The biggest challenge to tracking the family tree has been the missing link of Joseph Alfred Abbotts beginnings.
From when I was first encouraged to get on the trail, that has been the single most challenging barrier. When I was working in Wellington back in the nineties, I discovered a record of his gravestone in the Bolton Street cemetery and then subsequently his death certificate etc and it was like finding a pot of gold. Since then I have discovered the wedding of his birth parents at least a dozen times; the fathers first name is James, location, Massachusetts, pre-1844,…. but alas, they never end up being the correct one. Usually, their children called Joseph turn up dying 60 years later in America or something similar.
I remember my amazement at finding out the J.A. Abbott had been married twice, both tomes to a “Mary”. Wow,… talk about confusing.
I am intrigued that every single branch of the family (Grandad Abbotts level and down) have a story/rumour of Indian blood in the family tree.
Oddly enough, cousin Marilyn from Pukekohe has pointed out a couple of ships crew listings that have our Jospeh lfred Abbott as working as a steward on ships out of Christchurch and his nationality is listed as Jamaican and Indian. ????? Intriguing don’t you think. What do you know about Joseph Alfred Abbott?