Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trove Tuesday - Trouble with horses (2)

My last Trove Tuesday post told about an accident my grandfather Jim Moore of Wallangarra had with a horse.

The previous year his father-in-law Philip Merchant had a more serious accident involving a horse which according to the Sydney Morning Herald left him in a critical condition.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 12 March 1931, page 10

Unfortunately, The Tenterfield Star is not yet on Trove but I also have the story from that publication.

The Tenterfield Star, 12 March 1931.

I wonder which newspaper is correct - critical condition or severely injured?

Saturday, February 10, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks - Week 4 - Invite to Dinner

The Week 4 prompt for Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" blogging challenge is “Invite to Dinner”.

Who to invite to dinner? As usual there are so many choices but I have decided that I would like to invite one of my gggg grandmothers - Hanora Flynn (Connor).

I have managed to discover many things about Hanora but there are still so many unanswered questions.

What do I know?

I know that Hanora married Patrick Flynn on 26th February 1811 at Shandrum, Cork, Ireland. 1. At least three children were born in Ireland, Ann, Mary and Thomas. In March 1821 Patrick was arrested in Wexford County and sentenced to transportation for life. 

I know that her husband Patrick applied for Hanora and their three children to be sent out to the colony at the expense of the crown. The Rev. J.J. Therry recommended the application. Hanora lived in the parish of Liscarroll and was known to the Rev Malachy Sheehan, Parish Priest and William Purcell Esq. J.P. of the parish. 2.

I know that Hanora arrived in Australia aboard the Thames with their children Ann (12), Mary (9) and Thomas (4) on 11th April 1826.

I know that just days later, on 18th April, Hanora petitioned the Governor, Lieutenant General Ralph Darling praying her husband Patrick Flynn may be granted to her as her assigned servant as she had three children she was unable to provide for. George Blackett, the Superintendent at Rooty Hill stated that Patrick Flynn had been under his superintendency since 19th December 1823, “during which period I have found no fault in his conduct have been very attentive to his duty and all along demeaned himself in a manner much to my satisfaction.”  3. Hanora’s request was granted.
By October 1829 when Hanora had again petitioned the Governor, they had two more children, Patrick and Ellen. That your Memorialist has now five children viz. 3 female and 2 male whereas 4 of which are now looking to their mother for support. That  your Memorialist on arrival was immediately allowed the indulgence of taking her husband Patrick Flynn off the stores, he then stationed at Rooty Hill Establishment....My husband’s character since his arrival in the colony will bear the strictest enquiry as  your Excellency will see, should your Excellency be pleased to have his character investigated.
That your Memorialist since her arrival and with the industry and help of her husband has obtained 27 head of horned cattle for which with the exception of a few milch cows has to pay for the grazing of the same, not having any land to graze them on. Your Memorialist therefore most humbly solits (sic) your Excellency will be pleased to allow her a certain portion of land for the run of her cattle, for such a period of time as to your Excellency’s wisdom and goodness shall seem meet, which favour will be considered by Memorialists for ever and of infinite service to her infant children......... Hanora Flynn I reside at No 47 Kent Street Sydney.
In her book The Women of Botany Bay Portia Robinson described Hanora as a woman of “persistence and determination.”  4. 

I know that Hanora lived at Pittwater in the 1830s on 40 acres at Little Mackerel Beach. 5. (It's a shame I've lost the photos I took several years ago.)

I also know that 2 more sons John and Michael were born to the family. Michael was baptised on 26 May 1836 at St Mary's  in Sydney.

I know that Hanora died at her residence, Parramatta Street Sydney on Thursday 11th June 1852. 6. 

Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875) Saturday 19 June 1852 p 2 

But there is so much I don’t know. What would I ask Hanora if I could invite her to dinner?

  • How did you survive with 3 young children from 1821 until 1826?
  • Why did you leave Pittwater and return to Sydney?
  • I wonder why you are called Mary when Michael was baptised?
  • Was Ann the only child to have children?
  • You died only a few years before civil registration so I would love to know the names of your parents and siblings?  Did any of them come to Australia?
  • What happened to your 2 grandchildren, James and William Moylan who were put into an orphanage after their father died and their mother Ann was left destitute?

There would be many more questions but I would also like to thank her for her courage, persistence and determination to bring her family to Australia to be reunited with her husband and their father Patrick Flynn.

My lineage from Hanora Connor
4G great grandmother         Hanora Connor m Patrick Flynn
3G great grandmother         Ann Flynn m Thomas Mylan
2G great grandfather           John Mylan m Matilda Agnew
Great Grandmother              Bridget Mylan m William Dawson
Grandfather                          Donovan Dawson m Elsie Ryan
My mother



 1. Irish Family History Foundation, http://irhf.brsgenealogy.com, 15 Mar 2008. 
 2. AO Reel 697 4//163 7 p.236 no. 39
3. AO 4/7084, 19 Apr 1826  - also in Shelagh and George Champion 1997 Manly Warringah and Pittwater 
4. Robinson, Portia, The Women of Botany Bay, p. 226
5. Lawrence, Joan, Pictorial History Pittwater, p. 111.
6.  Empire (Sydney, NSW : 1850 - 1875), http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-title67, 19 Jun 1852, p. 2. and NSW BDM 1029/1852 V18521029. Death registered as Hannah Flynn.

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.