The Kippax and Howell Family

The Kippax and Howell Family Chapters My early family research had uncovered that William Robson, my great grandfather had married Annie Robertson Kippax, and this quickly led to the discovery of Annie’s parents as William Henry Kippax born on 29 March 1827 and Elizabeth Whitton Robertson born about 1833 in Dundee, Scotland. The Robson Family of Wollongong are another family chapter that I have written up previously. Another chapter will deal with The Robertson Family of Dundee. The name Kippax

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The Wise Family of Avoca, Victoria

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The Wise Family of Avoca, Victoria The Wise branch of the family was amongst my earliest research endeavours. My paternal grandmother was Mabel Wise, married to William Elliott Veitch Robson, who died at Waverley Nursing home on 18 Sep 1971. I can clearly remember a phone call from my dad, Reginald George Robson, telling me that Granny Mabel had passed away. My sister, Lavinia Chrystal and I were at a skiing camp down at Perisher Valley during the September school

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Robson Family History

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The Robson Family of Wallsend, England, and Newcastle and Wollongong, Australia Our Robson family were from Wallsend, Northumberland, a town 10 km west of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England. This general area is where our family had probably lived for centuries. Border wars between Scotland and England would have occasionally disrupted their otherwise peaceful community. The Robson clan were convenient border hoppers, depending on where the war was being fought, they would make sure they were on the winning

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Cranwill, Smith and Colley Family Chapter Two

The Cranwill, Smith and Colley Families of Ballycanew, Wexford, Ireland Including Geoff and Virginia Rundle’s Tour of Ireland, August and September 2016 Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Dead in Ireland by Rev. Ffrench In 2014 I came across an old book that had been uploaded to the internet, called the Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Dead in Ireland by the Rev. J Ffrench of Clonegal, which included a chapter describing the John

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The Murray Family of Limerick

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THE MURRAY FAMILY OF LIMERICK, IRELAND I had a lot of trouble pinning down my Great Great Grandmother, Ellen Frances Matilda Murray, and my earliest research found only her death notice from The Argus newspaper and her Australian Death Index. At first, I wrongly assumed that Ellen may have been the daughter of early settlers to Victoria and I probably wasted a good deal of time searching Australian records at this time, and eventually came to a dead end. Death

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The Wise Family – Merchants of Cork PART TWO

The Spratts of Pencil Hill descend from a member of a Somerset family from England. The Reverend Devereux Spratt, acquired estates in the counties of Cork and Wexford, Ireland, in the mid-17th century. The Spratts intermarried with their neighbours the Foott  family of Springfort Hall and Carrigacunna Castle on a number of occasions. It was through one of these marriages that the Spratts came to own Pencil Hill. The Spratts were located in the parish of Caherduggan, barony of Fermoy, while Messrs. Spratt, Nagle and

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The Wise Family – Merchants of Cork

THE WISE MERCHANTS OF CORK, IRELAND Family stories were handed down through the generations about our Wise family from Ireland. My father, Reginald George Robson thought that his grandfather George Edwin Wise was a native of Waterford, and indeed several 1930 newspaper obituaries mention this fact. The newspapers however were not correct, as George Edwin Wise was born in Cork, just a few months before his family migrated to Australia in 1851. George Edwin Wise, the son of William McOboy

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The Kilpatrick and Cranwill Families from Dublin and Ballycanew, Ireland

The Kilpatricks and Cranwills from Dublin, Ireland The Kilpatricks of Dublin, formerly Armagh, and the Cranwills of Dublin and Ballycanew, Wexford, have without a doubt been the most pleasurable and successful areas of my Irish family research. My paternal Grandmother Mabel Jackson Wise’s mother was named Agnes Amelia Kilpatrick. This information I discovered on Mabel’s birth record. I had never heard of Agnes, the wife of George Edwin Wise, however her oval photographic portrait and that of my Great-Grandfather Wise

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