52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #19 Mother’s Day

I have not yet written posts for weeks 17 and 18, but, since yesterday was Mother’s Day, and the topic for week 19 is Mother’s Day, I’ve decided to skip ahead to week 19 for today’s post.

I decided for this post to write a brief summary of the information I have for the mothers in my maternal line.

First there’s mum, Edith Jean Marr.  Mum, who was known as Jean, was born 11 Jun 1922 in Somerville, Victoria, Australia. She was the eldest child of Wilfred Palmer Marr and Edith Meriden Docwra.  She married my dad on 20 December 1952 at the Brougham Street Methodist Church, North Melbourne, and she had 6 daughters. One daughter died young.  Mum died 9 April 1990 at the Wonthaggi Hospital.  I have written 3 posts about mum:

52 Ancestors #13 Edith Jean Marr

52 Ancestors (2015) #14 Edith Jean Marr

52 Ancestors #14 Edith Jean Marr

Then there was her mother, Edith Meriden Docwra. Edith was born 26 January 1904 in Prahran, Victoria, Australia. She was the eldest daughter of Harry Docwra and Emily Alice Oliver.  Edith was pregnant with my mother when she married Wilfred Palmer Marr on 8 May 1922 in Baxter, Victoria, Australia.  Edith had two more children, a daughter Margaret and a son Aubrey, before deserting Wilfred, and going to live in New South Wales, where it is believed she had another daughter.  She later returned to Victoria, and died 26 June 1948 at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg, from cervical cancer. I have written 2 posts about Edith.

52 Ancestors #18 Edith Meriden Docwra

52 Ancestors (2015) #13 Edith Meriden Docwra

Edith’s mother was Emily Alice Oliver. Emily was born 16 July 1877 in Bairnsdale in the Colony of Victoria.  She was the second child of George Oliver and Elizabeth Ann Ball.  She married Harry Docwra on 5 November 1902 in Sale, Victoria, Australia, and they had four children, Edith, George, Annie and Ronald.  Emily committed suicide by hanging herself on 26 October 1925. Her inquest can be on Family Search – https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q24C-YB53

I have written a post about Emily:

52 Ancestors #4 Emily Alice Oliver

Emily’s mother was Elizabeth Ann Ball.  Elizabeth was born 27 December 1856 in Richmond in the Colony of Victoria. She was the eldest daughter of William Edward Ball and Ann Slawson.  Elizabeth married George Oliver on 12 September 1875 in Bairnsdale, in the Colony of Victoria.  They had 10 children.  Elizabeth died 23 May 1909 in the District Hospital in Bairnsdale.  I haven’t written a post about Elizabeth yet.

Elizabeth’s mother was Ann Slawson.  Ann was born 24 August 1836 at Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.  She was the second child of George Slawson and Elizabeth Skempton.  Ann migrated to Australia in 1854. She sailed on the “Neleus” which sailed from Southampton on 10 August 1854 and arrived in Victoria on 23 October 1854.  Ann married William Edward Ball on 18 January 1855 at St Peter’s Church of England, in Melbourne, in the Colony of Victoria.  William and Ann had 11 children.  Their youngest daughter was born in 1878, and Ann died 11 May 1878 in Bairnsdale from morbis cardis.  I have written a post about Ann:

52 Ancestors #7 Ann Slawson

Ann’s mother was Elizabeth Skempton.  Elizabeth was born about 1810, possibly in Wollaston, Northamptonshire (based on the 1851 census).  She married George Slawson on 14 October 1833 at Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, England.  They had 9 children.  Elizabeth died in March quarter 1857 in the Kettering district in Northamptonshire.  I have written a post that summarizes the information I have for Elizabeth:

Surname Saturday – Skempton

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