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Thomas Boots, Hannah Tree & their 15 children: a family on the move

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This is an account of one large family, 15 children and their parents, who all left Sussex at different times seeking a better life abroad. A search on Ancestry for Thomas Boots senior results in over 600 trees so this is a well researched family but I wanted to bring together their individual stories as part of my research into the emigration from the Kent / …

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The Baker family: from Salehurst to Sydney

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SARAH DRURY 1796-1839  Sarah Drury is my 5 x great aunt and was the daughter of William and Mary Drury nee Iden. She was baptised in Rolvenden, Kent on 2 October 1796 [1] and was the fifth of William and Mary’s six children and their youngest daughter. In the 1841 census her father, brothers and all the surrounding households were agricultural labourers. On 4 January 1813 when she was 16 …

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The Weeks family: The Poor Law, Peasmarsh and Parramatta: the story of one agricultural family

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James and Sarah Weeks were one of the many agricultural families in the 1830s trying to make a living on the Kent/Sussex border. I’m sure they didn’t envisage being shipwrecked off the Cape of Good Hope on their long and uncomfortable sea voyage to Australia. Six months after setting out they eventually made it to Australia and settled in Parramatta. I believe they are a well …

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