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Ancestors in Army in Corfu
« on: Friday 07 January 22 21:13 GMT (UK) »
Hi there,
Iím new to genealogy and completely stuck. My 2nd great grandmother was born in Corfu. Her father John McLain was in the Army and also born in Corfu in 1818. Thatís where it goes cold! I really want to know where they originate from and find other members of the family!
Hope you can help!
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Re: Ancestors in Army in Corfu
« Reply #1 on: Friday 07 January 22 22:48 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat.
It would help if you gave your gg-grandmotherís name  Have you any idea of the Regiment her father was in?

The name John McLain appears quite a lot in some of the records but there is too little information to identify him. Records are sparse from that time but if you can  tell all you know,  someone may be able to help.
CHOULES All ,  COKER Harwich Essex & Rochester Kent 
COLE Gt. Oakley, & Lt. Oakley, Essex.
DUNCAN Kent
EVERITT Colchester,† Dovercourt & Harwich Essex
GULLIVER/GULLOFER Fifehead Magdalen Dorset
HORSCROFT Kent.
KING Sturminster Newton, Dorset. MONK Odiham Ham.
SCOTT Wrabness, Essex
WILKINS Stour Provost, Dorset.
WICKHAM All in North Essex.
WICKHAM Medway Towns, Kent from 1880
WICKHAM, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Re: Ancestors in Army in Corfu
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 08 January 22 00:36 GMT (UK) »
If you have access to Find My Past, they have this record(s):

British Armed Forces And Overseas Births And Baptisms
Name: John Edward McLain
Year of Birth: 1818
Location: Corfu, Greece

Could these three ladies be relatives of his?

Name: Lydia Ann McLain
Year of Birth: 1818
Location: Corfu, Greece

Name: Annie Margaret W McLean
Year of Birth: 1818
Location: Corfu, Greece

Name: Margaret Bridget McLean
Year of Birth: 1818
Location: Corfu, Greece


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Re: Ancestors in Army in Corfu
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 08 January 22 00:47 GMT (UK) »
There's a Lydia A McLain (age 9, born Corfu) living in London in 1861. Is she yours?

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Re: Ancestors in Army in Corfu
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 08 January 22 12:04 GMT (UK) »
Thank you for your help! I have most of that information! I wanted to go further back than John Edward McLain born in 1818 if possible! He married Lydia Colliver who was from Modbury Devon! She was indeed in London 1861 with her children as a widow!

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Re: Ancestors in Army in Corfu
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 08 January 22 12:59 GMT (UK) »
Probably best if you provide what details you do know, so that research isn't duplicated.

What regiment did he serve with?
What were his parent's names?
When and where did he die?
Have you found any military records for him?
As he was born in Corfu, chances are his father was also in the military.
Do you have his marriage record?

Find My Past has lots of pre-WW1 records and is probably the best site to check for this type of military research, in addition to the National Archives website.