KISSIN KUZZINS: Publication details Belize registry following Revolution
Did your ancestor flee from the Carolinas to Belize immediately following the American Revolution? This area was occupied by Spain in the middle 16th century, but fell under British control in the 1700s. Most of the 18th century settlers came from Scotland, England or Ireland, or were slaves imported from Africa.
Sonia Bennett Murray has compiled the “First Parish Register of Belize 1794 - 1810” and the “First Four Censuses 1816-1826.” This volume contains records of birth, marriage, baptism and death. An example of what you might find includes: “At Belize Honduras about the year 1815 (certainly before 1820) a Doctor Thomas Murray of the 5th West India regiment was married, in a private house, to a Miss Mascall, daughter of a merchant in Belize, by the Rev. Mr. Stanford (or a name very like it.) I am very anxious to get a copy of the register of this marriage, especially noting the name, profession, and country of Dr. Murray’s father, if it is mentioned.” Thomas Murray married Sarah Mascall 3 February 1808. The early census records seem to list everyone in the household — not just the head of household as the census did in the United States.
This volume contains 280 pages, in soft cover, and sells for $29.50 plus $5.50 shipping and handling. You may order your copy from the Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, Md. 21211-1953.