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A scotsman in China .1860.s
« on: Thursday 09 May 19 13:42 BST (UK) »
Does anyone have any idea how to find records from China

Apparently this man left his wife a few years after marriage ..around 1862 and had a family in Shanghai

If he .d married the lady it would have been bigamous so i wonder how births were recorded

Or where his shanghai death would be recorded
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Re: A scotsman in China .1860.s
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 09 May 19 13:46 BST (UK) »
Can you post the name?
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Re: A scotsman in China .1860.s
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 09 May 19 13:51 BST (UK) »
If it's Charles Forsyth you are looking for he does not feature in the directories of foreign residents in China for 1863, 1867, 1874 or 1888.
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Re: A scotsman in China .1860.s
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 09 May 19 13:52 BST (UK) »
Its Chsrles Forsyth
I posted a topic about his scots family on the lighter side common room forum ..
 Maybe it should be on this board or on a scottish board specific to Argyll
* have asked modifiers to move it .
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Re: A scotsman in China .1860.s
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 09 May 19 13:56 BST (UK) »
Thank you shaun we posted at same time ...thats very interesting .


I wonder if it was family folklore ? Adopted Descendant did inform me that family had received a letter of his death from Shanghai ...
But that could easily be a story too.
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Re: A scotsman in China .1860.s
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 09 May 19 14:04 BST (UK) »
I see that online trees have a date for his death in Shanghai: 13 August 1879.

There is corroboration in the newspaper report from October 1879:
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Re: A scotsman in China .1860.s
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 09 May 19 14:10 BST (UK) »
..and there is this consular death in the 1876-1880 index:

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« Reply #7 on: Thursday 09 May 19 14:18 BST (UK) »
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Re: A scotsman in China .1860.s
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 09 May 19 14:19 BST (UK) »
For some reason i cant open these files .
The newpaper clip is great as it confirms he was a long resident .

What a mixture of nationalities in the deaths ..I wonder if anyone is researching into their families .?
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