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Molly Smith
Posted by: islandbound (190.102.11.---)
Date: January 25, 2009 07:48PM

Hi all - I'm hoping that 1 of the long time residents will be able to tell me who Molly Smith was & what she did to have a piece of land named after her? I understand that that is the name of the point of land to the South of Grand Case. No particular reason for the inquiry other than curiousity & a love of the history of St Maarten/Martin! Thank you.

Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: mikentara (---.152.57.74.Dial1.Atlanta1.Level3.net)
Date: January 26, 2009 11:09AM

And while we are at it...
Are Mary's Boon and Mary's Fancy the same Mary?????????

Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: January 26, 2009 12:25PM

No...two different "Mary"
Mary's Boon was named after (for) Mary Pomeroy who vanished with her plane on June 5th 1990 (that I am sure...), and Mary's Fancy was named after Mary Van Rodmondt (That, I believe...)

Kind Regards,
Philippe



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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Barbara1 (Moderator)
Date: January 26, 2009 01:08PM

so who is Molly Smith?

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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: January 26, 2009 02:22PM

patience... grinning smiley LOL I am searching eye rolling smileywinking smiley

Kind Regards,
Philippe



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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Barbara1 (Moderator)
Date: January 26, 2009 03:05PM

I don't know for sure that Mary's Fancy was named after Mary van romondt.
I don't remember any Mary in all that van romondt history

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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: sxmmmartini (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date: January 26, 2009 06:59PM

April 18, 1956 Peter Byram, an ex-Manhattan decorator came to SXM to open the Pasanggrahan for Erik Lawaetz. Peter Byram and Kit Osborne (a Californian actress and the first woman to obtain a residency permit on the Dutch side) in the 1960's opened their own small hotel, Mary's Fancy in the Dutch Cul de Sac.

The Mary Fancy estate was home to the Van Romondt family up until the Island Council bought it in 1948.

more about Peter Byram here

[vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com]

Erik Lawaetz was the brother of Frits Lawaetz the senator of St. Croix in 1907.

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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Barbara1 (Moderator)
Date: January 26, 2009 08:54PM

yes, but that is more recent history.
The van romondts owned it long before.....in the previous century and Mary's Fancy was the name of the old plantation house, and we don't know where the name came from.

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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: jimandi (---.pbtcomm.com)
Date: January 26, 2009 09:50PM

We were always told that when the plantation was completed and the owner's wife arrived on the island, she was very homesick and did not like the island. The husband tried to make her love her home by importing wonderful furnishing from all over the world. What ever her heart fancied, she got. Thus the name Mary's Fancy. Now, this is my Grandmother's story. Not sure how true it is, but a story anyway.

Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: January 27, 2009 08:45AM

Diederic Christian Van Romondt inherited the estate from his parents :
Diederic Charles Van Romondt and Ann MARY Van Romondt (born "du Cloux" also spelled "de Kloe" in Dutch)
That's what I thought... and it may explain also what Jimandi was told smoking smiley

Kind Regards,
Philippe



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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Barbara1 (Moderator)
Date: January 27, 2009 08:51AM

males sense to me.
Being married to a van romondt descendant, I probably should have looked up my van romondt history
thanks P for doing that
BTW, we have a genealogist in the family who has been doing extensive research on the van romondts.
This is her blog.
it's very interesting
[vanromondtresearch.blogspot.com]

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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: mikentara (---.152.54.14.Dial1.Atlanta1.Level3.net)
Date: January 27, 2009 10:47AM

Sorry, did not mean to hijack this thread.
Very interesting about Mary's Fancy.
But the questions remains:
Who was Molly Smith?
Where exactly is the property in her name?

Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Barbara1 (Moderator)
Date: January 27, 2009 11:14AM

I never heard of her. I would like to know too
I found this on flickr
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and this too
[www.caribbean-direct.com]

and on this map, it shows Molly Smith Point to the left of Grand Case.



but who was she?

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Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: islandbound (200.7.53.---)
Date: January 27, 2009 12:11PM

No need to apologize for the tread being "hijacked" at all when interesting stories are told - thank you all smiling smiley Having followed this forum for a while, I posed the question hoping that Barbara would be 1 of the ones who would know the answer. I guess piquing her curiousity too is the next best thing!winking smiley

Re: Molly Smith
Posted by: Tabba Khady (Moderator)
Date: January 27, 2009 01:53PM

This clue remind me the one of your mysterious picture, B... By the way we never found where it was and everybody gave up, me included..
But Molly Smith ? Ummmmmm... must to be a way to find out! smoking smiley

Kind Regards,
Philippe



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