Part 131v – Smith Robertson Genealogy – 1828 Baptism Madelaine Ventour

28 November 2009


Following my thoughts to research the genealogy of gg-grandaunts Sophia (née Smith) Ventour and Mary Ann (née Smith) Steele I am reviewing the information that I have captured on file. I have not been able to find each of their baptisms or birth registrations but I have located Marriage Entries for each.

GG-Grandaunt Sophia was married to Benjamin Ventour 16 September 1825 (see Part 62s). GG-Grandaunt Mary Ann was married to George Steele 15 December 1832, (see Part 62s).

Both gg-grandaunts Sophia and Mary Ann were mentioned in their father’s, ggg-grandfather James Smith’s Last Will and Testament dated 21 February 1843, Part 61s. Two references two each were:
and the further sum of Eight pounds annually to each of my daughters Sophia Ventour and Mary Steele during their natural lives...

to the several annuities of Eight pounds each bequeathed to my daughters Sophia Ventour and Mary Steele...

I have not as yet made an extensive search of the Ventour family, which of course I would conduct in order to find clues of my ggg-grandfather James Smith, the senior. To date I have been able to discover the Baptism Entry, from the microfilm FHL [1523656], Item 4 Parish Registers, 1784-1971, Anglican Church, Parish of St. George (Grenada), for 1st cousin 3 times removed Madelaine Ventour.

Sources: Parish of St. George, Anglican Church, Grenada 
and Family History Library

My transcription of the transcription, (see Part 128s) -

A.D. 1828


Madelaine, daughter of Benjamin Ventour – Planter - & Sophia his wife, born on the 25th August 1826, was baptised at Fontenoy? Estate in the Parish of St. Georges the 29th of February 1828 by me.

Sgd. Willm D. Sealy, Officiating Minister

Madelaine Versepery, Mary Ann Smith, Matthew Welch.

I discovered a cross-reference to a Fontenoy Estate in St. George’s on Page 4 of the August 1824, Reference To The Plan Of The Island of Grenada by Gavin Smith published in London in 1882. Also inserted is the possible location of on the map/plan highlighting the possible location of the Fontenoy Estate where the baptism of 1st Cousin 3 times removed Madelaine may have occurred. (Thanks to Steve for sending me a copy of the Plan.)


Just a couple of points to think about. One the Sponsors listed on Madelaine Ventour's Baptism Entry is a "Mary Ann Smith". All-things-being-equal this may have been gg-grandaunt Sophia (née Smith) Ventour's sister and daughter of ggg-grandfather James Smith and Mary Ann Doret.




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