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I have been searching the origin of my husband Johns gggrandfather, Thomas
Nisbett, for 25+ yrs. During this time I feel I have come to know these
ancestors. The eldest having been born around 1816 in Scotland, if
census records are correct. I was able to find his wedding certificate in
1849 when he married Dorothy Johnson in Papplewick England. I found it odd
that she was 6 years his elder at age 38. What was not so strange was that
Thomas was born six months later. He was their only child. That wedding
Certificate stated his father was named Robert and his occupation was that
of a Clerk. On one of our trips to England we visited an old auntie, by
marriage, who gave my husband a snuff box inscribed to Robert Nisbet (one
T) dated 1848 given by a group of friends who had conducted business with
him while he was a clerk at Dean Quarry in Kilmarnock Scotland dated 1848.
Bingo, it must be the same Robert who was on the wedding certificate.
I wish I could say I have moved forward. This Nisbett line,
During my research I have spoken to many
people who knew my husbands family in England. I know both Thomas's
were gardeners, both at Bullwell Hall and Annesley Park, near Nottingham.
The youngest Thomas, who is my husbands grandfather, was also a gardener.
He gardened at a place called Rangemore. My husband was given a daily
gardening diary which he kept for a year dated 1899. He had
beautiful handwriting and it was evident he was well schooled.
The Thomas born in 1850 married Elizabeth
Upton in 1873 in Kiskeard, Cornwall. They are the parents of my husbands
grandfather plus 2 more sons and 2 daughters. They lived out their life in
a small village in England called Fulbeck, near Grantham in the midlands.
They ran the local post office and owned the village pub "Hare
and Hounds". We were told by a couple of sisters, when we visited in
1978, who where spinster teachers that knew the family and that the girls
in the family were the prettiest in the village. Always had new dresses
and had their hair done in Grantham, which to them was quite a cost at
The Nisbetts sounded a bit snobish to us
after listening to the school teachers. Story has it that when the girls
were quite young, the wife of the Lord of the Manor rode past the Nisbett
girls, at which time they did not acknowledge. A footman came to the
Nisbett home that evening and informed their mother that there would be no
orange and candy sack for her children at the Lord and Ladys annual
Christmas gathering. She slammed the door in his face and proceeded to
give a Christmas party at the Pub on the very same date. Needless to say,
more people showed up at the Pub.
I truly enjoy my searching. I hope
someday to find the missing link. In the process I have found a proud and
noble family of which I am happy to be a part of. Our two sons are the
last of my husbands family line and it is our hope to give our
grandchildren a link to their past.
Just call me STUCK IN CALIFORNIA.