Family stuff, an operation, work on the Bushell grave restoration project mentioned below and the writing of another book have all conspired to stem my flow of Forrester news in 2015. Luckily, 'breaking news' about the Forrester family has been scarce this year. If only I could announce that Robert Forrester's origins have been discovered, allowing us to connect into a traceable family tree.
As intimated in Robert Forrester, First Fleeter, page 324, the best prospect for further research into his origins seems to be the border areas north of Carlisle in Cumberland. The parish registers of Kirk Andrews Upon Esk are suggested as a starting point. My 'things to do' list remains daunting, SO this could be a fascinating project for some other Forrester descendant. Any takers? The process would be similar to that used to trace Isabella Ramsay and described in Appendix 5 of the Forrester book. Her parents and siblings were traced through their entire life cycle in various parish records in England, but Isabella disappeared, thus connecting her pretty conclusively to the Isabella Ramsay who turned up in Australia. Close and systematic examination of parish records where the name Robert Forrester appears might only serve to eliminate possibilities, but narrowing the search zone is always helpful.
The Forrester book continues to sell slowly but steadily, through BookPOD, the Hawkesbury Regional Museum at Windsor and the Museum Bookshop at Norfolk Island. If you are helping to spread the word about this book, I thank you. Being very time poor at present, I'm no closer to publishing the book about the Forrester children except that Ann's story was told in my 2012 book Southwark Luck, also available through BookPOD. Ann's husband Charles Homer Martin had more going for him than first appeared. Similarly, I'm keen to reveal lots of positive stories about Ann's siblings.
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