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MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:13 pm
by Betty
Good day,

I am looking for any information regarding a John Mussenden who migrated to Bermuda back in the 1900's or so. I am wondering about the names; Nationality. Are there still Mussenden's in St. KItts & Nevis.

Betty

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:59 am
by Tumaini
Hi Betty,

I just saw this name whike browsing. I see you posted many years ago, so I am hopeful this may be some of the info that you need.

The relative who raised me was neé Mussenden. She was born in St. Kitts. I do not know if her father, Milton Mussenden was an immigrant or if he was born there in SKN.

She was born Evelyn Wilhelmina Mussenden, October 7, 1913. She emigrated to Montreal, Canada in the 1930's and remained until her death Octover 18, 2006, at the age of 93. There is a Mussenden who is, I believe her neice, who lives in the U,S.

She looks remarkably like my relative, which is how I know she is her close family, and my relative had a sister. She is very well known & if you are still interested in this search, I'll give you her info. She may have much more Mussenden family history than I can provide.

Remain well,
Tumaini

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:10 pm
by Betty
Hi Tumaini,

I feel blessed that the posting of years ago is still generating a response. My paternal grand mother, a Gaiton also of SKN married John Mussenden here in Bermuda. It appears that he may have been several years older that her. My father Francis Mussenden was the result of that union in 1934, I believe.

John Mussenden seemed to be a very common name for, as I tried to track my John Mussenden, there were lots with different birthdates. He may have worked on a ship that travelled back and forth to US.

Prior to my grand mother he was married and lived in NY with a daughter. At the moment the daughter 's name escapes me. I would love to have the contact information of the person I can possibly reach out to.

Very much obliged,

Betty

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:51 pm
by Tumaini
Hi!

The woman's name is Isis Mussenden | Costume Designer | Film/Television: Shrek
http://www.isismussenden.com › shrek or I would try http://www.isismussenden.com

Life is so mysterious! The 1st Granddaughter, of my relative Evelyn, is also named Isis. My Isis was born in Egypt. Please feel free to give Ms. Isis Mussenden my story & all the lineage info I shared with you, if she is interested in connecting & sharing ancestral info. As a woman in the world of celebrity, I'm fairly sure she's had lots of exposure.

Good fortune on your search! I would be grateful if you let me know if shis contact proves fruitful, even if she declines contact with me.

Many regards,
Tumaini

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:14 pm
by Betty
Thank you, This is interesting because sometime ago, I came across this person's name and wrote to her . However, I never received a response. I will try again.

Betty

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:52 pm
by Tumaini
I've never written but perhaps if you sent her our correspondence documenting our research, it may spark her interest. Good luck!
Tumaini

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:42 pm
by Betty
Have you heard of an Olivia "Ollie" King ? she was the daughter of John Mussenden and my dad's half sister, who lived in NY.

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:55 pm
by Tumaini
Greetings Betty! I just wrote to ask someone who would know for sure. The daughter of my Cousin Evelyn Mussenden. I'll let you know when I hear back.
Remain well!
Tumaini

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:01 pm
by Tumaini
Betty, just found this: "Isis Mussenden". Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
I trust this may be of help.
Tumaini

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:51 pm
by Tumaini
Betty, here is the update from my Cousin Evelyn's daughter. Evelyn's half sister was Rita. She has a daughter named Pam. I hope this helps.
Tumaini

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:31 am
by Betty
Thanks Tumaini,

I hope to hear back from the movie set costume designer. I wrote to her last night. I have enjoyed our exchanges over this weekend. Maybe you will visit Bermuda and look me up. Should I hear anything further I will keep you abreast.

Much appreciation,

Betty

Re: MUSSENDEN - Bermuda, St. Kitts & Nevis

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:01 pm
by Tumaini
Betty, I do believe you may have better fortune with Isis now. The Oscars were last night, therefore I doubt if she was foocusing on emails yesterday. However, today or tomorrow, she may begin looking at emails that arrived in the last few days, before all the congrats came in.

She is 1 of 3 persons on the governing board for her branch, Costume Design, in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, they who run the Academy Awards. Having been elected to the board last July, (she was invited for Academy membership back in '08), and her position in her industry, having been elevated, and therefore having her public accountability and visibility increased, may work in your favor.

I am grateful for your generous invitation to visit Bermuda. If the opportunity arises, I will come to see you there. I had familial connection to Bermuda in the past. An elder cousin, Angie Sommerset, who most probably is either very aged, or deceased, lived there. Her branch, led by ny Great Aunt Liddie, neé Brownbill, emigrated from St. Kitts in the early decades of the 1900's, possibility due to marriage to Sommerset.

I met a Thelma (neé) Sommerset in Tanzania, She was married to a friend of my husband. She told me she was from Bermuda but her family came from St. Kitts, and that we were related. She came back to the states about 15 years ago and lived in Dallas. Now she has moved to the Virgin Islands. I am preparing outreach to her.

Do you know any Sommersets in Bermuda? Do you know if they have St. Kitts origins?

Thank you for your ancestral search support. Remain well!

Tumaini