1329RE: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] William Ridge and William Clingen in the St. Helena Artillery
- Apr 2, 2011
Andrew, You can find the muster rolls for the St Helena infantry and artillery in the British Library Asia, Pacific and African collection (3rd floor)
The indexes are on line at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=059-iorlmil_8-1&cid=1-1-1#1-1-1
Or search on ‘St Helena muster rolls’ on the National Archives web site http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/ and click on
St Helena Records IOR/L/MIL/13
The volumes handwritten are about 3 ins thick. There is a return for each battalion every quarter year 1789 to 1859
You can track the career of your ancestor from when he arrived at the island until his discharge. If he received a pension he may be appear in other volumes. The staff at the library are very helpful and will give you lots of help if you ask. If you phone before hand you may be able to order volumes to be ready when you arrive (first time readers will need to get a pass – a quick and easy process). If you order them when you get there it will take 70mins for the items to arrive.
Try and avoid busy times – Sat mornings, bank hols etc.
Hope this helps
Thank you very much for the charts which arrived today. It will take me a while to study them all.
If William Ridge served as a sergeant in the St. Helena Artillery (as evidenced by the record of his marriage to Frances Thomas) there are presumably records somewhere of his enlistment and his career. Similarly there should be records of William Clingen's service in the St. Helena regiment. Would these be in the East India Company archives? Have they been indexed? Are any of them searchable online? (I expect not, otherwise you would probably have looked already.)
I was interested to see that your grandparents were Robert Gregory, son of Henrietta Devlin, and Ellen Connor, daughter of Richard Connor. Janet's grandmother was Mary Ann Elizabeth McDermott, daughter of Alice Devlin and hence Robert Gregory's cousin, and her grandfather was Richard Connor, brother of Ellen.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Frank Craig <frankfcraig@...> wrote:
> Hi Andrew,
> Yes, I have dug into that area. Fanny was likely of Asian origin. The slaves on
> the island were either African, Indian or from Madagascar ( a hotch-potch of
> Africans, Asians and Indians, sailors and traders. I can say that she is likely
> Indian/East Asian (and not African) as I had a DNA genealogy blood test done and
> I was 85% European and 15% East Asian with 0% African.
> I have included all of this in the FamilyTreeMaker chart which I will print off
> and post today.
> Frank F Craig
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