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.

11 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.

  • 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

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