I've only just joined the forum - hence a rather slow follow-up to your 2001 posting! I hope you're still a member, because Louisa's parents, William Abbott, born c 1843, Wigan, Lancashire, and Amelia Sherman, born 1842, Madras, India, were my gt gt g'parents. Amelia's family is fascinating - her mother was one Elizabeth Gill, born 1813, Arcot, daughter of Thomas Gill, a corporal in the Light Dragoons, and "Justina, a native woman". Nothing unusual in a soldier abroad having a child to a local woman; possibly not so common the child being recognised and baptised in the garrison church, and brought up British. The Abbotts seem to have returned to England soon after the birth of Louisa and her brother Henry (born 1866, Cannanore)and feature in the 1881 census in Wigan. Anyone interested in this family?