Following the lead of U.S. genealogist Thomas MacEntee and in turn Australian genealogist Jill Ball, I decided to take part in this meme. It interested me more than others I had seen, because not only would I get my names “out there”, I also got the chance to do a stocktake. What an interesting exercise it was. With some names, I did not have to look up the details as I knew them so well, others I had to refer back to my tree, and for one name, I had basically nothing.
It’s easy to develop favourite families, with some just oozing information making them more compelling to research. The Harmans are an example of that. The Riddiford line was probably my least favourite and despite it being my family name, I tended to pass it by. When I did start seriously researching them, I found loads of information. This avoidance was probably due to them being 20th-century immigrants and my history interests lie in 19th century Australia. I had no choice but to delve into 18th and 19th century English history and I have really enjoyed it and learnt a lot and I continue to do so. I am glad I got over my previous mindset.
I also have more Irish links than I normally given myself credit for and I can now clearly see the branches I have been neglecting.
I have included the surnames of my great great grandparents, but I have taken the places and dates back a little further. If not, I would have had entries with just a single place in Australia with no indication of where the family originated from.
To take part, just do the following at your own blog, then post a link in the comments at Thomas’ blog post
1. List your surnames in alphabetical order as follows:
[SURNAME]: Country, (State or County, Town), date range;
2. At the end, list your Most Wanted Ancestor with details about them.
MY NAMES, PLACES AND MOST WANTED FACES:
BISHOP: England (Dorset, Weymouth) 1825-1850; Australia (South Australia, Adelaide) 1850-1854; Australia (Victoria, Byaduk)1854-1950
COMBRIDGE: England (Huntingdonshire) 1833-1855; Australia (Victoria, Geelong 1855-1935); Australia (Victoria, Grantville) 1900-1950
DIWELL: England (Sussex) 1825-1852; Australia (Victoria, Casterton) 1852-1893; Australia (Victoria, Hamilton) 1893-1940
GAMBLE: England 1808-1840; Australia (Victoria, Geelong) 1840-1850; Australia (Victoria, Colac), 1850-present
HADDEN: Scotland (East Lothian) 1823-1852; Australia (Victoria, Geelong) 1852-1865; Australia (Victoria, Cavendish) 1865-1975; Australia (Victoria, Hamilton) 1900-present
HARMAN: England (Cambridgeshire, Melbourn) 1800-1854; Australia (New South Wales) 1852-1857; Australia (Victoria, Port Fairy) 1852-1863; Australia (Victoria, Byaduk) 1863-present
HODGINS: Ireland (Fermanagh) 1816-1853; Australia (Victoria, Colac) 1853-1940
HUNT: England (Middlesex, Poplar) 1834-1854; Australia (Victoria, Geelong) 1854-1865; Australia (Victoria, Collingwood) 1867- ; Australia (Victoria, West Gippsland) 1880-1936
JELLY: Ireland (Down, Drumgooland) 1815-1845; England (Lancashire, Manchester) 1845-1854; Australia (Victoria, Casterton) 1854-1900
KIRKIN: England (London, Lambeth) 1859-1940;
MORTIMER: England (Berkshire, White Waltham) 1823-1852; Australia (Victoria, Cavendish) 1865-1930
PIDDINGTON: England (Buckinghamshire, Cuddington) 1700s-1880
RIDDIFORD: England (Gloucestershire, Thornbury) 1600s-present; England (Buckinghamshire, Cuddington) 1846-present; England (London, Lambeth) 1896-1913; Australia (Victoria, Ballarat) 1913-present
WEBB: England (Surrey, Clapham) 1845-1878; England (London, Lambeth) 1878-1900
WHITE: England (Kent, Broadstairs) 1857-1876; Australia (Victoria, Grantville) 1876-1950
MOST WANTED ANCESTOR:
When I started this I thought my most wanted ancestor would be gg-grandmother Mary Jane HODGINS. She was born in Ireland around 1849, immigrated with her parents West HODGINS and Martha BRACKIN in 1853 aboard the Marion Moore. She married Matthew GAMBLE in 1871 at Colac. That is all I know except for the accident which saw Mary Jane lose the top of her finger, as mentioned in the post Misadventures, Deaths and Near Misses.
However, when I looked at the completed list it seemed clear it had to be Jane WYATT, another gg grandmother and second wife of Herbert John COMBRIDGE.
I had previously found a birth for a Jane Wyatt born 1882, St Arnaud but this did not really add up, mainly because my Jane Wyatt married Herbert Combridge in 1895 in Gippsland. If I searched the Australian Death Index 1787-1985, I find the death of Jane COMBRIDGE in 1909 at Grantville but with no approximate birth year or parents.
As I was writing this post, I decided to have a look around for Jane again. I checked for people researching Combridges at Ancestry.com and found a reference to Jane’s birth in 1873. I searched again with this birth date and that threw up something interesting. There is a Jane Wyatt listed on the Victorian Index to the Children’s Register of State Wards, 1850-1893. Her birth date is given as 1873, but no birthplace. This could be my Jane and it could explain the lack of parent names and birth year on the Death index.
So, thanks to this exercise, I may have come a step closer to finding Jane Wyatt, but if she was a ward of the state, I may not be able to find anything else about her. So if anyone has information on Mary Jane HODGINS and her family, I would love to hear from you!