Need help! - Geography
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Where is/was it? Who owned it in the 19th century?
I can't find it in my big old atlas, or by googling.
Anyone heard of it?
Thanks for any help.
My guess would be that the reference is to an island where there was a British military presence in the mid-19th century.
Reckon it could have gotten a completely different name at some point in the 20th century. But I can't find any historical reference to it.
My first thought was that perhaps the "West Indies" had somehow accidentally become the Indian Ocean but I didn't find a St Catherine's Island in the Carribean. There is a St Catherine's Mount on Grenada.
I don't think it is going to be easy to ask the author of the new book, but it may end up being my best bet.
I don't suppose anyone has the Kitzmiller book on where regiments were stationed?
Going off on a tangent I think my husband just found a photo of my great grandfather during WW1 on ebay!!!!
e-bay: Neat! You bidding?
Time frame: He was born between 1802 and 1813.
That's all I have. :-( He's one of the mystery men on the tree. Was in the Army (British) and died unmarried. Nothing else known.
I thought if I could find the Island, with some British troops on it, I might be able to find some records. He'd have been an officer, unless he was the first private on that branch of the tree. (His father's cousin (d. 1823) had been a Major-General & KCB.)
I know . . . if he died unmarried there are no descendants to trace anyway. But I hate loose ends. He had a cousin (1811-1841) with the 80th Regiment who died in New South Wales, and I even have the details on his grave. :-) Obsessive compulsive.
All ideas welcome. I'd fell better about it if she had at least been beatified. :-) She was once painted as St Catherine, but I don't think that counts.
Seems likely that people reading my earlier source (1916) were expected to know what place was meant. (Maybe the recent book is just repeating --- but then why throw in the Indian Ocean?) I can't believe I'm not finding anything even in google books. Auugh.
There's a St Catherine's Church in Goa, India but that's on the mainland and there is a Santa Catalina island in the Carribean (off the coast of Nicaragua I think it said).
I've looked at lists of Islands in the Indian ocean that seem to list every single rock that sticks out of the water and not found anything remotely close.
Oh "Am I bidding?" You betcha!