1773Short, Galbraith and Denton families.
- Mar 11, 2013Greetings to all group members!
As a new meber of this group, I would be interested to hear from anyone who can add any fiurther information to that which I've been able to glean about my ancestors living in St Helena.
My grandmother, Emma Minnnie Short, was born on the Island on 27th March 1871, one seven siblings . Her parents were Robert Galbraith Short and Elizabeth Short, nee Denton. She is believed to have been a nurse and met my grandfather, a soldier by the name of William Porter Firth while he was stationed on the Island in 1898/9.
Her father was born in Scotland as Robert Galbraith and settled in St Helena. According to verbal family tradition his father was a sea captain, who died at sea. Young Robert moved to St Helena to be cared for by an uncle, surnamed "SHORT" and his two unmarried sisters. Apparently Robert was subsequently known as Robert Galbraith Short. He married Elizabth Denton in St Pauls Church, Jamestown on 23rd June 1863 and his occupation as shown on the marriage certificate is "Farmer" and his address is "Rose Bower". There is a record of him trading under the name of Messrs R. Galbraith & Co, in partnership with Elizabeth Galbraith and William Ackley (Deed dated 1868 between these three named and Nathanliem Solomon, George Mop and James Magnus Gideon). I am advised by a friend who visited St Helena that there is still a shop in Jamestown, though now trading by another name, is known by the locals as "Galbraiths".
Elizabeth Denton came from Hull, England and trained as a teacher in Lincoln. She sailed to St Helena, probably in 1862 to take up the post of the first schoolmistress in Jamestown.
Robert died in March 1911 having survived his wife by a few years. Their children wereEleanor, b. Circa 1865. teacherAmy, b. 9 September 1866, m. Frank BatemanWilliam, b. 11 April 1869Emma Minnie, b 27 March 1871,m William Porter Firth, d. 4 June 1935Edith Mary, b. 4 February 1874, m. Tom AitkenRobert Galbraith, b. 13 July 1875. m.Mabel, b 21 March 1879, d. 5th April 1879Thanks, in anticipation of help.Peter