Ella Jane SNOW
- Born: 18 Dec 1853, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
- Marriage: George Ryder FERGUSON on 6 Jul 1872 in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
- Died: 5 Mar 1936, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand at age 82
The following appears to be in Laura McLaren's handwriting (I have copied spellings as she had written them) and is a copy of a letter originally written to Iris and Irene from 'Bruce Ferguson' (or Ferguseon)
The Marquis of BourborneRevolution - 1790 - 3 onwards
Premier Marquis of FranceLouis XVI
Decendent of the Royal house of Bourborne
Dear Iris & Irene
I am very sorry to be disturbing you but my family and I would be deeply grateful to you for some help in filling in some details missing in our family history. I believe you are both daughters of the late Laura Smith. Apparently George Snow was your Mother's Father. As a member of the Snow family it is possible that your Mother and yourselves could be decendants of the Borborne family The Royal house of France from 1569 untill the Revolution of 1848. The Bourbon title has distinction of being the oldest of the Nobility titles of Europe, still in existance today having being originally granted as a Baroney in the 9th Century & unique in the fact of being preserved for such a long period of time in unbroken succession. The Bourbons also became the Royal house of Spain from 1700 untill 1931. My cousin (who would possibly be a cousin of yours) is Henri de Bourbon the Count of Paris, who is today the bainful heir to the French throne. There is still a strong feeling of sentiment in France today towards the Bourbon Royalty and in a time of crisis the people of France could turn to the Count of Paris and call on him as their King.
On the 12th May this year Princess Amy (daughter of the Count) was married in the royal chapel of Dreux in Paris to Prince Carlos de Bourbone of Spain and the tremendous crowds who turned out for the occasion displayed an overwhelming Royal feeling. However this is only by the way of interest to you.
My main purpose is to ask your help to find the connecting link between the Bourbons and the Snow family. I am wondering if your Mother said anything to you concerning this line of descent. Would you have any idea at all as to how your family could be related to the Bourbons. Do you know of any members of the family among your forebears.
I would be most grateful for any information at all concerning this and I will try to piece it together in the hope of establishing some definite link as it seems to be an unmistakable tradition in the Snow family that they are linked somewhere with the Bourbons. If this can be proved correct the Snow decendants would be entitled to incorporate the French Royal Crest within their own coat of arms to preserve the memory of the Noble lineage. We would certainly be very pleased to incorporate your branch of the family into the Ancestral History of the Bourbon's if we can arrive at something definite.
Bruce Ferguseon, Lord Bourbone, Carmel, Queenstown.
Ella married George Ryder FERGUSON, son of Willam FERGUSON and Ann ROBERTSON, on 6 Jul 1872 in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand. (George Ryder FERGUSON was born on 2 May 1842 in Gamrie, , Banffshire, Scotland and died in 1911.)
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