First of all, my own email address:email@example.com
That'll get me fine. Secondly, can you send me your email address? For some reason I can't get the FamilyHistory.com page to cough it up, and I have a whole bunch of stuff to send you.
Thirdly, since you're in Timor, you're right on top of where Bligh, Peckover et al finally went ashore in 1789, at Coupang, which is now known as Kupang, I think. Back then it was the Dutch capital of Timor. Here's a little excerpt from a 5,000-word piece I've written on Gunner Peckover:
"Finally, they all made it ashore at Coupang on June 14, 1789 -- 18 starving survivors of an epic journey that had left them, in BlighÂ’s words, with Â“limbs full of sores and their bodies nothing but skin and bones habited in rags.Â” It was a remarkable feat of seamanship, accomplished in an open longboat on a rolling ocean. The astounded Dutch governor of Timor promptly rented an entire house for Bligh and his men. Â“One room I took for myself and the other I allotted to the Master, doctor, Mr. Nelson (the expeditionÂ’s botanist) and the gunner. The loft to the other officers and the outer apartment to the men.Â” Peckover went back to the business of being a warrant officer almost immediately and started loaning out money. A couple of documents have survived, indicating he advanced funds on four occasions to the breadfruit man, David Nelson, and Bligh reimbursed him later. Peckover kept a strict account of expenditures on a scrap of paper stained by seawater. Nelson survived the rigors of the journey from the Friendly Islands only to die of malaria on Timor along with four other severely weakened men from the launch, a familiar occurrence for Peckover, who had seen it all happen before in the East Indies. A sixth member of BlighÂ’s loyal launch crew, acting surgeon Thomas Ledward, was shipwrecked and drowned somewhere in the Pacific on the voyage home to England."
I'm wondering if this is where the idea of the house in Plymouth came from, down through family history. My source for the house in Coupang (Kupang) comes from Bligh's log.
Also, we share a few other things. My own stepfather, a Scotsman named Hunter, was a London bobby during the Second World War. And my wife's brother, a man named Aitken, was a senior officer with the constabulary in Renfrewshire until he died of a heart attack a few years ago.
My own Pecovers came to Canada from Reading in 1867 and settled in Hamilton, Ontario. This branch of the family is down to one last male still carrying the surname, a cousin of mine named Angus Pecover in Edmonton. But there are quite a few Peckovers, with the K, living in southern Ontario, mainly in the Ottawa area.
Myself: I'm a retired print and television journalist, living in Vancouver, with a Scottish wife from Port Glasgow and a 28-year-old son named Ian who works in California's Silicon Valley as an internet specialist.
I spend a lot of time writing and researching and would be happy to send you a couple of things via email: my piece on William Peckover, and a family history I've written on the Peckovers/Pecovers.
Talk to you soon,
dennis in vancouver, b.c.