Militia lists

The militia lists from 1782-86 record the name of George Doney, a servant at Cassiobury, who was captured in Gambia as a child.

by Watford Museum

Militia list from 1782. George Doney's name is at the bottom.

George’s gravestone can still be seen in St Mary’s church.

This page was added on 01/09/2006.

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  • Several of the men listed in the documents in this section have or had the name Doney/Donas – George Edward Doney (the same person as Doney the Black?), Othello formerly Donas and Charles formerly Donas. Does anyone know anything about this name? Is it coincidence or did it have a meaning? I changed my own surname when I was 21 as a mark of my independence. How must it be to have your name removed by people with power over you? I understand this happened to white servants as well, for example housemaids who were all called Jane so that the mistress didn’t have to remember a new name if the personnell changed?

    By Sarah S (16/08/2007)

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