Foreign Service Now and in 1854

I came across a blog from a family who will be stationed in Bolivia, South America for the next two years and it reminded me of the obituary I have in my “NO LUCK” folder.

What I was thinking was how different it must be in the year 2013 compared to the year 1854 for a family to be sent to a faraway place in the service of their country.

The blog 3rdCultureChildren made me think of this 1854 obituary:

British Guiana Family 1854
British Guiana Family 1854

At Demerara, British Guiana, on the 22nd September, Lawrence William, eldest son of Lawrence William and Elizabeth Christie, in the 4th year of his age. At the same place, on the 25th, after an illness of five days, Lawrence William Christie, Company Serg’t. Major 2nd West India Regt., and late of the 88th Connaught Rangers, in the 33rd year of his age. Also, at the same place, on the 2nd of October, after an illness of eight days, Mrs. Elizabeth Christie, wife of the above, and eldest daughter of Mr. Michael Monaghan, of this city (Halifax, N.S.), in the 25th year of her age.
At Demerara, British Guiana, on the 8th of October, after an illness of two days, Company Sergeant Major, John James Shaw, 2nd West India Regt., a native of England, in the 25th year of his age, leaving a widow to mourn his loss.

Here is a different Screen Print of the same news item as above.

Obit - Lawrence William son age 4 1854 new

Can you imagine poor twenty five year old Elizabeth losing her eldest son, then her husband dies and finally succumbing to the same illness herself?

What I wonder is what happened to the other children, since Lawrence age 4 was the eldest son, there must be other children?

Also what illness was it that killed them all in the remote jungles of British Guiana?

Wishing for the “Good Old Days?”

I don’t think so!

Thank You.

Jose from Clarkston, Michigan, USA

P.S. For those new to my blog, my “NO LUCK” folder is where I put items from the old newspapers that are not connected to any family tree because I have not been able to find an existing family tree for the item.

To View the Original item,
Select Acadian Recorder in box below:
See to the left of this link.
Item is on: Page 2, Col 3

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Acadian Recorder – see to the left of link
November 25, 1854

12 thoughts on “Foreign Service Now and in 1854

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  1. That is really sad. I remember feeling really sad when I read in a genealogy report that my great grandfather lost a couple of baby sisters around the same time at Christmas one year when he was about five. What a psychologically scarring event, but I bet her never told anybody about it. Your “No luck” folder sounds like a good place for some of the photographs I see in antique malls. I feel bad that they just go “out there” with nobody linked to them.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. Yes it is sad to read about this story. I wish I could find a tree for them so that I could find out what happened to the other children. Maybe someone in Nova Scotia will read my blog and recognize the people.

  2. First, let me thank you for stopping by our family blog, and using it as an inspiration for your post… This is the type of life we live, and it’s also the way I was raised [moving….], even before meeting the one who’d become my husband, and father of our 3 third-culture children… It’s a challenging life, not doubt, but it’s got a silver lining to it… 😮 Thanks for bringing up the point of so many families who are often sent far away from their original relatives, their loved ones, their homes… Thanks for all that! Greetings and the best of luck, from our traveling family, currently in La Paz, Bolivia!

    1. You’re welcome. I enjoy seeing all the pictures and reading about your travels. It is interesting to get another perspective on ones homeland. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

      Take Care.

  3. I was curious if you ever considered changing the page layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the nice suggestions. I learn everyday from my readers and will improve as time goes by.
      Take Care.

  4. Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your design. Thanks

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