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Will of Lucretia Thache of Spanish Town, Jamaica—11 Sep 1742-1 Sep 1743

Wills—Lucretia Thache of Spanish Town, Jamaica—11 Sep 1742

While the preceding passage appears in 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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Will of Lucretia Teache/Thache - 11 Sep 1742-1 Sep 1743                      Wills, Liber 24 Folio 40, Registre General's Department, Spanish Town, Jamaica


Jamaica ss.

Teache Lucretia

End. 1st Septr 1743


In the Name of God Amen I Lucretia Teache widow & being att present of sound and disposing mind and memory Thanks be to Almighty God for the same do make and declare these presents to contain my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to witt

Imprimis [first] I give devise and bequeath all my real and personall estate whatsoever and wheresoever to my dearly beloved son Thomas Teache Mariner and in case of his death after payment of my just debts I give devise and bequeath to be divided share and share alike between Henry Barrahm Esqr. now or late & residing in the Kingdom of Great Brittain and John Maverly of the said Island of Jamaica

And I do hereby revoke all former and other will or wills heretofore by me at any time made or executed and do hereby nominate John Barrister and Josepg Aguilar both of the parish of St. Catherine's Executor of this my last will and Testament

In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this eleventh day of September One Thousand senven [seven] hundred and forty two


                                        Lucretia Teache (seal)


Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us who in the presence of the Testatrix and att her request have hereunto sett our? hands as subscribing wittnesses to the same


                                        John Wright

                                        Fra. Hardy


Memd. the 1st day of September One Thousand seven hundred and forty three personally came and appeared before me John Wright and made oath on the Holy Evangelists that he was present and did see Lucretia Teache the Testatrix within mentioned being then of sound mind and memory sign seal publish and declare the within written Instrument to be here last Will and Testament and that at the same time Francis Hardy was also present and together with him subscribed his name as a witness to the same in the presence of the said Testatrix

And further that he knows nothing of any other will since made by the said Testatrix which may tend to the disadvantage of the will within written

                                        Edw. Trelawny

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Note that Lucretia Teache (Thache) was born as Lucretia Poquet, place unknown. She first married John Maverly II and had her son John Maverly III before being widowed. She married 2nd Nathaniel Ethel Jr. who soon died. Thirdly, she married Capt. Edward Thache of St. Jago de la Vega or Spanish Town, Jamaica. He was the husband of Elizabeth and father of Edward “Blackbeard” Thache and Elizabeth Thache Valescure of Jamaica while possibly in Bristol, England. Elizabeth died in Jamaica in 1699 and Edward married 6 months later to Lucretia. They had issue: Cox, Rachel, and Thomas. The John Maverly mentioned in the will is Lucretia’s son and the Henry Barrahm [Barham] is the former widower of Elizabeth Thache Barham, possible daughter of Edward “Blackbeard” Thache.

Marriage of Capt. Edward Thache to Lucretia Poquet Maverly Ethel—9 Jun 1699

St. Jago de la Vega or Spanish Town, Jamaica

Source: Anglican Church Records of St. Catherine’s Parish, Jamaica

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