Frederick Moth

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Frederick von Moth
Governor of Danish West Indies
Reign1724 – 1747
Died12 August 1746(1746-08-12) (aged 51–52)
St. Thomas
BuriedSt. Thomas
Spouse(s)Anna Elizabeth van Beverhoudt
Paulus Moth
Friderich Christian Moth
Christiana Amalie Moth
Margrethe Gertrud Elisabeth
Aletta Moth
Lucas Moth
FatherSir Poul Moth
MotherMargrethe Poggenberg
OccupationGovernor of the Danish West Indies

Lieutenant General Frederick von Moth (1694 - 12 August 1746) was Governor-General of St. Thomas and St. John in the Danish West Indies from April 1724 - May 1727 then again from 21 February 1736 - 13 April 1744 and was also Governor of St. Croix from 8 January 1735 - 15 May 1747.[1]


Moth’s great aunt was Sophie Amalie Moth Countess of Samsøe, whose connection to King Christian V of Denmark raised the social status of the Moth family. Frederick’s father Poul von Moth was a knight.


Moth was born in Copenhagen but moved to St. Thomas where he started a family. He married Anna Elizabeth van Beverhoudt on 2 July 1722 on the island of St. Thomas. He had several children on the island over the following 17 years, one of whom was Margarethe Gjertrud who married Lucas Uytendale de Bretton in 1750. Moth founded the town of Christiansted in 1733 after Denmark purchased St Croix from the French. He designed the town using Christiana (now Oslo) as a model.[2] Moth was named first Danish Governor of the Danish West Indies & Guinea Company of Denmark on 12 November 1733.[3] He also built the historic plantation site Estate Little Princess in Saint Croix, having acquired the land in 1738.[4]


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  2. ^ Virgin Islands by Randall Peffer (Lonely Planet, 2001)
  3. ^ The Bartered Virgins by John David Merwin (Dorrance Publishing, 2011)
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