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Continuation of breaking down a brick wall

Sorry I never finished the journal but here it is.

After trying for months to find births of great grandparents I am at my wits end. I am even thinking of giving up.

Great Grandmother Mary MCKENNA born Glasgow Scotland in 1855 to parents Alexander MCKENNA and Mary Anne COPELAND, I cannot find her birth, or immigration record on her arrival to Australia.

As stated before the earliest record of have of her is a marriage in Australia in 1876.

I have been in contact with Queensland State Archives and Scotland CSG Archives and they have been unable to help me.

Have found 2 Birth Records for Mary MCKENNA in 1855 - District Calton,
City Glasgow, County Lanark and the other District Milton,with same city and county as the first.

Another birth in 1856 District Clyde, City Glasgow, County Lanark.

Apart from paying for all 3 Certificates to see if any of these are the one I am looking for I do not know how to find her birth.


Looking for WELSH, BLESSINGTON of Ireland & MCKENNA of Scotland

My grandfather Saunders BLESSINGTON was born in Brisbane on 7th February 1884 to Mary BLESSINGTON and unknown father. On his Birth, Death & Marriage Certificates there is no father listed so it seems I am unable to trace his fathers side. His mother Mary was born about 1840 in Ireland to a James WELSH and Mary WELSH. She married a John BLESSINGTON in 1858 in Bradford England. They went on and had 8 children of which 5 died before immigrating to Australia in 1874. After their arrival in Australia they had another son, and a couple of years later John died leaving Mary with the children.

In 1884 Mary then went and had my grandfather to an unknown person.

Mary died when Saunders was 9 years old and he and is brother John were sent to Lytton Industrial school for 5 years as neglected children.

After his time at Lytton Saunders went to Hughenden where he later met his wife Mary BOURNE.

Mary was born in Hughenden on 29th November 1881 to Mary MCKENNA/KENNA
and James Elliott.

Mary MCKENNA had been married to a John TURNER in 1876 then after his death she married a George BOURNE.

After she left George BOURNE she met up with James ELLIOTT and had Mary (my grandmother). Grandmother Mary kept using BOURNE as her maiden name even though he was not her father.

Mary McKENNA was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1855 (supposedly) to Alexander McKENNA and Mary Anne COPELAND.

Looking for Mary McKenna - Scotland

Trying to find records on Mary McKenna born about 1855 Glasgow Scotland to parents Alexander McKenna and Mary Anne Copeland. The earliest records I have on her is a Marriage in Australia to a John Turner in May 1876. She later married a George Bourne in May 1878 and also states born Glasgow Scotland.
Have not been able to find any immigration records of her arrival to Australia.


Keep hitting brick walls. Trying to find a birth of great grandmother Mary WELSH supposedly born Ireland

Born about 1840 in Ireland to James Welsh and Mary Welsh. She married a John Blessington in Bradford York on 6th November 1858 aged 18. Mary John & family immigrated to Australia in 1874. Have found an 1871 Census with her parents listed and it states his occupation as a Hawker of Pots and he is aged 50 and his wife Mary 43.
Any help with finding her birth would be appreciated as I have been trying for 2 years to find her.


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