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Re: William Walter Healis
Posted by: Susan Doersch (ID *****1150) Date: December 14, 2006 at 06:10:19
In Reply to: Re: William Walter Healis by Alma Gordon-Smith of 69

Hi Alma,
My information is somewhat different from yours but I'm sure yours is correct. I've used Barbados birth records and the Church of the Latter Day Saints site for my info.
I think our ancestry goes something like this:
Michael Healis, b. about 1720
Michael Healis, b. 1746
Richard Thomas Healis, b 1774 - married Charlotte Whitehall on February 18, 1796 (eight children) -- two of whom were Richard Thomas b. 1802 (my family's ancestor) and Horatio Nelson b. 1806 (your family's ancestor)
Horatio appears to have married Sarah E. Hollingsworth on February 2, 1837 (seven children -- at least I have names and dates for seven).
This is where we differ. I have their youngest child as Edward Thomas b. 1852 (in Barbados) who married (in Mass.) Eliza Jane Matthews. I have names of three children for them: Herbert E. b. 1869 in Cottage City, Dukes, Mass., James T. b. 1877 and Isadora, b. 1883.

I believe my info is off since I have Elizabeth Jane born 1860, which doesn't jibe with the dates for her children! It's more than possible that the information reported to the CLDS is inaccurate. I haven't spent the time on this line as I have on our own, but other than other family members, my current resources have been explored. I really wanted to know how we were related to the Massachusetts Healises and I think I found it. The link goes back pretty far, but it's there. I knew it had to be since Healis is such an unusual name.

I've discovered Healises in Iowa (I believe) at least during the Civil War. I think that predates both your ancestor and ours coming to America. Ours arrived in 1890 while yours appear to be earlier. I haven't found anything on this branch yet.


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