Subject: [St.H.Fam.Hist.] Julia Eccles (Nee Smith) - Capelolony, St Helena, SA - Daughter Matilda Eccles
This is my first post.
I am trying to find information about my great grandmother - Julia
Eccles (nee Smith), born in St Helena, SA around 1875. The place name
'Capelolony' has been provided but I have not been able to track a
location with this name - perhaps another name for 'colony' or even a
spelling mistake?? Or 'Cape' something?
I understand she married my great grandfather in SA, who I believe was
called Thomas Eccles (according to other documentary evidence) although
family recollections are that he was called John Henry Eccles (from the
UK). Julia had a daughter whilst living in SA who was called Matilda E
Eccles, so presumably Thomas (John) lived there or visited regularly for
a time. I have also found evidence that Julia had a sister called Sarah
Smith, also from SA. I would love to know if Julia had any more
siblings, or information on her parents.
They later moved to East
Yorkshire in the UK where Julia bore another 5
children (Florence, Sarah J, Edith Maud, James Henry and Thomas Edward).
I have a UK census form from 1901 which details Julia (age 26) and 4 of
the 6 children, but the father and the 2 youngest are not listed -
possibly suggesting working away from home?
I have no information as to why my great grandfather was in SA - perhaps
a merchant seaman? This would also be of great interest, also some
confirmation of his actual christian name. Anything which may provide
another clue to both Thomas (or John) and Julia's ancestors.
Any help would be much appreciated,