If anyone might have a chance to look for my grandfather's
brother in a Ceylon directory, I'd be very grateful. I've
only just found out from an elderly family member that he
married and lived in Ceylon. No wonder I couldn't find him
I'm searching for Harold HYSON / HEISON (b. 1882) and his
son (unknown forename). Harold may have arrived in Ceylon
as early as the 1920s to work at his sister-in-law's (GRAY)
rubber plantation (possibly in the Kandy area.)
He apparently was there as late as the 1950s or 1960s. I
don't know if his son stayed in the area but would love to
be able to trace him.
Any help at all would be wonderful - thank you very much!
Happy New Year to all.
21 James Ave.
Fall River, Nova Scotia
Canada B2T 1H7
Thanks for all your help and advice since I joined in November
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you all
researching ARMSTRONG, ANDERSON, LAKEMAN AND LOCKHART
Greetings to members of the Sri Lanka list,
I am searching for information on my maternal great-great grandfather Strong and his family, residing in Ceylon in the late Victorian period. What I know is as follows:
Edward Gray STRONG
B. 19 June 1826 in Bruges Belgium to Lieutenant William Burrough Strong and Margaret Winter (nee Gray) Strong
Occupation: Civil Engineer (apparently designed & built bridge near Kandy)
He "married" (not sure if they were married) a "Portuguese lady" (according to family lore, my guess is she was of mixed Sri Lankan & European ancestry)
Charles, b. 30 Apr 1869 in Columbo. Later became a tea merchant
Lucy, b. 1871 Was described as a "poet", and died young
GEORGE STRONG (my great-grandfather), b. 1873 in Ceylon (date inferred from age in 1881 census)
The above 3 children (all described as b. in Ceylon) appear in the 1881 U.K. census as residing in Pulborough, Sussex as wards of Mrs. Maria Power (this is consistent with the family story that the children were raised in England while the father remained in Ceylon)
At some point, Edward Gray Strong married Ann Gillman of Portsea (date unknown, but they were buried together)
D. 23 Apr 1903, Tunbridge Wells, Kent (unsure when he returned from Ceylon)
Any help or suggestions any of you might have regarding finding more information about Edward Gray Strong and his children would be appreciated. I am especially interested in finding more information about the identity of my great-great grandmother. Of historical interest, does anyone know how common it was for English colonists to marry/form relationships with non-English women? I would be interested in hearing from others with similar stories.
Regards and best wishes for the holiday season,
Paul Arnold, Toronto, Canada
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(in which case could you please resend) or was your PC infected
with a virus and mailing me at random?
Since the subject heading related to a message I posted via this
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I couldn't determine your e-mail address without opening the item
and I deleted it to be safe.