I descend from Laurence and Marcia Davis Meighan, who were in Belize by 1787. Laurence had a brother Edmond m. Mary Hughes, who I think had Mosquito Indian blood. In 1790 lists, Bryan and Janet Meighan, Laurence Jr., Marcia, and Edward and Margaret were in Laurence's household; all were listed as white. Laurence Sr. and Edmund both served as Magistrates and were described as Esquire. Laurence died in 1792; his brother Edmond's will named his daughters Margaret and Catherine, so Catherine was born after 1790. Catherine married Marshal Bennett Jr. of Sheffield (my GGG's.) Edmond died in 1816 (I have his will) leaving wife Mary, their children Philip and Mary (d. Athlone, Ireland 1815-16 - I think the Meighan family had roots there)and a daughter Elizabeth or Bess, by Bess Ewing. Philip became the harbor master, d. 1839, and had a son Lawrence who was adult by 1840. Laurence Sr's son Edward married Ann Gapper in 1804, but apparently had no children by her, and by 1815 was having children by his freed slave girl, Priscilla.
Edward Meighan Sr. came to Belize with Laurence and Edmond; I don't know his date of death but probably ca. 1790 - his widow may have been named Mary. Would think Edward Sr. was either the father or the brother of Laurence and Edmond, and that Laurence's son Edward was named for him. Edward Sr., Laurence Sr., and Edmond all got land grants from the Spanish because the Superintendent was trying to confiscate the land to give it to the evacuees from the Shore.
I'm working on a genealogical history of Belize and have extracted all the early lists of inhabitants I could find in Colonial Records at the Archives at Kew. There are no McSweenys or variant spellings in these lists.
Michelle, how far can you trace back from your parents?
All the best,
Sonia Murray, 407 Oaklawn Place, Biloxi, MS 39530
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