Sunday, January 28, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks - Week 3 - Longevity Part A

The Week 2 prompt for Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" blogging challenge is longevity.

Going through Reunion, the genealogy program I use I decided to check out the longevity of my family.

The following are the top 10 in my extended family. There may be others but these are the family members for which I have verified data. I have included the most common recent ancestor I have with them.

1.  105 years       Mary Selina FORD (1C3R)                         24 Apr 1880 – 15 Aug 1985                   James MERCHANT and Sarah NEAL

2.  102 years       Maud Eileen SEABROOK (2C2R)              19 Feb 1901 – 28 Sep 2003                     Henry SEABROOK and Sarah WHITE

3.  101 years       Florence Jean TURNER (2C2R)                   28 April 1914 – 30 July 2015                (Henry SEABROOK and Sarah WHITE

4. 100 years        Mavis Joyce HOOTON (1C3R)                     9 Oct 1914 – Jun 2015                          Joseph HOOTON and Rebecca BETTIS

5. 99 years           William Ernest Herbert FORD (1C3R)         1 Aug  1871 – 30 Jul 1971                     James MERCHANT and Sarah NEAL 

6. 99 years           Cliffie  ROWLAND (2C3R)                          24 Feb 1900 – 15 Sep 1999                  Harry SEABROOK and Harriet SMITH  

7. 99 years           Annie May SEABROOK (1C3R)                   27 Sep 1876 – 2 Feb 1976                    Henry SEABROOK and Sarah WHITE

8. 98 years            Mervyn Roy (Mick) SEABROOK (3C1R)    26 Jan 1916 – 27 Jul 2014             Henry SEABROOK and Sarah WHITE  

9.   98 years          Charles Walter McLEOD (2C2R)                   9 Mar 1912 – 21 Jun 2010                Henry SEABROOK and Sarah WHITE

10. 98 years          Annie Elizabeth FORD (2C2R)                      21 May 1900 - 28 Jul 1998                  James MERCHANT and Sarah NEAL

4 are from my paternal grandmother's father's side of the family.

6 are from my maternal grandfather's father's side of the family.

1 lived in England, 1 in the US, 4 in NSW, 3 in Victoria and 1 in Tasmania.

Mary Selina Ford and William Ford are brother and sister and Annie Ford is William's daughter.

Not one of them is a direct ancestor which means that this post doesn't really fit the theme of 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.

I'll try and post a part B to this post.

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks - Week 2

The Week 2 prompt for Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" blogging challenge is "Favourite Photo." I really can't think of a favourite photo. I've agonised over which one to share. I have been fortunate to have been given many photographs from both my sides of my husband's and my family. Many are portraits in huge decorative frames. I can see eight now; there are many others in boxes and old suitcases. However, I won't share one of those.

I have another unknown family group which is a favourite because the caption on the back reads, "From all of us to all of you." Thanks.

However, I’ve decided to share one of my very small photographs. I have five photographs that are in little cases with delicate clasps. I am certain that two of them are daguerreotypes
as the images can only be seen in certain positions or angles which can be very frustrating.

Daguerreotypes and possible ambrotypes- one is missing its cover


One is of my great, great,  grandfather Dr William Lee Dawson in his naval uniform who I wrote about in week 1. The second I think is of his wife Emma Seabrook.

Another is of him as an older man. The fourth is of William with his wife Emma Seabrook and their eldest child Catherine. The fifth remains a mystery but could possible be some of William's family from Ireland. 

The photograph which I believe is of Emma is the smallest of the five. When I look directly at it I see a reverse image.

When looking directly at the image you see the reverse.

I believe this is Emma Seabrook (1834 - 1885)

Today I tried to photograph the image. In my best attempt you can actually see the shadow of my phone but it does allow the image to appear. I was actually surprised to see the colour in the image and then checked and found that daguerrotypes were sometimes coloured. 

If this is indeed Emma Seabrook I would imagine that it was taken some time between 1854 and 1857 as William arrived in Australia in 1854 and their first child was born in 1857. This would make her between 20 and 23 years old.

So who was Emma Seabrook?

Emma, the 3rd daughter of Henry William Seabrook and his wife Sarah White was born on 1 May 1834. She was the first of the family to be born in Hobart Town. Emma was baptised on 19th May in the same ceremony as her cousins William and Henry White.

The story of how she met her husband was told to me by one of their grandsons, Frank Dawson. They were both at a cricket match in Hobart. It was a warm day and William noticed that the young lady standing near him looked rather pale. He said, "Lean on me, you look faint." When she demurred he replied, "You might as well because you're going to marry me."

They were only married for 14 years before Dr Dawson died of consumption on 29 June 1871 in Franklin where he was the medical officer.

A few years after his death Emma and her four children Catherine, William, Louisa and Robert moved from Franklin in Tasmania to Melbourne. Several of Emma's siblings lived there.

Like her husband, Emma died at the age of 51 on 27th July 1885 in East Melbourne and is buried at the St Kilda Cemetery.

Emma's Tree - St Kilda Cemetery. Photo taken 19 May 2017.

Friday, January 26, 2018

My 7th blogiversary

7th birthday card from my friend Denise O'Leary.
Today marks the seventh anniversary of my first blog post.

I wish I had reread my old posts prior to beginning this one as I would have saved considerable time.  This is what happened three years ago.

Like my second and third blogiversary I have rummaged through my archive (read boxes of stuff) and found my childhood birthday cards. There was an initial panic as I couldn't find the bag from a Fijian trip in 1971 which contained the cards. I had my husband looking in the roof only to later find the said bag inside a box in my study (where they should have been).

Some things never change! Jump forward to 2018 and it was a repeat performance.

This seventh birthday card was from my friend Denise. I'm pleased to say that we are still friends today.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Trove Tuesday - Trouble with horses (1)

It seems horses have caused a little bit of trouble in my family. My grandfather Jim had an altercation with a horse when he was 23 years old.

Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), Thursday 11 August 1932, page 16

WALLANGARRA - Kicked by Horse

Mr Jim Moore, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Knox Moore, of Wallangarra, was endeavouring to catch a horse, when the animal kicked him just above the eye, temporarily stunning him. After first aid had been rendered he was conveyed to  Tenterfield and admitted to the Torquay Private Hospital, where an operation was performed. His condition was not considered serious.

I wonder what the operation entailed? Did it require time in hospital? If so, how long was my grandmother home with a baby and a toddler?

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

X-DNA Inheritance

I have just finished rereading Blaine T. Bettinger's book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.

I decided to look carefully at my possible X-DNA inheritance. Females inherit X-DNA from both their parents, one X chromosome from each. Males inherit their X chromosome from their mother.

This can be shown visually in the following charts. The first chart shows ancestors from whom I may have inherited my X-DNA.

The next chart shows my husband's X-DNA inheritance.

How will this be useful to me?

When I use Gedmatch in conjunction with DNA Painter I may be able to be more specific in assigning matches to a specific ancestor. e.g. If I have an X-DNA match with another person and our Most Recent Common Ancestors (MRCA) are William Dawson and Bridget Mylan, I can attribute the segment to Bridget Mylan or her parents John Mylan and Matilda Agnew as I know that it is impossible for me to inherit X-DNA from William Dawson.

The 6 generation fan family tree chart came from Family Tree Templates.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks - Week 1

I am attempting to take part in Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" blogging challenge. I have begun a few long term blogging challenges over the years but have never managed to complete any of them. My record is 17 weeks. Perhaps this one may be more successful.

The challenge for Week 1 is "Start." One of Amy's prompts was the home person in your family tree. The 1 ID in my Reunion data is my great, great, grandfather Dr William Lee Dawson. He was the subject of my first and several other blog posts.

I'll link to earlier posts about William Lee Dawson but will also add an image that very few people have seen.

I am very fortunate to have in my possession a photo album which belonged to his daughter,  Louisa Annie Spinks (Dawson). It was given to me by her grandson Charles Roussac.

Over the years many family members have visited his grave in Franklin, Tasmania, Australia. Each time I go to Tasmania I make sure I take a trip to Franklin. At times you have to avoid the cows and the deep ruts in the graveyard but it is worth it.

Headstone of Dr William Lee Dawson - Church of England graveyard, Franklin, Tasmania - 2013

The view from the graveyard back to the Huon River at Franklin - 2013

Previous posts about Dr William Lee Dawson.

1. Australia Day Challenge

2. Family Treasures - Cylinder

3. Family Homes - No 2 - Franklin Tasmania

4. Australia Day 2012 - Wealth for Toil - Dr William Lee Dawson

5. 52 Weeks of Genealogical Records - Week 8 Diaries

6. Trove Tuesday - The Man who Hanged his Wife