A brief reply on the legal circumstances at the time, rather
than the social ones.
The importation of slaves to St Helena was prohibited in
A local law passed in 1818, under Governor Hudson
Lowe, provided that children born to a slave woman after Christmas Day 1818 were
to be free.
The UK's 'Abolition of Slavery Act', passed in 1833, did
not apply to the territories of the East India
Slavery on St Helena was only made illegal in 1839 by a local
law, 'An Ordinance for the Abolition of Slavery in the Island of St.
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Sent: Saturday, August 11, 2007 9:44 PM
Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Children of Slaves
One of the intriguing things to come out of the improved access
British Library records for St Helena is that my direct family line
increased by at least two more people. However the new names are
chilren born to my 4th GGF Lt John Melliss (Ass Surgeon) and "his slave
Clarissa Scott". There is also another Melliss child but no father
mentioned - the mother Mary was an "emancipated slave".
be surprised that this has happened as it has throughout
history. I am
keen to find out more about the social conditions on St
1812-1820 that may have lead to and or tolerated this.
were baptised so recognised by the Church. I have not
found them back
in England like the children of both my grandparents
so, if they survived,
they most probably had reason to remain on the
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