Week 5: 52 Weeks of Abundance
Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog in conjunction with GeneaBloggers has called for bloggers of genealogy and family history to take on the 2012 challenge of 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy This week’s topic is – Life Experiences: Sometimes the challenges in life provide the best learning experiences. Can you find an example of this in your own family tree? Which brickwall ancestor are you most thankful for and how did that person shape your family history experience?
My Great Great Grandfather JOHN TAYLOR was a farmhand in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, when he decided to emigrate to Australia with his wife and two children, under two years old. This was in 1841, in the early days of the settlement of Australia, so very little would have been known about the new country. I can only think that his life must have been dreadful at the time, to have him make the decision to travel to a far off land with his wife MARTHA and two small boys JAMES, age 2 and JOHN, age 1. The voyage was long, about 3 months on a very primitive vessel, and I’m sure they wouldn’t have known what sort of life was waiting for them at the other end. Perhaps they had heard that there was opportunity here. I often wonder what they thought about our hot, dry, dusty, windy country after the beautiful, green rolling hills of Wales. Were they unimpressed at living in a tent, as they probably would have in the early days.
JOHN and MARTHA were ordinary people. JOHN was a hardworking shepherd and labourer, in the Whittlesea and Diamond Creek area, who worked hard to support his family. Further children were born in Australia, taking their family to 12 children. Two children, GEORGE and ELLEN died in infancy, otherwise the children grew up and became successful farmers and landholders. The children of JOHN and MARTHA TAYLOR married and produced large families themselves, as did subsequent generations.
So from JOHN and MARTHA TAYLOR making that decision to try their luck in the new country, a huge family now exists and is able to live their lives in very fortunate circumstances. I give my thanks to JOHN and MARTHA TAYLOR for the sacrifices they made which have enabled me and my family to live our lives in luxury that would be unimaginable to the pioneers of this country.