Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Which Ancestor Do You Admire the Most?

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)  The Family History Hound listed 20 Questions about your Ancestor, and I’m going to use some of them in the next few months.  

2)  Please answer the first question – “Which ancestor do you admire the most?”

3)  Write your own blog post, make a comment on this post, or post  your answer on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link to your answer in comments on this post.

I’m not sure that she would be the ancestor I admire the most, but I have decided to write today’s post about my 3x great grandmother, Ann Slawson.

Ann was born 24 August 1836 at Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.  Her parents were George Slawson and Elizabeth Skempton.  George was a baker.  By the 1851 census, Ann had gone to work as a general servant in the household of Isabella Bland at 13 Hartford Road, Hackney, Middlesex, England.

At the age of 18, Ann decided to emigrate to Australia.  Ann came out as an Assisted Immigrant on the “Neleus”.  As far as I know, she travelled alone.  She was engaged by Mr Connolly Brunswick St for 30 pounds for 1 month with rations.  The “Neleus” sailed from Southampton on the 10th August 1854 and arrived at Melbourne, Vic on 23 Oct 1854.  Her age was listed on the immigration lists as 21.  She may have lied about her age in order to be able to emigrate alone.

I admire Ann for having the courage to travel half-way around the world, on her own, in search of a better life.

Ann married William Edward Ball a few months later, on 18 January 1855 at St Peter’s Church of England in Melbourne.   She had 11 children between 1856 and 1878, including twin daughters in 1876, and died 11 May 1878 at Bairnsdale, from morbis cardis.

Ann had the following children.  I have also included the number of children each child had.

  • Elizabeth Ann Ball (1856-1909) (my 2x great grandmother)  – 10 children
  • Emma Elizabeth Ball (1859-1923) – 4 children
  • Alice Ida Ball (1861-1919) – no children.
  • Clara Caroline Ball (1862-1948) – 5 children
  • George Edward Ball (1866-1930) – never married
  • Erick James Ball (1868-1932)  – 1 child
  • Florence Jessy Ball (1871-1942) – 5 children
  • Martha Agnes Ball (1873-1905) – 2 children
  • Edla Louisa Ball (1876-1947) – 1 child
  • Christene Priscilla Ball (1876-1957) – 4 children
  • Bertha Ellen Ball (1878-1937) – 3 children

Total: 35 grandchildren.

Background of featured image is Bairnsdale – Backwater (art original) from the State Library of Victoria website  This work is out of copyright.