I can’t seem to help but think about the variety of opportunity paths that may have spun off from those that ventured into whaling. Although I am not 100% certain, it seems that some of the “Bayenerus” (whalers) found the opportunity to enlist in the United States Navy during the 1800’s.

Last Name

First Name

Birth Year

Birth Place

Enlisted

Location

Aglur

Jose

1842

Guam

Sep 1861

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Andrews

Thomas

1842

Guam

Jul 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Antonio

Francis

1835

Guam

Dec 1861

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Brown

Joe

1837

Guam

Nov 1862

Boston, Massachusetts

Brown

John

1839

Guam

Aug 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Button

Benjamin

1839

Guam

Dec 1864

Boston, Massachusetts

Carter

Joseph

1841

Guam

Aug 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Cepeda

Leon

1841

Guam

Apr 1862

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Dela Cruz

Mariano

1841

Guam

Dec 1861

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Dela Cruse

Philip

1844

Guam

Aug 1862

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Douty

John

1840

Guam

Nov 1862

Boston, Massachusetts

Ernandes

Alonzo

1843

Guam

Nov 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Estredo

Joseph

1842

Guam

Aug 1862

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Flores

John

1846

Guam

Aug 1862

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Garido

Joseph

1842

Guam

Dec 1861

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Henry

Antone

1842

Rota

Sep 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Leon

Vincente

1845

Guam

Mar 1863

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Micoto

Joseph

1828

Guam

Jul 1864

New York

Mindola

Peter

1840

Guam

May 1863

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Nicholas

John C

1843

Guam

Nov 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Nichols

Joseph

1826

Guam

Jul 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Rodgers

Andrew

1844

Guam

Jul 1864

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Rosario

Benjamin

1838

Guam

Aug 1862

New Bedford, Massachusetts

 

Perhaps one of the most notable whaling ships frequented the Mariana Islands was the Charles W. Morgan whaling ship. I briefly wrote about the Morgan and the Chamorro men who subsequently became crewmembers.

If you have read beyond my initial article on the Morgan through other sources, you would know that the Morgan’s homeport was New Bedford, Massachusetts, the same city where the majority of where these Chamorro men enlisted in the US Navy.

Unfortunately, during my crosswalk review between the rosters I was not able to match any of the men from the Morgan and the Navy lists. But as you can see, many of the surnames from the Navy enlistments have likely morphed from its origin.

The main key word I searched on that generated this subset of records for these men was birthplace “Guam.” Nothing came up for the other Mariana Islands, which is not surprising since at the time Guam and Rota were the two main islands that the Spaniards contained the Chamorro people.

Click on the sample list below showing the enlistment of Mariano Dela Cruz in 1861. He was 20 years old, had dark eyes, black straight hair, copper color complexion, and was 5’ 4.5” tall.