On 12 November 1819, arrived William Vanterpool to St Thomas with his wife (no name), their sons Abraham, Daniel & David and their daughters Ann & Mary. They came from St Maarten on board a vessel skippered by J. Hassell.
The vessel in question was probably the Dutch Sloop “Anny” (or “Ann”), which was regularly calling at St Thomas, skipperd by one John Hassell.
- What happened with William and his family? Was it just a short visit or a transfer stop, or did they stay on St Thomas?
Alan Vanterpool, the family historian, says that Abraham [Charleswell], above, married Ann Toland on Virgin Gorda in the 1820´s. They had one son, Thomas Charleswell, who was born on Virgin Gorda in 1826. His mother died in childbirth when he was born and he was later taken to Saba, where he was brought up by his grandmother.
Thomas Charleswell became a carpenter and seems to have been living on Saba with his family. He married Joanna Simmons and seven children were born, although only four grew to adulthood. All sons, Ernest, John Pitman and Thomas Charles became well known sea captains.
This is in glaring contrast to the meagre knowledge we have about Abraham´s parents, brothers and sisters.
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