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[BARBADOS] St George&St John Missing Records

From: "Douglas/Ungaro"
Researcher Guy Grannum has given permission to share the following
info he found on what may have happened to some early records for
St George and St John parishes in BARBADOS.

He says some years ago he found an 1833 note from a parish clergy in
Barbados stating that in August 1831 a big storm destroyed much
property all over Barbados.

Many of us aren't searching that far back yet but it is good to know this
info.

Marian Douglas

email: guy@gcgrannum.freeserve.co.uk
Saturday, Feb 22, 2003
Subject: destroyed parish records, St George and St John, Barbados

For those who cannot find entries for St George and St John in Barbados
may find the following useful:

Among the papers of Cox versus the Procurator General concerning the
1784 will of Fearnot Cox of Barbados (Public Record Office reference PROB
37/897) is a note from a Barbadian parish vicar dated 13 May 1833: that on or about the eleventh day of August in the year 1831 a great storm or hurricane took place in the Island of Barbados by which several of the churches and other buildings in different parts of the said Island and their contents were either wholly destroyed or greatly damaged and rendered useless and that (amongst other things) the register book or books of baptisms, marriages and burials kept in and for the Parish of Saint George in the Island said previously to the year 1801 and the register book or books of baptisms kept in and for the Parish of Saint John in the said island previously to the year 1804 were either destroyed or rendered illegible by the said
hurricane ...
St George's church survived this hurricane but St John's was totally destroyed.

I came across this about 8 or 9 years ago but mislaid the details.
Guy Grannum


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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