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Walter McAlpine Drysdale

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The other Drysdales in Tasmania
James Drysdale, son of James and Amelia Cairns, was born 17 Aug 1855
Charlotte Drysdale was buried 28 Apr 1862, aged 22
Allan Drysdale wed Annie Jane Jones 12 Jan 1882
Eveline Daisy Drysdale, daughter of Adam and Ann Jane Jones born 22 Aug 1882
John Drysdale was buried 13 Jul 1880 aged 73
Isabelle Robertson Drysdale was buried 19 Aug 1899 aged 87
Both The Statistical Account of Scotland for 1791-99 and that for 1845 have fairly extensive chapters on the parish of Dry'sdale (various spellings - also comes up as Dryfesdale) which was in the Synod of Dumfries (in south west Scotland). The whole document was at: http://edina.ac.uk/cgi/StatAcc/StatAcc.cgi but now appears to have been moved. Click on the "Search" tab then select "both" under Account and "parishes" under Search and type "Dryfesdale" in the Term box. You should find two matches - one for each of the two Statistical Accounts.
Odd little side comment - Walter McAlpine was the clergy man who wrote a report on Culross, in 1791-99.
Walter McAlpine Drysdale was baptised 29 July 1821 at Culross, Perthshire, son of John Drysdale and Margaret Scotland. There are no other entries.
Margaret Gay born 27 June 1812 and baptised 5 July 1812, is a daughter of John Gay and May Brown, at Kinross, Kinrosshire, Scotland. May Brown wed John Guy 22 Dec 1799. Other children are Janet 9 Feb 1801, Mary 13 Mar 1803, James 14 July 1805, John 18 Oct 1807, David 29 Oct 1809, Jean 24 Jul 1814 and Andrew 6 Oct 1816.

From on Thu, 11 Sep 2003
Hello,
I am writing from California. My husband Lee is from Bathurst NSW. He is descended from John Gay (Guy) and May Brown through their daughter Mary, born 1803. Mary would be older sister to your Margaret.

Mary Gay wed James Dow and their son Robert Dow wed Janet McLaren. Robert's son David Dow marrie Agnes Hunter Ford in 1883 and they emigrated to Australia probably about 1887-88. So I was very interested to find your Margaret Gay and Walther Drysdale going to Tasmania in 1857. Perhaps our lot heard about your lot and decided to try things out in Australia. They settled in Lithgow, NSW.

Margaret's sister Mary Gay died at Kinross on December 11, 1883 at the age of 80. Her parents are listed as John Gay (handloom weaver, deceased) and May Gay (maiden surname Brown, deceased).

Thanks for making your information available -
Regards, Cheryl

The family arrived in Hobart on 18 Aug 1857 per Sir WF Williams. Their descriptions were recorded.
Walter Drysdale, 35, sawyer, native place Perthshire - tall, stout man, pale face, brown hair, black whiskers.
Margaret Drysdale, 39, general servant and laundress, of Kinrosshire - respectable woman, light hair, dark complexion.
Margery Drysdale, 12, nursegirl and needlegirl, native place Kinrosshire - pretty little girl, black hair, long oval face.
John, 10, and Walter, 7, both born at Kinrosshire, and Margaret, 4 born in Glascow.
Margaret Drysdale
Birth : 1814 -
Date of Marriage : Unknown - ( to Walter Drysdale )
Date of Death : 1862 - Esperance, Tasmania, Australia
Margaret's headstone has recently (letter dated Oct 2002) been found in an old Scottish cemetery in Hobart, and it records that she died 11 Nov 1862 aged 48 years. This suggests she was 4 years older than stated on the shipping list.
Walter McAlpine Drysdale 29 Jul 1821 - 4 Oct 1876, death caused by inflamation of the lungs aged 55, wed about 1843 to Margaret Gay 1814 - 14 Nov 1862, death caused by debility aged 48. The family of 4 children arrived at Hobart 18 Aug 1857 on 'Sir W F Williams'.
1. Margery Drysdale 20 Oct 1844 - 17 Oct 1939, wed 2 Jun 1883 to Edwin Wilson
2. John Walter Drysdale 6 Oct 1846 - 23 Feb 1909 wed 30 Ap 1872 to Jane Inches 1854 -
3. Walter Drysdale 12 June 1849 - 17 Sept 1913 wed 26 Jun 1870 to Alice Mary Austin 1850
4. Margaret Scotland Drysdale 2 Oct 1852 - 26 Jun 1917, wed 30 Mar 1878 to James Park 1849
Margery (Marjory) Drysdale 20 Oct 1844 - 17 Oct 1939, wed 2 Jun 1883 to Edwin Wilson
1 son found 1. Edwin Charles Wilson 1 Apr 1884

Received from on Wed, 07 Aug 2002
Your question, "--do you have more on Edwin?' No--but let me give you an interesting story. My grandmother, Elizabeth Lucy Anne Wilson, was born in British Columbia, Canada in 1879 to John (b.1836 Cornwall) /Hannah Southcombe. Sometime in her teens she went by boat to Tasmania (this would be in the 1890's) supposedly to go to school (there was a real shortage of suitable girls schools in BC at that time--it was still fairly primitive). She apparently attended a school in Dover near Hobart. Apparently the arrangements were made by an Ed Wilson (wed to a Marjory) who lived in that area. While there she went on a boating trip with them in the South Seas. The whole concept of the trip to Tasmania is quite amazing considering the dates and distances. My grandmother had returned to BC well before she wed my grandfather in 1904.
Now to the Ed (Edmund or Edwin--but probably the latter) Wilson. I know little about him but could surmise that he is the son of Henry the 1/2 brother to John. Both Henry and John are the sons of Isaac. Isaac, if family lore is to be believed, had a house in perpetuity in England (as long as some Wilson stayed in it) but obviously they all left. Isaac was supposed to have lived to 104, wed at least twice, and had been in the RN from whence came the grant of the house.
So you can see why I feel that the Edwin/Marjory Drysdale may be connected. I also found that the name of their child, Edwin Charles, perpetuates the name of the father and of Charles Wilson (probably a brother of Edwin's) who came from Tasmania, died, and is buried in the family plot in Chilliwack, BC.
Thanks for your interest. We live in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.
AJH'Joe'Collinson

John Walter Drysdale 6 Oct 1846 - 23 Feb 1909 wed 30 Ap 1872 at Franklin, Tasmania, Australia to Jane Inches 1854 - ?, and the family lived at Esperence, Tasmania.
11 Children   1. John Thomas Inches Drysdale 11 Apr 1873 - 31 Aug 1873 lived 14 weeks
2. Jessie Mary Drysdale 19 Mar 1874 - 17 Jul 1877 aged 3
3. Charles Perrin Drysdale 5 Nov 1876
4. Jannet Margery Drysdale 14 Aug 1878 wed JC Braeden, sons Geoff and Don
5. Twin Mary Margaret Drysdale 8 Mar 1880 - 22 Apr 1880 lived 6 weeks
6. Twin Edith Rebecca Drysdale 9 Mar 1880 wed James Owen, children are Jean, Gwen, Douglas and Son
7. Clara Isabel Drysdale 9 Jun 1881
8. Robert McAlpine Drysdale 30 Jul 1883
9. Jessie Mary Drysdale 16 Jan 1885
10. Arthur James Drysdale 23 Ap 1887 wed 26 Apr 1910 to Charlotte Rebecca Lewis 1887-
11. Minnie May Drysdale 6 Aug 1891 wed Max Greeves, children Margaret, Elizabeth, Jock and James.
Walter Drysdale 12 June 1849 - 17 Sept 1913 wed 26 June 1870 to Alice Mary Austin and had 10 children. After Alice Mary Austin died 12 Aug 1885, Walter wed Sarah Poyser who had 2 daughters, she died on 16 Sep 1899 aged 48.
12 Children
Alice
1. Walter McAlpine Drysdale 3 May 1870 - 13 Oct 1947 wed 1907 Alice Maud Hill 16 Oct 1896 - 10 Nov 1964 daughter of Ellen Kent, children Marjory, Dorothy, Norman and Ernest
2. Edward Austin Drysdale 18 May 1872 - 17 Dec 1953, mar Caroline (Emma) Clayton
3. Margaret Gay Drysdale 1 Feb 1874 - 16 Sep 1950, wed 1908 to James William Campbell, 'born at sea', died 15 Jul 1936 at Mirboo North in Vic
4. Twin Alice Maud Mary Drysdale 19 June 1875 - 21 Aug 1950, mar 20 Dec 1900 to John Watt 1866 #15919 - 6 Aug 1931 #10819 aged 65 in Vic, 9 Children
Walter's children 5. Twin Grace Harriet Lucy Drysdale 19 June 1875 - Jan 1965, mar George Mills
6. James John Drysdale 11 July 1876 wed 1905 to Edith Dooling
7. Henry Francis Drysdale 19 May 1878 - 21 Nov 1952, born at Dover, Tasmania, wed 22 Jan 1906 at St John's Toorak, Victoria to Elsie Elizabeth Dooling, sister of Edith, and died at Korumburra, Victoria.
8. Marjory Ellen Drysdale 19 Sept 1879 - 15 May 1880 aged 8 months
9. Archibald Charles Drysdale 3 March 1881 - 25 May 1881 aged 10 weeks
10. Andrew Gay Drysdale 6 May 1882 - 10 Oct 1964 wed 20 Dec 1906 to Annie Beatrice Austin 20 Mar 1888 - 14 Jul 1971, daughter of Francis William Austin and Elizabeth Littlejohn, his first cousin.
Half sisters born at Esperence, Tasmania
11. Margery A.M.S. Drysdale 15 Mar 1891
12. Doris Irene Drysdale 26 Dec 1894

2. Edward Austin Drysdale 18 May 1872 - 17 Dec 1953, wed Caroline Clayton 16 Aug 1877 - 11 Dec 1962 in Tas,
8 Children 1. Lillian Mary Drysdale 21 Feb 1906, did not marry
2. Phyllis Beryl Drysdale 18 Feb 1908 wed ?, chn Joan, Margaret
3. Colin Edward Drysdale 14 May 1909 - 26 Aug 1948, dnm, died in a tragic accident.
4. Laura Grace Doris Drysdale 26 Apr 1911 wed Jack Stratton, no chn
5. Alice Selina Drysdale 23 Dec 1913 wed Athol Owen, chn Roselyn, Athol
6. Grace Caroline Drysdale 27 Mar 1916 - 13 May 2008 wed March 1939 to Leonard Wilbur Stott 16 Nov 1909 - 7 May 2000, chn Jennifer, Ruth, Susan
7. Ruby Joyce Drysdale 23 Oct 1919, in 2012 aged 92, wed Les Smith (died May 2008), chn Robert, Lorraine
6. James John Drysdale 11 July 1876 wed 1905 to Edith Dooling
7. Henry Francis Drysdale wed 22 Jan 1906 to Elsie Elizabeth Dooling 12 Nov 1884 - 21 Oct 1963
Elsie Elizabeth Dooling6 Children 1. Edith Nora Drysdale 8 July 1907 - 19 April 1973 wed Herbert Atkinson, Elizabeth (Beth), Herbert, Jean, Marian
2. Lionel Henry Drysdale 16 Aug 1908 - 21 Apr 1932 #7956 killed felling trees at Wonthaggi
3. James Douglas Drysdale 6 Dec 1909 - 17 Sept 1957 wed 25 Jan 1936 to Dulcie Piper, Doug, Margaret
4. 1911 child stillborn
5. Marjorie Drysdale 18 Aug 1913 - 17 July 1945 wed 31 May 1937 to Norman Wallis, two stillborn children.
6. Robert Russell Drysdale 14 May 1925 - 13 Aug 1994 wed 7 June 1947 to Isabel Tack, Keith, Heather, Graeme, Janet, boy
Margaret Scotland Drysdale 2 Oct 1852 - 26 Jun 1917, wed 30 Mar 1878 to James Park 1849
3 Children 1. William Park 14 Jun 1880
2. Stephen Park 28 Aug 1882
3. Lilly Park 16 Jul 1884, at Esperence.
4. Harry Park
5. May Park wed Purves
6. Violet Park - wed Albert Edward Owens, mother of Lilly Owens
7. James Maston Park

Violet's husband's family -
Frederick 'Minty' Johnson wed Lilly Owens born in 1926
has son David Johnson, and Dau Margaret Johnson.
Margaret wed Collin Dennis, has 2 chn David Dennis 26 (1987) and Sarah Dennis 24 (1989)
Mary Ann Crawford wed 1883 to Edward Thomas Owens and lived at Esperance,Tasmania
Siblings:
1. Edith Sarah May Owens 1885
2. Albert Edward Owens 1886
3. Andrew Sydney Owens 1888
4. Tasman David Owens 1890
5. James Owens 1898

On Aug 13, 2004, at 3:21 AM, Elizabeth Janson wrote:
Sorry, do not know of any Drysdales in our family who went to India.
Good luck trying to trace him.
Have you tried http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ for Walter Scott Drysdale's birth certificate - but you say he was born in India
http://www.familysearch.org is the IGI site
They say
Walter Scott Drysdale Birth: 03 SEP 1880 Christening: 03 NOV 1880 Rawal Pindi, , West Bengal, India Father: William McGrath Drysdale Mother: Henrietta Frazer

4. Walter Scott Drysdale - International Genealogical Index / AS Gender: Male Death: 14 MAY 1946

There certainly seems to have been Drydsales in India from about 1825 when the first IGI entry was recorded.
Happy searching
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Elizabeth
From on Fri, 13 Aug 2004
Thanks that is my great grandfather Colonel W S Drysdale. He is buried in Arlington, Cemetery in the United States. I really appreciate the tip about the websites. WS Drysdale was baptized in Rawalpindi, born in Murree, Pakistan. I have a photo of his father William in uniform surrounded by his Sikhs and Rajputs sepoys taken in this area circa 1880. I am trying to piece together his brothers and other family members buried here in India.

If you run into anyone who has any info on Drysdales here in India please let me know. I had some luck with William Drysdale here, I found his uncle's house in Calcutta and some family members (not Drysdales) in Calcutta's Park Cemetery. Thanks very much. I am an American living in Indian and want to make the "best of it" while I am here, concerning some family research. Cheers!


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