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Looking for Axanter from Germany

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My G.G.Grandfather was born at Frankfurt em Maine around 1839 The only information I have is that he was a shepherd at "Gostwych" in 1863 In 1865 he was at "Yarrowyck" In 1865 he married Harriet Horn daughter of convicts George Horn and Mary Maloney They were married at Yarrowyck Station They had 8 children
Mary Axanter b 1866 at "Yarrowyck Station"
John Axanter b 1868 at "Laura Creek" Armidale
Charlotte Sophia Axanter b 1871 Armidale
Frederick Alexander b 1874 Inverell
George Alexander b 1876 Inverell
Harriett Jane Alexander b 1878 Inverell
James Moten Alexander b 1881 "Kangaroo Camp" Inverell
Annie Caroline Alexander b 1884 Glen Innes
Frederick died 1919 Harriet died 1923 and the are buried in the Glen Innes Cemetery
John Axanter changed his name to John White
Frederick was married as Alexander but changed his name to White after 1907
James Moten Alexander changed his Name to White He had a rather checkered life
I have who they married children names etc I would love to find out what ship Frederick arrived on and why they changed their name We have no idea what happened to James

Surnames: AXANTER HORN
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by Beckhouse Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2011-01-18 00:31:58

Beckhouse has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jan 2011. is researching the following names: AXANTER, BILLINGTON, MATTHEWCOLLEY.

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by Reflections on 2011-05-24 06:32:02

After Britain declared war on Germany and Australia became involved the feeling against Germans was most bitter. In 1917 South Australia prohibited the teaching of German in primary schools and closed 49 Lutheran Schools. In 1918 many towns (in all states) that had been given German names in the early years of settlement were changed.

In view of the above, many German families also changed their names, feeling no doubt that this discrimination could well prevail indefinately and perhaps were afraid of the family's future prospects if they didn't.

The Axanter family were among those that did . . . and the family name changed from Axanter to Alexander.

by Reflections on 2011-05-26 01:14:54

Would love some information on Frederick and Harriet Axanter's descendants as I am not sure that I have all the names and I am also having trouble with the name changes! Any help you can give would be much appreciated.

by Beckhouse on 2011-05-26 06:08:56

Hi The name was changed in the 1870 through to the early 1900's, so I don't think it had anything to do with the wars I had a talk with a Germen gentleman and he told me that Axanter was a old form of Alexander in Germany and it was started from when the Scotish army were in Germany a very long time ago I have no way to check this out If you e-mail me on elsmorensw@yahoo.com.au and tell me what info you would like I would be too happy to pass info along Cheers Gail

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