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Family History Beginners Board / Re: Looking for Sarah Turner born 1815, Essex, England
« on: Thursday 19 December 13 04:26 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks Debra

I had the name of the ship they arrived on so I don't know why I didn't think to look there.

That definitely helps & confirms the info from Sharon.

Thanks again.


Family History Beginners Board / Re: Looking for Sarah Turner born 1815, Essex, England
« on: Tuesday 17 December 13 10:56 GMT (UK)  »
Thanks for that.  It is a great starting place.


Family History Beginners Board / Looking for Sarah Turner born 1815, Essex, England
« on: Tuesday 17 December 13 07:06 GMT (UK)  »
I am currently looking for information about the parents & siblings of Sarah Turner who was born in 1815 in Essex - possibly Sandford in Essex? 

She married James Newling in 1836 at Ickleton, Cambridgeshire & later emigrated to Australia with her husband & 5 living children in 1854 under a assisted migrant scheme.  The family settled in Scone, NSW. 

I have James' ancestors but have no information on Sarah's parents.  Her death certificate lists her parents as unknown. If anyone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you

Australia / Re: Joseph DANKS & Clara WILSON
« on: Wednesday 16 January 13 02:01 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Jenny
Thanks for your reply.  Your great grandmother Clara & my great grandfather George were brother & sister.  Before I started this journey our family did not know much about the Wilson side at all.  I now know that George had 2 sisters & 2 brothers.  My Aunty & my Father's cousin actually gave me the task of looking into the family history & it has been interesting so far.

I knew that Clara did not stay with Joseph & found a newspaper artice from 1900 in the Kalgoorlie Miner that showed she obtained a separation from Joseph Danks on the grounds of bodily fear & cruelty.  From what I can gather Joseph went back to the Newcastle area in NSW.

I have found some info on Clara's brothers & their families & little bit about Clara.  I have found marriages for Ada & Annis, but nothing about your grandmother Clara so anything about her would be greatly appreciated.  I did not know about Maggie.  Any more info you can give me about her would be good too.
Yes, I would be interested to hear about John McGowan too.Any info you have about Clara's parents James & Sarah would be very helpful too.  I also have very little on Clara's sister Amelia apart from her marriage to Leonard Smith in 1915 at Merewether, NSW.  I have looked into the Gledhill side of things & have managed to get back to late 1600s but can only get back to 1800s for the Wilsons. 

Do you have any photos from the Wilsons, etc?  If you want any info on the brothers let me know & I will pass on what I have.

Looking forward to hearing from you again.

Australia / Re: Joseph DANKS & Clara WILSON
« on: Saturday 07 July 12 10:17 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Sue,

You're right.  I've mixed her up with daughter Annis.  So I still need to find when Clara died!


Angus (Forfarshire) / Re: Rev Thomas Alexander Fletcher
« on: Saturday 07 July 12 10:06 BST (UK)  »
Still a blank with Thomas Alexander Fletcher.  The family has a photo of the monument for William Morris Bresslin Fletcher, but all anyone seems to know that it is in Scotland.  We don't know who erected it & how the family come by the photo.

I have checked the details from William's marriage certificate, but neither William's or Sarah's parents are listed.  It is the same for the deaths.

I think I may have tracked down when William arrived in Tasmania  as there is a William Fletcher who arrived from London aboard the 'Sydney' on 28 Jan 1842 who was aged 20 years.  As William was supposed to be born 1822 this would seem to be him. 

I have been told that the information passed down through the family is that Thomas was at a protestant church - Presbyterian??  Looking at St Andrews Church (Church of Scotland) it is not far from the Catholic Church.  I'd venture to guess at this stage that Thomas was not the senior minister & is therefore not listed along with all the senior ministers. He may well have lived in South Tay st & this is just a coincidence that it is the same street as the Catholic church.

Thomas must have had other children as the death notices for William give him to be the youngest son of Thomas.  William, his son William & his grandson Stanley all have Bresslin in their names & so you may think that this may come from Thomas' wife's side of the family.  As yet I can't find anything to confirm this or to find the name of Thomas' wife.

So therre is still a way to go with this part of the family.


Australia / Re: Joseph DANKS & Clara WILSON
« on: Saturday 07 July 12 08:57 BST (UK)  »
Hi Sue

You could be right.  I have her place of birth as Higham, Yorkshire, but this is only about 10k from Dewsbury.
Higham is also listed for her sister Amelia & brother Joseph while George (my great grandfather) was born in Carlton & younger brother Arthur in Barnsley.
A couple of days ago all I knew about Clara once she arrived in Australia was that she married Joseph Danks & had a daughter Annis & that was the end of the info I had.  Now I know she remarried & that she died in 1973 in WA. 

Thank you

Australia / Re: Joseph DANKS & Clara WILSON
« on: Saturday 07 July 12 06:11 BST (UK)  »
Thankyou to all those who have contributed.  This has been great.  I am in the process of following up on all this info which clears up the mystery of where Clara ended up.

Thank you again


Angus (Forfarshire) / Re: Rev Thomas Alexander Fletcher
« on: Friday 06 July 12 03:33 BST (UK)  »
Thanks to you all for your responses.  My husband's uncle has been doing this research & I'm just jumping in to see if I can help get anymore info re William's father.  I have been doing my father's side of my family plus helping a friend with hers because I am a bit more computer savy & love researching about this type of thing.  I have info from William Morris Bresslin Fletcher onwards, but apart from the Trove notices I have little else.  The uncle gave me a copy of what is on a monument in Scotland which I guess is a bit like a headstone.  it reads:

To the memory of
William Morris Bresslin Fletcher
Native of Glascow
Son of Rev. Thos. Alexander Fletcher
of St Andrew's Church. South Tay ST,
Overgate, Dundee
Died 15th November 1876, Aged 54 years
Only gone before
Frederick William
Grandson of above and second son of
Wm. F.B. and Elizth Fletcher
Born 16th Sept 1880, Died 8th June 1881
A wee bit flower nipt in the bud.

I did do some research & the only St Andres in the area was the Catholic Church & then I thought that can't be right.  But now his uncle has given me this inscription??  It may explain why we can't find any other info but someone must have had the monument erected & you think it would be family.  I'm trying to find out just where this was erected.

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