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Re: Laidley, Lisbon Portugal
Posted by: George Gibson (ID *****1845) Date: April 28, 2002 at 22:26:46
In Reply to: Laidley, Lisbon Portugal by Doris Anderson of 31

My great-great-grandmother was named Sophia do Carmo Laidley. Her mother (name given: Britzes Lares) was Portuguese. Her father, William Laidley, was English, said to have been a colonel in the British army under Wellington in the Peninsular War. Apparently after the war he either stayed in or returned to Portugal.

In 1849 or 1850 Sophia Laidley married John Searle, an English wine merchant living in Oporto. They left Portugal shortly thereafter, arriving in San Francisco some time before 1855, when my Great-grandfather was born. Family tradition has it that Sophia and John Searle eloped, the marriage being opposed by her father. If this is true, William Laidley was alive and in Portugal in the late 1840s or early 1850s.

I hope that this is of some help. I am re-posting this message as it seems not to have appeared as a response to yours the first time I posted it.


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