I'm researching the ancestry of my great-great grandmother, Harriet Seon Outerbridge, born 1835 in Hamilton Parish. She married a Scottish soldier without the leave of his commanding officer, and both were immediately sent to Gibraltar.
Can anyone suggest how I might continue my research (without actually travelling to Bermuda?) How good are the records for "coloureds"? Were freed slaves assigned the names of their former owners, or was there a group of mixed-race freecitizens?
My father's cousin has found the following in“19 Century Church Register of Bermuda”, A.C. Hollis Hallett, Juniperhill Press, Bermuda, 1997 ISBN 0-921992-09-2
Marriage: St George’s (Ebenezer) Methodist Church: “Rennie James* Ba Sg Outerbridge Harriet† Sp Sg 1873 Mar 11 *33y, Sapper RE, s Alexander †29y, d Anthony” (I don't know what all the abbreviations and symbols mean, except that he was a sapper in the Royal Engineers).
She seems to have claimed to be born in 1844 on the marriage record, perhaps as her parents did not marry until 1844. Her U.K. death certificate lists the correct birth year of 1835).
Hamilton Parish: Harriet Seon Outerbridge, baptised 15 June 1835, aged 6 months, coloured (no father or mothers name recorded).
Father? (presumably) Anthony Outerbridge (Coloured in Hamilton Parish) · Married to Mary Seon (of Hamilton Parish) 9 April 1844 · Daughter Mary Jane Seon baptised 12 Dec 1841, Hamilton Parish.Mother Mary Seon. Father Anthony Outerbridge, coloured labourer · Son John Cornelius Seon Outerbridge baptised 3 Mar 1844, Hamilton Parish.Mother Mary Seon.Father Anthony Outerbridge, coloured labourer.(Ref Cr2) · Son George Thomas Burch baptised 10 March 1850, Hamilton Parish.Mother Peggy Burch.Father Anthony Outerbridge, coloured labourer.