12 March 2013

So this is spring......?

It's the middle of March; spring, according to the Met Office, and it's trying to snow again......ridiculous!!  So I'm staying in the warm, physically and mentally, furkling around in the Queensland BMDs online.

My maternal first cousin 4 times removed, John Eastwell, removed himself and his family to Australia in 1854.  He was born in Great Gransden, Hunts, in 1816, married Charlotte Warboys in 1839 and, with their four surviving children, they arrived in Oz on board the vessel "General Hewitt", ending up in Queensland. where they begat two further offspring.

And began a line of much begatting.......I've found thirty four grandchildren so far, from the marriages of just three of their children.  One newspaper report, from Australian Newspapers Online (http://trove.nla.gov.au/) talks about the death of one of John & Charlotte's daughters-in-law: She married Mr Joseph Eastwell, a farmer; and at the time of her death she had 11 children living, 50 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, a total of 83 descendants. 

I've got a long list of marriages and deaths to input and I still haven't started on John & Charlotte's daughters!

More soon.