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Family History Through The Alphabet Challenge: The Letter “A”

May 11, 2012

The lovely folk at   Gould Genealogy  have  issued a challenge to genealogists and family historians. Their idea is The ‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge   We will work our way through the alphabet, using one letter each week  and discuss anything relating to our family history starting with that letter. This week, being Week 1 is the letter A.

ELIZABETH ANDERSON is my 3 x Great Grandmother. She was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1831 to parents, DAVID ANDERSON and JANE DRUMMOND.  Elizabeth married ANDREW LOUDEN in 1852 at Old Monkland, Lanarkshire and later that year they set sail for Australia on the ship ABERFOYLE.  Andrew and Elizabeth started out their new life around the Geelong area, in Victoria. But it wasn’t long before they began farming outside Ballarat.  They had a large family of 12 children, 8 boys and 4 girls. These children all lived to a relatively old age which was quite unusual for the times. When their farming days were over, the family settled in Queen Street, Sebastapol.  Elizabeth died in Ballarat on January 11, 1905 at age 74. Husband Andrew lived for another three years until his death in April 1908. Elizabeth and Andrew are buried at The Old Ballarat Cemetery, Ballarat,Victoria

Elizabeth and Andrew Louden and family

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6 Comments
  1. A lovely story of Elizabeth & Andrew. My own Ellis family migrated from Surrey to Geelong in the mid 1850s, so I wonder if they knew each other!

  2. Jennifer, we seem to be related. Your great x 3 grandparents were mine also. It would be lovely to compare notes!

    • Shay, it’s great to hear from you. Which of my 3 x grandparents do we share? Is it the Anderson/Louden branch? I would of course love to compare notes

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