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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.

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.

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 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

Looking for Johnsons who lived Warialda/Ashford/Inverell/Moree districts

I am searching for descendants of Harriett Ann Johnson nee Stevens who married Lawrence Leonard Johnson on 7th June 1923 after the death of her first husband John Andrews in 1918, and would welcome contact with any of them in order to add details to the family tree of my Stevens ancestors. I know that her daughters marreid men named Trew, Harwood, Penfold, and Green

2 comment(s), latest 2 years, 9 months ago

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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We would like to contact any descendants of George Henry Stevens, born 1883...

We would like to contact any descendants of George Henry Stevens, born 1883 at Sandy Creek near Graman NSW, but in particular we would like to contact descendants of his daughter Aileen Elizabeth Stevens born 4-10-1896 who married Garrett Baston Macey, or descendants of their daughter Lila Mary (Topsy) Macey born 22/11/1928 who married John Collins who was born at Rockhampton in Queensland Australia, they married in Moree NSW. We do know that Lila (Topsy) and John had children Rosemary, Phillip, Andrew, Jenny and John but we have no idea if they stayed in the Moree area or returned to Rockhamptonn where John was born.

the grandfather of Lila (Topsy) was a brother to my great grandmother Harriett Stevens, and their parents were John James Shufflebottom and Ellen nee Butler, and they lived in Armidale NSW.

2 comment(s), latest 4 years, 6 months ago

My grandmother was Emily Phillips, nee Basing. Her father was Frederick...

My grandmother was Emily Phillips, nee Basing. Her father was Frederick Basing, and her mother was Ellen nee Fry

the Basing family lived at various times in the Ballarat area in the 1800s, and came to Northern NSW when they had some children, Frederick at one time worked at Bolivia Station, a cattle property about 20km south of Tenterfield, and later the family moved to Hillgrove, and he worked in the gold and antimony mines there, and that is where Emily Basing met and married my grandfather Francis Phillps. His family lived at Dorrigo, and we have a photo of Frederick Basing with some other men sitting on a large cedar log they had felled, so we know that the Basing family lived at Dorrigo for a while and Frederick was involved in cedar and rosewood cutting.

we do not have as many details as we would like to have about the Basing family, and there do not appear to be many Basing family members in Australia, that could be because most children born appear to be females, so the family name Basing is uncommon now. A search of the Telstra white pages finds very few, and those that are there must be related to me, but so many of them either know stuff that they wont share with me, or just arent interested in sharing.

We have found lots of information on Charles Basing, a brother of Frederick. He was an artist who moved to the USA in about the later 1800s and he painted the huge murals on the ceiling of Grand Central Station in New York, plus murals at the Columbia University Club and the Carnegie Institute, he also did murals at many high schools in New York, the most controversial being the one two murals 20 feet high at Bushwick High School that included the images of nude females and the Board of Education refused to pay him for them as they said they were indecent, and he sued them for the payment and before it even got to be resolved in court he went to Morrocco to paint, was kicked by a camel and died from the blood poisoning that resulted from the kick. My grandmother Emily Phillps nee Basing was given some money by her mother Ellen Basing nee Fry from the estate of Charles Basing, and it was used by her and her husband Francis to buy a house at Burleigh heads in about 1936 that they sold after the war for about 500 pounds, land that is now worth probably millions of dollars - what a pity he did not keep it.

We would welcome any contact with any other person doing research into the history of the Basing family and will check back here frequently for any contact

8 comment(s), latest 3 years, 8 months ago

Shufflebottom and Stevens family

On this thread there is listed a Mary Jane Stevens 1854-1931 married to John Irwin 1855-1922.

Mary Irwin was a sister of my Great Grandmother Harriet Ann Phillips (nee Stevens) and after her husband Albert Phillips died in 1912, the only member of her family ever to visit her was her sister Mary Irwin, and both my mother and grandmother often used to mention that, as they knew that Harriett came from a very big family, with many relatives in the Northern NSW and New England area, but none ever visited her except Mary Irwin.

Albert Phillips was part aboriginal, and Harriett Steven was the daughter of a convict sentenced to transportation for life - who was the snob, fancy throwing Harriett out of the family, which is what they did, because she married a man of colour when their own father was first sentenced to time on the treadmill and for his second offence of robbery he was given a life sentence, obviously not just stealing a farthing, for a life sentence it likely involved violence and a larger value item that he stole.

so harriett is my great grandmother, and John James Shufflebottom is my great great grandfather, it is no wonder it took us so long to find our roots, when Curly died his family changed their name from Shufflebottom to Stevens.

6 comment(s), latest 3 years, 5 months ago

Shufflebottom and Stevens

My great grandmother was Harriett Stevens, her father was John James Shufflebottom, he was a convicted street robber, convicted at the Stafford Assizes and transported to Australia for seven years. His nickname was Curly. Harriett Steven married my great grandfather Albert Phillips, and they were married at the Wesley Church Armidale on 5th December 1870. they had 14 children, of whom my grandfather Francis Charles Phillips was one, and Francis and is wife Emily Basing had 11 children, or whom my mother was one.

I have a cousin who did many years research into John James Shufflebottom, and published a book, mainly for the family, and it contains many photos of Shufflebottom family members and much information about who married who and when, and we have a copy of the book

If anybody is interested in this Shufflebottom/Steven family, send a pm and we can put you in touch, we think, with my cousin, to see if he can provide you with a copy of the book, if not, we can always photocopy our copy and send that to you, but of course some of the photos will be a bit darker than in the book because our copier does not have any way to alter the grey scale for photos.

5 comment(s), latest 2 years, 6 months ago