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April A-Z Challenge – R for Richard Cox

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

RICHARD COX was my great great Grandfather. He was born in 1817 in  Ashton, Wiltshire, England.

In 1838 Richard married Mary Davis in Bath, Somersetshire, England. They had 4 children:
MARY ANN COX born 1837
EDWIN COX born 1839
DAVID COX born 1842
ANN DAVIS COX born 1843

In 1845, when the youngest child was two years old, Mary passed away at Bath and was buried in the Bath cemetery.

In 1847, Richard married Mary Jane Edgecombe Sully at Bath. Their first two children, were born in Bath:

EMILY JANE born 1847
SARAH JANE born 1851

On 12 March 1852, Richard and his family sailed from Plymouth, England on the ship Chowringhee, to start a new life in Australia. After 114 days at sea, they arrived at Hobson’s Bay on 5 July 1852.

They settled into life on the land just outside Heathcote, Victoria, Australia. Richard became a very successful farmer who was very well respected in the area.

Five more children were born after their arrival in Australia:
ALFRED born 1855
ELLEN ADA born 1855
RICHARD born 1856
GEORGIANA MARIA ANNETTA born 1857
LOUISA FRANCES born 1860

Richard passed away at Heathcote in 1892 and is buried in the Heathcote cemetery.

from: McIvor Times, 01 August, 1892

DEATH OF MR. RICHARD COX; A very old resident of McIvor, Mr. Richard Cox, died at his residence She Oak, on Thursday last after a serious illness of a little over a week previous to his decease, seriously affecting use of his kidneys. He had, however, been ailing for some years and at times suffered greatly from the internal complaint. The deceased, who carried his years well, was aged 78. He was one of the very old residents of McIvor, having come here with his family in 1853, and resided for many years on his property opposite the turn off at the Kyneton road. He afterwards took up land at She Oak and followed farming pursuits, combining sheep farming and agriculture. Being a good farmer and careful manager, he got on well. Of late years, however , he confined his attention principally to sheep farming, and in addition to his own property, rented a portion of what was the old Moorabbee run from the Government for that purpose. He was noted for his kindly nature, and was a great favourite with the children about him. He leaves a wife and grown up family. Being one of the oldest residents here, his familiar face will be missed from amongst us. The funeral took place on Saturday, and notwithstanding the inclement state of the weather, was largely attended, there being about 26 buggies in the procession, besides horsemen and people on foot as the procession came into the town, relatives from a distance being present. The remains were interred in the Heathcote Cemetery, the burial service being read by Rev. Mr. Dredge, who also gave an excellent and earnest address.

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Mary died in 1845, and Richard married MARY JANE EDGECOMBE SULLY in 1847, in Bath. They had four children in quick succession and emigrated to Australia in 1852, where they settled on the land outside Heathcote on a property they named She Oak.

Richard became a successful farmer and was a wealthy man at the time of his death. He is buried at Heathcote cemetary in a family plot with his wife, Mary Jane and son-in-law and grandaughter

April A-Z Challenge – Q for Jane Quinn

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

JANE QUINN is a very small twig on my family tree, and I know very little about her, but the lack of Q christian names or surnames leaves me no choice but to mention her very briefly.

Jane was born in Ireland in 1837, to parents JAMES QUIN and MARY McCLUSKEY.  and is a younger sister to Ellen Quin, the mother of bushranger Ned Kelly.

In 1857, Ellen married Thomas Lloyd in Wallan, Victoria. . This is where our very slightly tenuous connection to Ned Kelly comes in. Thomas Lloyd belongs to the paternal side of my family tree. The connection is very vague and really we just hang by the fingernails to Ned’s family tree. But Thomas Lloyd does rate a mention in the Kelly family tree.  This tiny connection really is enough to keep me interested in the the Ned Kelly story.

Jane Lloyd died in 1904 in Benalla.

from: The North Eastern Ensign, 02 Dec 1904, page 2
DEATH
LLOYD – On the 28th November, from paralysis, suddenly, at Benalla West, Jane, relict
of the late Thomas Lloyd, of Greta
Aged 67. R.I.P

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April A-Z Challenge – P

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

EMILY LOUISA PIERCE was married to my great great uncle JAMES LLOYD TAYLOR. Emily was born in 1857 at Yan Yean, Victoria, Australia to parents SHADRACH PEARCE and EMILY BERNE. Emily was known as Louie.

Emily and James married in 1873 at Whittlesea, Victoria and went on to have a large family of 12 children:

CHARLES JOHN,
JAMES PEARCE,
HENRY LLOYD,
ELLEN ROSMUND,
FANNY LOUISA,
FREDERICK WILLIAM MURRAY,
ERNEST ARTHUR,
WINIFRED,
DOROTHY JANE
GEORGE ALFRED,
ALLEN FERGUS,
EDITH EMILY

Emily passed away in 1950 at Kew, Victoria, age 92 years. She was buried in the Pioneer Cemetery with her husband who had pre-deceased her in 1910

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April A-Z Challenge – O for Olivia Tranter

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

OLIVIA TRANTER was born in 1909 in at Heathcote, Victoria, Australia. Her parents are CHARLES EDWIN TRANTER and CATHERINE ANN MANTON.

On a wet wintry day in 1930, Olivia, aged 21, went horse riding at about 4pm.  When she didn’t return by evening, her family went out searching for her. Her horse was found tethered to a tree on the Kyneton Road, and her hat and coat were discovered on the bank of the Wild Duck Creek, near a deep pool.  Her two brother’s went into the water and found her body. Family members told the inquest that Olivia had been depressed of late.

The Coroner gave his finding of death by drowning. He said there was insufficient evidence to show how Olivia came to be in the water.

from The Argus Thursday 17 April 1930

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HEATHCOTE, Wednesday. – Olivia Tranter, aged 20 years, daughter of Mr. Charles Tranter, of Heathcote, was drowned in a waterhole in the Wild Duck Creek last night. She went riding at 4 o’clock, and when she did not return by evening, search was made. Her pony was found tethered to a tree on the Kyneton road, and her hat and coat were discovered on the bank of the creek near a deep pool. Two brothers of the girl waded into the water and recovered the body. Measures taken to restore animation were unsuccessful.

The deputy coroner (Mr. J. J. Farley) held an inquiry this afternoon, when Dr.Spencer gave evidence that abrasions on the face and body indicated that the girl had struck some hard object in her fall. It was surmised that she slipped down the bank on to some rocks and fell unconscious into the water.

A finding of death from drowning was recorded, but the evidence was insufficient to show how Miss Tranter entered the water.

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April A-Z Challenge – N for Nancy May Jones

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

NANCY MAY JONES was my father’s sister, however she died before my father was born. Nancy was born on 17 August 1913 at Moonee Ponds, Victoria. She was the second child born to WILLIAM LOWE TAYLOR and EMILY JONES.

Nancy’s life was cut short when she died on 3 October, 1914 at Essendon, Victoria. Her death certificate states that she died from “a small burn and convulsions” which she suffered for 3 days and “heart failure” suffered for 6 hours.

There was no inquest held into Nancy’s death.

Nancy was buried at the New Melbourne General Cemetery on 5 October 1914.

Birth -Vic BDM 21492
Death – Vic BDM 13761

 

April A-Z Challenge – M for Alexander McQueen

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

ALEXANDER McQUEEN was born on 14 December 1844 at Launceston, Tasmania. His parents were THOMAS JAMES JONATHAN McQUEEN and JANET YOUNG. Thomas came to Australia from Jamaica and Janet came from Scotland.

Alexander was the eldest of ten children – five boys and five girls.  The sixth child, Janet was my great grandmother.

The family moved to Victoria, sometime between 1845 and 1848, with their son and daugher, Alexander and Sarah Annie.  They settled in Collingwood where Thomas worked as a carpenter and a painter.

Tragedy struck when Alexander was drowned in an accident at Flinders Street, Melbourne, when aged 10.

The Argus, Friday 01 December 1854, page 5

DEATH FROM DROWNING: An inquest was held yesterday at the Duke of Wellington Hotel, before the Acting City Coroner, Dr. Youl, upon the body of a boy named Alexander McQueen, who fell into the race which supplies the waterworks at the east end of Flinders Street, and was drowned. Deceased had been bathing in the swamp on Wednesday, and there being nothing to indicate the presence of the deep ditch in question, he had walked in and met his death, in about fifteen feet water.
Verdict was accidentally drowned. The jurors expressed their sense of the impropriety of such a dangerous place being left exposed, and wished to append a rider to their verdict, to the effect that the race should be fenced in and a caution board displayed. The coroner would not accept a rider to the verdict, but promised to communicate with the proper persons with a view to carrying out the suggestions of the jury.

Alexander’s father, Thomas testified at the inquest that Alexander often stopped off at Flinders Street with his friends, after school to swim. He felt he must have slipped.

 

Just to add to research confusion, I’ve found this surname spelt many ways over the years – McQueen, McEwan, McQuien.

 

April A-Z Challenge – L

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is a challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Bloggers can post randomly or on a theme. The theme I have chosen is ‘My Ancestors’. I used this same theme for the Blogging from A-Z April Challenge in 2015. This time the ancestors posted about will mostly be more distant members of the family. Hopefully, when combined this will form a full picture of my family history.

My great grandmother ADA LOUISA LOVE was born on 4 February 1875 at Heathcote, Victoria. Her parents were ALBERT THOMAS WEBB LOVE and GEORGIANA MARIA ANNETTA COX. There is some confusion over Albert’s surname, as it has been noted as both Webb and Love.  Albert passed away in February 1876, when Ada was one year old. Her sister ALBERTA SARAH RACHEL was born, four months after her father died.

On 9 April 1880, Ada’s mother Georgiana married JAMES TRANTER. She went on to have nine children, step brothers and sisters to Ada and Sarah.

On 4 December 1895, Ada married FRANCIS WILLIAM MORISON, known as John. They had 10 children:
ARCHIBALD JOHN
JOHN JAMES
WILLIAM FARQUHAR
RUPERT REGINALD
THOMAS ALBERT
FREDERICK
ELSIE ANNIE VICTORIA
STELLA MARY ADA
DONALD ADAM
VERNA

Their fifth child Thomas Albert Morrison was my grandfather.

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Ada Louisa Morison passed away on 7 April 1966 at Blackburn and is buried in the Box Hill Cemetery.

Please note: Our family name of Morison became Morrison in the 20th century