The Curious Case of John Pereira #MondayMusings

Today the AIP #MondayMusings series takes us back to a curious case discovered in 2015, but dating back to the 19th century. You may remember the ‘curious cases of John Pereira’ and the series of events he set in motion in the 1860s. Detective work was needed to figure out what was going on – did John Pereira know what he was about to do? probably not, but he became one of the most prominent figures in the Anglo-Indian family history so far.

Monday Musings 2018

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Back in the British Library I had made an interesting discovery. Well, possibly.

A number of discoveries had stood out to me, and the discovery of John Pereira was one of the most intriguing yet. First and foremost I was (positively) surprised to discover the name ‘Pereira’. A quick search revealed the Portuguese origin of the name. A note here that i’m not an advocate of basing all knowledge on Wikipedia, however, it has its merits in certain cases. In this one, I shouldn’t have been so surprised to discover a Portuguese name in my family heritage due to the foundations upon which the the Anglo-Indian community was built. Namely that of the Portuguese and the British.

Nonetheless, the initial excitement of this discovery pulled the blinkers over my eyes a little.

After reflecting later that evening, I made a potential link that would change the picture of this ‘family tree’ I had created thus far. This links right into the life of David Vincent Hassett and Edith Wharton / Hassett / Smith.

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Cover picture credit: Wiki


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