Thursday, June 20, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 23 - Namesake - Dorothea Ellen (Atkinson) Fullerton

This year I am taking part in Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blogging prompts.

The theme for Week 23 (June 3-9): Namesake.

I am running late yet again. For week 23's theme, Namesake, I have chosen to write about my 2 x great grandmother Dorothea Ellen (Atkinson) Fullerton.

Dorothea was variously recorded on different records as Dorothy Eleanor, Dorothy Ellen and Dorothea Ellen. She was born on 24 March 1857 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the daughter of James Atkinson and Catherine Helen (Pickis) Atkinson.1
She married Peter Fullerton on 1 July 1876 at St Kilian's Catholic Church, Sandhurst (Bendigo).2 She and Peter had a family of 12 children - 9 daughters and 3 sons, 11 lived to be adults. The Fullerton family lived on a farm called 'Clover Banks' at Avonmore near Elmore, Victoria, Australia. Dorothea died on 9 August 1923 and was buried at the Elmore Cemetery.3

My paternal grandmother was named after her grandmother Dorothea.

Who was Dorothea named after?

I believe that her given name Dorothea/Dorothy was probably named after her mother Catherine's maternal aunt Dorothy (Bond) Purvis. Her middle name Eleanor/Ellen was likely named after her paternal grandmother Eleanor (Crisp) Atkinson.


  1. Victoria, Australia, birth certificate 4641(1857), Dorothy Eleanor Atkinson. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, Melbourne.
  2. Victoria, Australia marriage certificate 3967 (1876), Peter Fullerton and Dorothea Ellen Atkinson; Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, Melbourne.
  3. Victoria, Australia, death certificate 10085(1923), Dorothy Ellen Fullerton. Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, Melbourne.
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