Friday, April 26, 2019



DNA is an exciting topic right now. You are invited to explore your GENETIC GENEALOGY with the exciting DNA DOWNUNDER conference this August.

DNA Downunder is travelling to SIX AUSTRALIAN CITIES - Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney with schedules packed with interesting topics in each place. Check out the SCHEDULES for each city in the links below and don't miss out on a booking. Each link will take you to the DNA Downunder web page where you can book to attend DNA Downunder in the city which suits you best. 


DNA Double Helix, Image PixaBay Creative Commons Licence

With an expert line up of SPEAKERS this is one conference you DO NOT WANT TO MISS. If you would like to know more about each speaker click on their name below. Each link will take you to the DNA Downunder website where you'll find information about each of these exciting presenters.

Jill Ball (GeniAus) and I were lucky enough to hear Blaine Bettinger speak at Rootstech. 

Image screenshot from the DNA Downunder Website.

I. for one, would not miss this exciting conference and will be attending the Sydney leg of the DNA DOWNUNDER conference. I hope to see many of my genea-friends there!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

WILLIAM WHITE (2248) of the 48th Battalion A.I.F - An Anzac Day Post


Service Record of William White B2455 [1]
One of my favourite courses in the Diploma of Family History, which I studied through the University of Tasmania, was called Families at War. This course required me to choose a WW1 soldier to research as a case study. I selected my husband's grandfather, William White to investigate. I knew little of William's WW1 experience other than that he had lost fingers during the war and had been unable to work at his trade of French Polishing after the war ended. 

While researching the WW1 story of Wiiliam White, I gained a deeper insight into the devastating impact that war inflicted upon families.  As I read Battalion Diaries, Letters from soldiers at fighting on the violent front in France, and as I delved deep into war records, William White's wartime experience became much more real to myself and my family. 

William White, Photograph in possession of family member


The decision made by Private William White 2248 of the 45th Battalion A.I.F. to enlist in the Australian army in 1916 during World War One, was likely influenced by his membership in the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, a society which encouraged its members to fight for God, King and Country.


I have saved this story in PDF form only and cannot copy and paste it easily to this blog. As an Anzac Day tribute to William White 2248 of the 48th Battalion A.I.F, I am attaching it to this bog post HERE.


1.Service Record of William White, B2455, National Archives of Australia, p. 20.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019



I have not participated in the A2Z Blogging Challenge for a few years, due to health issues and other commitments, but I have decided that I should not miss this year's special TENTH ANNIVERSARY A2Z blogging challenge. This is my fOURTH post of the 2019 challenge and since while attending the Rootstech Conference in Salt Lake City in February, I joined the Surname Society, I have decided to make the theme of my A2Z challenge Surnames on my Family Tree. 

I am listing, according to the alphabet letter of the day, the surnames of my ancestors and others on my family tree that begin with that letter. For the second part of each blog I will choose an ancestor's surname that begins with the appropriate letter and write a little about that ancestor and the surname itself.

  • EAKIN - Manitoba, Canada
  • EAKIN - Ireland
  • EDMANSON - Delaware, USA
  • EDWARDS - Westmeath, Ontario, Canada
  • EGGINGTON/ EGGLINGTON - Rosario, Argentina
  • EIBBERT - Prussia
  • EISELIN - Gemany
  • ELDER - Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
  • ELLIS -  St Dunstan, St Stepney, London, England
St Dunstan, St Stepney, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
  • EMEMDORFER - Beutelsbach, Baden - Wurttemberg, Germany
  • EMERSON - Alnwick, Northumberland, UK
  • ENRIQUEZ - Mexico
  • ERHARDT -Ohringen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
  • EUSSLE - Germany
  • EUSTACE - Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • EVANS - River, Kent, England
St Peter and Paul's, River, Kent, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
  • EVANS - Rosario and Cordoba, Argentina
  • EVANS - Paddington, London, UK

ELIZABETH ELLIS ab 1727 -1772

St Katherine's by the Tower, Middlesex, London, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
Elizabeth ELLIS was my 7th great grandmother. At the recorded age of 26 years, Elizabeth married Edward MANTON [1], a miller of the same age [2]. The marriage banns for this couple were read in both St Dunstans and All Saints [3], Stepney and St Katherine the Virgin, by the Tower [4]. The marriage banns record for St Dunstans indicates that both bride and groom were 'of the same place' meaning that they were residing in St Dunstan Stepney at the time of the marriage [5] but not necessarily FROM the same parish.  

Marriage Banns for Edward Manton and Elizabeth Ellis, St Dunstan, Stepney [6]

Edward Manton of St Dunstan, Stepney, in the County of Middlesex, Miller, and Bachelor aged Twenty Six years and alleged upon oath that he intends to marry with Elizabeth Ellis of the same place Spinster aged Twenty Six years [7]

English Marriage Banns were traditionally read three Sundays in a row, in the home parish of the both the bride and groom [8]. For the intended marriage of Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, banns were read the parishes of St Dunstans, Stepney and St Katherine's by the Tower [9]. These parished are around 1.9 miles apart [10].  Although both Edward and Elizabeth are stated to be 'of St Dunstans, Stepney' [11]  (both parishes in Middlesex, London), the publishing of banns in two parishes indicates that either Elizabeth or Edward originally came from St Katherine by the Tower.

Marriage Banns for Edward Manton and Elizabeth Ellis, St Katherine by the Tower [12]
The Bond of 200 Pounds  which was intended to ensure that the marriage occurred was paid by the groom to St Katherine's by the Tower [13]. The marriage between Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton took place on December 23, 1753 [14] at the church of St Katherine's by the Tower. This suggests, though is not evidence that Elizabeth Ellis came from that parish since it was common for couples to marry in the bride's parish [15].

The Marriage of Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton [16]
Despite both bride and groom's ages being given as 26 years it is possible that one or both ages were incorrect [17]. Finding the parents of my 7th great grandmother, Elizabeth ELLIS is proving to be a challenge and my search continues to be a work in progress. 
I have eliminated several baptisms of females named Elizabeth Ellis from their recorded deaths and I am currently researching the following possibilites for my Elizabrth Ellis's birth, baptism and parents.

I have found ELLIS baptisms, marriages and deaths in the parish of St Dunstans going back to the 1500's but only one baptism in St Katherine's by the Tower.

  1. Eliz. Ellis Baptised 22 November 1730, St Katherine's by the Tower, John Ellis and ELizabeth [18].
  2. Eliz. Ellis, baptised Stepney, 18 April 1728, John Ellis and Ann [19].
  3. Eliz. Ellis, baptised Stepney, 18 April 1731, Thomas Ellis and Jane [20].

ORIGINS OF THE SURNAME ELLIS offers the following explanation for the origin of the surname Ellis:

English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah (see Elias). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.[21]

Forebears gives me a different origin for this surname:

In the whole range of family nomenclature there is perhaps no name which admits of more variety of origin, or a greater number of differing forms. "Elies or Ellis in British," says Hals, in D. Gilbert's Cornwall, iii. 429, "is ason-inlaw by the wife, and Els or Ells, a son-inlaw by the husband.[22]

Wikipedia provides me with a similar explanation as Ancestry:

Ellis is a first name and surname of English and Welsh origin.The surname was first recorded in 1202 in LincolnshireEngland.
Last name: Ellis. This ancient surname of many spellings, is a "crusader" import into Europe from the Holy Land. Recorded as Elliss, Elix, Ellice, Eles, Elias, Heelis, and many other forms, it derives from the Greek "Elias", itself from the Hebrew "Eliyahu", and meaning "Jehovah is God". In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.[23]


1.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921,
4.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Katherine's by the Tower, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812,
5.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921,
8. Marriage Banns, Genuki,
9.Guide to Marriage Records in the Parish Registers,
10.Google Maps.
11.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921,
12.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Katherine's by the Tower, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812,
14.Marriage Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, 1753, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812,
15. The History of Parish Registers, The Joiner Marriage Index,
16.Marriage Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, 1753, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812,
17.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921,
18.Baptism of Elizabeth Ellis, 22 November 1730, St Katherine's by the Tower, Familysearch.
19.Baptism of Elizabeth Ellis, 18 April 1828, Stepney, Familysearch.
20.Baptism Elizabeth Ellis, 18 April 1731, St Dunstans, Stepney, London, Docklands and East End Naptisms, Findmypast.
21. Ellis Family History,,
22. Surname Ellis, Forebears,
23. Surname Ellis, Wikipedia,

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A2Z Blogging Challenge - D


Wikimedia, Creative Commons

  • Dalrymple - Scotland
  • Dane - Qld, Australia
  • Davis - US
  • Dawson - Stirlingshire, Scotland
  • Dawson - Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, England
© Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
  • Dawson - Willoughby on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Dawson - Durham, England
  • Dawson - Blythe, Northumberland
  • Dawson - Blair Logie Perthshire, Scotland
  • Day - NSW, Australia
  • De Le Houilliaire - Middlesex, London, England
  • De Lorenza - Beunos Aires, Argentina
  • de Rosalez (Rosales) - Argentina
  • Deiss - Ehingen, Alb Donau-Kreiss. Baden- Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Deiss - Beutelsbach, Germany
Beutelsbach, Baden-Wurttmeberg, Germany Wikimedia Creative Commons
  • Delmer - Qld, Australia
  • Deschamp - Australia
  • Devine - Ireland
  • Dibble - Bridgewater and Wilton, Somerset, England
  • Diebold - Germany
  • Diemer - Konnigsbronn, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Dignan - Ireland
  • Dimmey - Ireland
  • Dinnie -Scotland
  • Dipple - Holborn, Middlesex, England
  • Dipple - Shropshire, England
  • Ditty - Moneymore, Londonderrry, Northern Ireland
St John's Moneymore, Wikimedia Creative Commons
  • Ditty - County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Dodds - Seghill, Northumberland
  • Doherty - Scotland
  • Dohni - Baden-Wurtttemberg, Germany
  • Dolderer - Beutelsbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Beutelsbach in Winter, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
  • Donatelli - Italy
  • Doncaster -England
  • Donelly - County Clare, Ireland
  • Donelly - County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Dorr - Germany
  • Dorward/ Durwood - Brechin, Angus, Scotland
Brechin Cathedral, Brechin, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
  • Dougherty - Scotland
  • Downs
  • Dripps - Northern Ireland and New Zealand
  • Duff
  • Durance/ Dorrence/Durants/Durant - Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, England
  • Durward - Aberdeen and Angus, Scotland


St Mary and All Saints, Willoughby on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire,Wikimedia, CC
If you happen to have ancestors from Willoughby on the Wolds in Nottinghamshire, the GENUKI website has some excellent information about this rural village here.

Generation 1.  Mary DAWSON, my fourth great grandmother, was born in early 1783 in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire to William Dawson and Jane BONSER [1]. Mary was baptised in Hawkhurst, Nottinghamshire (the parish her mother was from) on January 26, 1783 [2] and married weaver, William Morley in Farnsfield on November 26, 1801[3] . 

Marriage of Mary Dawson and William Morley [3]

Generation 2.  William DAWSON, my fifth great grandfather was baptised in Willoughby on the Wolds on July 29, 1759 [4]. His parents were John Dawson and Millicent COOK who married in Willoughby on the Wolds on January 5, 1756 [5]. 

Generation 3.  Millicent Dawson nee COOK was born in Shepshed, Leicestershire [6] but it is unknown where John Dawson originated from. This marriage is the earliest Dawson record I have found in Nottinghamshire. Since Willoughby on the Wolds is quite close to the border between Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, it is possible he came from either county and this Dawson line is still a work in progress. 


According to some sources, the surname Dawson derived from the 'son of David' [7]. Forebrears offers a similar explanation of the name Dawson:

From Dawe, diminutive of David + son. John Daweson was a merchant in the service of Archambaud, earl of Douglas in 1405 (Bain, IV, 697). John Dawson is recorded in Kethyk in 1466 (Cupar-Angus,. I, p. 146), and James Dawson was godson of King James IV (ALHT.[8]
The British Names website gives the following origin for the surname Dawson:

Said to be a corruption of the Nor. Fr. D'Ossone, from the town of Ossone, in Normandy. Camden, however, thinks it a contraction of Davison, the son of David, which is the more probable derivation.
Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.[9]


1.Birth of Mary Dawson, 1783, Nottinghamshire, England, Extracted Parish Record for Nottinghamshire, 1538-1837,
2.Baptism of Mary Dawson, 1783, England and Wales, Christening Records, 1530-1906,
3.Marriage of Mary Dawson and William Morley, 1801, Pallot's Marriage Index for England,
4.Baptism of William Dawson, 29 July 1759,  England And Wales, Christening Records, 1530-1906,
5.Marriage William Dawson and Millicent Cook, 1756, England Select M1538-1973,, 
6.Birth of Millicent Cook, 1732, England, Select Births and Christenings,  153801975,
7. Surname Dawson, Surname Database, S
8. Surname Dawson. Forebears
9. Surname Dawson Meaning, British Surnames

Sunday, April 7, 2019



I am continuing the A2Z Blogging Challenge with my theme of family surnames on my family tree. Today's letter is "C". 
  • Cairney - Ireland 
  • Caldwell - Sydney, Australia
  • Calhoun
  • Cameron - Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Campbell - Houston and Killellan, Scotland
  • Campion - Nottinghamshire, England
  • Chanlor - Alnwick, Northumberland, England
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, Wikimedia, Creative Commons Licence
  • Clarke - Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Clarke - Ballinderry, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Clayworth
  • Cleveland - Ipswich, Suffolk, England
  • Cochran - Kent, England
  • Coley - Shepshed, Leicestershire, England
  • Collingwood - Claxby by Alford, Lincolnshire, England
© Copyright Dave Hitchborne and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
  • Collins - Renfrewshire, Scotland
  • Collis
  • Colquhan
  • Condie - Quebec, Canada
  • Cook - Shepshed, Leicestershire, England
  • Costall - Hough on the HIll, Lincolnshire, England
  • Costall - Gelston, Lincolnshire, England
  • Coulter - Scotland
  • Count - Hougham, Lincolnshire, England
All Saints Church, Hougham, Lincolnshire, Wikimedia, Creative Commons Licence
  • Courtney 
  • Cowder - Farndon, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Cox
  • Craig - Brechin, Angus, Scotland
  • Cramb
  • Crampton
  • Crosbie
  • Culvyhouse
  • Cupples - County Down, Ireland
  • Cupples - Scotland
  • Curry
CLARKE of Ballycomlargy, Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Death Notice Samuel Clarke, 24 October 1889 [1]
Samuel Clarke was my third great grandfather. He was born in Northern Ireland in around 1808 [2] and married Rachel Marshall at St John's, Woods Chapel, Artrea [3] Londonderry, on  the 14th of September, 1832. The Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837 [4] tells me that Woods Chapel or Chapel in the Woods was a district parish in the barony of Louchinisholin.  

The marriage record shows that Samuel resided in the townland of Ahgagaskin, also in the Barony of Louchinisholin in the civil parish of Margherafelt and that he attended the Margherafelt Presbyterian Church. Both Woods Chapel and Ahgagaskin were around two miles from the town of Margherafelt [4]

If you have ancestors from Louchinisholin you can read about this barony here.

By the time of the Griffiths Land Valuation (1847-1864) [5], Samuel Clarke was farming 36 acres of land at Ballycomlargey, civil parish Desertlyn, in the barony of Louchinisholin, Poor Law Union District of Margherafelt [6]. 
Samuel Clarke was also leasing a house to a John Stett. The land he farmed was owned, as was much of Londonderry by the Worshipful Company of Salters, one of the twelve London companies originally invited to invest in Northern Ireland during the Ulster Plantation [7]. Samuel and Rachel had by this time, nine children, the second youngest of whom died in infancy.

The Griffiths Valuation for Ballycomlargy

The eldest of the Clarke children, Sarah Jane Clarke (1833-1873) became my two times great grandmother after marrying farmer Joseph Shaw Thompson on the third of December 1856 at Woods Chapel Church of Ireland, Margherafelt [8]

Sarah Jane White (nee Thompson) daughter of Sarah Jane Clarke and Joseph Thompson. Copyright.


According to several sources the surname Clarke derives from the middle ages name McClereach or O' Cleirigh, meaning son of a cleric or clergyman [9]. Clarke is used as a English name also but has similar origins as in relating to a religious cleric.  

I do not yet know whether my Clarke family descend from gaelic Irish folk or English supplanters but I am hoping that DNA might solve the origin of this name for me one day. 

1. Death Notice Samuel Clarke, The Belfast Newsletter, Vol. CLIIL, No. 28,182, p. 5,
2. Obituary, Samuel Clarke, The Belfast Newsletter, 26 October 1889, p. 3., 
3. Marriage of Samuel Clarke and Rachel Marshall, 14 September 1832, Original record, Woods Chapel Register of Marriages, possession of a relative.
4. The Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837, Library Ireland, 
5. Griffith's Valuation, Ballycomlargy, Samuel Clarke,
6. County Londonderry, Official Townlands, Bill McCaffee, 
7. County Derry, KiwiCelts,
8. Ireland, Civil Marriages Registration Index, 1845-1958,
9. Surname Clark or Clarke in Ireland, Roots Ireland,

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A2Z Blogging Challenge - B


The following surnames on my family tree are those of both direct ancestors and their families. 

  • Bailey - England
  • Baillee - Brechin, Scotland
  • Bainbridge - Lincolnshire, England
  • Barclay 
  • Barks
  • Barrif - Lincolnshire, England
© Copyright Bob Danylec and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
  • Bartley
  • Bassett
  • Bassler - Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany
  • Bauer - Strumpelkamp, Minden-Lubbecke, Nordern Westfalen, Germany
  • Baverstock
  • Baxter 
  • Beecham - Nottinghamshire, England
  • Beedle - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Belcke - Reutlingen, Baden- Wurttemberg, Germany
Reutlingen Railway Station Creative Commons Licence
  • Bentlion
  • Bentz - Germany
  • Berli - germany
  • Berriff - Nottinghamshire, England
  • Berry - Nottinghamshire, England
  • Beuttner - Germany
  • Bewglas - Louth, Ireland
  • Bilehrin - Germany
  • Bilger - Germany
  • Binder - Germany
  • Birch
  • Bird - Sydney, Australia
  • Birkett
  • Bishop
  • Blackader - Quebec, Canada
  • Balckman - Qld, Australia
  • Blair  Houston and Killellan, Scotland
Houston and Killellan, Scotland. Image Wikimedia, Creative Commons Licence
  • Blane - Ireland
  • Boller - Ottenbach, Switzerland
  • Bonnar/Bonner - Ireland, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Bonser - Nottinghamshire, England
  • Booth - County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Bosshardt/ Bosshard - Bern, Switzerland
  • Bouden - Ireland
  • Bragg - Qld, Australia
  • Bramley - Nottinghamshire, England
  • Brechtin - Germany
  • Bremner - Brechin, Scotland
Brechin, Scotland, Wikimedia, Creative Commons Licence
  • Brigham - Auckland, New Zealand
  • Broome - Canada
  • Brown - Scotland
  • Brown - Essex
  • Brown - Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • Browne - London, England
  • Brunner - Baden - Wurttmeberg, Germany
  • Bryant - Surry, England
  • Buckley
  • Beuttiker - Heimiswil, Bern, Switzerland
Heimiswil, Switzerland, Wikimedia, Creative Commons Licence
  • Bugg - Nottinghamshire
  • Burke - Scotland
  • Burkhard - Gruenen, Switzerland
  • Burkill
  • Burkinshaw
  • Burn - Scotland
  • Burns - Australia
  • Burr - Konnigsbronn, Baden  Wurttemberg, Germany
  • Busby 
  • Bushill
  • Butler - Kent, England
  • Bassler - Germany
  • Boepple - Germany


Deborah BERRIFF born in October 1755 in Grantham Lincolnshire, [1] married a joiner named William BERRY on 7 October 1781 at Newark Upon Trent, Nottinghamshire [2]. William and Deborah Berry were my fifth great grandparents. 

From the UK Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices 1538-1893, I know that Deborah's father James Berriff(born in Grantam, Lincolnshire1732) was a cooper, or a barrel maker [3]. I have found the name spelled as Barriff along with Berriff among my Lincolnshire families.

A 'Cooper' or Barrel Maker, Wikimedia, Creative Commons Licence

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland gives the following origin of the surname Berriff - a relationship name from the Old English female personal name 'Beorhtgifu' (beorht 'fair' and gifu 'gift')[4]

According to the Surname Database the name Berry is an ancient English surname of topographic or locational origin. It derives either from the pre 7th century 'byrig', meaning 'a fortified place' or the later 'beri' or 'buri' denoting a fortified manor house.

James Berriff and his apprentice Henry Kettles 1755 [3]

1.Baptism of Deborah Berriff, 23 October 1755, Grantham. Lincolnshire, England Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,
2.Marriage of William Berry and Deborah Berriff, 7 October 1781, Newark Upon Trent, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, England, Extracted Parish Records,
3. UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 24 November 1755, Master's Name, James Berriff, Apprentice, Henry Kettles, Grantham, Lincolnshire,
4. The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, Berriff, p. 212.