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) How many of your ancestors are in the 1900 United States Census? List them all, their location, their age, and their occupation. Were any ancestors missed by the census enumerator? [Note: For folks who have census entries in other countries, substitute your country for the U.S. and the closest available census to 1900.]
2) Tell us in a blog post of your own, or in a comment on this post, or a Facebook post. Please leave a comment to this post with a link to your post.
Here in Australia, although censuses have been taken, they haven’t been kept. The closest to the 1900 Census for us would be the 1899 Referendum, however, since only men were eligible to vote for that, I have decided to use the 1903 Electoral roll, since this was the first year where women, here in Victoria where my ancestors are all from, were able to vote. Only those over the age of 21 were able to vote, so none of my grandparents appear on it.
My great grandparents, Joseph Whimpey (1848-1919) and Sarah Jane Sharp (1853-1906), were living in Tarnagulla. Joseph was a contractor and Sarah’s occupation was home duties.
My great grandparents, Alexander Alexander Harley (1866-1939) and Henrietta Louisa Russell (1865-1949), were living at Kilcunda. Alexander was a farmer, while Henrietta’s occupation was home duties.
My great grandparents, Henry Palmer Marr (1859-1944) and Mary Reeves (1864-1951) were living at 58 Lothian Street North Melbourne. I actually haven’t been able to find them on the 1903 Electoral roll, but the 1906 Electoral roll shows Henry was a railway employee, and Mary’s occupation was home duties.
My great grandparents, Harry Docwra (1866-1934) and Emily Alice Oliver (1877-1925) were living at Langwarrin. Harry was working as a carpenter, and Emily’s occupation was home duties.
The only one of my 2x great grandparents on dad’s side that was still living in 1903 was Maria Louisa Russell, nee Doyle (1847-1925). I haven’t been able to find Maria on the 1903 Electoral roll, but her daughter Victoria was living at 27 Oberon Avenue Hawthorn. I found from the rate books that Maria owned 27 Oberon Avenue.
On mum’s side:
My 2x great grandmother, Mary Reeves nee Gill (1829-1903) was living at Girdlestone Street Ararat. Her occupation was home duties.
My 2x great grandfather, Alfred Docwra (1824-1903), was living on Point Nepean Road Cheltenham. I wasn’t able to find him on the Electoral rolls – this address is from the 1903 Sands Melbourne Directory. The directory didn’t include his occupation. He died in June 1903, so that may be why he’s not on the Electoral roll for that year.
My 2x great grandparents, George Oliver (1846-1930) and Elizabeth Ann Ball (1856-1909), were living at Cunninghame. George was a storekeeper, and Elizabeth’s occupation was home duties.
I have 13 Ancestors that should have been on the 1903 Electoral roll, but I haven’t been able to find 4 of them on there, although I have been able to find where they would have been living from other records.