October 15, 2010

Featured Database: Ships & Passengers from Balearic Islands to Florida 1768 - The Turnball Venture

Featured Genealogy Database today is LIST OF PASSENGERS FROM THE BALEARIC ISLANDS TO FLORIDA IN 1768 (MINORCA AND MAJORCA)

This wonderful database was published on Olive Tree Genealogy website thanks to Researcher & Contributor Lucie Servole Myers who donated her work for publication.

The Turnbull venture: On March 31, 1768, a fleet consisting of the below-mentioned eight ships left Mahon, Minorca with over 1400 passengers. The fleet arrived in Gibraltar on April 3, 1768, then left Gibraltar on April 17, 1768. Of the 1403 passengers who had left Gibraltar, only 1,255 managed to reach the coast of East Florida as 148 of them perished on the high seas. Three children were born at sea: Eulalia Elquina (Alzina); Antonia Arnau; and Benito Buenaventura (unknown parents).

Four of the ships which carried some 700 immigrants, arrived in St. Augustine, Florida on June 26, 1768. The other four vessels had been carried off course by strong currents, but they eventually reached St. Augustine little by little, arriving one after the other, during the month of July, 1768.

Lucie has carefully extracted the names of passengers using a variety of sources.

1 comment:

Your Growing Tree said...

I love reading sources like this. It brings the history to life and makes you wonder what it was like for these travelers.

Thank you for posting and thank you to the person that worked hard to put it in form.

Keep Smilin
Jenn