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Cumberland / REED Brickwall.
« on: Tuesday 12 June 12 22:54 BST (UK)  »

I know this is a long shot but I am seeking help in finding the birth and family of George (Chambers) REED b. abt. 1815 in Cumberland.  Mention is made in a book that he came from a wealthy shipping family and was shipwrecked off the Skeleton Coast of Southern Africa (Namibia) where he one of few survivors.

If this is true it must have taken place in approx. 1830 - 1838 as he married in Dec 1838 in South Africa where he settled, but periodically returned to England  prior to his death in S. Africa in 1878.

Not sure if there is a family connection but I  found a George Chambers REED (shipmaster) b. 1785 who became a naturalised American in Sep. 1810 and died Mar 1855 in Manhattan New York. In an obituary it mentioned  that  he was formally of Knowhill, Holme Cultram.  I have also found mention on the site of a Chambers REED of England ,Captain of the Schooner "James"  who was issued with a Letter of Marque against France 1793-1815 - I think he also went to America.

Any clues or help to find him would be most gratefully received.


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