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Ada Louisa Morrison nee Love/Tranter #52ancestors

August 19, 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 34: Chosen Family

 Ada Louisa LOVE, my great grandmother, and was born on 4 February 1875 in Heathcote, Victoria, Australia. Her parents were Albert Thomas Webb and Georgina Maria Annetta COX. Ada’s father, Albert passed away on 9 February 1876, when Ada was one year old. Ada’s sister Alberta Sarah Rachel LOVE was born in June 1876, four months after the death of her father.

On 9 April 1880, at St. Paul’s Cathedral Bendigo, Georgina married James Tranter, and Ada took his name. Ada married Francis William MORRISON on 4 December 1895 at Heathcote. They had ten children, seven boys and three girls. Their fifth child was my grandfather Thomas Albert MORRISON. Unfortunately, I never knew my great grandmother, Ada, so there has been a gap in the family story. Recently, another researcher of the Morrison family, Graham Sleeth contacted me, and we have been corresponding regularly and sharing information. Ada was Graham’s much loved Gran, so I have been relying on him for information other than dates and facts. Graham has many wonderful memories of his grandmother.

The following was written by Graham Sleeth in memory of his Gran:

A lot of the knowledge that I have of my maternal history comes from my beloved grandmother, Ada Louise Morrison.  Gran, as she was known to so many, was a wonderful source of love, cohesion and family history. She truly was a person who was larger than life.

Gran always lived with my parents.  She was there with them when I was born and continued to be so until her death when I was 21 years of age.  Such was her impact on my early life that I still miss her today and expect that I always will. In the struggle to get ahead in post-war Melbourne, both of my parents worked.  My mother returned to work about nine months after my birth, so Gran became my mum during the hours that my real mother was away from home.  It was during this time that she would tell me stories of her past life.

I have the fondest of memories of both sitting on Gran’s knee or at her knee and hearing her stories, which she would tell me over and over again.  I never grew bored and each rendition contained an embellishment that enriched the original.  These stories were my fairy stories and my bedtime stories.  They gave me a perspective that I cherish.

Gran would tell me stories of how she was raised on a farm in Heathcote, at “She Oak”.  How an old man kangaroo killed one of the sheep dogs by sitting on it in a dam.  The distress when the family racehorse “Dick Turpin” died of snakebite.  How Gran cut off the finger of her sister Alberta when they were trying to divide a quince with a tomahawk.  How Gran and her husband would work with their precious Clydesdale “Drummer” carting logs to the old sawmill in Echuca and also grain to the silos.

I would lap up these stories.  I never grew tired of hearing them.  They were told with such enthusiasm and richness of feeling that, as I write, I hear her telling them all over again. With a hint of a tear in my eye I recall Gran teaching me ditties from her own childhood, ditties that will resonate with my kids and my grandkids – especially Koko.
“Oh the night was dark and stormy, the billy goat was blind. He backed into a barbed wire fence and scratched his never-you mind …”

Vivid memories of how my cousin Billy would tease Gran about her name come flooding back.  Without knowing why, I used to join in and we would both call Gran “Ada Louisa Cox Webb Love Tranter”. – memories of Graham Sleeth

Over the years Ada has had numerous surnames :
LOVE/WEBB – There has been confusion about Ada’s father’s surname over the years, as he has seemed to use both Love and Webb.
COX – Ada’s mother’s maiden name
TRANTER – Ada took her stepfather’s name
MORRISION – Ada’s married name

Ada passed away at age 91, on 07 April 1966 and was buried at Box Hill Cemetery on 12 April 1966.

The Sun News, Pictorial, Melbourne Saturday April 9, 1966
MORRISON: On April 7 at 6 Kerr Street, Box Hill, Ada Louise, dearly loved wife of the late John James, loving mother of Archibald, Jack, William, Rupert, Thomas, Frederick, Elsie, Stella and Verna. In her 93rd year.
MORRISON: Ada Louise. The fond memories of our Mum will be in our hearts for ever. Verna, Graham and Graham jnr.
MORRISON: On Apr 7, Ada, dearly loved mother of Elsie, granddaughter of Betty, and great grandmother of Raymond, Ian and Cheryl. To know her was to love her.
MORRISON: Ada, On Apr 7, dear mother of Rube (kid) and mother in law of Dot. In God’s care.
MORRISON: Ada, on Apr 7, loving other of Stella, mother in law of Jock. Sleeping peacefully.


Ada with her mother Georgina, known as Minnie


Victoria Registry Births Deaths and Marriages Death WEBB LOVE Thomas Albert Vic  1876/966
Victoria Registry Births Deaths and Marriages Birth LOVE Sarah Alberta Rachel Vic 1876/2916
Graham Sleeth, family researcher


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  1. What a lovely picture of your Gran (the first one)! She has such a warm smile.

  2. Quite a nice tribute. I do hope you get your book assembled. I have similar plans but will separate the various families into individual groups with their stories.

  3. Climbing My Family Tree permalink

    Wonderful blog post, especially the photos. Ada had a super smile.

  4. How lovely that you managed to get into contact with someone who has actual memories of Ada! I love hearing stories like that, which you can’t find in the written record.

  5. Linda Stufflebean permalink

    Ada sounds like she was the matriach of a family that has many fun. loving memories of times spent together.

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