geboren um 1843
gestorben 31. Januar 1911 in Grindelwald, Schweiz
 
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geboren um 1843* in New York, USA
gestorben am 31. Januar 1911 in Grindelwald, Schweiz
 
Grace Duncan war eine Tochter von

Caroline Franklyn

und

Alexander Duncan


 
Sie heiratete am 5. August 1871

Thomas Robertson (II)


und hatte mit ihm 5 Kinder; zweitjüngstes Kind und jüngste der drei Töchter war

Grace Robertson

, die Urgroßmutter von Robin und Katya Müller.

Die überlieferte Annahme, Grace Duncan sei in New York geboren, wurde durch neuere Nachforschungen von

John Humphreys

bestätigt. Er schreibt:

Australische Lady.
 
Ist sie
Grace Duncan?
 
Oder sie?

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Grace Duncans Grabstein in Grindelwald,

"She married Thomas Robertson in Melbourne on 15/8/1871. It was a Presbyterian wedding held at the Menzies Hotel. He was 47 years old, and a prosperous member of the squattocracy; she was about 27. According to a family legend she had been looking after the children of one of his brothers, which was how they met.

So Alexander and Caroline had evidently migrated to Australia, married, had two daughters, returned to England, had a third daughter and crossed the Atlantic; Grace was their fourth daughter; then they travelled the relatively modest distance to Pennsylvania, where their first son and sixth daughter were born. It is easy to imagine Caroline as typically pregnant, at sea and constantly looking round in case small children disappeared overboard.
 
If they gave their ages correctly, Alexander must have been born between 17/9/1812 and 16/9/1813 and Caroline between 17/9/1817 and 16/9/1818."

John Humphreys

schreibt: "Their other children were a son, Duncan, who died aged 11 months (birthday unknown); Margaret Maud Isobel (b.1875, m. Robin Johnson); Anne Caroline (b. 1877, died unmarried between the wars); and John Seymour (b.1882, m. 1907 Constance Bettington). (John Humphreys mentions another source that refers to Miss Bettington as Beatrix, the youngest daughter of Mr. J.B.Bettington, of Brindley park, new South Wales. The discrepancy is explained by her sons memorial, where she is named as Constance Beatrix Robertson.)"

Free inhabitants in West Philadelphia in the County of Philadelphia, State of Pennsylvania […] 16th Day of September 1850

Alexander Duncan       37  M  Bookkeeper  1600 Scotland
Caroline Duncan        32   F                         England
Caroline Duncan              10   F                         N.S.Wales       /
Agnes          9   F                         N.S.Wales       /
Eliza          8   F                         England           /

Grace     6   F                         New York        /


Franklin          5   M                         Pennsylvania  /
Kate          2 F                         Pennsylvania

"1600" is the "Value of real estate owned", presumably dollars.


The oblique stroke is in a column "Attended school within the year".
Free presumably means the census excluded slaves.

Until recently I had not been able to trace Grace Duncan's parents. Births, marriages and deaths in New York were not recorded at the time. However I found her in Pennsylvania in the US 1850 Census (16 Sep 1850), then 6 years old.
 
Her parents were Alexander Duncan (then aged 37) and Caroline Duncan née

* Grace Duncans
Geburtsjahr:


 
Um das Geburtsjahr von Grace Duncan zu ermitteln, stehen uns zwei Angaben zur Verfügung:
 
1. Laut "Thos. Robertson & Sons" ("compiled by Diana M. Halmarick", Victoria, Australia) war sie am 31. 1.1911, ihrem Todestag, 67 Jahre alt.
2. Nach Angaben im US Census von 1850 war sie am 16. 9.1850 6 Jahre alt.

 
Für ihren Geburtstag kommt daher ein Zeitraum zwischen dem 15.9.1843 und dem 31.1.1844 in Frage, so dass als Geburtsjahr 1843 etwas wahrscheinlicher erscheint als 1844 (die Differenz 1843 - 1911 würde auch erklären, warum auf ihrem

Grace Duncan

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