The topic for week 18 was Close Up, and I have decided to write about my 2x great grandmother, Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd, and her sister Rachel Oldroyd, because they lived close to each other.
Jane was born 5 April 1828 at Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, and her sister Rachel was born in 1833 in Wakefield. The two sisters were living with their parents, Mark Oldroyd and Elizabeth Sidebottom at Rail Road, Lake Lock, Stanley cum Wrenthorpe, Yorkshire. Jane was 13 and Rachel was 8. Their siblings John, age 20, Joshua age 13, Anne age 10, and James age 5.
Jane married Henry Sharp on 1 August 1847 at Wakefield, while Rachel married Rowland Tidd in 1854. Jane and Henry were living at Wakefield on the 1851 census, with their daughter Elizabeth and son John. John died young.
The 1861 census shows that Jane and Rachel were living with their families in the same household in a Cottage and Garden, at Newton, Manchester, Lancashire. The household included:
- Rowland Tidd, head, age 27
- Rachell Tidd, wife, age 28
- Elizth do, daur, age 6
- Joshua do, son, age 4
- Eliza Tidd, daur, age 2
- Henry Sharp, brother in law, age 35
- Jane Sharp, sister, age 33
- Elizth do, niece, age 12
- Sarah J do, niece, age 8
The two families migrated to Australia in 1863. They travelled on the “Marco Polo”, which sailed from Liverpool on 6 August 1863 and arrived in Melbourne on 16 November 1863.
After arriving in Australia, Rowland and Henry selected blocks of land next to each other at Woodstock West. The two sisters appear to have later moved to Melbourne, as Jane died 10 July 1902 at 182 Cambridge Street, Collingwood and Rachel died in 1922 at Northcote. Rachel’s husband Rowland had died at Northcote in 1905, while Jane’s husband Henry died in 1892 at Woodstock on Loddon.