Monthly Archives: September 2014

Diary of Betsey Alexander: Part 4 – Endings

Betsey gave birth to daughter, Catherine, on August 9, 1857, aboard the Scioto, while it was anchored off the coast of Peru loading guano. On October 21st, the Scioto rounded Cape Horn, hauling the odiferous cargo to England: Wensday 21 … Continue reading

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Betsey Alexander Diary: Part 3 – A Passenger Comes Aboard

We left Betsey Alexander on July 4th, 1857, aboard the ship Scioto docked at the Chincha Islands, Peru:  Saturday the glorious & all seem to respect the day  the Ships fireing Salutes. Thomas gon again to assist Capt Burges to … Continue reading

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The Diary of Betsey Alexander: Part 2 – Goin’ for Guano

In our last blog, Betsey Alexander, rounding Cape Horn in the ship Scioto from Brunswick, Maine, summed up March, 1857, thusly: Tuesday 31 Calm and clear PM Cloudy and cold nothing goes right In April the cold weather continued, as … Continue reading

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The Diary of Betsey Alexander: Part 1

In the spring of 2001, just after my former elementary school teacher, Doris Parsons, (A Note From the Teacher) wrote to me of her grandparents, Charles Frederick (1838-1907) and Josephine (Alexander) Owen (1845-1879), another Alexander descendent, Arlene Bradbury, mailed me … Continue reading

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