This is the story of four remarkable sisters from the tiny South Atlantic Island of St. Helena: Elizabeth, Margaret, Bridget, and Charlotte. Although they lived in such an isolated environment, each made what would have been considered at the time extremely successful marriages to Englishmen in the clergy, the East India Company and the British Navy.

Margaret was my four times great grandmother.  The portrait of the young woman at the top of this page is of Margaret, after her marriage to John Skottowe. I have only recently discovered the existence of her sisters.

All four sisters were born on St. Helena to James Greentree and Margaret Bates between 1746 and 1757. There were possibly two other daughters (Mary and Anne) who died young and five sons (John, James, Watkin, Thomas, and Digby).

This web site and blog is an attempt to share their stories and to perhaps make contact with other descendants of the Greentree family of St. Helena.

23 comments to Welcome

  • Gillian (Holme) Loffell

    Good afternoon, I have loved reading your Welcome page plus the information on Margaret Greentree, Brigit Greentree and Thomas Skottowe.
    My relationship is through James Greentree (1718 – ) and Margaret Bates (- 1787) whe were my maternal fifth Great Grandparents.
    I am compiling a Holme Family Story for my family. Thank you for sharing your information so generously.

  • John Alexander

    Very interesting. I have a family tree dating back to 1680. My direct line grandfather William Watkin Alexander married Elisa Greentree on St Helena. They had 5 sons , one being my great great grandfather. He moved to South Africa. I will try get names and dates of the Greetree descendants.
    John Alexander

  • Dr Jesse C Hillman

    Hello – we lived on the island for three years recently and are now engaged in transcribing all of the BMD records for the island. So far we have done over 25,000. There are many Greentrees, and of course there are still Greentrees living on the island. Your four sisters are all traceable with dates of birth and baptisms if you would like these? Happy to provide all the Greentree information which we can filter out if you are interested?
    Best wishes – Jesse

    • Kenn


      I was trying to find information about the brothers of the Greentree sisters whose parents where James Greentree and Margaret Bates. Is there any record of what happened to these brothers.


    • Douglas Neville-Jones

      I am interested in the descendants of Thomas Greentree and Eliza Doveton who married in 1801. He was a member of the Council of St Helena appointed Storekeeper of St Helena on 10 May 1819. I believe they had four daughters and a son Thomas.
      Can anyone help with this?


      • marian

        I have seven children for this couple. I will count you privately with more information.


      • Laura

        I descend from the Swan family of which Eleanor Greentree married into with her marriage to James Swan. I have enjoyed reading about the Greentrees, Dovetons and of course, Napoleon in exile on St Helena with them. Contact me if you want to share some notes.

        • marian

          Laura: I have replied to you privately. I would love for you to contact me by reply to my email and hear more about your descent from Eleanor Greentree.

    • Beverley Rock

      Hello Marian!
      I thoroughly enjoyed your website on the Greentree sisters and did more research – let me know if you’re interested. Our family touches on Watkin, their brother.
      However, I notice that you had a reply from Dr.Jesse Hillman who is transcribing all the St Helena BMD records. I wonder if you have an email contact. Regards Bev Rock, Australia. My email: mailtobev@gmail.com

  • Hi I`m trying to trace my family tree of Henry Greentree who married Jane Pope Heny was a convict sentence to Australia and Jane his wife followed at a later date with their 5 children I have already filled in most of the blank spaces but now I wish to go backwards in time to find out where they came from and also include the 1700`s 1600`s and beyond , if anyone could be of help I would greatly appreciate it

  • Amanda Robbins

    Hello there, lovely website thank you!
    Elizabeth Greentree and Admiral Sir Digby Dent are my 6th great grandparents. I would love any information on them, so far I don’t have her date /place of birth of birth.
    Do you have any details for her parents, especially dates etc.

    Many thanks

  • I’ve found a music print in the National Library Catalogue of New Zealand “most humbly dedicated to Miss Greentree of the Island St. Helena”:
    Did one of the sisters play harp or piano?

    • marian

      What a wonderful find. By the look of the dates, this Miss Greentree could be one of “my” Misses Greentree’s nieces. Thomas Greentree was on the island while Napoleon was there and I seem to have read that one of his daughters met Napoleon. So they would have been interested in this music. The composer seems to have given it to her, so must look further at him.

  • Merle Mosse

    I am a descendant of Eliza Greentree the daughter of Watkin Greentree and Elizabeth Bazett so your ancestor would have been the sister of my ancestor. Thanks so much for your post

    • marian

      Sorry to be so long responding, Merle. Great to hear from an Alexander descendant.

      • Paul Alexander

        I am of the same line, a descendant of Eliza Greentree the daughter of Watkin Greentree and Elizabeth Bazett. My ancestor was William Watkin Alexander

        • marian

          Thanks for getting in touch. I have researched Watkin’s line a little, but am more fascinated by the daughters. And Margaret, one daughter, is my direct line.


  • Linley Hooper

    Thank you for your great website. While not linking directly to the Greentree-Skottowe family, I am exploring the relationships between the Scottowe, D’esterre, Parker, Wyatt? & possibly Halahan families. They were almost all early settlers in Australia.

    • marian

      Thanks, Linley. I think we were in touch years ago re our mutual Skottowe/Parker links in Australia. I will reply further to you privately.


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