MULZAC - eastern Caribbean

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MULZAC - eastern Caribbean

Postby Whaleman » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:27 pm

Genealogical searching for all descendants and the origins of the MULZAC family. Most notable of this surname is the late Captain Hugh N. Mulzac of Union Island who during WWII was the first African-American to become a Captain with the US Merchant marine. The MULZAC name is highly likely to have been a derivation of the French surname MALZAC. This family is closely aligned to the Huguenots and some were exiled as prisoners to settle the islands.

A patriarch of the surname is Charles Mulzac (d. 1893) who is erroneously described as a Scotsman. Charles Mulzac leased Union Island for the production of Cotton and his son Richard later operated a lucrative Whaling business.

MULZAC's are known to have lived (or still live) on: St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Canouan, Grenada, Martinique, Carriacou, and Bequia.

Jean Malzac of Basseterre, St. Christophe (St. Kitts) was the 'court reporter' for the 1828 trial against the pirates of "Las Damas Argentinas" for which they were hung. I'm seeking his biography and emigration from France.
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Re: MULZAC - eastern Caribbean

Postby JohnW » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:27 pm

I grew uo in a shipping family and extended family with many Pilots, Engineers, Captains and remember hearing about Capt. Hugh Mulzac in Jamaica and I think 2 of my extended 'uncles' read his book. Not sure how I could find out but will inquire as I know I saw some kind of publication on him.
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Re: MULZAC - eastern Caribbean

Postby Whaleman » Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:50 am

I'm a grand-nephew of Capt. Hugh N. Mulzac and very familiar with his semi-autobiography, "A Star to Steer By" . Part of my genealogical research is to quell and correct an often cited reference in the work that implied Charles Mulzac (his Grandfather) was a native Scotsman when in actuality, the surname is French and spelt MALZAC. The fluidity of quill pens during this era made it easy for an "A" to appear as a "U"; typographical errors were not invented yet. :lol: This calligraphic interpretation was to result in two branches of the family, one white the other black/creole with both emanating from the same trunk.

Earliest indications dating from 1687 are that his ancestral family (and my own) were exiled and escaped surviving Huguenot prisoners in the aftermath of the sinking of the ship, "Our Lady of Good Hope" or as known in French "Notre Dame de Bonne Esperance" off the coast of Martinique. All the dots are not yet connected.
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Re: MULZAC - eastern Caribbean

Postby JohnW » Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:27 pm

I have seen way less material with little basis in reality become best-seller books and movies and I would urge you to consider getting the intellectual property required for Capt. Mulzac and making a movie or documentary. The stuff I heard about his guiding ships through the Atlantic in WW2 was mythical!
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