Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Where Were Your Ancestors 150 years ago?

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 was:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 25 June 1866 – 150 years ago.

2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?


3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

This is the pedigree chart for my dad.

This shows that the following ancestors on my dad’s side were living on 25 June 1866.

1 My great grandfather, Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919) was living with his parents, Joseph Whimpey (1819-1902), and Margaret Price (1816-1901) in the Tarnagulla area.  His brothers John and Isaac, and sisters Elizabeth and Eliza would also have been living with them. His sister Sarah had died in 1861 at Sandy Creek (the previous name for Tarnagulla), and in 1868 his father was a farmer at Newbridge.  It is not known exactly where the family were on 25 June 1866.

2 My great grandmother Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906) was living with her parents, Henry Sharp (1828-1892) and Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd (1826-1902) in the Tarnagulla area.   They had arrived in Australia from England in 1863, and in 1867 her sister Hannah was born at Newbridge.  It is not known if they were already in Newbridge on 25 June 1866.  Sarah’s older sister Elizabeth would also have been living with them.

3 My great grandmother Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949) and her parents Thomas Henry Russell (1844-1892) and Maria Louisa Doyle (1847-1925) were living in the Ballarat area on 25 June 1866.  It is not known exactly where they were at the time – Henrietta was born the previous year (1865) at Staffordshire Reef, while her brother Edward was born the following year (1867) at Buninyong.

4 My 2x great grandparents Robert Harley (1817-1891) and Euphemia Dandie (1824-1902) were living on a farm at Hesket on 25 June 1866, with their 8 children.  My great grandfather was born later in the year, in October 1866.  I have not yet located the exact location of the farm.

5 My 3x great grandfather William Whimpey (1790-1870) was living in Frome, Somerset, England.  The 1861 census showed he was living with his brother Joseph at Milk Street in Frome.  He died in 1870 at the Asylum in Frome, so it is not known exactly where he was living on 25 June 1866.

6 My 3x great grandmother Sarah Rose Crossley (1804-1868) was living in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England on 25 June 1866.  Her husband William Sharp had died earlier in the year, on 31 March 1866, at their home at Baker’s Yard, Kirkgate, so Sarah was probably still living there on 25 June.  I have not yet determined exactly where the residence would have been.

7 My 3x great grandparents Mark Oldroyd (1791-1868) and Elizabeth Sidebottom (1796-1878) were also living in the Wakefield area. The 1861 census showed they were living at Boom Mile, Stanley Cum Wrenthorpe.  Mark died 13 April 1868 at Grand Stand, Alverthorpe.  It is not known exactly where they were on 25 June 1866.

8 My 3x great grandmother Catherine Hardie (1799-1867) was probably living in Elizabeth Street, Ferry Port on Craig, Fifeshire, Scotland, on 25 June 1866, as she died there on 11 October 1867.  It is not certain though, as the 1861 census shows she was living with her son in law Andrew Paterson in Dunning, Perthshire.

9 My 3x great grandmother Garrett John Russell (1817-1877) was the incumbent at the Holy Trinity Church, Buninyong for many years, so that would have been where he was living with his wife Susan Greene (1819-1884) on 25 June 1866.  Their youngest children, Susanna, Edward, Robert and Francis would have still been living with them.  I don’t know if the residence where they would have lived still exists, although the Church was built around 1862 – the church has a website http://www.buninyonganglican.org.au/index.htm.

10 My 3x great grandparents Thomas Doyle (1814-1886) and Catherine Mills (1818-1899) would also have been living in Buninyong on 25 June 1866, as the 1868 Post Office Directories show that Thomas was a teacher at Buninyong, and in 1865 his daughter Maria had been married at Buninyong.  Their other children, Sarah, John, William and Frank would also have been living with them.  I don’t know exactly where in Buninyong the family were living.

This is the Pedigree Chart for my mum

This shows that the following ancestors on my mum’s side were living on 25 June 1866.

1 My great grandfather Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) was living with his parents James Marr (1827-1899) and Martha Richardson (1827-1882) in the Maryborough area.  His sister Martha was born in 1865 at McCullum’s Creek, and his brother Thomas was born in 1869 at Majorca, so it is not known exactly where they were living on 25 June 1866.  James and Martha’s other 5 children, Peter, Charles, Catherine, Jemima, and Alexander would also have been living with them.

2 My great grandmother Mary Reeves (1864-1951) was living with her parents William John Reeves (1828-1889) and Mary Gill (1829-1903), and her brothers William and John, and sister Maria, in Amherst.  I don’t know where exactly in Amherst the family were living.

3 My great grandfather Harry Docwra (1866-1934) was born 8 May 1866 at Dandenong Road, Keysborough, so that would probably have been where Harry and his parents, Alfred Docwra (1824-1903) and Mary Scott (1830-1885), were living on 25 June 1866, with their other children, Elizabeth, Stephen, James, Mary and Joseph.  I don’t know where exactly in Dandenong Road the family were living, or whether the residence still exists.  Since at the time the area was farmland, and is now residential, I suspect that the original residence no longer exists.

4 My 2x great grandfather George Oliver (1846-1930) may have been living with his mother Susannah Campkin (1827-1880) in Richmond on 25 June 1866.  George’s father Frederick died in 1855 at Richmond, and his mother remarried to William Stephens.  She had 3 children with William who would have been still alive: John, born in 1858, Henry, born in 1864, and Charles, born in April 1866.  George’s brother Silvester Oliver (born in 1852) and sister Agnes Oliver (born in 1854) would have probably also been living with them.  George married in 1875 at Bairnsdale, but it is not known when he moved from Richmond to Bairnsdale.  I don’t know exactly where in Richmond Susannah and her husband William were living.

5 My 2x great grandmother Elizabeth Ann Ball (1856-1909) would have been living with her parents William Edward Ball (1825-1893) and Ann Slawson (1836-1878), but it is not known exactly where they would have been on 25 June 1866.  Elizabeth’s brother George was born in 1865 at Stringers, near Sale, and her brother Erick was born in 1868 at Lucknow, so the family were probably living near either Sale or Bairnsdale. William and Ann’s other children, Emma, Alice, and Clara would also have been living with them.

6 My 3x great grandfather William Reeves (1805-1877) was living with his wife Maria Crook (1807-1870), and daughters Selena and Rosene in Fore Street, East Stonehouse, Devon, England at the time of the 1861 census. On the 1871 Census he was living with his daughter Selina and son in law John Salmon at 41 High Street East Stonehouse.  I have found a death entry in 1870 that appears to be for his wife Maria, so it appears she was also alive on 25 June 1866.  It is not known exactly where they would have been living on 25 June 1866, but it was somewhere in East Stonehouse.

7 My 3x great grandmother Mary Scott (1792-1872) was probably living in the Amherst area in Victoria, Australia on 25 June 1866.  She died in 1872 at Cockatoo Gully, and her death certificate showed she had been living in Victoria for 10 years. Her daughter Mary Gill had been married at Amherst in 1858.

8 My 4x great grandparents Silvester Oliver (1805-1879) and Mary Ann Burgess (1806-1872) lived all their lives in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.   The 1861 Census shows they were living at Cross Lane, and the 1871 census shows they were living at Dolphin Lane, so it is not known exactly where they were living on 25 June 1866.

9 My 4x great grandfather Stephen Campkin (1795-1869) was living with his son in law Benjamin Farrow at Earls Lane, Thetford St Cuthbert, Norfolk, England at the time of the 1861 census. He died in 1869 at Thetford, so he may have still been living at that address on 25 June 1866.

10 It is not known where my 4x great grandfather George Slawson (1810-1889) would have been living on 25 June 1866.  He was living at 91 Syke Row, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England at the time of the 1861 census, but had moved to the household of Nathan Palmer at Isham, Northamptonshire, by the 1871 census.

As far as I know, I had 41 ancestors living on 25 June 1866.

  • 6 great grandparents
  • 16 2x great grandparents
  • 15 3x great grandparents
  • 4 4x great grandparents

 

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