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 4 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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