52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors 2019 #2 Agnes Wynd

In previous years I have followed Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series.  I have found it difficult to decide who to write about using her topics, so I decided this year to choose someone who had been born that week for each week.

This week I am writing about Agnes Wynd, who was born 12 January 1846.

My relationship to Agnes is as follows:

agnes wynd relationship

The information I had before this post was that Agnes was born 12 January 1846, and christened 15 February 1846 at Longforgan, Perth, Scotland[1].  She married John Porteus in 1870 in the colony of Victoria[2], and they had one son John Henry Porteus who was born in 1874 at Emerald Hill in the colony of Victoria[3].  Agnes had come to Australia with her parents, James Wynd and Elizabeth Harley, on the Covenanter.  They arrived in Victoria in January 1855.  The family included James age 33, Elizabeth age 31, Alexander age 13, Agnes age 11, Janet age 9, Elizabeth age 5, and Margaret age 1.

Since the information for Agnes’ birth came from the IGI (International Genealogical Index), I decided to check this information on the ScotlandsPeople website.  The index on the ScotlandsPeople website only included the baptism date of 15 February 1846, so I used credits to access the original baptism record.  The entry showed:

James Wynd Carter Longforgan on his spouse Elisabeth Harley had a child born on the 12th day of January, baptized on the 15th day of February 1846 and named Agnes Wynd[4].

Since Agnes was born in 1846, and the family came to Australia in 1855, the family should be on the 1851 Scotland Census.  Although transcriptions are available on Ancestry.com.au, I decided to use ScotlandsPeople, to access the original image.

The 1851 Scotlands people had one entry for Agnes Wynd in Longforgan, but this Agnes was 60 years old, which I didn’t notice until I viewed the original image.  Since viewing the images uses credits, I decided to use the Ancestry.com.au database after all.  By using Ancestry, I would also be able to find more records for Agnes from when she left Scotland

The 1851 Census had an entry for Angnes Wynd, born about 1847, in the household of James Wynd, in the Village of Longforgan.  She was his daughter.  The household included James Wynd, age 38, Elisabeth Wynd age 36, Alexander Wynd age 6, Angnes Wynd age 4, Janet Wynd age 2 and Elisabeth Wynd age 2 months[5].

I didn’t have a source for the immigration information for the family, because I had entered the information in the notes, rather than as an event. I therefore went through the Suggested Records for Agnes, to find the Immigration record. This showed that the family came to Australia on the Covenanter, which arrived in Geelong on 23 January 1855[6].  The family included:

Name                Calling               Native Country                               Religious Denomination       Education             Age        By whom engaged

Wynd James  Ag labourer    Perth                Presbyterian       Read and write                         33            On own account Geelong

Elizabeth                                      “                          “                               “                          31

Alexander                                   “                          “                               “                          13

Agnes                                           “                          “                               “                          11

Janet                                             “                          “                               Read only         9

Elizabeth                                      “                          “                               Neither read nor write          5

Margaret                                     “                          “                               “                          1

There was a death entry for an Agnes Porteus which showed she died 9 Sep 1907 at Rose Park, South Australia, at the age of 60 years[7].

There was an entry for Agnes in the Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1831-2001 collection, from the Age. Since the Age is also available on Trove, I decided to use the image from Trove.

Agnes Porteus, nee Wynd, death notice
Family Notices (1907, September 14). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 7. Retrieved January 11, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205004215

Although there was only one entry for Agnes Wynd on the Victorian Births Deaths and Marriages website, which was the 1870 marriage entry for Agnes Wynd and John Porteus, there was still a possibility that the Agnes Wynd who married John Porteus wasn’t the daughter of James Wynd and Elisabeth Harley, so tried searching for a marriage notice on Trove.  I wasn’t able to find one, so I decided to get their marriage certificate.  This confirmed her parents were James Wynd and Elizabeth Harley.

John Porteus and Agnes Wynd were married 14 May 1870 in the home of Clr Wynd, Park  Street Emerald Hill, by Hugh Darling, a Presbyterian Minister.   John was a bachelor, and had been born in Wexford Ireland.  Agnes was a spinster, and had been born in Forfar, Scotland.  John was 22 years old, and he was a printer living at Chapman Street Hotham.  His parents were Richard Porteus, labourer, and Phillippa Whaley.  Agnes was 23, a lady. Her present residence was Park Street, Emerald Hill, and her usual residence was Chapman Street Hotham.  Her parents were James Wynd and Elizabeth Harley.  The witnesses were John McKean and Leah Black[8].

Sources of Information

[1] Agnes Wynd entry, International Genealogical Index [IGI] (Salt Lake City: Family History Library).

Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, comp., Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages in Victoria, Digger CD Rom ISBN 0 7311 5300 6. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: MacBeth Genealogical Service, November 1998), Registration no 1973 of 1870.

[3] Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victoria, comp., Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888 Indexes to Births, Deaths and Marriages in Victoria, Digger CD Rom ISBN 0 7311 5300 6. (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: MacBeth Genealogical Service, November 1998), Registration no 8726 of 1874.

[4] National Records of Scotland, “Old Parish Registers Births and baptisms,” database and images, ScotlandsPeople (https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk : accessed 11 Jan 2019); baptism entry for Agnes Wynd, 15 Feb 1846; Old Parish Registers Births 377/   40 145 Longforgan Page 145 of 432.

[5] Ancestry.com., “1851 Scotland Census.” Database. (ancestry.com. ancestry.com.au . http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : 2006-2015), Parish: Longforgan; ED: 1; Page: 18; Line: 4; Roll: CSSCT1851_78; Year: 1851.

[6] ancestry.com, “Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923,” database and images, ancestry.com.au (http://home.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 11 Jan 2019); entry for Agnes Wynd, born abt 1844, Arrival Date 23 Jan 1855 Arrival Port Geelong, Australia Ship Covenanter; Series: VPRS 14; Series Title: Register of Assisted Immigrants from the United Kindom (refer to microform copy, VPRS 3502).

[7] “Australia Death Index, 1787-1985,” database, ancestry.com.au (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 11 Jan 2019), death entry for Agnes Porteus, Death date 09 Sep 1907, Registration Place Norwood, South Australia, Page 440 Vol 327.

[8] Victoria, Australia Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, marriage certificate 1973 (1870), Porteus-Wynd; Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Melbourne; Historical image downloaded from Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria website (https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/)