I’m not too sure whether I’ve found something, but I hope that you can read Danish as I cannot (except for a few words here and there):
From the Danish Chancellery, Index to West India files 1787-1799:
In the late 1700’s there is something about an Octavius POGGY and his wife Monette(?) Chevaller on the island of St Thomas and there is a mention of a Mariette Honorine POGGY who might be your girl (and who might have “datter” i.e. daughter mentioned in front of her name).
… and that is as far as I get … LOL
Dear Sylvia W - Thank you! I'm nearly certain that's my girl. I cannot read Danish, especially handwritten Danish. 1798, it would appear that the entry is about the birth/baptism (?) of my girl. How did you find such an entry? I have two newspaper notices in Danish (1806 and 1812) and cannot figure out which is possibly the death of her father. Mary/Mariette arrived in Philadelphia as an orphan without funds. Thank you again! How did you do it? - Jim Rice
Now I'm sure that I've got the right guy, here is some more stuff that might be of interest:
Danish Chancellery, Joint Department - Index to West Indian register of wills
The Evangelical Church, St. Thomas and St. John - Parish Register
Octavius - Death or burial 25 April 1806: https://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=25448948
Here is an article regarding “Tutu”plantation house that was once owned by “Octavius Pogy”: https://npgallery.nps.gov/NRHP/GetAsset/NRHP/76001867_text
NB The name Tutu was first mentioned in the 1801 "Audited Accounts, West Indian Accounts - Land register of St. Thomas and St. John" and was located in the “Nije Quarteer”. However, “Octavius Poggie” had owned that property since at least the 1798 land register. He was also listed regarding 2 properties in the Ost-Ende Quarteer from the 1801 register onwards. (1801 land register: https://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=39290021)
Unfortunately there are no easy indexes .. just luck and a lot of elbow grease :-)
Sylvia W - Winner! Winner! Chicken dinner! It feels like Vegas! Thank you!
The daughter, Mariette (Mary) of Octavius and Monette arrived in Philadelphia as an orphan. She was enrolled in Madame Rivardi's Seminary for young women about 1814. After years of litigation she recovered a small portion of the family fortune to which she was entitled. "Little Pog" married in 1817. The couple settled and worked with the du Pont family in Delaware for nearly a decade. I could tell you more, but it will bore you to tears. Check this out – hope the direct link works ...
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Madame Rivardi's Seminary in the Gothic Mansion
Page 32 - "The plight of Mary Pogy, an orphan from Saint Croix, alerted a good number of them to the Madame's duplicity. After having assured Mary of every assistance in claiming her inheritance and finding an American home, she instigated negotiations with Mary's guardian to have her sent to Danish relatives."
Thank you again! How do you do it? - Jim
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Dear Mr. Rice,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Subject Files Relating to Government and Public Matters, 1749 - 1927 in the Records of the Government of the Virgin Islands (Record Group 55) that may contain records about the Pogy/ Pogie family especially in the Correspondence Regarding Censuses , Correspondence Regarding Censuses , and Correspondence Regarding Censuses . We also located the Index to List of House and Land Taxes on St. Croix, 1743 - 1917 and the Land and Head Tax Records, 1766 - 1917 in Record Group 55 that may include records about the Pogy/ Pogie family. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that most of these records are in Danish.
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