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A Family Tree researcher for over 30 years and a blogger since 2010, I love to share what I find. This blog has opened up a new way to contact and keep in-touch with both family and friends. It mightn't always be genealogy related and you might not agree with my point of view but I want you to comment, ask questions and look upon this blog as 'friends having a chat'.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

TROVE Tuesday, (My 350th blog post!)

                                                       Adelaide Ironside, Artist.

Below is the obituary for Adelaide Ironside, an Australian artist. Paul's aunt spent years trying to prove that this Adelaide Ironside, belonged on her tree. Sadly I don't think she does but she was still an acclaimed artist of her time and well worth remembering.

The Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser, Thursday 8th August 1867, p3.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Family Friday, Post Script.

I have been spending time, 'playing' on TROVE and have uncovered bits and pieces about my twins, Catherine and Michael.

I found an obituary for Thomas Joseph Gillett and in it,  it gives his siblings as well as his children.
15 August 1929, p 41.
Michael had SEQUESTRATION ORDERS, issued against him, in 1895, for bankruptcy,
 From what I have read, this was Discharged in July 1915.       
The things you find in TROVE.


  • Family Friday; Twins Catherine and Michael Abberton

                                         Catherine and Michael Abberton.

    As I wrote, last week, Thomas and Mary had 15 children and to do one a week would stretch this family into 2017! What I am going to do is each set of twins will be dome, together and the singles by themselves.

    Now for the start of this family!

    Catherine Mary Abberton.

    Born on 3 November 1855, died 1932,  I'm not sure if she or Michael was the elder twin.

    I don't have much on her except her marriage and family details. They are;
    Married, 1 May 1874, William Joseph Gillett, (b4 May 1851, d 14 February 1932).  They had a large family, with 13 children, no sets of twins.

    The Gillett children are; Thomas Joseph b 1875, d 1929, m 1900 Ida Mary Power.
                                            Amelia May b 1876, m 1904 Lancelot G Lang.
                                             Mary Catherine b 1878.
                                            William P Joseph b 1881, d 1934, m 1906 Ellen Bridget Wiefert.
                                             Catherine b 1882, m 1909 Henry J Finn.
                                             Maude Mary b 1884 (never married)
                                             Henry M A b1886 d 1852, m 1913 Ellen L Cracknell.
                                             Edward  P b1889.
                                             Matthew H b 1891, m 1916 Mary J Sheen.
                                             Cecil P b1893, d 1955, m Ethel Wilkins.
                                            John M b 1894 d 1984.
                                           Cyril D b 1896 d 11 January 1917, WW1.
                                           Leonard L b 1900.

    Michael Joseph Abberton.

    Born 3 November 1855, died 30 November 1926, Catherine's twin.

    I have a few more details, on Michael's family and also his photo.

    Michael married 26 April 1893 to Elizabeth Hannah McCloskey (bc 1852 d 1936).  Michael settled in Canowindra and had nine children.

    The Abberton children are; 
    Matilda M b 1894, d 31 May 1865, m 29 January 1917 Edward Oliver Fogarty.
    May I b 1895, d 11 July 1969, m 1921 Gilbert Hickey.
    John Thomas b 1897, d 15 January 1915.
    Vincent b 1900, d 1900.
    Leo b 20 August 1903, d 3 June 1917, m Ernestine Matilda McDonald. (divorced)
    Lillian Mary b 1906, d 14 August 1991 m 3 September 1932 Patrick Arthur Coady.
    Herbert Joseph b 29 February 1908, d 19 January 1980, m 17 March 1938 Rita Boardman.
    Leonard Arthur b 25 August 1910, d 5 February 1975, m 1937 Edna Mary Joass (Joyass)
    Mary E b 1915, d 4 May 1917.

    Michael and Elizabeth saw tragedy, with three of their children dying, young.  Vincent, not 12 months. Mary, know as Molly, passing away aged just 2 years. In the Ryerson Index, her death is indexed as ABBERTON (girl). So sad.

    Their eldest son, John Thomas was shot and killed, whilst hunting, with friends. If you search on TROVE, there are several articles about this, in graphic detail.

    I meet their daughter, Lillian in the 1980's and she was a lovely lady.

    So if you are a descendent of Catherine or Michael, please make contact, as I would love to add more to this family tree.

    Michael Abberton.
    Bye for now,

    Tuesday, 23 August 2016

    Trove Tuesday; Samuel Magill

    Tamworth Daily Observer (NSW 1910 -1916), Saturday 20 May 1916, page 6.

    Samuel Magill, was Paul's great-grandfather and Alexander, (Andrew Alexander, k/a Sandy), was Paul's grandfather. The 'ballroom' would have been the shearing shed or barn, as the original homestead was tiny and the new one wasn't built.

    It is interesting as Alexander was a married man, with children. No mention of them in the article.

    Friday, 19 August 2016

    Family Friday, Thomas Abberton.

    Family Friday;  Thomas ABBERTON

    Thomas was born c1830, in Ballinakill, Co Galway, Ireland, to Thomas Abberton and Bridget Chaffey. I know that Thomas was sponsored by his brother Patrick, of Goulburn, NSW and that he arrived in February 1852*, with his sister Anne, on the Joseph Somes. It would appear that they had another brother, James and sister, Catherine. This pair arrived in 1854* on the Caroline.

    Thomas married Mary Torp(h)y in the St Peter and St Paul’s Roman Catholic Church, Goulburn, on 22 July 1854*. Mary had arrived, with her mother and siblings, in 1850*

    (As this was during the time of the Great Famine, in Ireland, 1845 -1852. It is probably safe to assume that that was the reason they left and came to New South Wales.)

    Thomas and Mary settled at Mummell, some 23km from Goulburn.

    They raised a large family of 15 children, including four sets of twins. Two children died young, an un-named female twin in 1859 and Julia May, in 1879 aged four years. Of the remaining 13 children, 11 married and raised large families of their own.

    Thomas, as well as being a farmer, was also the Postmaster of Mummell. From documents and newspaper articles, I have found, he was also actively involved in the local community. He also petitioned for a school, to be built and donated the land for it.

    Thomas died on 22 November 1901 and is buried in the Kenmore Cemetery. His obituary, in the Catholic Press, Sydney, mentions that he spent time in the Ovens goldfields, Victoria. Something that I need follow up on. (See Trove Tuesday, 16 August 2016).

    Over the coming weeks I will tell you more about his large family. Some will have long stories but most will be the bare bones. If I was to do an in-depth study of each one, I would be writing a novel of epic proportions.

    So Great-granddad, can you please let me know, where, when and why you went to the goldfields? It would be nice to know. Okay, it was the gold that took you there, I understand that but I really want to know more,

    Bye, your great-granddaughter, Lilian.  

    *denotes that I have the documents.
                                                          Thomas and Mary Abberton.

    Tuesday, 16 August 2016

    Trove Tuesday, Thomas Abberton

                                                         Thomas Abberton.

    I love searching Trove, as I always find new articles. This one is a different obituary, for my Great-Grandfather. I didn't know that he went to the Ovens goldfields, in Victoria! This is another place to search.  The Mr Tom Abberton (Sydney), is my Grandfather.

    Catholic Press (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1942), Saturday 11 January 1902, page 22

    Thomas Abberton and is family are going to become my Family Friday, from 19th, I hope you will join me on my ancestral discoveries.

    Bye for now,

    Saturday, 13 August 2016



    As I have ‘finished’ the Vaughan Family, I was at a loose end as to who to do next. This is a one off post and I’ll get back to a family, next week.

    August Frederick Conrad JASPER.

    August is the second husband of Isabella Vaughan and my great-grandfather.  I have gaps, in August’s life and I would love to fill them in.

    It was a fluke that I found his birth. Early one morning I was playing with FamilySearch. I entered his name, clicked search and closed my eyes. There was only one result and it was him.

    August Jasper (it takes too long to do his full name), was born in Heidenoldenorf,  Germany on 3rd December 1846*, to Toens Simon Herm. Christoph JASPER and Wilhelmine Friederike Caroline KESSEMEIER. I have found other children and will do more research on the whole family.

    I don’t know how he grew-up or why he came to Australia.

    He arrrived in South Australia on the  Dilbhur on 29/3/1876. Listed as 29yrs and a Brickmaker. The Dilbhur left London UK on 29/12/1875. He spent two years  in South Australia, before going to New South Wales. It is these two years, that I would love to discover more about.

    In 1884, he and Isabella marry on 23 August 1884, at the Congregational Church, Glebe. They had four children, Evelyn, 1885, Lydia, 1887, Violet, 1889 and Walter, 1891. Sadly the younger three all die young. Evelyn married and had 10 children.

      He was naturalised 18 August 1914 but didn’t change his surname, like some German families did.

    August died on the 9th November 1922* and his death certificate makes for interesting reading. I will accept the date and place of death, his place of marriage and wife’s name and his children, as being true. I have checked them.  Where is asks for where born, that is correct BUT  it is how long in the country and where that has me  puzzled!  53 years, in Australia, both New South Wales and  Victoria. Another mystery for me to research! Love this branch!

    So great-granddad, what did you do, when you arrived and where did you go?

    Bye for now, Lilian.
    * denotes that I have the document.

    Friday, 12 August 2016

    Family Friday, postponed until Saturday!

    Due to life happening, in a big way, the past few days, (Wednesday and Thursday), I have shifted Family Friday to Saturday.


    Tuesday, 9 August 2016


    Thomas Abberton

    Searching on familysearch.org  last Friday, I found a census record for my Grandfather.
    From other records, that I have I know that he and his wife, Louisa had their first child in 1891, so that is the two males. The two females has me puzzled until I re-read a letter form Louisa to the Education Department, saying that she had her ill mother living with them, two females.

    Bye for now,

    "Australia, New South Wales, Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKKQ-VY9L : 23 November 2015), Thomas Abberton, 1891; citing Camden, New South Wales, Australia, Household ID 79, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney; FHL microfilm 942,035.

    TROVE Tuesday, Census taking

    As tonight is census night, I'd thought I would have a browse through Trove and see what I could find.
    This one is from 1947, calling for census collectors.

    Scone Advocate (NSW  1887 - 1954), Tuesday 1 April 1947, page 4

    Saturday, 6 August 2016

    Family History Month

    August is National Family History Month and I've had a busy time, this week.  Tuesday was The Bankstown Family History Group's meeting and Allan Murrin, was a presenter. He did a hands-on workshop on Family Search.
    Thursday saw me in at the Society Of Australian of Australian Genealogists, attending a talk on Understanding Sources by Danielle Lautrec.
    Today it was the turn of the Royal Australian Historical Society, with their Bankstown Seminar. Three excellent speakers on three interesting topics. Carol Liston, spoke on Land titles records and showed us many different ways to find exactly where our ancestors lived. Katherine Reynolds was next and she spoke on Keeping track of your history research, so that you know exactly where that information came from. Lastly was Christine Yeats and she spoke on Furnishing your ancestors house. Ways we can find out what they might have had in their homes. Fascinating.
    It was also great to see members of the Bankstown Family History Group there.
    Now all I have to do is apply what I have learnt to my research.
    Happy Researching,

    Friday, 5 August 2016

    Family Friday, That's a wrap!

                                                      Wrapping Up My Vaughans.

    Last week was the end of my Family Fridays' about my Vaughan family. I still have questions  that need answers, people to find and facts to check but I think I've done all I can, at the moment, on the family.

    Henry Vaughan Snr, is still my focus and between Gail Sutton and I we have spent hours narrowing down his arrival. We think, (more checking needed), that we have him, as a convict and that he was married in England. We have evidence that he was in contact, with his family, in England, so it would be logical to conclude that he waited until he had word that his wife died, before marrying Charlotte. Something that we are both continuing to research. Watch this space!

    What family to do next? Still thinking about that but have two lines in mind. You will have to tune-in for next weeks instalment of Family Friday, to see who it is.

    Bye for now,

    Tuesday, 2 August 2016

    TROVE Tuesday. Bigamy and Arson!

                                        Bigamy and Arson.

    Elizabeth Purves isn’t a direct relation of mine, a great-aunt, by virtue of marriage. You would have read of her marriage to Frederick Vaughan, in last weeks Family Friday. But this was too interesting story to ignore.

    It appears that Elizabeth was ‘married’ to one Charles Augustus Wilkins.  He had come from New Zealand, leaving behind a wife.

    Then it appears that Elizabeth’s parents shop is burnt down, by Wilkins! Not a good way to impress the in-laws.

    This article is  just one of 35, that I found, each one with a different view. There is even one, that is coming soon, headed “Father Against Lover.”, in the Australian Star.

    Mr and Mrs Purves were ordered to stand trial on 7th April 1890. The trial was over by the 9th or 10th and those articles are still coming. Watch this space!