I received a post from Bob Holland in OZ, another unbelievably helpful list
member in the style of RF Taylor of recent acclaim...
" a marriage at Fort William Jan 29th 1802 John de Grayter private in the
1st European Regt and Elizabeth Elones spinster"
Does anyone have any information on the !st European Regiment? Can anyone
confirm that ELONES is a Portugese name, indicating perhaps a Eurasian girl?
Fort William is in Calcutta, I believe?
I am particularly interested in the Dutch connection back to Europe, as my
search can be summarised as the search for the "h" introduced into "de
Gruyther" as an Anglicism. This spelling, for a British minister writing up
the certificate, would be close to the Dutch pronunciation, depending on the
area of Holland, and ignoring the gutteral "G". It can be heard as de
Grayter or de Growter.
Since finding some papers in my father's study in UK, and returning from
leave to find various postings from Bob Holland, I would like to say that I
have discovered around twenty new de Gruyther listings in India. Without
this List I wouldn't have known what I was looking for, or had the help so
far received. John de Grayter remains unconnected, but amazing discoveries
are there to be made.
Tim de Gruyther