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Family History Through The Alphabet Challenge: The Letter D

June 10, 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 4  is the letter D.

D is for Diamond Creek: My great great grandparents JOHN TAYLOR and MARTHA LLOYD arrived in Melbourne  from Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1842 and promptly settled at Diamond Creek in Victoria, where John found employment as a shepherd. Their oldest two sons, James and John were born in Wales, and their third son William was born in 1842 shortly after their arrival. Mary  was born in 1844,  Ann in 1846 and Thomas in 1848.

In March 1850, William, Mary, Ann and Thomas were all baptised on the same day at Diamond Creek by the parish priest from St. James Parish in Melbourne. Parish priests  would periodically visit the outlying areas of Melbourne and perform baptisms and marriages.

As yet, I know little of the life the family lived in Diamond Creek. Later in 1850, the family  moved down the road to Whittlesea where my great great grandfather lived until his death. The children all stayed in the area until they were adults, when they eventually moved away to take up land selections and become successful farmers. After the death of her husband, Martha moved to Yarrawonga to be closer to her family

  1. “Diamond Creek”…what a fascinating name. Wonder if they ever found diamonds there 🙂 Seem that your Martha was one of those women I admire so much…making that long sea journey whilst heavily pregnant. Thanks for sharing

  2. Lovely story and interesting to read of the family’s movements around Melbourne. I’m always delighted to read of something happening in Melbourne before Victoria was a colony. Our ancestors wouldn’t recognise these places today.

    • Thanks Fi. I often what would our ancestors think if they were looking down at us now. I have a feeling they would think we’ve gone a bit mad.

      • Thanks Catherine. I agree Diamond Creek is a beautiful name. But no diamonds, only gold. I often wonder how it must have been for Martha on that ship with a toddler and being pregnant. Definitely not easy.

  3. I have to agree with Catherine and Fiona – Diamond Creek is a beautiful place name, and you’ve written a wonderful story of the family’s life as you know it so far.

  4. Neville Casey permalink

    Jennifer I may have some details on (Dorthy Thomas) Martha Lloyds mother

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