I discovered my link to Thomas AINSLIE and Janet KILGOUR only a week ago when I was able to look through an old scrapbook of my grandfather and found a copy of the marriage record of Thomas and Janet. I am sure the copy was made before 1950, maybe long before. I don't know how the copy was made as they didn't have fancy photocopy machines then, but it is on a stiff skin-like parchment. The wording is
ISLAND SAINT HELENA
August 17th 1837
Extract from the Parish Register
Thomas AINSLIE and Janet KILGOUR were married in this church by Banns this First day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty Seven
by me, W HELPS, Chaplain of the Troops
Solemnised in the presence of
On the back, someone has written -
"Martha Victoria AINSLIE"
"Martha Victoria SHEPHERD" [with an arrow between the two and "married" - Martha Victoria married Edmund SHEPHERD to become Martha Victoria SHEPHERD - Alan]
"daughter of reverse marriage."
"Her daughter Jessie Victoria married G.C. SMITH.
They had 3 children GCS, Mabel SMITH and Owencroft SMITH"
The said Mabel SMITH married my grandfather, Thomas HATTLE.
So my grandmother was Mabel SMITH, whose mother was Jessie Victoria SMITH (nee SHEPHERD) [this I have confirmed independently]. Her mother was Martha Victoria SHEPHERD. Martha Victoria's maiden name was AINSLIE [again I have this from other sources also].
Now, according to this document, Martha Victoria AINSLIE was the daughter from the marriage of Thomas AINSLIE and Janet KILGOUR.
I can find no other reason for this to be in Thomas HATTLE's scrapbook.
The second document I discovered is the certificate of Baptism of Thomas and Janet AINSLIE's son David Alexander AINSLIE, as follows -
FIRST BATTALION, 91st REGIMENT
Certificate of Baptism, Grahamstown. Cape of Good Hope.
Date of the Child's Birth - 1842, 26th July
Place and date of Baptism - Grahamstown, 1842, 11th September
Christian name of Child - David Alexander [the "lex" part is not 100% clear]
Parents' Names - Thomas and Janet AINSLIE
Rank of Father - Sergeant
Chaplain - Revered John Locke
It was signed by a Lieutenant as Officer in Charge ? - "OC")
So I am assuming that Martha Victoria AINSLIE was born the year after Thomas and Janet got married, as Martha married in 1856 - she would then have been 18. She then had at least one brother, David, born 1842. Did Mary Henderson AINSLIE maybe come later?
Whatever, we seem to have a mystery, as you have no record of the son David, but have James Kilgour AINSLIE born in 1840. James Kilgour AINSLIE certainly would be a son of Thomas and Janet, assuming that the witness James KILGOUR at their marriage was her father. What exactly is your information, and does it allow for the possibility of other children apart from the James Kilgour and Mary Henderson you have?
I wonder why Thomas and Janet married on St Helena Island?
Do you have any track of Thomas - where was he born? Who were his parents?
Is the James KILGOUR who witnessed the wedding, Janet's father?
Hope this is useful to you. I did photograph the documents if you want copies.
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