Having just received a lot of old letters from a relative that were written
by family members in Ceylon between the 1830's and 1876 I have reviewed
emails received from SRILANKA over the past year to determine whether names
mentioned in them may help others.
I noticed that you and "P.J.Seebregts" guinness(a)xs4all.nl are reseaching
Atwell. I have just sent the information that is documented below to him
One of the letters is from from a Mr Jno Atwell (could this be an ancestor
of yours), at Badulla, Ceylon requesting a Power of Attorney to finalise the
estate of Jane's brother Martin Davidson. The letter makes mention of an
executor of the will as being a Mr HT Solomons. I have included my file
summary of the letter below, for your perusal.
LETTER DATED 24/6/1876 FROM BADULLA JNO ATWELL TO JANE (DAVIDSON) NUTTALL
This letter relates to property in Ceylon regarding her brother Martins'
He speaks of "an old Kandian woman named Kiri mauica(unsure of spelling),
the mother of Mr Davidsons' child that died in Kandy about twelve years ago"
(the Mr Davidson being Martin Lindsay Davidson).
He also mentions the following relations:
Cousin James Davidson who came over to Ceylon from India-. "his cause of
death was a cold which settled on his lungs"- "buried in St Marks Church
Yard in this town.
"your cousin Johns' wife is now living on an Estate in this District with
her sister & brother in law Mr ?R.E Crofton ( unsure of 1st initial) who is
a coffee planter up here and in charge of a large estate".
Martins' land was about half an acre situated in a very secluded part of
town behind a large Buddhist Temple-half was a paddy field under paddy
cultivation at present, the remaining half was a garden planted with a few
coffee, coconut, Jack and Mango trees.
The land at that time was in the charge of the Kandian woman Kiri who had
been paying the land taxes. The land had originally had a house on it but
it was much neglected and the house tumbled down and the materials were all
stolen or lost.
He mentions a "Power of Attorney" in Mr I. W. Home's hands who he claims
had done nothing to protect the property or cause the executors to close the
estate. One of the executors was "one Mr H.T. Solomons who is a very old
He goes on to mention a parcel or box of jewelry in the District Court for
a long time, belonging to her parents which left in his will and was
supposed to have been forwarded to her when she came to Colombo some years
DAVIDSON, SOMERVILLE, McENERY,YOUNG
----- Original Message -----
From: "Margot & Scott " <marsco(a)dreamtilt.com.au>
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 2:53 PM
Looking for Manzie or Atwell families who lived and had children
prior to arriving in Melbourne Australia.
Manzies from Scotland and Atwell from Hampshire, England
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