Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Where Were Your Ancestors in 1900?

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)  Where were your ancestors in the year 1900?  Make a list with their ages and location (with the street address if you know it).

2)  Share your information in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link to your post in a comment to this post.

*    My grandfather John Ernest Whimpey (1884-1960) was living with his parents, my great grandparents, Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919) and Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906) at Tarnagulla, Victoria, Australia.  Later records show the family living on Commercial Road Tarnagulla, so I think that’s where they were living in 1900.  Joseph’s parents, my 2x great grandparents Joseph Whimpey (1819-1902) and Margaret Price (1815-1901) were also living in Tarnagulla.  I don’t know if they were living in the same house as Joseph Jr. and his family, or another house in Tarnagulla.

*    My grandmother Ivy May Harley (1890-1959) was living with her parents, my great grandparents Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949) on a dairy farm at Woolamai, Victoria, Australia.  I visited the farm many times growing up, as my great aunt and uncle were still living there, and the farm was on Kilcunda Ridge Road.

*    My grandfather Wilfred Palmer Marr (1892-1955) was living with his parents, my great grandparents Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) and Mary Reeves (1864-1951) at 58 Lothian Street, North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

*    My great grandfather Harry Docwra (1866-1934) was not yet married to my great grandmother – they married in 1902 at Sale, Victoria, Australia, and the marriage certificate shows he was living in Somerville, Victoria, Australia.  Harry doesn’t appear on either the 1899 electoral roll, or the 1900 Wise’s Post Office Directory, so I don’t know when he moved to Somerville.

*    My great grandmother Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925) was living with her parents, my 2x great grandparents George Oliver (1846-1930) and Elizabeth Ann Ball (1856-1909) at Cunninghame, Victoria, Australia.

*    My 2x great grandmother, Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd (1828-1902), died in 1902 in Collingwood. Her will shows she was “of 182 Cambridge Street Collingwood”.  Her brother, John Oldroyd, also lived at 182 Cambridge Street Collingwood, so Jane may have gone to live with him after her husband, Henry Sharp, died in 1892.  That’s therefore probably where she was living in 1900.

*   My 2x great grandmother, Euphemia Dandie (1824-1902)‘s Will shows she owned 67 Hambleton Street, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.   In 1896, Euphemia was leasing a house at 209 Park Street South Melbourne, and she died at her son in law’s residence at 74 Hambleton Street, so I’m not sure which address she was living at in 1900, but I do know she lived in South Melbourne.

*   My 2x great grandmother, Maria Louisa Doyle (1847-1925) was living at 18 Oberon Avenue Hawthorn in 1903, but someone else was there in 1902.  I haven’t been able to find Maria on any rate books or directories before 1903.  Her husband, Thomas Henry Russell, died at Howard Street Hotham (North Melbourne) in 1892, but I don’t know if that was where they were living, or whether Maria had moved by 1900.  I therefore don’t know where Maria was in 1900.

*   My 2x great grandmother, Mary Gill (1829-1903) may have been living with her daughter, Mary Reeves, and Mary’s husband Henry Palmer Marr, at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, or she may have been living with one of her other children.  She had been a widow for many years – her husband, William Reeves, died in 1888.  She died in 1903 at Lambert Road, Ararat, and was buried at the Ararat cemetery, so she might have been living in Ararat in 1900.

*     My 2x great grandfather, Alfred Docwra (1824-1903) was living on Port Nepean Road in Cheltenham, on the east side between Centre Dandenong Road, and Chesterville Road.

I have 20 ancestors who were alive in 1900.

Finding locations here in Australia is harder than in the United States, because census records haven’t been kept here in Australia, and electoral rolls only started being kept from 1903.  The rate books and directories generally only listed the heads of households, or those in business, so not all adult males, and very few females, were listed.  I have therefore found it hard to pinpoint locations for some of my ancestors.

I have 5 ancestors at Tarnagulla, 3 at Woolamai, 3 at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne, 3 at Cunninghame, 1 in South Melbourne (I’m not sure of the street address), 1 at Pt Nepean Road Cheltenham, 1 probably at 182 Cambridge Street Collingwood, 1 probably at Somerville, 1 may have been at Ararat, and 1 where I don’t know where they were in 1900.

The following is a map of where my ancestors were living (or may have been living) in 1900. In the case of Maria Louisa Doyle and Mary Gill, I’ve used their address in 1903. I have two fields: addresa and location. In most cases these are the same, but for Alfred Docwra, I don’t have a house number, so I have used the corner of Goulburn Street and Nepean Highway, as that would be about where he was living in 1900.

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