Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Parents of Mary HULME nee WOOD (1788-1875)

Mary HULME, nee WOOD, is my maternal 4th great grandmother.

She married Daniel HULME at St Pancras Old Church on the 1st of January 1810.

Mary died at Fulham on the 13th of March 1875, age 87 years which puts her birth year around 1788.

In all the census from 1841 to 1871 Mary HULME was a Grocer at 65 High Street, Fulham.

The 1841 census for Fulham stated she was not born in the county.
The 1851 census stated she was born in Fulham
The 1861 census stated she was born in Hertfordshire.
The 1871 census stated she was born in Puckeridge, Hertfordshire.

In the 1861 census living in the same household is her sister, a widow age 65 by the name of Matha (sic) Mary MEAD.  She was born at Leatherhead, Surrey.  As yet I haven't found a WOOD/MEAD marriage but the Leatherhead, St. Mary and St. Nicholas Surrey births and baptisms has a record for Martha WOOD born March 18 and baptised April 5, 1795.
Her parents were William WOOD and Mary RADLEY.

Even though Leatherhead is about 20 miles South-West of London and Puckeridge about 30 miles North, I searched around Puckeridge, Hertfordshire for a baptism for Mary WOOD about 1788 and found her listed with parents William and Mary at Standon which is a village adjoining Puckeridge.  No mother's maiden name though.
I then looked for a marriage for William WOOD and Mary RADLEY and found it registered also at Standon in 1788.

I am quietly confident that I have finally found my 5th great grandparents are William WOOD and Mary RADLEY, the parents of Mary HULME nee WOOD!

Also in the Leatherhead, St. Mary and St. Nicholas Surrey births and baptisms with parents William WOOD and Mary RADLEY were Ann born 13th Feb 1798, baptised 4th March 1798 and Charlotte born 3rd March 1801, baptised 29 March 1801.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Marriages were so often also casualties of war.

My Mother's paternal Uncle, Albert Henry Percy FLEMING, (known as Alf) was born on the 20th of May 1889 at Camberwell, Victoria to parents Donald FLEMING and Margaret HART.

He married Margery WATERS in 1911. 
Margery was born in Wangaratta, Victoria.  
Her parents were James WATERS and Hannah BLACK.
 Alf and Margery had 2 children.  Allan Percy FLEMING born 1912 and Dorothy FLEMING born 1915.

Then war broke out and unfortunately while Alf's war service was being celebrated, his wife had fallen in love with another man.

Transcription of article:



In ordinary circumstances the wife of a man who enlisted during the first week of the war, and who did not return until after the armistice, and who in addition distinguished himself by winning the Military Cross, would be a very proud woman on the day of his disembarkation to join the family circle. There was however no wife to greet Albert Henry Percy Fleming, M.C, when he stepped ashore in November, 1918, and explanation was furnished before Mr. Justice Cussen to-day, when the soldier figured in a new role — that of petitioner in divorce proceedings. Fleming, who is 32 years of age, and by occupation a tramway employee, living at Johnston street, Abbotsford, sought a dissolution of his marriage with Margery Marie Fleming, 27, on the grounds of desertion. They were married in March, 1911, and there are two children. Flem ing stated that he enlisted with his wife's consent, and whilst abroad received promotion, and was awarded the Military Cross. His wife did not meet him on his return, and when he interviewed her at Cheshunt she remarked 'I wrote to you in France that I would not live with you again, and I do not intend to do so now;. She would give no other explanation, and shortly afterwards he took his boy away with him. Subsequently respondent visited his uncle's place at Port Melbourne, and promised to return if he brought the boy back. He agreed, and they lived together for one night only, after which she declared that now that he had brought the boy back she did not propose to return to him. Having made this statement she walked away from him and conversed with another man, whose name was unknown to petitioner. A witness who   was called in connection with the service of the papers remarked that respondent had received an offer of marriage from another man, and apparently intended to make up with him. 
A decree nisi was granted.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Irish History - A New Resource

Today I stumbled across a new Irish History resource.

dĂșchas.ie is a project to digitize the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, one of the largest folklore collections in the world. Material from nine counties in the Schools’ Collection is available there now. 
New material is being added on a phased basis.

a snip of some examples from the website

Confessions of a Stranger by Allan Fleming

April 10, 1938, saw the following article by Allan Fleming published in the Brisbane Sunday Mail.


Confessions Of A Stranger. (1938, April 10). Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Qld. : 1926 - 1954), p. 41. Retrieved December 15, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article97867825

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Hulme - Davenport marriage at Milawa

Emma Dorothy/Dorothea HULME was born on the 16th of January 1876 at Oxley, Victoria to parents Joseph HULME and Anna Dorothea nee BARTSCH.  
Emma was my maternal grandmother's aunt and so my great grand aunt.  Emma married Louis DAVENPORT at Milawa, Victoria on the 10th of June 1896.

Emma and Louis made their home at Everton where their first three children were born.  They later moved to New Zealand where the next three children were born.
Emma died at Dargaville, New Zealand on the 10th of April 1961

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

My favourite place to research is now known as Moonee Valley - 52 Ancestors - Week 38

The theme for week 38 is a favourite place to research. 

My favourite place to research would have to be what is now known as Moonee Valley which comprises the North-Western suburbs of Melbourne listed below.
Thanks to assistance from my dad's cousin and his wife Ray and Margaret GOODWIN, Lenore FROST and the Essendon Historical Society I have had many fruitful hours of research.
My paternal ancestors lived for many years in the suburbs highlighted. 
Some of the other suburbs did not exist back then.

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

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Death of War Veteran John Henry FLEMING - 1952

John Henry FLEMING was born 1893 at Temora, New South Wales, the second child and first-born son of Moses FLEMING and Mary Catherine HUGHS.
He married Lily Ina RIDLEY at West Wyalong, New South Wales in 1922.
Moses FLEMING, my great-grand-uncle, was the eighth child and fourth born son of William Finlay FLEMING and Ann Jane KNIGHT.

Large Family - 52 Ancestors - Week 37

The largest family in my ancestry would have to be my Mum's FLEMING family.
Cousin Debbie FRANK says her Mum, Edna nee FLEMING,  told her she would probably be related to half of Victoria through the FLEMING family.  
I think she may have been right.

Our common great-great-grandfather, Willian Finlay/Finley FLEMING and his wife Ann Jane KNIGHT (above) had 13 children and many of those went on to have large families.

Ann Jane - (1853-1925) married Arthur THOMPSON and had 10 children
William James - (1855-1931) married Johanna FISHER and had 12 children.
Donald, my great grandfather - (1860-1921) married Margaret HART and had 11 children.
Alice - (1863-1944) married Thomas TUCKETT and had 7 children.
Finlay - (1864-1910) married Jessie SPLATT and had 9 children.
Moses - (1866-1939) married Mary HUGHS and had 9 children.
Matilda - (1870-1956) married Charles WORRALL and had 9 children.
John Knight - (1875-1954) married Margaret SPLATT and had 11 children.
Selina Maude - (1878-1952) married Samuel LAURENCE, they only had 2 children.

Ellen, Sarah, Ruth and Christina FLEMING all died in infancy.

William Finlay and Ann Jane FLEMING with 5 of their children.
52 Ancestors Challenge 
  by Amy Johnson Crow at 
"No Story Too Small"
Note from Amy - Did you know that all 10 of the most common birthdays are in September? (If you’re a chart geek like me, check out this heat map of birth date frequencies.) 

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Working for a Living - 52 Ancestors - Week 36

Many of my ancestors were farmers.  
My Paternal grandfather, Jim FORSYTH (born James MUSSON 1906 - 1976) was a farmer. 
His MUSSON ancestors were also farmers in New Zealand and England. 
His FORSYTH ancestors were farmers in New Zealand and Meal Millers in Aberdeenshire, Scotland 
After he came to Australia and married my grandmother, Brenda DANIELS nee ADAMS, in 1937, my grandfather bought a rundown farm, improved it, sold it and moved on.  They moved on nearly every twelve to eighteen months, mainly around Victoria, but he once had a pineapple farm at Woombye in Queensland.  

He worked long hard hours to improve each farm.
The Australian electoral rolls show many of their movements although some of the years were a bit out.  Dad's memory fills in some gaps.
They moved to Tatura from Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria around 1942.
At Tatura he bought a truck and did cartage for the internment camp at Dhurringile during WW2. 
In 1944 he bought a farm at Girgarre East, Victoria
In 1946 they farmed at Stanhope South, Victoria
1949 at Mooroopna, Victoria
1950 at Shepparton East, Victoria
1951 at Glenrowan, Victoria
1952 at Marungi, Victoria
1953 at Trafalgar, Victoria
1956 at Woombye, Queensland
From 1957 until his death in 1976 he was in the Goulburn Valley region of Victoria.
Mooroopna, Victoria 1949
Woombye, Queensland 1954 - 1956

L-R my brother, my grandfather and my dad, Kialla, Victoria, ca 1968.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

School Days - 52 Ancestors - week 35

Below - My maternal grandfather, Archie FLEMING, back row far right, taken 1920 at King Valley Primary School No. 2894.

Below - My Mum, Amelia "Joan" FLEMING, back row far right, grade 3 and 4 at Myrtleford Primary school possibly about 1946

Below - My school photo in 1965 at Gowrie Street Primary school Shepparton.  I am 3rd from the right in the front row.

Recently during some sorting and packing I found some of my report cards!





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

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Lance Corporal Herbert John MORGAN born Herbert Douglas WAKENSHAW

Herbert Douglas WAKENSHAW was born at Euroa, Victoria in 1895.
He enlisted in the 22nd Battalion, 3rd reinforcement A.I.F # 2037 on the 19th of July 1915 under the name Herbert John MORGAN.
Next of kin was given as Mrs M Cowell (foster mother) of Euroa.
Herbert died of wounds on the 7th of August 1916 at the 4th Field Ambulance in France.

Herbert's mother was Miss Emily Wakenshaw, but no father was listed in his birth registration.
I would love to see a copy of his birth certificate one day.

According to her death registration, Emily's parents were John Wakenshaw and Elizabeth Vidler Wakenshaw nee HEWISH. 
She was born at Euroa in 1875 so was 19 or 20 years old when Herbert was born.  Emily had an older sister named Marion Elizabeth Vidler WAKENSHAW who married George COWELL.
This would be the Mrs M Cowell listed as Herbert's next of kin.

In 1897, when Herbert was about 2 years old, Emily married my great-grand-uncle, Alexander Frederick MORGAN.  Also in 1897 a sister for Herbert, Elizabeth Marion MORGAN, was born.  Her birth registration names Alexander as her father.

Three more children were born to Alexander and Emily.
George Alexander in 1899
Emily Grace in 1901 
Isabella Ida in 1902.  
Sadly within a fortnight of Isabella's birth in 1902 Emily died of exhaustion and diarrhoea.

Seven years later, in 1909, Alexander MORGAN remarried Alice McCann who may have been formerly Alice Ryan. They had 4 children.
Violet born 1909
Benjamin born 1912
Frederick born 1912
Thomas born 1914

To be named as his foster mother, Herbert's maternal aunt, Marion COWELL, may have raised him after his mother's death and his "step-father's" re-marriage.

Herbert was 5 foot 9 1/2 inches tall and weighed 11 stone 5 pounds.  He had a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.

On the 25th of August, 1915 at Melbourne, Herbert embarked on the HMAT Anchises A68.
On the25th of October 1915, he was taken on strength at Gallipoli Peninsular.
On the 2nd of December 1915, Herbert was in hospital at Heliopolis, under treatment for severe frostbite and mild rheumatism.  By the 8th of January 1916, he was at the Australian and New Zealand Convalescence Depot at Helouan and was discharged to duty on the 16th of January.

In early March, he rejoined his unit in the canal zone and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Forces at Alexandria, Egypt. On the 26th of March, the unit disembarked at Marseilles, France.

On the night of the 29th-30th of June, Herbert's company took part in a raid on the enemy's trenches.

On the 30th of July he was appointed Lance Corporal and on the 5th of August was reported missing.
He had sustained shrapnel wounds to the legs and died of these wounds on the 7th of August 1916.
Herbert was buried at Warloy Baillon Communal Cemetery Somme, France,  Extension (Plot VII, Row E, Grave No. 56

After some correspondence with the war office, Marion was able to receive Herbert's medals and wrote the following letter stating he was in her care after the death of his mother.

Via the ship "Beltana", Marion Cowell received Herbert's personal effects of - scissors, pipe, identity disc, booklet, tobacco pouch, mirror in case and letters.

The following notice appeared in the local newspaper, the Euroa Advertiser on the 8th of September, 1916.

22nd Australian Infantry Battalion

Thursday, 27 August 2015

52 Ancestors - Week 34 - Nominal Rolls

As this year is the 100th anniversary of WW1 my week 34 post is a tribute to my family's brave soldiers.



As I gradually find information to add about each soldier you can click on their name to read their story.
Please let me know of any I don’t have or if you would like information added.
Our family’s soldiers were predominately ANZACS          
(Australian and New Zealand Army Corp).
ANZAC DAY is celebrated on the 25th of April each year.
Alona from the Lonetester HQ  blog  has written a great post about 21 ANZAC Day facts.

Boer War

FORSYTH, JOHN –  returned home to NZ – Trooper – Service No. 3836, enlisted in the 6th New Zealand Contingent, known as the “Silent Sixtth”, on the 18th of January 1901 at Wellington.

World War 1

ADAMS, Charles Nightingale – Serial No. 50972: Private, 27th reinforcements (second draft) New Zealand Army Nursing Service, embarkation 16 July 1917, N.O.K  Mrs A.M.S Adams (wife) 3 Rixon Grove, Wellington, NZ – returned home 1919.
ADAMS, Morgan – Private – 7th Battalion, 5th Reinforcements A.I.F – returned home 1919 – SERN 1903 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Mother) M Adams
AH-KING, David Alexander –  died of wounds Kantara, Egypt 29 April 1917 – King, David Alexander : SERN 727 : POB Birchip VIC : POE Sydney NSW : NOK (Brother) King, Arthur.
AH-KING, Edmund James – Private – 22nd Battalion A.I.F – killed Pozieres 5 Aug 1916 – King, Edward James – SERN 1155 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Warracknabeal VIC : Next of Kin – (Wife) KING, Caroline
BEATON, Peter Francis (Frank)  – Private 24th Battalion, 10th reinforcement, later 51st Battalion – Returned to Australia 10 September 1917: SERN – 3015: Place of birth – Euroa, Victoria: Place of Enlistment – Melbourne, Victoria: Next of Kin – Father, Mr Peter BEATON, Euroa, Victoria.
BEATON, William John – Private 14th Battalion: killed at Gallipoli 27 Aug 1915:  SERN – 1912 : Place of birth – Euroa VIC : Place of enlistment – Euroa VIC : Next of kin –  (Father) BEATON, Peter
CROOKE, John Michael -Private – 36th Battalion A.I.F – killed in action France 18th October 1917 – SERN 7226 : POB South Melbourne VIC : POE Sydney NSW : NOK (Father)  Crooke John
CROWL, Bertie Leslie – Private – 7th Battalion, 12th reinforcements AIF – returned home 5th April 1919. SERN 3712 – Enlisted 8th July 1915.
EDMONDS, William Arthur – Private – 38th Battalion A.I.F – killed in action in France on the 29th September 1918 – SERN 4803 : POB Nathalia VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Father) Edmonds William H
FINDLATER, Nicol Thomas – Died France 20 May 1915 – Regimental No. 29440 –  Private in No 3 Coy, 16th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
FLEMING, Albert Henry Percival – Sergeant Major- 5th Battalion, A Company A.I.F – returned home – SERN 24 : POB Melbourne VIC : POE Melbourne VIC : NOK (Wife) Fleming Marjory
FLEMING, David Claude – Private – Divisional Signal Company 2, Reinforcement 17 – SERN 15896 – Returned to Australia 16 June 1919 – NOK – mother Mrs Jessie Fleming, King Valley, Victoria
FLEMING, John Henry – Private – 37th Battalion, C Company – returned home – SERN 868 – POE Melbourne, VIC: NOK – Father, Moses Fleming, Billy’s Lookout, West Wyalong, New South Wales
FLEMING, Leslie John – Private – 8th Battalion, A company – SERN 125 – Returned to Australia 20 May 1919 – NOK – Uncle, John Knight Fleming, Edi via Wangaratta, Victoria
FLEMING, William Finley – Private/Gunner – 8th Australian Light Horse, 12th Reinforcement, enlisted 4th August 1915 and returned home – SERN 1561 – Place of Birth: Whitfield, Victoria – Place of Enlistment: Seymour, Victoria – NOK mother Mrs F. Fleming, King Valley, Whitfield.
FORSYTH, Edward  – Gunner – killed France 4th March 1917 – Service No. 144186 15th Division  Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery – buried St Sever, Rouen.
FORSYTH, George – Private – 47th Battalion A.I.F – killed Pozieres 9 Aug 1916 – SERN 1654 : POB Fraserburgh Scotland : POE Charters Towers QLD : NOK (Mother) Forsyth Jane
FORSYTH, James – Sergeant – returned home to New Zealand – Serial No.13/2773 – 9th Reinforcements Auckland Mounted Rifles, A Squadron. 
FORSYTH, John – returned home to New Zealand – Serial No.17561 – First Known Rank Corporal – Embarkation Unit 20th Reinforcements Mounted Rifles Brigade, Mounted Machine-gun Section
FORSYTH, Robert – killed Flanders 20 Nov 1914 – Private 817 in the 1st Battalion – Gordon Highlanders
FORSYTH, William – returned home to New Zealand – enlisted as Private 15 June 1916 – 2nd Battalion Otago Regiment New Zealand – Serial No.13/2189 – First Known Rank Trooper – Embarkation Unit Auckland Mounted Rifles. Discharged a corporal.
HARRISON, Maurice – Lance corporal – 14th Battalion A.I.F – Awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery & devotion to duty – died of disease France 22 Oct 1918 – SERN – 1952 : POB – Euroa VIC : POE- Euroa VIC : NOK – (Father) HARRISON George.
KINGSBURY, Albert Henry – died 25 Oct 1918 – Trooper – Service No: 43735  – Regiment/Service: Canterbury Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. – Grave Reference Q. 14. CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY
MCROBBIE, George – Corporal – returned home – enlisted to 3rd Company 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment.  Service Number 28360. N.O. K  father, William McRobbie. Enlisted 26 June 1916.
MELVIN, Arthur Davidson – killed in action Vimy, France 8 April 1917 – Service no. 446966 – Sergeant Canadian Infantry, “C” Coy 31st Battalion
MITCHELL William Arthur – Service Number – 1389 1266 : Place of Birth – Stawell VIC : Place of Enlistment – Broadmeadows VIC : Next of Kin – (Mother) MITCHELL Jessie
MORGAN, Archibald Thomas – returned home – 7th Battalion A.I.F, C Company regimental number 370 : Place of Birth – Euroa VIC : Place of Enlistment – Seymour VIC : Next of Kin – MORGAN S A
MORGAN/WAKENSHAW, HERBERT JOHN – Private 22nd Battalion 3rd reinforcements – enlisted 19 July 1915 – Died of wounds, France  5th August 1916 – SERN- 2037 : POB – Euroa VIC : POE- Melbourne VIC : NOK  – (Mother) COWELL M
MORGAN, Thomas Fitzherbert – Private 24th Battalion 20th Reinforcements – Service Number – 6842 : Place of Birth – Hilston NSW : Place of Enlistment – Euroa VIC : Next of Kin – (Mother) MORGAN J
MORGAN Thomas Fitzherbert : Private 7th General Victorian Reinforcements -Service Number – 55670 : Place of Birth – Euroa VIC : Place of Enlistment – Euroa VIC : Next of Kin – (Father) MORGAN Thomas F
MORGAN,  William John Pike  Private 14th Battalion A.I.F – killed Lone Pine 8 Aug 1915 – SERN – 893 : POB – Euroa VIC : POB – Broadmeadows VIC : NOK – (Mother) MORGAN S A
RATTRAY, John – killed France 1916
SAXON,  Bertie Henry– killed France 6 Oct 1918 – SERN – 2708: 2nd Pioneer Battalion, Reinforcement 5 -POB – Euroa VIC: POE – Melbourne VIC: NOK – (Father) SAXON John Thomas
SAXON,  Joseph Stanley – killed Pozieres 4 Aug 1916 –  SERN – 1564: 22nd Battalion, 1st Reinforcement –
POB – Euroa VIC: POE- Euroa VIC: NOK – (Father) SAXON John Thomas
SAXON Thomas Abraham returned home – SERN – 485: 21st Battalion, B Company –
POB – Euroa VIC: POE – Euroa VIC: NOK – (Father) SAXON John Thomas
SAXON, William Frederick – returned home – SERN – 694: 7th Battalion, F Company
POB – Euroa VIC: POE – Seymour VIC: NOK – (N/A) SAXON John Thomas SAXON
Click HERE  to read a guest post about the Saxon boys written by their sister’s  grandson Harold Shipston

World War 2

ADAMS, Frank Francis (Francis Edward)  First enlistment – Private – VX 26047 – 8 Division petrol company- DOB 12 July 1906; POB Kensington, Victoria.  POE – Caulfield 15 June 1940.  NOK – Catherine Goodwin – sister.  Date of discharge 23 October 1940 “medically unfit for service not occasioned by his own default”
second enlistment – Private – VX 114516 – HQ 2 Aust Army – POE Parramatta NSW 19 October 1942 – NOK – Florence Adams – wife.  Date of discharge 30 October 1945.
FLEMING, Allan Percy – Service Number – VX3359 : Date of birth – 05 Mar 1912 : Place of birth – MELBOURNE VIC : Place of enlistment – SOUTH MELBOURNE VIC : Next of Kin – FLEMING M
MCCOOMB, George Alexander – Sergeant – Service Number – VX58426 : Date of birth – 08 Sep 1915 : Place of birth – EUROA VIC : Place of enlistment – ROYAL PARK VIC : Next of Kin – MCCOOMB HENRY (father) – Enlisted 24 Jun 1941 2/8 Aust Armed Regiment – discharged from A.I.F. 29 Mar 1946.
MCCOOMB, Thomas Neil – Service Number – VX30770 : Date of birth – 07 May 1912 : Place of birth – EUROA VIC : Place of enlistment – ROYAL PARK VIC : Next of Kin – MCCOOMB HENRY killed 6 July 1945 – buried Ambon War Cemetery, Maluku, Indonesia.
MORGAN,  Benjamin Robert – Private – Official No VZ 7184 – 2/7 Australian Inf Bn – Army.  Taken prisoner of war in Crete.  Died in Germany, result of injuries.  He is buried at Lamsdorf War Cemetery, Grave 5, Row 5, Field 3.  He was 34 years old and brother to Private William John Pike Morgan killed on Gallipoli (14th Bn G Coy) at the age of 18 years.  Second son lost to Thomas Fitzherbert and Sarah Morgan of McGuinness Street, Euroa, Victoria, Australia
MUSSON,  Ivor Forsyth – Sapper – Serial No.  22597 – second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 7 Field company.  N.O.K (sister) Mrs. A. W. Ford West Belt, Rangiora, Christchurch.
MUSSON, William Robert – Private – Serial No. 21707 – 21st Auckland Battalion, N.O.K (brother) E. M. Musson
SHIPSTON, Donald Saxon – returned home – SERN – VX32651 : DOB – 28 May 1919 : POB – ELSTERNWICK VIC : POE – ROYAL PARK VIC : NOK – SHIPSTON GRACE

We Will Remember Them.


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