Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme. This week’s theme is “There’s a Way”. What ancestor found a way out of a sticky situation? You might also think of this in terms of transportation or migration.
I have chosen one of the ancestors from my husband’s side of the family, Catherine Marshall.
Catherine was born around 1849/1850 in either Carlow, or Dublin, Ireland. Her parents, Andrew Marshall and Mary Ann Hayes (or Styles) were married in 1848 in Carlow1
Mary Ann was a widow when she married Andrew, and it is not yet clear which surname was her married name, and which was her maiden name.
Catherine’s mother died when she was only a small child (family records list her date of death as 1 August 1852), and her father remarried, to Jane Perrin, in 1853 in Dublin North2. Catherine did not get on with her step-mother, so when she was old enough, she decided to join 2 aunts (Anne Marshall Willis and Jane Marshall Perrin) and an uncle (Matthew Marshall) who had migrated to Australia a few years earlier.
She may have been the Cath Marshall who arrived in Melbourne on 30 August 1868 on the “White Star”. Cath Marshall was aged 18, and from Ireland. The immigration record doesn’t provide enough details in order to be certain this entry is for our Catherine.3, 4
She was in Victoria by 10 November 1868, when she married Hans Hansen at Sandhurst (Bendigo)5. Catherine and Hans had five children, and the family lived in the Elmore/Kamarooka district near Bendigo. Catherine died 18 December 1919 at Kamarooka. She was buried 20 December 1919 at the Elmore Cemetery.
1 “Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search : accessed 12 May 2015), MARRIAGES entry for Andrew Marshall; citing Carlow, 1848, vol. 3, p. 257, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,242.
2 “Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search : accessed 12 May 2015), MARRIAGES entry for Andrew Marshall; citing Dublin North, 1853, vol. 5, p. 158, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,244.
3 Public Record Office, Victoria, <i>”Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923,” database, Public Record Office, Victoria, <i>Public Record Office Victoria Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists to Victoria 1852-1923 </i> </i> (http://proarchives.imagineering.com.au/index_search.asp?searchid=23), accessed 28 Nov 2009), entry for Cath Marshall; Port B Fiche 276 Page 005.
4 ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923,” database and images, ancestry.com.au (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 12 May 2015); entry for Cath Marshall, age 18, arrival 31 August 1868 Melbourne; Series: VPRS 7666; Series Title: Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports) [Microfiche Copy of VPRS 947].
5 Elizabeth Hansen, birth certificate no. 2190 (1880), Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.