71-year-old Russell Colquhoun Ryan, Jr., of Santa Rosa, California, may be the James Cullen Colquhoun descendant everyone is looking for. If sufficient proof of his descent is found, he could earn a nice chunk of change.
He is in line for the windfall after the owner of arguably the world’s finest collection of native American artefacts offered up to “tens of thousands of pounds” to anybody who could prove that they were directly descended from Mr Colquhoun, who travelled to British Columbia with his great-grandfather in the 1850s.
A retired public works labourer, Mr Ryan spent years digging up streets for the water department in Santa Rosa, 50 miles (80km) north of San Francisco. He said: “My wife and I are doing pretty well but we’re not rich. Anybody could always do with a little more money. [Link]