Regarding the wife of Cantwell Scull, yesterday I received the following information in an email message from Rebecca McD. Sanford: "Susan, our 2nd daughter was back in Nassau for a few days and found Cantwell's will... In it, he states the given name of his wife---"Mary Ann"----but didn't put her maiden or married name---if she was married before to George Bellume."
These bits of information led me to wonder if Cantwell Scull had married a daughter of John Gambier and named his son after his father-in-law.I could find no record of marriages in the Bahamas for the period in question in the LDS Genealogical Service, but when I shared this information on the phone with Commander Walter Gambier Scull, USN, a direct descendant of John Gambier Scull who is the leading genealogist of the Texas branch of the Scull family, he read to me from a Brunswick, North Carolina deed of Eleanor Neal, dated 1798, that had been found by Sharon Shaw, a genealogist in Los Angeles, California.I later found a copy of this deed in the Brunswick County, N.C., Courthouse:
"John G. Scull pays £150 to Eleanor [Neal] for all that was left them by their father Cantwell Scull, negrowoman called Mool, girl named Sarah, girl named Lovena, girl named Moriah, boy named Sam, the rest taken to pay for debts of the step-father, George Belume, deceased.
William Robinson, witness"
From same source as above:
Ledger Book, Clerk of Court Office, Norfolk, VA.
Received of Capt. William Chisholm this 22 March 1757 a bond dated the 3rd of March, 1757 conditioned for the payment of 530 six p. of light current money from the Bahama Islands to be paid by John Gambier, Nehemiah Duncome, and Edward Hiles on or before the third day ofÊ September 1757 to William Bradley on this consignment which I promise to deliver to said Bradley.
ÊÊ Ê Ê Ê Ê As witness my hand
ÊÊ Ê SIGNED Cantwell Scull, Clerk of Ct.
ÊÊ Ê Endorsed William Bradley
ÊÊ Ê Registered Sam Bousch
ÊOther entries in the ledger book clarified that Sam Bousch was the Clerk of Court in Norfolk at the time. This meant that Cantwell Scull had to be the Clerk of Court in the Bahamas, ...Ê I knew I had seen the name "Cantwell Scull" before, somehow associated with the Sculls of Pennsylvania.Ê The reason I remembered it was because there had also been a "Mary Cantwell" listed as one of the seven servants who had come over on the Bristol Merchant with the "gentleman" Nicholas Scull in 1685.Ê When I got home and looked over the genealogical chart on the descendants of Nicholas Scull I could see that Cantwell Scull was the oldest son of Joseph Scull, the husbandman. [Since Cantwell Scull was] Born on April 14, 1726, he would have been forty-one years old at the time the document was signed. This was certainly the same person for there could not have been more than one "Cantwell Scull" of the appropriate age in the New World in 1757.Ê I also could see that there were no known descendants of Cantwell Scull in Pennsylvania.Ê The fact that Cantwell's nephew, Joseph Scull (also known as Jose Scull Berry), later married a Cuban named Luisa Rosa Audouin before 1820 and settled near Matanzas Ciudad, Cuba added credibility to the connection in the Bahamas, for the Bahamas were a notorious center of piracy in the early 1700s and a jumping off point for the illegal trade with the Cubans after the Navigation Acts were passed prohibiting any trade with the Spanish (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1963, vol. II, pp. 1039-40)(Scull Genealogical Chart in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library)(IGI Batch #5001763, L.D.S. Genealogical Service).
ÊAlso of interest in this ledger book entry is the name of the merchant, JOHN GAMBIER.Ê No doubt, this was the origin of the name John Gambier Scull, the ensign from Wilmington, North Carolina who achieved the rank of captain during the course of the American Revolution. Soon after discovering this ledger entry I picked up a book on the history of the Bahamas and read that between the years 1758 and 1760 that SAMUEL GAMBIER was the Admiralty Court Judge and that JOHN GAMBIER was the "acting governor" of the Bahamas.Ê As the Admiralty Court Judge, Samuel Gambier was supposed to be prosecuting the violators of the Navigation Acts, but evidently he was looking the other way. Ê John Gambier was dismissed upon the arrival of Governor Shirley in 1760 because the Gambiers were violating the Navigation Acts by allowing direct trade in sugar between the Bahamas and Cuba.Ê Despite the "salutary neglect" of the Gambiers, Samuel Gambier continued to stay in the Bahamas until his death in 1789. The record of the administration of his estate by ELEANOR GAMBIER shows that he owned 4000 acres in the Bahamas on Cat Island, where at that time there was a place called Gambier's Bluff. John Gambier's son, Admiral James Gambier, was commander of the fleet sent to New York to assist Lord Howe against the Americans in 1778.Ê On two occasions he was actually placed in temporary command of Howe's army, so despite their salutary neglect in the Bahamas the Gambiers appear to have remained loyal to the British crown throughout the American Revolution (History of the Bahamas, by Michael Craton, 1962)(Will and Administrations, Bahamas, LDS Genealogical Service, film #223157)(Dictionary of National Biography, London, vol. VII, p. 833).
Because Cantwell Scull named his two known children John Gambier and Eleanor, these names also being members of Samuel Gambier's family, it is quite likely that Cantwell's wife Mary Ann was also a Gambier.