Hi Coreen and Larry,
Apologies for my tardy response, but I have been in bed for 4 DAYS with
flu and unable to type or think.
Many thanks for your great email!! You wouldn't believe how much trouble
I have had trying to find much on JSC's life in Ceylon.
John Spencer COLEPEPER was married to Harriet THOMPSON a widow in 1835 in
Wapping (Pallot's Marriage Index). Harriet was born in St. Domingo (now
Haiti) in 1794 and also baptised in Devon, England in 1796 - Her father
Samuel SOUTH was an army officer and most of his children were born abroad.
I think maybe at the time Harriet was in Ceylon, her brother Charles was
also an army officer in India. Harriet's first husband was a Naval Officer
Frederick THOMPSON d.1833.
When they married Harriet was 41 & JSC was 30 a Police Officer in London.
I was very excited to know that they had a child and I wonder if I can look
through the BMD her to see (Colepeper unusual here so easy to spot). I
never knew exactly when they went to Ceylon. I have an old document which
says that JSC was a 'Police Magistrate in Colombo and married his brother's
mother-in-law!! Get's complicated so won't go on. I'm not sure that
Harriet would had any more children, due to her age. I do have John's will
and the 1861 census (no children of their's mentioned in either census or
his will). He is as you say of 4 Darnley Road, Hackney. He died of chronic
dysentry (3 years) hence the voyabe home in 1859. Harriet had 5 children in
her first marriage.
You mention that there are references in Google books to JSC. If I cannot
find these references I may ask you where you found them if you don't mind.
Do I need to be a subscriber to look into the Asiatic Journal? I would
like to see the entry about the passage on the Persia.
Again many thanks
Valerie, from sunny Tenterden, Kent
----- Original Message -----
From: "Coreen & Larry Andresen" <larryadsl(a)qld.chariot.net.au>
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [SRILANKA] Ceylon Police 1850 -COLEPEPER
JS Colepepper came out to Ceylon in 1843 leaving on the "Persia"on the
7th Sept 1843.(Source... Asiatic Journal May- Oct 1843)
He travelled with his wife and one child.
There are numerous references to him in literature and lots of entries
can be found and read online through Google books
Google books was where we found the death of our Captain James Thomas
Anderson last year.
There are other options for her death which could have been at sea, in
India, or in England if they had gone home on furlough.
As to death records in Kandy , there are only LDS films from 1867 to
1931 that we have found..
Colombo records run from the 1860s through to 1966, but are very
numerous and confusing and mostly villagers.
Now to confuse you even more there are 57 microfiche of deaths in
Colombo, in The Hague and Friesland Archives in Holland.
These cover the British period 1803 to 1864 and have not been found by
us on LDS films. As far as we know they have not been transcribed yet.
Another source for you may be the National Archives at Kew which has a
run of the Ceylon Govt Gazette from the 1830s on. We looked at these
last year and they are a wealth of information, but a lot are uncut and
difficult to read, and impossible to copy.
You could also search The Times and other newspapers on line for her
death as her husband was a high official in Ceylon.
You may find her death in a local newspaper if they grew up, married and
he lived and died in the same district.
His death is noted in The Gentlemans magazine of 1861and gives his
address as Darnley Road Hackney, and his age as 56.
Also, did they have children in Ceylon? She may have died after child
birth and this would give you a time frame to search.
How many children in the 1861 Census?
Keep on searching and hoping. Larry&Coreen Andresen. in a warm tropical
North Queensland, in Australia.
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