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Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Nikita (View posts)
Posted: 25 Sep 2003 11:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Darville
Hi, my name is Nikita Darville from Abaco, Bahamas. I am looking for any information possible on the history of the Darville's of the Bahamas. My grandfather's name was Hosea Calvin Darville of Deadmans Cay, Long Island, Bahamas. I have been told that my g-g-grandfather was from England and jumped ship and came to the bahamas. I was also told that he married a Gypsy. but I don't have any * PROOF * of that. If anyone out there can give me any info.... please email me!!! My email address is zimmer_me_crazy_9_11_03@yahoo.com
Thank You

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

CLYDE DARVILLE (View posts)
Posted: 4 Nov 2003 7:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
I LIVE IN TAMPA FL. MY DAD IS WALTER DARVILLE JR. HIS FATHER WAS BORN IN THE BAHAMAS MY DAD IS NOW 80 YEARS OLD AND DOING WELL. HIS GREAT UNCLE IS HANFORD DARVILLE WHO WAS EMPLOYED IN THE BAHIMIAN GOVERMENT FOR MANY YEARS. I WOULD LIKE ANY CONTACT OF MY FAMILY AND THEIR HISTORY.

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 1 Oct 2008 5:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello my name is Julian Pearce, I live in Chicago USA. I came upon your message online and had to answer. My mother is Minerva Darville from Deadman's Cay, Long Island. Lord knows we might be some sort of cousins! She was the daughter of Joseph Darville, and Beatrice Treco Darville. She has a brother in Freeport with ten children, and one in Canada with four. The only thing I have been able to find out about the family, is that the name is a variation of the family name Devil (!) probably pronounced De-veel, from Sussex, England, where they were "seated as Lords of the Manor" quite long ago. It is apparantly a very old name.
Yours, Julian Pearce

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 1 Oct 2008 6:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Just one more thing. I talked to my mother and she says that the Darvilles in Long Island came from Pety's, a secetion of Deadman's Cay. She says she does not remember a Calvin but her father's brothers names were George, Theophilus, and Henry and John. She says the brother John left Long Island for (she thinks) Green Turtle Cay and never came back. Her father's sisters were Luthel, Melvinia, and Isabelle. Anything ring a bell? You can contact me if you like at islandsavagechild@yahoo.com.

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 1 Oct 2008 6:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
My mom says she remembers Hanford Darville, he was a deputy commissioner? There was some connection with Inagua? She says your Darvilles were from the south of Long Island and not related to her family, though how that is possible I cannot imagine. Anyway, all the best.

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 12 Nov 2008 9:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Julian,

Is your Pearce ancestry from the Bahamas? Is your direct maternal line (your mother's, mother's, mother's, etc. mother) from the Bahamas? If so, please let me know if you would be willing to join the Bahamas DNA Project.

Thank you and sincerely, Peter

Peter J. Roberts
The Bahamas DNA Project
http://home.comcast.net/~libpjr1/bahamasdna.htm
peterebay @ yahoo.com

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 24 Feb 2009 2:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Darville, Cartwright, Knowles
My goodness the Darville's did get around. I've heard various stories mainly that our ancestors were from Belgium, however, I've only seen a land document with the surname written as follows: D'Arville. Have you any relations with the Darville's of Petty's in Long Island?
I know live in England.
email me at: debrawhale@hotmail.com

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 24 Oct 2009 5:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Darville
Hi, Nikita! Unless there's some remarkable coincidence of name and location, the Hosea you're looking for was my grandmother's brother. My mother (Hosea's niece, so your cousin) remembers him well and will be happy to give you some additional information from her memories. We have never heard the story you have, so it might be possible that's from your grandmother's side, if it's true at all. You know us Bahamians and our stories... :)

The children in the family were: Celeste (my grandmother, who went by Essie), Catherine, Emma, Mary, Doreen, Lillian, Muriel, John, Percy, Samuel, Hosea, and Robert. Their parents were Henry and Ruth Darville. My grandmother was the last survivor; she died last April, not too long after their brother Robert. I believe they were all born at the family home at Wood Hill on Long Island, though many later moved to Deadman's Cay and beyond.

I will also e-mail you this information. I hope to hear back from you soon.

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 24 Oct 2009 6:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Darville
To clarify, Darville is an extremely popular last name on Long Island, and there are families with very long histories in almost every settlement there. (The same is true of the Long Island Cartwrights.) It's possible that your Darvilles in particular are from Petty's -- there are a lot there -- but nowhere near all come from there. If readers are doing research, you definitely don't want to restrict yourself to Petty's or Deadman's Cay alone.

Re: Darville's Of The Bahamas History

Posted: 24 Oct 2009 6:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Darville
Debra, one of my grand-uncles established a formal pedigree using government records in Nassau, London, and Paris and found that the original Bahamian Darvilles were an Anglo-French family with their roots in the Loir-et-Cher département of central France, not Belgium. There is, in fact, a commune called Arville not too far from Blois, so that makes complete sense. The family moved from France to England and then eventually arrived on Long Island.

The French roots are also where the historical Darville affiliation with Catholicism came from, even though many today are not Catholic, including those who later made the easy conversion to Anglicanism either in England or the Bahamas.
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