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Wicklow / William Headon of Baltinglass
« on: Wednesday 30 December 20 04:16 GMT (UK)  »

My ancestor William Headon said he was born in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow around 1812/1814.

He was married to Julia/Judith Darcy around 1833.

Their first born child was Bridget Headon born in Chatham, England (Im assuming Kent?) although no baptism has been found.

In the early 1830s he arrived in Sydney, Australia as a private with the "Queens Own".

Their next child was born in Sydney, NSW, Australia and named Elizabeth Headon.

His regiment was being shipped out to India when he purchased his leave due to his wifes poor health.

Further children were born in Sydney.

John George
William Henry

Julia died in 1853.

In 1866 he married again to Sophia Hooley and had more children

James Henry
Edward James
James Patrick
Annie Maria

Sophia died in 1882.

The newspaper story of Williams death indicated he died alone in 1884. No mention of his children which may indicate they were orphans or raised by their older siblings.

William was Catholic and the Baltinglass records show baptisms from 1812 but I cant read the baptisms from the NLI registers to confirm this. I can read the marriages but cannot find one for him from 1832 to 1835.

Ive looked at FindMyPast and cannot find a record either but can find deaths of other Headons in Baltinglass.

Any suggestions about how to find more info as we have nothing about his family. In the marriages there were no Headons only Heydons.

I have found a military record for William to confirm he was in the Queens own which were based in Kent in the 1830s. Perhaps he got married there. Regimental number 930. I havent found his enlistment record

Record: 50th Regiment: West Kent (Queens Own) Start Date 01 April 1834 End Date 31 May 1835

Cavan / Thomas Smith and Mary McFadden
« on: Sunday 27 December 20 03:55 GMT (UK)  »

Ive started looking into my two ancestors but have not been able to get far.

Thomas Smith and Mary McFadden may have married in County Cavan. They had at least 4 children who emigrated to Australia. More than likely they had other children

James 1838-1969 had no children
Philip 1839-1913 had no children
Charles 1844-1915 married Catherine Doolan in Australia
Margaret 1845-1909 married John Joseph Robert Culhane in Australia

Only one death record states Charles was born in Mullagh, Co Cavan. All other marriage and death records only say Cavan.

Looking at the parish of Mullagh for Catholics (they were Catholic) there are only baptisms, marriages and death from 1842.

Were earlier records destroyed or were the children baptised in an adjacent parish?

Ive looked on Findmypast and Ancestry for Margarets baptism but cant find a record. Ancestry family trees have some incorrect information. Some have Philip marrying and having children. Some have the parents birth dates around 1796 and both dying in 1850 but with no proof of either of those dates.

There are Smiths in the Griffiths Valuation in Mullagh but no Thomas Smith. There are 107 records in Cavan for a Thomas Smith.

Any help would be appreciated

Fermanagh / Looking for John Browne death in Drumboory
« on: Tuesday 01 December 20 09:51 GMT (UK)  »

My ancestors wife Isabella Browne nee McMahon died 5 Jan 1883 in Drumboory, Fermanagh. Isabella was 94 when she died and her daughters husband was the informant. That makes Isabellas birth around 1789

Until recently I thought her husband John Browne died 2 May 1864 in Whitehill, County Fermanagh. However I purchased the death certificate today and that names his wife as Rosan Brown.

The 1862/64 Griffiths Valuation has John Brown in Drumboory. John may have died before official registration

Can anyone find his death?

London and Middlesex / 1820s Royal College of Surgeons - London
« on: Thursday 16 April 20 10:33 BST (UK)  »

In 1823 my fourth great grandfather graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons. We are fortunate to have his original graduation certificate. He went on to work in Burma and then spent a majority of the rest of his life in India before returning to Dublin where he was born and married and had two children - John Cornwall McGaveston and Charles Wynn McGaveston. He doesn't appear to follow Irish naming traditions.

He was sponsored to be a surgeon by Charles Watkin Williams-Wynn (CWWW) and when my ancestor completed his training was sponsored to the Honorary East India Company (HEIC) by Charles again.

1. Does anyone know how people came to be sponsored to be surgeons?
2. Can anyone suggest why CWWW would sponsor someone in Dublin to be a surgeon in London?
3. We have not been able to establish any sort of family connection

My ancestors parents were Nicholas McGaveston and Rose Higgins. Nicholas was born around 1753 and died in 1823 in Dublin. We have almost no details about Rose except her marriage. One of Nicholas other children Mary McGaveston married Mathew Hilton who was a land steward for the Marquess of Ormonde. It seems our family was well to do or connected but we have no idea how to CWWW.

Gloucestershire Lookup Requests / Gill families of Painswick?
« on: Monday 13 January 20 07:33 GMT (UK)  »
On 21 July 1793 my ancestor Hannah Gill married Benjamin Musty in Painswick, Gloucestershire, England. The witnesses were Charles Gill and Elizabeth Rickett.

On the same page of the Parish register is Dinah Gill marrying William Gardner. Witnessed by Sarah Gill who had married Thomas Wager on 14 May 1788 at Painswick, Gloucestershire, England

Assuming its the same woman Elizabeth Ricketts goes onto marry Charles Gill on 26 Dec 1793 St Mary's Church, Painswick, Gloucestershire, England

There are baptism for Charles the son of Thomas Gill

There is a baptism for Sarah the daughter of Thomas Gill.

There is a Millennium file on ancestry for Charlotte Gill naming her parents as Thomas Gill and Ann Townsell. The baptism only names Thomas Gill.

There is a baptism for Mary Giil naming Thomas as her father.

There is a baptism for Dinah Gill naming Thomas as her father

All the baptisms were in Painswick.

A Charlotte Gill married John Wager and my family have multiple DNA matches to this line

Assuming I have the right burial record for Hannah Musty her birth year was abt 1770 and burial was 4 Aug 1825 in Painswick, Gloucestershire, England

Can anyone find a baptism for Hannah which would link her to Thomas Gills family?

Wales / Powell family from Monmouthshire
« on: Wednesday 11 December 19 11:15 GMT (UK)  »
My Powell family are a big mystery to me.

On 7 July 1839 Sarah Powell marries Henry Summers. Both are living in Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire. Witnesses were George Evans and Mary Powell. Sarah father was listed as Edward Powell, a farmer.

They had the following children born

Emma 1840
Eliza 1841
Harriet 1843
Arthur 1844
Fanny 1845
Louisa 1848
Martha 1850

In the 1851 census Sarah said she was born in Monmouth.
In the 1861 census Sarah said she was born in Laneyatha, Monmouthshire, Wales
In the 1871 census Sarah said she was born in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales

Sarah was born around 1814 and died in 1878 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.

Ive been unable to find her baptism, siblings, or any other family. Im assuming the Mary Powell mentioned above is her sister but cannot find what becomes of her

A few of my cousins have DNA tested now and there following are Powell DNA matches

1. William Powell who married Mary Gazey in 1829 at St George Hanover Square England by Banns. Witnesses John Woodsman and Sarah Woodsman. They had the following children

Eliza, George, Maria, John and Edward

2. Howell Powell 1816-1882 in Wales married Eleanor Ann Llewellyn 1815-1897 and had the following children

Rees Llewellyn

Both families have linkages to Wales with one line living in Wales all their life.

Any would be greatly appreciated!

Armed Forces / Chelsea Pensioners
« on: Tuesday 17 September 19 03:01 BST (UK)  »

My cousin has an original document which contains the information below. He has said it is too fragile to copy. I'm trying to find out if there is more military information about our mutual ancestor Alexander McNaught/on. He married Ann Boyd around 1779 and their children were born in Ayrshire.

Dated February 12th, 1779, they state: "This is to certify that Alex McNaughton, the bearer hereof, was examined on the 11th day of February, 1779, before the Commissioners of the Chelsea Hospital; and that he is an out-pensioner of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea, and served as a Serjeant 13 years in the 14th Regiment of foot commanded by General Cunningham. He is about 34 years of age, Brown complexion, Dark hair'd, about 5 feet 8 inches high, was rendered incapable of farther service by being Rheumatick. And that he is to reside in Eyre, N. Britain.

United States of America / Looking for the death of Ann Newhall in Chicago
« on: Tuesday 20 August 19 11:51 BST (UK)  »
Ann/Anne/Anna Day married Sylvan Newhall on 19 Jun 1884 at Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA. They had at least 3 children. She said her birth was 1859

her children


She is in the 1900 census living in New Trier, Cook, Illinois but by 1910 her husband has remarried to Helen McGill.

Ive tried searching for her on ancestry and family search with no death or burial record

They are of interest to me because I think shes part of my family line. My Ann Day was born 13 Apr 1855 at 2 Park Street, Stepney, Middlesex, England. We have her in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 census living in England but she disappears after that. When her mother died in 1884 shes still listed as living. If shes our familys Ann two of her brothers Charles Lewis Day and John Lewis Day both moved to Chicago as well. In the same 1900 census living a few doors down is John Lewis Day and his wife and children. That could be pure coincidence or a clue. My family also has two DNA matches to the descendants of Ann who have family trees but dont know who her parents were. This is probably because she may have been generous about her age.

Canada Resources / James Spence in Peel, Ontario
« on: Wednesday 24 July 19 09:39 BST (UK)  »

I have recently had some DNA matches to the descendants of Margaret Spence and William Carberry who married on 11 Nov 1858 in Toronto Gore, Ontario, Canada. Margaret named her parents as James Spence and Mary Sines. My Spence family were from Ahoghill, Co Antrim but the name is quite popular there.

I attempted to find Margaret Spence in the Canadian Census of 1851 since she has stated in a later Census that she arrived in Canada in 1846.  She would have been 10 years old on arrival, and must therefore have travelled with one or both parents.

I found a headstone online for a James Spence who had married a Margaret (Not Mary) Sims and thought that might have been the couple. The headstone is here:

I couldn't find James in the death index.

Ive since used ancestrys Ontario death index and found another James with his wife Mary who died

2 April 1877 in Streetsville, Peel, Ontario, Canada. James was from Co Antrim and a teacher
7 Mar 1881 in Streetsville, Peel, Ontario, Canada. Mary teachers wife

Can anyone identify who the correct parents are for Margaret, where she was in 1851 and her siblings?

Margaret was buried in Peel, Ontario, Canada

CARBERRY William Carberry Died Jan. 21, 1920 age 90 years His wife Margaret Spence Died Feb. 21, 1911 age 76 years Their daughter Minnie Died Mar. 6, 1881 aged 16 years Matilda A. Died Jan. 20, 1882 age 22 years Frederick P. Died Oct. 4, 1897 age 25 years At Rest

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