This question is related to Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?.
I have a Scottish ancestor, Robert Sellars born 1830, who with wife Margaret Clacher, had a fourth son John born in New Grenada (now country of Colombia), Panama, South America in about 1863.
More details on John:
1871 Scottish Census
Age: 8 Residence: Glasgow Maxwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Name: John Sellars Age: 8 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1863 Relationship: Nephew Gender: Male Where born: South America Br S, Panama
1881 Scottish Census
Age: 18 Residence: Glasgow Kinning Park, Lanarkshire, Scotland Name: John Sellars Age: 18 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1863 Relationship: Nephew-in-law Gender: Male Where born: Panann, State of New Grenada
I had overlooked the "State of Grenada" bit and from Wikipedia have just learned that "Nueva Granada later became the Republic of Colombia".
I have no direct record of Robert after the 1855 New York State Census (see Finding New York City/State records relating to Sellars family (British subjects) births/deaths mid 19th century?).
However the children he later fathered, and his wife's Death Certificate from 5 Nov 1867 in Tradeston, Glasgow (in a relative's hands) apparently has her husband's job as "Railway Company Ship Building Manager". indicate that he was probably still alive in 1867.
I am keen to learn where to find Colombia/Panama birth and death records from the late 1850s and 1860s in order to verify the:
- Birth of John there in about 1863
- The probable death of Robert there at age about 37 or older, in about 1867 or later.
It is interesting to read about this Civil War ship at FamilySearch:
Warren. Class: Sailing ship; wood. Sold at auction, January 1, 1863, at Panama, for $3,900. Went out of commission and turned over to Panama Railway Co., January 2, 1863. Commission for sale was $195.
I think this is an event that Robert as the "Railway Company Ship Building Manager" who was in Panama that year would have had to have had some involvement.