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’s mission was:
1) Many of our ancestors migrated to a distant place. Which one of your ancestors migrated the furthest? Or the furthest in North America? It could be in one big move, or in several smaller moves over their lifetime. How far did they travel? Do you know the route they took?
2) Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.
My ancestors who migrated a long way were those who migrated from Europe to Australia. Most of my ancestors came from England, with a couple from Scotland, one family from Ireland, and one from Sweden. Although some originally arrived in other states, my ancestors eventually settled in Victoria. Prior to their migration to Australia, these families only moved a short distance at a time – probably the furthest would have been James Ball who was originally from England, and ended up in Sweden, where his son William was born. Since arriving in Victoria, my ancestors have remained in Victoria, so the person who traveled the furthest since then would probably have been my grandfather. He was born at Newbridge, married my grandmother at Kilcunda, returned to Tarnagulla until World War 1, then moved to Melbourne, where he lived at South Melbourne and Heidelberg.
My ancestors who came to Australia from Europe were:
Joseph Whimpey (born in Frome, Somerset) and Margaret Price (born in Breconshire, Wales), with Joseph’s brother John and his sister Caroline migrated to Port Phillip District, arriving in December 1841. The brothers and their families, later went to South Australia around 1848, and Joseph and his family then returned to Victoria in 1851. They were at Castlemaine from about 1853, and had moved to Sandy Creek (Tarnagulla) by 1861.
Henry Sharp and Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd originated from Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where their first three children, Elizabeth, John and Sarah (my great grandmother). John died aged 2. The family later moved to Manchester (Newton Heath), between 1851 and 1861, and then migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1863. The family eventually settled in the Tarnagulla area, where most of Jane’s siblings also settled.
Robert Harley (born in Longforgan, Perthshire) and Euphemia Dandie (born in Ferry Port on Craig, Fife) were married in Dundee, Angus, Scotland, and their first 3 children were born there, before Robert and Euphemia migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1852. Their daughter Margaret died on the voyage. Robert’s father and siblings also came to Victoria, as did one of Euphemia’s brothers. In 1856, Robert was at Emerald Hill, in the 1860s and 1870s he was a farmer at Hesket and Rochford, and by 1880 the family had moved back to South Melbourne
The Russell family originated from Cork, Ireland. It is believed Garrett John Russell came first, followed by his wife Susan and most of their children (including my 2x great grandfather Thomas Henry Russell), and then his mother and one of his sons. They arrived in the colony of Victoria in 1856. The family lived at Buninyong, where Garrett was the incumbent. My 2x great grandfather Thomas was a teacher, and although he spent a number of years in the Ballarat area, he was in Mt Korong in 1880, Donald in 1882-1883, South Melbourne in 1885, Casterton in 1889, and he died in 1892 at Hotham East.
Thomas Doyle (born in Ireland) and his wife Catherine Mills (born in Birmingham), were married in Egbaston, Warwickshire, England, and they had 8 children in Birmingham (including my 2x great grandmother Maria Louisa Doyle), and then the family migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1863. The family originally settled in the Ballarat area, but two of Thomas’s children would probably be the ones in the family that ended up travelling the furthest: Son William Samuel Doyle was born in Birmingham, came with his parents to Victoria in 1863, then moved to Western Australia around 1900, and then died in Queensland in 1929. Daughter Sarah was born in Birmingham, came with her parents to Victoria in 1863, returned to England by the time of the 1911 census, and then traveled back to Tasmania in 1912.
James Marr (born in Dundee) and Martha Richardson (born in Cupar, Fifeshire) were married in 1845 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland. They had two children, Agnes and Peter, in Dundee (Agnes died in 1847), and then they migrated to the Port Phillip District in 1849. They settled in the Maryborough area.
William John Reeves was born in 1829 in Plymouth, Devon, and his family also lived at Shepton Mallet in Somerset. He migrated to the New South Wales in 1849, and then settled around Amherst in Victoria.
Mary Gill was born in 1829 in Cumberland, England. She migrated to South Australia with her mother and siblings around 1852. The family may have lived in New South Wales for a few years, before settling in Victoria. One sister remained in South Australia. Mary, her mother and brother John lived at Emu (near Amherst), and Mary died at Ararat.
Alfred Docwra came from Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. He migrated to the Port Phillip District in 1848. After arriving he lived at Brunswick, and then settled in the Cheltenham/Moorabbin area.
Alfred’s wife Mary Scott also came from Bassingbourn. She migrated to Victoria with her brother David in 1851.
George Oliver, and his parents Frederick Oliver and Susannah Campkin, were from Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. George, with his parents and a younger brother Ralph, migrated to the Port Phillip District in 1849. They lived in Richmond, where his parents both died. George later settled in Bairnsdale, which is where his brother Silvester and sister Agnes also settled.
William Edward Ball was born in Gottenburgh, Sweden. He was a mariner before he settled in the colony of Victoria around 1855. He married Ann Slawson in Melbourne in 1855, and they were living in Richmond from 1856, when daughter Elizabeth was born, to about 1859, when Emma was born. In 1861 they were at Geelong, in 1862 in Alberton, in 1865 at Stringers near Sale, and in 1868 they were at Lucknow. William and Ann remained in the Bairnsdale area for the rest of their lives.
William’s wife Ann Slawson was born in Bristock, Northamptonshire, England. She migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1854.