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I found a George GRAHAM

Question by suegraham

I found a George GRAHAM on the ship Catherine Jamieson. The ship departed Leith Edinburgh Scotland on the 28th of June 1838, and arrived in Port Adelaide on the 1st of December in 1838.
I have not found any other George GRAHAM coming into Australia in other states of Australia.
There was also a James GRAHAM with wife Margaret nee BRYDON and their children John and Janet on the same ship.

George would have had enough time to get to Melbourne to Marry in 1839.

My question is how can I tell if this is my Ancester?
Can any-body please help me, I don't know where to go from here.


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on 2011-03-30 02:06:00

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by mowsehowse on 2011-03-30 04:47:25

gives TWO marriages on subsequent days at different churches between the same couple - so possibly one church is R.C. ??
If you can get copies of the marriage certs you should be able to work backwards from there. Let us know how you get on.

Results for: George Graham:
Marriage, 1839, Australia
Matches: All Sources - 2
International Genealogical Index - Southwest Pacific
1. GEORGE GRAHAM - International Genealogical Index / SP
Gender: Male Marriage: 25 MAY 1839 St James, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2. GEORGE GRAHAM - International Genealogical Index / SP
Gender: Male Marriage: 26 MAY 1839 St Francis, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

by suegraham on 2011-03-30 08:24:13

Thanks for answering, I was'nt sure how much information I needed to tell, I have already traced my family to George GRAHAM from the begining. I have already bought both copies of the certificates. These certificates only tell you they were single at the time.
I have a possible death date 1878 (which my ancester is not the George GRAHAM from Tarnagulla) and that my George GRAHAM was buried in Alexandria cemetary but I don't know what or where this cemetary is.
I really need a little information on how else I can narrow it down.

Thanks again

by mowsehowse on 2011-03-30 09:23:49

Hello Susan,
I hope some others join in with this for you.
You might trawl Cyndi?s list for possible sites to help you.
I am in UK so I don?t know exactly what resources are available Down Under.
I have Googled Alexandria; there are a few, the one in Egypt has a war cemetery (but there is also a few cemeteries e.g., Oz, NZ , USA and Scotland).
Have a think about dates, is it likely that George may have been killed on Active Service? Might there be a service record (medals?) that would give you information. Is there an ANZAC war graves commission?
If not, do you have any idea of his home? I would guess there is likely to be some sort of obituary in the local paper ? they tended to write huge amounts about who attended funerals in those days.
Have you looked for a will?
Think ?outside the box? and when you have exhausted all possibilities it might be a help to write another journal with ALL details you have of this chap, including places and dates, and then resort to keeping your fingers crossed.
Good luck, let us know how you get on.

by suegraham on 2011-03-30 17:16:15

Thanks very much, I have tried alot of the possiblities with the wills and probates online at the p.r.o.v. in Victoria, no luck,I have found information for the Alexandria Cemetary and am planing on a visit hopefully on Saturday, when the Kilmore historical society is open. Unfortunatly my laptop with geneology program was stolen when I was at the Victorian State Library the other day, and, I have yet to buy a new Geneology program to down load my ged com file. At the moment I am researching with notes that I have made. I will keep on trying newspapers.
Thank you again.

by scotDunba on 2014-12-29 01:16:20

Do we have common (4th) great Grandpairents? I Found this reference to My (3rd)Great Grandpairents James Graham and Margaret Bryden who sailed out with two kids on the Cathrine Jamiesen. Having Isobella Graham my (2nd) great grandpairent. I can only imagine they are relatives of the said Geaorge Graham maybe james Graham's Brother? any leads would be much appreciated. margret Bryden and James Graham were likely married in Fife Shire scotland. James was possibly from Lancashire England but i can't believe it if he married in Scotland and a possible other relative George also sailed out of Leith Scotland together.

Margaret Bryden
Your 3rd great grandmother
Birth ABT 1811 in Fifeshire, Scotland

NAME: James Graham 3rd great grandfather
DEATH DATE: 4 Apr 1852
AGE: 40
REGISTRATION PLACE: Adelaide, South Australia
Death 27 JUL 1888 in North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Isobella Graham
Your 2nd great grandmother
Birth 11 Mar 1847 in OHalloran Hill, , South Australia, Australia
Death 19 Nov 1889 in Fords, , South Australia, Australia

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