52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors (2015) #3 Susan Greene

This week’s theme is “Tough Woman”.  I found it quite difficult to decide which ancestor to use for this topic, but decided, since my recent research has been on the Russell family, to use Susan Greene, the wife of Garrett John Russell.

She falls under the category “Tough Woman”, as I have had a tough time trying to find information for her, at least before her arrival in Australia, as she was born and married in Ireland, and her children were all born in Ireland as well.

The first mention I had for Susan was on the marriage certificate of her son Henry Russell, where only her name was given.  I later applied for her husband, Garrett’s death certificate, which gave an approximate year that Garrett and Susan were married, and the names of their children, and the approximate year they immigrated to Australia.

I had found a death entry for a Susan Russell in 1884 on the death indexes for Victoria, but it wasn’t until 2001, when I attended the Russell family reunion at Buninyong, that I visited Garrett’s gravesite at Buninyong and I was able to confirm that this entry was for Susan Russell, nee Greene, as she was buried in the same gravesite.

Russell family gravesite
Gravesite for Garrett John Russell, his wife Susan, nee Greene, his mother Mary and his daughter Susanna Swifte
Photo supplied by Carol & George Judkins (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ausvsac/Index.htm)

I never got around to applying for her death certificate, but found a copy of it on a Public Member Tree at ancestry.

Susan Russell, widow, died 10 December 1884 at 66 Raglan Street, South Melbourne.  She was sixty six years old, and had died of valvular disease of heart syncope.  The informant was her son Thos. Hy. Russell of South Melbourne.  She was buried 12 December 1884 at Buninyong Cemetery.  She had been born in Cork, Ireland, and had been in Victoria for twenty eight years.  She had married Garrett John Russell at the age of 20 in Cork, Ireland.

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