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Emigration to the Gold Coast

Postby Terri » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:50 pm

Can anyone offer any suggestions as to where I can find details regarding a 'black sheep' of the family who emigrated and was then never mentioned.

His name was Henry James Hedges (Harry), born 6 July 1889 in Southampton; the second child of James and Flora (nee Titheridge). My father remembers that his name was rarely mentioned for reasons unknown and he was certainly never discussed by his own father William, (Henry's youngest brother).

The story is that he emigrated to the Gold Coast (Ghana) to become a gold miner date unknown; although it must be after Sept 1912, as he was a witness at his sister's wedding. It is believed that he died between 1930-36. I have no idea if he married, became a gold miner etc.

James died in 1911 and Flora 1954, after locating their grave, an urn with the name Harry was on top, so it seems he was forgiven by then. After my grandmother died, I found a photo of a man in his 40's, dressed in white t-shirt, shirt and blazer. The photo was taken by Peter & Son, of Nairobi & Mombasa, Kenyan Colony. As he is the only family member who emigrated, I can only assume it is Henry.

I have searched the passenger list on findmypast.com with no obvious matches. I have even been in contact with the Ghana Embassy in London, who gave me an address in Accra to apply for a death certificate, but I never received any information!!

Can anyone suggest how I can discover how and when he left Britain and how I can find information of his life in Africa.

Many thanks

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RE: Emigration to the Gold Coast

Postby Terri » Mon Apr 21, 2008 3:53 am

As an update to the above, I have been in contact with a chap on rootsweb and he has had problems trying to obtain information from Ghana and he has been trying at least a couple more years than me. So I think this may end up being a dead end.
Although it may be worth my while looking at Kenya, bearing in mind that the picture I have is from a photographers studio in that country.

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