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Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 11 Sep 2002 8:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 18 Sep 2002 4:57PM GMT
Surnames: Treco
DOES ANYONE HAVE A LIST OF ALL THE LOYALIST WHO WENT TO THE BAHAMAS. AND DO YOU KNOW OF A PHILIP TRECO WHO HAD 2 SCHOONERS BY THE NAME OF THE HERALD AND ISABELLA. I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT WHERE HE CAME FROM.

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas-new book has list

Posted: 12 Nov 2008 4:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Duncombe, Armbrister, Kelsall
Hi,
A new book, "The Early Settlers of the Bahamas And Colonists of North America", by A. Talbot Bethell [a descendant of one], published by Genealogical Publishing Co., 2005, 193 pages, has a long list of the loyalists who were "evicted" from the US for being loyal to the British, and who emigrated to the Bahamas.

Some had been residents of the Bahamas who had been in the colonies for whatever reason during the revolution.
Great book for other Bahamian information also. I found some info on my Duncombe, Armbrister, Kelsall, etc;l relatives,for example
DaveLadely@aol.com

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas-new book has list

Posted: 12 Nov 2008 4:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Duncombe, Armbrister, Kelsall, also Slaght, who went to Canada
PS

this book has been digitized and is available online!

Dave

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 7 Mar 2009 6:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi
l am rsearching Loyalists in the Archives in Nassau at the moment if you still need help, they have lists and it is easy to find out where a certain family started.
Sally

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 7 Mar 2009 7:06AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks!

Thank you for the offer!
I have been researching the Duncombe family, of which a few have lived in the Bahamas. I believe a few were tories during the Revolution, so left the US for the Bahamas. I believe Nehemiah Duncombe emigrated from England to Bermuda, owned a plantation there, then sold it and moved to the Nassau area of Bahamas.
I am not sure if any of the English Duncombe descendants remain in the Bahamas or Bimini, though I have heard of a Duncombe who owns property in Bimini.
cheers
dave

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 8 Mar 2009 4:10AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Dave
After reading your reply l checked the telephone book, l live in Nassau by the way. There are 41 listings of Duncombe's in Nassau New Providence and five listed for Bimini.
So your problem starts like this, the name is listed here as a Loyalist family, and you mentioned they were plantation owners so chances are they continued in the Bahamas as plantation owners as the Crown was giving away land to Loyalists. Loyalist brought with them there slaves, and as a rule the slaves took on the surname of their owner. This is were the problem starts finding out who was then born to the British family or the African family.

The Duncombe name is listed on a memorial plaque and Tombstone Inscription at Christ Church Cathedral.

The name Nehemiah does not sound very 'English' !
If l come across any info on him or the Duncombes l will let you know, if you have any other info you need post it to me.

Sally

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 8 Mar 2009 6:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Duncombe, Armbrister, Kelsall, collateral lineages
Thanks Sally!
I have a hunch most of the 41 Duncombes and the 5 in Bimini are descendants of slaves. Most others are likely descended from the Loyalist Duncombe, who may be Robert Duncombe. I did learn that Nehemiah Duncombe was probably James Nehemiah Duncombe, who went by his middle name. He was likely the son of an heir (a brother) to the huge fortune of Sir Charles Duncombe, who decided to seek his fortune first in Bermuda, then in the Bahamas. As far as I know, the outlawing of slavery by England, which laws were later implemented in the colonies, made the plantations too expensive to operate and most disappeared. I know of a couple of Duncombes who had plantations in Jamaica until the slaves there were freed.
I am sure that the Loyalist Duncombes were closely related to the Duncombes of Buckinghamshire area, the family seat dating before the Norman Conquest. I have the ancestry back to the 1200s. They are mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1066.
Cheers
Dave

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 20 Mar 2009 4:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Dave
l have found info for you on both R Duncombe and J N Duncombe.
I read J N's will today, which l will type out for you tomorrow, do you want info on both men or just J.N.
Hope it will be helpful
Thanks
Sally

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 18 Nov 2009 6:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi. I have a copy of a document from Norfolk Borough, Virginia which was the recording of a bond dated March 1757. The payors of the bond are John Gambier, Edward Stiles, and Nehemiah Duncome. My ancestor, Cantwell Scull, was listed as the Clerk of Court for the Bahamas. John Gambier served as the Lt. Gov and the acting Governor of the Bahamas.

Re: Loyalists in the Bahamas

Posted: 18 Nov 2009 7:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks!,
and yes, I would like copies of both wills.
I have also found that Nehamiah may have the given name of James or William, but I am sure now that he went by his middle name of Nahemiah. I believe he came from Yorkshire, England and that his ancestors originated in Barley End, Ivinghoe Parish, Buckinghamshire, England, and was closely related to the Dunccombes of Duncombe Park, Yorkshire, England.
Thanks!!!!
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