It has taken some time but finally I have finished my Grandmother’s, Hazel Annie Chisholm, story. Like so many people in my family tree nothing seems to be straight forward and it was definitely the case with her history. If you would like to read more click on this link
I have finally been able to find a will that definitely confirms that the Frederick Biggs that I had researched is my great uncle. I have added a partial copy of his will that provides the evidence. In it he leaves his estate to his two sisters Emily and Alice. As he died about 12 months before the birth of my Uncle Frederick it is more than likely that he was named for him, so his memory must have been treasured by the family.
I have spent the last few months trying to find my Grand Uncle Frederick. I have written the details I have found so far but it is difficult to definitely confirm if he is my missing Grand Uncle. If anyone is travelling through Colac and has time to visit the cemetery, hopefully there would be an epitaph on his gravestone. If you have a little more time a visit to the historical society in Colac it might also help to shed a little more light on this Frederick Biggs and if he is my missing grand uncle. Any information would be gratefully received with a very big hug from me. Click here to see what I have found so far.
Over the past few weeks I have been completely immersed in all things 18th Century. From rereading some of Austin’s novels, lots of historical records and the most wonderful treasure of a book Mary Bacon’s World: A farmer’s wife in eighteenth century Hampshire , it is written by Ruth Facer and is based on and includes many extracts from her diary. So now I have “receipts” for every thing from curing an argue to pickling walnuts.With the past couple of rainy cold days I have taken a step back in time or climbed another limb on the family tree to put together my 3 x great grandfather, James Biggs’, story who was born in 1764. If you would like to read about him click here.
After much research, and I am sure a few more grey hairs I can finally confirm my line of descent from the Biggs family. I have started with the story about my great great grandfather, James Biggs, who was the first in the family to leave this village in generations and seek his fortune else where. If you would like to read more click here
At last I have made a start on the Biggs family line with my great grandfather Stephen Biggs. Unlike many emigrants of the period he didn’t come to Australia to dig for gold but just for a better life and more opportunities. To read more go to his page: Stephen Biggs
I have finished writing my grandmother’s story. It has not been easy and I have shed many tears in the process. I know that I carry part of her in me and I am so thankful for the wonderful father that I have because of her. So Sarah, this is for you – I hope you can look down on me and at least smile a little and say “yes that will do”. To read more about Sarah click here