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Re: Scottish Thistles 1700s
Posted by: johnson thistle (ID *****7887) Date: March 26, 2006 at 16:50:58
In Reply to: Re: Scottish Thistles 1700s by Gary Thistle of 244

Thanks Gary ! This info comes from a history compiled about a century ago from a Mr Neunschwander( I've got the correct spelling in a file ! ) who was married to a Thistle in Sistersville, W. Va. ( where my greatgrandfather was born. ) If they really did emigrate first from Scotland I don't know from where. A John Thistle was married in Duddingston,Scotland just outside of Edinburgh, in 1715, but just a few Thistles were scattered about Scotland in the 1800s. Many more of these Viking settlers ended up along the NE coast of England, e.g., Whitby area. Incidentially, John and Margaret's eldest son, John, who was lost at sea in the British navy may have been lost off the coast of Australia rather than Africa. John Thistle was ship's master, lost in a squall while taking a small vessel to shore looking for water. The leader of the Expedition named an Island after him. You'll find THISTLE ISLAND off the south coast of Australia ! Google it. Bet it was him. Cheers, John


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