Category: <span>England</span>

An interesting newspaper article in a September 1839 issue of the St Christopher Gazette and Charibbean Courier reported that a petition had been submitted to the House of Commons in London, by an MP named Sir Stephen Lushington. Lushington (1782-1873) was the Oxford educated son of the chairman of the…

My husband’s great-great-grandfather was Richard Johnson Marshall (about 1845-1922), who was born in Antigua. He was educated there to be a teacher, and settled in St Kitts where he worked as a school master for several decades. He may very well have been the son of enslaved parents, and his…

I have written about the startling discovery that my husband descended (through an out-of-wedlock birth) from the Reverend Roger Kedington (1750-1818), a Cambridge educated clergyman who came from a line of lawyers, clergy, and land owners. Although Roger held a series of clerical appointments in the Anglican church, including a…

My husband’s great-grandfather Burchell Edward Marshall (1873-1951) was the son of a school teacher who became a prosperous businessman and landowner in his native St Kitts. During the first half of the 20th century, he owned a number of sugar cane estates on the island, which was not typical for…

In researching my husband’s Cannonier ancestors from St Kitts, I have come across connections to Cannoniers from Montserrat. I’ve also found one Cannonier who appears on the small West Indian island of Dominica. Originally populated by the native Ortoroid, Arawak and then Kalinago (also known as Carib) peoples, it was…

An online book selling marketplace is offering for sale a letter written in 1831 to my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather from St Kitts, Frederick Walton Mallalieu. In the letter, a London banker named William Wilson is pushing the services of his newly formed firm of Hankeys, Plummer & Wilson, in the…

A 1764 diary of one Jabez Fitch provides a quick glimpse into an episode in one of my Brewster ancestor’s history. Jabez, a cousin of my 6th great-grandfather William Brewster, wrote about meeting William when he traveled from his home in the Oblong area of Dutchess County, New York to…

The voices of enslaved people of the past can sometimes be heard, albeit rarely and in painfully brief snippets. On the island of St Kitts, once part of the British West Indies, slavery existed until the 1830s. While the enslaved were brutally treated and had precious few rights, one avenue…

A couple of weeks ago, I was idly googling about my husband’s Martin ancestors from Norfolk who were millers or in mill management. Using the search terms “John Martin” and “mill” brought up a hit that was a bit of a shock, and opened up a whole new family branch…