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BRANCH - Barbados

Postby Shirley » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:58 am


I'm trying to tidy up some conflicts and address the holes in my tree. It seems that 4-5 generations of my family lived in Barbados. References talk of a Scottish heritage but I cannot trace back this far. My father was John Branch.

My fourth great grandfather was Sir Alexander Barclay Branch 1784-1849, son of Alexander Barclay and Hope Branch. I am wondering why he adopted his mothers maiden name as the surname? Any help on this is appreciated. Sir Alexander left Barbados and died in England. He was made captain of Greenwich Hospital after helping Lord Nelson in the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

His mother, Hope Branch, was the daughter of Dr. john Branch 1713-1775. Born and died in Barbados. His parents were john and Elizabeth. I have two conflicting sources here... One states John Branch 1680-1720 and Elizabeth Seaward as his mother and the other, John Seaward and Elizabeth Branch being married. With the adoption of mothers maiden name with my fourth GGfather, I'm wondering if the same happened here, or not. This is where I'm having trouble tracing back. I would have attached the two records but it tells me the board quota has been reached ... Any help appreciated. I'm new to genealogy, and brand new to this site.

Thank you
Shirley Hooker
Researching Branch settlers in Barbados from Scotland
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