Who from now on shall be known as 'the cousin'. I don't have his ok to use his name.
The cousin contacted me through the comment section of this blog. We have been conversing and trading family facts and lore.
The portrait above is a Toshach that served in the Crimean War. We have always known him as James Toshach but the cousin has paperwork identifying him as Charles. This particular ancestor lost his arm in that war. Family lore says it was the Battle of the Light Brigade. But we can't prove it.
The stern fellow on the left ,we agree, is a clergyman also named Charles. Note the clerical collar.
The cousin lives in the UK and has first hand access to information we only wish for. The only one of our European family any of us actually had contact with is my great-grandfather. Arthur John Gavin Campbell Toshach.
Unfortunately he passed before I was born but Dad remembers him well.
I wonder if the cousin knows that Arthur was pressed into service of the Savannah Ga Fire Department on August 31, 1886 during an earthquake! When he died he was chief of the second battalion of the same fire department.