Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Trove Tuesday - A young Thomas Kelly

Amy Houston from Branches, Leaves & Pollen suggested the great idea of a Trove Tuesday theme. 


I don't know, and probably will never know,  if the Thomas Kelly in this article is my 2nd great grand uncle Thomas Kelly or not but the romantic in me picked up on the story as a possible reason for him leaving Australia for New Zealand in 1862.  Ages and dates fit.

 The Johanna Crossley in the article married a Patrick O'Dea in 1863.  Perhaps Patrick was considered a better suitor by Johanna's parents?
In court her parents stated that she was born at Ovens in 1847 but her birth registration says 1846.  Even so I'm fairly certain it is the same Johanna.  


As a tree in ancestry.com has Johanna marrying and having children it's nice to think that if her and Thomas' love was thwarted that she went on to hopefully live a happy and fulfilled life as it seems did my Thomas Kelly.


  1. kerryn, My family Thomas and Mary Jane Reeves were living in Kilmore at the time, so they probably would have heard about the 'scandal" seeing it was the butcher's daughter. Love Deb XXX

  2. What a story, Kerryn! I also hope they did go on to live a happy life.

  3. Wow, that's a good one..shades of Captain Wickham and Lydia. Perhaps the parents deliberately stated her born in 1847 not 1846 as that made her under 16? Even though they were said to have proved it. That's one birth record I'd want to look at. I'd end up having to chase up Johanna's story too.