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Over the seas and far away: my relatives to Australia 1838-9

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Below is a list of the relatives I’ve discovered who emigrated to Australia in the space of just 2 years from a small area on the Kent / Sussex border. I’ve also included details of some of their extended families to try and build up a more rounded picture of the pattern of emigration. I’ve compiled the list as an aide memoire for myself and it’s …

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The danger of FindAGrave: an example from Kent

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Find A Grave website can be a useful tool for family research as it provides photos and inscriptions of gravestones which can fill in the gaps or corroborate research. The downside is anyone can upload information to the site and add any additional biographical information they think relevant which may be totally wrong. Example: The photo below shows what has been entered as the gravestone inscription …

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Barnabas Egans: a tale of horse stealing, gaol breaking, execution and resurrection men

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For no reason I can explain a random name caught my attention whilst searching the Woodchurch Parish Registers and led via the newspaper archives to the following story. Barnabas Egans was baptised in All Saints, Woodchurch on 9 July 1768 the son of  Christopher and Ann Egans, travellers. [1]  In the spring of 1796 he and James Savage from Yalding were convicted at Maidstone Assizes of stealing …

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George Iden of Woodchurch: convict and coachman to the Colonial Secretary

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Early years George Iden was baptised in Woodchurch, Kent on 16 August 1801, the son of William Iden and his wife Sally Gregory Holyer. (George’s brother Walter was the step father of Robert Caleb Jarvis who was transported for 10 years in 1845, the subject of another blog).   Arrest and trial On 2 September 1824 George was taken into custody at Newgate Prison, charged with …

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Robert Caleb Jarvis: criminal or victim of circumstance?

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Robert Caleb Jarvis (1816-1845) Early years Robert was baptised Robert Clary Jarvis in Woodchurch, Kent on 19 May 1816 the baseborn son of Frances Jarvis. [1] I have been unable to find anyone with either the first or surname Clary who could be the potential father and therefore presume this was a misspelling of Caleb, the name which was used in the future.   In December …

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Boons of Northants and Bucks… and Kent

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Below is some background to my Boon family which I hope I have managed to type up correctly.  My 3 x great grandfather GEORGE BOON was born in Piddington, Northamptonshire in 1765 and died in Sherington, Buckinghamshire in 1833. He was married twice. His first wife was SARAH LINDSEY who he married in Sherington in 1784. They had three children: 1 SARAH baptised 1785 Sherington. 2 GEORGE BOON baptised 1787 in …

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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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GRW Bourne: An artist in the family and my accidental voyage of discovery

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GEORGE ROBERT WILLIAM BOURNE 1858-1910 My discovery of an Australian artist in my family of English agricultural labourers, illustrates (no pun intended), where a few, seemingly random, searches can lead. I always get excited when I find relatives who have emigrated: the idea of travelling to distant lands and unknown lifestyles in the days before telephones, email and instant communication fires my imagination. So when I …

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