What happened to Lydia?

Lydia was the 2nd child of Alfred Biggs, my 2 x great uncle, and the only one of his three children to live to adulthood. She went on to marry and have seven children. Here is her story.

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Alfred Biggs

My great uncle, Alfred Biggs, was certainly a colourful character. A butcher by trade he immigrated to Australia with his brother, my great grandfather Stephen Biggs. to read more about him click here to link to his page.

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What’s in a name!

Family naming patterns are both a curse and a blessing when searching for ancestors. It was interesting though to find that after a long history of the name of James being handed down through the Biggs family line neither my great grandfather, Stephen, nor his brother Alfred named their sons after their father who was the last James in this line of the family. Was there a falling out or was it just that the name of James was no longer considered fashionable? Stephen did name one of his sons Francis Alfred, no doubt a nod to his brother, while Alfred called his first and only son, Stephen, obviously  holding his older brother in high esteem.

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Spanish Armada

Still buried deep in Chisholm family history as I try to move from Sheffield to my 4 x great grandfather Hugh Chisholm. Then Audrey Barney (my Chisholm expert) and I were discussing the dark colouring in the family as evidenced in photos in her book and my Mum and older brother’s dark hair and easy to tan olive skin. We wondered if there may be a bit of Spanish blood trickled down the Chisholm line from the defeated sailors of the Spanish Armada who sought refuge in the bays and islands off the Scottish coast.  Interesting to think about but as I can’t even manage to get the family history out of Sheffield I’m doubtful this is something that I will be able to prove!

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A life in Sheffield

I have spent the last few months buried deep in the coal mining and smelting industries of Yorkshire as I have tracked my mother’s family back through time. I have discovered that my great great grandfather, Daniel Chisholm, was a coal miner and furnace manager in the 19th Century, living in the industrial town of Sheffield. To read more about him click here.

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Gold digging

I just got an advert in my emails for a subscription to the British Newspaper archives and would you believe it included this a comment from someone researching the Victorian goldrush and a section of a newspaper article that mentions the ship the Lady Head. These men were on the same ship that Joseph travelled on!

What a coincidence! So not all gold seekers from the ship were unsuccesful. Thankfully Joseph wasn’t or I may not have been here!
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Joseph Chisholm, the builder

My great great grandfather Joseph’s story is one of migration, of taking opportunity as it arose and becoming a builder, not only as a tradesman but also in building a strong family foundation for the Chisholm’s in New Zealand. For myself as a descendant of one of his children, that like his father looked for more opportunities and made his life in Australia, I am thankful to my great great grandfather for his courage and resilience and proud to be descended  from such a gentle and caring man. I must also thank Audrey Barney, one of Joseph’s New Zealand descendant, who so generously allowed me to use her research and writing as a foundation for this story. To read more click here

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