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Family History Beginners Board / Re: Looking for Henry Hopping from Devonport
« on: Friday 02 November 18 12:03 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Trish!
Thanks for your reply.
Yes that is him! To make matters.more complicated, both his wives were named Catherine McInnes! The first one, known as Kate or Katrine, died in 1881 and he married again in 1882.
However the John Hopping you mention is a mystery. I have not been able to find out much more about him than you have mentioned. He is not the John Hopping from Devon who was the brother of "Henry", as he was in England for the 1851 Census.
Regards, Sue.

Family History Beginners Board / Looking for Henry Hopping from Devonport
« on: Friday 02 November 18 09:53 GMT (UK)  »
My great great grandfather was born, according to his obituary,  in about 1828-1831 in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. (His age seems to have decreased by about 2 or 3 years at the time of his second marriage to a woman 20 years younger!) He first shows up in a record in South Australia in 1854. I cannot find him on any passenger list arriving in Australia, despite extensive searches. There is a Henry Hopping born in Devonport who is recorded on the 1851 UK census as a Shipwright.  This man's parents are John and Elizabeth (Frood).  There is also a record of a Henry Hopping from Devonport being in the Merchant Navy sometime between 1852 and 1854. It is tempting to think that he may have jumped ship in Australia, but there is no actual evidence for that.  (However it was at the time of the gold rush in Victoria!)

I have only circumstantial evidence to tie these two Henrys together. His family in South Australia believe that he arrived here in 1847, which is contradicted by the fact that he appears in the UK census of 1851. There are other men named Henry Hopping in Devon at around about the right time, but none of them fits as well. 

If anyone can shed any light on this I would be exceedingly grateful.


Berkshire Lookup Requests / Re: Looking for Samuel Baverstock
« on: Friday 02 November 18 06:46 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Margaret, great to hear from you.  I wasn't even sure that anyone would read my post, as I had only just joined last night in order to follow up on the Samuel Baverstock thread. (I am interested in Samuel as he is, so far, the only convict in my family tree, and then only by marriage!)  I would be happy to send you what information I have. Some of it may duplicate what you have already read elsewhere, but that is unavoidable in this game!  Do you belong to Ancestry?  If so I could send you an invitation to look at my tree if you would like to let me know your Ancestry ID.  Otherwise, if you wanted to give me your email, I could send you some information that way. it probably is possible to send links via this site, but as a newbie I don't know how yet!

The basic details are as follows: I am fairly sure that  Mary (b.1820) did come from Cornwall to Hobart, Tasmania with her parents Nicholas and Mary (nee Nottle) and siblings in 1842.  She married Samuel in 1844.  The rest of the family sailed to Adelaide, South Australia in 1845-46, where they had a large number of relatives, both Herring and Nottle.  Samuel, Mary and two children followed them in 1847.

Yes, I have seen a record of a Mary Herring who was a convict and who coincidentally sailed in 1834, but on a different ship than Samuel.  Also she was about 23 in 1833, so it wouldn't be "our" Mary. 

I am interested to know where you are?  I am in Adelaide, South Australia.

Looking forward to hearing from you if you would like more details,

Best regards, Sue.

Berkshire Lookup Requests / Re: Looking for Samuel Baverstock
« on: Thursday 01 November 18 12:13 GMT (UK)  »
Hi all. I came across this thread when researching Samuel Baverstock who was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1834. I realise this thread is now 11 years old, but I have some information about Samuel. He married my great great aunt Mary Herring in 1844. If anyone is interested do get in touch.

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