One particular line in this article published by the Mount Alexander Mail in 1861 caught my eye today. It said that someone called Peter Peterson had put a claim in for a Government reward for finding gold at “Emerald Diggings and 10 miles from Emerald”. This was rather unexpected as most of the stories about the early mining discoveries in the area refer to a “Jack Emerald” who was supposedly murdered after discovering gold – or perhaps emeralds – in the area in the late 1850s.
REWARDS FOR NEW GOLDFIELDS. — Appended to Mr Pyke’s report of the proceedings of the prospecting Board, is the following list of goldfields alleged to have been discovered, and claims for rewards, &c., as officially reported to the Government during the past year, giving the date of discovery, the name of the discoverer, and the locality of each goldfield:- September 13, John Tunnell and party, between La Trobe River and Mount Baw Baw; September 19, S. B. Morrison, Corner Inlet; September 22, Patrick O’Hannigan Upper Yarra; October 3, S. Shepherd, Wombat Creek; October 10, Peter Peterson, Emerald Diggings and 10 miles from Emerald; Oct. 29, James Mason and others, near Bennanah Flat; November 5, E. W. Gladman, Good Hope Creek, &c., refers to letters dated November, 1859, and January, 1860. The following note is added to the list: — “Since the date of the above report, James Keene and party have applied for a reward for the discovery of the Wahgunyah Goldfield, in a letter dated November 26; and Michael Cassidy has announced the discovery of a payable goldfield on the Coliban, in a letter dated November 24. From the reports of M’Crea and others, it appears that several spots have been opened which yield wages equal to about 12s. per diem per man. These prospectors have not yet made a claim for rewards, but some of them have applied for extended claims. The same remark applies to the discoverers of the Londonderry Goldfield.”
Elizabeth Davey, nee Trewheeler (c1802 -1868), my great great great grandmother, was the fifth of my direct ancestors to migrate to Australia. This makes her the fifth of my ‘boat people’.
Very little is known of Elizabeth’s early life. According to the informant for her death certificate, she was born in Truro, Cornwall and married there at the age of 20; her father was unknown and her mother was Catherine Trewhaler.
Elizabeth Tremellan Trewheeler was married, after Banns, to Ebenezer Davey on 7th January 1822 in Kenwyn Parish (about ½ mile north of Truro). Both were listed as “of this Parish”. Elizabeth signed her name as Elizabeth T. Trewheeler but the Minister clearly wrote her middle name as ‘Tremellan’.
As I have not found any examples of the surnames ‘Trewhaler’ or ‘Trewheeler’ in the 1841 or 1851 Census for Truro, I suspect that Elizabeth’s surname is a version of the much more common name ‘Trewhella’. Perhaps Tremellan is a clue to an earlier family surname? Continue reading “52 Ancestors #5 Elizabeth Tremellan Trewheeler”
Ebenezer Davey (c1792 -1862), my great great great grandfather, was the fourth of my direct ancestors to migrate to Australia. This makes him the fourth of my ‘boat people’ and, at 61, the second oldest!
Ebenezer and his brother Elijah appear to have been born in Truro, Cornwall in about 1792 and 1794 respectively. I have yet to identify their parents or any other siblings. In 1814, Ebenezer was a witness at Elijah’s marriage to Johana Randall in St Mary’s Truro.
By 1823, Ebenezer is listed as watchmaker at West Bridge in Truro. He also married Elizabeth (Trewhella?) at about that time. They had four children: Ebenezer (c1824), Mary (c1826), Elizabeth (c1828) and Jane (unknown). Continue reading “52 Ancestors # 4 Ebenezer Davey”
Mary Davey (c1826 -1904), my great great grandmother, was the third of my direct ancestors to migrate to Australia. This makes her the third of my ‘boat people’.
Mary was one of 235 “assisted” immigrants on the barque “Elizabeth” which sailed from Plymouth on 11th April 1849 and arrived in Port Phillip on the 23rd July 1849.
The ‘Nominal List’ of the passengers on the “Elizabeth” listed her as Mary Davey; a nursemaid aged 23, from Truro, Cornwall. Her religious denomination was Independent, and she could both read and write. Continue reading “52 Ancestors #3 Mary Davey”
Most searches for family information on Trove have at least one unexpected and intriguing result. Sometimes it brings up previously unknown (to this generation, at least!) information about a family member. Other interesting side-paths result from the combination of our search parameters and the limitations of the OCR software in dealing with unclear images of old newspapers.
A recent search for ‘Ferres 1898’ looking for responses to the death of John Ferres brought up this unexpected article from the Bendigo Advertiser quoting the Argus as its source. It caught my eye due to the mention of two surnames of interest (Ferris and Ferres) in connection with losses due to the massive bush fires in Gippsland during the early part of 1898. Continue reading “Trove Tuesday: Who was the Mrs. Ferris who lost £300?”
John Ferres (1818-1898),my great great grandfather, was the second of my direct ancestors to migrate to Australia. This makes him the second of my ‘boat people’.
John was one of 203 “assisted” immigrants on the barque “Aurora” which sailed from Plymouth on 17th August 1848 and arrived off Point Henry, Geelong on the 7th December 1848.
The ‘Nominal List’ of the passengers on the “Aurora” listed him as John Ferries (or Fernes?); a carpenter aged 30, from Bath, Somerset. His religious denomination was given as Baptist. John could both read and write and owned a Bible. Continue reading “52 Ancestors #2 John Ferres”
Here are my responses to the end of year challenge posted by Jill Ball (GeniAus)
An elusive ancestor I found a snippet about was my great grandfather Arthur William ROBERTS. I never met him as he died before my mother was born. Details about his early life are undeniably hard to find/hard to pin down so he certainly fits the definition of ‘elusive’. Last year I managed to find his address in London just before he married Ellen Louisa BENNETT and they emigrated to Australia in 1889. This year I searched through land selection files at PROV and found many details about Arthur and Ellen and their family’s housing and farming activities as very early settlers in Monbulk, Victoria. Unfortunately there were no clues about his date and place of birth. Continue reading “Accentuate the Positive 2013 Geneameme”