Sabans christenings in Saint-Barth in 1819 and 1821

We have already pointed out the huge amount of Sabans that were living in Saint-Barth during the Swedish periode (1784-1878). Their names keep on showing in the various documents one can look at, HASSELL, SIMMONS, JOHNSON, BEAL, BARNES, EVERY, BEAKS, MARDENBROUGH, WRIGHT, KELLY and so on. But i was surprised to find those 3 lots of documents in the archives of the Swedish Lutherian church « Maria Magdalena » (the only church in Gustavia at the time).

Swedish Lutherian church Maria Magdalena – taken from the above painting of Gustavia

The below documents are showing baptisms on the 13th of June 1819 and on the 04th and the 16th of Novemenber 1821, and, in group as it seems, all those Christened are born in Saba. Was Saba out of priest to handle the baptisms those two years ? We may think so as this doesn’t seem to happen during the previous or following years. But why those were not performed in Statia as before ?

As you can see, the lists comprise of Sabans and also their slaves and many of the witnesses are Sabans installed and living on Saint-Barth already. Guess it also served as families reunions ?

Here is the list of baptisms performed on the 13th of June 1819 and, on the below link, the transcription i made on a PDF.

FRANOM_FSB_291_ALVIN EGLISE LUTHERIENNE
FRANOM_FSB_291_ALVIN EGLISE LUTHERIENNE

Here is the list of baptisms performed on the 4h of November 1821 and, on the below link, the transcription i made on a PDF.

FRANOM_FSB_291_ALVIN EGLISE LUTHERIENNE
FRANOM_FSB_291_ALVIN EGLISE LUTHERIENNE

Here is the list of baptisms performed on the 4h of November 1821 and, on the below link, the transcription i made on a PDF.

FRANOM_FSB_291_ALVIN EGLISE LUTHERIENNE



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