With a prompt of “in the paper” I couldn’t go past my great grandfather, Alfred Wilson Chisholm. Born in New Zealand in 1867 he migrated to Australia and became a newspaperman, eventually becoming editor of some of the smaller publications in Northern Queensland. Unfortunately, in collecting the news he tended to drink too much and even before it was named “fake news” he found it necessary to sometimes bend or even invent a story. A scandal erupted because of his actions in setting up a prank and reporting it as a fact, this saw his career and marriage shattered. One thing that came out of it was a sketch of Alfred published by the “Truth” newspaper as part of a story on the scandal. It is the only image I have been able to find of him. If you would like to read more click here.
The prompt for this weeks 52 ancestors was number 12. Twelve is the most wonderful number as I was born in the 12th month so I thought it would be a good idea to share a photo of me when I was 12 years old….and that cute little boy beside me is little brother Tony who would have been about five.
The prompt for 52 ancestors this week is “large family”. No problem there, most of my ancestors managed an average of 11 children. As John and I are planning our next cruise my thoughts turned to my 2x Great Grandmother Margaret Henderson (nee Crosby). Now there was a woman with some “spunk” and a lot of kids. When her husband decided that a better fortune awaited them in the colonies she agreed to pack herself and their eight children up and take a ship to Sydney. The children ranged in age from the oldest girl of 15 years to a six-week-old baby. I would not recommend a sea voyage even today for parents with those many children in that age range, you would have to be insane. The conditions onboard ship in that century were less than ideal for travel and add to the fact that eight weeks into the voyage they were shipwrecked on a deserted island. While on the island her husband was shot and Margaret would have carried the burden of care for all the children as well as an injured husband. Thankfully they did survive the experience, established themselves in Australia and have more children … just as well or I might not be here today. The story of their journey can be read by clicking here.
I am late with my prompt this week as I was dithering about who to choose as my subject. Then I remembered when researching my great grandfather Charles Alfred Shephard I came across a sad story of his younger brother Alexander Shephard. He died when he was only 19 years old and I have found very little about him except how he died. For that reason, I decided that I would try to find out a bit more and have written up his story to include in my blog. Click here if you would like to read it.
It looks like I come from “bad stock”! Or maybe I should just say I have a few convict forebears, like my 4 x great grandmother Elizabeth Brown/Browning Owen who was transported from England and imprisoned in the Female Factory in 1820. I knew I had a few of the convict class lurking in the background of my family tree and it wasn’t until I thought about this week’s prompt of “At the Courthouse” that here was the nudge I needed to write about Elizabeth. Click HERE to go to her story. For those who are interested I am related through my father, Charles Godfrey Biggs:
Daughter of Elizabeth Browning
Son of Eliza OWEN
Daughter of John Mortimer Thomas TRAVERS
Daughter of Eliza Jane Travers
Son of Sarah Beatrice Shepherd
\Daughter of Charles Godfrey Biggs