I am trying to trace my 2nd Great Grandfather James Bruce, born in 1823 in Fife, Scotland to David Bruce & Janet Kidd.

In 1847' James Bruce emigrated to Melbourne, Australia with his parents etc, they came by a ship called ' Marchioness of Douglas leaving his 1st wife Margaret Bruce and sons then got marry again to Ann Tate in 1848 in Cape of Good Hope. Ann Tate died Sept 27 1853 aged 35.

James died on 14 July 1876 at Melbourne hospital aged 53.

I am trying to trace 'Ann Tate's birth, marriage and death details but impossible to trace one?

Do you have an idea where I can trace her details?

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Comment by Debra on May 3, 2017 at 22:11

James BRUCE is not listed among that family group on the Marchioness of Douglas.

I still don't know why you think that the James BRUCE who married Margaret MORRIS in Scotland is the same person as your James BRUCE who died in Victoria.

Elizabeth, Scots women often retained their maiden surnames throughout their life.

Comment by Elizabeth Allen on May 4, 2017 at 10:17

Thanks Deb,  I didn't know that about Scottish women often retaining their maiden names as none of my Scottish ancestors did - they did however fiddle around with their Christian names (Janet became Jessie)


Comment by Debra on May 4, 2017 at 15:14

James BRUCE's inquest papers include a deposition by his sister Janet, wife of Isaac HUGGINS....

'The deceased was my brother, his name was James BRUCE, his age was fifty two years, he was a ship's carpenter, he was a widower without family.'

There are several merchant seamen records on FMP for the name of James BRUCE born Fife which may be your man.



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