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Mary Jones nee Calnan #52ancestors

September 3, 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.

Week 36: Labour


My great grandmother Mary CALNAN was born at Violet Town on 28 May 1863. Her parents are William CALNAN and Ellen BOYLE. Mary was the eighth child of 12, six boys and six girls.

On 26 February, 1885, Mary married Cornelius JONES at St. Joseph Church, Benalla. The couple settled at Violet Town where their first child was born on 01 November 1884. This male child passed away on the day after the birth, and was unnamed. On 22 September 1886 their second child, my grandfather, William Lowe JONES was born. Two years later on 30 August 1888, a daughter Ellen was born. Unfortunately Ellen only lived for six weeks, passing away on 11 October 1888. Another daughter, Phoebie Sophia Jones was born on 13 December 1889.

Mary Calnan was a midwife in the Violet Town area for many years. Most of the birth certificates for births in the area, name her as the midwife.

Eventually Mary and Cornelius moved their family to Collingwood where they lived until their deaths. Mary passed away in the Melbourne Hospital, at age 63, on 27 March 1930.

Mary’s husband Cornelius died in the Melbourne Hospital on 15 February 1934. Mary and Cornelius were buried in a family plot at Fawkner Cemetery with their grandson and grandaughter.


Fawkner Cemetary Roman Catholic 1, Grave 2312


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