Monday, 11 February 2019

New family photos

Recently I have had the excitement of new contact with the son of my Dad's first cousin, Grace Delbridge nee Adams.  

Warren replied to a message I posted 7 years ago on the genealogy forum where I had asked about any living descendants of my grandmother's eldest brother John "Jack" Adams.

Jack was the eldest living son of John Adams and Mary Agnes Morgan. 

Mary Morgan's parents had owned the original Cross Keys Hotel in Essendon.

My grandmother, Brenda Forsyth nee Adams, was the second youngest child of John Adams and Mary Agnes Morgan.

Jack Adams and May McGee married in 1915 at Ascot Vale, Victoria.

May Adams nee McGee
From the Australian records, I had found Jack Adam's birth in Sydney in 1889.   His marriage to May Maude McGee in Ascot Vale, Victoria in 1915, and his death in 1983 at Tullamarine, Victoria.

I was later able to find birth, marriage and death information for his 3 children but that was as far as I was able to go at that time.

Grace, born in 1915, was their first child and only daughter.
  Two years later her brother Morgan John Adams was born in 1917 and then in 1919 came their youngest brother Leonard.

Jack Adams was a woolworker and a storeman and the young family lived at Ascot Vale, then Flemington and later Brunswick West.  
Grace Francesca, Morgan John, and Leonard Adams. 
Otherwise known as Gugg, Apps or Apples and Woo.
Grace attended the Flemington Training school where she was one of the 5 best spellers.
Grace is front right in this photo
Morgan and Len 1934

Lenore Frost and Alex Bragiola worked on pinpointing the location of the school using the buildings in this photo.  Lenore has written about it in her post LITTLE ZION CHAPEL, FLEMINGTON
Grace Francesca Delbridge formerly Taylor nee Adams. 

In 1940 Grace married Geoffrey Francis Taylor who was very sadly killed in WW2 on the 14th of April 1941. It took Grace a long time to come to terms with his death.

By 1943 Grace had moved to New South Wales, living at Cremorne and working as a textile worker.

In 1947 Grace married Jack Albert Delbridge at Waverley in New South Wales.

Jack was a RAAF Officer in the war.

Jack Delbridge

After the war, Jack was a real estate agent and they lived for many years at 15 O'Connell Street, Brighton -Le- Sands, which I think is now the suburb of Monterey.

I am fairly sure this would be the house at 15 O'Connell Street.
Image capture from Google street view 2017.
Grace and Jack had two sons, Warren and Geoff.

Morgan married Monica Gibbs.
L-R Grace, May, Monica and Morgan.

L - R Rona wife of Len,  Len Adams and Grace.
Jack Adams died at Tullamarine in 1983

May Adams nee McGee died in Sydney in 1968.

Grace Delbridge nee Adams died in 2009 I think at Narooma, New South Wales her husband Jack had predeceased her in 2000.

Morgan John Adams died in Melbourne in 1996, his wife Monica in 1999.

Leonard Adams died at Frankston in March 2010, his wife Rona just a couple of months later in June 2010.

I can't thank Warren and Geoff enough for sharing the above photos with me.

Friday, 1 February 2019

Genealogy selfie day 2019

February 1st is apparently genealogy selfie day.

That is appropriate considering I am making a concerted effort to get back into my blogging and have done a couple of posts in the last week.

Today I have been working on a post about my grandfather's brother, William Robert Musson and his WW2 war service.

It is still in progress.

Um..  Oh dear .... I don't think the camera on my laptop is very good.

Oh I forgot, today I went to visit the Numurkah cemetery near me to take a photo of a grave for a photo request on BillionGraves.

I had a lovely wander around the cemetery but had to give in and phone the cemetery trust for the grave location as the wander was getting a bit large.

Found the grave and sent the photo.  Feeling of accomplishment.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Rest peacefully Margaret

Today we farewelled my husband's eldest sister Margaret.  

Margaret was the eldest daughter of Gilbert "Allan" and Linda Marjory Taylor (nee Riley).

A couple of photos taken in 2008 of Margaret in the bus we were converting to a motorhome.

Margaret passed away on the 22nd of January after many years of struggling with poor health.

40 years ago when I first met my husband Margaret was working at Yakka Australia in Shepparton and was a friend of my Mum who also worked there.
So I had actually met her before I met Graeme.

Rest peacefully now, Margaret.

Friday, 25 January 2019

Len Adams birthday tribute

If he had lived on for another 9 years, Len Adams, my Dad's first cousin, would have celebrated his 100th birthday today.  

L - R Len's wife Rona, Len Adams, Grace Delbridge, Len's sister.
Len Adams was born at Hotham East, Victoria 100 years ago on this day the 25th of January, 1919 to parents John "Jack" Adams (my grandmother's eldest brother) and his wife May Maude McGee.
Len was the youngest brother of Grace Francesca Adams and Morgan John Adams.

We never had the pleasure of meeting Len but recent contact with his nephew Warren has brought him to life for us.  Warren has shared many wonderful memories of a loving uncle.

I love this early one - "Mum, (Grace), used to tell me a story about Len appearing on the front page (?) of one of the Daily Melbourne papers, 'sailing' a billy-cart down Sydney Rd (?) amongst the trams and the traffic.
Apparently, Len copped 'what for' when Jack arrived home with the afternoon paper. "

I've searched Trove for a possible article but no luck as yet, still searching.

For many years Len lived with his parents at 10 Zeal Street, Brunswick West, a suburb of Melbourne.
His occupation was Casemaker.

Len enlisted in WW2.  Service Number - V44347 and served in New Guinea where the photo of him boxing below was taken.

Len first married a lady by the name of Aileen but they didn't stay together.  I haven't found Aileen's maiden name or any information about her apart from that she was also living at 10 Zeal Street with the family in 1963. Len later married his sister's longtime friend Rona and they lived at Frankston, in Victoria's South.

Grace (left) and Len's wife Rona were longtime friends.
Len never had any children of his own. Warren says he was a very kind and loving man to all his family.

Siblings Grace, Morgan John and Len Adams possibly about 1927
Len January 1934
Morgan and Len January 1934
Len with a koala

Wazza (Warren) and Len

 Len passed away at the age of 91 years on the 10th of March 2010.

 Rona joined him not long after on the 21st of June 2010.

I am so grateful to Warren and Geoff Delbridge for sharing the above family photos and information for our future generations.

Monday, 14 January 2019


Today I received a hint from about a possible record for John Yule FARQUHAR.

The record was his obituary from Bucyrus, Ohio, USA in 1935

John was a brother of my great-great-grandmother, Jannet "Jessie" Forsyth nee Farquhar who emigrated to New Zealand with her husband Robert and eldest son Alexander Farquhar Forsyth.
Jessie pre-deceased her brother in 1923.

Their mother, Margaret nee Yule had died in Scotland in 1907.

Scotland, National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936

Click on the above images to make them more readable 

Image from "Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 25 June 2018. Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Bucyrus.
 A noticeable error in the index is sister Mrs Gene Prett (sic) is actually Mrs Jean PRATT.

Image from Image from "Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004." Database with images. FamilySearch. : 25 June 2018. Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Bucyrus.

Bucyrus, April 20 - Funeral services will be held at the Wise Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon for John Yule Farquhar, 79, Bucyrus druggist for more than 50 years, who died at his home, 301 South Spring Street Friday.  The Rev. David N. Roller, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased was a member, will conduct the service.  The body will be placed in the Bucyrus mausoleum.

Mr. Farquhar had been ill only two days.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.

Mr. Farquhar was born in Scotland and received his education there.  In 1877, he came to America and in 1883 located in Bucyrus with his wife Emma Shannon Farquhar and established the Farquhar Pharmacy which has remained in business since.  Mr. Farquhar was one of the few remaining members of the "55" year club which was formed 30 years ago by a group of men whose birthdays occurred in 1855.  He was also a member of the Fifty Year Club an organization of Bucyrus men who have been in the same business for 50 years.

Survivors are the widow; two sons, Ivan Farquhar of New Hartford, New York, and Captain Allan Farquhar of Vallejo, Calif.; one brother, William, who was associated with him in the drug store since its founding, and two sisters, Mrs Helen McRobbie of Hastings, New Zealand, and Mrs. Jean Pratt of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

On going through my files later I found that I had a copy of an obituary for John.


John Farquhar, Prominent Bucyrus Druggist, Dies.

John Yule Farquhar, 79, prominent Bucyrus businessman for more than a half century, died at 7 o'clock this morning at his home, 301 South Spring street.

Although he had been in ill health for some time, his illness did not become serious until the first part of this week and he had been bedfast for only about two days.

Mr Farquhar was a native of Scotland and was born in Whitcairn, Lonmay, Scotland, on August 15, 1855.  At the age of nine years, his parents moved to Quarryburn, Aberdour, Scotland where he received his education.

Fired with a desire to get ahead in the world he left his native Scotland in 1874 when but 19 years old and with two older sisters went to New Zealand, where he remained for three years.  In 1877 he came to America and late that year passed through Bucyrus on his way to Turkey City, Pa. He was employed as a drug clerk in Turkey City for three years and in 1880 opened a drug store in Byrom centre, then one of the oil boom cities of Pennsylvania.  Here he was married in 1881, on January 1,  to Miss Emma Shannon, a sister of Mrs William Farquhar.

He disposed of the drug store late in 1881 and removed to Reynoldsville, Pa., where the drug firm of Farquhar Bros., was formed, his partner being his brother William, a resident of Bucyrus.  In 1883 he began casting about for a new location for the firm and Bucyrus was decided on when it was learned that the city had been made a division point for the T. and O. C. railroad and was enjoying a steady growth.

A short time later the store was moved here and it has been one of the substantial business institutions in Bucyrus since that time.

For a short period of three years, from 1912 to 1915, Mr and Mrs Farquhar were in Roanoke, Va., where they were engaged in fruit raising.  However they returned to Bucyrus in 1915 and Mr Farquhar again resumed his connection with the firm.

Mr Farquhar was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served for many years as church treasurer and a member of the board of trustees.  He was one of the few remaining members of the old "55" club which was formed 30 years ago by a group of Bucyrus men who claim 1855 as the year of their birth.  He was also a member of the Fifty Year Club of Bucyrus, composed of a group of men who have been in business here for 50 years.

Surviving are Mrs Farquhar and two sons, Ivan Farquhar of New Hartford, New York and Captain Allan Farquhar of Vallejo, Calif.; his brother William, with whom he was associated in business for so many years; two sisters, Mrs Helen McRobbie of Hastings, New Zealand, and Mrs Jean Pratt of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and four grandchildren, John and Melville Farquhar, sons of Ivan Farquhar and Ann and Jean, daughters of Captain Farquhar.

Funeral services will be held at the Wise funeral home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon with Rev. D. N. Roller, pastor of First Presbyterian church conducting the service. The body will be placed in the mausoleum.  Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday evening from 7 to 9 o'clock.

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