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Wellington Delany Moses/ California/British Columbia
In Response To: Post #7 - CAAP ()

Wellington Delaney Moses

Born? I found a reference to Wellington Delaney Moses as being 21 years 6 months on May 5, 1836. which would make him born in either 1825 or 1824… He was on a ship called the Jane which had departed from Matamoros, Mexico and arrived in New Orleans Louisiana on May 5, 1836. He was the cook and was listed as Black…which made me think this was our Wellington Delaney Moses.. I do not believe he was born in England as some sources have said. However, I have yet to track that down.

Died January 3rd, 1890 in Barkerville, B.C. James Mason and William Allen Jones (brother of John Craven Jones –the teacher on Saltspring who went to Oberlin College- I have the Jones family tree) both of Barkerville were the executors of his will. Sophia Davis of San Francisco and the children of the executors were mentioned in the will as well as the Methodist Sabbath School of Barkerville. $434.49 in disbursements- W. A. Jones $138.91. Cause of death- Inflamation of the bladder-10 days. His death was registered January 20, 1890. His death certificate reg. # is 234 324 74.

He married Sarah Douglas on December 13, 1858 in Victoria. See reference to him having a wife and children in slavery in Edward Cridge’s diary. Sarah and Wellington were married by Edward Cridge. If you want the citation I have them. Sarah Douglas signed her marriage banns with an X. does this mean she could not write?

Sarah lived in Victoria, San Francisco, and Providence Rhode Island. There was a letter left for her at the Elevator (a Black newspaper) Friday July 30th, 1869. In October 16, 1868 there was a letter waiting for her at the Elevator office from Port Townsend. She was in San Francisco as of November 29, 1862. Sarah was in Providence Rhode Island as of August 22,1863.

GR *$* Volume D pg. 138 September 23, 1862 Sarah was arrested by Sargeant Blake for attempting to commit suicide. She was ordered to pay costs and if in default 24 hours of imprisonment….see the Colonist September 23, 1862 for the discussion around why she did it…which was that Wellington was fooling around on her and had eloped with another woman.

There is also the material from the Franklin diary which I quote in my paper with the description of Sarah…


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