I apologise for my late reply bit I am working in a very busy rural school
in Thailand at the moment so don't get much time to go online or do
I haven't tried either the DBU site or the Ceylon website run by Fazli
Sameer so I will try to find the sites and do some searching.
As for why he was in Ceylon, I don't know a great deal about Archibald
William Gordon Graham's early life, he was the son of an army general, born
about 1861 in India. He appears to have decided to become a Tea Planter
possibly even before he got married in 1900 in Paddington, London to a
colonel's daughter. The 1911 census states that his main residence was in
Ceylon though on census day he was visiting England. It is not known when he
left Ceylon but he died in Chippenham, Wilts in 1939.
All the best,
On Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 10:56 PM, Julian Lovegrove <
If you have no luck with the directories try searching the many ancestor
charts on the DBU Dutch Burgher Union site.
I presume you have made searches on the Ceylon Web site run by Fazli
If all that fails, you will need to start thinking 'outside the box' like I
I started to wonder how or why he was in Ceylon in the first place? Army,
Civil Service, etc.
I found my ancestor through his marriage to an Australian convict in
Australia in 1812.
>From that, I discovered his Army regiment, then followed the regiment's
history to Ceylon, then checked his name in the Army Muster Rolls, a little
long-winded - but then that's genealogy for you sometimes.
Best of Luck in your searches.
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