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James Robert Gordon b.1902 Scotland d. 1957 Australia

Hi there,

I am looking for any information on the GORDON FAMILY FROM DUNDEE, ANGUS, SCOTLAND.

I am trying to trace James Robert Gordon born April 1902, Dundee, Scotland. He enlisted at Dundee in Feb 1922 to the Royal Engineer Corps and was discharged at his own request in Feb 1925 after having served three years.

He migrated to Australia how and when and married Jannetta Eva Kathleen Bolin in 1927 in Marrickville, NSW. Australia. She was born in Australia to parents Mark Bolin and Jannetta Pope.

James Robert Gordon's parent's were Robert Gordon and Jessie Calder. This is all I know about his parent's.

James died in 1957 at Burwood and his buried at Rookwood Cemetery, Sydney, NSW. Australia.

James and Jannetta had a son, James Robert Gordon b. 1926 d.1989.
He married Eileen Capararo in 1951 reg. Marrickville.

Is there anybody out there who knows anything about this family.
Much appreciated if somebody could contact me if they know anything.

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Joseph Kearns b. cir 1775 Ireland Convict.

Looking for information on Joseph Kearns, alias Dungan Kearns. He came to Australia on the "Sugar Cane" as a convict from Ireland. He married another convict Elizabeth Ready who came out on the "Minstrel" from England.
According to his records he was born circ. 1775 and he died 1839 in Sydney. NSW

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Looking for Mary Ann Price born 1816 Clare, Suffolk. England

My Mary Ann Price is supposed to be the daughter of Matthew Price and Mary. She was Christened 3 Nov 1816. ? died in 1881. She had an illegitimate son who she called James Price. He was born 16 April 1837. Clare, Suffolk. She married a widower, Thomas Newman when James was eight months old. Marriage date 25 Dec 1837 in Clare, Suffolk. James kept the name Price and it is still carried by his descendants to this day. Thomas was born ? Foxearth, Essex. Thomas and Mary Ann Newman went on to have eight children. My James married Mary Ann Clark on 23 February 1858 in Hawkedon, Suffolk.
I am looking for any info on both Thomas Newman and Mary Ann Price as I have hit the proverbial brick wall.
Any help on this one would be gratefully accepted!!!

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Looking for Iliffe's in Little Bowden, Northampton, England

I am looking for info on William ILIFFE born cir. 1773 Little Bowden, Northampton and his wife Hannah SPRIGGS, born cir. 1777 St. Bowden, Northampton. They married 30 May 1798 in Little Bowden, Northampton. William died before 1841 and Hannah died 1864 at a ripe old age. They had three children that I can find
Elizabeth born 1799 Christened 13 May 1799 Little Bowden. Married Samuel WILFORD 7 Nov 1820 Little Bowden. They had eleven children.
Thomas born 1801 christened 23 August 1801 Little Bowden. Married Alice SNOW 14 Sep 1831 Little Bowden. They had three children that I can find.
Joseph born cir 1810 Little Bowden. (MY LINE) Married Ann. They had four children that I can find.

I am after any info at all on the ILIFFE FAMILIES'.

Joseph and Ann's children
William born 15 Dec 1833 Little Bowden (MY LINE)
died ??
Thomas born 1835 christened 9 Aug 1835 Little Bowden
died ??
Betsey 1837 Christened 17 Sep 1837 Little Bowden
died ??
John born 1839 Christened 27 Oct 1839 Little Bowden
died 5 Nov 1839 1 week old

William (1833 - ) married Ann TOOMS, daughter of William Tooms (1806 - 1885) and Charlotte BUCKLER (1817 - 1874). They married 12 December 1860 at St. Nicholas Church, Little Bowden. Anne born cir 13 April 1840 Market Harborough, Leicestershire, christened 13 November, 1840 Market Harborough, and died Feb 1916 Little Bowden.
They had five children
Anna Maria born cir. 9 April 1862 Little Bowden
1 Married William WYLES (1862 - 1889)
2 Married Zacheus TIMSON (1863 - )
Elizabeth born cir 4 Sep 1864 Little Bowden
Married Richard Chinnor GREGORY (1862 - )
William born 7 May 1870 Little Bowden (MY LINE)
died 7 Jan 1935 Matraville, Sydney. NSW Astl
Hannah born cir Dec 1872 Little Bowden
Married Joseph COTTON (1875 - )
Tom born cir Dec 1876 Little Bowden
died 1944 Ryde, Sydney. NSW Astl
1 Married Minnie Maria BOYTON (1881 - 1906)
2 Married Elizabeth Emily BALE (1886 - 1963)

William (1870 - 1935) married Elizabeth Sophia SHEPPARD, daughter of Mary Ann Caunt Sheppard (1849 - ) and Unknown. Elizabeth was born 6 September 1868 Market Harborough, christened 3 Feb 1871 Little Bowden and died 13 August 1957 at Matraville. NSW Astl. The family story goes that they both attended Mrs Giles Kindergarten in Market Harborough, where she once bit him. He apparently wore the scar until the day he died.
William came to Australia around 1892 according to his death certificate. I believe he came to Australia before March 1891 as he is not on the 1891 British Census. Elizabeth followed him to Australia after 1891, (she is on the 1891 British Census, living with her "grandparents", the SMALLWOODS. They married 11 March 1894 in Wagga Wagga, NSW Astl.
William and Elizabeth had four children
William Harold born 22 Nov 1894 Wagga Wagga NSW (MY LINE)
Unnamed Male born 1895 Wagga Wagga
died 1895 Wagga Wagga
Dorothy May born 22 Mar 1899 Wagga Wagga
died 19 No 1998 Sydney. NSW Astl
Winifred Rosalie born 17 Jun 1911 QLD Astl
died 15 Sep 2005 Forestville, Sydney. NSW Astl

William Harold (1894 - 1973) married Eliza Marion FOLEY, daughter of George John Foley (1864 - 1903) and Maria O'BRIEN (1862 - 1902). They married 23 March 1925 at St. Johns C/E, Maroubra, Sydney, NSW Astl and had two children.
Eliza was born 1 October 1889 at "Wildwoods", near Gilgandra, NSW Astl and died 15 May 1975 in Revesby, Sydney. NSW Astl
William Harold died 24 March 1973 in Revesby, Sydney. NSW Astl

Looking for info on Robert Peck of Knettishall, Suffolk, England

Robert PECK was born 20 June 1790 in Knettishall, Suffolk. England. He first married Anne ANDREWS on the 18 April, 1808 in Knettishall, Suffolk. England. Both parties were single at time. Marriage by Banns read 3rd, 10th and 17 April, 1808.

Their first born is registered as Male, before 1810.
Second born: Rebecca born 20 June 1810, Hopton, Suffolk.
Third born: Mary born 10 April, 1812, Hopton, Suffolk.
Fourth born: Male circa. 1814.

He then married Elizabeth ANDERSON, query when, and they had three children.

Henry, christened 28 June 1818 Old Buckenham, Norfolk.
James, Christened 8 April, 1821 Old Buckenham, Norfolk, MY LINE
Robert, christened 21 Sep 1823 Attleborough, Norfolk.

Until rececently I thought first and fourth born males were stilborns, but it has come to light that fourth born male may have been called John.

A fellow researcher, researching this family was sent the 1851 census for East Tilbury in Essex. It shows what looks like our Robert PECK (1790) - it says he was 61 yrs old and was born at Netsell, Suffolk. (Which could be bad spelling for Knettishall, Suffolk. Also on this form Robert's relationship to the head of the house is FATHER. The head of the house is John Peck, aged 35yrs, born at Rushford, Suffolk.

Rushford, Nettishall and Hopton are all side by side on the map. The ages for both Robert and John are correct.

What we are looking for is any info at all on Anne Andrews, date of birth, where, parents, date of death etc. She died after 1814 and before 1818 when Robert and Elizabeth's first born arrived. She does not seem to have any info out there that we can find.
Info on Robert's parents etc John PECK and Mary ADAMS, both appear to have been born Knetishall, Suffolk.
Info on Elizabeth ANDERSON, date of birth, where, parents, we know her date of death was before the 1851 Census, as Robert was a widower.

James, my line, born 8 April 1821, Old Buckenham, Norfolk, married Amelia ALDOUS, born 3 January, 1818, Old Buckenham, christened 25 January, 1818, Old Buckenham. Her parents were Zephaniah Aldous (1778 - 1841) and Alice HUNT (1781 - 1844). Amelia was the eldest of three children, (that I could find)
William born 1820 Old Buckenham, died 1903 Bethnal Green, London, married Sarah Woodcock BLACKBURN (1820 - 1886) 12 June 1842, Lambeth, London. He then married Mary COLE (1830 - 1901) 28 August, 1890, Lambeth, London.
Charles born 1823 Old Buckenham, died 1901, Old Buckenham, married Elizabeth POTTER (1825 - 1902) 22 November 1850 Old Buckenham, Guiltcross.

In the 1851 James and Amelia lived at Staxford, Guiltcross, Old Buckenham, Norfolk.

James and Amelia had seven children in England before leaving on the ship "Alfred" in 1857. They left their first born son Charles in England having died query 13 February 1839. Charles was born 22 January 1839 in Old Buckenham.
They left all they had known behind and travelled to Australia to an unknown entity, with their six children and Amelia pregnant. Amelia gave birth to a daughter on board the "Alfred", in Sydney Harbour, NSW Astl, on 30 July, 1857 calling her Amelia. Sadly, Amelia died after having thrush for three days, on the 19 August, 1857 in Sydney. NSW Astl.

They then moved to the South Coast of NSW where Amelia gave birth to Henry (MY LINE) on 21 December, 1859 at Mt. Keira, NSW.

Sometime after 1859 the family spent 10 years in Victoria, Astl, but as yet cannot pin down time period. James also developed "gold fever" in NSW, taking his family over the Blue Mountains, (west of Sydney).

James and Amelia's children:

Charles born 22 Jan 1839 Old Buckenham
died ? 13 Feb 1839 England
Elizabeth born 24 Aug 1841 Old Buckenham
died 13 June 1910 Bulli, NSW Astl
Charlotte born 26 Nov 1843 Old Buckenham
died 16 Aug 1909 Wollongong, NSW Astl
Robert born 1846 Old Buckenham
died ? 1875 Victoria Astl
James born Dec 1848 Norwich, Norfolk
died 12 Jan 1925 Ashfield, NSW Astl
Charles 12 April 1851 Old Buckenham
died 10 April 1930 Pymble, NSW Astl
Emma born 4 Jan 1855 Attleborough
died 6 Aug 1945 Rockdale, NSW Astl
Amelia born 30 July 1857 Sydney Cove on board ship NSW Astl
died 19 Aug 1857 Sydney. NSW Astl
Henry born 21 Dec 1859 Mt. Keira. NSW Astl
died 7 Sep 1939 Parramatta. NSW Astl

Henry (MY LINE) first married Charlotte HITCHCOCK(1865 - 1897) on 27 June 1887 at Kangaroo Valley, NSW. Charlotte was the daughter of John Hitchcock (1838 - 1929) and Maria ISON (1844 - 1929). Charlotte was born in 1865, reg. in Shoalhaven Dist. NSW. She was an excellent horsewoman, she had show horses and she is reputed to have been the first woman to jump a horse sidesadle. She was an excellent needlewoman, teaching needlework at the schools where her husband Henry taught, (he being a school teacher). She also loved flowers and her garden, but her horses were the joy of her life. She died on 13 June 1897, aged 32, from a fall from her favourite horse, being pregnant at the time with her fifth child. Neither she or her child survived. I have a picture of her on her horse with ribbons and patches on her sleeves from here winning at shows etc.

Henry and Charlotte's children:
Annie Florence born 4 Oct 1888 Bagdad. NSW
died 10 Dec 1957 Kempsey. NSW
Charles Henry born 31 Jan 1891 Budgong. NSW
died 25 Jan 1974 Sydney. NSW
Lillian May born 12 Mar 1893 Euralie, Yass NSW
died 22 Jun 1950 New Zealand
Cecil Bertram Valentine born 31 Dec 1896 The Rock, Wagga Wagga NSW
died 11 May 1917 (WW1) France

After Charlotte died her sister Ann Maria moved in to look after the children and the household, but in those days it was frowned upon, to have a man and woman living in the same house and not married.
Henry asked Ann Maria to marry him and on 21 December, 1898 they married. They married at Rookwood, Lidcombe, NSW, for everyone who knows the name Rookwood, yes, it is the cemetery. Henry's sister Elizabeth, married James RIDLEY who was the caretaker for Rookwood Cemetery and Henry and Ann Maria married in the caretaker's cottage.

The story goes that Ann Maria's family shunned her for marrying Henry, but she wanted to look after her neices and nephews. Ann Maria was born 6 July 1870 at Budgong, near Nowra. NSW.
She also was a great needlewoman, teaching along side Henry at the different schools he was transferred to. (I have a little pink, seethrough babies dress and petticoat she made for me when I was a baby).

Henry and Ann Maria's children:

Albert Ernest William born 25 Oct 1899 Stuarts Point NSW (MY LINE) (My Grandfather) died 17 Dec 1967 Kempsey. NSW
Alfred James born 18 May 1902 Pelican Island NSW
died 1 Dec 1966 Wagga Wagga NSW
Stanley Victor born 6 Aug 1904 Pelican Island NSW
died 23 Nov 1967 Sydney. NSW
Frederick Leo born 12 Sep 1906 Pelican Island NSW
died 28 May 1983 Wagga Wagga NSW
Arthur Macleay born 17 Mar 1911 Kempsey. NSW
died 4 Mar 1974 Thirroul. NSW

My grandfather married Alma Jane PARTRIDGE, born 16 March 1899 Summer Island, NSW daughter of James PARTRIDGE(1867 - 1923) and Jane PRICE (1867 - 1948) on 29 December 1928 at Kinchella, NSW. They had two sons.

Henry retired from teaching to Warwick Street, Penrith, before buying three house lots in Parramatta on what was called the old Toohey Estate. They also lived in Westmead. Henry loved to read, gardening and was an excellent sketcher. Henry died at his home in Parramatta on 7 September 1939 and was cremated at Rookwood, Lidcombe, NSW on 8 September 1939.

When Henry retired from teaching he was at Luddenham Public School and was presented with a large silver engraved teapot, I now have possession of this teapot, handed down to me from my grandfather.

Ann Maria died 25 June 1958 at Thirroul at her son's home and was cremated at Woronora Crematorium, Sutherland on 27 June 1958.

I have started to write a book on Henry's life, but not many of the old folk around who remember him clearly.

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