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A Lost Member of my family

When I was a small child my mother used to tell me about an Uncle who reacted badly to lots of noise, and my Mother, who only remembered this from when she was a child, said that the adults used to say to her and her sisters and brothers "Stay away from Uncle Harry, and don't make too much noise near him". My mother told me they never understood why it was they had to stay away from him and not make noise.

We often wondered why it was that my Mother was told that story by other adults in the family, and then, as part of our research into the family of my maternal grandmother, we found out exactly why

We knew the names of the parents of my grandmother, and the names of the parents of her mother. We researched and found the arrival in Australia of my great grandmother and her mother and siblings, but for quite few years could find no record of the birth of Uncle Harry. We knew he was born in Gloucestershire England in about the period 1866-1868, because we found his record on the Australian National Archives of his enlistment in the Army for WW1 and that gave his age, but not his birthdate. After many years of research, and a few incorrect birth certificates obtained from England, we found his proper birth record, showing he was born in September 1866.

From his military record we found he had enlisted in November 1914 and was blown up at Gallipoli in June 1915, spent time in hospital in Malta, then in England, then was returned to Australia and discharged as "no longer medically fit for active service" and was paid a pension for "shell shock" so obviously whatever other wounds he suffered were well healed by then

We found a record of his death in 1929 in Armidale NSW, but the local Council told us they had no record of his place of burial, so we searched in all the other cemeteries in that part of NSW, with negative results

We looked for quite a few years, even walked around the cemetery in Armidale a few times, just in case we could find a headstone, even though no record was included on the Cemetery register, so every few years, while visiting or travelling through Armidale, we looked, but no result.

We contacted the diocesan office in Armidale for the church whose Minister conducted the burial service for Harry, negative results, they have no burial records at all, they told us the records are maintained by the Council. In 2011 we decided to try the Funeral Director who conducted the burial service, as shown on the death certificate, and they told us they also have no records of actual burial locations, but they did provide us with a copy of their original ledger from 1929, and the record is marked "police job" and the burial cost seven pounds, and they told us that indicated that Harry was buried in a pauper grave, and it would be unmarked. The funeral director, who is the grandson of the man who actually arranged the burial in 1929, told us that each church had maintained their own records of burials till about 1940, then a Cemetery Trust was established, and the churches all handed their burial records to the Cemetery Trust. Then in the late 1950s or early 1960 a fire went through the Armidale Cemetery, and the caretaker cottage and the Trust Office were burned down, and most of the records were burned and lost, so the local Council then took over the recording for the Cemetery, so we thought then that we had hit a brick wall that we would never be able to knock down

We had been in contact with the Curator of the Heritage Centre at the University of New England for some time on other family history research issues, and mentioned the matter of the fire destroying burial records in Armidale, and he told us that at the time of the establishment of the Cemetery Trust, the Church of England made copies of their burial records to give to the Trust, but gave the original records to the Heritage Centre, so he found the records in their Archives, and then found the actual map with the burial place of Harry marked on it. We passed a copy of that map to the Council, and they were able to add about another 200 names to their burial records in a part of the cemetery they had marked as "Vacant - not used", but in fact, it has so many people buried there, but they had no record till we passed them that copy of the map with all the names and burial plot numbers - so now we knew the exact spot where Harry was buried.

We then contacted the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Australian War Graves have now installed a proper memorial for Harry on his burial place, a concrete surround with gravel and a bronze plaque, with his army number, rank and name, his Regiment, the Rising Sun badge and a short inscription, "Gone but not Forgotten".

A Dedication Ceremony is to be held on Remembrance Day 2012 at the Gravesite of Harry, with the 12/16 Hunter River Lancers providing a Guard of Honour, their Regimental Chaplain will conduct the service, Eulogy will be delivered by an officer of the Regiment, and the grandson of the funeral director, a representative of the church of the original Minister will attend, family members, including myself, will travel to Armidale for the Dedication, and finally poor old Harry will be put to rest properly, and we even know know why my Mum was told to stay away from Harry and keep quiet - like all shell shocked soldiers, loud noises alarmed him, and reminded him so much of the day he was blown up at Gallipoli, these days shell shock is called PTSD and sufferers are given so much help, but veterans of WW1 were not so lucky - but our 30 plus years of research into the life of one Great Uncle have resulted in another piece of our family history puzzle being put into place.

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A Small Slice of Suffolk History

In about the year 1800, a young man arrived in the small Suffolk village of Wheatfield, some two miles north of Hadleigh and ten miles west of Ipswich. In his early twenties, Isaac Mauls had found work as a labourer on one of the farms in the village, but it was not until he was 30, in the year 1808, that he was able to marry his 18-year old sweetheart, Elizabeth Severing. They settled in a small cottage and raised a family of four sons and three daughters. From these four sons has grown a family which now can be counted in hundreds in many parts of the world. This booklet is a small tribute to the memory of an otherwise unknown couple, typical of the country stock of East Anglia.

One feature of the family in early days was the variety of spellings of their name: Mouls, Moles, Moules and even Moulds were all used at random, even by the same members of the family. But in 1858 all that was to change; for reasons that we cannot now know, in that year everyone adopted the new spelling Mowles (which had not been used before), and from then on, in Whatfield at any rate, none of the earlier spellings appear again, although they have persisted to this day in surrounding areas of Suffolk. It is this which has made it possible to trace the descendants of the one Wheatfield family, as almost all those spelt Mowles prove to have come from Whatfield, wherever you meet them. (or the exceptions to this, please see page 32). Probably this change of name reflects the growth of literacy in Victorian England, a suggestion borne out by the fact that it is 1862 before any member of the family married in Wheatfield was able to sign their own name. Even then, it was only the daughters: the first son to sign his own name was married in 1883!

The family shared fully in the hardships of 19th century rural England. At least two branches consisted of 15 or more people living in a cottage of probably two rooms; three brothers under the age of seven died in one week in 1845, to be followed later by their only sister and their mother, all of consumption; of 18 deaths in the family recorded between 1821 and 1874, only three are of adults, all the rest being children under seven. Yet through it all the family grew and flourished, until in the early years of this century at least a third of all houses in the village were occupied by members of the Mowles family, to the great confusion of visitors - and postmen!

One interesting side of social history is found in the occupations of the Mowles family recorded in the Wheatfield registers. From the time of the original Isaac in 1808 until just before the First World, War, every father is a farm labourer, with one exception - the one who bought his own horse and cart in the 1870's, and set up as a carrier to and from Ipswich. Selling some of the goods he carried from his own cottage, he started the village shop which remained in the Mowles family until 1974. Otherwise it is 1908 before we find a milkman in the family, and then from 1912 onwards the development of farm machinery is reflected in the traction engine drivers, the mechanics, and, still, the horsemen. To-day the family has diversified to occupy positions covering the whole range of human activity; while some keep up the tradition of the last 175 years of close links with the land, here in the U.K. and overseas, others are to be found as a clergyman, railwayman, bank manager, electrician, grocer, sales representative, Upholsterer, political agent, teacher, cross channel ferry steward, craftsman in leather, company director, mechanic, restaurant owner - the list is endless.

As Rector of Wheatfield, it is my privilege to know he last seven of the family who still live in the village (three of them now over 80). Sadly, unless, one of the younger branches of the family returns to the village, the name will die out in its place of origin early in the 21st century. Before that link is broken, it is good to record that no less than 44 members of the family have been married and 142 baptized in the lovely 13th century parish church of St. Margaret, while 55 lie buried in the quiet green churchyard in the heart of the village. If the production of this Family Tree serves to strengthen the links which bind the worldwide Mowles family to their ancestral home, then all the effort involved will have been worthwhile.

Basil W. Hazledinee Easter 1981.


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A Small Slice of Suffolk History

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Ellen Basing who married Samuel Hague 1846 Liverpool England

An older sister of my great great grandfather was Ellen Basing, she married Samuel Hague in September quarter of 1846 in Liverpool England, they had daughters Elizabeth born abt 1845/47, Caroline born about 1849/50 who are both in England 1851 census, and Fanny born abt 1852 also Marian born abt 1848, and possibly Caroline died before the 1861 census and Ellen died 1857 in Sheffield. We would like to contact any descendants of this family to add to our Basing family history. pm me if you wish, would love to be in contact with other family members, we have full history of the my great great grandfather Charles Frederick Basing and wish to add to that history by obtaining details of his siblings.

Family photos

This is probably in the wrong place, but we have just read the article by ngairedith, about the value of family photos, and it reminded us of a man who served in the army with my husband. Most of us lived a great distance from our own families, and when our children went to the local school, it was only the "Army kids" who did not have grandparents to attend their school sports, fetes and similar things, but most of us, at some time, had our parents come to visit us, and thus the kids had their grandparents with them at least on some occasion when they visited and stayed with us in the many far flung places at which we were posted over the years. A friend of ours, another solider, had been brought up in an orphanage, he had no idea of who his parents were, and stayed in the orphanage till he was 17 then enlisted in the Army, and his children used to ask him when they would have their grandparents visit, and he told them that his parent were dead. One day he noticed two big picture frames in a second hand shop, the old fashioned semi circular ones, with a photo of a distinguished gentleman in one, and a well dressed lady in the other, so he purchased them, they were about two pounds each (this happened in 1962) and took them home, cleaned them, and hung them on the wall in the hallway of the family home, and when the children asked who they were, he told them they were his parents, and his children were so excited, and when their friends came to visit, they used to say to the friends, "Look, Dad got us some photos of my grandpa and grandma" and as far as we can recall, those photos took pride of place in their home wherever they lived. It was a fib he told them, but it made those three children so happy to know that they did have grandparents, even though they could not meet them, and we have no idea if he told them the truth when they grew older, but it certainly made three young children (aged in 1962 at 6, 8 and almost 10) so happy that they had "roots" and a set of grandparents they could see, even if only in a picture frame.

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John Hawley convicted and transported to Australia 1829

My g/g/grandfather John James Shufflebottom or Shufflebotham was sentenced to transportation for life at the Derby Assizes in March 1829, his partner in crime was John Hawley aged 18 and I wonder if anybody is a descendant of that John and researching his family history, as we could share information on their crime and other details of their life if known in england before they were caught and punished.

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Knowledge is Power - or is it?

We have been very lucky over our more than 50 years of research into the families of both myself and my husband, and we have so many family members who send us a message, phone us or write to us, as soon as there is a new birth, marriage or death in the family, with all the details needed to add to our family history files, and in return for their trust, we never publish the names or any details of any family member on any website, for fear of the horrid identity theft taking place

But of course, just as other family history researchers have found, there are those family members who believe in the old adage that "Knowledge is Power" and think that by keeping information to themselves, it makes them powerful. For anybody who thinks that, in relation to family history, you do need to think again, because if you have the info and wont give it to other family researchers, they will find the info in some other way in any case, but you may find that you will not benefit from all the other info they also find, as by being secretive about family history issues, you will just find that the serious researchers will not bother to keep contact with you. We have a few in our family who fit this description exactly, and they really do lose by their attitude, so to all family history researchers out there, family history should be for all family members, share what you have, and believe instead that the other adage of "What goes around comes around" is just as true, and share your knowledge of your family generously with other members of your family, write a book about them, add the history to a disk or USB stick and send a copy to other family members, arrange Family Reunions, visit family members who you have never personally met before, it is so much fun and so rewarding.

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Looking for descendants of Annie Basing who married James Wilson 1845 St George Everton England

The sister of my great great grandfather Charles Frederick Basing married James Wilson in 1845 at St George, Everton England. She was born Newbury Berkshire, he was a licenced victualler, we are seeking any descendants, cannot find any children born to them, but she was aged about 24 at marriage, and we are sure they would have had children, we just cant find any details, would appreciate any assistance to trace any other details of Annie and her husband James

Looking for descendants of Emma Fry who married Jonas Taylor, England about 1874

Emma Fry is the older sister of my great grandmother Ellen, we know she married Jonas Taylor about 1874in Ross, (the district that spans Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcester) when she was about 17, had daughters Ada (or Ann) born abt 1875 who married Thomas Moreton, Edith (not sure her birth year) and Nellie(unsure of birth years) sons Thomas born abt 1876, James born abt 1878, and George born about 1880. We know the girls may have been living close to Emma and Jonas in 1916 when my great uncle was on leave from war in France and visited them, but no other details of any of the family and we would love to have some contact with any descendants to add their details to the Fry Family History, most of the siblings of Emma came to Australia in 1874 (James age 24 and Charles age 14) and 1877 (their mother Caroline, and her 2nd husband Arthur Davis, plus children Alfred age 19, George age 14, John age 11, Harry age 9, and Ellen age 7.
Older sister Honora arrived Australia with her husband William in 1885 leaving Emma as the only one of the family remaining England. Please pm me, as I would be happy to establish contact by email if you prefer, would appreciate any contact with descendants.

Looking for descendants of Jonah, Thomas, William and Joseph Wise and their sister Ann married to Houghton

Siblings of my great great grandmother Eunice Wise came to Australia in the 1850s and 1860s and settled in the Geelong area and surrounding towns, we would like to be put in contact with their descedants as we are producing a family tree and family history for our children and grandchildren, and would welcome contact with the Wise family members, distant cousins, but cousins no matter how distant. We have details of the ships on which Thomas and his wife Mary, cousin or uncle Jonah and his wife Eliza and son Stephen, a brother named Jonah, brother William and Eunice herself came to Australia, but very little detail after they arrrived here, willing to share what we have and thoughts and ideas of what happened after they arrived. We have full family history down to current generations of Eunice, her marriage, children etc and much history of the family and stories about them