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Petition of Morning Star and Good Fortune —26 Apr 1723 p1
Petition—Morning Star and Good Fortune—28 Apr 1722
From the author of Quest for Blackbeard, the genealogies of various pirates will be explored in similar depth in Brooks’ Dictionary of Pyrate Biography, currently in the planning stages.
Brooks has over 35 years of experience in genealogical research, has worked as a professional genealogist, and lately studied in the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University as a professional historian.
His peer-reviewed article, “ ‘Born in Jamaica of Very Creditable Parents’ or ‘A Bristol Man Born’? Excavating the Real Edward Thache, ‘Blackbeard the Pirate’ “ in the July issue of North Carolina Historical Review includes the genealogy of the most famous pirate of them all! It’s expanded upon in Quest.
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Petition of the crews from ship Morning Starr and brigantine Good Fortune (formerly with Bartholomew Roberts) to Gov. Nathaniel Lawes of Jamaica, 28 Apr 1722, CO 323/8:
To his most sacred Majesty George, by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
The humble Petition of the Company, now belonging to the Ship Morning Star, and Brigantine good Fortune, lying under the ignominious Name and Denomination of Pyrates Humbly sheweth
That we your Majesty’s most loyal Subjects, have, at sundry Times, been taken by Bartholomew Roberts, the then Capt. of the abovesaid Vessels and Compy., together with another Ship, in which we left him; and have been forced by him and his wicked Accomplices, to enter into, and serve, in the said Compy., as Pyrates, much contrary to our Wills and Inclinations: And we your loyal Subjects utterly abhoring and detesting that impious way of Living, did, with an unanimous Consent, and contrary to the Knowledge of the said Roberts, or his Accomplices, on, or about the 18th Day of April 1721 Leave and run away from the aforesaid Roberts and his Compy., with the abovesaid Ship Morning Star, and Brigt.good Fortune, with no other Intent and Meaning than the Hopes of obtaining your Majesty’s most gracious Pardon. And, that we your Majesty’s most loyal Subjects, may with more Safety return to our native Country, and serve the Nation, unto which we belong, in our respective Capacities, without Fear of being prosecuted by the Injured, whose Estates have suffered by the said Roberts and his Accomplices, during our forcible Detainment, by the said Compy.: We most humbly Implore Your most Royall Majesty’s Assent
To this our humble Petition.
And your Petitioners shall ever pray&c.
X x x x x paper torn x x x x Starr and Brigt. Good F x x x x x
Fourteenth? Day of June 1722 This vangs x x x assion to Your Most Sacred Majesty The First Dated April the 28th: 1722. To His Excellency Sr. Nicholas Lawes Knt. Governour in Chief of the Island of Jamaica.
The following lists come from CO 323/8 also and contain the names included in two Round Robbins (drawn presumably by the separate crews of Morning Starr and Good Fortune. They are alphabetized owing to the nature of a Round Robbin – to prevent knowing who signed first. It is assumed that the order makes little difference.
Names of those listed and readable in the first Round Robbin w/center circle:
Bouch Eliha (Elisha?)