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UK to Burma late 1800's to early 1900's

UK to Burma late 1800's to early 1900's

Posted: 1359023676000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gibb
Please be patient when reading this as I have to set the background before I ask the question!

My great grandfather, James Gibb was married to Jane Waddell in Rangoon in 1880 ( I have copies of their marraige record) and had four daughters, two of whom were born in Rangoon ( Isabella Gibb in 1881 and Margaret Gibb in 1884), two of his other daughters were born in Polmont, Scotland (Helen in 1882 and Mary in 1886). I know Isabella and Margaret came back to the UK as I have records for their later life.

At some point after Mary's birth the couple split James and Jane having returned to Scotland.

He then met a Jane Younger, and went back to Burma, having my grandad, also James, born there on 27th September 1901. My great grand mother, Jane Younger (known as Gibb but was never married to him as he had never divorced the other Jane!) and my grandad returned to Scotland sometime between 1901 and 1913 but I cant' narrow that down.

My great grandfather, James Gibb died and was buried in Rangoon ( I have copies of his death/burial record), Burma on 8th June 1912.

HERE IS MY PROBLEM: I can find no record of any of them returning to the UK, or indeed any record of any of them going to Burma.

There are many ship journeys that must have been involved in this story and I find it strange that I can not locate ONE ships log for any of them, even those carried out after 1890.

I have posted a query on this site once before and many of you were very helpful, so does anyone know if ships logs for this area exist? What ships took the route? or if not could anyone suggest where I write, or enquire to see if I can get this information?

This whole story has developed from research online about the family, as my own close family never knew that a) my great grandad had not married my grandads mother, or b) that he had infact been married to someone else, and had four girls to them!!!

Families.....who would have them?

All the best


Re: UK to Burma late 1800's to early 1900's

Posted: 1359839063000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gibb
Departing Southampton on 13th July 1904 for Rangoon, Burma were the following passengers:-

Mr J Gibb
Mrs Gibb

They were marked as "Married" and the ship was "GNEISENAU"

Might be yours,

Re: UK to Burma late 1800's to early 1900's

Posted: 1359840692000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1359840819000
Surnames: Gibb
Arriving at London from Rangoon on 12th Aug 1929 on the "SHROPSHIRE" was:-

Miss J.W.Gibb, aged 60. She was going to:-
9 Radstock Road, Fairfield, Liverpool.

I wondered if this might be Jane Waddell Gibb (?)
Does the age seem right?

Try dating the voyage as 1890 to about 1915, or whatever you think.


Do you have access to the Ancestry Incoming Ships Passenger Lists? If you do, try just filling in GIBB, with no first name, and make it that they are coming from RANGOON to UK. Quite a few J Gibbs come up.

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