Thursday, 29 January 2015

52 Ancestors Week 5 - Ploughing through

Being an Aussie, my spelling is PLOUGH despite spell check.

It is not a plough in the photo, but I'm sure these beautiful animals have pulled plenty of them.

My paternal grandfather, Jim Forsyth was born James Richard Musson at Rangiora, New Zealand on the 23rd of August 1906.  He was the second son and fourth eldest child of nine children to parents James Christopher Musson and Margaret Ann Hay Forsyth.

He came to Australia in the mid 1930s and stayed using his mother's maiden name as his surname for the rest of his life. He said he was blamed for something he didn't do so never returned to New Zealand.  He told me he used to take horses to the Melbourne Show and that may have been where he met my grandmother, Brenda Daniels nee Adams.  She was a young widow who had sadly lost her first husband from Hodgkins disease in January 1932 and infant son from meningitis in December 1931.  It must have been horrific to lose them both within weeks of one another.

Jim and Brenda married at the Presbyterian Manse in Port Melbourne on the 24th of Sept 1937.

My Dad was born in 1939 and after about ten years when Jim worked as a carter in the Tatura area in Northern Victoria, they spent the next 25 years farming.

Jim would buy run down farms at a low price, fix them up and sell them, often within 12 months of the purchase.  Hence, the family moved often and Dad said he worked long, long hours each day to improve the farms.  I'm sure there would have been much ploughing involved.

  Ploughing through and recording all the different places of their electoral roll entries make me dizzy!

52 Ancestors Challenge 
by Amy Johnson Crow at "No Story Too Small"

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

52 Ancestors week 4 - Closest to my birthday

52 Ancestors Challenge

My 3 x great grandmother, Isabella Beaton, is the ancestor whose birthday (day and month) is closest to mine.

She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on the 2nd of October 1821, the second eldest child and first daughter to parents William Beaton, a mason and Jane nee Dick.

In 1841 Isabella sailed to Australia on the emigrant ship INDIA with her brother William Beaton and sister-in-law Mary.

They were very lucky to arrive here at all!

Cousin Harold Shipston has done a wonderful video about Isabella for the family archives.

Thank you Harold.



(From the Port Phillip Herald, October 19.) 

Captain Galbraith, yesterday, informed us that the following report of the loss of this ill-fated vessel, which appeared in yesterday's Patriot, was drawn up by himself and Mr. Kissock, a passenger by the Alcmena, and that it contains as much infor- mation relative to the melancholy catastrophe as it is possible to give. The India was from Greenock bound to Port Phillip with emigrants. The manifest even was not saved. The fol- lowing is the report :

The India sailed on the 4th June last with 189 souls on board, crew included, and was totally destroyed by fire on the 20th July, in 16 south latitude, and 33 west longitude, under the following circumstances : the third mate and one of the boys were below about one o'clock, p.m., drawing off spirits, when the candle they used accidentally fell on some spilled rum, which immediately caught fire, and the flames spread with such rapidity that all efforts at extinguishing the tremendous blaze were unavailing, and the ship soon became one mass of flame. Another ship, a French whaler, was fortunately in sight, about nine miles to windward; but nearly an hour elapsed ere those on board of her became aware of the state of the India. On observing her condition she immediately bore down, and on nearing lowered all her boats, and used every exertion to rescue the unfortunate sufferers. The India's boats were also got out ; but on the first boat making the attempt to take some of the people off the burning ship, a tremendous rush was made to get into her she was immediately overloaded and capsized, and in that the greatest loss of life occurred; the mate of the India was in the boat at the time, and with great difficulty succeeded in getting into the other boat, which he took command of, and succeeded in taking all the remainder off the wreck, and reshipped them into the French boats, which conveyed them to the ship, not one of them daring to approach any part of the wreck, after seeing the fate of the India's boats, which their ignorance of the language may partly account for. The mate's exertions seem to have been very great, as all the survivors speak most enthusiastically of his gallant conduct. The scene as described by them must have been truly awful; the flames spread with such rapidity that no one saved a single article except such clothes as were on their backs, and ere they could be rescued from their perilous situation, the flames had driven them from the deck to the bowsprit, from which they dropped into the sea, as they could be picked up by the boat ; indeed many had their clothes burnt off, and were conveyed literally in a state of nudity to the French ship, where they were received by the French captain, who was assisted by the captain of the India (he having early gone on board that ship where his presence was most required, he being the only, one who understood the French language,) in "clothing the naked" with such dresses as the ship afforded, and they were treated with the greatest kindness while on board that ship. On receiving the host of unfortunates on board, he steered for Rio de Janeiro, the easiest made harbour, where he discharged them in safely ; several of the females having for their only dress flannel shirts supplied them by the French sailors. The liberality of the British residents and ship-masters in Rio de Janeiro is worthy of the highest commendation. The merchants presented the French Captain with a gold chronometer, and the ship-masters with an elegant gold snuff-box, with appropriate inscriptions on both, and who also collected by subscription upwards of 1,000l. to assist in refitting those who had lost their all in the India. It would be unjust here to pass over in silence the magnificent donation of the officers and crews of the American frigate Potomac, and a schooner of war, who subscribed 550 dollars towards the fund. Shortly after the emigrants were landed, a small island in the bay of Rio de Janeiro was engaged by the British Consul for their use, where they appear to be comfortably lodged. The girls are of a decidedly superior class, were all well dressed, and wore white chip hats, which gave them a particularly interesting appearance. Ten of the men were on the island when the writer of this visited it, they being mostly employed on board the barque Grindley, of Liverpool, the ship employed to carry them all to this port, where they may be expected to arrive about the end of this month, as it was expected the Grindley would be ready for sea about three weeks after the Alcmena left Rio de Janeiro (7th August.) which vessel conveyed the intelligence of the melancholy disaster. To mollify those who expected friends out in the India, the names of the drowned are subjoined, though all the survivors are decidedly of opinion that not one of them had relations in Australia:-Rev. William McKay, Robert Burns, John Hut, William Nott. Frederick Mitchell, John Stewart, William Stewart, James Love, Samuel Cameron, John Coke, Duncan Grant, William Clelland, Andrew Tait, John Stewart, Andrew Dingwall, Robert McGregor, Robert Patterson; and Charles Clements, the boatswain of the ship, the only one of the crew lost.

The following relationship chart shows my line to Isabella.  The Ann Pike, daughter of Isabella Beaton and John Pike that Harold mentions in the video is Mary Ann Pike, my great great grandmother, also known as Marrion

b 5 Oct ----

Thursday, 15 January 2015

52 Ancestors Week 3 - Tough Woman

52 Ancestors Challenge
by Amy Johnson Crow at "No Story Too Small"

The optional theme for week 3 ancestor is 
"Tough Woman".  

I would call my great grandmother a tough woman after finding many years of newspaper articles telling of her court battles to get my great grandfather to pay child maintenance for their two youngest children.  One of those children was my grandmother.  There loomed the possibility of the children being "put on the State" 

My great grandmother, Mary Agnes Morgan, was born on the 17th of October 1864 at Moonee Ponds in Victoria.  She was  the eldest daughter of six children born to John Morgan and Alice nee Kelly.

Mary married John Adams at Essendon in 1887.  
John was a bricklayer by trade and the second eldest son of 9 children of George Adams and Catherine nee Barry.  He was born on the 23 February 1858 at Provost Street, North Melbourne.

Mary and John Adams had seven children.  
Alexander (1888-1888) 
John (1889-1983) 
Alice (1891-1960) 
Morgan (1895-1923) 
Catherine (1896-1973) 
Brenda, my grandmother, (1905-1999)
Frank (1906-1979)

The last electoral roll entry I have of him at the same address as his wife was 1909 at 104 Charles Street, Ascot Vale.  After that it looks like he was in Adelaide for a while before being remanded back to Victoria to face the bench.

There were 32 articles in the newspapers over a period of  five years.
Way too many to post so I will just post
 the following main one.

Links to the other news articles.

1913 'POLICE.', The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), 16 October, p. 5, 

1915 'FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT.', Flemington Spectator(Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 15 April,

 p. 6,

1915 'Flemington Police Court.', Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 29 April, p. 2,

1915 'FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT.', Flemington Spectator(Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 11

November, p. 6,

1916 'FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT.', Flemington Spectator(Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 17 

February, p. 2,

1916 'Tuesday, Noveber 28.', Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 30 November, p. 3,

1916 'MATTER O' MONEY.', Truth (Melbourne ed.) (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 2 December, p. 8,

1917 'FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT.', Flemington Spectator(Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 31 May,

 p. 3,

1917 'ADAMS ANCHORED.', Truth (Melbourne ed.) (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 2 June, p. 2,

1917 'FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT.', Flemington Spectator(Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 23 

August, p. 3,

1917 'Arrears of Maintenance.', Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 22 November, p.


1917 'FLEMINGTON-POLICE COURT.', The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and 

Broadmeadows Reporter(Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 20 December, p. 2 Edition: 


1918 'FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT.', The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and

 Broadmeadows Reporter(Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 17 January, p. 2 Edition: 


1918 'Tuesday, March 26.', The Essendon Gazette and Keilor, Bulla and Broadmeadows 

Reporter (Moonee Ponds, Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 28 March, p. 2 Edition: Morning,

1918 'Tuesday, April 23.', Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 25 April, p. 3,

1918 'Arrears of Maintenance.', Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 23 May, p. 6,

1918 'FLEMINGTON POLICE COURT.', Flemington Spectator(Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 11 July, 

p. 2,

1918 'Tuesday, September 10.', Flemington Spectator (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 12 September,

 p. 3,

Mary Adams ca 1930

Mary Adams died at North Melbourne on the 24th of August 1933.

John Adams died at Heidelberg on the 10th of April 1937.

I doubt a divorce was considered as they were Roman Catholic.