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New Zealand Completed Requests / A tale of migration and marriage.
« on: Sunday 03 February 19 23:18 GMT (UK)  »
In 1843, my wife's 2nd great grandfather, Thomas BATH, emigrated with his family to Tasmania, where he lived in a place called Buckland. At Buckland, he managed a farm owned by John GATEHOUSE.

About 1852, John WARD and family also emigrated to Tasmania, and were living at Buckland. In 1855 William HOPCROFT arrived in Tasmania, and went to work for John WARD.

In 1859, Thomas's daughter Charlotte married John GATEHOUSE. Also in 1859, the WARD family, and William HOPCROFT left Tasmania for Southland, New Zealand, where John Ward took up land at Gropers Bush.

In 1860, Thomas BATH paid a visit to Southland, where he arranged to go into partnership with William HOPCROFT, in a farm and accomodation house.

In 1862, William HOPCROFT returned to Tasmania, married Thomas's daughter Elizabeth, and then went back to Southland with her.

In 1863, Thomas BATH and family left Tasmania for Southland, and joined William HOPCROFT at Gummies Bush.

In 1864, my wife's great grandfather William WALKER arrived in New Zealand, and went to work for his cousin John WARD.

In 1867, William WALKER married Thomas BATH's daughter Sarah.

Antrim / Where was William DAVIDSON in 1911?
« on: Monday 26 November 18 22:29 GMT (UK)  »
William Davidson was born about 1870. On 8th February 1892 he married Martha MCCULLOUGH at Broughshane. He was of full age, batchelor, living at Ballygelly, and his father was named Hugh.

In 1901, William and Martha were living at Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, with 2 children, Willie H, born about 1894, Govan; and Jeanie, born May 1st 1895, Govan. (I have Jeanie's birth registration).

On 19th November 1905, Agnes McCullough DAVIDSON was born to William and Martha at Larne, Antrim.

On 6th January 1907, Martha died at Larne, Antrim.

On 3rd March 1908, William Houston DAVIDSON, Full age, widower, living at Larne, father Hugh, married Rose Mary MCMULLAN at the Independant Church, Larne, Antrim.

On the 1911 census, Agnes DAVISON, age 5, is living with her great aunt Nancy MCCULLOUGH at Slemish, Racavan, Antrim.

Of William, Rose, and the two older children, I have found no sign in 1911. I've checked deaths in Ireland and Scotland, censuses, and shipping documents. Where could they be?

World War One / Thomas FARRELL's service in World War 1
« on: Saturday 14 July 18 01:30 BST (UK)  »
My great uncle, Thomas FARRELL, was born at Stevenston, Ayrshire on 18th January 1893. He married in 1912, and there is a corrected entry attached to his marriage, dated October 1918 granting him a divorce. He is noted as "at present serving in His Majesty's forces". I have looked on Ancestry and FindMyPast, but haven't found a medal card or record for him. Where else could I look?

Note - I don't have a sub to FindMyPast - I've checked the search result only.

The Common Room / The latest Ancestry "feature"
« on: Thursday 14 June 18 04:32 BST (UK)  »
When I opened my tree this morning, I noticed there was a new way of giving hints - bilious green boxes, with suggested ancestors.

The Lighter Side / Things one finds on the back of photographs.
« on: Tuesday 29 May 18 04:23 BST (UK)  »
This is the wedding photograph of my wife's maternal grandmother, in 1919.

Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, in 1850. They are two of the 9 children of Jeremiah FARRELL and Ann MUIR, who were married at St Quivox, Ayrshire, in 1829. I have the details of the other 7 children, the youngest of whom is my great grandfather.

I have census information for James, in 1841, and 1851, and then nothing. I have traced the story of a James FARRELL who emigrated to the USA in 1854, and died in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1890s, but there is nothing, apart from his age, to link him to my James. A query on the American Rootschat board was unsuccessful.

I have Mary in censuses up to 1881, but after that, nothing; she may have died, married or emigrated.

Is anyone else here researching this family?

United States of America / Did James FARRELL emigrate to the United States?
« on: Thursday 07 December 17 01:45 GMT (UK)  »
James was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, about 1831, to Jeremiah FARRELL and Ann MUIR or MOORE.
He appears in the 1841, and 1851 censuses, in Scotland, and then I lose track of him.

I searched the American records on Family Search, and found a James FARRELL, aged 24, from Great Britain, arriving in New York in May 1854. With him was Bridget, aged 23.

On February 17th 1855, there is an Ann FARRELL, born to James, from Scotland, and Bridget, from Ireland, at Charlestown in New Hampshire.

In the 1860 census, the family, with 3 more children, Ellen, Mary, and John, is living at Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1870, James, with Ann, Ellen, Mary and John, but with a wife called Johanna, and a child, Elizabeth, are living at New Haven, Connecticut. James, Johanna and Elizabeth are at the same place in 1880.

After this, I lose track. I haven't found a death for Bridget, a marriage for James and Johanna, or a death for James - all things that might link me back to the Scottish Farrells.

I think Johanna is living with a daughter and son in law , Timothy CONLEY, in Lewiston Town, Maine, in 1900.

To make things more complicated, There was another couple called James and Johanna FARRELL having children in Connecticut in the 1850s and 1860s. This Johanna was living with her second husband James B BOURKE, in Tolland Connecticut in 1880.

Can anyone help with records to link this James to the Ayrshire Farrell family?

New Zealand Completed Requests / Looking for a photograph of David BONTHRON
« on: Sunday 26 November 17 07:00 GMT (UK)  »
David was a Scot, who emigrated to Invercargill in 1863. He was heavily involved in the temperance movement, and was a founder of the Total Abstinence Society, in Invercargill. When David and his wife Isabella moved to Pahia, near Orepuki, in the 1880s, the society presented David and his wife with portraits of themselves. I have a copy of Isabella's portrait, from the Riverton museum, but they don't have David's, and I wonder if anyone here might know its whereabouts. David was my wife's 2nd great grandfather. He died in 1903.

Armed Forces / John BATH, Greenwich Pensioner 1861 - finding a Navy record.
« on: Saturday 11 November 17 02:18 GMT (UK)  »
John was baptised on 16 Jan 1791 at Saint Stephens By Launceston, Cornwall. In the 1841 census he is living at St Stephens, Launceston, and his occupation is "Navy P" - which I interpreted as pensioner. In the 1861 census, he is living at the same place, and his occupation is "Pensioner Greenwich".

I have tried to find a military record for him, on Ancestry and Find My Past. FindMyPast has a pension record for a John Bath, Royal Marine, pension awarded 5th August 1825. This man is noted as 41 years of age, having served 21 years, 4 months. Did volunteers overstate their ages?

This morning I visited our local Family History Centre, to check the film of attestation papers for marines for 1804. I couldn't find him - in fact there were few surnames starting with "B" in the records.

I have looked at two other John BATHs - one awarded a pension in 1815...he is too old to be the man I'm looking for. Another, awarded a pension in 1842, and with a military record on Ancestry, wouldn't have been on the 1841 census.

Where else can I look for information on John? Is it worth requesting the microfilm of 1825 attestations? A note on Family Search said the attestation paper could be filed by discharge date.

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