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, 

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59107621


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

 p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88508880


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

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88509017


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

November, p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88511342



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

February, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88449211


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

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88449161


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

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130163903


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

 p. 3,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88453439


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

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article130167063


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

August, p. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88448514


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

 2,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92031162


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

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

Morning. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74604660


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

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

Morning,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74604859


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

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

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74605514


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

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92029107


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

  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92029277


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

p. 2,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92028699


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

 p. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92029690

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.

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