blank [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

Family And Friends

How to find people on St Helena

blank [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

A family without a black sheep is not a typical family.
Heinrich Böll

If you want to trace long lost relatives or friends on St Helena, or just find a pen-pal, here are some tips.

This page is in indexes: Island History, Island People, Island Detail

Family And Friends [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

Below: Please don’t…Who to contact - living peopleWho to contact - deceased peopleHow to find a pen-palDid your person do something notable on St Helena?Read More

Please don’t…

contact us! We do not have access to the St Helena Archives and are not part of the Museum of St Helena. Neither were we born here. So all we could do is pass on your query to one of the places listed below, and it will be quicker if you contact them yourself.

Who to contact - living people

Carnival, 2012 [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

The best way to locate living people is to try and find them in the Telephone Book. Sure South Atlantic Limited have put the telephone directory online. Failing that, call Sure South Atlantic Limited Directory Enquiries on (+290) 22222 (24hrs).

An alternative might be to see if the person is on Facebook™, or write a letter to the Editor of the St Helena Sentinel or St Helena Independent.

Who to contact - deceased people

Flax washing, 1962 [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

Here are the main possible sources of information:

  1. The St Helena Archives: email Karen Henry: Karen.Henry@sainthelena.gov.sh or telephone (+290) 22470 and ask for ‘Archives’ (8:30am-4pm GMT, Mon-Fri){1}.

  2. The Museum of St Helena: email museum@helanta.co.sh or telephone (+290) 22845 (8:30am-4pm GMT, Mon-Fri).

  3. On Facebook™, e.g.:

  4. The Yahoo!™ group groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/st-helena-genealogy/info.

  5. St Helena Church records are online here: www.historicalpapers.wits.ac.za/?inventory/U%2Fcollections&c=AB2073/R%2F7365.

  6. Write a letter to the Editor of the St Helena Sentinel or St Helena Independent.

You might also want to consult our Origins of island surnames page to see if your person’s name appears.

If you create a website about your relative, please send us the link so we can include it in the list (below). It maybe helpful to someone researching an overlapping family.

How to find a pen-pal

Postage stamp, 2016 [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

Despite our slow postal service people do seem to value St Helenian pen-pals. If you want to find a pen-pal on St Helena, your best approach is to write a letter to the St Helena Sentinel or St Helena Independent (it’s printed free) setting out who you are and what sort of person you would like to hear from.

Did your person do something notable on St Helena?

Arnold monument [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

If so they might be included on one of our following pages:

If they aren’t on any of these, but you think they should be, please contact us.

If you create a website about your relative, please send us the link so we can include it in the list (below). It maybe helpful to someone researching an overlapping family.

And if you have any stories about their time here we might want to publish them on our Memories of St Helena page.

Read More

Below: Family History LinksArticle: “Joan’s famous ancestor came to live in Bath”Article: “New Zealand Couple seek distant family connection”

Family History Links

We present below links to some family history websites or other sources relating to present or past St Helena families. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and if you know of a site that should be linked here please contact us. Also please note that we don’t have the resources to continuously check that all these links remain valid; if you spot a link that no longers works please contact us.

Name(s)

Site/page link or email

Kendall; Mittens

ccd185.magix.net/public/family/kendall.html

Mason, Rich

oa.anu.edu.au/essay/18

Mason, Powell, Gurling, Barrington, Worrall, Alliss, and Tippet

james.eieio@gmail.com

Bruce, Thorpe, Solomon, Tracey/Tracy

ianbrucefamilyhistory.pdf

Chris and Sheila Hillman have transcribed all the (Anglican) Church Registers that are available on the Witwatersrand Library Special Collections site. There are 32,000 records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials which can now be searched by up to 29 different aspects, including forenames, surnames, event dates, place of abode, occupation, church, military or slave connections, etc.. Additional records are available in lists of boat passengers to and from the island, St Helena Regiment, East India Company service, slaves, slave owners, French connections, censuses on St Helena, or the UK and USA with St Helena as birthplace. This information is not publicly accessible yet, but hopefully will become so soon. There are over 60,000 records in all that can be searched. For the time being Chris is prepared to carry out searches for people with St Helena ancestry within reason, and provided you can provide some names and dates to start with. There is no charge for this service, but donations can be made to the St Helena Museum to help develop a public portal for the database.

hillman.jesse@gmail.com

Family History articles are often published in the Wirebird Magazine, published by the Friends of St Helena.

Article: “Joan’s famous ancestor came to live in Bath

Published in the St Helena Independent 19th March 2010{3}{4}

Governor Robert Brooke, 1787-1801 [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]
Governor Robert Brooke, 1787-1801

Bath resident Joan Schrecker of Entry Hill has recently returned from the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic where one of her descendants was governor from 1787 to 1801. Governor Robert Brooke resigned as governor there when he became ill and came to live in Bath at 8 Somerset Place. He is buried in St Swithin’s Church, Walcot, where there is a memorial tablet to him. Joan’s trip of a lifetime last month was to find out more on the family tree and the role Colonel Brooke played in the island’s history. He came from Bengal where he had distinguished himself in the service of the East India Company both in a military and civil capacity.

As the eighth generation of Robert Brooke, Joan’s ambition was to see where he spent 14 years of his life and what it was like to live on the island which is the remotest inhabited island in the world. Joan stayed for a week on the island - an early 80th birthday present from her husband - where she visited the archives and found that towards the end of his stay on the island, Robert Brooke had become very ill, so much so that his nephew (T. H. Brooke, Esq.) had to sign all the documents. He had also requested a slave to help him and his family gather everything together before he left. Joan told the local newspaper on St Helena: “I have always known I was descended from Robert Brooke because my grandmother was very keen on family history. In those days at the turn of the 1900s she must have paid someone to trace her ancestry back. Robert Brooke’s son was the auditor general of Ceylon and then going further back her ancestry was traced back to King Edward III of England.” Joan was delighted to find that her ancestor had been one of the island’s nicest governors.

She has a miniature portrait of Robert Brooke, which is featured in one of the main books about the island, and she had been hoping to find a bigger portrait of him on the island but was told that all past governor portraits had been taken down and there was uncertainty about where they are now stored. Joan said on her return: “There are a number of links between Bath and this remote island. Firstly, I am a resident of Bath and also a descendant of Colonel Brooke; secondly, when he resigned his governorship in 1801 because of ill health, he came to live in Bath; and thirdly there is a memorial plaque in the vestry at St Swithin’s. And lastly but less directly the anti-slavery movement at that time was strong in Bath (as it was elsewhere in Britain) and Colonel Brooke was concerned about the slaves on the island under his care. Slavery was not illegal at that time in Britain or in any of her dependencies but Colonel Brooke insisted on bringing new and controversial measures limiting the authority of the slave masters in St Helena and giving the right of appeal to slaves to go to the island magistrates if any slaves believed they had been unjustly treated by their masters.

More stories [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

More stories on our page Read articles about St Helena.

Article: “New Zealand Couple seek distant family connection

By Nick Hewes, published in the St Helena Independent 2nd June 2006{4}

Article image 01 [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

Alan and Diana Baker have come to St Helena for a few days in order to research the life of Charles Joseph Sampson, who was Diana’s great, great, great grandfather. Major Sampson of course, gave his name to Sampson’s Battery, the fortification that overlooks Jamestown.

Having spent a few days in the Archives, and also visiting Major Sampson’s former home, Old Luffkins in Sandy Bay, they have unearthed some interesting pieces of information. “It seems that Charles originally came from Cork in Ireland” Diana told me; “He then fought in South Africa for the East India Company. He got a bullet wound in the groin for his troubles. The bullet apparently stayed in his body for the rest of his life; it didn’t seem to be a big problem however, because he went on to have a very large family! In 1792 he came here, and married a Mary Bagley. Mary’s family had been here since the Great Fire of London in 1666. That’s as far back as the family connection to St Helena goes. Once he was stationed here he was promoted to the rank of Colonel; then, whilst Napoleon was imprisoned here, he became a Captain. Finally he was made a Major. At that point he was Quartermaster of the whole garrison of 3,000 men. The reason of course that there were so many men stationed here, was the great fear of the Dutch trying to retake the Island.

Article image 02 [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]
Old Lufkins in Peakdale, once the home of Major Sampson

Charles Sampson lived in Old Luffkins, just below Peakdale in Sandy Bay. This historical residence, built in 1720, now lies in ruins. Alan and Diana paid the house a visit.

We were thrilled to see the ruins. Some of the walls are very well built, and therefore still standing: it is a very impressive place. We’d like to thank Mr Julian Cairns Wicks [the present owner of Old Luffkins] for being so helpful to us in our search for information. Unfortunately Old Luffkins passed out of the Sampson family in the space of two generations, due to the deeds and Records{5} having mysteriously disappeared after many of Charles’s family left the Island for Cape Town (a result of the collapse of the East India Company in 1840). When his grandson and heir returned to reclaim his estate, he found that a Judge Phelps was living in the house. So that was that.

The most obvious memorial to the Charles Sampson is not Old Luffkins however, but Sampson’s Battery. This impressive fortification was built in 1811. It is noteworthy as one of the few artillery emplacements that faces inland, as well as out to sea. Diana said,

It was brilliant to go up to the Battery, if slightly scary, due to the steep drops down the cliff.

As a result of the aforementioned family exodus to Cape Town in the 1840s, the Sampson name is now well established there. The story of the Sampsons who travelled to New Zealand has a strange and coincidental twist. During those lean years following the demise of the East India Company, two of Charles’s grandsons travelled, unbeknown to each other, to New Zealand. It was to be a full 20 years before the brothers, who were both born on St Helena, met up with each other again, completely by accident.

More stories [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

More stories on our page Read articles about St Helena.

closinghumourimage [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]

Laugh at funny familyandfriends humour - LOL [Saint Helena Island Info:Family And Friends]


Footnotes:

{1} The Archives charges a small fee to non-Saints for researching subjects. In 2016 the fee was £7/hour. Discuss with them the expected fee and how to make payment.

{2} If you think you’re related to Napoleon please contact us. If you think you are Napoleon, please consult a mental health professional…

{3} Originally from the Bath Chronicle 17th March 2010.

{4} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.

{5} The St Helena Records is a collection of documents dating back to the earliest days of St Helena, held in the Government of St Helena Archives. The Archives can be accessed in person or via email - see our Family And Friends page for more. From the records and other sources we have compiled an events database, which drives our events-based pages e.g. On This Day page. You can search our events database in various ways on our Chronology page.



• ALL PAGES:

• PAGE SEARCH: Type search word(s) and click ‘Search’:

• GOOGLE™ SITE SEARCH:

 

You may also find useful: • Subject IndexSite Index

Take Me Anywhere But Here!

 

Please note that content featured below is not provided by Saint Helena Island Info,
and will only work if JavaScript is enabled in your browser.