Monday, 29 December 2014
Friday, 19 December 2014
My preferred browser is Google Chrome and today I learnt of a nifty extension.
Below is a screen shot of a page in my ancestry.com tree.
It is free from the Chrome web store
Type "genealogy" in the search box and look for the "Ancestry Family Search Extension"
Once installed, when you are viewing a tree in ancestry.com the little tree icon for this add on will show in your navigation bar.
Today my post is a memorial to my mum's Grandad Morgan.
William Thomas Morgan, known as Bill, was born in 1872 at Euroa, Victoria, the fourth son of Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan and Mary Ann/Marion nee Pike.
Bill married Ada May Hulme on the 20th of April 1905 at Oxley in North East Victoria and they lived for many years in the Moyhu area where they raised four daughters and a son.
I am told he was a very gentle and kind man.
Bill left this life on the 19th of December 1950 at the age of 78.
Saturday, 13 December 2014
Taken somewhere in Queensland.
Bride and Groom are Daphne and Wallace (Wally) McVeigh.
I don't know Daphne's maiden name.
Next to Wally is his mother Pearl McVeigh then my grandfather, Jim Forsyth and my grandmother, Brenda Forsyth nee Adams.
Monday, 8 December 2014
A few years ago I received an email from Shona telling me she thought her great great grandfather, George Musson, and my great great grandfather, William Musson, were brothers.
Shona and her sister in law, Dianne had been working back from Shona's father, Brian to her grandfather James, great grandfather, George and then hitting a brick wall with her great great grandfather George.
As we have not found a death for this George Musson I am recording a timeline for him with hopes of perhaps flushing out some information.
The death certificate of my ggg grandfather, William Musson, gave his parents names Elijah Musson and Mary (former name unknown). I found Elijah and Mary at Stonesby, Leicestershire in all the census. There was only one other Elijah Musson in the area and he was a nephew born 1836.
Following all the census Elijah and Mary Musson had six children.
In the 1841 census there were William b 1832 and Emma 1839.
The 1851 census then included Richard b 1842, Elizabeth 1845 and George 1847.
In the 1871 census Elijah and Mary were aged 56 and 60 with a 9 year old daughter named Ann living with them. Ann was the only child there on that night. Perhaps a granddaughter?
I know that my great great grandfather William had already left for New Zealand in 1862.
It seems George may have soon followed.
On the 16th of April, 1867 a George Musson married Annie Gough in Christchurch New Zealand. They were living at Rangiora, near where William had settled.
George may have fallen out with his brother William after signing his name on a promisory note without his knowledge.
In mid 1869 he spent a couple of years in "penal servitude" for perjury.
George and Annie went on to have five children all born in that area. They were Richard born 1868, George born 1869, James born 1871, John born 1873 and Annie born 1876. From here it gets confusing as all the later generations included a George Musson.
It seems George had money woes and was also facing bankruptcy.
Maybe that was why Annie was putting the land into her own name.
The following notice appeared in 1891, the same year that Elijah Musson, father of William and George, died at Stonesby. This is our main reason for thinking George is William's brother.
Friday, 28 November 2014
I love Facebook!
Yesterday on the New Zealand Genealogy and History Group I learnt about a couple of brilliant sites that I hadn't previously known about.
Thursday, 13 November 2014
These photos are in the photo album of my maternal grandmother, Daisy Fleming nee Morgan and I am so thankful that my mum went through and named all the photos with her, even though those stickers are probably not the best idea.
The Pratt and Pigram families were neighbours and friends of my maternal grandparents, Daisy and Archie Fleming
They were farmers living at Edi Upper in the King Valley, North Eastern Victoria.
They were still listed as living there in the 1980 electoral roll.
I'm fairly sure that Laurel and Dudley were brother and sister.
Laurel married Charles Alexander Pratt and they had a son named Carl John Pratt about 1952.
I remember mum telling me that Carl was killed in a car accident. He died in 1969.
There are two other photos, one of Billy Pratt with his car, what looks like an EH Holden, and one of Louise Pratt. I haven't added those photos as they could be still living.
I think they are Carl's brother and sister.
I'm not sure if the photo below is the same Billy Pratt or not.
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Margaret Duncan was born at Lintrathen, Angus, Scotland in 1877
Henry Elkannah Taylor was born at Bungaree, Victoria, Australia in 1877
They married at Clarke's Hill, Victoria in 1899.
I have yet to find out the names of the bridesmaid and groomsman
Margaret and Henry's first son, Henry Elkannah Duncan Ernest Taylor "Ern", was born at Denmark in Western Australia in 1902
Their second son, Albert Ronald Robertson Taylor, "Bert", was born at Creswick, Victoria, in 1905.
Third son, my father-in-law, Gilbert Allan Taylor "Allan" was also born at Creswick in 1908.
Monday, 3 November 2014
My great great great grandmother, Margaret Leslie Carstairs, was born on the 2nd of September, 1823 at Cupar, Fife, Scotland. She was baptised on the 10th of September at Cupar.
Her parents were Andrew Carstairs and Elizabeth (Betty) Stewart.
Margaret married Peter Webster Mason in 1842 Largo, Fife, Scotland
"Were contracted Peter Mason in this parish and Margaret Carstairs in the parish of Cupar who after proclamation without objection were married the 15th of same."
They had twelve children, Margaret, Andrew, Elizabeth and Susan Webster Mason, were born in Scotland.
It's not known when or where Margaret died.
Andrew died 1869 Victoria.
Elizabeth died 1910 Landsborough, Victoria
Susan Webster died 1928 Landsborough, Victoria.
Peter and Margaret Mason sailed from Plymouth aboard the "Cheapside" on the 21st of May, 1848 and reached Port Phillip on the 18th of August, 1848 as assisted immigrants with children Andrew aged 2 and Susan aged 3 months. This was the fastest voyage to that time.
Fare was 14 pounds 8 shillings. 196 passengers. Peter was passenger 121.
Peter and Margaret could read and write and went ashore without leaving their address.
The Port Phillip Patriot and Morning Advertiser of 19 August reported:-
" The Cheapside arrived here yesterday, with emigrants from London and Plymouth, having completed the voyage in rather less that 88 days, being the quickest ever yet made from England to Port Phillip.
She brings London papers up to the date she sailed from Plymouth, 21st May as she left during the night of that day. The class of emigrants on board appears to be as good as those brought by the "Cornwall" being almost all from England. The passage of this vessel throughout has been generally favourable. She ran to Madeira in 7 days, and was off the Cape of Good Hope on the 20th July, from that to Cape Northumberland she experienced a succession of strong gales from the North, on the 25th July especially, a severe storm arose accompanied with lightening and rain, she was struck by the electric fluid, but it was carried over the tide by the conductors, having done no injury save carrying away the main topmast crosstress, in lat 39 20 South, long 36 38 East. The weather being squally and gloomy, a whirlwind or waterspout was observed on the starboard quarter, about a mile distant, and nearing the ship fast. Captain Lewis was obliged to haul up to avoid it, and had some difficulty in doing so as it passed within 500 yards of them; it is described as having been a very grand sight, but had rather too much of the terrible in it to be enjoyed by those on board. Nothing further of note occurred until she was within a few days sail of Port Phillip Heads, when a melancholy accident befell a tine young seaman of the name of George Farquhar; he was up on the main yard and his foot slipping from the rope he lost his hold and falling violently on the deck, died instantly, his head upon which he fell, being dashed to pieces. The "Cheapside" spoke the "Hartley" off Madeira, 1 week out bound for Adelaide with emigrants. There were 5 deaths all infants, and 4 births, on board.
The next eight children were born in Victoria, Australia and all recorded on the birth certificate of the last born child, Sarah Jane.
Peter was born in Melbourne in 1849 died 1851 Richmond.
Agnes, my great great grandmother, was born at Heidelberg in 1851 died 1940 Wangaratta
Janet "Jessie" was born at Heidelberg in 1854 died 1928 Stawell
Mary was born at Oakleigh in 1855 and died that same year.
David was born in 1856 died unknown
Euphemia Margaret was born 1859 at Myer's Creek (now Myer's Flat) Nerring near Eaglehawk died 1942 Stawell.
John Robert was born 1862 at Peg Leg, near Eaglehawk died 1914 Wagga Wagga
Sarah Jane was born 1865 at Myer's Creek died 1891 East Melbourne
|Myers Creek, now Myers Flat near Eaglehawk, Victoria.|
According to a book written by their great grandson, George Rathbone, the Mason's were for a time at the Ballarat gold fields and their made friends with the Rathbone family. None of the friends had any great gold finds, only sufficient to satisfy their needs. He states that the Mason's were in Talbot in 1868 where their daughter Agnes married Peter Hart in 1870.
|Agnes Mason (1851-1940) and Peter Hart (ca 1827 - 1900)|
Nothing further appears to be known of their whereabouts. A search for Peter Webster Mason's death led fellow family researcher, Linda Robertson, to him dying at Bendigo Benevolent Asylum on the 1st of March 1892 of Cystitis, Exhaustion and Senile debility.
Today I finally found at least a funeral notice for him in Trove so now I know where he is buried.
To date no one has found a death for his wife Margaret.
A lot of people have listed her death as 1905 at Hamilton in Victoria but I have that death certificate and it belongs to a Margaret Mason who was born in Co. Clare Ireland, had three marriages, one to a William Mason and had one son Thomas, not ours.
I have seen 14 family trees in ancestry.com with that death mistakenly attached to our Margaret
(And frustratingly there are a couple of other trees that even have Margaret attached to a completely wrong family. Unfortunately this happens repeatedly in that site)