The last correspondence on this was long ago, but maybe I can bring it back to life?
I have started linking with Johannes AINSLIE via the KILGOUR message board, but would like to widen the field in the hope that some AINSLIE expert can shed some light.
I have recently discovered a document which links my Eastern Cape family to a Thomas AINSLIE – Janet KILGOUR marriage on the Island of St Helena in 1837. I immediately Googled the two names and came up with Johannes AINSLIE's query on the KILGOUR message board, asking who Janet KILGOUR, wife of Thomas AINSLIE, was. Thomas AINSLIE was at the time with the 91st Regiment, and according to Johannes, had first arrived in South Africa a few years earlier, and soon afterwards settled in or near Grahamstown.
Now the mystery is this – Johannes AINSLIE has records of two children of the above-mentioned marriage, a son James Kilgour AINSLIE, and a daughter Mary Henderson AINSLIE.My newly discovered information shows my gg grandmother, Martha Victoria AINSLIE to be a child of Thomas and Janet, while another document shows the baptism of a son David Alexander. The actual or presumed birth dates of James Kilgour AINSLIE, Mary Henderson AINSLIE, Martha Victoria AINSLIE and David Alexander AINSLIE, all seemingly of the same parents, seem to overlap.
Does anyone have information on this family to help shed some light?
For clarity, I quote hereunder my full recent reply to Johannes AINSLIE via the KILGOUR message board :-
>>I discovered my link to Thomas AINSLIE and Janet KILGOUR only a week ago when I was able to look through an old scrapbook of my grandfather and found a copy of the marriage record of Thomas and Janet. I am sure the copy was made before 1950, maybe long before. I don't know how the copy was made as they didn't have fancy photocopy machines then, but it is on a stiff skin-like parchment. The wording is
ISLAND SAINT HELENA August 17th 1837 Extract from the Parish Register Town Church
Thomas AINSLIE and Janet KILGOUR were married in this church by Banns this First day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty Seven by me, W HELPS, Chaplain of the Troops Solemnised in the presence of James KILGOUR D. MARSHALL
On the back, someone has written -
"Martha Victoria AINSLIE"
"Martha Victoria SHEPHERD" [with an arrow between the two and "married" - Martha Victoria married Edmund SHEPHERD to become Martha Victoria SHEPHERD - Alan] "daughter of reverse marriage." "Her daughter Jessie Victoria married G.C. SMITH. They had 3 children GCS, Mabel SMITH and Owencroft SMITH"
The said Mabel SMITH married my grandfather, Thomas HATTLE.
So my grandmother was Mabel SMITH, whose mother was Jessie Victoria SMITH (nee SHEPHERD) [this I have confirmed independently]. Her mother was Martha Victoria SHEPHERD. Martha Victoria's maiden name was AINSLIE [again I have this from other sources also].
Now, according to this document, Martha Victoria AINSLIE was the daughter from the marriage of Thomas AINSLIE and Janet KILGOUR.
I can find no other reason for this to be in Thomas HATTLE's scrapbook.
The second document I discovered is the certificate of Baptism of Thomas and Janet AINSLIE's son David Alexander AINSLIE, as follows -
FIRST BATTALION, 91st REGIMENT Certificate of Baptism, Grahamstown. Cape of Good Hope. Date of the Child's Birth - 1842, 26th July Place and date of Baptism - Grahamstown, 1842, 11th September Christian name of Child - David Alexander [the "lex" part is not 100% clear] Parents' Names - Thomas and Janet AINSLIE Rank of Father - Sergeant Chaplain - Revered John Locke
It was signed by a Lieutenant as Officer in Charge ? - "OC")
So I am assuming that Martha Victoria AINSLIE was born the year after Thomas and Janet got married, as Martha married in 1856 - she would then have been 18. She then had at least one brother, David, born 1842. Did Mary Henderson AINSLIE maybe come later?
I wonder why Thomas and Janet married on St Helena Island?
Do you have any track of Thomas - where was he born? Who were his parents?
Is the James KILGOUR who witnessed the wedding, Janet's father?
Hope this is useful to you. I did photograph the documents if you want copies.