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Posted by Adam Quinan on October 21, 2020 at 04:06:55 user Adam.

In Reply to: Re: Searching TarBoard posted by Bill Dashfield on October 20, 2020 at 21:17:45:

My middle name is Pellew, because one of my ancestors sailed with Pelew and ended up marrying his niece. Edward Pellew's grandson was their grandson's godfather and, as was common, they gave the boy his godfather's surname as one of his names. This was passed down the family, so my great grandfather, grandfather, father and son also bear that as a nmiddle name.
There are three biographies of Pellew around. The first by William Osler was published in 1834 hortly after Pellew's death. The second by Parkinson, a century later in 1934 and the latest by Stephen Taylor in 2012. The latter although praised pretty highly does contain some egregious errors when dealing with my ancestor who married Pellew's niece. The aithor manages to conflate the father, Pellew's first lieutenant aged 50+ with his 26 year old son, the acting master, as they were both called John Thomson (not James as Taylor says), the confusion indicates at the very least some carelessness on the part of the author.

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