"von Beverhoudt in Australia" von Beverhoudt family story
My earliest confirmed attachment to these families is Johannes von Beverhoudt, born about 1763 on the island of St Thomas. He married Johanna Elilzabeth Wood and was a Royal Bookkeeper for the Danish West Indies Company. There are many documents available from the Danish archives with his signature, which was Johannes v Beverhodut EZ. The EZ means Engelzoon - Engel's son, which gives us another generation back. This ancestor Engel is elusive, probably because he was a law abiding citizen and little is recorded of him. There is information about an Engel v Beverhoudt born c1740, a plantation owner and Stipendary Magistrate on St Thomas who died 1781. Also an Engel Beverhoudt, landowner on 'Statia' (Saba) in 1781.
Going forward, Johannes' son, Adam von Beverhoudt was born 'Santa Cruz' (St Croix) in 1793 and joined the British army during a peace keeping expedition during the early 1800s. He settled in England and married Augusta Hamlyn and they had 6 children - Helena, Gertrude, Adrian, William T H, James and Katherine.
William Trend Hamlyn von Beverhoudt travelled to Australia in the 1860s and there is a family rumor of a 'Dutch sea captain', so possibly his family still owned shipping, and as no entry into Australia can be found in the immigration records, he may have been part of a ship's crew. He bought shares in a gold mine near Ballarat and married Mary Benson who is believed to have been an Irish convict. Their daughter Louisa was born in 1866 and William returned to England, became a Dr of medicine and married again. Mary raised Louisa as a single mother, telling her daughter, that her father had died.
Louisa Beverhoudt is my great grandmother. To be able to tell her story - a story that she herself never knew is my pleasure. She was a gentlewoman who knew the sorrow of losing two sons in the first world war - John William Beverhoudt Moore and Norman Francis Moore. She raised her five children in Western Australia, moving from Coolgardie to Albany and finally to the wheatbelt town of Goomalling as her husband and sons worked as carpenters on municipal building projects. Her youngest child, Nellie Dorothy was my grandmother.