Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Trove Tuesday - What Can I Find Out About ... Sarah Jane Thurgood

This Trove Tuesday, I dived into one of my trees, which has over 10,000 names in it, and picked a name at random to see what I could find with Trove about them.

The name I pulled out was one Sarah Jane Thurgood, who was the wife of the grand nephew of the husband of my 4th great grand aunt (I think I may have been collecting dead people for too long).

Sarah Jane Thurgood was the daughter of Samuel Thurgood and Sarah Ann Levett.

Samuel Thurgood and Sarah Ann Levett married in Mudgee, NSW in 1867, and had ten children:
  1. Mary L (b. 1868 - d. 1869)
  2. Mary E (b. 1869 - d. ?)
  3. Sarah Jane (b. 1872 - d. 1937)
  4. Susan Emily (b. 1874 - d. 1919)
  5. James Samuel (b. 1876 - d. 1927)
  6. William John (b. 1878 - d. 1879)
  7. Jemima Ann (b. 1880 - d. 1968/9)
  8. Florence Lydia (b. 1883 - d. 1958)
  9. (An)netta M (b. 1886 - d. ?)
  10. Walter C (b. 1887 - d. 1934)
Sarah Jane married Samuel Ernest Crouch in Sydney in 1894.

While looking for her, I found the death notice of her mother:

1934 'Family Notices.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 17 September, p. 8, viewed 22 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17095289

I then went to the NSW BDM and found which daughter was which Mrs (apart from Sarah Jane, who I knew to be Mrs Crouch).

Mrs Gomm is Annetta M, who married Leopold A Gomm in 1919 in Sydney.

Mrs Hedges is Jemima Ann, who married Charles J E Hedges in 1904 in Sydney.

Mrs Teason is Mary E, who married William E Goodin in 1895 in Campbelltown. They had Dorothy N in 1895 in Ryde, Wilfred S in 1897 in Young, Wynstead E 1899 in Granville, and Selwyn K in 1902 in Granville before moving to Victoria, where she remarried after her husband's death.

Mrs C Wood is Florence Lydia, who first married Francis H Crosbee in 1902 in Granville. I found their divorce proceedings reported in the SMH through Trove, where Charles Arthur Wood is named as the co-respondent. I haven't found a marriage record for Florence and Mr Wood - regardless, she clearly became known as "Mrs C Wood".

1920 'IN DIVORCE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 6 May, p. 4, viewed 22 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15888466

1920 'IN DIVORCE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 7 May, p. 7, viewed 22 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15888616

1920 'IN DIVORCE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 25 May, p. 6, viewed 22 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15891284

1921 'IN DIVORCE.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 23 March, p. 8, viewed 22 January, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15948964

Not mentioned in the death notice were the children who had predeceased their mother, including the two who died in infancy, Mary L and William John, and Susan Emily, who married John B Pye in 1907 in Kogarah, and died in 1919 in Parramatta.

Okay, I got way too sidetracked with this one! It is now 10:30pm, and I've been following trails all over the place! And it is not even remotely on a direct line...

What have you found on Trove lately? Share it next Tuesday on Trove Tuesday!