Mary Lions/John Christopher Caton
- Thank you for replying to my post Lloyd, I'm sorry it's taken me so
long to reply but I've been working on the other side of the family
for a bit. I am really bogged down at the moment! In answer to your
question re the name Scott, I haven't come across it, but then I
don't have any more to go on other than the photographs and
family "word of mouth" with regard to our St. Helena connection.
The young boy in the photograph with the dark woman and the white
man, (also John Christopher) came to Port Phillip (Melbourne),
Australia around 1852 where he married Annie Williams from Liverpool
(the woman in the second photograph), an assisted immigrant. They
went on to have 9 children, one of whom was my grandfather. Because
their first child was born in 1855, two years before they married in
1857, the family at that time didn't discuss their parents'
backgrounds, which is why the photographs in the locket have only
just come to light. One of my father's sisters gave it to her
daughter-in-law before she died. Obviously Annie entrusted it to her.
I have tried looking at BDM records for Capetown where John
Christopher(2) was supposedly born, but have not found any record
there of his birth. This would have been in the 1820s, so I guess
the marriage between Mary Lions and John Christopher Caton took place
around this time. Perhaps there were name changes, or perhaps they
married elsewhere. Again, the clothing in the photographs indicates
they were probably reasonably well off. Does anyone know if marriage
records are available for free blacks or slaves marrying whites? Am
I on a "wild-goose chase"? I seemm to have more questions than
If anyone has any suggestions re other possibilities or courses of
action, they will be much appreciated. Thanks for this forum which
gives us the opportunity to seek help from others researching
their "Saints" connection.
Regards. AllyB. Victoria, Australia.