Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday afternoon genealogy fun – Ahnentafel Roulette

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission is:

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 75 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your “roulette number.”

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an “ahnentafel” – your software will create this – use the “Ahnentafel List” option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the “roulette number.”

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) NOTE:  If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then “spin” the wheel again – pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!  Or pick any ancestor!

1) My great grandfather Joseph Whimpey was born in 1848. 1848/75 =24.64 rounded up to 25.

2) My ancestor #25 was Martha Richardson.  Martha was born 15 April 1827 and christened 15 April 1827 in Cupar, Fife, Scotland.  She married James Marr on 22 August 1845 at Dundee, Angus, Scotland.  She died 4 November 1882 at Cuddys Flat in the colony of Victoria, and was buried 7 November 1882 at the Maryborough Cemetery.

3) The three facts about Martha are:

She moved with her parents and sister, Margaret, to Dundee sometime before 1841, as the family appear on the 1841 Scotland Census, living at North Tay Street in Dundee.

She migrated with her husband James Marr and son Peter to Australia in 1849 on the “Ann Milne”, arriving at Port Phillip on 19 May 1849.

Martha and her family had settled in the Maryborough area by 1857, and her last 7 children were born in this area.

James and Martha had 13 children in total:

  1. Agnes Marr born in 1845, died in 1847 in Dundee and was buried at the Howff Cemetery in Dundee
  2. Peter Marr born in 1847 in Dundee, married Harriet Gregory, and died in 1889 at Majorca in Victoria.
  3. Charles John Marr born in 1850 in Melbourne, married Maria Reeves, and died in 1933 at Mildura.
  4. Catherine Marr born 1852 in Melbourne married William Johnston, died in 1928 at Malvern East
  5. James born 1854 died 1854 – not yet known if he was born and died in Melbourne, or in Bendigo
  6. Martha born 1855 in Sandhurst (Bendigo) died 1857 (probably at Cochranes Creek)
  7. Jemima born 1857 at Cochranes Creek, married Thomas Gardner Nicholls, died 1913 in Maryborough
  8. Henry Palmer Marr born 1857 at Back Creek (near Maryborough), married Mary Reeves (sister of Maria who married Henry’s brother Charles), died 1944 in Melbourne
  9. Alexander Marr born 1861 at Golden Point (near Maryborough), married Isabella Lawrie Vowles, died 1934 in Glen Iris.
  10. David born 1862 died 1863 in Maryborough
  11. William born 1864 died 1864 in Majorca
  12. Matilda Stewart Gordon born 1865 at McCullums Creek, married David Carrick, died 1948 at Footscray
  13. Thomas Miller Marr born 1869 at Majorca, married Margaret Wilson, died 1941 at Footscray