Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Trove Tuesday: Royal Births

In all the hype surrounding the birth of the next in line to the throne over night, I thought I would take some time out today to see what kind of news articles were published when the then Princess Elizabeth gave birth to Prince Charles... scarily similiar...

There are some gems on Trove if you search for "Princess Elizabeth gives birth" - I've had fun reading through them and comparing them to the articles appearing all over the world today.

1948, Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), 16 November, p. 1, viewed 23 July, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page5483507

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Trove Tuesday: Genealogical Account of Lord Goderich's Birth and Parentage

Don't we all just wish we could find an article like this for every person in our tree?


(text of article is below for reading convenience)
1827 'GENEALOGICAL ACCOUNT OF LORD GODERICH'S BIRTH AND PARENTAGE.', The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 - 1842), 19 December, p. 2, viewed 16 July, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2189611

GENEALOGICAL ACCOUNT OF LORD GODERICH'S BIRTH AND PARENTAGE.

Lord Viscount Goderich, late the Right Honourable Frederick Robinson, formerly represented the borough of Ripon, in Yorkshire, in Parliament. His Lordship is a younger brother of Lord Grantham, (Thomas Phillip Weddell), Baron of Grantham, in the County of Lincoln. Lord Goderich is, comparatively speaking, a young Premier, as his age cannot much exceed 40, or on the outside 43 or 44 years.

The founder of his family was William Robinson, an eminent Hamburgh Merchant, who was Lord Mayor of the City of York in the years 1581 to 1594, from whom descended

Metcalf Robinson, Esq. created a Bart on the 30th July, 1690, after which he represented the City of York in Parliament for several years. Dying, however, without issue, the title became extinct, while the estates devolved upon his nephew.

Wm. Robinson, in whose person the Baronetcy was revived in the year 1689. He was likewise Lord Mayor of the City of York in 1700, and moreover represented that City in Parliament from 1677 to 1712. He married the daughter of George Aislabie, of Studley Royal, in the County of York, Esq. by whom he had six children, and dying in 1726, was succeeded by his elder son,

Sir Metcalf Robinson, Bart. who died unmarried within a few days of his father, when the title devolved upon his younger brother.

Sir Tancred Robinson, Bart.---This gentleman being a naval officer, rose to the rank of Rear-Admiral of the White. He was twice Lord Mayor of the City of York, in 1718 and 1738. He married Mary, only daughter and heiress of William Norton, Esq. of Disforth, in the county of York, by whom he had nine children. Sir Tancred died 1754, and was succeeded by his eldest son.

Sir William Robinson, Bart. who died without issue, on the 4th March 1770, when the title devolved upon his brother,

Sir Thomas Robinson, Baron Grantham, who commenced his political and diplomatic career, as Secretary of Embassy, 1723, to Horace Walpole, Esq., (afterwards Lord Walpole), Ambassadore to the Court of France. From that period until 1749, he was employed in different important diplomatic missions to the various Courts of Europe. In 1750, he was appointed Master of the Great Wardrobe, and sworn of the Privy Counsel; and in 1754 he was nominated one of his Majesty's principal Secretaries of State, which high office he filled until 1755, when he resumed the post of Master of the Great Wardrobe. He was elevated to the peerage by letters patent, dated the 7th April, 1761, by the style of Lord Grantham, Baron Grantham, in Lincolnshire, and subsequently appointed one of the joint Post-Masters General of Great Britain and Ireland. His Lordship died on the 30th September 1770, and was succeeded by his eldest son,

Thomas Lord Grantham. This nobleman was also a diplomatist, being appointed Secretary of the Embassy to the Congress of Augsburg, in 1761, and Ambassador to the Court of Madrid in 1771. In 1779 he was nominated First Lord of Trade and Plantations; in 1782, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; and in 1783, he concluded the preliminaries of the ever memorable Treaty of Peace with France. His Lordship married in 1780, Mary Jemima, daughter of Philip the second Earl of Hardwicke, and sister and heiress presumptive of Annabel, Countess de Grey, by whom he left two sons---Thomas Philip, the present Lord Grantham, and Frederick John Robinson, late Chancellor of the Exchequer, who was last April raised to the Peerage by the style and title of Viscount Goderich, and succeeded Earl Bathurst as Principal Secretary of State for the War and Colonial Department; since which, upon the demise of Mr. Canning, he was appointed First Lord of the Treasury, and Prime Minister of England, having taken precedence in the Peerage of his elder brother, Thomas Phillip Weddell, the present Lord Grantham, the head of his family, born the 8th December 1781, who succeeded to the family honours upon the demise of his father in 1786, and assumed by Royal permission, the name of Weddell (one of the daughters of his Lordship's ancestors, Sir William Robinson, Knight who married William Weddell, Esquire, of Enswick, in the county of York). The present Lord Grantham married in 1805. Henrietta Frances, youngest daughter of William, late Earl of Enniskillen, by by whom he has now, Frederick William Weddell, bom the 11th April 1813, and three daughters.

A severe domestic calamity, the loss of an only daughter was very nearly inducing Lord Gaderich a short time ago to retire ali ge her from public affairs. He was, however, prevailed upon to continue in office as Chancellor of Exchequer, and when afterwards raised to the Peerage, and put at the head of the Colonial Office, he ably sustained in the House of Lords, the whole weight of defending the short lived Administration of Mr. Canning against the assaults of its numerous opponents.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Trove Tuesday: Trove and the Wardley ONS WWI Project

Trove, as we all know, is an absolutely amazing resource. And now, it is helping me research Wardleys who fought in World War One for the Wardley ONS WWI Project.

I have set up a list (Wardley ONS WWI Project) on Trove so that I can quickly add articles I find to review later, especially if I come across an article for someone other than the individual I am looking for at the time.



According to the service records available at the National Archives of Australia, 12 Wardleys enlisted in Australia. Ten of them served overseas, one never came home. The only Wardley on the list that is one of my “own” is Harold Wardley, my great-great-grandmother’s brother (she is one of my Amys). He was one of the two who did not serve overseas. The other was John Wardley, who was 41 years old at the beginning of the war.

Of the ten who served overseas, seven of them were from amongst three sets of brothers - two sons of Levi and Kate Wardley (Arthur and Ernest), three sons of John and Amelia Wardley (Francis John, George, and Walter Leslie John), and two sons of Edward and Harriet Wardley (Frederick William and John).

Unfortunately, Thomas William Wardley, the one who never came home, was the only son of Thomas and Julia Wardley.

At first it appeared that there were two “loners” - David Robert, son of Thomas and Jane Wardley and Thomas Wardley, son of Edward and Jane Wardley. But at least one of them wasn’t really a loner - David Robert Wardley was actually uncle to John and Amelia Wardley’s three sons and to Thomas William Wardley. And I suspect that I will find Thomas Wardley's brothers serving in the British Army.

Trove has helped me put the start of the story together, and even led me to the discovery that Arthur Wardley found an English sweetheart whilst he was recuperating from wounds, and that she arrived as his dependent fiancee in August 1919. I'm looking forward to what else I can find using Trove, which is definitely one of our national treasures!

1919 'COMING HOME.', The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), 28 August, p. 8, viewed 2 July, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article27615567

Do you have any Wardleys? Get Involved in the Wardley ONS WWI Project

With the centenary of the beginning of the First World War quickly approaching, I am currently researching and writing a book collating all of the stories of the Wardleys who served - soldiers, sailors, and nurses. This is not geographically limited; so far I have Wardleys from Australia, Canada, the US and the UK. If you have any Wardleys in your family tree that served (or may have served) during WWI, please contact me. I’m happy to share what information I have, and would appreciate your input into the Wardley One-Name Study WWI Project.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Matrilineal Monday – A Whole New Bunch of Surnames!

Mr BLP’s genealogy has been fairly well researched on his maternal grandfather’s side – but the other parts need work… which makes me excited! Where do I start?

One stumbling block I came across rather early on was Annie Morris – wife of unknown, daughter of unknown, mother of Alice Fanny Morris. Now, Alice only died in 1962, so you would have thought someone might have remembered some details, but alas, that was not the case with the family members I was able to talk to.

Eventually I found what I was looking for!

Annie Morris was actually Amelia Ann Dominy (new surname!), daughter of John Dominy and Rachel Beal (another new surname!). She was baptised in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, on 26 September 1851. Her father, John Dominy, was a tanner and butcher. He was the son of George Dominy and Mary Hurlestone (and another new surname!!!). George Dominy was the son of William Dominy and Susannah Turner (another one!). Mary Hurlestone was the daughter of Robert Hurlestone and Mary (aka Molly) Peaty (and another one, I am hyperventilating just a little bit!).

Amelia Ann Dominy married Charles Morris on 22 April 1872 in Cerne Abbas. He was baptised on 4 September 1845 in Cerne Abbas, the son of John Morris, a pedlar and labourer, and his wife Mary Ann (another matrilineal conundrum to follow up – but I can’t have everything all at once). Charles died at the young age of 35, leaving behind his wife and their young family, and was buried in Cerne Abbas on 30 March 1881. John Morris was the son of Thomas Morris and Jane Stickland (woohoo - another one!), and the grandson of William Morris and … drumroll please... Susannah Elems (or Elms).

Charles Morris and Amelia Ann Dominy’s daughter, Alice Fanny Morris, married Reginald Frank Bates Hodge, who died in Egypt on 10 November 1917 whilst serving with the 2/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment, leaving her to raise their young family on her own - very similar to the situation that had occurred with her own parents.

So, in conclusion, once I confirmed the details of one relatively recent generation, and identified the maiden surname of Amelia Ann, I was able to add another four generations, taking the family tree back to the beginning of the eighteenth century. And I was also able to add a whopping total of seven new surnames to my research list!

I am also convinced I am about to prove a distant relationship between my Groves line from Dorset and my husband’s Dorset connections - Groves’ keep appearing tantalisingly close to the individuals I am researching in Mr BLP’s tree.