Janet McEwan – My GG GMother -Found
Janet YOUNG was my great great grandmother. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1824 and married my great great grandfather THOMAS JAMES JONATHAN McQUEEN in Launceston in 1844.
William and Janet had a large family of children. The first two were born in Launceston, before the moved to Victoria and settled in Collingwood, where Janet gave birth to a further eight children.
I lost track of Janet after the death of her husband in 1863. At the time of his death, their youngest child was just four years old and they were living in Fitzroy. A younger child, a daughter, also died in 1863. Over the years, I have tried to find her and had almost given up hope. Until recently!
I found her second marriage in the marriages index, which I had checked many times. Janet Young/McQueen married for a second time in 1873. She was listed on the index as Janet McEwan, and previously I hadn’t noticed this entry.
Janet McQueen or McEwan, as it was now written, married JAMES TAYLOR in 1873 at Broken Creek. To add to the confusion, her new husband had the same surname as her daughter’s husband. This sent me into a bit of a spin at first, until after checking, I found that he doesn’t belong to the same Taylor family. His family came from Suffolk, England and our Taylor’s were from Wales.
The area, Broken Creek, the place of their marriage, was where Thomas and Janet McEwan’s daughter, Janet had lived in earlier years, with her husband William Lloyd Taylor. I had noticed, many years ago, that there was a witness to their marriage named James Taylor. I had assumed that he must belong to the family of William, but couldn’t place him. I was sure it wasn’t William’s brother, James Taylor.
from: North Eastern Ensign, Benalla, Friday 03 October 1873, page 2
TAYLOR — McEWAN – On the 1st inst, at Broken Creek, by the Rev. W. Gould, Mr. James Taylor, of Broken Creek, farmer , to Mrs. Janet McEwan, relict of Thomas McEwanm late of Fitzroy.
SANGER – TAYLOR On the 1st inst, at Broken Creek, by the Rev. W. Gould, Mr. John Sanger, of Broken Creek to Miss Zillah Taylor, daughter of James Taylor, of Broken Creek.
CROUCHER—TAYLOR .— On the 1st inst, at Broken Creek, by the Rev. W. Gould, Mr. James Croucher, of Glenrowan, to Miss Elizabeth Taylor, daughter of James Taylor of Broken Creek.