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Family History Through The Alphabet: Letter J

August 5, 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 10, is the letter J

J is for Jamaica: My Great Great Grandfather THOMAS JAMES JONATHAN McQUEEN  stated on his marriage certificate that he was born in Jamaica in 1824.  As yet, I haven’t done any research into this branch of the family,  but I am guessing that his father was Scottish, and possibly in Jamaica as part of the military who were sent there at about this time, to oversee slaves on the plantations.

THOMAS MCQUEEN arrived in Australia in about 1844 (this hasn’t been verified yet)  and settled in Launceston, TASMANIA.  Shortly after his arrival, he married JANET YOUNG who was born in Glasgow, SCOTLAND. Two children were born in Tasmania. Before the birth of their third child in 1848 the family moved to VICTORIA, settling in Collingwood.

Unfortunately Thomas passed away in 1863, from the effects of a fever, leaving his wife with seven children to raise.

I’m looking forward to finding out more about Thomas, who was a house painter, and his family.

  1. Now for ”J” I (wrongly) assumed that you’d write about Jones. I totally love that you’ve picked something not expected, and it sounds like you’ll have fun when you get to researching more on your McQueen family.

    • Thanks for your comment. Just thought I couldn’t be so predicatable as to write about Jones. Plenty of other opportunities for that.

  2. How interesting… what a great idea!

  3. How exciting Jennifer… thanks for sharing.

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