Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Ancestor born on 31 March

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)  Which of your ancestors were born on this day, 31 March 2018?  How can you find out?  Tell us how you did it.

2)  If you don’t have an ancestor born on this date, then select another date in March and list those.

3)  Share your findings in your own blog post, or in comments on this blog post, on Facebook or Google+.

Since I also have RootsMagic 7, I decided to find an ancestor born on 31 March the same way as Randy did.

I only have 1 ancestor born on 31 March – Robert Harley (1817-1891).

Robert was my 2x great grandfather.

Robert Harley relationship

Robert Harley was born 31 March 1817 and christened 6 April 1817 in Longforgan, Perth, Scotland.  He was the son of John Harley and Agnes Moncur.

The 1841 census shows that Robert was living at Hendersons Wynd in Dundee, Angus, Scotland with his brother John and sister Elizabeth.  Robert and John were carpenters.

Robert married Euphemia Dandie on 3 June 1846 at Dundee, and their first three children, John, Mary Bell and Margaret, were born at Dundee, and the family were listed living at Dundee on the 1851 census.

In 1852, the family sailed for Australia on the “Wanata”.  Daughter Margaret died on the voyage.

I shared articles I found about their voyage in my post 52 Ancestors #23 Robert Harley.

After arriving in Australia, they had another 7 children, and they also adopted a son, William John Harley.  Their children were:

  • John Harley (1847-1900)
  • Mary Bell Harley (1848-1922)
  • Margaret Harley (1850-1852)
  • Euphemia Dandie Harley (1853-1929)
  • Janet Harley (1855-1931)
  • Catherine Hilda Harley (1857-1917)
  • Robert Harley (1859-1935)
  • Agnes Moncur Harley (1862-1937)
  • Elizabeth Bower Harley (1864-1941)
  • Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939)
  • William John Harley (1870-1931)


Robert died 10 October 1891 at his home at 63 Hambleton Street, Albert Park, in the colony of Victoria

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