52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #24 Henrietta Louisa Russell

Last week, I wrote about my great grandmother, Sarah Jane Sharp.  Working systematically through my ancestors, the next person would be my great grandfather, Alexander Alexander Harley, but I wrote about him in my post 52 Ancestors #3 Alexander Alexander Harley, so this week I am writing about my great grandmother, Henrietta Louisa Russell.

Henrietta was born 22 November 1865 at Staffordshire Reef in the Colony of Victoria.  She was baptized 8 January 1869 at Holy Trinity Church, Buninyong, where her grandfather, Garrett John Russell, was the incumbent.  She was the eldest child of Thomas Henry Russell and Maria Louisa Doyle

I visited this church in September 2001, when I attended the Russell family reunion, and I found the baptism records for Henrietta and most of her siblings and cousins.  I didn’t have a camera with me, so I don’t have any photos of the church, or images of the baptism entries.

Henrietta’s father was a teacher.  The family lived in the Ballarat area until 1880, when her brother Thomas Henry Russell was born at Mt Korong.  Her sister Annie was born in 1883 at Donald.  The family then moved to South Melbourne, where her brother Thomas Henry Leopold Russell was born in 1885.

Henrietta married Alexander Alexander Harley on 25 July 1888 at South Melbourne.  Family records show they were married at the Methodist Church, while their marriage notice shows they were married at the family home at 18 Little Raglan Street.

Harley Russell marriage notice
Family Notices (1888, September 1). Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 – 1918), p. 38. Retrieved December 11, 2017, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article196425955

Alexander and Henrietta had the following children:

  • Harrie Alexander Harley (1889-1944)
  • Ivy May Harley (1890-1959)
  • Cecil Rupert Harley (1896-1977)
  • Keith Aubrey Harley (1905-1941)
  • Dorothy Agnes Harley (1907-1976)
  • Edna Winifred Harley (1909-1987)

Family records indicate that they also had a stillborn child.

Alexander selected land at Woolamai, and the family moved there when Harrie and Ivy were about three and four years old.  Alexander and Henrietta lived at the farm at Woolamai for the rest of their lives.

Henrietta died 17 November 1949 at the farm, which was called Hazel Glen.  She was buried 18 November 1949 at the Kilcunda Cemetery.  I took a photo of their gravestone while I was visiting my dad at Wonthaggi, but it isn’t a very good photo. A photo of their gravestone can be found on BillionGraves

The sources of information can be found on Henrietta’s profile in my family tree.

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