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Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 5 May 2011 3:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
Trying to find birth record for John/James Best, born on Norfolk Island approx,1836, to Robert Best 1805 and Mary Bicket, married 1818 in Monkton Ayrshire Scotland.Roberts served with the 50th foot regiment on Norfolk Island between 1830/1838 appox, he was sent back to England due to illness soon after John's birth, though to where I can't find out. I picked John up on the 1841 Scottish Census, he married a Mary Kirkwood 1856,later a Margaret Rodgers.
Can anyone help with where I can find records of anyone who served or were born in Norfolk Island sround these dates?
Bidefordbelle

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 7:45AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: best
First name(s): Robert
Last name: BEST
Calculated year of birth: 1805
Parish of birth: Mountain
Town of birth: Mountain
County of birth: Ayrshire
Enlisted Glasgow
Age at attestation: 20 years
Attestation date: 20 October 1825
Attestation corps:
Attestation soldier number:
Discharge rank: Private
Discharge corps: 50th Foot
Discharge soldier number: 428
discharged on ill health
5' 7"
Brown Hair
Hazel eyes
Fair complexion

by trade a Weaver

SAYS he contracted hepititas whilst in Norfolk Island - sent to head quarters in Wind[s]on in this colony arrived 28 May 1837

The National Archives reference: WO97 / 636 / 51

only births I can see:

BEST John Baptiste Australia Tasmania 1825
BEST Maria Davis Australia New South Wales 1827
BEST Thomas Davis Unknown Ghuwepore 1834
BEST Margaret Unknown Fort Cox 1836
BEST Mary A Unknown Fort Cox 1836


Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 9:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thats fantastic, I have been seaching for ages, the information you found, more or less fits with my findings, his Son John maybe James, was found by someone a while ago but my computer crashed and I lost the information and contact.
Thank-you so much for your time and effort.
bidefordbelle

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 9:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi went to the National Archives Site with ref no; and got a completely different name, don't know what I am doing wrong.

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 12:42PM GMT
Classification: Military
Surnames: best
The 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army from 1755 to 1881.

A second battalion was raised, serving from 1804 to 1814; it saw action at Walcheren, as did the first battalion.

After a battle in the Peninsular War, the regiment was nicknamed the Dirty Half-Hundred; the regiment had worn uniforms with black facings, and when they wiped sweat away with their cuffs the dye stained their faces. (Half-hundred is a play on "fifty")

In 1827 they were retitled 50th (Duke of Clarence's) Regiment of Foot, in honour of the future William IV of the United Kingdom, and then as the 50th (Queen's Own) Regiment of Foot in 1831 in honour of William's wife, Queen Adelaide.

They travelled to Australia in detachments in the 1830s as escorts to prisoners, and then to India in 1841

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there has been an error in their copying:

that reference: the 1st 3 pages are for a chap called William Bethell BUT the remaining 10 are for your chap

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 12:50PM GMT
Classification: Census
Surnames: BEST
1841
Name: Willm Best
Age: 14
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1827
Gender: Male
Where born: England
Civil parish: Kilmarnock
County: Ayrshire
Address: Low Glen Cairn St West
Parish Number: 597
+
Name: Henry Best
Age: 10
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1831
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Civil parish: Kilmarnock
County: Ayrshire
Address: Low Glen Cairn St West
Parish Number: 597
+
Name: Morgan Best
Age: 8
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1833
Where born: England
Civil parish: Kilmarnock
County: Ayrshire
Address: Low Glen Cairn St West
Parish Number: 597
+
Name: John Best
Age: 5
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836
Gender: Male
Where born: Foreign Parts
Civil parish: Kilmarnock
County: Ayrshire
Address: Low Glen Cairn St West
Parish Number: 597

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 1:06PM GMT
Classification: Marriage
Surnames: BEST, BICKET
these are prob the banns

ROBERT BEST
+
MARY BICKET
01 SEP 1818 Monkton, Ayr, Scotland

Parish registers for Monkton, 1702-1854 Church of Scotland. Parish Church of Monkton (Ayrshire)

+

04 SEP 1818 Dundonald, Ayr, Scotland
Parish registers for Dundonald, 1673-1855 Church of Scotland. Parish Church of Dundonald (Ayrshire)

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 1:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
You have been very helpful thank-you, as you see John Best born Foreign Parts, in later Census it doe's actually say Norfolk Island, thats why I tracing his birth records there whilst his father served there. I really appreciate you input thank-you again.
Bidefordbelle

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 6 May 2011 7:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
you are most welcome - glad it helped plug a hole a bit

kind regards

Ell

Re: Robert Best,Norfolk Island 5Oth Foot Regiment.

Posted: 13 May 2011 9:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Norfolk Island records were listed in NSW; you can obtain a copy from
http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/familyHistory.htm

V18361443 44A/1836 BEST JAMES father ROBERT mother MARY














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