Friday, June 29, 2012

Genetic genealogy journey - FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder - Part 2

On Thursday 21 June I posted Genetic genealogy journey - FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder - Part 1, a very short and almost wordless blog post showing a screenshot of my fascinating and unexpected Population Finder results from my recent FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) Family Finder test. Population Finder is a standard feature of FTDNA's Family Finder Autosomal DNA test which provides 'biogeographical analysis' of autosomal DNA.
Could the Fullerton's have a Spanish ancestor?

As far as I know from paper trail research, all my ancestors within the last 200 years (and further back on some branches of my family tree) came from Ireland, England and Wales. However, as I have mentioned previously on this blog, there is a family story of Spanish ancestry that exists within my Fullerton family who originated in County Kildare, Ireland.
As my screenshot showed in 
Part 1 FTDNA's Population Finder currently describes me as 92.19% Europe (Western European) matching the Orcadian population (+/- 2.69% Margin of Error), and 7.81% Middle East matching the Palestinian, Adygei, Bedouin South, Druze, Iranian and Jewish populations (+/- 2.69% Margin of Error). 

What might these results mean? To begin my search for answers I have turned first to the FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) Population Finder FAQs. The following are links to the FAQs most relevant to my situation, and my responses after reading FTDNA's answers. You can see all the FAQs here: FamilyTreeDNA - Understanding Results - Population Finder. Please remember that I am very much a newbie to all this and if you can help me in any way to understand the terminology and the possibilities and limitations of this technology, any helpful hints or advice would be most appreciated. Thanks.

What reference populations were used? This FAQ lists all the populations from approved scientific studies that were used to compose FTDNA's DNA Population Database, ie. a list of all the populations that I could have matched within the seven continental groups. Of the listed population groups I matched 92.19% with the Orcadian (Orkney Isles) representative population within the European Continental group and the Western European subcontinental group, and I matched 7.81% with the Palestinian, Adygei, Bedouin South, Druze, Iranian and Jewish representative populations within the Middle East continental group. Other populations I could have matched within the Western European subcontinental group include Basque, French and Spanish. Other Middle East populations I could have matched include Mozabite (North Africa).

My questions are now as follows:

  • If I do have a Spanish ancestor, why did I not match in some way with the Spanish representative population in the Western European subcontinental group? Is it perhaps that the speculative Spanish component of my autosomal DNA was indistinguishable from my British Isles component?
  • Could I have inherited the the Middle East component of my autosomal DNA from my speculative Spanish ancestor? 
How does Population Finder determine the percentages of different ancestries? This FAQ answer describes the process used to determine the percentages of different ancestries assigned in Population Finder. How many generations in the past do Population Finder results reflect? This FAQ answer states that "Population Finder results are your personal genetic ancestry that reflects the last 100 to 2,000 years (about 4 to 80 generations). They may also reflect one population that mixed with another in ancient times and became fixed in the second population". This probably indicates that my 7.81% Middle East autosomal DNA component is based not on an ancestor in the 'recent' past but on more distant ancestors who were part of a population composed of people with mixed ancestry e.g. Britian, Ireland, Spain etc. So I can repeat my question from above - Could I have inherited the the Middle East component of my autosomal DNA from my speculative Spanish ancestor?

The following FTDNA FAQs also cover the issue of admixture in populations:


In the comments on my last genetic genealogy post (FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder - Part 1) Heather from The Geneabrarian Reference Desk blog stated: "Wait there is more! Have you downloaded your raw data yet?...Then upload your zipped raw data file to Gedmatch (www.gedmatch.com) and let the admixture tests begin. You will find amazing things." Thank you Heather. I have now downloaded the raw data from FTDNA and I have been exploring the admixture tests at Gedmatch. You can find out more about admixture tests at the ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) Wiki: Admixture Tests - ISOGG Wiki.

Shelley from the Twigs of Yore blog also made a comment on my last post. Shelley has written many useful and interesting posts on genetic genealogy at Twigs of Yore. I mentioned in my reply to Shelley that I had taken the opportunity a few weeks ago, with a special offer from FTDNA, to purchase a Family Finder test for my Dad as well and that I was waiting "patiently until the end of July for the results". Well, wait no longer, I received my Dad's results yesterday.
 
Dad matches the same populations as me: 88.68% Europe (Western Europe) Orcadian (+/- 3.52% Margin of Error ) and 11.32% Middle East (Palestinian, Adygei, Bedouin, Bedouin South, Druze, Iranian and Jewish) (+/- 3.52% Margin of Error). This appears to show that much of my non-British Isles ancestry comes from my Dad's side of the family (but that does not mean that Mum has no Middle East ancestry). Very interesting! The Fullertons are on my Dad's side of the family tree.

In my next blog post I will look further at my Family Finder Matches, but until then I will be reading FamilyTreeDNA - Understanding Results - Family Finder

Further interesting genetic genealogy reading:

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H is for Heading, Hehir, Hutton, Hogan and Hayes - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 8

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This is my contribution to Week 8 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is H.

H is for...Heading (Hedding, Hidden)
Heading is maiden surname of my 4 x Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Preston (nee Heading) (1801-1836). Elizabeth married Charles Preston (1799-1832), an upholsterer, in the parish of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England on 12 February 1821. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Heading (1760-1836) and Mary (nee Newman, late Taylor) Heading (1756-1832) of Wantage, Berkshire, England. Elizabeth Heading was baptised at Wantage in 1801. William and Mary Heading also had two other daughters, Mary Heading and Amelia Heading. William Heading (1760-1836) was the son of John and Amelia (nee Matthews) Heading and was baptised as William Hedding at Sparsholt, Berkshire in 1760For information and research regarding the Heading family I am very grateful to my cousin, John. Thanks John for all your help. 


The Headings of Wantage descend from the Hidden family of Hungerford, Berkshire. Nick Hidden and Norman Hidden conducted very thorough research regarding the Hidden family in their Hidden One Name Study. Of their publications regarding the Hidden family, I have purchased copies of The Hiddens of Hungerford Volume 1 and Volume 2 and the section of Volume 3 related to the Wantage Headings. If you are a man with the surname Heading and descended from the Headings of Wantage or another branch of the Hidden family, you may be interested in taking part in the Hidden DNA project which is a surname DNA project for men with the surname Hidden or variations (Headen, Heading, Hedden, Hiddon etc.). The Hidden Archive on the Hidden One Name Study web site includes Births, Deaths and Marriages and many Will abstracts.

 
H is for...Hehir
Hehir is the maiden surname of my Great Great Grandmother, Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) (1833-1921). Susan's parents were Timothy (Thaddeus) Hehir and Ann (nee McMahon) Hehir, of Killow, Clareabbey, County Clare, Ireland. I have written about Susan and her family previously on this blog in the following posts:


H if for...Hutton
Hutton is the maiden surname of my 4 x Great Grandmother, Mary Potter (nee Hutton) (1790-1826). Mary married James Potter in the parish of St Peter in the East, Oxford, in 1811. Mary was the daughter of Edward (c1761-1840) and Mary (c1751-1833) Hutton, and was baptised in the parish of St Peter in the East, Oxford, in 1790. Mary's brother, John Hutton (1792-1880), married the sister of my 4 x Great Grandfather (Charles Preston), Sophia Preston (1796-1873).  Again, I am very grateful to my cousin John for help researching these Oxfordshire families (Potter, Hutton, Preston, Heading). 

H is for...Hogan
Hogan is the maiden surname of my 4 x Great Grandmother, Mary Guinane (nee Hogan). I know very little about Mary except that she and her husband, William, were the parents of my 3 x Great Grandmother Catherine Joyce (nee Guinane) (c1810-1903) and they probably came from Whitegate, County Galway, Ireland (which is now part of County Clare). For more information about Catherine Joyce (nee Guinane) and her family, please see my post G is for...Guinane.

H is for...Hayes
Hayes is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Ellen Carew (nee Hayes). I know very little about Ellen except that she was married to John Carew, a farmer, and it is believed that they came from Cappaghwhite, County Tipperary, Ireland. Ellen and John are the parents of my Great Great Grandmother, Eliza O'Brien (nee Carew) (c1846-1924). For more information please see my post C is for...Carew.

(Sources available on request)

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Friday, June 22, 2012

G is for Gilmore and Guinane - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 7


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This is my contribution to Week 7 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is G.

G is for...Gilmore
Gilmore is the maiden surname of my Great Grandmother, Margaret Anna Ellis (nee Gilmore) (1872-1957). Margaret married John Ellis (see E is for Ellis) on 8 April 1895 at Gap Creek, Tooborac, Victoria. Margaret, who was born at Tooborac in 1872, was the eldest daughter of William Kenneth Gilmore (c1839-1927) and Bridget Colbert (1844-1913) (see C is for...Colbert for more information about Bridget and William and their family). You can also read about my Great Great Grandfather, William Kenneth Gilmore (c1839-1927) on my Waitangi Day 2011 blog post.

For the following Gilmore research I are very grateful to my American fourth cousin once-removed. My Gilmore family in Ireland came from Tullymore, County Down. William Kenneth Gilmore's parents were William Gilmore (c1806-1889, the son of William "o' the bourne" Gilmore c1772-1838), and Margaret Gilmore (1812-1887, the daughter of James Gilmore 1769-1827). William born c1772 and James born c1769 were brothers, the sons of Thomas Gilmore (c1735-1802). Many members of this Gilmore family were buried in the Killinchy Presbyterian Graveyard and the Killyreasy Graveyard. Descendants of this Gilmore family also emigrated to the USA.

G is for...Guinane
Guinane is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Catherine Joyce (nee Guinane) (c1810-1903). Catherine was married to Edmund Joyce, whom it is believed died about 1846, during the Great Famine. Catherine, who always celebrated her birthday on Palm Sunday, was born about 1810, the daughter of William Guinane and Mary Hogan. Catherine and Edmund Joyce had a least six children, four daughters (Mary, Ann, Catherine and Jane) and two sons (Edmund and Patrick). The Joyce family came from Whitegate, County Galway, Ireland, which is now part of County Clare. Catherine and her children Edmund, Ann, Catherine, Patrick and Jane, arrived in Victoria on 25 June 1855 aboard the 'Hotspur'. Her daughter Mary Joyce had previously immigrated to Victoria in 1853 on the 'Childe Harold'. Catherine spent the rest of her life in rural Victoria, where she died in 1903.
Mrs. Joyce died at Pannoobamawm on Thursday, at the age of 93 years. The deceased lady was born in County Galway, Ireland, and arrived in Victoria in the early fifties, and had resided here almost continually since. With the exception of partial blindness, she retained her faculties right up to her illness 14 days ago. She left a large family, including 44 grandchildren and 60 great-grandchildren. (COUNTRY NEWS. (1903, April 14). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 3. Retrieved June 22, 2012, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9805958) 
(Sources available on request)
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Genetic genealogy journey - FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder - Part 1

Expect the unexpected! My FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder Population Finder Results

(see also Part 2)

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Monday, June 18, 2012

F is for Fullerton and Finegan - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 6

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This is my contribution to Week 6 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is F.

F is for...Fullerton (Fuller, Fullard, Folliard)
Fullerton is the maiden name of my Great Grandmother, Agnes Ellen Smith (nee Fullerton) (1880-1963). Agnes was the daughter of Peter and Dorothea (nee Atkinson) Fullerton. 
Peter (1840-1924) was the son of William and Mary (nee Dunne) Fullerton/Fullard. You can read more about the Fullertons in my blog post Finding the Fullertons. I am interested in hearing from anyone who has a Fullerton, Fuller, Fullard, Follard or Folliard originating in County Kildare, Ireland or neighbouring counties Dublin and Meath.  

F is for...Finegan (Finnegan, Finigan)
Finegan is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Bridget Breen (nee Finegan). Bridget was married to Owen Breen (c1800-1875) of Aghadavoyle/Dernaroy, County Armagh, Ireland (see my post Those Places Thursday - Aghadavoyle, County Armagh, Ireland - O'Brien/Breen

The Griffiths Primary Valuations of 1864 in the civil parish of Killevy, County Armagh include other Finegans in the townlands of Aghadavoyle (Stephen Finnegan, Patrick Finnegan, Robert Finnegan), Drumintee (Bernard Finnegan), Aghayalloge (Hugh Finigan, Owen Finigan), Ballymacdermot (Owen Finegan) and Seafin (Laurence Finegan). You can search transcripts of the Griffiths Valuations on the Fáilte Romhat web site or Ask About Ireland web site. A Finegan's Road still exists in the area. I just found some maps and lots of interesting local information about this area of County Armagh via the web site of the Gap o' the North Walking Club e.g. Aghadavoyle, Dromintee, Historical Maps (including an interesting map of townlands in the area).

A Mary Finegan was mentioned in a letter sent from Mary Breen (daughter of Owen and Bridget) in Ireland to her sister Margaret Bridget Shaw (nee O'Brien/Breen) in Australia. The letter, dated 17 June 1867, mentioned that Mary Finegan had married Thomas Fearon and they had gone to America. I have found a transcript of record of a marriage in May 1867 at Drumintee between Mary Finegan and Thomas Feran with  Mary Breen as one of the witnesses. 

(Sources available on request)
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Friday, June 15, 2012

E is for Ellis - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 5

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This is my contribution to Week 5 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is E.

E is for...Ellis
My Great Great Grandfather, Owen Ellis, was baptised at Nefyn, Caernarvonshire, Wales on 19 January 1830, the 'base son' of John Ellis of the parish of Llanystumdwy, labourer, and Margaret Jones of the parish of Pistyll.

It is believed
(but not yet verified) based on research carried out by a researcher in Wales in the 1980s, that Owen's father, John Ellis, was the son of Evan Ellis and Gwen Jones, and baptised at Llangian, Caernarvonshire on 3 October 1784. Evan Ellis died in 1845 and his Will (written in Welsh) is available on the National Library of Wales digitised collection of wills proved in the Welsh Ecclesiastical courts before 1858. I have found John Ellis' family in the 1841 census, 1851 census, 1861 census 1871 census and 1881 census living at the Feathers Inn, Llanystumdwy.
Could this photograph show Owen Ellis (1830-1907)?  

John Ellis (1784-1858) married Elizabeth (maiden name not yet known) and they had the following known children:

  • Gwen Ellis, born about 1814, Llanystumdwy. Later married Hugh (?) Jones. 
  • Hannah Ellis, baptised Llanystumdwy 1816. Did not marry. 
  • Mary Ellis, baptised Llanystumdwy 1821. Later married Hezekiah (?) Owen. 
The web site for the Feathers Inn/ Tafarn y Plu Llanystumdwy shows an 1892 photograph of John Ellis Hughes, the landlord, and his sister Hannah Mary Hughes. A relative requested that a friend of theirs who was visiting Wales visit the Feathers Inn, and that person was able to take a photograph of the original photograph on display in the pub, of which I now have a digital copy. I have searched the 1891 census and traced back through previous census records and believe that John Ellis Hughes and Hannah Mary Hughes were children of Elizabeth Hughes (nee Jones), and grandchildren of Gwen Jones (nee Ellis, born about 1814). If you know anything about these people or you are related to them, please contact me.


Clockwise from Left: John Ellis (1861-1942) and
two of his sisters, probably Bessie (1863-1939)
and Suze (1865-1955). 
I am not yet sure when Owen Jones/Ellis arrived in Australia and I have as yet been unable to find Owen or his mother, Margaret, in the 1841 or 1851 census (the names are just too common). He went by the name Owen Ellis his whole life in Australia.

Owen married Susan Hehir on 29 September 1860 at the Catholic Church, Heathcote, Victoria. They continued to live at Heathcote, where Owen died in 1907 and Susan died in 1921. Owen and Susan had the following children:

  • John Ellis (1861-1942), married Margaret Anna Gilmore. My Great Grandparents.
  • Elizabeth Mary (Bessie) Ellis (1863-1939), married Frederick James Williams.
  • Susannah (Suze) Ellis (1865-1955), married Isaac Cowin. Lived at Sydney and Parkes. 
  • Anna Maria Agnes (Annie) Ellis (1867-1924), married Alfred Richard Case.
  • Robert Joseph (Bob) Ellis (1869-1940), married Ethel May Hassell.
  • Henrietta Gertrude (Ettie) Ellis (1872-1956), married Patrick McLernon. Lived at Broken Hill. 
  • Owen Thomas (Tom) Ellis (1874-1962), married Mary Jane (Molly) Gilmore.
(Sources available on request)
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

D is for Davey, Dunne and Duggan - Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 4

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This is my contribution to Week 4 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is D.

D is for...Davey
Davey (Davy/Davie) is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Mary Ann Smith (nee Davey). Mary Ann Davey married Thomas Smith, a sawyer (and later an innkeeper) on 5 November 1826 at Teignmouth, Devon, England. Mary Ann's place of birth is different in different censuses. In the 1851 Census, Mary Ann's place of birth was given as 'Bow near Exeter'. The 1861 Census gave Mary Ann's birthplace as Teignmouth, while the 1871 Census gave Mary Ann's birthplace as Bridport, Dorset

I found a copy of the PCC Will of Robert Davey, a timber merchant of Teignmouth, Devon, Mary Ann's father, through the National Archives DocumentsOnline

I have a lot to verify in my research regarding the Davey family. I believe Robert Davey (c1776-1850) may have first married Ann Partridge on 6 January 1799 at Nymet Tracey, Devon. Robert and Ann had at least one child baptised at Nymet Tracey, Tryphena Davie (baptised 12 May 1799, later married William Cann). A John Davie son of Robert and Ann Davie was baptised on 4 Aug 1799. There were several Robert Davie/Davey/Davy who lived in that area at the time and working out which is which is very difficult. I know that Robert father of Tryphena was definitely the correct Robert, whether he was the same Robert who married Ann Partridge I am not yet sure. As I said, I have a lot more work to do on this branch of my family tree.

I believe Robert Davey then married Elizabeth Dell in 1805 at Nymet Tracey, Devon. They may have had a son John Davey, baptised in 1806 at Nymet Tracey. I believe Robert's daughters Mary Ann and Susannah were also children of Elizabeth (nee Dell). Mary Ann may be the Mary Ann Davey who was baptised at Poole, Dorset on 15 April 1807. Susannah may be the Susan Davie who was baptised on 4 December 1811 at Bridport, Dorset. It is possible that Elizabeth (nee Dell) was the Elizabeth Davey who was buried at Bridport, Dorset on 12 July 1812.

Robert's third marriage was in 1815 to Susannah Prowse (nee Fouracres) at Saint Mary Steps, Exeter, Devon.


D is for...Dunne
Dunne is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother, Mary Fullerton (nee Dunne).
I have previously written about the Mary in my post Finding the Fullertons.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has Dunn/Dunne families in their family tree from the area around Clane, Prosperous and Naas, County Kildare, Ireland. Please contact me if you have. 

D is for...Duggan
Duggan is the maiden surname of my 4 x Great Grandmother, Mary McCarthy (nee Duggan). Mary married James McCarthy. Their son John McCarthy (my 3 x Great Grandfather) was baptised at Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland on 31 December 1806. One of the baptism sponsors was Denis Duggan. Another child, Margaret McCarthy, was baptised at Killarney on 4 November 1816. The transcripts of these records on IrishGenealogy.ie state that the family were from Mynish (Minish), County Kerry.
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Motivation Monday - Goals for June 2012

My goals for May 2012 were:
  1. Organise all the items I have previously saved to my 'Shoebox' on Ancestry. At the time of posting I have 460 items saved. I aim to reduce that number to at least 300 during May. Achieved. I have managed to reduce the number of items in my Ancestry 'Shoebox' to 0. 
  2. Continue reading Photoshop Elements 10 All-in-One For Dummies. At the moment I am up to page 352, I will aim to read up to at least page 388 by the end of May. Achieved. 
  3. Begin re-reading Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner. Achieved. I have read up to page 88. 
  4.   Actually make a start on my new Legacy file, beginning with myself and working backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs. During May, I aim to do this for just my immediate family. Partly achieved. I have started my new Legacy file. 
  5. Move a few more genealogy files from my 'To Sort' folder into relevant surname folders on my computer hard drive. At the time of posting my 'To Sort' genealogy folder currently contains 216 Files, 32 Folders, 283 MB of data. I aim to reduce this number to 0 during May. Achieved. 
  6. Move a few more photographs from my 'To Sort' folder into folders for the relevant year and month. At the time of posting my 'To Sort' photographs folder contains 4,232 Files, 231 Folders, 10.8 GB of data. My 'Scans To Sort' folder currently contains 16,412 Files, 435 Folders, 53.3 GB of data. During May I aim to reduce the number of files in my 'To Sort' photographs folder to at least 4,000. Not achieved, one for June.
  7. Post a Tech Tuesday post each week as part of my Galaxy Nexus Series. Partly achieved. During May I posted two Tech Tuesday posts. However I decided to put the rest aside for a while to concentrate instead on achieving other monthly goals and participating in blogging challenges such as Family History Through the Alphabet
  8. Participate in blogging prompts when able (52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, 21st Century Organized Family Historian and Beyond the Internet). Partly achieved. During May I posted two 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy posts and two Family History Through the Alphabet posts. 
My goals for June 2012 are:
  1. Continue reading Photoshop Elements 10 All-in-One For Dummies. At the moment I am up to page 388, I will aim to read up to at least page 430 by the end of June. 
  2. Continue re-reading Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner. I am currently up to page 88. During June I aim to complete reading this book. 
  3. Continue working on my new Legacy file, working backwards methodically, recording all sources, attaching relevant source documents and attaching photographs. During June, I aim to do this for my immediate family and grandparents.
  4. Move a few more photographs from my 'To Sort' folder into folders for the relevant year and month. At the time of posting my 'To Sort' photographs folder contains 4,232 Files, 231 Folders, 10.8 GB of data. My 'Scans To Sort' folder currently contains 16,412 Files, 435 Folders, 53.3 GB of data. During June I aim to reduce the number of files in my 'To Sort' photographs folder to at least 4,000. 
  5. Participate in blogging prompts when able (Family History Through the Alphabet, 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy, 21st Century Organized Family Historian and Beyond the Internet)
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Friday, June 1, 2012

C is for Chambers, Carew, Colbert, Crisp, Coghlan and Cronin- Family History Through the Alphabet - Week 3

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This is my contribution to Week 3 of Gould Genealogy's Family History Through the Alphabet challenge. The letter this time is C.

C is for...Chambers
Chambers is the maiden surname of my Great Grandmother, Millicent Mary (Millie) McCarthy (nee Chambers) (1884-1967). Millie was born on 4 October 1884 at Avoca, Victoria, the eldest daughter of George Chambers and his second wife, Margaret Randall. George and Margaret had four other children: Matthew Harold Chambers (1886-1949), Hubert Randall Chambers (1888-1977) (see my Anzac Day post), Elsie Bertha May Chambers (later Bailey, 1893-1982), and Kathleen Pearl Chambers (later Clifford, 1898-1987). 


George Chambers and Margaret Randall were married on 1 January 1884 at Avoca, Victoria. George, a widower, had previously married Ann Donohue in 1861 at Maryborough, Victoria. George and Ann had seven children: George (see information about his son Harold Heathcote Hayes Chambers in my 2011 Anzac Day post), Thomas, John (see information about his son Stanley Chambers in my 2011 Anzac Day post), Annie, William, Bertha Jane and Clara Constance. Ann Chambers (nee Donohue) died on 12 November 1880 at Avoca, Victoria. 

George Chambers was born on 4 December 1831 and was baptised on 5 January 1834 at Bracebridge Heath, Lincolnshire, England, the son of Thomas and Maria (nee Marrows) Chambers, one of at least nine children. George immigrated to Melbourne on the ship 'Hebrides' in 1852. George died in August 1919 at Avoca.  

C is for...Carew
Carew is the maiden surname of my Great Great Grandmother, Eliza O'Brien (nee Carew). Eliza married Michael O'Brien on 29 January 1865 at St Francis' Catholic Church, Melbourne, Victoria. According to their marriage certificate Eliza was aged 21 and a half and was born in County Tipperary, Ireland to parents John Carew, a farmer, and Ellen Hayes. It is believed, but not yet verified, that Eliza came from Cappaghwhite, County Tipperary. It is also believed that other Carew relatives immigrated to Australia. 
I still have a lot of research to complete regarding the Carew family. 
Michael and Eliza O'Brien had a least 8 children: Helena, Owen, Thomas, Mary, Michael, John, Elizabeth and Donald. Eliza died on 10 November 1924 at
Rochester, Victoria


C is for...Colbert
Colbert is the maiden surname of my Great Great Grandmother, Bridget Gilmore (nee Colbert) (1844-1913). 
Bridget Colbert was baptised 5 November 1844 in the Catholic parish of Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland, the daughter of William Colbert and Margaret/Mary Keneally of Ballynamona. Bridget immigrated to Melbourne in 1868 on the ship 'Vimiera', with her brother Edmond Colbert (1850-1902). Bridget had at least one other brother, William, who was baptised at Cloyne in 1841. It is believed that William may have also immigrated to Australia. 

Bridget married William Kenneth Gilmore on 20 January 1871 at Heathcote, Victoria. Bridget and William, who lived close to Tooborac, Victoria, and had at least eight children: William (1871-1871), Margaret Anna (later Ellis, 1872-1957,my Great Grandmother), Bridget (later Stanlake, 1874-1958), Mary Jane (later Ellis, 1876-1962), William Charles (1878-1969), Lucinda (later Challenger, 1880-1944), Martha Ellen (later Taafe, 1882-1974) and James Edmond (1887-1949). 

Edmond Colbert (1850-1902), married Catherine McRae in 1874. Edmond and Catherine had at least twelve children and lived for many years at Merrigum, Victoria near Kyabram. In his earlier years in Victoria, Edmond worked as a surveyors assistant. Later Edmond managed the Merrigum Butter Factory

Bridget Colbert's father, William, was the son of Patrick Colbert and Bridget Ahern, whom I mentioned in my previous post A is for Atkinson, Ahern and Andrews. Bridget's uncle, Edmond Colbert (1814-1885) worked as a surveyor in Victoria. He married Susan Berry on 6 August 1855 at St James' Church of England, Melbourne. Edmond died at Richmond, Victoria, on 29 December 1885. 

My Colberts are among a number of Colbert's from County Cork mentioned on Linley Hooper's website: Patrick Colbert (my 4 x Great Grandfather), William Colbert (my 3 x Great Grandfather), Bridget Colbert (my Great Great Grandmother), also Edmond Colbert (1850-1902) and Edmond Colbert (1814-1885).

C is for...Crisp
Crisp is the maiden surname of my 4 x Great Grandmother, Eleanor (Ellen) Atkinson (nee Crisp). I mentioned Eleanor in my previous post A is for Atkinson, Ahern and Andrews. I still have a lot of research to complete regarding Eleanor's family. 

C is for...Coghlan
Coghlan is the maiden surname of my 3 x Great Grandmother Margaret Mulhall (nee Coghlan). Margaret was married to Matthew Mulhall and they were the parents of my Great Great Grandmother Mary Joyce (nee Mulhall, 1844-1923). Mary Mulhall was baptised in 1844 in the Catholic parish of Tubberclaire, County Westmeath, Ireland. The baptism sponsors were Julia Coghlan and John Coghlan.

C is for...Cronin
Cronin is the maiden surname of my 4 x Great Grandmother, Julia Tangney (nee Cronin). Julia was married to Patrick Tangney and their daughter Honora was my 3 x Great Grandmother. Honora married John McCarthy in Firies Catholic Parish, County Kerry, Ireland on 26 February 1832. You can see the transcript of their marriage record here at IrishGenealogy.ie.
(Sources available on request)
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