Author Archive: ancestorchaser (Kerryn Taylor)

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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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Peter Webster MASON

A further confirmation of the details and death of my 3rd great-grandfather, Peter Webster MASON, was found this week by his great-great-grandson Steve Wakely. Thanks Steve. (1892, April 4). The Bendigo Independent (Vic. : 1891 – 1918), p. 2. from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article174510836

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A nasty experience for young Elizabeth Mason of Myer’s Creek

Elizabeth MASON was born about 1845 in Cupar, Fife, Scotland. She was the second eldest daughter of my 3rd great grandparents, Peter Webster MASON and Margaret Leslie nee CARSTAIRS. Peter and Margaret Mason sailed from Plymouth, UK aboard  the “Cheapside”  on the 21st of May 1848. They reached Port Phillip on the 18th of August …

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My first foray into DNA for genealogy

I have recently had an autosomal DNA test done by FTDNA. I was so excited when my results came back the other day. What a huge learning curve! I uploaded the raw DNA data to GEDmatch and waited for those results to come through. Once they had, the third highest match shown in my results …

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Private William John BEATON

William John BEATON was a first cousin of my maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann PIKE (1847-1933). He was born in Euroa, Victoria in 1877, first son, the third of ten children of Peter and Catherine BEATON. William enlisted as a Private, service number 1912, on the 15th of January 1915.   He was 35 years of age, …

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Private William Finlay FLEMING 1561

On his enlistment into the A.I.F on the 4th of August 1915, at Seymour, William Finlay FLEMING was aged 22 years and 1 month. *above photos used with permission from then owner. He was 5 foot 5 and a half inches tall and weighed 150 lbs. His complexion was ruddy and eyes and hair brown. …

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Trooper David Alexander KING (AHKING)

David Alexander AHKING (surname later changed to KING) was born in 1895 at Wirrimbirchip (now known as Birchip) Victoria, Australia. David was a first cousin of my great great grandmother, Margaret HART. He was the tenth child and sixth son of Euphemia Margaret MASON (1859-1942) and Thomas AHKING.  Thomas was born in Canton, China in …

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Private Ernest John (Ah KING) KING

The KING (AH KING) family are a challenge to research, even more so in recording the war service of the three youngest boys of Thomas AH KING and his wife; my great great grand aunt, Euphemia nee MASON. Thomas AH KING who was born about 1843 in China had died in 1900 when Ernest was …

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