I have family (Peter McNaught & William Turner) connections with a
19th century coffee plantation known then as the Roseneath Estate.
It failed in the 1880's and the myth prevails that it was
purchased by Thomas Lipton. Correspondence that I have refers to
anonther nearby estate as the Hermitage. Both families were of the
Dumbarton/Roseneath/Rhu, Scotland area. I have little information
as to how these families were connected to the plantation and as
to others that may have been; a co-operative perhaps. A bit of,
perhaps unrelated, information; there was a "Provident Dumbarton
Society 1817" with which they may have been associated.
There are more details that I have, but for now I am looking for a
starting point with my research there and would appreciate any
Robert H. & Doris A. Ferree
P.O. Box 116
Grizzly Flats California 95636 U.S.A.