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 Princess Sarah Bonetta <I>Forbes</I> Davies

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Princess Sarah Bonetta Forbes Davies

Birth
Ogun, Nigeria
Death
15 Aug 1880 (aged 36–37)
Funchal, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region, Portugal
Burial
Funchal, Funchal Municipality, Madeira Region, Portugal
Plot
Sarah's grave is number 206 in the British Cemetery of Funchal near the Anglican Holy Trinity Church
Memorial ID
118546573 View Source

Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was born in Egbado West Africa. The Egbado were a clan of Yoruba people, that inhabited the Ogun State in South West Nigeria Africa . She was a Nigerian Princess, who was orphaned by inter-tribal warfare. Sarah Married Captain James Pinson Labulo Davies, a West African Merchant on Thursday , August 14,1862 at the Church of St. Nicholas in Brighton, England. Some of the bridesmaids were African, the sister of James Davies and other girls that attended schools there in England. Other bridesmaids were English, all wearing white gowns and blue trim. The brides wreath was made of orange blossom, and rested upon her head , holding her veil in place. Captain Forbes, brother of the man who rescued her and brought her to England, was who walked her down the isle and gave her away She was baptized in a church in a small town called Badagry, a former slave port..
Sarah's life started out with much happening to her in her young life. Her parents, were murdered by enemy Dahomian warriors. The entire Egbado village was taken over by these men , who began burning homes, and slaughtering people , including Sarah's parents. It is not known what her given name was A young Royal British Naval officer, Commander Frederick Edwin Forbes found and rescued this young African princess of eight years old. On the ship back to England he gave her a Christian name of Sarah and Forbes after himself and Bonetta after the name of his ship , the HMS Bonetta. So , indeed her name was Sarah Bonetta Forbes. She was very intelligent and spoke English fluently by the time they landed in England. He brought her to England where she became the protégée of Queen Victoria. She was brought up in the finest of everything, including being well cared for, have proper food, medical care, clothing and the finest education. Sarah, often called Sally, traveled back and forth between England and Africa. Her health suffered much, due to such a climate change from her origin of birth to England. It was only months after her marriage she was pregnant, both she and James were happy about the upcoming event as was the Royal Family in England. All were delighted, especially when the child was a girl and Sarah sought permission from Queen Victoria to have her God child named after her. So the little girl was named Victoria Davies. Also there was a son named Arthur Davies, and another Daughter, Stella.
After the birth of their daughter Sarah moved to Lagos on the coast of Africa and there she taught at the Female Institution and did work for some of the Missionaries. Her health problems continued and finally she was diagnosed with consumption, which is tuberculosis. Her doctor sent her to Maderia for treatment. She was just too weak and ill and did not live long after that, dying in Maderia in August of 1880. She had wanted to be buried at sea like her beloved Commander Forbes had been. But this wish did not happen and she was buried in Funchal, Maderia, Portugal.

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Sarah's daughter Victoria married a Nigerian physician from Scotland , named Dr. John Randle. Together they had a son, Romanes Adewale Randle.

Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was born in Egbado West Africa. The Egbado were a clan of Yoruba people, that inhabited the Ogun State in South West Nigeria Africa . She was a Nigerian Princess, who was orphaned by inter-tribal warfare. Sarah Married Captain James Pinson Labulo Davies, a West African Merchant on Thursday , August 14,1862 at the Church of St. Nicholas in Brighton, England. Some of the bridesmaids were African, the sister of James Davies and other girls that attended schools there in England. Other bridesmaids were English, all wearing white gowns and blue trim. The brides wreath was made of orange blossom, and rested upon her head , holding her veil in place. Captain Forbes, brother of the man who rescued her and brought her to England, was who walked her down the isle and gave her away She was baptized in a church in a small town called Badagry, a former slave port..
Sarah's life started out with much happening to her in her young life. Her parents, were murdered by enemy Dahomian warriors. The entire Egbado village was taken over by these men , who began burning homes, and slaughtering people , including Sarah's parents. It is not known what her given name was A young Royal British Naval officer, Commander Frederick Edwin Forbes found and rescued this young African princess of eight years old. On the ship back to England he gave her a Christian name of Sarah and Forbes after himself and Bonetta after the name of his ship , the HMS Bonetta. So , indeed her name was Sarah Bonetta Forbes. She was very intelligent and spoke English fluently by the time they landed in England. He brought her to England where she became the protégée of Queen Victoria. She was brought up in the finest of everything, including being well cared for, have proper food, medical care, clothing and the finest education. Sarah, often called Sally, traveled back and forth between England and Africa. Her health suffered much, due to such a climate change from her origin of birth to England. It was only months after her marriage she was pregnant, both she and James were happy about the upcoming event as was the Royal Family in England. All were delighted, especially when the child was a girl and Sarah sought permission from Queen Victoria to have her God child named after her. So the little girl was named Victoria Davies. Also there was a son named Arthur Davies, and another Daughter, Stella.
After the birth of their daughter Sarah moved to Lagos on the coast of Africa and there she taught at the Female Institution and did work for some of the Missionaries. Her health problems continued and finally she was diagnosed with consumption, which is tuberculosis. Her doctor sent her to Maderia for treatment. She was just too weak and ill and did not live long after that, dying in Maderia in August of 1880. She had wanted to be buried at sea like her beloved Commander Forbes had been. But this wish did not happen and she was buried in Funchal, Maderia, Portugal.

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Sarah's daughter Victoria married a Nigerian physician from Scotland , named Dr. John Randle. Together they had a son, Romanes Adewale Randle.

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no marker, but grave is ringed by stones & covered with agapanthus


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