During the week, I received an email from a relation on the Mulder side of the family. He had asked me if I knew anything about the parents of
- Sophia Jones who married Joseph Winn
- Mary Ann Jones who married John Dirk Mulder
Until then, I hadn’t realised that Sophia and Mary were sisters – after all, Jones is a pretty common surname. He also told me that Mary Ann Jones went on to marry Frederick Luper, after John Dirk Mulder had died, and that Mary and Frederick had come to Australia, and were both buried at the Western Cemetery Geelong.
This meant that I now had more information that I could use to find out more about Mary, and so my ancestor this week is Mary Ann Jones.
I had previously located the marriage details for Mary Ann Jones and John Dirk Mulder on the indexes at Ancestry – London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921. They had been married 18 May 1812 at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney.
Now that I had information that Mary had died in Victoria, I was able to search the Australian Death Index, 1787-1985, also at ancestry, and found the following entry:
Mary Ann Luper, death place Victoria, age 74, father’s name Jones Thomas, registration year 1868 registration place Victoria registration number 6438.
The Western Cemetery Geelong records can be found on the Geelong Cemetery Trust website. These were the entries for Mary Ann and Frederick.
Surname Given Names Service Date Cemetery Location
Luper Mary Ann 17 Sep 1868 Geelong Eastern Cemetery EAS-COE-OLD-X-825-X
Luper Frederick 09 Jan 1862 Geelong Eastern Cemetery EAS-UNK-X-825-X
So far, I had found records that confirmed the information I had been told. The next thing to do was to confirm that Mary Ann Luper was the same Mary Ann Jones who married John Dirk Mulder. In order to do this, the best record to use was the death certificate, as the death certificates from Victoria give, if known, parents’ names, spouse(s) names, and children’s names. I therefore applied for the certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages website. This certificate confirmed that Mary was indeed previously married to John Dirk Mulder, and had three sons, John Theodore, William and Thomas to her marriage to John Dirk Mulder. It also showed that her father was Thomas Jones,
The next thing to do was to work backwards, to find when Frederick and Mary came to Australia. I searched the ancestry.com.au website and found their immigration record in the Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 database.
Mary Luper, age 62, arrival date 22 Aug 1853 at Hobsons Bay, Departure port Lon on the ship “Gibson Craig”,
Since they arrived in Victoria in 1853, and Mary’s sons Thomas and William were also in London on the 1851 Census, I decided to see if I could find her and Frederick on the 1851 Census. I was able to find them, under the surname Loeber, in Jubilee Place, Stepney
They also appeared on the 1841 Census, under the surname Loeper, at Jubilee Street, Stepney. Her son, Thomas Mulder, also appears in the same household.
The next thing to do was to try and find a birth/baptism entry for her. On her death certificate, her age was 74, indicating a birth year of 1794. On her immigration record she was listed as aged 62, indicating a birth year of 1791. On the 1851 census, she was listed as being 56 years old, indicating a birth year of 1795. On the 1841 Census, the ages were rounded to the nearest 5 years. Since she was listed as being 45 years old, this indicates a birth year between 1791 and 1796. The 1851 census listed her birthplace as Eastham Essex, and her death certificate listed her father as Thomas Jones.
The problem is that the surname Jones is so common, there are a large number of parishes in this area around London, and the birth year can’t be narrowed down, so even with a father, and possibly sister’s, name, I was unable to know which entry for Mary Ann Jones belonged to our Mary Ann Jones.