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In a series of emails last year, Harriet Imrey found an abstract of a SC
land grand petition that stated that Lodwick Couson (= Lewis Golson)
upon leaving Holland was left on the island of St. Page, a Portuguese
mazoun island. (Some of those emails are included below). We have since
obtained a copy of the original petition: it actually reads "St. Iago, a
mazoun [or masoun] Portuguese Island".
We thought this might refer to Santiago, the main island of the Cape
Verde islands. However, we don't know how to reconcile this with the
adjective of mazoun, which Mark James suggested referred to the Amazon.
Does anyone have further ideas?
- Barbara Goodson
On 4/5/16 7:39 PM, Mark James wrote:
> If I'm not mistaken, Mazoun or Mazun was a frequent English
> mispronunciation for the Amazon river, which was indeed in Portuguese
> hands in 1751. As a guess, perhaps there were pirates operating out
> of the Amazon delta islands, one of which might have had a name that
> sounded (to the English scribe, as pronounced by a German immigrant)
> like Saint Page. That area certainly had a troubled colonial history.
> Does anyone else have stories of Orangeburgh ancestors who came by way
> of Brazil?
> Regards -- Mark James <tmarkjames(a)yahoo.com>
> *From:* Barbara Goodson via <orangeburgh_sc(a)rootsweb.com>
> *To:* orangeburgh_sc(a)rootsweb.com
> *Sent:* Wednesday, 6 April 2016 11:53 AM
> *Subject:* [ORANGEBURGH_SC] e: Lewis Golson's immigration
> Forwarding Harriet's reply to my questions, in case anyone's interested.
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: Re: [ORANGEBURGH_SC] Lewis Golson's immigration
> Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 18:27:19 -0500
> From: Harriet Imrey <hhimrey(a)gmail.com <mailto:email@example.com>>
> To: Barbara Goodson <begoodson(a)gmail.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>
> Nearly all of the German-speaking settlers of colonial America came over
> on ships originating in Rotterdam, so Lewis Golson necessarily had to
> "come from" Holland...which is not the same thing as having lived there
> (although that's possible too).
> The Bounty grant indicates that he was a "forreign Protestant", since
> those were the only people eligible for the Bounty program. Immigrants
> who were Catholic had to sit through long sermons explaining why they
> should abjure the Pope--otherwise, they'd have to pay surveying and
> recording fees for their "free land", just like any English-born
> immigrant (or anybody born in the colonies outside South Carolina). A
> few of them did that, while others preferred to pay the fees. I haven't
> seen any indication that Jewish immigrants were pressured to change
> religions at the border. Most of the early practicing Jews settled in
> Charlestown or Savannah, where Bounty land grants weren't available
> anyway. Since Lewis Golson asked for--and received--a Bounty grant, it
> is unlikely that he was a practicing Jew at the time of arrival.
> I have not been able to find a location for an island named St. Page
> under Portuguese rule, and do not know what "Mazoun" might mean. I
> assume that it's somewhere in the Caribbean, but don't know that for a
> fact. During the mid and late 1740's, a number of immigrant ships were
> captured by French or Spanish privateers (a few unlucky immigrants by
> one of each), and diverted to other locations. Several settlers of
> Orangeburgh and Saxegotha had to be ransomed from prison in Havana after
> a 2-year stay there. I haven't seen mention of Portuguese pirates as
> well, but that wouldn't surprise me. Long-distance travel has its risks
> and inconveniences now, but the 18th century was somewhat worse on that
> front! At least, Lewis Golson managed to arrive finally at what may
> have been his intended destination. However, he was alone (the 50-acre
> grant is for a single individual). Most immigrants came over with
> families and batches of neighbors from the same villages.
> On 4/5/16 6:10 PM, Barbara Goodson wrote:
> > What do you make of the statement "coming from Holland"? Was this a
> > typical point of departure for German and Swiss emigrants? Or should
> > we be looking in Holland? And why would he have been left on a
> > Portuguese Island? Any ideas?
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