Stede Bonnet

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Stede Bonnet, son of Edward Bonnet and Sarah Stevens, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Christ Church Parish, Barbados, 29 July 1687.1 He was hung for his crimes at White Point, Charleston, Charleston Co., South Carolina, 10 December 1718, and buried "off White Point Gardens in the marsh beyond [the] low water mark" so there would be no lasting trace of him or his men. In spite of that intent, a monument was later erected to mark the passing of Stede and 29 of his crew. The monument is depicted here.2

Stede married Mary Allamby, daughter of Captain William Allamby and Susanna Mackee, at Barbados 21 November 1709.3,4,5

He was counted in the census of 1715 as "Maj Steed Bonnet" with:
1 Man, age 27;
4 Women, ages 24, 25, 18, 30;
5 Boys, ages 23[?], 11, 15, 10, 7/8.6

A true pirate of the carribbean, Stede was tried, convicted, and executed for piracy on the high seas. At his sentencing, the judge pronounced:
"That you, the said Stede Bonnet, shall go from hence to the Place from whence you came, and from thence to the Place of Execution, where you shall be hanged by the Neck till you are dead.
And the God of infinite Mercy be merciful to your Soul."

For more information about Stede Bonnet, please see this Wikipedia article.


Mary Allamby b. say 1690, d. bef. 18 Jun 1750
  • Allamby Bonnet2 b. say 1710, d. bef. 1715
  • Edward Bonnet+7,8 b. 24 Sep 1713, d. bef. 13 Aug 1751
  • Stede Bonnet9 b. 16 Sep 1714
  • Mary Bonnet2 b. say 1716
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  1. [S415] Joanne McRee Sanders, compiler, Barbados Records: Baptisms, 1637-1800 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984), 277, further cited as Barbados Baptisms.
  2. [S1323] Wikipedia Contributors, "Stede Bonnet," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia,[:WEB] (accessed 12 May 2007).
  3. [S413] Joanne McRee Sanders, Barbados Records: Marriages 1643-1800 (2 vols., Houston, Texas: Sanders Historical Publications, 1982), 1:114, further cited as Sanders, Barbados Marriages.
  4. [S410] Joanne McRee Sanders, compiler, Barbados Records: Wills and Administrations (3 vols., Houston, Texas: Sanders Historical Publications, 1979-1981), 3:2-3, further cited as Sanders, Barbados Wills.
  5. [S1673] Gregory Don Cooke, "Historic Ancestors: Major Stede Bonnet, Pirate of the Caribbean," The Genealogist 25 (Spring 2011): 31-33, at 31, further cited as Cooke, "Major Stede Bonnet."
  6. [S2652] Department of Archives, Black Rock, Barbados, "A Census of the Island of Barbados, West Indies 1715: with the names and ages of all the white Inhabitants of the Island arranged under their several Parishes," 220, FHL microfilm 116149, img701, further cited as Barbados Census, 1715.
  7. [S415] Sanders, Barbados Baptisms, 330.
  8. [S1673] Cooke, "Major Stede Bonnet," 32.
  9. [S415] Sanders, Barbados Baptisms.