ajohnston wrote:To Les Waring:
Dear Mr. Waring,
I am not familiar with how your website works, but I am researching my husband's great-grandfather Fowell Buxton Johnston, who ranched on the Arazaty Estancia in the Province of San Jose, Monte Video, Uruguay, from 1866 to 1875. I was intrigued that his name cropped up in the your website, where he is mentioned as 'partner' of Major Sam Lawrence, VC, who distinguished himself at the siege of Lucknow. Fowell Buxton Johnston (something of a black sheep in his family) joined the Army in 1858 and went out to India in 1862. It sounds as though Lawrence was there then too and they both retired from the Army in 1865, possibly to go into business together in Uruguay. Family letters record Fowell Buxton as having bought a sheep ranch in Uruguay. There is very little information in family letters/journals about his activities there, apart from a lot of head-shaking and general disapproval. His son was the great calligrapher Edward Johnston (my husband's grandfather) and we are in contact with some calligraphers in Uruguay, who have actually found the Arazaty Estancia itself, looking very derelict and bleak. This was in fact where Major Lawrence died in 1868. He was supposed to have been buried in the British Cemetery in Monte Video, but this has not been confirmed.
Can you tell me whether they were in fact in partnership and if you have any other information about this side of Major Lawrence's life? Our friends in Uruguay may now be able to trace the purchase of Arazaty, which may have been in Lawrence's name. I was unclear from your website whether you are in fact in Uruguay. It sounds as if you were unable to get hold of the photo of Lawrence with Fowell Buxton Johnston, but if you do have it I would certainly be able to identify Johnston.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Bowman wrote:Hi Les
I have been doing some family research and have just joined this forum. I wonder if we might help each other with some information. I have been told by my late mother that my great great grandfather, a soldier recruited from Dublin, was killed during the Mutiny and his wife died in childbirth at the Residency during the siege. She thought his name was Charles Myers, however the only Myers killed in the Mutiny was a Thomas Myers, No. 2654, a private of the 32nd Foot, Killed in Action at Chinhat on 30/06/1857.
I have looked at the nominal roll from the London Gazette of 17 Feb 1858 which I found through this site and can find no mention of a Myers among the list of women present at the Residency. I do not know my great great grandmother's first name but I do know she was accompanied by 4 children .. 2 daughters and sons Frederick & Charles. I know Charles, my great great grandfather did survive.
cheers ...Rob Bowman
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