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I am trying to learn more about James Dent born about 1821 ?in England

Question by annebest45

James dent was living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by 1850. His wife was Eliza - variously spelled Witzendof, Wittenden etc. There were two daughters, Sara b. about 1849 and Rosaline b. about 1860 both born in Milwaukee. The family arrived in Melbourne, Australia around 1861. I would like information on where they came from and how/why they left America and arrived in Australia and what happened to them in Australia.
The US census of 1850 records James Dent 33, born in England, Shoemaker, living in Ward 1 District, Milwaukee in a house valued at $1,000 with his wife Eliza 32, born in Germany, and children Mary A, 12, born in England, Elizabeth 7, born in New York and Sarah -1, born in Wisconsin.
Can anyone help with this?

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on 2013-02-19 07:28:29

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by tonkin on 2013-02-19 20:17:58

Welcome annebest45.

These may be the deaths for James and Eliza.

Name: James DENT.
Died: 1907 in Frankston, Victoria.
Age: 81 years. (Born circa 1818)
Father: James DENT.
Mother: Mary Ann unknown.
Ref: VDI #12507.

Name: Eliza DENT.
Died: 1910 Sandringham, Victoria.
Age: 86 years. (Born circa 1824)
Father: unknown WITZENDORD.
Mother: Unknown.
Ref: VDI #3316.

Note.
Ages and names of parents recorded at death are not always correct.

Will have a look for their children during the day.

Cheers.

by annebest45 on 2013-02-19 21:26:35

That is totally brilliant. How did you do it? I am sure that these are the people and Eliza's name was spelled in many different ways on various records that I have found. How can we find out how/when they arrived in Australia? Did they come straight from America or did they go back to England? It would have been around 1860. Can we find out where in Germany Eliza came from? Eliza and James were my great great grandparents and I know that my great grandmother (Sara Dent/Mason/Capon/Kean)lived in Sandringham, so maybe her mother lived with her after she was widowed.
Is there a way that - for a fee - one can view complete Australian BMDs online. I was once able to do this, but can't relocate the site I used. I know a little about Sara and her sister Rosaline, but nothing of the two sisters Mary A and Elizabeth who appear on the Milwaukee census. It is going backwards that is my priority.
Can't thank you enough. Anne

by tonkin on 2013-02-20 21:23:36

I have searched the shipping records for Victoria but unable to locate the arrival of James DENT and family. Another search by another set of eyes may have better luck. It's also possible they arrived in another state before coming to Victoria.

You can search the Victorian BDMs online. Searches are 'not free' so have your plastic card ready. You can also visit your library where searches are free.

I have never had reason to search the records in Germany, besides my German is not very good. Ancestry.com seem to have the monopoly on most of the records these days so you could try them. It's not a free service so keep your plastic card handy.

I still have a few records to search regarding James and Eliza's children and will get back to you.

Before you start searching backwards you need to get a few details together. Eliza's death certificate for 1910 may tell you where she was born in Germany. On the other hand the informant could not name her parents so maybe not.

Cheers.

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