Mysterious David Adams Found

I have been trying to find my grandmother’s paternal Uncle for so many years now I can’t remember how long.  See “Whatever happened to David Adams”


David Adams was the only child of George Adams and Catherine Barry whose death and further life movements we hadn’t yet found.

Christine Stafford nee Adams, my 3rd cousin once removed and I had all but given up hope but every few years a small snippet of information would show up in searches just to tease us I’m sure.

After his birth registration details in 1866, the next bit of information on his whereabouts was that he was a witness to the marriage of my great-grandmother, Mary Agnes Morgan, to his older brother, John Adams in  Essendon, Victoria in 1887.
Christine had later found some newspaper articles that mentioned a young David Adams in the Flemington area of Victoria where our Adams ancestors lived.
We still don’t know for sure if this was our David though.
David’s father, George Adams, died in 1921.
David was one of the beneficiaries in his Will.
He was also a beneficiary in the Will of one of his sisters, Margaret Mansfield in 1926, so we knew he must have been still alive.
I hadn’t found any more family Wills.
The last hint was nearly 12 months ago when I came across an obituary for David’s sister, Catherine McFadyen who died in 1946, that mentioned her brother, David Adams in Sydney.
Family Notices (1946, September 7).
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), p. 9.
Then a new record hint in came up for him!
A marriage was recorded in The Sydney, Australia, Anglican Parish Registers, 1814-2011 which had been added to ancestry. (I’m not sure when)
This record actually showed a marriage certificate for a David Adams to an Evelyn Maude Sutton in 1938.  I thought Nah ……
His age was 71 years and he was a builder who lived in Sydney.
Well, that occupation ran in the family but I had previously found another death for a David Adams, builder so I wasn’t convinced.
Born in North Melbourne, Victoria, tick.
He was a Widower which would explain his age, tick.
The big YES came at his parent’s names, George Adams, builder and Catherine Barry.
It took a while to sink in but you can imagine the happy dance!
After all these years I couldn’t believe he had been found.
I had actually looked at the marriage record previously for these two but due to financial restraints, I can’t spend willy-nilly on BMD certificates.
Chris Goopy, a genealogy blogging friend, once said David would help us find him when he was ready.
He did!
I hooked up with my cousin Christine in messenger and we both began a frantic search for other information.
In the excitement, I can’t remember now who found what but we found his death and funeral notices in April 1951.
“Family Notices” The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) 27 April 1951: <>.
“Family Notices” The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 – 1954) 27 April 1951:  <>.
Further searching of the electoral rolls determined that David’s sons were John Lockyer Adams and David Bernard Adams.
Christine found his death notice in 1987.
John married Eileen Marie Holmes in 1928.
I haven’t found David Bernard Adams death as yet but we are fairly sure he married a Maisie Lilian Belcher.
On looking in ancestry there doesn’t seem to be any of his descendants researching or as obsessed interested in the family history as I am.
Hoping this blog post may attract contact by David’s descendants one day.

Private Ambrose Percival TUCKETT

Private Ambrose Percival TUCKETT

Ambrose Percival Tuckett was born the youngest of 7 children in Nathalia, Victoria in March 1894 to parents Thomas George Tuckett and Alice nee Fleming.

On the 1st of March 1916, he married Violet Maude Gibb at Parkville in Victoria.

Ambrose enlisted in the A.I.F. on the 3rd of October 1916 at the age of 22 years and 5 months.  He gave his occupation as Storeman and was married to Violet Tuckett first of 6 Lambeth Street, Kensington and later at 23 Southgate Street, Parkville.

On enlistment, Ambrose was still serving with the Citizen Forces.  He was 5 foot 7 and a half inches tall with a medium complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.  Religious denomination Church of England.

He initially served in A company of the 23rd battalion but within a month was transferred to H company of the 2nd Battalion then into K company and finally to the 24th Battalion just a week before embarkation on the ship ‘Hororata’ on the 23rd of November 1916.

Australian War Memorial collection
Copyright expired – public domain
The colour patch of the 24th Australian infantry battalion.

They arrived at Plymouth, England on the 29th of January 1917.
Five months later he was in France with his battalion which 
“took part in its first major offensive around Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in July and August 1917. 
The Battalion got little rest during the bleak winter of 1916-17 alternating between the front and labouring tasks. When patrolling no man’s land the men of the 24th adopted a unique form of snow camouflage – large white nighties bought in Amiens.
In May 1917 the battalion participated in the successful, but a costly second battle of Bullecourt. It was involved for only a single day ‘ 3 May ‘ but suffered almost 80 percent casualties. The AIF’s focus for the rest of the year was the Ypres sector in Belgium, and the 24th’s major engagement there was the seizure of Broodseinde Ridge.

Ambrose was recorded as “Sick” a casualty on the 22nd of September 1917 later being classified as Shell Shocked.
He had pains all over the body, very shaky hands and couldn’t sleep due to the pain.
On the afternoon of the 20th of September, he claimed he was blown over by a shell and felt stunned for a while, very giddy and shaky and was taken to M.O. by Sgt Major.

On the 21st of November, his next of kin were advised he was wounded.

In the next entry, it says he was admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital at Stourbridge with Severe shell shock on the 15th of December 1917.

National Archives Australia
On January 2nd, 1918 his next of kin were advised that he was in the hospital and on January 23rd they were advised that his condition was stationary and by the 25th he was convalescent.
His next of kin were advised on the 27th of February, 1918 that he was returning to Australia.

Returned to Australia from England per “Dunluce Castle” on the 24th of January 1918.
Discharged 30th of April 1918.

Ambrose went on to have 4 children with Violet.
He later married Harriet Jessie Cayzer nee Albon in 1945 and they also had 4 children.

Ambrose Percival Tuckett died of Myocardial infarction at Leongatha on the 14th of June 1958.  He is buried in the Leongatha cemetery.

Remembering our family’s Servicemen

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 11: Lucky – Crusader to New Zealand

 In December 1874, Captain Renaut sailed his ship The Crusader into Lyttleton Harbour,
New Zealand with 374 passengers on board.
The Crusader departed from Plymouth on the 25th of September and made the passage in 97 days with very little illness reported.
The surgeon-superintendent was Dr. John Guthrie who settled in Christchurch.
On the voyage Dr Guthrie found it necessary to appoint two nurses,
Mrs Cleaver and Mrs Lindon.
The Crusader developed a hole and the well was taking in water.
The water was successfully pumped out throughout the voyage but the pump kept breaking down and not too much water continued to come in.  It is said that on arrival at Lyttleton harbour a fish skeleton was found in the well and so it was thought that the fish body had blocked the hole thus stopping the ship taking on more water and sinking!
My great great grandparents, Robert Forsyth and his wife Jessie nee Farquhar were on board the Crusader with their little son Alexander.
They were very LUCKY to arrive safely.
Robert and Jessie Forsyth went on to have a large family in New Zealand
Photo A Large Sailor’s Woolie of the Clipper Ship The Crusader at Anchor in New Zealand
Circa 1875-85courtesy of Paul Vandekar
The Press newspaper reported the Arrival of the Crusader in its edition on the 1st of January 1875.
Everyone spoke most highly of the Captain  “The passengers and Immigrants alike testifying to his unwearying care and devotion during the passage”.
An excerpt from that newspaper article.

Strong Woman

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 10: Strong Woman

There are plenty of strong women in my family tree even though they may not think so.
Some of their stories are heartbreaking, all are inspiring.
Most inspiring to me at the moment is my first cousin Denys in New Zealand.
Denys and I didn’t know each other existed until we did an AncestryDNA test at almost the same time 10 months ago.
We are actually half first cousins, sharing the same paternal grandfather.
Click the link to read about  Our DNA discovery
Despite not having met in person yet we have grown very close.
Denys has been through the heartbreak of losing a younger brother who was only 17 years old, enduring an awful first marriage, losing her second eldest daughter to suicide and now supporting her dearly loved current husband in his battle with terminal cancer.

Your heart is one of the best Denys xx
Strong women in my family tree that I have previously written about:
Mary Agnes Adams nee Morgan   My paternal great-grandmother

Herbert Hulme’s Will

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 9 – Herbert Hulme’s Will

Herbert Joseph Hulme
photo from the album of my
maternal grandmother
Daisy Fleming
nee Morgan.
The theme for week 9 of the 52 Ancestors challenge is
“Where there’s a Will”.

My grandmother’s maternal Uncle Herb was born Herbert Joseph Hulme at Oxley, Victoria in 1892.

Herb never married and died on the 8th of October 1969 at Wangaratta aged 77 years.

He was the second son and second youngest child of the ten children of Joseph Hulme and Anna Dorothea nee Bartsh of Milawa.

Herbert and his sister Pleasance, who I wrote about in week 6 of this challenge, were both unmarried and were left the family farm when their father died in 1920.  Their mother had died in 1908 at the young age of 53.

Pleasance had died in 1965 so Herb may have sold the farm.
I am awaiting the Probate inventory to find out but Herb left quite a sum of money to both the Wangaratta Technical School and St. Paul’s Church at Milawa for scholarships in his name as described below.

The family Bible was left to his niece Jessie Jean Pollack, nee Hulme who was the only daughter of Herb’s older brother, Sydney Frederick Hulme.

I would dearly love to see that Bible one day.

Also one day I will take a trip to Milawa to see the Church.

More information and photos of St. Paul’s Church can be seen at the
website of Australian Christian Heritage

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me HERBERT JOSEPH HULME of Milawa in the State of Victoria, Farmer.

1. I REVOKE all former wills and testamentary dispositions made by me and declare this to be my last will and testament.

2.  I APPOINT John Kenneth Gibb and my niece Dulcie Enid Collier, hereinafter called my Trustees, to be the executors of this my will and Trustees of my Estate.

3. I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to my niece Jean Pollack my family bible.

4. I DIRECT my Trustees to divide my household furniture and effects in accordance with any directions I may leave.

5. I DESIRE that my body be cremated and my ashes deposited within the Church yard at St. Paul’s Church of England Milawa and that a suitable memorial Tablet in bronze be placed over my ashes at a cost not exceeding the sum of Forty dollars to be paid out of the residue of my Estate.

6. I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the sum of Six thousand dollars to the Wangaratta Technical School Advisory Council upon trust to invest the same and to apply the Income from time to time therefrom arising, for the provision of Scholarships for students at the said school studying a course in Agricultural Science such Scholarships to be known from time to time as the “Herbert Joseph Hulme Scholarship” and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Council shall be a full and sufficient discharge for my Trustees.

7.  I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the sum of Eight thousand dollars to the Church of England Trusts Corporation of the Diocese of Wangaratta upon trust to invest the same and to apply the Income from time to time therefrom arising for the provision of Scholarships for students at St. Columb’s Hall Theological College Wangaratta or at such other Theological College as the Bishop in Council of the said Diocese may from time to time decide such scholarships to be known from time to time as the “Herbert Joseph Hulme Scholarship” and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Trusts Corporation shall be a full and sufficient discharge for my Trustees.

8. ALL THE REST RESIDUE AND REMAINDER of my real and personal property whatsoever and Wheresoever I give devise and bequeath to my Trustees upon trust to sell call in and convert the same into money with discretionary power to postpone such sale calling in and conversion for such time as they shall think fit and after payment thereout of all my just debts Funeral and testamentary expenses Federal Estate and State Probate duties to hold the same upon trust for the Church of England Trusts Corporation of the Diocese of Wangaratta and I direct that the same and the Income from time to time therefrom arising shall be applied by the said Trusts Corporation for such general purposes fo the Church of England in the said Diocese including the provision of homes for elderly
people or the maintenance education and benefit of children as the Bishop in Council of the said Diocese may from time to time in its absolute and uncontrolled discretion decide and I further direct that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said Trusts Corporation shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Trustees without their being bound to see to the application thereof.

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 15th day of May One thousand nine hundred and sixty-seven.


Click on the link below to read my contribution to Week 8 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks challenge.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 8: Heirloom

Fine record of service

My maternal Great-Grand-Uncle Thomas Fitzherbert MORGAN and his wife Sarah MCNAY were married in Victoria in 1894.

Thomas was born at Euroa in 1868, Sarah at Moonee Ponds in 1873.

They had eleven children born between 1895 and 1918, eight boys and three girls who, all except one of the girls who died of Meningitis at the age of 12, survived to adulthood.  One son, William was killed in World War One and another son Benjamin died in a German P.O.W camp in World War Two.

FINE RECORD OF SERVICE (1940, February 9). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), p. 5. Retrieved December 19, 2017, from

Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), Friday 9 February 1940, page 5


EUROA Thursday – The Morgan family of Euroa has a fine record of service. Seven of the eight sons of Mr. and Mrs. T F Morgan, of McGuiness street, Euroa have served or are serving King and country.

Privates A. T. Morgan and T. F. Morgan and Bugler W. J. P. Morgan killed in action on Gallipoli served with the A.I.F:  Petty-Officer J G Morgan has served his term in the Navy. Private John S. G. Morgan and Private B. R. Morgan have enlisted in the Second A.I.F and are in camp: and Lance Corporal H.C.S Morgan is in camp with the Militia at Seymour.

Born 1895 Euroa, died 1978 Euroa.
Born 1899 Euroa died 1982 Heidelberg, Victoria.
Born 1897 Euroa died 1915 at Gallipoli.
Born Euroa 1907 died at Essendon in 1982.
Sgt John Morgan born at Euroa, Victoria in 1918. Died Tallangatta, Victoria in 2004.

Benjamin was born at Euroa in 1910 died 1945 Germany.

Harry Somerville Halliday Morgan was born at Euroa in 1912.
He died at Heidelberg in 1976.

Photos are from the Morgan Family Reunion book 1980 which was contributed to by many family members and compiled by Rhonda Morgan, then Payne.

Mystery photo of unknown gentleman possibly solved?

Recently, after a discussion with a cousin, I had cause to revisit an old mystery photo from New Zealand.
This discussion jogged my memory of an email I had received in June 2015 after a query to the Alexander Turnbull Library about the photo.
Fancy forgetting about it for that long.
My only excuse is that life got in the way.
The above photo in my possession is courtesy of Brigid Simpson and the Lavin family collection of my great grand uncle, Alexander MORGANin New Zealand.  Photo labeled “Unknown taken in Wellington”.
We have no idea of what connection these men had with Alexander Morgan whose family were all Roman Catholic.
Fiona Gray, research librarian at Alexander Turnbull Library would possibly date the photograph to c1890s.  Fiona kindly suggested the two outside gentlemen in the above photo were Rev James Gibb and Rev James Paterson
Portrait of Reverend James Gibb. S P Andrew Ltd :Portrait negatives. Ref: 1/1-013980-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23228151

Gibb, James (Rev Dr), 1857-1935
Presbyterian clergyman, political lobbyist. Presbyterian minister and Moderator. Wife, Jeannie Gibb (nee Jane Paterson Smith; married 1881 at Aberdeen; known as Jean in New Zealand). See DNZB (Vol 2, 1870-1900, p165-167) –

I found this Creative Commons Image which I believe may well be the middle gentleman in the original photo.  Right side image of Rev George Thomas Marshall is from
THE REV. GEORGE THOMAS MARSHALL, Wesleyan Minister in charge of the Franklin Circuit, resides at Pukekohe. He was born at Leamington, England, in 1853, and held a position as book-keeper and cashier to a firm of English merchants, until he left for New Zealand, in which he arrived in January, 1881, by the ship “Loch Urr.” Before coming to the colony Mr. Marshall was a local preacher in connection with the Wesleyan Church, and became a candidate for the ministry in 1882. He was for one year at the Three King’s Institute, as a student at his own expense, and for a second year by direction of the Conference. Mr. Marshall has been engaged in the work as a minister since 1883, when he was appointed to the PAGE 672 Upper Thames circuit. Subsequently he was at Kawakawa, Northern Wairoa, Paparoa, Tauranga, and Opunake respectively, and was afterwards at Richmond for four years. He was stationed at Pukekohe in April, 1899. Mr. Marshall was married, in 1887, to a daughter of the late Mr. W. P. Brown, a very old settler in the Bay of Islands, and has four sons and three daughters.
Photo of Rev James Paterson at right is courtesy of Fiona Gray, research librarian, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

As yet I haven’t found further information on Rev Paterson.
There seems to be another.  Image can be seen at but his photo seems too different.

Two men front centre are Rev Gibb and Paterson 1933.
Do you think the mystery men have been found?

Kiely family of Edi Upper

My Mum’s paternal grand-aunt Amelia Agnes “Millie” HART married Edmund Wills (or Wells) KIELY in Victoria in 1901.

Millie was born in 1879 at Echuca, the sister of my Mum’s grandmother, Margaret HART.  They were daughters of Peter HART, originally from Huntingdonshire, England, and Agnes MASON.

Millie and Edmund KIELY had 7 children all born in the Wangaratta region, Victoria where they farmed for many years.

One of the boys in 1912 swallowed strychnine and luckily survived.

Edmund Kiely died in 1935.
Millie KIELY nee HART died in 1971 at the grand age of 92 years.
Longevity seems to run in the family as Mum’s grandmother also lived to her 90s as did many of the HART sisters.

Knight family Wiltshire to Australia 1842

Update to my post of 29 September about My first foray into DNA for genealogy
When Karen told me she hadn’t been able to find Martha KNIGHT’s arrival in Australia I began searching.  According to her newspaper obituaries Martha’s sister, my great-great-grandmother, Ann Jane KNIGHT, was said to have arrived in Australia in 1847 from Gloucestershire.  I don’t know who supplied the information.
According to information given to Karen by other family members, the family came from Trowbridge in Wiltshire.
The DNA matches of we four KNIGHT descendants do agree with these findings.
In the 1841 census, John KNIGHT was a weaver living with his family at Melksham, Trowbridge.
John had married Ann LUCAS on April 8, 1824, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
The Knight family, consisting of father John, mother Ann and daughters Sarah, Jane (my Ann Jane), Martha and Ruth arrived in Tasmania on the ship Orleana in 1842.
Ruth went into domestic service for George MacLean who was the Deputy Commissary General for Hobart.
John went to work for a W Wilson of Davey Street.
The PINCHEN family also arrived on the Orleana.
In 1846 Ruth married William PINCHEN.
They had five children born between 1849 and 1859 in Geelong, Victoria.
William 1849, Charles 1850, Jane 1853, Ellen 1855 and Elizabeth 1859.
William must have had health problems as there was the following notice in the Star newspaper of Ballarat in September 1857.
Ruth didn’t stay with William though as records show in 1862 she had her first of six children with John TEASDALE.
Florence born 1862 at Creswick, Victoria.
John Knight born 1864 at Spring Creek, Victoria.
Ruth born 1866 at Happy Valley.
Wallace born 1866 at Happy Valley.
Lucas born 1869 at Linton.
Alice Maud born 1871 Spring Creek.
Ruth PINCHEN married John TEASDALE in 1883.
Ruth died in 1915; death Registration Number 12228
On the 9th of September 1852 in Geelong, Martha KNIGHT married James WHITE.
Witnesses were William and Ruth PINCHEN.
Martha and James had two children, Elizabeth Ann born 6 September 1853 at Ballarat, Victoria and James William born 11 September 1855 at Ballarat East.
On the 6th of September 1863 at Geelong Martha married Henry Phillip MARETT.
They had nine children at Ballarat.
Esther Zitella – 1858
Henry Phillip – 1860
Alfred Thomas – 1861
Jane Amelia  –  1864
Sophia Julia  – 1866
Martha Letitia – 1868
Selena Janvin – 1871
Emily Maude – 1872
Francis James – 1875
Martha’s husband, Henry Phillip MARETT died at Leederville, Western Australia on the 6th February 1905.
Martha died on the 9th of December 1907 at Caulfield, Victoria.
I have yet to find deaths for John KNIGHT and his wife Ann nee LUCAS.