I'm seeking any information about the Hon. Robert Neilson, who was alive in the 1800's.In the 1830's he was an Unofficial or Nominated Member of the Trinidad Council, in Trinidad, West Indies.
His daughter, Eliza, married Thomas Bligh Darracott Jnr in New York, USA, on 15 July 1837:
“[At] Christ Church by Rev. Mr. Lyell, Sat. 15th, Thomas Bligh Darracott of Kingsbridge, Eng. and of Trinidad to Eliza 2nd dau of Hon. Robert Neilson of Lake View, Hamilton, Upper Canada and late of Trinidad”.(New York Evening Post Thursday, July 20, 1837).
On 10 March 1838 James Buchanan – a future President of the United States – wrote a letter to Sir George Arthur, the newly arrived Governor of Upper Canada (Ontario) recommending “The Honl. Robert Neilson Lake View Stoney Creek near Hamilton” for consideration as an independent member of the legislature of Upper Canada.
Why was Robert Neilson styled "Honourable"?Was this by virtue of his office in Trinidad, or in Canada?
Thomas Bligh Darracott was a Devon (England) man who became a merchant in Trinidad, and eventually settled with his family in Hamilton in 1851 and died there in 1852.His widow and children then returned to England.