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My Great Grandmother Janet Taylor

July 27, 2020

Professional genealogist and podcaster Amy Johnson Crow has put out the challenge to genealogists and family historians, to write stories about 52 of their ancestors in 52 weeks. I am happily taking up the challenge, and look forward to writing stories, that will collate many years of research results. In most cases, the research for my ancestors is not complete, and possibly never will be complete, but I’m hoping to build a story of the lives they lived with the information I have to hand. I’m hoping to publish these stories in a book at the end of 2020. Each week a prompt will be given as the theme for the week.

Week 31: Large

My great grandmother, Janet McQUEEN, was born on 20th August 1853, off Condel Street Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. I imagine ‘off Condel Street’ is referring to a laneway with no name. Her parents were Thomas James Jonathan McQUEEN and Janet YOUNG. Thomas was born in Jamaica, West Indies and Janet was born in Scotland. Over the years, many variations have been used for their name – M  McQUEEN, McQUIEN, McEWAN, MCKEOWN.

Janet was one of ten children and had a large family of 10 children herself. Janet married William Lloyd TAYLOR, my great grandfather on 18 July 1878, at the home of her mother and her mother’s second husband, at Broken Creek, Victoria, Australia. Janet and William farmed at Devenish for a few years, and then moved to Bundalong, Victoria, where William’s brother’s were farming.

Janet and William’s children:

  •  John born 1879 at Devenish
  •  William born 1880 at Devenish
  •  Catherine born 1882 at Devenish
  •  Martha born 1884 at Devenish
  •  Emily born 1886 at Bundalong
  •  Annie born 1887 at Bundalong
  •  Thomas born 1889 at Bundalong
  •  William born 1890 at Bundalong
  •  Mary born 1892 at Bundalong
  •  Janet born 1894 at Bundalong

Death

Janet died on 20 August 1894, at her mother’s house, in Yarrawonga from injuries received from a fire. She left nine children behind,  from age 15 years to 6 months old.

from ‘The Yarrawonga Mercury and Mulwala N.S.W News’, Thursday, August 23, 1894
DEATH: Our readers will remember that some four weeks ago, the wife of Mr. Wm Taylor, of Bundalong, was very badly burned while staying at her mother’s home in Yarrawonga, and that she was conveyed from there to the Wangaratta Hospital. We now regret to state that Mrs. Taylor died in that institution on Monday last,, from the effects of the burns. The deceased, who was, but 31 years of age, resided for many years in the district, and was highly respected. She leaves a family of young children to mourn their loss, and much sympathy is felt for Mr. Taylor in his bereavement. The deceased was laid to rest in the Yarrawonga cemetery yesterday, a number of friends testifying their respect by following the remains to the grave. The Rev. C.A. Jenkins, Wesleyan clergyman, read the burial service.

Janet TAYLOR was buried at the Yarrawonga Cemetery on 22 August 1894 in Plot 42N, Area 3. There is no headstone.

sources:
Victoria Registry Births Deaths and Marriages 11467/1894

 

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