Bermuda History – Genealogy
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I am descended from John Bonnel and Mary Ann Yates mentioned in a previous post. I was wondering if any information was found about them especially their parents.
My maternal ggrandfather was Capt. Henry Hilgrove Hollis of Bailey’s Bay. (My grandmother, Matilda Hollis, emigrated to the US in 1900.) My family had about 1000 letters between HHH and his wife, which we donated to the Bermuda archives. I’m trying to find more information about the family legend that John Hollis, a goldsmith in London in the early 1600’s, was “impressed” into the Royal Navy, and so didn’t die with the rest of the family in the Black Plague of 1603 (their deaths are documented in a professionally researched genealogy, which I have). Family lore says that John Hollis jumped ship in Bermuda, and founded the family there. This seems unlikely, as desertion was a capital offense, I thought. What can you tell me about how and when John Hollis arrived in Bermuda?
I am sorry that I was not made aware of your post to the Genealogy brochure at http://www.bnl.bm. I too am a descendant, although our family legend was that John Hollis bought his way off the ship in Bermuda(?). Family genealogist, Mrs. Betty Hollis, quoted Capt. Henry Hollis as writing “The first Hollis who came to Bermuda and who was the ancestor of all the Hollises in Bermuda was named John, he was seized when a lad by a Press Gang one night in the streets of London and pub aboard a Man of War and after serving some time finally obtained his discharge in Bermuda. He was so pleased with the place, he decided to make it his home.”
Betty Hollis postulated that ‘our’ John Hollis was the one baptized in Twickenham Parish Church, Middlesex, England on 27 July 1744, son of John and Margaret. Information she collected indicates that John Hollis served in the Royal Navy between 1775 to 1781. Captain John Hollis married Jane Mason in Bermuda on October 28, 1782. There is further supporting information that speculates on just how Captain John Hollis would have met the young Miss Mason (of Virginia, with a Bermuda-born mother).
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. – Ellen Jane Hollis, Local Studies Librarian.
As follow-up to my April 14, 2016 post, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation did respond to my letter about a month ago.
Looking for information on my Mother-in-law’s family. She was born in Padget, then married Donald Anglin, who is American. They came to America, and they had resided here until their individual deaths in the USA. Her name is Ruth Marie Robinson.
Thank you, for you time and consideration.
Thank you, for you time and consideration.
Looking for any information on the family of Frederick William Stanley Usher who passed away in Bermuda during the late 1970’s. He was a taxi driver for many years, and I believe his mother’s name was Ruth. Thanks
I am a decendent of Captain Henry Hilgrove Hollis. We have continued until this very generation to have named a Hollis amongst us. Many items, writings, manifests and possessions can be counted in the trunks preserved over time by various family members. I believe we have a book of transcriptions. We have continued to plant, cultire and divide some of the lily bulbs that were used to create perfume on the family’s flower plantations established generations ago. I am curious about other documentation about Hollis heritage and plan to make a trip of it to finally discover my forebearers and their legacy. In your opinion, what is a good resource to begin my learning adventure — can you recommend a book? a website? a museum? All of the above?
Kindly, and with thanks,
Hello, I am interested in finding out more about my ancestors who came from England to Bermuda then to Carlisle, PA.
1. Ann Fox b. 1731 unknown
2. James Edward Stiles b. 1786 in Bermuda
Thank you for any help you may be able to give me.
Good afternoon Ellen:
This replies to Liza’s posting of October 19, 2016 in connection with her question about Edward James Stiles.
There was an Edward James Stiles born July 25, 1786 in Bermuda who married Ann Duncan. E.J.S. was son of James Stiles (Edward, Daniel, Daniel, John) and Mary Ward. Reference free book available at google.books.com called, ” The Stiles family in America: Genealogies of the Connecticut Family….” I assume antecedents are in the book.
I am researching John Seymour Howell. B. 1812 (approx) on Somerset Island, Bermuda.
I am trying to trace his online Birth Records to establish his father’s and mother’s name which I believe to be John Howell and Elizabeth Burch Seymour.
If anyone else is or has researched the Howell /Seymour family in the early 1800’s I would love to be connected with them.
If any online records are available to me please send me some weblinks as I live in the UK.
Many Thanks for all your help.Lynn mace
Probably have some common antecedents,as you can see from the next post on this page.
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My great grandfather Henry Wells was in he Army in Bermuda. He married a local girl Ella Laura Palmer on 14th June 1866 in St peter’s Church, St Georges.
Ella Laura was born on 4th April 1848.
Henry bought himself out of the army in 1874 and went to work for Joseph M Hayward.
The family came back to England in 1875.
Can anyone help me with information on Ella laura Palmer and her family?
I’m looking for details from a marriage record for a John Howell who marries Elizabeth Burch Seymour and I have May 1814 as the date of marriage. I am trying to find out more about John so I can trace his lineage. I believe that I can trace Elizabeth back through Bermuda’s history.
Can anyone help with my conundrum? I have a lot of references to people who could be relatives/ancestors but no definite links.
My Spence family were from Freeport, Long Island, New York and I thought they originated in Ireland and/or Scotland but I keep finding old newspaper articles form the late C19th to mid C20th referring to Spences who either definitely are or would seem to be my ancestors living in and having property in Bermuda over multiple generations even going back to the time when it was known as ‘Devil’s eye’. However, I just can’t tie it all down with actual records. I have looked through a list of inhabitants in Bermuda & all the other resources on Rootsweb to no avail. I have seen references to a Captain Spence in the early 1800s but have no particular link to him.
It seems that the eldest son was always named Thomas James Spence after the father over eight generations and they apparently had business interests in both Freeport, Long Island and in Bermuda. In the newspaper reports of obituaries and social events in Nassau County, Long Island references to the Thomas Jameses always say ‘of Freeport and Bermuda’ or even ‘of Bermuda fame & fortune’. Apparently various family members were buried in the Spence plot in Bermuda and there are references to their ‘estate’ which may be the ‘South Estate’ in Devonshire parish. I also found a reference to ‘Spence’s Hill’ which doesn’t seem to exist on maps now.
It would seem likely that a long standing residence should have left a trace but I haven’t found any. One particular event was the death & burial in Bermuda of Amelia Spence and at the same time her great grandfather Thomas James Spence as reported in a Nassau County newspaper dated 14th Feb 1800. Another burial in Bermuda was of Lieutenant Albert H Spence (1887-1918) as reported in the Freeport newspaper of 31st Jul 1918.
The Thomas James Spence family members I do know about for sure include an uncle (born in Brooklyn) & g/father (born in Freeport) & a gg/father (born in Belfast, N. Ireland).
I would be really grateful if anyone could give me some clues. I am in England and have never been to Bermuda. Are there churchyard plots with old graves one can still see or records somewhere of those buried? Perhaps there are records which have not yet been digitized.
In hope & with thanks in advance,
Can anyone help with information or a marriage record in Hamilton, Bermuda for Catherine Jean Wylie & James Flood? Their engagement announcement was recorded on 9th March 1954 in the Nassau County (Long Island, New York) News and she was apparently the niece of a Thomas James Spence living in Bermuda and who was to give her away.
You may need to contact the Bermuda Registrar General’s office for this information. Please note that the research done by a Registry officer costs $58 per hour (or any part thereof).
Indexes and Certificates of Births, Marriages, Deaths
All births, marriages and deaths in Bermuda should have been registered with the local registrar. Information about Bermuda’s Registry General can be found at: http://www.registrygeneral.gov.bm
Queries can be phoned in or emailed to:
General Enquires: (441) 297-7739 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternately, please contact the staff at:
The Registry General
1st floor, Government Administration Building
30 Parliament Street,
Hamilton HM 12,
– Ellen Jane Hollis, Local Studies Librarian
My maternal grandmother was Julia Desrosiers (née Olney Ingham).
I have pasted together a large part of our family tree, but have hit a brick wall with respect to Elizabeth Mary Frith (née James), who was born in Bermuda sometime around 1770 – and passed away 26 Aug 1836 in Sandy’s Parish, Paget, Bermuda.
would you happen to have any information on her parents & grand parents?
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