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Alexander Cleland, Coffee Planter
Posted by: Samuel Wait Date: May 10, 2000 at 04:57:55
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I have been trying to find information about Martha Wait Cleland and her husband Alexander Cleland. Martha's death certificate says that Alexander was a planter. Martha's brother, George, was a coffee planter on the Peacock Estates and married Margaret Robb.

All I know is that Martha was born in North Berwick, Scotland on 14 May 1822. She had three children, all born in Ceylon: David born about 1848, Grace born about 1849 and Annie born about 1851. According to our family lore, Martha escaped from India at the time of the Lucknow Riots. By 1861 she and her children were back in North Berwick, Scotland. Martha was a widow in the 1861 census, so Alexander must have died between 1850 and 1861, probably in Ceylon.
Her son, David, died 11 May 1870 in North Berwick and his death certificate also calls Alexander Cleland a planter.


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