Family History Through The Alphabet: Letter J
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.