Looking for Harper, Bray, Blandthorn and Munro from England to Australia
Hi this is my first entry. I came across this site today after posting a reply. What a great site! My name is Veronica and I am in West Australia.
I am researching Henry James Harper born 1812 Bere Alston, Devon christened 6 Sep 1812 at Calstock, Cornwall. This has been a huge brickwall now broken. From his death certificate his parents names were listed as Stephen Harper and Mary Marks. His parents were actually Samuel Harper and Mary Testick who were married at Redruth 26 Nov 1804. They had a large family with children ending up in NZ, Aust and USA some remained in England.
Henry and his first wife Harriet Floyd and 3 children William, Charlotte and Mary Ann travelled on the ship "William Bryan in 1841 and settled initially at Taranake, NZ. After Harriets death in 1845 the family sailed to Adelaide, South Australia where Henry married Ellen Bray in 1848.(My line). Another brickwall. Previous research by another family member had Ellen's parents as James Trewartha Bray (brother of William (Billy)Bray the evangelist) and an Ann on the family tree. I did some extensive research on this line to find this couple not her parents! I was very disappointed because I love the sound of the name James Trewartha Bray it has a certain ring to it.
The mystery was finally broken when it was revealed Ellen is buried in the same grave at Bendigo as her brother Ambrose. The burial plot was originally paid for by Ellen's daughter Sarah Crammond. Henry Harper is buried at Welshmans Reef, Victoria.
Now I'm rambling.
Thanks for a great site Scott.
Regards, Veronica (VeronicaF here)