Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Who is your most recent immigrant ancestor?

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) Who is your most recent immigrant ancestor?  I’m assuming that your ancestors moved from one country to another at some point in time.

2)  Tell us about that person – name, birth and death, emigration and immigration country and port, date or year of immigration, etc.  Share it in a blog post of your own, in a comment on this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.

Here’s mine:

My most recent immigrant ancestors were my great grandmother Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906), and her parents, Henry Sharp (1828-1892) and Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd.  (1828-1902). They immigrated to the colony of Victoria, arriving in Melbourne on the 16 November 1863.  They had sailed on the “Marco Polo”, which left Liverpool, England on 6 August 1863.

The passenger list included:

Henry Sharp age 35 male, lab

Jane age 32, female, wife

Elizth age 14, female, spr

Sarah Jane age 10, female, child

On board the same ship was Jane’s sister Rachel and her family:

Thos R. Tidd age 29, male, lab

Rachel Tidd age 28, female, wife,

Elizth Tidd age 8, female, child

Joshua Tidd age 7, male, child

Eliza Tidd age 5, female, child, “Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923,” database and images, ( : accessed 1 Jan 2015); Henry Sharp on the “Marco Polo”; Series: VPRS 7666; Series Title: Inward Overseas Passenger Lists (British Ports) [Microfiche Copy of VPRS 947]. The index on the PROV website ( includes the reference: Port B Fiche 225 Page 004

The Sharp and the Oldroyd families had originated from Wakefield, in Yorkshire. Both families had been living in Wakefield at the time of the 1851 census, and Sarah Jane Sharp was born in Wakefield in 1853.  Rachel and Rowland had been married in Wakefield in 1854, but their daughter Elizabeth was born in 1855 in Manchester.  Both of their other children were also born in Manchester, and the two families were living together at Newton Head, (Manchester) at the time of the 1861 census.  It is not known if Henry and Jane and their family had moved to Manchester at the same time as Rowland and Rachel, but, since they were staying together in the same household in 1861, and travelled to Australia together, it seems likely they did.

As the two families were unassisted passengers, it meant they had enough money to pay their own passage to Australia.  This meant that while in England, they probably travelled from Wakefield to Manchester by train (the Wakefield Kirkgate station on the Manchester and Leeds Railway was opened in 1840 – source Wikipedia, and then from Manchester to Liverpool by train (there was also a railway line between Manchester to Liverpool by this time).

By 1867, Henry and Jane had travelled from Melbourne to Newbridge, where daughter Hannah was born.  Since Jane’s sister Rachel and her husband settled on the next block, it seems likely that the two families also travelled to Newbridge together.  They would probably have travelled on the Cobb & Co coach services.