I am searching for my great grand father William Donald Thomas born Colombo
around 1868-1870. William came to live in London UK between 1891 ( no sign
of him on the 1891 census anyway) and 1893 when he married my great
grandmother in London. William was a printer/compositor who according to
family had worked at the Ceylon Morning Leader and was in England to learn
more about the newspaper industry. We believe his family were quite wealthy
as he received regular sums of cash from his parents from Sri Lanka. We also
believe the family name was actually De Silva, not Thomas ( not sure of the
spelling) and that they lived in a house called Pendennis. On his marriage
certificate to my great grandmother he records his father as Joseph Thomas a
shop keeper, however on his second marriage he records his father as William
Thomas (deceased) general merchant.
Can anyone let me know how I might find him? I have tried the British
Library but they have no records, I have checked incoming passenger lists
and found nothing, I have written to newspaper offices in Sri Lanka with no
joy. Am I on a wild goose chase?