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Offline GrantW

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Mary Rogers - Janet Disher
« on: Wednesday 18 May 11 12:19 BST (UK) »
Hi there. I am hoping to get in contact with anyonewho may have any information on Mary Rogers (sometimes spelt Rodgers). I do not know where Mary was born or who her parents were but she married my ggrandfater (William Francis Freer) on 8 February 1893 at Mersey, Tasmania, Australia. They had the following children:
Linda Mary Freer 1894-1898
John (Jack) Robert Freer 1897-1917, (died WW1 Dranoutre France. 4 25miles north west of Armentieres)
Daisy (May) Freer 1899-1971 (sometimes used Rogers as surname at school as she was raised by Uncle Rogers after her mothers death)
Pearl Jane Freer 1901- 1990 (my grandmother, married Alfred Woodbridge in 1925)
William (Bill) Francis Freer Jr 1903-1995 and
Mary Freer 1906-1994.

I have found some information That Mary (Rogers) Freer died on 5th August 1906 at Northdown Tasmania.

I am also trying to find information on her husbands (William) mother, Janet Disher (sometimes called Jessie). Janet arrived at Hobart Town from Greenoch Scotland aboard the John Bell on 4 Dec 1855 before continuing on to Launceston aboard the steamer Duncan Hoyle. She married Francis Freer on 6 May 1856 in Tasmania. William (Mary Rogers' husband) was their first child though unnamed male used on birth record. When Janet married Francis Freer, the priest signed her name (she used an X being unable to write) as Wishart. I assume this may be a mishearing of her Scottish accent for Disher. 

I noticed on another forum one of the moderators was finding information on a Freer and managed to have some information as follows. I think this Janet (aged 3 in 1841) may be my gggrandmother as birth year is reasonably consistent with Tas archives giving her age as 19 in 1855 as passenger on John Bell. Appreciate any advice on how to confirm it is her.

I think I have found Thomas Daniel Disher's family. The family look to be Scottish and travelled to the US in 1827 on the 'Brig Tom' arriving in New York on 2 July that year, port of departure shows as Greenock, Renfrewshire. From the manifest we have - everyone born in Scotland:
William Disher 30, joiner
Dianna Disher 31
Margaret Disher 6
William Disher 3
James Disher 1

Then back in Scotland for the 1841 census we have - everyone showing as born in the county:

William Disher 45, Journeyman Joiner
Dianna Disher 40
Margaret Disher 21
William Disher 17, trunk maker
James Disher 13
James Disher 10...two James? maybe on Jane or something similar
Thomas Disher 7
Andrew Disher 5
Janet Disher 3
George Disher 1

Address: High St, Glasgow St Pauls

There is one of the children's births showing on IGI which gives mother's maiden name as SHORT (there may be more entries showing on the Old Parish Registers on Scotlands People).

MARGARET DISHER  Birth:06 MAR 1820 Glasgow

The parents' banns/marriage show on 21 AUG 1818 also in Glasgow.

Anyway thanks for reading this and would appreciate any offering on finding more on Janet Disher and/or Mary Rogers and their parents or siblings.


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Re: Mary Rogers - Janet Disher
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 18 May 11 13:11 BST (UK) »
Hi there,

From Tasmania Police Gazette, page 134 of 1906 and imaged at the following website 
search Inquests Index for Mary Freer, reference POL 709/1/34 P 134 (1906) and SC 195/1/77 Inquest 12048. Gives
MERSEY DISTRICT ... An Inquest was held at Northdown on the 6th Instant, before James Smith, Esq., Coroner, on the body of Mary Freer, age 35 years, housewife.  Verdict: “Natural Causes”.  The index also shows her date of death was 5 August, 1906 and the inquest was 6 August 1906. 

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Re: Mary Rogers - Janet Disher
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 07 May 22 04:51 BST (UK) »
Are you still interested in finding more about William Disher (1793-1843) , James Disher (1826 - 1920) & Thomas Daniel Disher (1855 - 1920)?