trade wind from the Cape and would have started their return voyage
      > from places on the rim of the Indian Ocean.
      > Colin
      > *From:mailto:%2Ast-helena-genealogy%40yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:mailto:st-helena-genealogy%40yahoogroups.com] *On Behalf Of *Keith Venables
      > *Sent:* 06 January 2013 11:52
      > *To:* mailto:st-helena-genealogy%40yahoogroups.com
      > *Subject:* Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Re: Bagley of St Helena
      > Hello Alison,
      > I'm not very well informed on such matters, but I do believe it was
      > usual for slaves to adopt their master's surname. Perhaps someone else
      > in the forum can add something to this theory?
      > From my limited research on St Helena at that time it seems it was
      > "normal" to have slaves, but I also think that they were better treated
      > than at most other countries/locations and we should consider them more
      > as servants, albeit with less free income and rights. I have many other
      > lines traced in England and domestic service features strongly,
      > especially in London. From what I can see they would have been better
      > off in St Helena!
      > Keith
      > On 6 Jan 2013, at 07:47, "Alison" mailto:alisoncalderwood%40yahoo.com.au
      > mailto:alisoncalderwood%40yahoo.com.au>> wrote:
      > Hi Keith,
      > Thanks for your reply. I'd hate to think they had slaves, but I guess
      > that is likely...I'm guessing you're suggesting the slaves took in the
      > surnames of their 'owners'?
      > Alison
      > --- In mailto:st-helena-genealogy%40yahoogroups.com, "keith" wrote:
      > >
      > > My wife is descended from an Ann Bagley, b1791 St Helena, daughter of
      > John Bagley.
      > >
      > > He was a slave, but by 1828 Ann was free when she married a Richard
      > Phillips.
      > >
      > > I'm assuming our Bagleys were at some time slaves of your Bagleys!
      > >
      > > regards,
      > > Keith
      > >
      > > --- In mailto:st-helena-genealogy%40yahoogroups.com, "Alison" wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Hi everyone,
      > > > I live in Australia. My gg grandfather was Thomas Gabriel Bagley
      > who was apparently born on St Helena around the 1820's. His father was
      > Richard Orlando Bagley we think.... We don't know how Thomas came to
      > Australia, but he came around 1852, and was described as a mining
      > engineer. He married 10 years later, and his children's names seem to
      > reflect those of relatives or others on St Helena: William Orlando,
      > Edward, George Carol, Jane Elizabeth, Thomas Gabriel Alexander ,Robert
      > Otto, Mary Ann Amelia, Matilda Amada, Frederick Doveton.
      > > >
      > > > Would love to know if anyone has any further information on this
      > family on St Helena, or even a comment to make about this information.
      > > >
      > > > thanks!
      > > >
      > > > Alison
      > > > Australia
      > > >
      > >
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    • donnelson723
      Hi Kevin. I have been looking for information on my Great Great Grandfather Thomas Clark who was born on St Helena in Jan 1813 and baptized in St James Church
      Message 38 of 38 , Nov 4, 2014
        Hi Kevin.  I have been looking for information on my Great Great Grandfather Thomas Clark who was born on St Helena in Jan 1813 and baptized in St James Church in Mar 1813,  I have been unable to find any information on his parents;  His record of his baptism should show their names.  I do not know where to get the information on St James and noticed that you have information St James records.  Would you possibly have a web site or other information which I could research the information?

        Thank You
        Don Nelson 
        Arizona  USA

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        Sent: Tue, Nov 4, 2014 4:40 am
        Subject: Re: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Bagley of St Helena [1 Attachment]

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        Hi all,

        John Allen Bagley was born on 4 Sep 1880 on St Helena Island and baptised at St James' Church on 6 Oct 1880. See attached baptism register.



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