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Thought you might be interested in this account of a voyage from Liverpool to Calcutta in July 1838. It is an excerpt from my Gt. Gt. Grandaunt, Sophie Stolke's life story, when she and the group travelled to India as German Moravian missionaries, but later generations of whom, became "tea barons" in the Darjeeling district.
"THE VOYAGEFrom there (Liverpool) we sailed in the little sailing vessel "Blorange" round the Cape. The day it was very rough. Dinner was on the table but we could not stay to eat it. We were hurried off and all of us became very sea sick. When we were recovered from our sea sickness, Mr. Start called for us all who were well enough to study Hindustani. Our teachers were Mr. Start himself and a "munshi." The vessel in which we came out was a sailing cargo one but was specially fitted for us missionaries and the next year after it brought out Mr. Kluge, Shonish, Starnberg, Rudolph and Ullman. Our voyage from England took us nearly 5 months. It was pretty calm throughout but just at the Cape we had a storm that lasted 7 days, during which we saw neither sun nor stars. We never landed anywhere but saw vessels in the distance. One, a Chinese one, that had lost her way in the storm and had no water left, was supplied with water from our ship. Our water was very disagreeable and old and we wished for fresh water.One day on a calm very bright day when we were at dinner there was a fearful crash and all looked at each other, while some said "We are on a rock" and some said something else. The captain and mate ran upstairs like lightning. The reason was a water spout had come and broken off the largest mast. Fortunately no one was hurt. Before we came to Calcutta natives came out in their little boats and brought fruit and other things to sell to the passengers. There we saw the first natives of India and were shocked to see them with so few clothes on."
I too am interested in Xavier and Harrison genealogy....a DNA link matches my husband to three trees who have Xavier in India. There is a possible link with Rachael Anne Smith as well through her father Charles and Grandfather Joseph.
Happy to share/discuss.
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A Mr Christie was with Duncan Bros (a tea company) in the 60s. His widow
and three daughters may be in Australia. A person in the USA wishes to
establish contact with the family.
I have been asked to assist and am happy to make connections or pass along
Leon J Lyell
I am still looking for the death of my Grandfather William Leonard Rivers WRIGHT son of William Banks Wright. I have his birth and marriage but cannot find his death.
Also the birth and marriage of Mariano (aka Henry) D'Ortez and that of his wife Cecilia. I have found mention of them in Quaker documentation, but nothing of their beginnings.
Regards to the List.
Good idea, Sue. sorry I can’t help you with any of your name interests. But here are mine (all in Bengal):
On Nov 15, 2019, at 13:47, Sue Gutheridge <suegutheridge(a)hotmail.co.uk> wrote:
Just incase there are any newbies or some members who have added names to their trees perhaps it would be good for us all the list our name interests. I will go first. Sue
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