52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #22 So Far Away

Since I have fallen behind with my 52 Ancestors posts, I decided to modify my post Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Ancestors who migrated a long way from October 2015.

In most cases, my ancestors had never moved much in the United Kingdom.  In the early 1800s, conditions caused my ancestors to decide to make the journey to Australia, so far away from their family and home.

My 2x great grandfather, Joseph Whimpey and his older brother John had been born in Frome, Somerset, England.  The brothers went to Wales to work in the coal mines, and while there they married.  Joseph married Margaret Price in 1840, while John had married Caroline Griffiths, nee Jones, in 1839.  Joseph and John migrated to Australia with their wives, arriving at Port Phillip in December 1841.  The brothers later went to South Australia about 1848, and in 1851, Joseph and his family returned to Victoria.

My 2x great grandparents Henry Sharp and Jane Elizabeth Oldroyd originated from Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where their first three children, Elizabeth, John Henry and Sarah (my great grandmother) were born.  John died before Sarah was born. The family later moved to Manchester (Newton Heath), and then migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1863.  The family eventually settled in the Tarnagulla area, where most of Jane’s siblings also settled.

My 2 great grandparents Robert Harley (born in Longforgan, Perthshire) and Euphemia Dandie (born in Ferry Port on Craig, Fife) were married in Dundee, Angus, Scotland, and their first 3 children were born there, before Robert and Euphemia migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1852.  Their daughter Margaret died on the voyage.  Robert’s father and siblings also came to Victoria, as did one of Euphemia’s brothers.

The Russell family originated from Cork, Ireland.  It is believed Garrett John Russell (my 3x great grandfather) came first, followed by his wife Susan and most of their children (including my 2x great grandfather Thomas Henry Russell), and then his mother and one of his sons.  They arrived in the colony of Victoria in 1856.

My 3x great grandfather Thomas Doyle (born in Ireland) and his wife Catherine Mills (born in Birmingham), were married in Egbaston, Warwickshire, England, and they had 8 children in Birmingham (including my 2x great grandmother Maria Louisa Doyle), and then the family migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1863.  Their children would probably be the ones in the family that ended up travelling the furthest:  Their son William Samuel Doyle was born in Birmingham, came with his parents to Victoria in 1863, then moved to Western Australia around 1900, and then died in Queensland in 1929.  Their daughter Sarah was born in Birmingham, came with her parents to Victoria in 1863, returned to England by the time of the 1911 census, and then travelled back to Tasmania in 1912.

My 2x great grandparents James Marr (born in Dundee) and Martha Richardson (born in Cupar, Fifeshire) were married in 1845 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland. They had two children, Agnes and Peter, in Dundee (Agnes died in 1847), and then they migrated to the Port Phillip District in 1849.

My 2x great grandfather William John Reeves was born in 1829 in Plymouth, Devon.  He migrated to New South Wales in 1849, and then settled in Victoria.

My 2x great grandmother Mary Gill was born in 1829 in Cumberland, England.  She migrated to South Australia with her mother and siblings around 1852.  The family may have lived in New South Wales for a few years, before settling in Victoria.  One sister remained in South Australia.

My 2x great grandfather Alfred Docwra came from Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.  He migrated to the Port Phillip District in 1848.

My 2x great grandmother Mary Scott also came from Bassingbourn.  She migrated to Victoria with her brother David in 1851.

My 2x great grandfather George Oliver, and his parents (my 3x great grandparents) Frederick Oliver and Susannah Campkin, were from Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.  George, with his parents and a younger brother Ralph, migrated to the Port Phillip District in 1849.

My 3x great grandfather William Edward Ball was born in Gottenburgh, Sweden.  He was a mariner before he settled in the colony of Victoria around 1855.

My 3x great grandmother Ann Slawson was born in Bristock, Northamptonshire, England.  She migrated to the colony of Victoria in 1854.

After trying to generate a pedigree chart to show how all these people are related to me, I decided the best pedigree chart I could find was on my website:


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