Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – How Many Ancestors Did You “Meet”?

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) Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them).

2) Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.

My count is very low – I only met my parents

Ivon Walter Whimpey (1923-2009)

Dad was born at Heidelberg, and lived there until his first marriage in 1944, when he and his wife lived for a few years in nearby Ivanhoe.  Dad returned to Heidelberg after his first wife died, and then after he married my mum, they lived in Balwyn for about 4 years, before moving to Mitcham. They lived at Mitcham until dad retired in 1988, and then moved to Wonthaggi, where dad lived until his death in 2009.

Edith Jean Marr (1922-1990)

Mum was born at Somerville, and lived at Baxter for the first few years of her life.  She then grew up in North Melbourne. After she married dad, they lived at Balwyn, and then Mitcham, and they then lived at Wonthaggi for 2 years before she died in 1990.

All of my grandparents died before I was born.  The last of my grandparents to die was actually the oldest:
John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960)
His wife died the previous year
Ivy May Harley (1890-1959)
My mum’s father was:
Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955)
And her mother
Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948)

My great grandparents died quite a while before I was born

Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919)
Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906)
Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939)
Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949)
Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944)
Mary Reeves (1864-1951)
Harry Docwra (1866-1934)
Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925)

My daughter’s count is a little bit higher – she has met 5 of her ancestors, her father and I, and 3 of her grandparents.

Her father and I – still alive.

My parents – refer above.  My daughter met them when I went to visit them, or they came to visit us.

My husband’s mother: Shirley Patricia Casey (1936-2013).

Shirley moved around quite a bit.  Most of the time that I knew her, she lived in the Bendigo area. We sometimes visited her, and sometimes she came to visit us.

My husband’s father died at the age of 33.
Murray Irwin Willis (1931-1964)

My daughter didn’t meet any of her great grandparents on my husband’s side.
Thomas Arthur Willis (1906-1957)
Dorothea Isabella Sinclair Willis (1904-1979)
Albert George Casey (1901-1965)
Lilah Adela Mulder (1903-1987)

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