Tuesday, 11 July 2017

John ADAMS death and funeral notices

I only recently found the death and funeral notice of my great grandfather, John ADAMS who was born in North Melbourne on the 28th of February 1858 to parents George ADAMS and Catherine nee BARRY.

John married Mary Agnes MORGAN on the 7th of November 1887 at Essendon then they moved to Sydney where their first two sons were born.  
Alexander born 13th October 1888 may have been stillborn or died soon after birth.
John "Jack" born (1889-1983) married May Maude McGee.

John and Mary went on to have five more children all born in Essendon and Kensington.
Alice Agnes (1891-1960) married Bertie CROWL.
Morgan (1895-1923) married Isabel O'BRIEN.
Catherine "Kit" (1896-1973) married William GOODWIN.
Brenda (1905-1999) married 1. Eric DANIELS.  2. James FORSYTH
Frank (1906-1979)

I do wonder who put the death notice in the newspaper as I have gleaned from family stories that John was estranged from his children.  
Perhaps they reconciled in the years before his death.

John and Mary's battle over maintenance of their youngest two children played out in the newspapers.  It was rather confronting when I found the story.  I wrote about it in this Trove Tuesday Post back in 2012.

Those articles and family stories pointed to estrangement within the family but this death notice doesn't give that impression.





Family Notices (1937, April 12). The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 1.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article205613023

Thursday, 6 July 2017

A Kelly conundrum

When I began researching my Kelly ancestors from Tipperary, Ireland I was extremely lucky to have been given transcriptions from the Parish registers of the Catholic baptisms of my great great grandmother and her siblings as well as the marriage of their parents.

My 3rd great grandparents Cornelius KELLY and Mary nee MOLOUGHNEY had 6 children.  These baptism images are now available online at the National Library of Ireland so I have been through and found the originals which pretty much agree with the transcriptions I received.

Margaret "Alice" KELLY (my great great grandmother)
Baptised 10 Dec 1834, Dualla, Sponsors were Laurence Mockler and Judith Dwyer (vicc Judith Mulloughney) which I am told means "standing in for"  So it seems that Judith Dwyer was standing in for Judith Mulloughney. Or was her maiden name Mulloughney?
Alice emigrated to Australia and married John MORGAN in Melbourne in 1858.

Michael Kelly
Baptised 18 Sep 1836, Dualla, Sponsors were Patrick Molloughney, Mary Mahony.
He arrived in Australia in about 1897 only six months before his death from TB and was living with his widowed sister Alice.

Edmond Kelly
Baptised 16 Sep 1838, Dualla, Sponsors were Thomas Ryan, Julia Kelly.
No further information found as yet on Edmond Kelly.

John Kelly 
Baptised 20 Jun 1840, Newpark, Sponsors were William Mahony, Mary Ryan.  Emigrated to Australia in 1858 with his two younger brothers.  He married Mary Ann FRANCIS in 1869.

Thomas Kelly 
Baptised 1 Jan 1843, Dualla, Sponsors were Thomas Quinlan, Catherine Mulloughny.  Emigrated to New Zealand from Australia in 1861 where he married Juliana Bassett.

William Kelly 
6 Jan 1846, Dualla, Sponsors were Michael Kelly, Mary Ryan Dualla.
I am fairly certain he died a bachelor in Queensland in 1899.

Australian marriage and death certificates for Alice name parents as Cornelius Kelly and Mary Moloughney as does the New Zealand death certificate for Thomas.

Edmund I haven't yet found.

Michael's parents are listed as unknown on his Australian death certificate by his nephew John MORGAN Junior.

The death certificate that I believe belongs to William Kelly (can be seen on link on his name) names parents as Con Kelly and Mary O'Laughlin (a variant of Moloughney)

The conundrum is with John Kelly.  Why did he give this information on his marriage certificate to Mary Ann FRANCIS in Victoria in 1869?
He states he was born in Waterford, Ireland and his parents were Cornelius Kelly and Mary Brien or O'Brien.


John's death certificate in Victoria 1905 states he was born in Tipperary, father Cornelius, mother not known. The informant's names aren't familiar but they were present at the coronial inquiry into his death.

I do have the correct John Kelly as information in newspaper articles about his death connect him to his sister Alice and brother Thomas.
Also I have DNA matches with some of his descendants.

Friday, 30 June 2017

David ADAMS - back to the drawing board

In my post last week on 'David ADAMS breakthrough - I hope' I was excited at finding mention of my great-grand-uncle David, living in Sydney, in the newspaper death notice of his sister Catherine McFadyen in 1946.

Up until then the last trace of him was a mention in the Will of his sister Margaret MANSFIELD in 1926 but that revealed no address for David.

I felt quietly confident that a David ADAMS who married Juanita Agnes ADAMS was the one.  He was a builder, as was his father.

But alas, on purchasing his marriage certificate this David ADAMS was aged 37 and born in Manchester, England about 1870 to parents David and Jane Ann nee Holloway or Halliday?
parents of David ADAMS and Juanita HERRICK
Our David was born in 1866 in Victoria, Australia to parents George ADAMS and Catherine BARRY.

The next David to look at is one who died in Narrabeen, NSW in April 1951.  He also was a builder.  In the electoral rolls in 1943 & 1949 a David and Evelyn Maude Adams were living at 56 Wimbledon Ave Warringah, Narrabeen.  

Family Notices (1951, April 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article18210317
The only David Adams deaths listed in the NSW BDM website in 1951 are: DAVID ADAMS #8490/1951 father DAVID mother ANN registered at MANLY and EDWARD DAVID ADAMS #28008/1951 father EDWARD GEORGE mother DOROTHY MARY registered at PETERSHAM.

There are no NSW deaths for just a David Adams from 1946 onwards with father George nor even just a David Adams from 1946 with no father listed.  Sigh.

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