Stonehouse History Group

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Blackbeard comes from Stonehouse?


An interesting claim has come to our attention from Baylus C. Brooks - that the famous pirate Blackbeard (real name Edward Thache) has links with Stonehouse. His grandfather was Rev Thomas Thache (1617-1668), vicar of St Cyr’s in 1654.


Baylus’s investigations have proven that Blackbeard’s father Edward Thache snr was a mariner born in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England on June 14, 1659, the son of Rev. Thomas Thache, Anglican minister of St. Cyr’s Church and his wife Rachel. The family moved to Sapperton in 1860.


Edward Thache moved to Bristol, married Elizabeth and had several children, including Edward Jr. (Blackbeard).


Blackbeard’s family

1654 – 1660 Blackbeard’s grandfather Rev Thomas Thache was Vicar of Stonehouse.

1659 Blackbeard’s father Edward Thache was born

1660 The family moved to Sapperton

c1680 Edward Thache senior had moved to Bristol where he married Elizabeth.

c1680 Edward Thache (Blackbeard) born


Soon after this, between 1682 and 1695, the family moved to Jamaica.

Blackbeard was an active pirate between 1716 and 1718 when he was killed aged about 38.


Baylus C Brooks book

Baylus is a professional research and maritime historian, genealogist, and writer living in Greenville, North Carolina USA.


He is a Board Member of the North Carolina Maritime History Council and founder of Brooks Historical, a publishing, research, and writing-editing service in Greenville.


Baylus C Brooks’ book - Quest for Blackbeard: The True Story of Edward Thache and His World was published in 2016.


Blackbeard the famous pirate