The Dodridge and Galsworthy Family of Devon

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A Family history about my mother, Lavinia Fuller’s family in Devon, England. I wish to dedicate this chapter of my family history to Ingrid Curwood, an experienced, dedicated and talented researcher. Without Ingrid’s help and collaboration, this part of my family tree would have remained unsolved. I want to thank the two Lavinia Chrystal’s, my intrepid researchers in the field for their enthusiasm in visiting so many villages, churches and graveyards, recording their June 2015 visit to England with so

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Finding the grave of Harriett Fuller at Abney Park Cemetery, London, England – September 2016

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In recent years both my first cousin Scott Fuller and my sister Lavinia Chrystal have visited Abney Park on several occasions to try and find our great grandmother Harriett Fuller’s grave. However, her unmarked pauper’s grave position in the cemetery remains lost to the family after the 1907 visit of her son Johnny Fuller. Scottie and Lavinia have poured over old maps and traipsed the cemetery in this quest. I firstly decided to find out how, when and where Harriett

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Charles Farrell of Mullingar, Athlone and Dublin, Ireland

Charles Farrell is my husband Geoffrey Philip Farrell Rundle’s 3 x great grandfather and it has been an honour for me to undertake this Irish research on his behalf. As with all my family research my goal has been to take our family back to its origins in an attempt to find where we came from, and in which villages our family lived. My earliest endeavor for the Farrell family came up with an amazing connection for Charles Farrell in

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The Farrell Family of Port Macquarie and Sydney, New South Wales

This chapter our my family history is about Charles Farrell of Mullingar, Ireland; Sydney and Port Macquarie, NSW; his wife Charlotte Meredith, the daughter of Frederick Meredith, a steward to the captain aboard the First Fleet, and their son Colonel William Thomas Farrell and his descendants. When my husband, Geoffrey Philip Farrell Rundle attended The King’s School at Parramatta in Sydney in the 1970’s one of his teachers told him that if he had two middle names then one of

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The Murray Family of Limerick, Ireland and New South Wales and Victoria, Australia

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This Family Chapter takes many Murray Family members who migrated to Australia, back to Ireland, to correctly place them into their townships and homes in County Limerick. It includes the famous Murray Family of Yarralumla and continues the story of the Wise family of Cork whose ancestor, George Edwin Wise, son of Ellen Frances Matilda Murray founded the Western Stores of New South Wales, later to become Farmers Department Stores, Grace Bros. and now Myers. I had a lot of

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The Northey Family of Cornwall, England

Five generations of my maternal family line are all named Lavinia, my great grandmother Lavinia Northey, my grandmother, Lavinia Moar, my mother Lavinia Fuller, my sister Lavinia Robson, my niece Lavinia Chrystal as well as my cousin Wendy Lavinia Fuller. It was armed with this name Lavinia, that I became determined to uncover more about why this name had been handed down without a break for over 150 years. The only other information I knew about my great grandmother Lavinia

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The Northey Family of Lyttelton, New Zealand and Martha’s Secret

My earliest research endeavours on the Fuller Family were encouraged by my sister Lavinia Chrystal, who was keen for me to trace back the traditions of naming daughters Lavinia on the maternal side of our family, and to find out how far back this tradition had occurred. We were always told it went right back to Cornwall in England, where there were loads of  daughters named Lavinia. It is a fact that my niece, sister, cousin, mother, grandmother and great

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The Kilpatrick Family of Dublin City and the Cranwill Family of Ballycanew, Wexford, Ireland

The Kilpatrick family of Dublin, formerly Armagh, and the Cranwill family of Dublin City 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 had hung as a

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The Robson Family of Wallsend and Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland England and Newcastle and Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Our Robson family were from Wallsend, Northumberland, a town 10 km east 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 side of the wall, thus ensuring their family’s survival from the

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