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
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