Tune in to my interview with Phil Johnson!

Tune in to my interview with Phil Johnson!
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Judgment of La Buse, The Original Documents!

I recently received permission from Damien Vaisse, Directeur, Archives départementales de la Réunion, to publish these copies of the original judgment of Olivier Levasseur on Reunion Island in 1730. 

These are scanned copies of the originals. As you can see, they are not the easiest things to read!

As a friend of mine said, the handwriting is ridiculous. For a translation, please see the featured post, Judgment of La  Buse. 

Enjoy!



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Savate - The Martial Art of Pirates, Pt. 2

Here is a video I was pointed to that explores some Savate techniques, including a short segment on how it would have evolved from being used on board ships.

I remember watching this show years ago. I'd forgotten about this episode. It certainly brings back memories!

Enjoy!




Saturday, April 1, 2017

You know what You can do with It




David Johnson of Port Royal, Mariner, &c. maketh Oath, that on the 9th of Jan. 1712. being on Board the Sloop Charles, whereof this Deponent was sole Owner, and Anthony Smith, Master; 3 Leagues to Leeward of Withywood, on the said Island, and laden with Sugar, Rum, and other Commodities, the Produce of the Island, taken in at Blewfields in order to transport them to Port Royal: which said Sloop and Cargo was worth 4214 l. they met with a Sloop commanded by Monsieur Norat, and Commissioned out of Trinadado, who took and made Prize of the said Sloop and Cargo.





            That upon Application to Lord Archibald Hamilton, late Governor of this Island, he obtain'd a Letter to the Governor of Trinadado, demanding Restitution of the said Sloop and Cargo. That the said Governor of Trinadado, instead of a Compliance, abruptly answered, that the Governor of Jamaica was not a Gentleman, that there was not any Gentlemen in Jamaica; and that he might take his Demand and wipe his A-se with it. This Deponent further saith, that he never had any Satisfaction for the said Vessel and Cargo thus illegally taken, and further saith not.




           

"Deposition of David Johnson [before John Warner]" Jamaica. August 9, 1716. Knight 1726:54-55.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Article on Atlantic Piracy

Hello, all! I recently found this intriguing article on Atlantic Piracy on the internet. I thought you might be interested in reading it, so I have included a link to it below. While it doesn't give any names, there are a lot of good references cited. You might find it interesting. 

Enjoy!






Friday, March 10, 2017

Possible origins of Peter Cornelius Hoof



Yvonne Lenders of The Hague, Holland, just sent me this totally awesome work she did on the possible origins of the pirate Peter Cornelius Hoof.
If you’ll remember, when he testified before his trial for piracy in Boston in 1717, he said he was “about” 34 years old. So it’s entirely possible he was one year older or younger than that.
Yvonne said I could put this on the blog. I’m really excited to have this fantastic information!
Hopefully somewhere out there someone may just have some additional information to help continue to trace Peter’s family!

Thanks so much Yvonne!

A special date coming up… 15 November 2017. I have tried to find the date on which Peter could have been born, to learn more of his family and circumstances.  The trouble with Swedish births is that (usually) there is no specific family name, but ‘son of’, so I found a lot of Nilsons.

The one I like best 😊 is ‘Corneliusson’, but it makes Peter a year younger than his ‘reccorded ‘age. This is what I found so far:

Per Corneliusson, Christening 16 Mar 1684 BERGA, KRONOBERG, SWEDEN, Father: Cornelius
"Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V7V6-22J: 9 December 2014),
Per Corneliusson, ; citing Berga, Kronoberg, Sweden, reference 2:K5TC9K; FHL microfilm 143,565.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number             C41496-2, System Origin              Sweden-VR, GS Film number      143565, Reference ID     2:K5TC9K

Per Nilsson, Christening 01 Jan 1683. NYKIL,OSTERGOTLAND,SWEDEN, Father: Niels
"Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V7T5-CJY : 9 December 2014),
Per Nilsson, 01 Jan 1683; citing NYKIL,OSTERGOTLAND,SWEDEN, reference ; FHL microfilm 153,246.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number             C40307-1, System Origin              Sweden-ODM, GS Film number 153246

Per Nilsson, Christening 01 Apr 1683, SUNNE, VARMLAND, SWEDEN, Father: Nils
"Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V727-42V : 9 December 2014),
Per Nilsson, ; citing Sunne, Varmland, Sweden, reference 2:1KH58C3; FHL microfilm 82,142.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number             C41158-2, System Origin              Sweden-VR, GS Film number      82142, Reference ID     2:1KH58C3

Pehr Nilsson, Christening 01 Jul 1683, FAGERHULT SOCKEN,KALMAR,SWEDEN, FatherL Nils
"Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V716-R5J : 9 December 2014),
Pehr Nilsson, 01 Jul 1683; citing FAGERHULT SOCKEN,KALMAR,SWEDEN, reference ; FHL microfilm 137,627.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number             C41223-2, System Origin              Sweden-ODM, GS Film number 137627, http://whydah.com/gents.html

Peer Nilsson, christening: 5 augustus 1683 TORUP, HALLAND, SWEDEN, father: Niels
"Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VW9W-BY9 : 9 December 2014),
Peer Nilsson, 05 Aug 1683; citing TORUP,HALLAND,SWEDEN, reference ; FHL microfilm 134,386.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number             C40080-1, System Origin              Sweden-ODM, GS Film number 134386

Per Nilsson, Christening 11 Oct 1683, NYKIL,OSTERGOTLAND,SWEDEN, Father: Niels
"Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V7T5-CJ1 : 9 December 2014),
Per Nilsson, 11 Oct 1683; citing NYKIL,OSTERGOTLAND,SWEDEN, reference ; FHL microfilm 153,246.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number             C40307-1, System Origin              Sweden-ODM, GS Film number 153246,


If and when Peter is baptized 17 Mar 1684, this could/would be his brother:
Isak Corneliusson, christening: 22 augustus 1686, BERGA, KRONOBERG, SWEDEN, father: Cornelius
"Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V72R-1H7 : 9 December 2014),
Isak Corneliusson, ; citing Berga, Kronoberg, Sweden, reference 2:K5TGNV; FHL microfilm 143,565.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number             C41496-2, System Origin              Sweden-VR, GS Film number      143565, Reference ID     2:K5TGNV