I am very interested in the Brooke period and have been studying it for quite some in relation to my own family research. I was struck by what you had written about your family history and wondered if you could clarify a few details? Is your great grandmother descended from Esca Brooke Daykin?
The first rajah James Brooke had no natural born heirs (although he did acknowledge a son born out of wedlock) and that is why he made his nephew Charles Brooke (who was born Charles Anthoni Johnson but later adopted the name Brooke) his heir. Charles Brooke had a relationship with a Dayang Mastiah and their son Esca Brooke was born on Aug. 26, 1867. Esca was adopted by the Rev. William Yates Daykin and moved to England with the family.
Esca later married Edith Webster in Toronto in 1897 and had three children -- a son & three daughters. Is your great grandmother descended from Esca's son, Cyril Daykin? Esca died in Toronto in 1953 but his son died much earlier, in the 1930s.
Does any of the above information match your family information? If your great grandmother is descended from Esca, then the story of the ring is very interesting. While historians accept that Esca was probably the son of Charles Brooke, my readings indicate that Charles himself never publicly acknowledged Esca as his son. If you know of anything that says otherwise .. would you point me in that direction? I would like to make sure that I am historically accurate. If your family has letters and documents that show this descent from Charles Brooke ... hang on to them ... particularly if Charles acknowledges Esca as his son.
Thank you for sharing your family information ... it is certainly very fascinating.
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