20 September 2010
VIRGIN ISLANDS FAMILIES
Origin: France, New York, England
Related Families: Bayard, De Rossett, Grainger, Hall, Horwood, Isaacs, Lewis, Liggett, McKay, McNeill, Plaskett, Roebuck, Ruan, Van Baal, Westerband
Locations: St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Tortola
Contributor: Svend E. Holsoe, Ricki Marshall
Petrus DuBois was the first traced in the family. He was a descendant of a French Huguenot family, which left France and went to the Netherlands.
Child of Petrus DuBois:
1. i. Gaultherus Dubois, b. 1666, d. 1751
1. Gualtherus DuBois was born in 1666.1
He was the minister of the Reformed Dutch Church of New Amsterdam, in New York, NY from 1699 to 1751.2
He was married on 13 December 1699 in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York to Helena van Balen [Van Baal] from Amsterdam, and both were resident in New York.3
He died in 1751. 4
Child of Gaultherus and Helena (Van Baal) DuBois:
2. i. Elisabeth DuBois, b. c1700
3. ii. Johannes Petrus DuBois, b. c1702
4. iii. Gualtherus DuBois, b. c1705
5. iv. Johannes/John DuBois, b. 8 April 1708
6. v. Elisabeth DuBois, b. c1712
7. vi. Isaac DuBois, c1715
2. Elisabeth DuBois was baptized on 29 November 1700, in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York. 5
3. Johannes Petrus DuBois was baptized on 20 September 1702, in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York6.
4. Gualtherus DuBois was baptized on 25 July 1705, in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York7.
5. Johannes/John DuBois was born on 8 April 1708 in New York, NY. He was baptized on 11 April 1708 in the Dutch Reformed Church, in New York.8
He was married four times.
On 11 October 1730, he married Helena Bayard in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York.9
Children of Johannes and Helena (Bayard) DuBois:
8. i. Peter DuBois, b. 1731
9. ii. Walter DuBois, b. 1737
Johannes arrived in North Carolina sometime before 1740 from New York.
He married Gabriella De Gondin De Rossett [Derout], daughter of Armand John De Rossett, on 24 November 1741 [or 1744] in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Children of Johannes and Gabrielle De Gondin (De Rossett) DuBois:
10. i. Magdalene DuBois, b. 1742
11. ii. Louis DuBois, b. 1744
12. iii. Moses DuBois, b. 1746
13. iv. Armand John DuBois, b. 1748
14. v. Magdalene Margaret DuBois, b. 19 February 1755, d. December 1827
He was then married in 1757, in Province, North Carolina, to Ann Grainger, who was born in Wilmington, NC, daughter of John Grainger and Elizabeth Toomer.
No children have been found from this marriage.
Finally, on 28 October 1758, he married Jean [or Jane] McNeill.
Children of Johannes and Jean (McNeill) DuBois:
15. i. Isaac DuBois, b. 1764, d. July 1818
16. ii. Ann Jean DuBois, b. 1764, d. 1847
17. iii. James DuBois, b. c1766
He died on 29 December 1767 in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, at age 59. She died on 28 May 1803.
6. Elizabeth DuBois was baptized on 26 October 1712, in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York. 10
She was buried on 5 April 1754, in the Old Dutch Churchyard, New York.11
7. Isaac DuBois was baptized on 12 June 1715, in the Dutch Reformed Church in New York.12
10. Magdalene DuBois was born in 1742.
13. Armand John DuBois was born in 1748, and seems to have been known as John.13
14. Magdalene Margaret DuBois was born on 19 February 1755, in Wilmington, North Carolina. She died in December 1827.
15. Isaac DuBois was born in Wilmington, North Carolina,14 in about 1764.
He served in the Loyalist Army in North Carolina during the American war of independence. On 29 April 1779, he was promoted to Lieutenant.15 On 23 February 1783, he appeared on the payroll of the New York Volunteers (Loyalists), and his pay was 3 shillings and 8 pence a day.16 He was still a Lieutenant in the New York Volunteers, as of August 1783,17 and was on the pay list as late as 24 October 1783.18
After the war, he fled to England and tried to gain compensation for properties lost. He returned to North Carolina, and was promptly thrown in prison as a traitor, where he remained for ten months. On his release, he returned to England. He subsequently joined with John Clarkson in the Sierra Leone Company, and set out to Sierra Leone.
He was married on 7 January 1793 in Sierra Leone, to Anna Maria Horwood, who was born in Bristol in 1769, the youngest of five children of Charles Horwood and Grace Roberts. The wedding certificate was signed by John Clarkson. She was the widow of Alexander Falconbridge, whom she had married at age 19.19 Falconbridge had died on 19 December 1792 in Sierra Leone.
Isaac and Anna Maria DuBois left Sierra Leone on 9 June 1793, on board the ship Nassau, captained by Anna Maria's brother-in-law, Captain Morley. They sailed to Jamaica where they arrived on 13 July 1793, and disembarked slaves from Bance Island, Sierra Leone. They departed for England on 3 August 1793.
In London, he was dismissed from the Sierra Leone Company. They moved to Bristol, where they are listed as living in 1795. In 1801, Isaac DuBois was briefly in Dublin, Ireland. And at the end of the year and beginning of 1802, Anna Maria, and presumably Isaac were in London.
He made claims against the British government for his lost property in North Carolina, and subsequently he received two grants one for 4,000 pounds and another for 5,320 pounds against a property that was valued at nearly 30,000 pounds.
In 1804, he was appointed Barrack Master at Tenterden, in Kent. Subsequently, he was appointed Comptroller of Customs in Curaçao, which had recently been occupied by the British.
He was a member of the Coldstream Guards.20 On 27 May 1808, he was appointed as Collector of Customs on St. Croix, and his salary was 70 pounds and his rent was 100 pounds. He also had allowance for clerks and slaves totaling 132 pounds.21 He continued as the Inspector of Customs22 at both ports on St. Croix (Christiansted and Frederiksted) during the British possession until the end of the occupation in 1815.
In 1808, he and his wife were living in Groom of the Chamber [“Kammerjunker”] Lillienschiold's house at 59 Queen Street, Christiansted, along with a white servant.23
Having been away from the island, he returned to Christiansted on 1 March 1809 from St. Thomas. 24
In 1809, he purchased estate Richmond, with 76 enslaved people from Robert Fausset, where Isaac and Anna Maria moved to live.25 They continued their residency there through the British occupation period. For instance, in late 1814, or early 1815, he was living there with his wife, along with 40 capable and 9 half grown enslaved people.26
By 1814, he had purchased estate Herman Hill, where he had a full contingent of enslaved people and two managers.27
On 13 February 1815, he was paid 5,350 [rigsdaler?] for his service as a member of the government council from 28 December 1811 to 9 October 1813.28
After April 1815, with the restoration of the islands to the Danes, he left for England, but soon returned in failing health. He and Anna Maria were resident at estate Richmond on St. Croix when the 1815 annual tax report was made, which was presumably in late 1815 or early 1816.29
On 12 January 1816, he received a Burgher Certificate, on St. Croix, as a Planter.30 On 5 December 1816, he and his family and two domestics departed Christiansted destined to St. Thomas.31
Again, they were resident at estate Richmond for the annual 1816 & 1817 tax reports.32
On 1 July 1818, Isaac and his family departed Christiansted, destined for St. John island. 33 His son, Francis was listed as the only one returning to Christiansted, on 5 December 1818, from St. Thomas.34
However, Isaac died in July 1818, on St. Croix.35 By the time of the 1818 tax report, in December[?], estate Richmond had been sold to Robert Faussett,36 or more likely, the mortgage to Faussett was in default, and the property reverted to him. Prior to DuBois’s death, on 30 May 1818, bankruptcy proceedings had begun in the St. Croix Probate court.37
By the end of 1818, Anna Maria had moved to the family owned, estate Herman Hill, where the manager was named Toddman.38 In fact, her niece, Margaret McLean, was married by the Anglican priest on 1 November 1818 at the estate to Dr. John West, a bachelor physician from Christiansted.39 The estate Herman Hill was listed as owned by the family, and it was not until 1823, that the property was transferred to Francis Blake DuBois, their son, at least as recorded in the tax list.40
[Ann Maria’s death date has yet to be discovered. It may have occurred on Tortola -SEH]
Child of Isaac and Anna Maria (Horwood) DuBois:
18. i. Francis Blake DuBois, b. 27 December 1801, d. 28 November 1876
16. Ann Jean DuBois was born in 1764.
She was a resident of St. Croix, and departed with her brother, James, from Christiansted, on 24 November 1811, destined for Wilmington, [NC.]. 41
She died in 1847.
17. James DuBois was born in about 1766. He may have been on St. Croix, as there is a reference to a James DuBois petitioning to be a mortgagee for estate Richmond.42 This may have been in 1809 when his brother Isaac DuBois purchased the estate.
He was a resident on St. Croix, when he and his sister, Ann Jean, departed Christiansted, on 24 November 1811, destined for Wilmington, [NC]. 43
18. Francis Blake DuBois was born in London, England,44 on 27 December 1801 and christened on 18 November 1802, at St. Martin in the Fields Church, Westminster, London.
He was educated in England.45 During his youth in England, he was a frequent guest in the house of Thomas Clarkson, where he met William Wilberforce and the men engaged in Anti-Slavery work.46
He seems to have come to St. Croix, upon the death of his father in 1818. He was mentioned in the tax list for estate Herman Hill, as early as 1818.47
On 1 July 1818, he was presumably among the family which departed Christiansted, destined for St. John Island. 48 He is listed as the only one returning to Christiansted, on 5 December 1818, from St. Thomas. 49
On 13 January 1823, he was granted a Burgher Certificate on St. Croix, as a Planter. 50
At about this time, he had a relationship with Ann Eliza Roebuck. She was born about 1806 and was baptized in the Anglican Church. 51 In 1831, she was listed in the Christiansted Free Colored census as a mustice [quadroon].52
In 1823, the property at estate Hermon Hill was formally transferred to his name and he continued to be resident with his mother.53 In 1824, the property was transferred to the King.54 It may have been in this year that he moved to Tortola, possibly with his mother and their private enslaved people.
In about 1825, he married on Tortola, Elizabeth55 Isaacs,56 who was born on Tortola, in about 1808, and was a member of the Anglican Church.57
He became a leading man on that island for many years.
Subsequently, he moved to the United States for a period of time. For instance, he is found arriving in New York in 183458 and again in 1836.59
In about 1854, he returned to St. Croix.
In 1855, he was resident at estate Shoys, East End A Quarter, with his family, and was he was listed as a Planter.60
In 1860, also, he and his wife were resident at estate Shoys.61
He subsequently became the proprietor of estate Shoys.62 While he was on St. Croix, he became Chairman of the Burgher Council as well as a member of the Colonial Council, where he was a Crown Member and sometime Vice-Chairman. He was also in the Danish government, as the Inspector of King's estates and Superintendent of Immigration. In about 1869, he was appointed British Vice Consul, after the death of Consul Shaw.
He died on St. Croix at his residence, estate Orange Grove, on 28 November 1876 and was buried the same day.63
Child of Francis Blake DuBois and Ann Eliza Roebuck:
19. i. Henry Aubrey DuBois, b. 8 November 1823
Children of Francis Blake and Elizabeth (Isaacs) DuBois:
20. i. Laurette Julie DuBois, b. c1826
21. ii. John Clarkson DuBois, b. 13 December 1829, d. 27 November 1884
[There is supposed to be an additional child.64]
19. Henry Aubrey DuBois was born on 8 November 1823, and was baptized in St. John's Anglican Church, Christiansted, on 28 March 1824.65
In the 1831 Christiansted Free Colored Census, he was listed as a castice [octoroon], and he was living with his mother and going to school.66
In 1835, he was listed as living, age 12, at 6 King Street, Christiansted, in the household of Dr. Jarvis Roebuck (1778-1857), who was supporting him.67
20. Laurette Julie DuBois was born in about 1826 on Tortola.
She was married to a man named McKay68 and the marriage may have occurred on Tortola in about 1843.69
She arrived on St. Croix in1854.70
In 1855, she was resident at estate Shoys, East End A Quarter, St. Croix with her two children and her parents.71 In 1860, she was still resident with her parents and one daughter at estate Shoys, East End A Quarter, St. Croix.72
She remained on St. Croix until at least 1880, when she was living with her brother, John Clarkson DuBois, as a widow, at 44-45 Queen Street, Frederiksted.73
21. John Clarkson DuBois was born on Tortola74 on 13 December 1829. He was sent by his father to Antigua to be educated by Rev. F. A. Pynsent. Afterwards he went to the United States, to Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He was ordained an Anglican Deacon in 1854 and a Priest in 1855, by Bishop Williams of Connecticut.
On 24th July 1855, he arrived in St. Thomas from the United States, and immediately proceeded on to St. Croix.75 He was appointed to the Frederiksted parish, where he became Rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church.76
At the time of the census in 1855, he was resident at the parish house at 45-46 Queen Street, Frederiksted.77
On 30 October 1855, he was married in the Christiansted Anglican Church to Christine Josephine Ruan, who was born in Christiansted,78 in about 1832, at the time, a resident of Christiansted, and baptized in the Christiansted Anglican Church on 19 October 1832, the daughter of William Heyliger Ruan, a medical doctor, who was born on 3 March 1797 and died 30 November 1857 in Christiansted and Christina Dumbreck, born in about 1796 in Scotland, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and married on 16 February 1824.79
In 1857, the family, Rev. J. C. DuBois, wife and son, Francis Blake DuBois, were living in Frederiksted at 45/46 Queen’s Street.80
In 1860, he was living with his family as the Rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Frederiksted at 45-46 Queen's Street, Frederiksted.81
He was described as a handsome man, of commanding presence, and of refined manners. On about 20 April 1877, John Clarkson DuBois was made British Vice-Consul on St. Croix, after the death of his father, who had held the post.82 In 1878, during the insurrection on St. Croix, he was seen among the mob trying to calm matters.83
In 1880, he was living with his wife and children at 44-45 Queen Street, Frederiksted.84
He died on 27 November 1884, in St. John's, Antigua at the home of Bishop Charles H. Branch, having succumbed to typhoid fever.85 His body was returned to St. Croix, and he was buried in the churchyard at St. Paul's Anglican Church on 6 December 1884.
His wife was still living in January 1903.86
Children of John Clarkson and Christine Josephine (Ruan) DuBois:
22. i. Francis Blake DuBois, b. 18 September 1856
23. ii. Christina Elizabeth DuBois, b. 29 November 1857
24. iii. William Heyliger Ruan DuBois, b. 26 December 1858
25. iv. John Clarkson DuBois, b. 11 December 1861
26. v. Russell McWilliam DuBois, b. 31 March 1871, d. c1909
22. Francis Blake DuBois was born on 18 September 1856, and he was baptized on 6 November 1856 in St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Frederiksted.87
In October 1857, he was living with his parents at 45/46 Queen’s Street, Frederiksted.88
In 1860, he was living with his parents and siblings at 45/46 Queen's Street, Frederiksted.89
On 14 November 1873, he was reported as having arrived in New York on board the bark Carib, Captain L. Payne, from St. Croix, aged 17, and a cabin passenger.90
He was married to Frances Hall.
Children of Francis Blake and Frances (Hall) DuBois:
27. i. Marie Ruan DuBois
28. ii. Christina Josephine DuBois
23. Christina Elizabeth Dubois was born on 29 November 1857 and was baptized on 6 February 1858.91
In 1860, she was living with her parents and siblings at 45-46 Queen's Street, Frederiksted.92
In 1880, she was living with her parents, unmarried, at 44-45 Queen’s Street, Frederiksted. 93
24. William Heyliger Ruan DuBois was born on 26 December 1858.94 He was baptized in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Frederiksted on 11 February 1859. 95
In 1860, he was living with his parents and siblings at 45-46 Queen's Street, Frederiksted.96
On 17 May 1875, in New York, he was reported by the Captain of the Bark, Carib, that he had embarked on his vessel in St. Croix, and that he was 16 years of age.97
On 12 October 1880, he became naturalized as an American, and was living at 44 W. 125 Street, New York, listed as a stockbroker. The witness was William H. Heyliger, listed as a clerk, and living at 228 22nd Street, Brooklyn, NY.98
In 1880, he was living at 65 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ, listed as a broker, and single, living with a cousin, Mary Louisa Correa, [born Woods], aged 40, born in the West Indies,99 [probably connected through the Ruan family - SEH].
In 1908, he was President of H. M. Purdy Co, at 550 Water Street, in Bridgeport, CT.100
He later married in New York, Katherine [Catherine] L.[surname not known], who was born in about 1870.101
In 1920, they were resident in New Haven, CT and in 1929, they were living in Bridgeport, CT.102
He died, presumably in Bridgeport, CT, on 10 January 1929, aged 66.103
In 1930, she was resident in Stratford, Fairfield, Ct.104
25. John Clarkson DuBois was born on St. Croix,10511 December 1861 and was baptized on 8 June 1871 in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Frederiksted.106
In 1880, he was living with his parents and siblings at 44-45 Queen’s Street, Frederiksted, unmarried.107
He went to Puerto Rico, and subsequently returned to St. Croix. [Stepfather to George Seaman, the islands’ historian.]
On 2 November 1901, he was granted a Burgher Certificate on St. Croix, as a Manager.108 In the same year, he was living at estate Lower Love.109
In 1917, he was living with his wife, Caroline M. [maiden name unknown], who was born in New York in about 1875, at 28 Hospital Street, Christiansted.110 At the time of the census, he was an Inspector at the Community Hospital.111
26. Russell McWilliam DuBois was born on 31 March 1871 and was baptized on 8 June 1871, in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Frederiksted.112
He remained on St. Croix.
In 1880, he was living with his parents and siblings at 44-45 Queen’s Street, Frederiksted.113
He had a relationship with Martina Plaskett.
Subsequently, he had a relationship with Petrina Alberta Lewis.
In 1901, he was living at estate St. John.114 Also living on the estate was Alberta Lewis and her daughter Evelyn DuBois.115
In 1909, a probate court case record was created by the Frederiksted Court.116
Child of Russell McWilliam DuBois and Martina Plaskett:
29. i. Terrence DuBois, b. 1 March 1894
Children of Russell McWilliam and Petrina Alberta Lewis:
30. i. Catherine DuBois, b. 2 August 1894
31. ii. Evelyn Marie DuBois, b. 15 October 1899
32. iii. Donald DuBois, b. 1 May 1903
27. Marie Ruan DuBois
28. Christina Josephine DuBois
She was married on 5 December 1881 at the St. Paul's Anglican Church, Frederiksted to Alexander Liggett, who was born in about 1860, and in 1881 was residing on St. Thomas, working as a Sub-Editor.117 Warrantors to the marriage were William Murta, Publisher in St. Thomas, and John C. DuBois, a Clerk. 118
29. Terrence DuBois was born on 2 August 1894 and was baptized in the Christiansted Roman Catholic Church on 10 June 1894.119
30. Catherine DuBois was born on 2 August 1894 at Estate Hermitage, and was baptized in the Christiansted Roman Catholic Church on 30 September 1894.120
31. Evelyn Marie DuBois was born on 15 October 1899 and baptized in the Christiansted Roman Catholic Church on 21 January 1900.121
32. Donald DuBois was born on 1 May 1903 and was baptized in the Christiansted Roman Catholic Church on 31 May 1903.122
Unknown DuBois, a white man, [probably Francis Blake DuBois –RM] had a relationship with Emma of Venton ,123 later, Emma Ache, who was born on St. Croix in about 1806 and baptized in the Anglican Church.124 In 1831, she was classified as a mulatto.125
At the age of 8 years old, she was purchased free by Mr. Ache from Miss Venton, documentation of which was in the police court.126
Child of Unknown DuBois and Emma:
1. i. Maria Louisa DuBois, b. c1820, d. 12 June 1850
1. Maria Louisa DuBois127 was born on St. Croix in about 1820128/1824129 and was baptized in the Christiansted Anglican Church on 9 October 1825, as free,130 and in 1831, as a mustice [quadroon].131
In 1835, she was living with her mother at 16 King’s Street, Christiansted, and they are supported by Miss Elizabeth Lassall, the owner of the property.132
In 1841, she was resident at 16 King’s Street, Christiansted with her mother and half brother, Ferdinand Løve, and she was occupied as a Seamstress.133
She had a relationship with William Westerband, who owned 11 New Street, Christiansted. 134
In 1846, she is listed at 16 King’s Street with her mother and siblings and she is occupied as a Seamstress.135
Child of Unknown DuBois [probably Francis Blake DuBois –SEH]
Maria Jane136 DuBois [Mary Jane Debois137] was born on St. Croix in about 1822138/ 1824 and baptized in the Roman Catholic Church.139
She had a relationship with William Westerband.
In October 1841, she was living at estate Cotton Valley, East End B Quarter, unmarried, and occupied as a Seamstress, and apparently living with her was Mary Josephine, born on St. Croix, about 1840 and not yet baptized, supported by William Westerband.140
In 1846, she was living at 11 New Street, Christiansted, with two of her children, and her occupation was seamstress.141
She was residing, as of 16 November 1847, at 11 New Street, Christiansted in the house of William Westerband,142 and she owned three slaves, namely: Anne, Sarah June and Cathrine. 143
As of 13 May 1850, she was still living at 11 New Street, Christiansted, with her children. 144
She died on 12 June 1850.145
Felix Dubois was born on 18 July 1848 on St. Thomas, as a citizen.146
Document No. 1:
Will of John DuBois of Wilmington, North Carolina:
"In the Name of God Amen. I, John DuBois, of Wilmington, in the province of North Carolina, Esquire, being of sound & disposing mind and memory, do make this my last Will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
First of all, It is my Will that all my just debts and funeral expences be first paid.
Also, I give unto my eldest son, Peter, ten pounds sterling, which tho, he merits an equal portion of my estate, will I flatter myself be more agreable to him (as he is already blessed with a plentiful fortunate), than an equal distribution with my other children.
Also, I give unto my son, Walter, forty pounds, current money of the province of New York, a year to be paid him half yearly out of my estate by my executors hereinafter named during his natural life; I also give to my said son, Walter, my silver watch.
Also, I give and devise unto my son, John and his heirs and assigns my upper brick tenement in Dock street next to the house of Wm. Campbell, with the ground thereto belonging, together with my plantation on Smith's creek containing three hundred acres of land. I also give unto my said son, John, my fowling piece, my silver hilted sword and my case of pistols, I likewise confirm unto my said Son, John, a large diamond ring which was formerly given him by captain Dekan.
Also, I give and devise unto my daughter, Magdalene-Margaret, & her heirs and assigns, my middle brick tenement in Dock street with the ground thereto belonging. I also give unto my said daughter, two diamond rings which belonged to her mother.
Also, I give and devise unto my Daughter, Margaret, and her heirs and assigns, my lower brick tenement now occupied by Doctor Eustace, with the ground thereto belonging.
Also, I give and devise unto my son, Isaac, my wooden tenement in Dock street adjoining to the tenement where Doctor Eustace lives together with the small tenement thereto adjoining & the ground belonging to the said two tenements, to hold to him, the said Isaac, his heirs and assigns forever.
Also, I give and devise unto my beloved wife, Jean, the house in which I now live, with the lott of ground belonging thereto and all the houses and improvements thereon, together with the lott of ground adjoining, during her widow hood and after the expiration of that term, then to my daughter Anna-Jean and her heirs and assigns forever.
Also, I give and devise unto my son, James, my lott of ground in front street and running thence to the river with the two tenements, bake house, and other houses and improvements thereon with their appurtenances, together with my land and the Wind mill erected thereon adjoining to Wilmington, to hold to the said James, his heirs and assigns forever.
Reference: http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/BookView.aspx?dbid=10164&pageno=150&dnyref=1 [in email from Jodie Shumaker [firstname.lastname@example.org] to email@example.com, 10 June 2006.]
Document No. 2:
p. 87] "Slaves defected from tories as well as from whigs. Lieutenant Isaac DuBois, submitting a loyalists claim for compensation after the war, declared that his slave London, a baker, had "joined the Kings Troops at Cape fear in North Carolina, was taken into the Service by Order of Sir Henry Clinton, and inrolled in a Company of Black Pioneers under the command of Captain George Martin, by which Service the said Slave became intitled to his Freedom."
[Ref.: Loyalist Claim by Isaac DuBois, 1789, North Carolina Colonial records Project, British Records Collection, A.O. 12/73, North Carolina State Archives [Raleigh, NC]] Published in: Jeffrey J. Crow, "Slave Rebelliousness and Social Conflict in North Carolina, 1775 to 1802," William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd Ser., Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan., 1980), pp. 79-102.
Document No. 3:
Died yesterday, at his residence, Orange Grove, Francis Blake DuBois, Esq., Her Britannic Majesty’s Vice-Consul for this Island. Mr. DuBois had attained the advanced age of 75 years, but was in the full possession of all his faculties at the time of his death, with his highly cultured and keen intellect entirely unimpaired. Mr. DuBois was born in England and educated there. He was the son of Isaac DuBois Esq., the Inspector of Customs at both ports in St. Croix during the English possession of this island. He was left by his father under the care of Thomas Clarkson, the well-known philanthropist. In Clarkson’s House Mr. DuBois had the opportunity of associating with some whose names are now historic, and was often the companion and play-fellow of Wilberforce’s sons and of the historian Macaulay. On the restoration of this island to the Danes at the pacification of Europe in 1815, Mr. DuBois’s father went to England, but was soon compelled by failing health to return to St. Croix, where he died. His son, the subject of this sketch, remained here a few years as a proprietor. He then left and went to Tortola, where he was married and where for many years he was one of the leading men. After the decadence of Tortola he spent some time in the United States, but finally came back to this Island, which he has seen pass through great changes. He was one of the few links that bound its present to a very different past. He has for a long time filled positions of importance in the island, having been the Chairman of the Burgher Council and member of the Colonial Council. In the latter he was a Crown Member, and for some time its Vice-Chairman. He also held under the Danish Government the offices of Inspector of King’s Estates and Superintendent of Immigration. For the last seven years he has been British Vice Consul, being appointed by the Foreign Secretary after the death of Consul Shaw. The respect felt in this community for such a man was shown last year by the immense gathering at the celebration of his golden wedding, and by the large attendance at his funeral yesterday. The last prayers of the Church were offered up at his dying bed, which was one of much suffering patiently borne, by his own son, the esteemed Rector of St. Paul’s, for whom, as well as for Mr. DuBois’s wife and daughter, deep sympathy is felt.
C. J. B.
St. Croix Avis (Christiansted), No. 96 (29 Nov 1876), (32nd Year).