Arthur Quintal

Arthur Quintal

Arthur Quintal (May 6, 1795 - November 19, 1873) was a second generation Pitcairn Islander. He was the son of Matthew Quintal and Tevarua his parents both died in 1799, his mother committed suicide after Matthew bit her ear off, Matthew was then executed with a hatchet by John Adams and Ned Young. He had 2 brothers Matthew and John, John died in infancy. He also had two sisters Jane and Sarah and a half brother Edward Quintal. When his elder sister Jane "strayed from the path of virtue" he treated her so harshly that she left the island and never returned. As a youngster he swam out to a rock a considerable distance from the shore with his best friend Daniel McCoy. There they agreed to seek each others sisters as wives. Arthur married Catherine McCoy in 1816 and they had 9 children, 3 sons and 6 daughters. Daniel married Sarah Quintal and they also had 9 children. He married Mary Christian granddaughter of Fletcher Christian on May 3, 1835 they had 5 children, 4 sons and a daughter. He was Chief Magistrate of Pitcairn from 1840 - 1841. He died on Norfolk Island.

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