Greetings 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,
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 were
Eleanor, b. Circa 1865.
Amy, b. 9
September 1866, m. Frank Bateman
William, b. 11
Emma Minnie, b
27 March 1871,m William Porter Firth, d. 4 June 1935
Edith Mary, b. 4
February 1874, m. Tom Aitken
Galbraith, b. 13 July 1875. m.
Mabel, b 21
March 1879, d. 5th April 1879
Thanks, in anticipation of help.