I am still researching my Colepeper ancestor who was Police Superintendent in Kandy around
1844-1859. I have posted earlier requests on the list and everyone has been very helpful.
I have some info about John Spencer Colepeper's time in Ceylon, but am still trying
to find his wife's place of death. I have looked at Journals (Ceylon Times and Ceylon
Government Gazette) at the National Archives, Kew recently and found them very
interesting. There are various mentions of voyages Ceylon / England, but the last voyage I
have found for Harriet is on the mail SS Indus in July 1853. She is travelling to
Southampton, Mrs Colepeper (no first name so not sure if it is her, but there would have
been very few Colepepers at that time travelling on this voyage).
Her husband left from Galle in 1859 and died in 1861 in England. I cannot find a death
entry for Harriet under the name of Colepeper (and variants) in the General Registration
records here, but her husband is stated as widower on the 1861 census in Hackney - the
year of his death.
She was previously married and had several children during her first marrage. Her name
was then Thompson. She was in London on the 1851 census with one son aged 24 and gives her
first married name of Thompson. It is definitely her as she was born in Santo Domingo in
the Caribbean in 1794 this is mentioned on the census (although transcribed as "San
Dornigas B.S" ) She then returned to Ceylon if the voyage on the Indus is her. I
have also found John travelling back in Ceylon in 1854, but as I have not looked at all
Allen's Indian Mail, I have not tried all avenues for voyage information.
in the Ceylon Times and Ceylon Government Gazette, but would like to search all of
Allen's Indian Mail for the time scale 1844-59. I have contacted the British Library
and they have copies of Allen's Indian Mail on microfilm. Can anyone tell me anything
about this Journal/newspaper? and what I might find in there. I would like to go soon to
the British Library to look at these, but would appreciate any info on them.