Looking for the family of Joseph Augustus Duncan: Born Barbados 1866

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Once in a while we receive requests to help locate long lost branches of family trees and unknown relatives. There are lots of genealogy forums out there, but sometimes it helps to put the names to a wider audience.

We don’t mind helping out and our readers have come up with some wonderful connections along the way. So let’s see if we can help this reader from the UK…

Hi, I wonder if you can help. I am tracing my family tree and my 2x great grandfather Joseph Augustus Duncan (or Browne on his marriage certificate) was born in St Michaels parish Barbados in 1866. I am trying to trace his family. Do you know who I can contact? Are there any free papers on the island I could put something about this in? I live in England so it’s quite tricky for me to trace my Barbadian roots.

Thanks, Stephanie

There you go, Stephanie. We’re not a “paper” but we are free and a couple of million viewers a year pass by BFP so you might get some response.

Cliverton

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12 responses to “Looking for the family of Joseph Augustus Duncan: Born Barbados 1866

  1. John

    Here is what family searc.org has to say.

    IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0
    Caribbean Islands
    Search Results | Download | Print

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    JOSEPH AUGUSTUS DUNCAN Pedigree
    Male

    ——————————————————————————–
    Event(s):
    Birth:
    Christening: 22 FEB 1867 Saint Michael, Barbados, Caribbean

    Death:
    Burial:

    ——————————————————————————–
    Parents:
    Mother: REBECCA DUNCAN

  2. John

    Here is a brother.

    IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0
    Caribbean Islands
    Search Results | Download | Print

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    ALONZO FITZGERALD DUNCAN Pedigree
    Male

    ——————————————————————————–
    Event(s):
    Birth:
    Christening: 31 MAY 1872 Saint Michael, Barbados, Caribbean

    Death:
    Burial:

    ——————————————————————————–
    Parents:
    Mother: REBECCA DUNCAN

  3. John

    ….. and another brother.

    IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0
    Caribbean Islands
    Search Results | Download | Print

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    EGBERT EVERED DUNCAN Pedigree
    Male

    ——————————————————————————–
    Event(s):
    Birth:
    Christening: 20 AUG 1869 Saint Michael, Barbados, Caribbean

    Death:
    Burial:

    ——————————————————————————–
    Parents:
    Mother: REBECCA DUNCAN Family

  4. John

    Check the brothers and see if their marriages are on familysearch.org.

    Probably not but worth a try.

    Check Duncan entries from Barbados to Ellis island.

    Sometimes the next of kin or person to whom the person was going gives clues.

    The site is down at the moment. When I get another chance I’ll take a look see.

    http://www.ellisisland.org/

  5. 57

    Illegitimate births.
    Obvious clue? -No father mentioned!
    You’d probably see “natural son of…”

    Not being judgemental or nuthin,
    just a realistic fact of life that might explain somethings…

  6. iWatchya

    There are a few Duncan’s listed in the telephone directory:
    http://s2.barbadosyp.com/Barbados/Residential/duncan

  7. WILLS

    WILLS are the great family-tree builder.

    Check out all Duncan wills for the period
    and see who gets mentioned, BY RELATIONSHIP.

  8. John

    I have two ancestors, a great grand mother and a great grand father, born around the time of cholera who were both born to single mothers.

    One single mother married three years after giving birth and her son took the husband’s/father’s (?) surname.

    The other single mother did not marry, but the daughter took the father’s (?) surname.

    Before that I have an ancestor born in 1816 or thereabouts to a slave, freed in the early 1800′s, yet another single mother.

    That’s just how it is.

    I sure can’t do a thing about it except live life in such a way as to honour them because I would not be here if it were not for them.

    Many people will find if they go through the process that they too have single mothers as ancestors.

    That’s just how it is.

  9. John

    … so, I have two great great grandmothers who started as single mothers, and one great great great great grandmother who was a single mother.

    If I go further back, the number will grow!!

  10. Skeletons

    In 2011, this is no longer a big thing.

    So-called skeletons-in-closets
    are now looked upon as genealogical humour, almost.
    All families have them, somewhere along the line.

    Single mothers were then -and always will be!

  11. John

    The surname Browne probably indicates that Rebecca Duncan married someone with that surname or it was common knowledge that someone with that surname was the father of Joseph.

    Ellis Island doesn’t list any of the three, Joseph, Egbert or Alonzo.
    Looks like they all stayed in Barbados and did not go to the US when many Bajans did.

    So, you should contact the Department of archives and ask if they can find any marriages in the 1890′s or early 1900′s where any of these three names are mentioned.

    It might also be worthwhile looking for a marriage certificate after 1872 of Rebecca Duncan. You may find she married a Browne.

  12. Marcelino Campbell

    Looking for the family of Jorge Coulthrust, son of George Coulthrust and Benita Walker Coulthrust, Barbadians

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