My confusion of two men with the same name and where it led me...
A new post from The Balfour Blogger #2
There is so much in the Balfour papers. One letter can lead you on a long trail to sort out the context. Like many other families, the Balfours used the same given names over and over again, sometimes in the same generation, but different branches. In my own family, my mother was Catherine, an older sister was Catherine and she named her daughter Catherine. For women in earlier generations, there was little chance of confusion as they tended to take their husband's surname when they married. However, for men the possibility of confusion is multiplied.
On the outside of letter D2/24/1/76, there is a notation that the letter is from 'Col. W. Balfour'
|Letter referenced D2/24/1/76 from Balfour papers|
I had already dealt with many letters from 'Capt. Balfour', for example D2/24/1/32.
|Letter referenced D2/24/1/32 from Balfour papers|
|"His Excellency Sir Thos. Brisbane the governor has promised to give me a command which will remove me from the possibility of the commanding officer's caprice...has promised also to reserve a portion of land for two of my boys..."|
|He hoped that "the small beginning which is only in my power to command could be of use, for by the time it would be proper for either of them to come out here there would be a great accumulation of sheep and horned cattle on the Farm..."|