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Sent: Friday, October 27, 2000 5:00 AM
Subject: lost branch of Sinclairs
Hi everyone, I need help reconnecting a branch of the Sinclairs
to their tree.
I have an old letter from a Neil Sinclair, who wrote that he was
born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1885. In his early
recollections he said his father's name was Neil and his uncle's name
was Duncan, and they lived had in New Orleans. He also had a cousin,
Alexina, (presumably Duncan's daughter) who later married a McBurney.
This is the interesting part, he writes:
"Vaguely I knew that my progenitors came from Scotland and that in
the proceeds of immigrating to Canada, by some untoward Act of God, their
vessel was blown off course; a number of Sinclairs perished at sea and those
that were saved, finally settled in New Orleans. Of these, my father and
his brother were surely in some way connected with those who
Does this story shake any leaves in your collective trees? I've found
out that the writer, Neil, later moved to California, and I was able to
find a death record for him - 03/09/56, and it notes that his middle name was
"Bethel", his mother's maiden name.
On the Canadian front, I know he is distantly related, we also have the
It happened in 1845. I know his ancestors came to
Boston Mill, Ontario, and that the body of at least one of the deceased was
brought there for burial- Alexander, born 1814. There is a magnificent
celtic cross, probably 16 feet high, at the cemetery there, which reads
"SINCLAIR - NEW ORLEANS'. Maybe its there to commemorate the
rest of the family who perished.
Does this story shake any leaves in your collective trees? How does
this Neil relate? Was he a newphew, or a grandson? What happened to his
own son Neil? I've spent days on the internet checking out Neils,
but have hit a brick wall.
Any help out there?