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Alexander Chalmers, Merchant Seaman

My heart ached for my great-great-great-grandfather last night.  I never met him – he died a hundred years ago, and these events happened nearly 150 years ago, but it was so sad. I had stayed up way too late to try to make sense of what I found on my England genealogy trip, combined with a week’s subscription to an online historical newspaper site.  A little more digging at Ancestry.com and Scotland’s People, and I had the story. This is what we already knew about Alexander Chalmers before he married Henrietta Aylesford Murray: Alexander Chalmers was born in Aberdeen, Scotland about 1835-36.  (For all my Nutting/Chalmers relatives, this was Bertie’s grandfather. And for those of my generation who grew up with stories about Dodo, Bertie was her husband.) Anyway, Alexander’s parents, George Chalmers & Isabella Cheyne, were deceased and he was a widower when he married Henrietta Aylesford Murray in … Continue reading

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