There are a couple of stories that I would like to clear up.
A major one is that I am trying to find out whatever happened Mary Jane.
Also I would like to make contact with anybody at all with links to the
CHAPMAN family in this area as we would like to find out as much as we can
about the family and, in particular, what happened to the BRAY children.
Here is some background information:
My forbears include Joseph BRAY (son of a Joseph BRAY) and seem to have
originated somewhere near Bradworthy in Devon - but nothing much has been
found except for a mention in the 1851 Census.
Joseph BRAY Jnr enlisted in the Royal Corps of Sappers & Miners around 1856
at the age of about 20-21
He was posted to Spike Island Co Cork Ireland as part of the 10th Coy Royal
Engineers and married a local girl, Margaret CHAPMAN in 1857. They had
three children - William Joseph b.1858 Henry James b. 1860 and Mary Jane
Margaret died soon after the birth of Mary Jane in Queenstown, and at the
time Joseph was serving in Montreal Canada with the 15th Coy RE where he
had been for some months. The children were cared for by family
members. The boys were initially cared for by the CHAPMAN family of Cloyne
Co Cork, but nothing has been heard of Mary Jane.
William Joseph BRAY ended up (as a child) with (Michael Nason CHAPMAN)
relatives in Sydney Australia, and changed his name to William Joseph
CHAPMAN. Henry James BRAY was sent to join his father in Burlington,
Vermont, probably around 1865, where Joseph had married another Irish girl
named Mary QUELCH (little is known about her either).
Nothing has been found relating to Mary Jane. She did not marry, give
birth, or die in Co Cork - but she was baptised there in1862. We think
that she was probably sent to Joseph's parents in Devon to be looked after,
but this is all sheer supposition.
If there is anybody out there that can help, please contact me.