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Colthart-Miller-Reynolds saga
Posted by: Gita Saunders (ID *****0389) Date: October 08, 2008 at 15:32:03
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My Mum, Isabella/Ishbel/Sue Colthart-Reynolds-Chapuisat (1911-1992) was the illegitimate daughter of William Colthart of Lesmahagow (1862-1925) and Jessie Miller of Thurso, b. 9/13/1887 ; I believe William was the illegitimate son of Margaret Colthart, daughter of Robert Colthart, b. circa 1827, and Jane Ritchie. My Grannie Miller had two other illegitimate children by Colthart (Jessie, b. 1913 and William, b. & d. 1915). In 1917 she wed a William-James Reynolds and he (or they) had two children: Thomas b. 7/16/17 and Catherine, b. 2/9/20. Reynolds passed in 1919, aged 38. Jessie got back with Colthart; they wed in Glasgow in 1920. He was an “incorrigible scoundrel” according to Lord Dundas, presiding over “Wullie’s” 12th conviction in Edinburgh, in 1922, at which he was sentenced to (yet another) 5 years of penal servitude (i.e. jail time!). He died in 1925. Mum was raised mainly in Glasgow’s poorhouse but nevertheless was able to get a good education; she fled to London in 1932 and wed businessman, Alan C. Lusty of and in Ashtead, Surrey, in 1938; they later divorced. She had a fine military career in the ATS where she earned a commission. In 1945-46 she was with the British delegation at the founding of the UN in San Francisco and attended the first General Assembly at Flushing Meadows in 1947. In 1948 she married my Dad, Frederic Chapuisat (1911-1982) and I was born in Somerville, NJ in 1950. I’m looking for descendants of the Coltharts, Millers and Reynolds. [Gita Saunders, in Columbia, SC, USA – 10/2008].


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