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Debruce's in Maine

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Re: Debruce's in Maine

Posted: 30 Dec 2012 5:29PM GMT
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William Henry Bruce; born 1837, my great great great grandfather, came to Fiji from Portland, Maine. I was told that he had fought in the American Civil War as a private and was in the 16th Maine Infantry Volunteer Regiment, Company B, mustered in 1862-1865. His regiment fought in many of the major Civil War battles including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Petersburg. No one knows exactly how Bruce came to Fiji, but his occupation as a shipwright was a needed skill in 19th century Fiji. Bruce settled in Levuka, the old capital of Fiji, and is listed in the Fiji Planters and Commercial Directory of 1879. Another person listed in the same directory was a Miss Sarah Watts. On 18 May, 1881 at the Church of England in Levuka, Bruce married Sarah, an Australian spinster 15 years his junior, who came from the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood. Some say she was a schoolteacher, others say she arrived with the ‘Fiji rush’ of Australian women looking for husbands in the 1870s. Like many of Fiji’s first white settlers, Bruce was a shipbuilder, island trader, and landowner who served as the American Commercial Agent in Fiji during the 1880s.
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John de Bruce 5 Dec 2000 12:20AM GMT 
danny debruce 13 Jan 2003 12:08AM GMT 
Senitiki_deBr... 31 Dec 2012 12:29AM GMT 
stelnich2008 30 Mar 2013 3:56PM GMT 
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