All children born on St Helena to women slaves from and after Christmas day
1818 were to be free. Hence, depending on the date of the baptism, the
implication of the entry could be that John Thomas (the child) was born
free, as well as born illegitimate, as evidenced by the different surnames,
and that his mother was still a slave.
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From: "gamblegenes" <gamblegenes@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 9:48 AM
Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Re: John Thomas Gamble
> Further to this message I have now found the baptism of John Thomas
> Gamble in 1818 (LDS film 0498605). The entry reads "John Thomas son
> of John Gamble and Mary Houndsworth/free/illegte".
> Can someone please tell me if the word "free" refers to the mother
> Mary or child John Thomas. If it refers to John Thomas does this
> mean that his mother Mary was a slave???
> Thank you