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> Could anyone help me please. My great great grandfather John
> GAMBLE was born on St Helena on 13 Dec 1817. He became a merchant
> seaman and married Helen HOWLETT on the Channel Island of Guernsey
> 26 May 1853. He stated his father's name was John. His wife was
> informant on his death certificate 2 Oct 1885 and said his parents
> were Thomas Gamble, soldier, and Mary HOUNDSWORTH. Is there any
> I can find out more about the parents and also if John Thomas
> had any siblings. Thank you
> Esther Dean
Further to this message I have now found the baptism of John Thomas
Gamble in 1818 (LDS film 0498605). The entry reads "John Thomas son
of John Gamble and Mary Houndsworth/free/illegte".
Can someone please tell me if the word "free" refers to the mother
Mary or child John Thomas. If it refers to John Thomas does this
mean that his mother Mary was a slave???