Descendants of Henry Christmas - England

Notes


141. John Proby-1272

Eldest son; Distinguished General Officer of the Army,


High Sheriff Thomas Christmas-1202

Will proved 20 Aug 1821


144. High Sheriff William Christmas-1216

Died without children.
Built the present Whitfield Court in 1840. He left the estate to his wife. She bequeathed it to her nephew William; or her niece by marriage Miss Octavia Christmas.


119. Sir Thomas Osborne [9th Baronet]-1194

Inherited the Baronetcy in Nov 1783, on the death of his father.


150. Sir William Osborne [10th Baronet]-10

Inherited the Baronetcy at the age of 4 on 3 Jun 1821 on the death of his father. He died in 1824 and Baronetcy passes to his uncle, Sir Henry Osborne, 11th Baronet.


122. Sir Henry Osborne [11th Baronet]-1200

Inherited the Baronetcy on 23 May 1824 on the death of his 7 year old nephew.


Ann Geary-1985

91 years of age at death.


124. High Sheriff Thomas Christmas-1202

Will proved 20 Aug 1821


126. Capt. Robert Christmas-1204

From Marion Achurch - Sept 1, 2001: If you are just sitting around, you can have my last installment. It is missing many dates and places but this is all I have. Robert's direct descendant, Robert Martin in Australia, has been asked by me to give more details and complete the missing holes if he can. But rather than wait for him, since you have nothing to do, I'll send this along now and I'll later send any extra info I get from Australia. The thought that Robert Christmas married a Thompson is not correct and has been proved by Henry Christmas in England by looking at Robert's will.


161. Robert Christmas-1206

Died w/o issue.


163. Thomas Christmas-1207

Died w/o issue.


128. Sir Joshua Paul [1st Baronet]-51

Created a Baronet of Ireland 20 Jan 1794


136. Capt. John Christmas Smith Christmas-1278


My thanks to Susanne Christmas, of Denmark, for providing information on John Christmas Smith Christmas and his descendants, in 2003.

In 1790 and 1793, by Royal License, a Grant of Arms and surname change was allowed and registered with the College of Arms, London, England. Capt. John Christmas Smith became Capt. John Christmas Christmas or Smith-Christmas. The Crown Book, I

Noted events in his life were: He worked as a Sea Captain.( Professor Ole Feldbæk writes in the Historie of Danish Trade and Shipping: John Christmas was an englishman, who choosed to sail under Danish Flag on India, His capital was good connections in Madras and Calcutta. He did his first travel under Danish Flag as supercago on Mathilde Maria 1788-1790. As Captain he made two travels to India with Crown princess Maria 1791-92 and 1793-94.After that.he went ashore and lived as a rich man in the circle around C,W,Duntzfelt and the English-Indian-Danish milieu in Copenhagen.)

Received, Jan. 4, 2004, from Larry Christmas.

"Dear Herbert,

Susanne Christmas has asked me to inform you of our recent discovery regarding the parentage of Capt. John Christmas. This new information comes from Timothy Duke of Chester Herald, College of Arms in London. His sources are a christening record of John Christmas Smith, dated December 21, 1753 in Bideford as reported in the Mormon's IGI, and a will of Edward Smith, father of John Christmas Smith, proved in 1779 and found at the National Archives of the U.K. Both records identify John's mother as Judith and in the later record as Judith Rebecca. No maiden name was found.

Received from Larry on Oct. 23, 2004.
Dear Herbert,
Our more recent information has Capt. John Christmas' mother as Judith Rebecca Hopkins whose christening took place in 1730. See my latest version of paper attached.
Larry


John Christmas Christmas

John Christmas Christmas was a pivotal figure in the Christmas family tree . First, he changed the family’s surname from Smith to Christmas. Second, he established the Danish branch of a family which had previously lived in England. Third, his life is unusually well documented, although certain accounts are laced with erroneous information. And finally, John Christmas was remarkable in that he lived through the period of the Napoleonic Wars, captained voyages to India and the West Indies, achieved substantial wealth, and had children with at least four women.

John Christmas Smith was Baptised in Bideford, England on December 21, 1753. His father was Edward Smith, a prosperous merchant from Barnstaple. John’s mother was most probably a woman whose name was Judith Rebecca Hopkins. (1)

Nothing is known about John’s childhood. A great grandson, Walter Christmas, believed that John was “educated (or became an officer) in the English Royal Navy but left early.”

The first documented record of his life after his Baptism appears in the will of his mother’s brother, James Hopkins, recorded in 1771 when John, then 18 years old, was already living in Portugal. The next record pertains to his marriage to Charlotte Maria Bearsley on February 24, 1778. That marriage took place in Masarellos near Oporto (or Porto), Portugal. It produced at least four daughters and a son.

Charlotte Maria Bearsley was a daughter of a prominent English family which, since 1692, produced and exported wine from Portugal to England and other countries. The successor firm still does business under the name Taylor-Fladgate and Co.

The couple later moved back to England where, in 1784, a daughter, Jane Bearsley, was baptized. Edward Christmas was baptized in 1786, the same year Christmas sailed to India. Their last child, William, was baptized in 1788. John and Charlotte Maria separated when, in 1790, he moved to Copenhagen without her. A formal separation agreement was signed in 1796, but under English law, the couple was never divorced since that would have required an act of Parliament. Nevertheless, in 1797 he marries Johanne Heinrich, then 21 years of age, and she eventually bears him three children: Birthe, John, and George Beresford.

As a part of his apparent “mid-life crisis”, John apparently attempted to invent a new identity for himself. In his petition to King George for a name change, he claimed that he was maternally descended from the family of Christmas in Waterford, Ireland. While he may have intended to use the term “maternal” as a reference to his father’s mother, Jane Christmas, it is more likely that he was falsely suggesting a close relationship to later generations of the Waterford Christmases when he names his second, Danish born son George Beresford Christmas.

The Beresfords were a renowned aristocratic Waterford family and, in fact, a Lady Beresford did marry a Thomas Christmas in 1748. Moreover, the “Waterford branch” of the Christmas family did descend from a Thomas Christmas (1622-1704) who, during his lifetime, had moved from Barnstaple to Waterford. John Christmas likely received his middle name “Christmas” from his paternal grandmother, Jane Christmas, who was a granddaughter of this earlier Thomas Christmas. But her father, John, had returned to Barnstaple rather than remain with the Waterford branch of the family.

By his use of the name Beresford and through a story told to one of his sons, John Christmas succeeded in convincing genealogist, Hauch Fausboll, that he was the son or grandson of Catherine Christmas of Waterford, sister-in-law of Lady Beresford. Christmas may have also taken some years off of his actual age, perhaps to improve his chances while courting the 17 year old Sophie Zinn of Copenhagen. Accounts of the date of his birth vary from 1755 to 1759 while his actual Baptism record states the year as 1753.

College of Arms petition for name change and coat of arms

A document dated November 24, 1790 states that:

“Whereas John Christmas Smith of Biddeford in our county of Devon Esquire hath. by his petition, humbly represented unto us that being maternally descended from the family of Christmas of Waterford in Our Kingdom of Ireland, he is desirous to take upon him and use the surname of Christmas only, and bear the Arms of the Family of Christmas.”

The petition is granted by this document (See College of Arms MS. I.34, p. 233)

Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries.

An account of John Christmas Smith’s ancestry in England is offered in a publication found in the Exeter City Library entitled Devon and Cornwall Notes of Queries, pp. 209 - 212. In that document a query dated July 9, 1910 asks whether members of the Christmas family from Waterford, Ireland owned land or lived near Bideford, England. The writer goes on to summarize the story of John Christmas “who is stated to have been born there in 1757 or 1759, and when settling in Denmark in 1790 he obtained royal license . .. to use the name- and arms - of Christmas as his surname instead of Smith, Christmas being presumably the name of his mother.”

The response to the query is provided in a narrative description of John Christmas’ “probable” decent beginning with Thomas Christmas of Waterford (1622-1704) and his wife Elizabeth Gamon, daughter of James Gamon of Barnstaple, a merchant. Their son, John Christmas, is also a merchant of Barnstaple who, with his second wife Margaret Rolle, had a daughter named Jane. She marries an Edward Smith of Westleigh. Edward and Jane had a son named Edward Smith who is thought to be the father of John Christmas Smith. This account offers no suggestion as to the identity of John’s mother. Supporting evidence for this Notes and Queries theory has been found in the form of a marriage record for Jane Christmas, a Christening record for John Christmas Smith, and the will of Edward Smith..
For many years the ancestry of John Christmas Smith was clouded as a result of alternative theories reported as “family tradition” by a Danish genealogist, Hauch Fausboll, in two narrative accounts dated 1919 and 1941.

Excerpts from the report by Hauch Fausboll, 1919

“John Christmas (Smith), born October 13, 1755 (or 57) in Biddeford in Devonshire, got permission for himself and his descendants from King George III of England to bear the name Christmas and the coat of arms of this family, according to a document which rests at Herald’s College, London E.C. in “The Crown Book”, I, 34, page 232-234, dated 24/11 1790. The requisite letter of arms was made out November 27 (or July 11), 1793. It is also to be found in Herald’s College under Patents, Vol. XVII, Page 270. According to these documents he has established his descent on the maternal side from the Irish lineage Christmas of Waterford.” (Fausboll goes on to speculate that John Christmas Smith was the illegitimate son of a Captain in the Royal Guard named John Smith and Catherine Christmas of Waterford.)

“John Christmas settled in 1790 in Denmark as a ship owner and captain, was according to letter by the Danish Chancellery of 8/11 1790 merchant in Copenhagen and obtained by Royal Resolutions 1f ½ 1793, 29/5 - 1795 and 23/4 1811 “to keep a citizen that wealthy and profitable in this community” captain’s rank and a naval officer’s uniform on some voyages in foreign countries.

“Captain Christmas is described in detail in “Grandmama’s Confessions” (Volume 4 of “Memoirs and Letters”). He was a gentleman who made great impression on the weak sex and he himself was not immune to its favors. After his 2 first divorces he began an affair with Anne Cathrine Lynge who bore him 3 children. At least the elder of these, Frederik Christmas is definitely said to have been born in Copenhagen, both when in 1825 a trustee was appointed for him and in a census paper of 1850. In the first instance, his certificate of baptism has been available, in the second he has given Copenhagen as his place of birth.”

“Nevertheless it has not been possible to find a reference to his baptism nor to that of his brother in any Copenhagen parish register. This must be due either to the mysterious circumstances of their births or that they were baptized at the “English Embassy Hotel” whose parish register does not exist any more.”

“Certificates of baptism they have in any case had as these were presented both in 1825 when trustees were assigned them and 10/6 1829 when Ferdinand Christmas received official license to establish himself as master saddler in the city of Schwerin (Germany) where he had bought a house from a certain constable ____Hunger.”

“If his descendants still live in Schwerin or if descendants of Laura Linde who in 1865 notifies the death of her father Tanner Frederik Christmas are still to be found, it is possible that one of these certificates can be procured. That Frederik and Ferdinand Christmas were sons of merchant John Christmas is explicitly stated a their confirmation in 1820 in the Church of Our Lady.”

“Nor in this relationship has merchant John Christmas shown himself steady as in 1811 he had a son by Wilhelmine B? The boy was baptized in the church of Trinitatis. However in a certain way he seems to have felt bound to Anna Cathrine Lynge. When grocer H. Egholm in 1825 was appointed trustee for Frederik Christmas and master saddler A. Schmidt for Ferdinand Christmas it is stated that to Frederik, Ferdinand and Albert Christmas each is deposited 3.000 Rdl. Silver in the public trustee office. The capital is granted on condition that their mother Anna Cathrine Staer, born Lynge, benefits from the full interests as long as the children stay with her, on the other hand only half the interest as they cease to receive care by her. “

“I remember that captain Charles de Coninck who was a cousin to chamberlain? Christmas-Dirckinck-Holmfeld (their mothers were sisters) has told me that the tradition was that John Christmas was a bigamist. I imagine that this tradition stems from his relations with Anna Cathrine Lynge which must have been of a partly public character since the children were baptized by the name Christmas. Possibly he has really passed her off as his wife, but that they were not married appears sufficiently clearly from the parish register of Our Lady. There in 1820 at her wedding she is titled miss (Virgin!) Had a secret wedding taken place Christmas should certainly not have drawn back from seeking divorce a third time, rather than risk the results of a step as illegal as that.”

Signed, Hauch Fausboll

June 24, 1919

As noted earlier above, John actually committed bigamy when he married Johanne in Copenhagen while still married to, though legally separated from, Charlotte Maria Smith, nee Bearsley.

A second narrative written by Fausboll in 1941 adds some details to the above account while also deviating in two important ways. Both deviations appear to be in error in this latter narrative. First, the 1941 Fausboll report reasons that John was the grandson of Catherine Christmas of Waterford and Gorges. But given that Catherine’s older sister was born in 1723 and that John Christmas Smith was born in1753, there would not have been sufficient time for a daughter of Catharine Christmas to enter the picture in time to give birth to J.C.S. There are also statements made by Fausboll (1919) and Henry Christmas to the effect that the marriage of Col.Gorges and Catharine produced no children. Finally, the 1952 edition of Burke’s Landed Gentry has an article on the Gorges family, including a reference to Lt. Colonel Richard Gorges who died in 1765. He and his wife Catharine Christmas had one son, whose name is not given, who died before his father.

The second deviation appears in the absence of any mention of Anna Cathrine Lynge in Fausboll’s 1941 narrative. Instead it shows Frederik Christmas as a first child of Christine Wilhelmine Boldt. The 1919 narrative and family tree clearly state that Frederik Christmas was the first of three children resulting from the union of J.C. and Miss Lynge although they were never married. Further evidence that Anna Lynge was the mother of Frederik Christmas is seen in the above mentioned “grant” in which the three children of Anne Lynge, all with the surname Christmas, are provided with trust funds by John Christmas. (2)

In the 1801 Danish census, a 22 year old maid named Ane Christ Lynge is listed as a member of the Joachim Top household located at Voldgade 69 just a block from
Ny Kongensgade no. 1 where John Christmas was living at that time. He would then have been 48 years old.

A book entitled Kierkegaard: In the Golden Age by Bruce H. Kirmmse, offers a historical context for considering John Christmas’ circumstances when he arrived in Copenhagen in about 1790. Kirmmse describes Michael Pedersen Kiekegaard, father of the famous philosopher Soren Kierkegaard’s, as moving from a rural, peasant background into a prosperous business career in Copenhagen “when the economic situation in Copenhagen in the 1770-s, ‘80’s, and ‘90’s was extremely favorable.” In fact, Michael Pedersen acquired a “large, prominent house at the corner of Copenhagen’s New Market Square (Nytorv),” about three blocks from the “Phoenix” home of John Christmas .

At a time when some three quarters of the Danish population was of the peasant class, it is probable that all housekeepers were of that class. Michael Pedersen had, as his housekeeper, a cousin who was a peasant woman. Less than a year after his first wife’s death, Michael Pedersen got his housekeeper pregnant, perhaps by force, and he later married her. The last of their seven children was Soren. Historians believe that when, as a young adult, Soren came to realize the circumstances of his parent’s marriage, he was deeply shocked, especially since his father was such a devoutly religious person.

The famous Danish writer, Karen Blixen, was also descended from a grandmother who had been a housekeeper employed in the family home.

A letter to Walter F. Christmas, from Johnna Christmas Sandberg, dated August 7, 1972, hints at a possible reason for the “disappearance” of Anna Cathrine Lynge from Fausboll’s later narrative. The letter states that: “In all ways and by all means Walter (Edmond) Christmas has tried to hide his kinship with our part of the family, but I know the one (1919 Fausboll tree) gives it correctly.” Even though Walter Edmond had died many years before, perhaps he somehow managed to influence the content of the tree passed down to Susanne Christmas. Moreover, Susanne quotes another Danish genealogist, Arne Knudby, to the effect that Fausboll had a reputation for “arranging his results convenient to his clients’ taste.”

Excerpts from a letter from Vibeke Ronje to Lucile Christmas Brewster written in March of 1985

Vibeke Ronje, descended from the Eskildsen side of the Christmas-Eskildsen family in Denmark, offered a sympathetic view of Captain John Christmas’ domestic problems.

“ It really was great fun to find out facts about your family - in the end I even had a feeling that I knew them, both captain Christmas and also Sophie Zinn who wrote about him in her “confessions”. He seems to have been a charming man. When he arrived in Denmark he had an unhappy marriage behind him where he had to give up three children and he had to try to form a new life.”

“The woman he married instead in 1799 was an acquaintance of Sophie’s - it was a narrow circle of people in a small town and she was rather more interested in men than was thought proper for a girl of good family as she was - and after a few years and three children she ran off with the medical doctor Lorenzen? to St. Croix. He died there within a year and at the same time she had a baby by him. The governor paid for her return to Copenhagen and the Negro woman who accompanied her. She was deserted by her family and very poor. Christmas took pity and paid her an allowance. Meanwhile he had to have someone to look after their children and here Anna Cathrine Lynge comes into the picture. Most likely she has been governess to the children and perhaps housekeeper, and indeed acted as his wife because your ancestor Frederik was their child. He saw to it that their children were baptized Christmas and that they learned good craftsmanship. Before he married his last wife he settled an amount of money for them which at the time must have been generous.”

“I think he was thankful to A.C. Lynge for giving him a family life but maybe he was still restless as he seems to have had yet a child with another woman (Wilhelmine B) and enters on a third marriage - yet another well-to-do woman.”

“Now to your questions. . . . John Christmas Smith was what he was baptized. I presume he had to get permission to use Christmas as his family name and discard the Smith - probably because the Christmas family were noblemen (?) and the circumstances of his birth may even then have been obscure.”

Notes regarding Johanne Maria Heinrich by Susanne Christmas

Johanne did not “run off “ with Johannes Lorenzen. Rather she and John Christmas were separated in 1803. Thereafter she left her three children with him and, in 1806, she married a garrison surgeon, Johannes Lorenzen, of St. Croix..

Grandmama’s Confessions

This reference is a delightful six-page excerpt from the diary of Sophie Zinn, the teenage daughter of a wealthy German merchant living in Copenhagen. The excerpt describes the courtship between Sophie and John Christmas, then in his mid-thirties, and their subsequent breakup upon his return from a trip to India

India Trade under the Danish Flag 1772-1808, Ole Feldbaek

This 239 page book identifies John Christmas as a ship captain and owner who made at least three round trips to India and at least one trip to the Danish West Indies. The book explains the circumstances of trade between India and Denmark as a means by which certain British traders could circumvent the monopoly established by the British Asiatic Company. John Christmas, with his English background and training, serves as a useful agent for Danish and English trading interests as well as his own. (See Chronology of Life of John Christmas for approximate dates of his sailing trips.)

Burke’s Landed Gentry, 1863

This document contains a Christmas of Whitfield (Ireland) lineage beginning with Thomas Christmas of Waterford, “merchant, mayor of that city in 1664, and high sheriff of the county of Waterford, 1678, . . . “ It further identifies his several children by Elizabeth, including both Richard and John. The Waterford line is then continued beginning with Richard, his son Thomas, and granddaughter Catharine who is identified as having married Lieut. Col. Richard Gorges. This document also identifies Catharine’s brother Thomas as having married a Lady Beresford. (page 245.)

Henry and Brian Christmas

A family tree prepared by Henry and Brian Christmas of the Christmas “one name club” in England, traces the Christmas family back to a Henry Christmas (1493-1550) from Worplesdon England, near Guildford:

Henry Christmas (1493-1550) m. 1514 to Julia

2. Thomas Christmas (1520-1587) m. 1540 to Joan or Joanne Inwood ( -1592) Clothier in Perryhill Surry

3. Thomas Christmas (1543- ) m. 1564 to Joan Purs

4. Thomas Christmas (1580 - ) m. 1603 to Elizabeth Guildford

5. Thomas Christmas (1622-1704) m. Elizabeth Gamon ( -1677) Barnstaple/Waterford

LBC Commentary

In naming one of his sons George Beresford Christmas, while failing to name any of his children after his real parents one gets the impression that John Christmas was deliberately trying to hide his true ancestry while wrongly suggesting a close connection between himself and the aristocratic Beresfords of Waterford. If John Christmas used the Beresford name to boost his own image, it certainly worked. When I was a child, my father told me that his family was descended from Irish kings. Vibeke Ronje’s letter (see above) also refers to the idea that the Christmas family were “noblemen.” And Susanne Christmas says her uncle told her that John Christmas was descended from English nobility.

Ms. Boldt

Christine Bohl, Bolt, Boldt, or Bahl was said to be the daughter of a Norwegian sea captain. There are a number of descendents of one of her sons, Wilhelm Julius Boldt-Christmas, now living in Sweden. According to their family tradition, there is a possibility that her son ,Wilhelm Julius was actually a bastard son of Denmark’s King Frederik VI. Wilhelm, as a young man, was allegedly forced to move to Sweden but was also given a sum of money sufficient to allow him to start a successful business there. Official Danish records pertaining to the King of Denmark during this period are to be made public in the year 2021.

Fausboll (1941) records Ms. Boldt as bearing him three children: Carnette, John Hermann, and Wilhelm Julius (not counting the three children incorrectly ascribed to her but actually born to Ms. Lynge.)


Real estate belonging to John Christmas

Four properties are mentioned as belonging to John Christmas: “Rolighed” in Vedbaek, Hoveltegaard, a home at the site of the Phoenix Hotel in Copenhagen and a property in St. Croix. Rolighed is an attractive country manor house currently used as a retreat or conference center. A pamphlet describing its history mentions Capt. Christmas as an owner as of 1813 while also stating that the home had been occupied by the Duke of Wellington a few years earlier when the British had defeated Denmark after a siege of Copenhagen. The current building is not the one in which John Christmas lived (see photo of earlier home.)

Letters written to Lucile Brewster by Danish relations include the following passages regarding Hoveltegaard: “I think both houses (Hoveltegard and Rolighed) still exist, but as far as I know they are on the East Coast about 25 KM north of Copenhagen.”(Lise) “Hoveltegaard today is used by the military. There are still huge areas belonging to it.” (Vibeke).

The property now occupied by the luxury Phoenix Hotel at 37 Bregade was, according to Sophie Zinn’s memoirs, the site of a manor home bought by Christmas in 1796. According to a booklet describing the history of the current Hotel Phoenix, the property was first developed in the 1680’s. “The Bregade area was clearly the most distinguished part of Copenhagen, frequented by officers and gentlemen of the Court.”

The original house on the site of the Phoenix Hotel was described as “a 12 window, two story house with a basement, a low 4-window brickwork attic, and a 3 window gable facing the Dronningens Tvaergade. In 1749 it was expanded by the addition of a 7-window wing facing Dronningens Tvaergade built as an independent mansion in the rococo style.”

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Mr. Beresford Christmas in 1885 reports that his father, cavalry officer George Beresford Christmas and his elder brother, likewise in Danish service, Admiral John Christmas, both had told him the following:

“Around 1825 they were on their way to St. Thomas, leaving their father in Copenhagen in good health. The two brothers slept in the same cabin. One night with quiet weather, a few day’s sailing from the islands, with open port holes and in bright moonlight which lighted up the whole cabin, both brothers awoke simultaneously and saw their father’s figure standing between their bunks within arm’s length from them. They perceived a chilling feeling rather than fear. The figure stood unmoving and silent for a moment which seemed to them an eternity. Then he moved his hand to the eyes which were closed. Not until now did they realize that the vision was ominous. One of the jumped out of his bunk and the figure disappeared.”

“The naval officer was so strongly impressed by the experience that he at once entered it in the log with date and hour, which later turned out to be the exact time of his father’s death.”

“Though this event was topic of conversation both on board and in Copenhagen, neither the narrator’s father nor his uncle like to talk about it.”

The John Christmas who we presume is the ghost in the above story died, according to Hauch Fausboll, on January 6, 1822. The reason for believing this John Christmas is the subject of the story is that he had two sons who were named as in the first paragraph of the above account. .


Place of burial

John Christmas is buried in Assistens Kirkegard, Copenhagen, in a family plot no longer containing his grave marker. The plot is evidently that which now contains the remains of William and Bertha Duntzfelt. William was the son-in-law of J.C. An adjacent plot was later occupied by George Beresford Christmas and other family members.


For further information regarding Capt. John Christmas:

Grandmama’s Confessions - Grandmamas Bekiendelser by Sophie Thalbitzer, volume IV of Memoirs and Letters. First published 1905-1927 at the Gyldendalske Boghandel publishing firm In 1966 as a photographic reprint at the publishing firm of August Bang.

The Ghost Story: Preben Plum in his book “Mysticism, Miracles and Science,” Denmark 1982, p. 71-72, edited by Centrum cites Gurney, Myers and Podmore 1886, vol. II, p. 617 in the story of the Christmas brothers.

Danish Biographical Handbook, Gyldendal 1889 and 1979 articles on Christmas, Melson and Owen

Danish Patrician Famililes, Tryde, 1891, p. 70-71 on Christmas. (Dirckinck-Holmfeld. Authors S. Elvius and H.R. Hiort-lorenzen.

Th. Hauch-Fausboll: Slaegtshandbogen (family-handbook) I, 1900 at Thiele’s Printing Office p. 101-103

India Trade under the Danish Flag 1772-1808, Ole Feldbaek, Scandinavian Institute of Asian Studies Monograph Series, No. 2, 1969

End Notes

.(1) Edward Smith’s will identifies his wife as “Judith Rebecca” while the Baptism record for John Christmas Smith identifies his mother simply as “Judith”. A Baptism record for Judith Rebecca Hopkins of Bideford is dated 1730. A memorial to Edward and Judith Rebecca Smith, whose burial took place in Bideford in 1797, indicates that she had lived to the age of 67. In the will of Elizabeth Hopkins (dated 1750), mother of Judith Rebecca Hopkins, an Edward Smith is named as the “curator assigned to Judith Rebecca Hopkins spinster, a minor . . . until she shall attain the age of twenty one years . . . “ The 1771 will of James Hopkins, Judith’s brother, also mentions a John Christmas Smith living in Portugal. A partial search of parish records in Devon County for a marriage record of Smith and Hopkins was not successful.

(2) The Archives in the Copenhagen City Hall (Documents of Guardianship 14th July 1824, 3s305 volume 29.)


Charlotte Maria Bearsley-1279

From Susanne Christmas, Jan. 3, 2004:

The Bearsley family came to Portugal in 1672, when Job Bearsley, merchant, founded the Bearsley firm, which later became Tayler, Fladgate and Yeatman, (the last connection with the Bearsley family, was with Francis Gray, grandson of Fracis Bearsley. He died in 1815.)

(sources: Register of the Port Factory in Oporto,old and new, Historial Record of The Port Wine Trade in the North of Portugal by Charles Sellers 1899)


183. Susanna Smith-1291

Name correction from Lusamita to Lusanna from Larry Christmas.


Johanne Maria Heinrich-1280


Received from susanne Christmas on Feb. 14, 2004.
There is one error which I would very very much llike you to correct - John Christmas did not marry Johanne Henriette Henrich-he married Johanne Maria Heinrich. I have seen it myself in the churchbook; Hauch-Fausboll started this misunderstanding, and it has gone on ever since.


Anna Catharine Lynge-1281


[WHT: Following from Larry Christmas on April 16, 2011.]
Capt. John Christmas never married Anna Catharine Lynge. She was his housekeeper and did bear him three children as your genealogy notes. Subsequently he gave the children his name as well as money according to an official Danish document. She was later married to someone else


189. Ferdinand Christmas-1286

From Susanne Christmas. Established himself as master sadler in Schwerin (Germany) 1829, where he bought a house from a certain constable Hunger.(sources Th.Hauch Fausbøll 1919)


Wilhemina Boldt-1283


From Susanne Christmas - Jan. 2004.

John next married (had issue with)Wilhelmine Boldt-[1283] [MRIN:543] Wilhelmine Boldt /Bolt was born in Mandre, Norway, june 26, 1783 and died june 3o.1863 in Copenhagen,she was the daugther of Captain (in the merchant navy)Johan Christian Bohl from Flensburg and Thomine Knutsdotter.

They had 4 childen: 1)Carnette (changed to Johanne in 1825) Wilhelmine Christmas b.oct.1807 in Copenhagen 2)Juliane Thomine Christmas b.june 26, 1809,Copenhagen 3)John Herman Christmas b.aug.3 1811 in Copenhagen 4)Wilhelm Julius Boldt-Christmas b.june,6 1815 Copenhagen d, oct.25 1900 Vaxsjo, Sweden

Wilhelm Julius married first:

1)Charlotte Ulrikka Pommer 1835 in Barslov,Sweden. Ulrikka was born 2/10-1813 in Svalov, Sweden and she died 15/8-1877 in Vaxjo, Sweden.

Wilhelm Julius and Charlotta had 11 children: 1)Cornelius Bernhard Julius Bolt-Christmas.Born 1835-03-22 Barslov. 2)Ferdinand John Wilhelm Bolt-Christmas,born 1837-02-23. d.1884-01-03 3)Otto William Laurentzius Bolt-Christmas b.1839-03-04 Barslov 4)Emilia Charlotta Christina Bolt-Christmas born 1841-09-17 Denmark d 1873-08-05 5)Juliane Wilhelmine Bolt-Christmas.Born 1844-09-21,Denmark.D.1848-07-25,Denmark 6)John George Bolt-Christmas.born 1845-08-30,Landskrona,d.1895-12-29,Mephis,Tennisee,USA 7)Ida Bolt-Christmas b.1949-01-10 Landskrona 8)Jorgen Valdemar Bolt-Christmasb.1851-03-02 Landskrona.d.1869-03-25-Landskrona 9)Cornelia Charlotta Bolt-Christmas b.1853-01-12 Landskrona 10)Frederik William Bolt-Christmas b.1855-01-05 Landskrona. d.1880-09-23 Vaxjo 11)Adeline Augusta Bolt-Christmas b.1860-02-25 Landskrona.

Wilhelm Julius married next in Vaxjo,Johanne Josefine Samuelson b.21/7 1861 in Vaxjo d. 12/6 1912 in Vaxjo

Wilhelm Julius and Johanne had 6 children. 12)Harriet Adelaide Adele B-C.b.1882 -10-09 in Vaxjo. ,d.1874-01-13 in Stokholm 13)Carl Julius Sidney B-C. b.1884-09-14 Vaxjo d.1870-05-25 Goteborgf. 14)Viola B-C. b.1886-05-24 Vaxjo.d.England 15) Vernon B-C. b.1888-03-24 Vaxjo.d.1893-11-20 Vaxjo 16)John B-C,b.1890 d.1893-11-15 Vaxjo 17)Anna B-C.b.1895-09-22 Vaxjo d.1957-01-30 Trosa.

sources :Th Hauch-Fausboll and Cecilia Ulvinge,Sweden(Cecilia is born Boldt-Christmas)

13)Carl Julius Sidney B-C.

B 14/9-1884 in Vaxjo d.25/5-1970 Goteborgf,Sweden .m.to Alice Lovisa Jonsson b.23/11-1916 d 8-12-1881. Goteborgf, Sweden,

They had the following Children: 1)Harriet B-C b 23-11-1916 2)Ingrid B-C.b-14-8-1919 3)Sidney B.C.b.8-8-1924 m.to Ingrid Benedictsson

They have the following children: Yvonne Boldt-christmas b,1957 John Boldt-Christmas b.1959 Cecilia Boldt-Christmas b.1963


191. Carnette Wilhelmine Christmas-3051

From Susanne christmas, Feb. 21, 2004.
She got in, March 1825, permissin to change her name to JOHANNE Wilhelmie, She married
Ebbe Niclas Lund.


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