Monday, September 9, 2013

150 Years Ago

From Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings...

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 September 1863 - 150 years ago.

2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

The Conners

Edward Conner (1829 - 1903) - an engineer in the Royal Navy and his wife Rebecca (1830-?) would have been living in 4 Kilminston Street Portsea, Hampshire, England with their children Edward G (7 years old) and Clara Rebecca (5 years old) and Walter (2 years old) as per the 1861 Census.  

I suspect that Kilminston Street is now called Kilmiston Close as per the map from Google below.

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I don't think the residence would still exist as per this article  much of the area was demolished in the 1960s.  I do have a book called "Portsmouth Old and New" by David F. Francis, published 1975 by EP Publishing.  He was, at the time, the Humanities Librarian at Portsmouth Polytechnic.  I understand from his acknowledgements at the front of the book that most of the old photographs were out of copyright.  Here then is a picture of Fratton Road in 1910 which was not very far from Kilminston Close.

The Foynes

I know very little about Rebecca's parents - Samuel and Harriet Foyne.  When she was baptized in 1847 they were listed as living at 1 Ann's Place, Pomeroy Street, Old Kent Road. Samuel was a cabinet maker.  

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Have a look at the London Transport Museum website for a photo of Old Kent Road in the 1890s.

The Cooks

James Vernon Cook (1847-?) would have been 15 years old and living with his parents James and Ann and older sister Elenor (18) and younger sisters Ann (13) , Emma (11) and Arabella (5) at 5 Newnham Place Bishopsgate London.

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I highly recommend Spitalfields Life if you want to see old photos of this particular part of London.  Acorn St which features in this post was not so very far from Newnham Place I think.

The Jefferies

Caroline (1852-?) aged 11 (and James Vernon Cook's future wife) was living with her parents - Thomas (1823-?) warder in a convict prison and her mother Sarah (1824-?) as well as her older brother Henry (14) and younger sisters Eliza Jane (7) and Ellen  (4) together with Greenwich Pensioners Richard and Harriet Winterburne at 27 Alfred Street Portsea.

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The Carretts

George Henry (1834-1912) and his wife Mary Ann (1835-1919) were married at All Saints Church in the parish of Croydon, Surrey in 1855. In the 1861 Census Mary Ann is listed as living with her children George Henry aged 5, Mary Ann aged 3 and William aged 4 months at 38 Lyham Road Lambeth.  

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The Forfars

In 1863 George Forfar (1848-1923) may still have been at  Byron House School The Park Ealing aged 14.  You can read more about the school here.

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The Hollinghams

Emily Mercy Hollingham (1852-?) would have been living with her parents Edward and Jane at Livingstone House 31 Seaside Road Eastbourne.
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So here's a map with all the UK families placed with a pin

The Stores

Edwin Stores (1829-1905) and his wife Mary Ann (1835-1902) had already come out to Australia.  By 1863 they had Mary, Sarah and Lucy and were living in Camperdown, Newtown, 
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The McLoughlins

We're still a bit unsure as to exactly when the McLoughlins arrived in Australia.  But by 1867 Patrick (1834-1897) and Margaret (1835-1908) had Annie, Patrick, Mary and John at Bowenfells NSW.

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The Taylors

Samuel  Taylor (1805-1871)and his wife Margaret (1807-1875) 
were living with their family at Taemas near Yass. 
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The Cases

In 1863 widow Maria Case (1818- 1891) was living at Gundaroo, NSW with her children James (16), Susan (14), Sarah (11), Emma (8), Charlotte (7) and Thomas (3). 
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The Ellises

George (1838-1916) and Isabella (1839-1918) were probably living at 54 Napier Street Fitzroy with their son George.  Five years later little Isobel Blanche was to die there.  By then, George had two other brothers Charles and Paul.
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Here's a map showing all the locations in Australia

My thanks to Sharon at Strong Foundations for teaching me how to embed maps and to Anne of Anne's family history for alerting me to a new tool aka Mapalist.


Anne Young said...

I am glad you liked the mapping utility. I need to learn to embed maps and not just screenshots :)

I hadn't seen this meme prompt but am planning to do something similar for 1854 inspired by this week's Sepia Saturday prompt of a flag and thinking about where all my forebears were at the time of Eureka.

Alex Daw said...

Dear Anne - Embedding maps is really easy. Here are Sharon's lovely and easy to follow instructions.

1. Go into google maps and get the map on the screen that you want embedded
2. Click on the link icon on the left, which will bring up another box showing the html code (Step 1 diagram attached)
3. Click on "Customise and Preview Map" to check how map will look and change the size that you prefer
4. Copy the html code
5. Go into Blogger (compose post) and change from "compose" to "html" (Step 2 diagram attached). Paste the html code.
6. When you go back into "compose" the map should be there.

Thanks Sharon!!