Monday, July 25, 2011

Jacob Scheef - Letters to Home - 24 July 1885

My husband's family are very fortunate as his great grandfather travelled back to Germany from Armidale, NSW from May to September 1885. While visiting family he sent many letters back to Australia and kept a diary of his time overseas. I'll post his letters on the day they were written. These letters can be seen at the University of New England (UNE) Archive in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Biographical Entry

Beilstein  Marbach
the 24 July 1885
My dear Wife and children
I have received 3 letters from you since I am in Germany the last two dated the 31 May and 2 June and I received the letter of recommendation from the Lodge as well as the 4 Expresses I see that you are all doing well and get on with your work well as for giving you any instructions or advice is of no value now because we are too far apart and I see through the letters that you manage right enough. When I wrote my first letter to you from here I was only 3 days here and they were wet so I could tell you very little since then I was in Höpfigheim Untertürkheim and the surprise I got there was the same as they were here Your Uncle Christian is alive yet and is well and hearty and so is his wife and they send you all their best wishes there are the most of your cousins in America and doing well.I will go and see them again before I go home and that won’t be long. Last week I was in Untertürkheim and saw the relatives there the most of my relatives are dead but one old uncle is still alive yet and is well he is 82 years of age and went with me to Stuttgart walking better than I could the country looks splendid everywhere grapes and pears are in abundance and the grains and all other produce look beautiful. Next week the harvest will begin and I have to look out for my return the time hangs heavy on me sometimes when I am not moving about from place to place I am trying to bring or send a waggon to you but as yet there is some difficulty about the transport of it the waggon will be a complete hay waggon of the carrying capacity between 4 and 5 tons and it will cost here £10 ten pound delivered at Heilbroun I will know next week if it can be transported or not If it can be transported I will not be able to go through America home as I will not have enough money left and then I will go from England with the same company as I came here with and that will be probably week after next as my staying here is of no use after that but I hope to receive another letter from you before I start homeward trusting at the same time that you are all well and in good spirit. As for myself I am getting on fine as far as my health is concerned only sometimes I feel that I am not at home and have nothing to do. I believe if nothing comes against me that when I be back again that I will be as healthy as I was ten years ago.
I hope this letter will find you all well and healthy and so is the wish of all our friends here and they send their best well wishes and respects to you all. Give my best respects to all my friends and acquaintances and I trust that I will be soon amongst you again.
Your loving Husband and Father
Jacob F Scheef

Sunday, July 17, 2011

SNGF - My husband's great great grandparents

After blogging about my great great grandparents I though I should add those of my husbands.
  1. Thomas Brennan is presumed to have been born and died in Ireland. He married Margaret Tobin on 18th February 1846 at Leafe Hill, Muckalee, Co Kilkenny, Ireland.
  2. Margaret Tobin is presumed to have been born and died in Ireland.
  3. James Ryan, son of Daniel Ryan and Anastasia Deeves was born c 1840 at Kilcooley, Co Tipperary, Ireland. He married Catherine Cleary at Uralla, NSW, Australia. James died in Uralla 20th September 1922 at Uralla, NSW, Australia
  4. Catherine Cleary, daughter of John Cleary and Catherine Heffernan was born c1846 at Cashel, Co Tipperary, Ireland. She died on 3rd April at Kentucky, NSW, Australia.
  5. Alfred Kerr, son of Robert Kerr and Ellen Smail was born on18th June 1845 at West Maitland, NSW, Australia. He married Mary Ann Spatch on 3rd July 1864 at Glen Innes, NSW, Australia. Alfred Kerr died on 26th March 1918 at Glen Innes, NSW, Australia
  6. Mary Anne Spatch, daughter of William Spatch and Ellen Key was born on 14th November 1848 at Glenelgin, NSW, Australia. She died on 14th July 1906 at Glen Innes, NSW.
  7. Thomas Squires, son of Henry/James? Squires and Sarah ? was born c1855 at Wanstead, Essex, England. He married Mary Ann Lydamore on 22nd March 1875 at Shoreditch, London, England. He died after 1906, presumably near Glen Innes, NSW, Australia
  8. Mary Ann Lydamore, daughter of Samuel Lydamore and Catherine Fuller was born on 1st May 1839 at Yarmouth, England. She died on 24th January 1924 at Glen Innes, NSW, Australia.
  9. Christoph Scheef, son of Johann Scheef and Anna Steinle was born on 9th March 1794, at Unterturkheim, Wurttemberg, Germany. He married Margaretha Munk(in) on 28th August 1821 at Unterturkheim, Wurtemberg, Germany. He died before 1885.
  10. Margaretha Munk(in), daughter of Jonathan Munk and Christina Haberle was born on 21 June 1798 at Unterturkheim, Wurtemberg, Germany. She died before 1885 at Steinheim an der Murr, Germany.
  11. Johann (Georg) Glock, son of Georg Glock and Christina Vayh was born on 10th April 1806 at Grosbottwar, Wurtenburg, Germany. He married Barbara Waegerle on 3rd July 1836 at Hopfigheim, Wurttemberg, Germany. Georg died on 3rd June at Uralla, NSW, Australia.
  12. Barbara Waegerle, daughter of Christoph Waegerle and Katharina Klumpp was born on 18th April 1810 in Wurttenberg, Germany. She died at Uralla, NSW, Australia on 18th September, 1869.
  13. Andrew Waters, son of ?, was born c1814 in England. He married Margaret Doherty in Sydney, NSW, Australia on 24th June 1850. Andrew died on 3rd January 1870 at Kelly’s Plains, Armidale, NSW, Australia
  14. Margaret Doherty, daughter of Robert Doherty and Betty ? was born c 1826 in Donegal, Ireland. She died on 12 December 1875 at Gara, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
  15. Elis Dawson, son of Thomas Dawson and Betsy Hare was born on 14th September, at Renhold, Bedfordshire, England. He married Mary Richardson on 23rd May 1841 at Renhold. Elis died on 1st October 1888 at Armidale, NSW, Australia.
  16. Mary Richardson, daughter of Thomas Richardson and Mary Holton was born in 1822 at Renhold, Bedfordshire, England. She died on 8th march 1859 at Booralong near Armidale, NSW, Australia.

SNGF - 16 Great Great Grandparents

From Randy Seaver Genea-Musings.
Ah, Genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again – are you ready for more Genealogy Fun?
Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1)  List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places).  [Hint - you might use an Ancestral Name List from your software for this.]
2)  Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.
3)  For extra credit, go make a “Heritage Pie” chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the  chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the "Heritage Pie" chart idea.]
  1. Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.
Well it is Sunday here in Australia but here are my great great grandparents.
  1. John Moore, son of John Moore and Elizabeth Glenn, was born in 1846 in Co. Antrim, Ireland. John married Margaret Henry on 20th September 1871 at Ballymoney, Co Antrim, Ireland. John died in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia on 2nd September, 1929.
  2. Margaret Jane Henry was born on 18th Feb 1850/51 in Ireland, daughter of James Moore Henry and Rose Black Hannah. She died in Wallangarra, Queensland, Australia on 1st August 1923.
  3. Malcolm McColm, son of Samuel McColm and Mary MacCaul, was born in 1851 in Scotland. He married Jane Fleming in 1877 at Inch, Witownshire, Scotland. Malcolm died on 22nd August near Warwick, Queensland, Australia.
  4. Jane Smith Fleming, daughter of James Fleming and Jane Milroy was born on 28th October 1853 at Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Scotland. She died on 22nd January 1888 at Wallangarra, Queensland, Australia.
  5. Thomas Merchant, son of James Merchant and Sarah Matilda Neal was born on 21st January 1843 at Sampford, Wellington, Somersetshire, England. He married Sarah Hooton on 4th January 1869 at McLeod's Creek, Timbarra, NSW, Australia. Thomas died on 1st December 1902 at Drake, New South Wales, Australia.
  6. Sarah Jane Hooton, daughter of Joseph Hooton and Rebecca Bettis was born on the Wilson Kennedy, at sea on 26th November 1852. She died in Tenterfield, NSW, on 8th December, 1924.
  7. William Henry Allsop, son of Samuel Allsop and Elizabeth Handley was born on 11th August 1847 at Stockingford, Warwickshire, England. He married Mary McInerney on 13th January 1870 at Alberton, Victoria, Australia. William died on 2nd January 1921 at Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  8. Mary Ellen McInerney, daughter of John McInerney and Mary Maley was born c1852 in Waterford, Ireland. She died on 16th March 1919 at Newcastle, NSW, Australia.
  9. William Lee Dawson, son of Robert Dawson and Eleanor Giles was born on 16th September at Dublin, Ireland. William married Emma Seabrook on 25th August 1856 at Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia. William died on 29th June 1871 in Franklin, Tasmania, Australia.
  10. Emma Seabrook, daughter of Henry William Seabrook and Sarah White was born on 1st May 1834 at Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia. She died on 27th July 1885 at East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  11. John Mylan, son of Thomas Mylan and Ann Flynn was born on 24th December 1833 at Sydney, NSW, Australia. He married Matilda Agnew at Countegany, Cooma on 29th December 1856. John died on 18th December 1918 at Countegany, Cooma, NSW, Australia
  12. Matilda Agnew, daugher of James Agnew and Ellen Lagan was born on 9 November 1836 at Castledawson, Co Derry, Ireland. She died on 16th August 1905 at Cooma, NSW, Australia
  13. John Charles Ryan, the son of John Ryan and Catherine Crawley was born c1837-39 at Portlaw, Co Waterford, Ireland. He married Mary O'Halloran on 1st July 1864 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. John died on 15th November 1910 at Balmain, NSW, Australia.
  14. Mary O’Halloran, daughter of Michael O’Halloran and Mary Lyons was born c1846 at Roscrae, Co Tipperary, Ireland. She died on 5th December 1895 at Balmain, NSW, Australia.
  15. Peter Ogden, son of Samuel Ogden and Ann Hope was born in 1838 at Bolton, Co Lancashire, England. He married Elizabeth Harrison on 5th August 1860 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Peter died on 11th July 1911 at Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia.
  16. Elizabeth Harrison, daughter of William Henry Harrison and Ann Waller? was born c1841 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. She died on 11th August 1927 at Leederville, Western Australia, Australia.

I should really follow now with my husband's great great grandparents.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Family Treasures - Elector's Rights

Each time I go to vote I simply go to a polling booth, give my name and address, state that I haven’t voted previously in this election and I’m given a voting paper. I don't need to give any identification.

One hundred and ten years ago, my great grandfather Michael Patrick Ryan and his father John Charles Ryan had to produce their New South Wales Elector’s Right Residential Qualification papers to vote.

The Wikipedia article The Electoral Atlas of New South Wales states that the 1893 Act had adopted a Voter’s Right document that a voter presented to be checked off the roll before a ballot paper was issued. In 1900, the compilation of annual rolls was made a function of the local police and Elector’s Rights were abolished in 1906.

Amongst our family papers are another pair of treasures, original Elector’s Rights of John Charles Ryan, carter and Michael Patrick Ryan, storeman of 23 Cambridge Street, Balmain. If enrolled they were entitled to vote at Elections of Members of the Assembly in the electoral district of Balmain. They were qualified in respect of Manhood and of Residence in Balmain district.

John Charles Ryan, 23 Cambridge Street, Balmain

Michael Patrick Ryan, 23 Cambridge Street, Balmain

Monday, July 11, 2011

Armidale Family History Group - 25th Anniversary

Last week I received an invitation to the Armidale Family History Group Inc's 25th anniversary celebrations to be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 30th and 31st 2011.

Although not an original member of this group I became a member when I lived in Armidale  in 1988. Each month we used to meet at Dixson Library at the University of New England. Now the group have their own research rooms in Kentucky Street.

I remember helping to survey the cemetery at that time but had left town before the books were finally published.

On Saturday afternoon from 2 - 4 pm there will be afternoon tea at their Research Centre, Kentucky Street. The Anniversary Dinner will be held that evening at the Armidale City Bowling Club, Dumaresq Street.

On Sunday at 10 am Graham Wilson, patron of the group will host a cemetery walk.

If you wish to attend, RSVP to the Family History Centre, P.O. Box 1378, Armidale, NSW, 2350 or email by Monday July 25th 2011.

Hope to see meet old friends there.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

German Ancestry

For many years I had put research on my husband's twenty-five percent German ancestry into the too hard basket. His great grandfather's name Jacob Scheef wasn't on the shipping list indexes. It wasn't until I found the name of the ship on his naturalisation papers and then went directly to the shipping list that I found Jacob Scheef. He arrived on the Grasbrook on 26 September 1865 aged 20. I couldn't read the name of the town where he was born on the shipping list so I was still lost.

It wasn't until many years later I happened to be in Sydney at a SAG event and I went to the German stand and someone said with only a quick glance that it was Untertürkheim. Armed with that information, a quick search of Scheef and Untertürkheim revealed many treasures. Someone had already transcribed many Church records and I could now progress a few generations further back than my husband's great grandfather. I was soon in contact with a few people over the world.

This weekend I was looking carefully at my database and realised that the information concerned more distant branches and I actually had no information about Jacob Scheef's immediate family. All I had known was that the church records had somehow indicated that his mother had left Untertürkheim with her family and moved to Steinheim an der Murr.

Many hours on family search have now given me several more German names and I will post them here in the hope that someone out there is also researching these names.

Direct line surnames - Scheef Munk(in), Steinle, Haberle, Lauterwasser, Häberle and Zaiss.

Indirect lines - Schanz, Strudel, Pantle, Buder, Klumpp, Lautenschlager, (Elizabetha Dorothea Scheef (Jacob's sister's family), Winkler, Schmid, Krauch.

In Australia Jacob Scheef married Christina Jacobvina Glock who lived only a few kilometres from him in Germany.

Her family names include: Glock, Wäegerle, Klumpp, Vayh and Rau.

These families all lived in or close to either Untertürkheim, Steinheim an der Murr, Hopfigheim and Großbottwar.

If anyone is researching these names, I'd love to hear from you. I have copies of many letters written and sent from Germany from the 1860s until the 1890s. I know some were written by Schanz (Scheef's brother-in-law) and he is mentioned in Jacob Scheef's letters home when he visited Germany in 1885.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Family Treasures - Pocket Watch

This is the first in a new series titled Family Treasures.
A couple of weekends ago, I went to my nanna's old house and scanned everything of genealogical value in the house.

I scanned this watch warranty. My great great grandfather John Charles Ryan purchased a watch from Evan Jones Jewellers in the Royal Arcade in Sydney on 24 December 1885. He paid £2-15 for the watch and it was guaranteed for a period of 3 years.

Who was Evan Jones?
Evan Jones was born in England and according to the About NSW website he was a leading silversmith, watchmaker, medalist and jeweller in Sydney from 1873 until 1917.

I was quite excited to see this guarantee. Imagine my surprise when about half an hour later my uncle produced the pocket watch. It is engraved with J.C. Ryan on the outside and is in perfect condition. A true family treasure!

I don't know when John Charles Ryan arrived in Australia from Portlaw, Waterford, Ireland. He is one of only 2 arrivals that I can't trace with any accuracy. My first record of him is when he married Mary Halloran/O'Halloran at St Stephen's in Brisbane on 1st July 1864.
They lived for some time on the Darling Downs and my great grandfather Michael Patrick Ryan was born there on 1 March 1866. Mary's sister Margaret lived in Sydney. Her husband, John O'Sullivan worked as a merchant for W.H Ariel, General Merchants at 335 Kent Street in Sydney. John invited the family to move to Sydney as he knew his nephews were looking for work. The Ryan family lived in Cambridge Street, Balmain - indeed family members rented the same house for 100 years from the same family - but that is another story.

The pocket watch is a true family treasure cared for for 126 years.

Monday, July 4, 2011

What a Weekend!

Last weekend I went to visit my uncle and spent a lot of the weekend scanning everything of genealogical value in the house. Fortunately for me my great grandparents lived with my mother, aunt and uncle and their parents for a number of years and all the precious family history has been preserved.

My aunt, who was interested in family history back in the early 1970s got my nanna to write on the back of all the old photos, so we know who everyone is. There are no surprises. There was only one missing photo and it has been missing for many decades. It was one of my great great grandfather John Charles Ryan taken in a buggy outside W.H. Ariel and Co in Kent Street, Sydney where he worked. Perhaps someone has it!

Over a number of years my aunt has filed and labelled everything. My only problem was that we didn't have a digital copy of any of it, so for a long time I have have been worried about the safety of these treasures.

I had a busy weekend. I scanned letters, receipts, guarantees, photographs of family homes, family portraits and took photos of realia. We went for a drive around the town and took photos of all houses where family members lived. We drove to the old farm, and gazed across the creek to the grove of trees where the farmhouse once stood. I've since marked these places on a google map.

I now have material for many blog posts. I just need a name to call this series of posts. Any suggestions?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Childhood Deaths - Norman George Dawson

Norman George Dawson (1913- 1931)

Norman is the next in a series of posts I have been writing about childhood deaths in my family.

Norman George Dawson, who was born in Brisbane was the 2nd of three children born to Bertrand George Dawson (my great uncle) and his wife May Katrina Victoria Otteson. 

My Fault Entirely

While Norman George Dawson (17) was riding a bicycle on January 23, he collided with the gutter in Barry-parade, and as a result of injuries he died in the Brisbane General Hospital on the following day. Yesterday, Mr W Harris, P.M., held an inquest into his death.

May Catrina Dawson, of Brunswick-street, New Farm, said she was the boy's mothers. He told her he was riding home from work, and in endeavouring to avoid a motor car he hit the gutter, and was thrown against a brick wall.

James Muir Glendinning, of Newstead-terrace, Newstead, said he was driving  a motor truck along Barry-parade. He intended to turn into Alfred-street, when he saw a boy on a bicycle. The boy crossed in front of the truck, and looking back, witness saw the boy lying on the footpath.

Dr B. H. McColl, of the Brisbane Hospital, said he questioned the boy about the accident, and the boy saod: "It was my fault entirely."

The inquest was closed.

The Brisbane Courier, Wednesday 11 March, 1931, p. 12.

Norman was later buried at Toowong Cemetery in Brisbane. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Jacob Scheef - Letters to Home - 1 July 1885

My husband's family are very fortunate as his great grandfather travelled back to Germany from Armidale, NSW from May to September 1885. While visiting family he sent many letters back to Australia and kept a diary of his time overseas. I'll post his letters on the day they were written. These letters can be seen at the University of New England (UNE) Archive in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Biographical Entry

the 1 July 1885
My Dear Wife and Children
I have arrived safely in Germany and I found a very great change among my brothers and sisters as they are all dead except my sister Rosina but I would not have known her and she would not have known me if we did not know that we were brother and sister by our name and still we always keep looking at one another and fancy that we must be mistaken the way I got myself known to Schantz our brother in law was through saying that I had a message from myself and that I wished to see him. Well we were almost talking a half hour before I made myself known to him he had no idea that I was Jacob at the same time I would not have known him either the pleasure was very great afterwards.
Although I thought I knew something about the country before I never expected it would look as grand as it does it was nothing but one surprise after the other in scenery beauty and the splendid crops it bears it seems almost impossible to comprehend it. they are all eager to inquire after your welfare and only wish you could be present the last letter I wrote to you was from Port Said and I wish you received it Well from Port Said we had a very good passage and we arrived on the 26 June in the evening at Naples and I was landed the same night and a worse night I never had on the whole voyage the people of Naples are a lot of thieves robbers and swindlers they charged for supper and a bed which we never used as we was afraid to lay down 13 Franks from Naples I started at three o’clock and arrived in Rome about 9 o’clock the following day I went at two o’clock with the rail again  arrived the following dat at 4 o’clock in Zurich and left yesterday morning for Stuttgart where I arrived at 2 o’clock and left directly with the train for Marbach from there I went on foot to Steinheim seen Schantz and went together in a buggy to my sisters home where I arrived at dusk next week I hope to receive a letter from you and I am longing very much after some news from you and hope all is well the money I took with me is nearly gone but not the draft exchange which I hope will carry me back again the news that I arrived spread like wildfire all your cousins are wishing to see you personally.
Your ever loving Husband and Father
Jacob Scheef